Hip new openings, hot new menus and the latest goss from our eating out insider
Time Out staff
Duck shawarmas, innovative Indian, New York patisserie, breakfast-brunches and cultural cafés.
Despite summer typically being a quieter time in the region, there is still a feast of new and incoming dining for the season. Now open is Dubai’s first gourmet shawarma shop S’wich, located in Dubai Marina. The new concept promises wraps made with local, organic ingredients and bread freshly baked in-house, as well as a menu devised by La Serre’s head chef Izu Ani, such as duck with garlic-fig paste or portobello mushrooms with oregano and tzatziki. Diners can also create customised shawarma combinations, including an option to have your chosen sandwich fillings on a base of rocca or lettuce leaves instead of wrapped in bread.
Fans of Indian cooking can check out a new DIFC dining option: Mint Leaf of London Dubai. This Indian import from England is known in the capital for its innovative take on Indian classics. The new restaurant is also currently serving an afternoon tea, a business lunch deal, and offering a 15 percent discount for DIFC-based workers.
Another new import to Dubai is New York-based dessert eatery ChikaLicious, in Village Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road. Here, you can witness chefs creating your dessert à la minute, or sample a three-course dessert menu at The Dessert Bar. Signatures to sample include sticky toffee ‘à la mode’, gluten-free lava cake, and yet another baking hybrid in the half croissant, half doughnut, ‘dough’sant’. ChikaLicious will also be introducing a few local flavours to the specials menu this Ramadan, including chocolate pistachio financier and pistachio éclair.
There’s also something new to try for those looking for a more traditional brunch offering. Head to refreshed and re-launched Emaar Pavilion (formerly The Pavilion) on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard for the new Saturday brunch offering. Taking place weekly from 10.30am-2.30pm; for Dhs99 a head, guests can tuck in to as much fresh juice, pastry and cereal as they please from ‘The Bench’ counter, and then order one hot main course from a selection that includes breakfast staples such as pancakes and egg recipes. The Saturday brunch will continue until Ramadan, and start again afterwards.
And yet another artspace and café has recently hit Dubai with the opening of Creekside, located (yes, creekside) in Bur Dubai. Launched by the team behind The Archive and The Magazine Shop, the new concept also hosts a programme of cultural events, exhibitions and workshops in a café environment.
Finally, coming soon to Dubai is Above. Due to open on Friday June 20 in Sofitel Dubai Downtown, this rooftop lounge concept will be serving an international menu selection, within views of the Burj Khalifa from the hotel’s eighth floor, as well as boasting a closed, air-conditioned terrace for the summer.