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15 new foodie things to try this Winter in Dubai

By Sophie McCarrick | November 22, 2017

Dubai foodie things to do

Looking for somewhere new to try over the cooler months? Here’s 15 new foodie deals this Winter

Little Miss India, Fairmont The Palm

Last month, Fairmont The Palm opened its doors to welcome Little Miss India – a character led, gastronomic destination. Central to the story is the eclectic and extravagant ‘Mistress’ of the mansion Little Miss India herself, otherwise known as the fictional character Mohini Singh, who takes diners on a unique journey through her worldly travels, achievements and an eccentric menu in her very own home. Focusing on regional Indian flavours, the restaurant and bar menu includes a selection of sharing style dishes. Signature dishes include the ‘Tandoori Ran’ and ‘Dum Biryani’. Indian classics are also featured, such as lamb Rogan Josh and butter chicken, plus more. Call 04-4573457.

Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club

This month a new and fully-licensed branch of the popular Australian dining and food retailer is opening within the surroundings of Emirates Golf Club. With indoor and outdoor dining options and a capacity for 250 seated diners, the outlet has a children’s play area and lounge area. Open for breakfast through to dinner, Jones the Grocer offers breakfast options like poached eggs and asparagus on sourdough and homemade buttermilk pancakes, plus a range of classic cheese and charcuterie boards, plus sandwiches and soups for lunches and light bites. Or for dinner, options like the Jones wagyu burger, mac and four cheeses with lobster tail, and grass-fed ribeye steak with thick cut chips. Call 04-4179999.

Masti – Cocktails and Cuisine, La Mer

From the team behind Bombay Bungalow and Ibn Albahr, comes Masti - Cocktails and Cuisine, due to open in early December the newly opened La Mer development. Masti which translates to ‘fun and mischief’ will infuse modern with traditional, colour with flavour, creating an expression of ‘New India’. The beachfront terrace and lounge will be open from day to night offering an idyllic dining location, while the upstairs bar offers Arabian Gulf views and lounge seating. See www.mastidubai.com

Caravan and the Lawns, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

London Social is Dubai’s newest brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, celebrating the diverse gastronomic excellence of England’s capital city, London. Every Friday, journey through London’s major tube stations to indulge in the culinary delicacies represent each area of the city. From the spices of Banglatown, Brixton, and Little Beirut, to the vibrant stalls of Chinatown, Little Italy, and Borough Market. A tour of London would not be complete without favourite pub classics and puddings at ‘Pudding Land’, Mr. Whippy ice cream and classic pick and mix. In line with London’s wide international influence, expect to traditional roasts along with Italian, Caribbean, Arabic, Indian, Japanese and Chinese, spread across 12 live cooking stations. The new London Social brunch will take place every Friday from 1 – 4pm and is priced at Dhs590 with bubbles, Dhs495 with house beverages, Dhs395 with soft drinks, and Dhs150 for children. Call 04-3186150 or email dine.dubai@ritzcarlton.com

Cabana, Address Dubai Mall

Let the vibrant flavours of Brazil take over your evening in the chill-chic settings of Cabana, every Thursday from 7 – 11pm at the all-inclusive Churrasco Night. Experience succulent Churrasco grills and a variety of other Brazilian delicacies, while enjoying iconic views of Burj Khalifa and an eclectic mix of Brazilian music and a spectacular samba dance performance. The ambience is perfect to unwind and enjoy the outdoors now that the cooler weather has arrived. Priced at Dhs295 with soft beverages of Dhs385 with house beverages. Call 04-4388888 or email dine@emaar.com

Level 2, Amwaj Rotana

Amwaj Rotana has launched a larger a revamped version of its popular Friday brunch out on the hotel’s al fresco terrace. Wander around a large buffet spread featuring over 100 dishes and numerous live stations showcasing cuisine from all four of the hotel’s restaurants including Rosso the Italian outlet and popular American-Japanese restaurant, Benihana. The brunch has welcomed new concepts including a food truck serving favourites from JB’s Gastropub such as taco flights, gastro sliders, and XL chili cheese dogs. Brunch takes place every Friday from 12.30 – 4.30pm and is priced at Dhs245 with soft drinks, dhs375 with house beverages and Dhs690 with bubbles. Call 04-4282000.

Sapori di Bice, City Walk Dubai

An Italian seafood festival will be held at Sapori di Bice this month, offering a myriad of activities, such as kids’ corner and pizza making atelier, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, accompanied by fresh ingredients imported from Italy. Known for its homemade Italian foods and child-friendly environment, chef Giuseppe Palumbo will introduce new seafood dishes including the likes of insalata di mare (calamari, octopus, shrimp and steamed vegetable salad), grilled octopus with pesto and coriander sauce, trofie a salmone (fresh salmon pasta with white cream, topped with Parmesan cheese), mixed seafood cataplana, and more. Dishes start at Dhs59. Call 04-3442550.

Palermo, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Enjoy the cooler weather at Palermo’s Polo Brunch every Friday. Think green fields, fresh air, delicious food and all the thrills of the sport of kings. Relax on the Palermo Terrace and indulge in wide range of international cuisines, plus a selection of over 30 different international cheeses while the children enjoy an array of engaging activities such as pony rides. Taking place from 12.30pm – 3.30pm every Friday, brunch is priced at Dhs275 with soft beverages, Dhs375 with house beverages and Dhs110 per child between the ages of 6 – 12 years. Call 04-8883444.

Noire, Fairmont Dubai

If you’re on the lookout for a dining experience offering something different, Noire is the place. Put your trust in night vision equipped waiters, who will lead you and your party to a pitch-black room for a meal that’ll truly test your taste buds, as you can’t see a thing. The guessing game begins when a dish sits in front of you. Firstly, you have to locate it, successfully scoop food onto your fork and then it’s over to your taste buds to guess each ingredient on the plate. Once you’ve polished all three courses off, you’re led back into the reception area where you can see the dishes you’ve eaten throughout. You also have the opportunity to put on a pair of night vision goggles too! Priced at Dhs325 for three-courses with grape pairing. Call 04-3118316 or e-mail dbi.fbconcierge@fairmont.com.

Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City

As of November 10, 2017, Seasonal Tastes will be relaunching its City Brunch with a major focus on interactive food stations, and a new kids’ zone. The City Brunch prides itself on the fact that their chefs juggle more than just food. Chef turned resident DJ Jerin spins old school tunes whilst making classic breakfast dishes; Chinese Chef Miami works his magic with fresh noodles and steaming dim sum whilst preparing Peking Duck; Chef Wu shows how he rolls making sushi from a huge swordfish; Chef Samiran works the art of chaat in the Indian section. Chef Wael offers surf ‘n turf from the Arabic BBQ and Head Chef Avinash will teach your kids how to cook and come to the table with his hero brunch dishes for you to try. City Brunch runs every Friday from 1pm to 4.30pm with prices starting from Dhs249 per person including soft drinks, Dhs350 with house beverages and Dhs495 with premium beverages. Children below 5 years dine for free and 6-12 years dine at half price. Call 04-4355577.

Galeries Lafayette, Le Gourmet

If you’re looking to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, without the hassle of cooking, for Dhs750, you can enjoy an American feast that serves 8 – 10 guests from Galeries Lafayette -with free delivery in Dubai. Thanksgiving orders will start from November 15 – 25. Galeries require 24 hours’ notice for an order of the Roast Turkey, which comes served with cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, maple glazed heirloom carrots, roasted Brussel sprouts with beef bacon and almonds, apricot and chestnut stuffing, mash and roast potatoes. For dessert, choose between a classic baked pumpkin pie or a salted caramel and pecan nut tart. That’s not all; if a special Thanksgiving gathering is being planned at home, Galeries Lafayette’s events team will happily plan and manage the occasion; from creative table decorations to menu planning. Call 050-6549388.

Mazina, Address Dubai Marina

Treat yourself and your family to a Thanksgiving dinner feast at Mazina. Indulge in an international buffet with an extensive traditional selection including a sumptuous turkey and special delights on November 23 at 7pm to 11pm. Priced at Dhs175 per person. Call 04-8883444.

J&G Steakhouse, The St. Regis Dubai

Embark on a culinary journey at The St. Regis Dubai’s signature restaurant, J&G Steakhouse. For the special occasion of Thanksgiving, enjoy a themed menu with highlights including smoked pumpkin soup, slow-cooked turkey, served with all the trimmings and an indulgent pecan pie, topped with popcorn ice cream. Priced at Dhs320 for a 4-course set menu and house beverages from 6.30pm to 12am. See www.stregisdubai.com

Soul Restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach

Up until November 20 this month, delight in Soul’s latest promotion, ‘Bistronomie’, which is set to add a creative twist to the French bistro experience. Inspired by young chefs in the 1990s, who started looking for a way to transform French haute cuisine into a more convivial kind of indulgence. Without compromising on quality, classical dishes were reinterpreted in an unpretentious way and served in a bistro-style atmosphere. In the early days, the movement was looked down upon by old-school chefs, but today’s bistronomy stands for premium French cuisine at unbeatable prices. Expect to find dishes including the likes of ‘Plateau de Fruits de Mer’ and ‘Cordon-Bleu au Comté’. Call 04-4498888.

Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Boston-born David Myers has made his Dubai debut at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, where he’ll be the brains behind two of the hotel’s outlets. fusing the food and feel of a Roman trattoria, Florentine steakhouse and Neapolitan pizzeria into one buzzing venue, ‘BASTA! By David Myers’ serves up full-flavored Italian cuisine in a seriously stylish space in front of the Dubai Water Canal. While, ‘Bleu Blanc By David Myers’ offers refined southern French farmhouse flair. A wood-fired grill takes centre stage while the bar is a meeting point to socialise and enjoy an aperitif, accompanied by eclectic beats. Call 04-5125555.



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