This week: birthday celebrations at Fish Market, new openings, plus 007 wants you to stop eating foie gras...
It is festival and party time at the restaurants at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek next month. Fish Market will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in March. It's a landmark birthday, but in Dubai years this makes it something of a beloved great-grandmother on the seafood scene. To mark the special occasion, the restaurant will be serving a platter of shrimps, squid, scallops and Alaskan crab for Dhs180 per person, available throughout the month.
Japanese restaurant Minato will also be holding its own celebrations, honouring Hinamatsuri (or girls' festival in Japanese), which takes place on Monday March 3. The restaurant will be serving a special set menu from Saturday March 1-15. If you really want to get into the spirit of the matsuri, you can even buy a traditional Hina doll, too. In the same hotel, Shabestan will be getting ready to usher in the Iranian new year, from Friday March 21-31, with a set menu of traditional cooking and plenty of entertainment in the form of live music and dancing.
Not wishing to be out done, it is all go at the Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa in 2014 as well. The hotel has announced the launch of two new restaurants, both due to open later this year. Joining his existing venture Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen, chef Richard Sandoval will be opening a second restaurant, a pan-Asian concept called Zengo. Also on the horizon is Geales Seafood, a restaurant originally from London. Then there are whispers of a further celebrity chef opening at the hotel later in the year, but we'll reveal more as details are confirmed, so watch this space.
There is good news afoot for those with diet restrictions. Officially launching this week is Protein Bake Shop, a new store offering baked treats made with paleo diet-inspired recipes, using no grain, no dairy or refined sugars. The range includes almond cookies, chia and flaxseed slices, chocolate mousse and more, and is available to order online, or to buy from Down To Earth organic grocery store in Jumeirah. In further wheat-free news, home-grown gluten-free bakery Sweet Connection has now opened its first standalone café, located in DIFC.
Finally, we leave you with news that foie gras may well be on its last (erm) legs in Dubai. Following the precedent set by Blue Flame last year by introducing ethically produced foie gras to the menu, now 007 has set his sights on the controversial delicacy. While his character may ironically have a licence to kill, former James Bond actor Roger Moore has reputedly called for consumers to boycott the foie gras due to be sold at new gourmet store Fortnum & Mason, opening this month in Downtown Dubai.