Plus more hot openings: Reform, Sass Café and TOKO
Time Out Dubai staff
This week kicks off with a host of new openings with exciting concepts coming soon to Dubai. First up, and currently due to open at the end of September, is Bapas at The H Hotel. The new concept sees a team of two Belgian brothers bringing their native cuisine to the city, served in a relaxed, lounge bar setting. The menu will be designed as a selection of elevated bar food and sharing plates to be nibbled on, alongside drinks throughout the evening. Much like Spanish tapas, only from Belgium, hence the name. As unique as the name may sound, it turns out the Flemish small-plate concept dubbed ‘bapas’ is already popular in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Heading across the Channel, October marks the opening of a British concept that comes straight from London’s Marylebone. Reform Social and Grill will open another outlet of the restaurant in Dubai at the The Lakes Club, located in Emirates Hills. Inspired by the aesthetics of an old-school English gentlemen’s club, the menu will focus on British culinary classics. Signature dishes will include house-cured salmon, asparagus with white stilton, fish and chips, charcoal grilled steak as well as desserts such as chocolate and orange pot and rhubarb and custard tart. The British theme will extend to elements such as the beverage menu and even a tuck shop à la British school tradition. The venue also features an extensive outdoor dining area, with a large lawn and terrace designed to replicate an English pub garden ambience.
Coming up in December, there’s another two restaurants due to launch in the emirate, Sass Café and TOKO Restaurant and Bar. Opening in Al Fattan Currency House in DIFC, Sass Café comes to Dubai straight from Monaco, where the restaurant has been welcoming the rich and famous for the past 20 years. The DIFC version promises a glamorous setting complete with excellent views of the Burj Khalifa from the terrace and entertainment in the bar area and live piano performances. The menu is set to offer a selection of fine Mediterranean cooking.
TOKO Restaurant and Bar on the other hand, is set to open in the revamped Vida Downtown Hotel. Yet another Downtown Japanese dining concept, the original branch of TOKO in Sydney, Australia, is also equally star-studded with a roll-call of restaurant guests such as Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. With the Sydney branch winning design awards, it’s no surprise that style will be a primary concern at TOKO Dubai, with sleek interiors planned in natural wood, high ceilings, a large terrace and a dedicated entrance on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. The menu takes its cues from the Japanese izakaya style, featuring a sushi bar and robata grill, using a variety of premium and (some) locally sourced ingredients.