Hip new openings, hot new menus and the latest goss from our eating out insider
Time Out staff
This week, there’s Latin cooking from Argentina to Mexico to indulge in, and new music from jazz to opera.
Taste of Peru, Rio Carnival, Cinco de Mayo and Argentinean Independence Day may have all been and gone already this year but Dubai is gearing up to celebrate Latin dining culture yet again. Starting this week a Latin feast awaits Dubai diners. We wonder if this has been influenced by the FIFA World Cup about to kick off in Rio on Thursday June 12.
Pure Sky Lounge at Hilton Dubai on The Walk is getting a head start, with the launch of the three-day Argentinean Food Festival from Wednesday May 28-30. The bar and lounge’s own chef Matias, who is an Argentine-national, will be joined by three Argentinean guest chefs for the festival. The first night of the event will feature a cook-off of sorts, with a special four-course dinner prepared by the four chefs (each overseeing one course). Diners on the night will be treated to a live broadcast of the chefs at work in the kitchen, as well as South American grape pairings from Argentina and Chile. On Thursday night (May 29), Pure Sky Lounge will host a special cooking demonstration from two of the chefs (with more South American grape pairing). Finally, the festival will finish on Friday with a ‘sunset brunch’ (starting from 5.30pm), featuring Andean flavours, with a contemporary twist, teamed with Andean beverages.
In case this has whet your appetite for more Latin eating, you won’t have to wait too long until the next Latin dining special, since Mexican restaurant Fuego will be celebrating its first anniversary in June. Taking place from Sunday June 1-7, celebratory offers during the week include meal deals for Dhs12 (to mark the restaurant’s first 12 months) and buy-one-get-one-free offers. Fuego will also be giving away 12 free meals to the first 12 dinner guests during the week. Keep an eye on Fuego’s social media channels for more details on how to stand a chance of winning.
From Latin to live music, St Tropez Bistro in Mall of the Emirates is now hosting a regular series of jazz nights. Each Thursday and Friday evening (starting from 8pm), guests can dine from the usual à la carte menu, but to the sounds of live jazz and swing music performed by Anita Williams.
The Ivy is also getting in on the entertainment scene by adding a little music to its repertoire. While the British restaurant is a regular hotspot for live jazz, next month The Ivy will be adding opera to the soundtrack and going French for one night only. Taking place on Wednesday June 11, the one-off opera evening will feature a three-course menu of French cooking (including mocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee) for Dhs395 per person, plus live performances of French opera classics by Emirates Opera Project. Should be worth checking out.