After the epic pizza blow-out for our recent feature (‘Dubai’s best pizza’, August 29-September 4), we’re all suffering from a lactose hangover, so we’re looking for a cheese and tomato-coated remedy to ease our newly developed cravings. We’re delighted, then, that top Italian venue Bussola (which scored 4/5 in our pizza review) is reopening its al-fresco pizza terrace now that the weather has cooled down. It’s due to reopen on Thursday September 20 – perfect timing for guests to enjoy the outdoor area as temperatures fall.
Although we’re generally of the opinion that pizza is best left to the Italians, it seems there are some who are keen to fight the Americans for the runners-up trophy. The Australians are getting in on the action: two Dubai-based pals from Down Under are set to launch Aussie Pizza in Business Bay on Wednesday September 12. Also due to open this week, near Lamcy Plaza in Our Metha, is Dubai’s first branch of Sam’s Pizza, an Indian franchise with venues across the world. While it sounds like a fairly standard casual dining experience, we’re told to expect a swanky Spanish-inspired bamboo and snakeskin-clad setting. Exotic…or confused?
Since we’re in an Italian frame of mind this week, we’re also planning to check out new Italian-run gelato café concept GelatoLab in JLT. The venture sounds particularly child-friendly, with fun, colourful decor, a mascot called ‘Whippy’ welcoming guests through the door, and dishes such as ‘spaghetti ice cream’. We like the crazy-looking chairs, shaped like ice cream cones – cute, kitsch and on a par with the teacup rides at Disneyland.
In other dessert-related news, Atlantis The Palm has just introduced a new afternoon tea. As well as the usual array of pastries, sandwiches, scones and a few hot nibbles, the ‘Honey Me’ tea at Plato’s also offers ten varieties of flavoured honey, including lavender, chestnut and rosemary, and you can take in the sights and sounds of the honey fountain and live harp performance.
For a different take on tea, head to Sino Chai on Saturday September 22, where the healthy-living Taiwanese tea specialists will host a one-off tea brewing lesson. The resident tea master will take you through this ancient Chinese art, before it’s time to sit down to a five-course lunch of delicious tea-infused dishes. You’ll need to book in advance, though –we think this one will prove popular.
For a final, sweeter ending, Thursday September 13 is International Chocolate Day (that’s our kind of observance). In its honour, new UAE online chocolate boutique Diva Life will be offering a 30 percent discount throughout September. Head to www.divalife.ae for plenty of cocoa-infused treats. Until next week, bon appétit!