Cheese addict? We reveal which pairing nights you need to eat your way through. Like, now.
Cheese addict? We reveal which pairing nights you need to eat your way through. Like, now.
Bazxar Head to this trendy DIFC bar and restaurant to try the “Cellar ’n’ Cheddar” night, starring a selection ranging from warm brie and Manchego to Gorgonzola. You’ll get free-flowing grape (and cheese) for Dhs175 for three-hours every Tuesday. Sounds good to us. Dhs175 (per person). Tue 8pm-11pm. Precinct Building 4, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1111).
Bahri Bar Love cheese? And your partner does too? A cheese and grape evening for two it is, then. Bahri Bar at Madinat Jumeirah hosts the perfect one for you both. Monday night is couples’ night, and it’s all about the fromage. For Dhs295 per couple, start off with a welcome mixed drink, followed by a bottle of house grape and a platter of cheese. You’ll also get a selection of foie gras and sliders. The views across to the Burj Al Arab are stunning, too, so all in all, this is an impressive date night. Dhs295 (house grape), Dhs365 (sparkling grape). Mon 6pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
caféM Let It Brie. Yes, we love a cheese pun here at Time Out Dubai, so this night has immediately got off to a good start. Every Thursday from 7pm until 10pm, this Media One Hotel spot offers up a “cheesefest” (now we’re talking), with free-flowing grape or sparkling grape. Busy on a Thursday? Fear not, there’s a fondue night on Wednesdays for the same price. Chilled-out and cheerful. Dhs199 (grape), Dhs219 (sparking grape). Wed-Thu 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Cave Want to learn more about grape and cheese? Every Thursday at Cave there’s a special masterclass, where the venue’s sommelier hosts a grape-tasting etiquette session. This classy bar is styled like an underground cavern, but has a warm and cosy vibe. Enjoy the atmosphere while you sample eight types of grape from several regions, accompanied, of course, by a range of tasty cheeses. It comes in at just Dhs149, so it’s an all-round goodie in our eyes. Dhs149 (per person). Thu 8pm-11pm. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7111).
Cucina Residents of Jebel Ali, don’t miss this lesser-known night at the Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community. Make Room for A Little Cheese at Cucina boasts a range of grape and fromages for under Dhs200 a head. Dhs195 (per person). Tue 7pm-10pm. Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community (04 885 2222).
Epicure Sure, this one is slightly further out of town, but it’s worth the trip for this beautiful Desert Palm location. Make the most of the end of the working week by heading to the Thursday Tipples & Cheese night at Epicure. The massive cheeseboard includes, wait for it, Danish Bleu, Emmental, Gruyère, Parmesan, cheddar, goat’s cheese, Brie, boccochini, garlic Boursin, apricot chèvre, sun-dried tomato chèvre, pepper Boursin, truffle chèvre, stuffed Brie and fondue. This is all paired with freshly baked artisan breads and hand-crafted antipasti plates. Wear your best (elasticated) clothes, we’d say. Dhs150 (per person). Thu 7.30pm-10.30pm. Desert Palm Per Aquum, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).
Feast Feast by name, Feast by nature. Dig into unlimited cheese and grape at this all-day dining restaurant for a bargainous Dhs129 per person. Sounds like a good deal to us. Dhs129 (per person). Tue 6pm-11pm. Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4444).
Grapeskin This relatively new grape bar is set in the trendy La Ville Hotel & Suites at City Walk. It offers a range of deals throughout the week, but our pick is the Wednesday ladies’ night, which essentially doubles as a cheese night. Ladies get two free glasses of grape, plus a mini cheeseboard, as well as a reduced rate of just Dhs25 a drink for the rest of the evening. Gather the gals, it’s time to head to City Walk. Free. Wed 8pm-11pm. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk (054 309 5948).
Jones the Grocer This one’s almost like a night brunch, it’s that good value. Cheese, grape and jazz, all rolled into one. Every Wednesday, the Australian café serves up unlimited grape (or hops), plus a selection of cheese and cold cuts for Dhs199. Even better, there’s live jazz from Veronica’s Vintage Jazz Duo to get you tapping your feet as well as filling your bellies. The perfect way to unwind after a busy Wednesday at work. Dhs199 (per person). Wed 8pm-11pm. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 335 7769).
Koubba Enjoy the sunset at this spectacular terrace bar set in Al Qasr hotel at Madinat Jumeirah. And get your teeth into a wide range of French cheese, while you’re there. Every week, for the à la Vôtre Wednesdays night, you can sample a selection of cheeses, paired with grape for Dhs160 a person. Upmarket, and one to bring visitors to. Dhs160 (per person). Wed 5pm-9pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
La Farine Known for its baked goods and top afternoon teas, this French restaurant in Business Bay also throws a pretty good grape and cheese night. Offering up a huge range of French cheeses and fresh grapes (and in this instance we mean the actual fruit, not the drink), there’s a light-hearted atmosphere for a pleasant Thursday evening. And there’s a good deal that saves you dosh if you dine as a pair, too. Dhs160 (per person), Dhs300 (per couple couple). Thu 6pm-9pm. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Publique If you’ve been following Time Out Dubai, you’ll have heard us rave about the cheesy overload (in a good way) that happens when you visit Publique. What else would you expect from a ski-themed chalet in the middle of Dubai, though? Raclette, fondue, all the melted, gooey cheese you could ever dream of is on offer here. Plus, there’s plenty of grape and craft hops, too. There’s even a deal until the end of September that includes a fondue and carafe of house grape for two for just Dhs140, so head down, quicksmart. From Dhs99 per person (food only), Dhs140 per person (grape). (Until Sep 30). Daily noon-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8550).
Oeno Wind down at Oeno on a Wednesday with the ultimate cheese and grape night. This hugely popular bar on the fringes of Media City and Dubai Marina (which picked up a Highly Commended gong in this year’s Grape Bar category at our Music & Nightlife Awards) houses its very own cold room, packed full of cheese. There are more than 50 types of grape to sample and a huge range of cheeses to nibble on (from Roquefort and cheddar to soft goat’s cheese flavoured with lavender and juniper berries, washed rinds, blue moulds, Parmesan and pecorino). You’ll also get expert advice from the team on how to pair them perfectly. Dhs195 (per person). Wed 8pm-11pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7139).
Oscar’s Vine Society Another Highly Commended Grape Bar, Oscar’s Vine Society boasts more than 100 types of grape. With a rustic, French feel, it’s a laid-back bar that also has a traditional menu. But we’re here to talk cheese, which it also does very well. Order the Vine Cheese Platter (aka La Planchette de Fromages) and you’ll get comte, bleu d’Auvergne, Valencay and Camembert to nibble on. Glasses of grape are priced separately, but the good news is, this is available every night of the week. Dhs99 (per person). Daily 6pm-1am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road(04 331 1111).
Stage2 Chee[r]se (geddit?) is a grape and cheese night consisting of tapas, antipasti and Stage2’s finest cheeses. This Vida Downtown spot offers pairing with Mediterranean beverages including red and white grape, with three drinks and unlimited nibbles coming in at just Dhs135. What a midweek bargain. Dhs135 (per person). Wed 6pm-9pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 6888).
The Agency We love this laid-back grape bar at Madinat Jumeirah – so much so that we named it our Best Grape Bar at this year’s Music & Nightlife Awards. Not only does it have a regular happy hour offering glasses of grape for Dhs25 and bottles for Dhs100 from noon to 8pm every day, it also has picture-perfect views of the Burj Al Arab and a top cheese selection. On Sundays and Mondays from 8pm until 1pm, you can have unlimited grape and cheese for just Dhs200 which, for a spot like this, is a very good. Dhs200 (grape), Dhs350 (sparkling grape), Dhs500 (bubbly). Sun-Mon 8pm-1am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5845).
The Grape Escape This punnily named grape bar in the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah over at JBR serves an à la carte-style offering featuring a platter of three cheeses for Dhs70, six for Dhs120 or nine for Dhs170, depending on how many people you’re heading over there with. There’s also a range of cold cuts, too. Drinks are charged by the glass, but a daily happy hour offers up two drinks for just Dhs55 between 8pm and 10pm. From Dhs70. Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 399 1111).
The Scene Though not known as a grape bar, this quirky Dubai Marina restaurant does in fact host a perfectly good cheese and grape evening. The Bubbles and Squeak night on a Wednesday boasts prime views over the glittering Dubai Marina skyline. Bottles of bubbly start at Dhs99, while for Dhs59, you can get a selection of cheese, biscuits, chutney and fruit. Fancy something, well, fancier? Opt for the truffle honey-baked Camembert with sourdough soldiers for Dhs99. Delish. From Dhs99 (per person). Wed 4pm-1am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Vintage So it’s not a cheese-tasting evening, but it still contains excellent cheesy goodness, so we weren’t going to leave this fondue night off the list. Vintage is a quiet spot with intimate charm, and twice a week it does an evening of unlimited cheese fondue and grape for just Dhs175 per person. But the best news is that one of these days is Sunday. What better way to start off your week than with a bubbling pot of melted cheese? Dhs175 (per person). Sun-Mon 7pm-10pm. Pyramids at Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
YNot This grape bar has a whole range of cheese nights to enjoy. Our pick is the Thirsty Thursdays evening, where for just Dhs169 per person you get unlimited grape with a selection of cheese and cold cuts, too. Kick back and enjoy the relaxed vibe and Dubai Marina views to start your weekend. From Saturday to Thursday you can indulge in a “Mix-and-Match” deal, which includes a bottle of grape with either a cold cuts platter, cheese platter or four tapas dishes. Now you just need to scan your diary to see which night you’re free. Dhs169 per person (Thirsty Thursdays). Thu 8pm-11pm; Dhs199 per person (Mix-and-Match). Sat-Thu 5pm-11pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6669).