What’s happening this weekend?

From once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences to new double weekend brunches and award-winning business lunches, here’s our suggestions for everything exciting in the UAE


A charming Japanese fusion restaurant has opened its doors in Sharjah, only a few months after their third launch at Dubai Mall. Every aspect of the reinvented furnishings and menu that were unveiled at the branch in the Dubai Mall can be found at Origami’s latest location, housed in Sharjah’s newest development, Aljada.

The venue provides a gastronomic experience that houses reputable workmanship in an immersive recreation of Japan’s renowned underground sushi bars. The menu features a delectable assortment of maki, nigiri, and sashimi, including the restaurant’s special brand of Origami-style nigiri, that offers inventive twists on the celebrated Japanese dish.

Call +9716 702 0079 and visit Instagram

Moon Slice

The prominent pizza restaurant in Dubai, Moon Slice, has added a second location in Aljada, Sharjah, with renovated interiors and a brand-new visual identity.

With the transformation, Moon Slice is ready to serve their distinct and innovative flavours at the burgeoning culinary hub, Aljada in Sharjah. The new outlet offers delectable dishes such as arancini, crispy baby squid, aglio e olio shrimps, and wagyu carpaccio for appetisers. You can also tuck into pastas including pink sauce prawns, mushroom pasta with white sauce, and seafood pasta with prawn bisque, tomato sauce, prawns, and squid for mains. The showstopping dishes to be devoured are Moon Slice original pizzas, made with their fresh, 48-hour fermented dough.

Aljada by Arada, Muwailih Commercial, Sharjah. Monday to Sunday from 12pm–12am. Call +9716 702 0878


Ossiano’s Chef, Gregoire Berger, and Asia’s best female Chef, Natsuko Shoji, have united forces to serve an unforgettable 10-course menu. Taking place for two nights only, the duo’s collaborative efforts will bring forth their respective culinary approaches, paying homage to seasonality and world-class produce, culminating in a sequence of outstanding dishes that could pass for works of art. Each evening, you are invited to embark upon an immersive journey, focusing on a story specially crafted by the creative duo.

Each chef interprets a different chapter of the narrative through the perspective of their respective cuisine, bringing surprises at every turn. Berger will serve a colorful eel, nori, and orange tartlet, as well as his well-known black truffle croque monsieur. Ayu (sweetfish) tacos with fruit salsa, a rich caviar mille feuille that masterfully integrates pastry methods into a savoury meal, and a uni tart are some of Shoji’s interpretations.

August 5 and 6. From 6-10pm. AED1,250 per person. Seating is extremely limited, and early reservations are highly recommended. Call +9714 426 2626 and visit the website or Instagram

Weslodge Saloon

Want to indulge in a double brunch? Every Friday night and Saturday you can escape the summer heat by swinging into a lively 68th floor brunch at Weslodge Saloon Business Bay, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a world-class playground of dining, drinking and dancing.

New recipes from North America have given the brunch an extra dose of flavour. Expect substantial dining comfort food, perfectly crafted beverages, coupled with live entertainment and a nostalgic soundtrack of songs from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The menu includes dishes such as Dibba oysters on arrival, alongside a fresh and spicy Ahi tuna tartare, Canada-style beef poutine of fries piled with pulled short rib, beef gravy and cheese and Weslodge’s popular golden pieces of Southern fried chicken.

Weslodge Saloon Business Bay. Friday from 7-10pm. Saturday from 1:30-4:30pm. From AED295 per person. Call +9714 350 9288 and visit the website or Instagram

Brasserie Boulud

Weekday lunches at Brasserie Boulud are perfect for treating yourself. Celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant serves French cuisine with French flair at the Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. The venue was recently recognized with the Bib Gourmand category by the UAE’s first Michelin Guide for exceptional food at a reasonable value.

Choose between two or three courses, with decadent dishes such escargots de bourgogne, tartare de boeuf and the popular ‘le frenchie burger’ or opt for the à la carte menu, as Chef de Cuisine, Nicolas Lemoyne, promises a contemporary déjeuner rooted in tradition.

Monday to Friday from 12:30-3pm. AED125 for 2 courses, AED150 for 3 courses. Call +9714 281 4020 and visit the website or Instagram

Anantara Spa, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Anantara Spa at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort invites you to indulge in the most recent advances in skincare. Sample South Korea’s best skincare secret when you visit the resort’s luxury spa and experience a Cellreturn Platinum LED face mask treatment, that uses wavelength technology to enhance circulation, revitalize the skin, and slow the signs of aging. Once done, head to Revo Café, for their gourmet salads, sandwiches and mains including salmon steak and lamb harissa.

Take advantage of the special offer available now (20-minute Cellreturn LED face mask treatment for AED250). Call +9714 567 8888 and visit the website or Instagram