Hip new openings, hot new menus and the latest goss from our eating out insider
Time Out Dubai staff
Last week we reported on Zuma Dubai’s global triumph, recognised among the world’s top 100 restaurants. This week, it’s news of brand new editions to the menu. Dubai’s top Japanese haunt is welcoming the summer months with a selection of new dishes such as rock fish tempura with jalapeño ponzu and yuzu koshu mayonnaise, cured turbot and pickled clams in citrus soy, spicy grilled hamachi (yellowtail) belly and seared salmon with shiso soy, sesame and crispy quinoa.
Rivington Grill is also introducing new flavours this season with as many as 23 new dishes. The seasonal British flavours being served this summer include roasted scallops with fresh salt marsh samphire and cherry tomato dressing, grass fed lamb chop with cucumber, mint, caramelised potatoes and roasted garlic, river Avon rainbow trout with broad beans, crushed potatoes and lemon and tomato dressing.
Meanwhile Melbourne-inspired café Tom & Serg has whet our appetite with news of a new edition to the summer menu that we’ve previously struggled to locate in Dubai: Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. While the French colonials brought the baguettes, the Vietnamese brought to this dish a little rice-flour induced fluffiness and aromatic, flavour-packed fillings. Tom & Serg has brought a little fusion flair to its own version of the dish, stuffed with braised beef brisket, fresh herbs, kimchi, jicama (Mexican yam) and lime mayo.
Also welcoming the summer (or at least the first phase of heat) is Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Just last week, the restaurant launched a pop-up bar area, aimed at making use of the very last opportunities for outdoor dining, before the temperatures really soar, and will run until the start of Ramadan. From Saturday-Monday, the new al fresco lounge is serving a Dhs200 per person food and drink selection, featuring cheese, meats, grape and bubbly.
Chances are all this talking of summer coming is making you feel hot under the collar. Time to cool down? If so, you’ll welcome news that the International Centre for Culinary Arts, based in Knowledge Village will be holding a course in gelato-making from Monday May 26-30. The course is aimed at aspiring gelato professionals with no base knowledge of this area and is accredited by Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy. Hands up who knew there was a gelato university...?
Finally, more news for aspiring chefs in the form of a UAE-wide competition. Registration is open until May 28, and entry involves submitting an original recipe via the Samsung Facebook page. Once whittled down, the final eight contestants will enter into a cook off, in order to win an all expenses paid professional course at SCAFA cooking school in JLT.