With the first month of the Gregorian calendar nearing an end, gentlemen across Dubai are faced with the daunting task of finding a suitable spot to serenade their womenfolk for Valentine’s Day. ‘But we’ve only just recovered from Christmas!’ we hear you cry. Well, yes, but trust us, it’s worth organising something soon lest you want those rather pathetic roses you bought last-minute from Al Maya shoved somewhere unsavoury. Luckily for you, Time Out Dubai – the publishing world’s answer to Cupid – features a heady number of Valentine’s meal deals.
Asado, the rather romantic Argentine restaurant with views of the Burj Khalifa, is offering lovebirds a four-course set menu and bubbly for Dhs4,000 per couple. But before you choke on your steak, there’s also a Dhs1,400 package for those who don’t mind sitting out in Dubai’s arctic temperatures (ie an al-fresco table) and supping selected house beverages. Otherwise, we recommend you head down to Harry’s Place in the Crowne Plaza (Dhs120 per person) The Irish Village for a slap up meal and pink bubbly for two (Dhs500). Time Out would be interested to hear how your lady reacts to the suggestion of Valentine’s at either of these venues.
Meanwhile a horse-themed restaurant-bar-shop by the name of Stables (clever, eh?) opens where legendary club Diamond once stood (above Fibber Magee’s) on January 19. Other than the equine-inspired decor, the two-floored venue promises a farm shop, a first-floor Stables Bar, a grape shop on the second floor and, of course, a Racecourse Restaurant with a live open kitchen headed by Chef Romain Camos. Keep an eye out for our anonymous review.
Keeping with the tenuous theme of restaurants beginning with the letter ‘S’, we’re heading down to Sophie’s on The Palm Jumeirah for our health-food fix. This ‘home-style fresh and natural gastro-café concept’ is the brainchild of Markus Thesleff and Ramzy Abdul Majeed, founders of Whissle hospitality group and Japanese restaurant Okku respectively. The question is: where the blazes is Sophie? Anyhow, there are more than 120 dishes, available on a rotating menu, including hearty mains, salads, dips, homemade cakes and pastries.
In conclusion, for anyone wondering when all the banging and cursing emanating from the building site next to the Irish Village will come to an end, we can now reveal that the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (ie the aforementioned building site) will open this summer. Of course, Insider is uninterested in anything that you can’t eat, which is why we’re compelled to mention that there will be two signature restaurants: Trattoria, which we’re guessing will take an Italian theme, and Seafood & Steak Grill. What culinary delights will be carted from the latter, we can’t even begin to imagine. In the meantime, bon appétit and see you next week.