We wonder just how long one brunch can last, find new menus to try, and plan a visit with the kids to Memsaab
This time last week, we bid you an appetite-inducing adieu with a selection of new brunching activities, several of which rolling on until later, and later in the day. It’s as if Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen heard an implicit challenge in this and decided to join in the act. Not only has the Mexican spot launched the new ‘mas mas Maya’ brunch, which literally means more and more in Spanish, but Maya is stretching the usual brunch boundaries to such an extent that it may well be Dubai’s only all-day event. Starting at 1pm on Friday and Saturdays, the brunch includes all day beach and pool access and an after brunch happy hour (5pm-7pm) thrown in to the mix. Diners can dip in (pun fully intended) to an unlimited sharing menu of Mexican signatures from the restaurant menu, such as crispy corn tortillas, huarache, quesadillas, nachos, rib-eye steak fajitas, lobster and more. Dessert offers crêpes or fresh fruit.
Meanwhile, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has promised to ‘shake things up’ at his Dubai Festival City branch of Jamie’s Italian, by introducing a selection of new dishes. The choice includes ‘posh’ garlic mushroom on toast, squid ink spaghetti with scallops, 30-day matured prime rib with truffle butter and honeycomb cannelloni three ways.
There is also a new dinner menu to sample on board Bateaux Dubai. The new selection of dishes includes Thai crab with minted avocado or asparagus risotto with morels and white truffle foam. The main course options added range from Atlantic lobster ravioli and braised lamb shoulder to seared venison. But we’ll be holding out for the epic indulgence of dessert, since the venue’s signature double dark chocolate fondant is now to be teamed with accompaniments of peanut butter ice cream, chocolate brownie and white chocolate pistachio milkshake. Time to cancel that diet!
Memsaab, the bijou independent Indian in JLT, also has plenty in the pipeline. The busy summer programme includes cooking classes, both quick lessons as part of team building workshops and cooking camps for children, taking place from Sunday June 23-July 4 and August 18-29, with one hour sessions (priced at Dhs25) from Sunday-Thursday during this period. Memsaab will also introduce a lunch deal that will be low in price (Dhs16) and calories (less than 300). And in celebration of both International Children’s Day on Saturday June 1 and World Environment Day on Wednesday June 5, Memsaab will be rewarding children with vouchers and surprises for depicting the importance of saving the planet through any creative means they can come up with, such as a sketch, poem or video. The competition is open to children under 12. Finally, the first piece of Ramadan news is that Memsaab will introduce a choice of Emirati inspired iftar dishes.