Taste of Dubai is looking even tastier than usual now that it’s been announced that Chef Nobu (you know Robert DeNiro’s mate who has all those fancy restaurants around the world) is coming to the festival. We won’t go on about it too much, mind – there’s a whole feature to whet your appetite on page 12. But before you hungrily turn back the pages to find out more, we’d just like to point out that we got the scoop own Atul Kochhar’s forthcoming restaurant Rang Mahal, which you’ll be able to find in the new JW Marriott Marquis set to open in the Business Bay area later this year.
Keeping with restaurant gossip, we’re tittering with child-like excitement at the prospect of Asia de Cuba restaurant coming to Dubai. Asia de Cuba, for the unacquainted, is the ever-so-cool brainchild of ever-so-cool restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow and is currently wooing ever-so-cool clientele at St Martin’s Lane Hotel London. More astute readers might have already guessed that the food served is a heady combination of Cuban and Asian. Watch this space for details.
Not to be outdone by those purveyors of Latin American socialism (ie the Cubans), the city’s Brazilian contingent is satiating the dainty appetites of Dubai Ladies Club members at Sweet Brasil, which has been described by one blogger as ‘a low-key, homemade café offering authentic Brazilian food, such as risolis (soft dough filled with beef, cheese, corn and cheese), coxinha (deep fried dough, filled with chicken), and pao de queijo (round bread stuffed with cheese)’. The only caveat, of course, is that only ladies can enjoy aforementioned Brazilian treats at the moment. However, gents won’t have to wait for too long until they can join this culinary carnival since Sweet Brasil will soon open in JLT, Al Seef 2. Hooray!
Now to the not-too-distant future – Marina dwellers are still pressing their noses against the windows of Momma’s Food like hungry orphan children. The Park Island has looked to be on the verge of opening for months now, so we can only wonder what the holdup is. Further down the water, however, we welcome the newest Baker & Spice, which flung open its doors in late February and is stuffing fresh, local produce into anyone lucky enough to stumble into the vicinity. Okay, not quite, but we found it a pleasant place for a Friday morning coffee.