Nine new eateries causing a stir amongst the foodies
Time Out Dubai staff
The season ahead sees an injection of new flavours in Dubai with a Peruvian food festival to be held in October at Méridien Village Terrace (04 702 2449) at Le Méridien Dubai and a season of Vietnamese cooking classes hosted at Hoi An (04 405 2703) from September through to November. The institution of afternoon tea has also been given a new lease of life, with a menu introduced at Urban Bistro (04 362 4330) in Media City and a revamped, Ottoman-inspired tea at Sultan’s Lounge (04 453 0444) at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, complete with a final sweet treat devised by celebrity patisserie chef, Eric Lanlard. For more tea, there’s also the International Coffee and Tea Festival (04 335 5001), complete with an annual barista championship taking place from October 8-11. Media One Hotel is also set to launch a new restaurant, bar and lounge concept, Q43 on the 43rd floor in October. Also, launched this week Noire at Spectrum on One (04 311 8316) brings the über-cool dine-in-the-dark dinner concept to the city.
Ketchup Perfectly pitched for some wordplay, newly opened Ketchup is a celebrity-backed concept, owned by Ashton Kutcher. The menu features an all-American selection of burgers, steaks and more. Boulevard Plaza, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 363 8595).
Ba Named after the Chinese character for the lucky number eight, this new Chinese restaurant will open in October Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Eugenie The new patisserie boutique from France is named after the French Empress Eugenie, famed for serving lavish afternoon teas. Here you can buy a selection of classic French sweet treats, including macaroons, brioche and choux buns. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 420 7741).
Fraiche Cafe and Bistro The newest kid on JLT’s burgeoning café scene, Fraiche Cafe and Bistro offers a casual dining menu of classic cooking, with a twist such as Canadian poutine with crab, strawberry and goat’s cheese salad, ox cheek cottage pie, in an slick and urban setting. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT (050 880 5467).
Heat Cafe & Grill Aimed at offering and promoting healthy eating that is both enjoyable and affordable, this new concept offers a menu of café dining (think egg-white omelettes), for Dhs40 and under and with 400 calories or less. Quite a promise. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 338 8831).
La Serre Joining the ranks of Fournil de Pierre and Maison Bagatelle offering fancy French café experiences on the Boulevard, La Serre is an impressive two-tier complex with a casual bakery downstairs and more formal European dining concept upstairs. It’s run by a team with an impressive CV, that includes La Petite Maison in Dubai and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 5923).
The Magazine Shop After launching the first venue in DIFC, the second branch of this café meets bookshop and library has just opened in Media City, stocking magazine and books to browse or buy, as well as a full café menu. The Loft Office 2, Dubai Media City (050 424 0314).
Margherita Newly opened on The Walk, this chain of pizzerias has a Neapolitan-inspired concept and menu. It opened its first branch in Naples in 1959 and now has branches across the Middle East. JBR The Walk, Dubai Marina (no number).
Yalla Momos While not strictly new, this hidden gem has recently undergone a revamp. For something truly unique in Dubai, head here to sample ‘momos’, a Himalayan style of street-food dumpling. Behind Park Regis Hotel, opposite Bikanerwala, Karama (04 385 2233).