From pop-ups and limited-edition burgers to F&B masterclasses and fruit fiestas, here’s our suggestions for an incredible weekend in the UAE
Roberto’s At Home
Whether you prefer a formal or casual meal, all you have to do is play host while the award-winning team at Roberto’s prepares and serves their signature dishes in your home. Enjoy an extensive menu selection featuring dishes such as fettuccine Roberto’s, tortelli al tartufo and salt crusted sea bass. Each multi-course menu features canapes, antipasti, hearty pastas, secondi staples and some dolci goodness; with add-ons of oysters and caviar available for a luxurious treat.
AED4,000 onwards for 8 people (Giardino at AED500 per person, Salotta at AED750 per person and Cortina at AED1,000 per person); AED800 onwards for non-services parties and AED2,000 onwards for serviced parties (Savoury canapes and sweets at AED160 per dozen, minimum of 5 dozen). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
Café Isan x Armada BlueBay pop-up
Thai dining hotspot, Café Isan has a new licensed venue in town draped in vibrant colours and Thai holiday vibes. Look forward to signature dishes from the Isan region that Chef New has won numerous awards for, alongside exciting new dishes. Sip on a range of Thai and Café Isan-inspired concoctions with ingredients such as coconut, basil, lemongrass and ginger. Diners are encouraged to carry their favourite Thailand holiday photograph to pin up in the space too.
Spice lovers, this one’s for you. SLAW has joined forces with Korean brand Samyang to reveal a limited-edition ‘Slam Yum’, available for two days only. The burger consists of deep-fried chicken marinated in a secret sauce, wrapped in ramen noodles, coated with a blend of spices and smothered in an eye watering chilli sauce, before being stacked with kimchi, spring onions and pickled red jalapeño on soft potato buns.
Jumeirah 1 on July 10 from 11-2am and on July 11 from 11-1am. AED50 per burger. Visit Instagram.
Pickl x Krispy Kreme
Adventurous foodies, this one’s for you. In a new monthly-burger special, Pickl has launched a Simpsons-inspired Krispy Kreme donut burger. The name of this July special is ‘donuts. is there anything they can’t do?’, as said by Homer Simpson. The crazy donut/burger is a double cheeseburger with beef bacon and Pickl’s secret sauce, stacked inside an original glazed Krispy Kreme donut.
July 8 to August 1 on Saturday to Wednesday from 11-1am and on Thursday to Friday from 11-2am. AED65 per donut/burger. Dine-in at Pickl JLT, Motor City and Madinat Badr.
The American Diner straight out of the 50’s, sited in Business Bay, has launched a breakfast menu featuring American dishes with local gastronomic twists. Tuck into the All-American with beef bacon, buttermilk pancakes, strawberries, whipped cream, one sausage, eggs and hash browns; the Croiffle, a waffle made from croissant dough and served with fries or house salad; sweet cinnamon French toast and more.
Daily from 8:30am-2pm. AED41 onwards. Call +97156 538 8388 or visit Instagram.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Master Italian summer flavours and celebrate one of the country’s most prized ingredient, extra-virgin olive oil at Armani Hotel’s July masterclass. Roll up your sleeves and learn from Armani/Ristorante’s resident culinary maestros, followed by a hearty lunch. The two-hour session begins with a presentation of summer vegetables served with a crispy Sicilian prawn head fritter, followed by goat’s cheese ravioli with tomatoes and poached halibut with broccolini and tarragon oil.
July 10 from 11 onwards. AED549 per person (inclusive of a two-hour masterclass, four-course lunch, soft beverages and coffee). Call +9714 888 3888 or email email@example.com.
Whisk your love away to a creative date night featuring a masterclass in the art of mixology. Gain an understanding of punchy sips and blend the perfect flavour for your palette. The unique one-hour masterclass includes recipe cards, a certificate and canapes to keep you fueled throughout the session.
Daily from 3:30-5:30pm. AED170 per person, AED300 per couple or AED135 per person for groups of 5 and more. Call +971 4 501 8620 or visit the website.
The brand has launched a selection of ice-cream boxes with fun and fresh ingredients, toppings and dips. From ice creams that can be served on a buttered French toast and Dunkin’ Sticks or ice-creams that can be dunked in chocolate sauce, to Push Pops, a combination of ice cream and sponge cakes, Parlour Boutique has gone all out this summer.
Daily from 8am-7pm. AED140 onwards. Call +97150 626 9977 or visit the website.
Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort
The property invites diners to embark on a mango fiesta throughout the month of July. Savour signature mango creations including mango salads, vibrant summer bowls, creamy smoothies, refreshing sorbets and ice-creams, mango-inspired creative concoctions and more across their restaurants, including the venue’s newly-revamped beachside culinary destination, Bab Al Bahr.
Mango Fiesta from July 8 to 31. AED30 onwards. Call +9716 714 2222 or email FB.AjmanSaray@luxurycollection.com.
Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa
Kick-start your weekend with the popular Bubbalicious brunch, that has now been extended to Thursdays too. From live food stations and punchy sips to retro entertainment and a fun-filled evening of 80’s and 90’s singalong classics, the brunch guarantees diners a fun start to the weekend. For those who prefer a Friday party scene, the brunch will run the next day as well.
Thursday from 7-10pm and Friday from 1-4pm. AED225 per person (soft beverages), AED395 per person (house beverages) and AED625 per person (bubbly). Call +9712 616 9999.