What’s happening this weekend?

From unconventional brunches to new date night experiences, here’s our suggestions for everything exciting in the UAE.

Paparazzi Tuscan Restaurant

Spice up your Friday evening with the newly launched Brunch Amore, serving an authentic Italian three-course menu. Indulge in an evening of delicious food, such as antipasto platters and traditional pastas, live Italian music and great conversation.

Paramount Hotel Midtown. Fridays from 8-11pm. From AED249 per person. Call +9714 248 3333 or email contact@paramounthotelsdubai.com


Captivating neo-bistro, GARTH, has launched a new date night experience that has all the ingredients for a romantic rendezvous, including a 4-course meal and stellar bottle of grape. The menu was co-created by Executive Chef Alena Solodovichenko and Head Chef Mohamed Musthafa,  and holds unconventionality in the highest regard, with every dish a re-imagined celebration of flavours.

The 9 Lounge, Kempinski Mall of Emirates. Thursday from 7 pm. AED499 per couple. 4-course menu and a bottle of grape for the couple. Call +9715 8530 7499. Visit the website or Instagram

Reif Japanese Kushiyaki

Recently awarded the MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki has launched the “Buranchi” set menu, an unconventional take on brunch which with unlimited dishes of sashimi, nigiri, maki, gyoza, chicken kushi skewers, salads, and more. Also on offer are several original items such as the braised Angus beef clay pot rice and ebi katsu sando, with the nasi lemak with fried chicken or fish, and the omurice making a comeback.

Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Road. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (available for a limited period, advanced reservations are highly encouraged to secure seats) from 12-5 pm. AED238 per person. Kids under 6 years old eat free, children aged 6 to 12 pay half price. Call +9715 0235 7071 or email reservations@reifkushiyaki.com


Savour the treasures of the sea just as they would across the Mediterranean coastline with the Friday Seafood Theme Night at Armani/Mediterraneo. Celebrate seafood in all its delectable forms from France to the Levant, with appetizing dishes such as oysters, razor clams, tiger prawns, lobster tails, blue crab and hot mains like surf and turf, creamy cod, stuffed squid and seafood paella.

Lobby Level 1st Floor of Burj Khalifa. Friday from 6:30-10pm. From AED349 per person for food only. AED175 per child ages 6 – 11 years old. 5 years old and below dine for free. Call +9714 888 3666 or email restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com

Meraki Riyadh

Explore the mouth-watering flavours of Greek haute cuisine with Meraki Riyadh’s newly launched lunch set menu, featuring some of the brand’s most popular dishes, such as beef gyros tacos, Mykonian salad, saganaki prawns, salmon tagliatelle, baby chicken, courgette and feta and more.

Weekdays from 1-4pm. SAR285 per person, inclusive of soft drinks and coffee. Call +9669 200 1050 or email receptionriyadh@meraki-restaurant.com