Dinner drama queens, chocolate divas and how to eat your way around the Med
We’ve recently been revelling in Dubai’s new-found taste for unusual dining concepts, whether that’s in the dark (Nineteen), in a secret location (Lime and Tonic), or with a guest list of like minded strangers (Restronaut). Hot on the heels of Dubai’s first theatre-dining club The Act Dubai, Dubai Drama Group launches a one night-only murder mystery dinner on Thursday May 23. Taking place at Western Steakhouse in the Crowne Plaza Dubai, guests will be served a three-course dinner (yes, there will be a vegetarian option). Each course is complemented by one act of a murder-mystery play, and by the time dessert plates are cleared, the murderer will be revealed. If diners can successfully work out who the murderer is, they’ll win dining prizes at the Crowne Plaza Dubai. Buy tickets in advance for Dhs250 per person.
New to Dubai Marina is Helio Lounge, a laid-back Egyptian eatery with a modern edge. Headed by Arab chef Joe Barza, the menu offers a modernised selection of Egyptian dishes, as well as a few international café standards. The signature dish from which the venue takes its name is ‘helios’, an updated version of traditional feteer pies. They are baked fresh to order and come in sweet and savoury recipes, such as beef and beans or desiccated coconut and caramelised apple.
Yet another modernised Arabic concept has just opened in Cluster Y of JLT. At Nofara Café, you can delve into a menu of casual café fare, inspired by classic Arabic flavours, with dishes such as watercress and pomegranate salad with yoghurt, herb marinated chicken and figs, or a cardamom coffee-infused chocolate brownie, coated in yet more chocolate and pistachios. The café is also serving its own blend of locally roasted coffee.
Moving across the region to the Mediterranean, Zaytoun at the Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City has welcomed new head chef Francesco Bucca, and with him an entirely new menu. Cooking inspired by Chef Francesco’s native Sicily will figure highly, as well as seafood, Spanish tapas, pizza and Italian antipasti.
There’s something new to try for those with a sweet tooth too: chocolate brand Diva Life has launched the Dazzling Blue Dessert truffle range. These seriously indulgent little pralines are made with multiple layers of Belgian chocolate, which each have to be moulded separately, and feature a ganache filling. The truffles are available in flavours such as strawberry and milk with a white-chocolate base, or tiramisu with milk chocolate, priced at Dhs175 per box. They’re available at www.divalife.ae and Milk & Honey stores. Until next week, bon appétit!