We’re going to start with some well- timed news that will let you enjoy a gourmet experience with an al fresco twist, while the weather is still cool enough. Bã Restaurant & Lounge at Fairmont The Palm has announced its first weekend brunch. Taking place on Saturdays, the new yum cha brunch will serve a selection of Asian bites, including steamed dim sum and dishes from the wok. This brunch however has an outdoor twist, and will allow guests to swim and sunbathe at the pool and beach in between grazing, all to music from DJs. You can even take your brunch in a beachside cabana for two.
We’re noticing something of a trend for yum cha brunches at the moment, with events being held on the weekend across the Palm Jumeirah, at Yuan in Atlantis The Palm (on Fridays), and at Hong Loong in Sofitel The Palm (on Saturdays).
More Asian brunch highlights come by way of Nobu, which has relaunched the event with a completely new menu. The new four-course deal (for Dhs595 including beverages), will start with sharing items such as spicy chicken tacos, a selection of sushi, plus truffle miso soup and edamame. Next up guests can choose an appetiser each (from a list that includes oysters with Nobu salsa or lobster quinoa salad), two main course dishes each (such as slow-cooked wagyu beef with eggs and black cod yuzu miso), Finally, instead of the afternoon tea style multi-tiered selection of desserts that used to arrive at the table, guests can now help themselves to the dessert buffet. We hope Nobu’s famous ice-cream mochis will still be in there!
Early April is also looking busy for food events, but this time with a Mediterranean, rather than Asian twist. Certo in the Radisson Blu Media City will be welcoming Michelin-star Italian chef Antonella Ricci back to the restaurant from Wednesday April 2-4. Chef Antonella will prepare a ‘cucina povera’ inspired menu, which reflects the traditional recipes of Italy’s poor. The menu will be offered alongside grape pairings devised by Italian sommelier Antonella Millarte, voted the best in the world, out of 200 nominees.
More Mediterranean charm wings its way to Dubai via southern Spain. Celebrating the annual festival of flamenco that takes place in Seville in Spain every April (Feria de Abril), Seville restaurant in Dubai will be hosting its very own flamenco festival. Taking place from Tuesday April 1-4, those who visit the restaurant for dinner on these nights will be treated to a three-course menu and a welcome glass of Spanish sparkling grape for Dhs195. Starting from 9pm on each of these evenings, there will also be live flamenco performances for dancers flown in from Spain.