Bored of the same old places? BBC Good Food Middle East has found six of the best new offers launching this month
NEW brunch: Khayal Restaurant, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
Doors have officially opened for Friday brunch at the cosmopolitan Khayal Restaurant, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi. Every Friday between 12.30pm and 4pm, enjoy an afternoon of fun and feasts at the brand new brunch in the heart of Khalifa City A. Brunch here features an open plan kitchen with a variety of international dishes. With 15 cooking stations, six of them being live and interactive. Delight in dishes like handmade pasta and pizza, meats such as US angus rib eye and wagyu beef tenderloin, plus seafood delicacies like Scottish salmon and tiger prawns. There’ll also be Indian delicacies including Punjabi butter chicken, traditional dum biryani and freshly cooked skewers from the tandoor clay pot oven – plus much more. With live entertainment from the band, brunch here also provides a host of activities including face painting, a bouncy castle, and a customised kids buffet station. Priced at Dhs199 with soft beverages, Dhs299 with house beverages and Dhs499 with bubbles. Children 6-13 priced at Dhs75, and under 6 are free.
For more information, visit Khayal restaurant.
New burger festival: Hard Rock Café Dubai, Festival City
Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour is back in town, and is ready to take you on an international culinary adventure. From May 1 to June 25, Hard Rock Café Dubai will showcase a variety of burgers, inspired by the taste and flavours from café locations around the world. Over the past year, more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with crowd favourites added to the 2017 World Burger Tour line-up.
Throughout May, the Hard Rock Café Dubai menu will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings: the ‘Olé Burger’ (Barcelona, Spain) – a fury of red peppered Romesco sauce, roasted vegetables, with goat cheese crumbles and arugula, dancing on a Certified Angus Beef patty between a toasted bun. The ‘Atomic! Burger’ (Las Vegas, United States) – Atomic fried onions and jalapeños, tomato, arugula, and pepper jack cheese on a toasted brioche bun; smothered in sriracha mayo and stacked with two atomic beer battered peppers for a fiery finish. The ‘Spinach and Chickpea Burger’ (New Delhi, India) – a vegetarian, house made patty, of red skin potato, spinach, chili peppers, cilantro, chickpeas and spices, topped with arugula, tomato, cucumber and a spiced yogurt sauce. Plus, the ‘When In Rome Burger’ (Rome, Italy) – dine as the Romans dine with garlic aioli, crisp arugula and ricotta cheese spiked with sun-dried tomatoes atop a Certified Angus Beef patty on a toasted bun.
For more information about Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour, visit Hard Rock.
New restaurant: The Copper Lobster, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
The recently opened signature restaurant at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, The Copper Lobster is inspired by regionally caught lobster, with its unique glow like copper. Offering a local seafood menu in a nod to the Emirate’s seafaring history with a nautical theme throughout, the restaurant serves up a daily fresh-catch menu. Signature dishes include the Fujairah clay pot harra lobster with spiced tomato sauce and The Copper Lobster smash bucket; an array of king crab, crayfish, lobster and blue crab poached in an aromatic spiced broth served with corn, shallot onion and potatoes.
For more information, visit The Copper Lobster.
NEW menu: La Serre Bistro, Downtown Dubai
A French favourite in the city, Le Serre Bistro has launched a new a la carte menu. Created by La Serre’s head chef, Stephane Cocu, the new line-up represents the best of French-Mediterranean cuisine and includes a selection of seafood, truffle dishes and delicate risotto. In addition to eight new dishes, the menu also sees the addition of five desserts. Highlights include starters like a light tarte tatin de tomate; zesty grilled octopus, olive caramel and citrus salad and a wholesome quinoa salad. Mains of classic risotto a l’orge and delicate turbot sausage, plus desserts of chocolate soufflé accompanied with chocolate sauce and banana ice cream, and decadent dolce and orange fondant served with spicy ice cream.
For more information, visit La Serre.
NEW Friday lunch offer: The Croft, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Boasting views over Dubai Marina, The Croft has launched a new Friday lunch promotion focusing on classic British dishes cooked with a modern twist and the very best of home-grown, local produce where possible. Opt for a two or three course lunch, with starter options including goat’s cheese salad, mushroom hash, scotch egg and tempura cauliflower while mains feature grilled BBQ chicken, The Croft burger, fish and chips, or mushroom risotto. For dessert, indulge with chef Darren Velvick’s personal take on the traditional Eton mess, peanut choc-ice, puff buns and vanilla cheesecake. The menu is ever evolving so be sure to keep a close on the website so as not to miss out on the latest dishes added. Available every Friday from 12.30pm – 3.30pm, starting from Dhs99 per person for two courses and from Dhs129 for three courses. Beverages are at Happy Hour prices which run from 12.30pm until 8pm.
For more information, visit The Croft.
New ‘Butcher’s Night’: JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana
A new weekly Butcher’s Night has launched at JB’s Gastropub, and takes place every Tuesday. Appealing to meat lovers, the new theme night features a butcher’s block of varying meats together with sides and condiments. Great for sharing, there are options with and without drinks for two or four people. Meats on the menu include BBQ lamb chops, hot zesty chicken wings, Korean-style sticky beef short ribs and a 300g Australian ribeye steak – all served alongside corn on the cob grilled in the Josper oven, charred Padron peppers, sweet potato fries, Argentinian chimichurri sauce and classic peppercorn sauce. Starting from Dhs219 for a sharing platter between two, guests can also opt to include a bottle of house grape or bucket of four selected brands of hops for an additional Dhs100. Those coming as a bigger group of four can opt for the sharing platter at Dhs399 for food only. This new theme night will replace the weekly ‘Cheese & Vine Night’ at JB’s Gastropub.
For more information, visit JB’s Gastropub.