Our top restaurant of 2013 has some new tricks up it's sleeve
Dine al fresco with Dubai’s top chefs, do a non-brunch brunch or get your top food on the menu at Jones the Grocer.
It’s tough being Dubai’s restaurant of the year; if you are already at the top, how do you push yourself further? But there’s no smug complacency for Time Out Dubai’s winner in 2013, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire. As previously reported, the restaurant has plans underway to push the boat out with a standalone patisserie and bakery concept opening in the first quarter of 2014. Another change, already open, is Reflets’ side-line little sister La Terrasse. Here, the restaurant has opened an al fresco terrace space, with a more casual dining bar ambience than the fine dining area inside. It’s a modest but pleasant area, where guests can eat (in view of the Burj Khalifa) from a menu of tapas-style sharing plates. Dishes are more accessibly priced and include recipes such as Beaufort and comté cheese terrine, sweet and sour snail tart, or beef tartare prepared at the table. If you’re overwhelmed by choice, leave it in the hands of chef Olivier Biles, with the ‘suggestions du chef’ promotion running throughout February. It consists of tapas, a light main, dessert and a glass of bubbly for Dhs310 per person.
From our favourite restaurant of 2013, to Dubai’s favourite pastime: brunch. New spot Q43 at Media One Hotel has announced the launch of its first Friday brunch promotion. Starting at a lie-in friendly 2pm, Q43 offers brunchers a three-course menu served at the table, including tapas dishes and sushi to start, a carvery selection with an Asian twist, followed by a selection of cheese and desserts.
Not quite a brunch, but there’s a new ‘casual luncheon’ launched at Zest in One&Only The Palm. The restaurant’s two open kitchens are cooking an international buffet selection of seafood, meat and salads every Saturday lunchtime.
And so far from Dubai’s concept of brunching that it hits the more traditional sense of the word spot on, Cave at Conrad Dubai has just launched a new event, dubbed ‘Recovery Saturdays’. With a weekly rotating à la carte menu, the concept offers a more classic breakfast-meets afternoon list of dishes such as smoked trout omelette, confit duck hash with sous vide eggs and lemon parmesan vinaigrette, or banana bread French toast with blueberry compote. Recovering diners can ease their heads with a tomato-based mixed drink, a browse of the newspapers and a little music from live singers, bands and DJs.
Finally, we leave you with a little cyber news from Jones the Grocer. The Aussie café is encouraging its customers to take to Instagram (using #jonesuae) and post pictures of their favourite comfort food. Jones’ favourite suggestions from there will get to make it onto the specials menu. The winning suggestions will also be rewarded with a Dhs150 gift voucher and invited to a tasting session.