Acrobatic Italians, star chefs and Diwali dinners on the Dubai dining radar
September draws to a close with acrobatic Italians, before October brings star chefs and Diwali dinners.
Now open and brand new, a home-grown dining concept has just launched in the Madinat Jumeirah: Frioul Bistro de Luxe. Named after the Frioul islands off the coast of Marseilles, the restaurant and lounge bar will be the latest southern French-inspired concept to hit Dubai. Dishes served at this new venture include the famous Marseilles-born fish soup bouillabaisse, as well as duck magret with baked peaches and raspberry mille-feuille from the dessert selection.
Heading across the border and in to Italy, this week Prego restaurant at Media Rotana welcomes a special guest. Chef and ‘pizza acrobat’ Pasqualino Barbasso will be in residence this week until Saturday September 20. Dinner during this period will involve pizza prepared Sicilian-style, as well as an elaborate show of dough-spinning antics from the man himself.
Looking ahead to next month, Desert Palm is getting ready to host pop-up restaurant REVO. Held inside restaurant Rare from Wednesday October 8-11, this temporary concept will see chef Ray Taylor offer five courses, devised with molecular cooking techniques. Examples of chef Ray’s modern creations will include an edible ‘bread paper’ menu, as well as a course of seafood sashimi and ceviche, served with edible sand. The REVO pop-up experience will cost Dhs500 per person, including beverage pairing.
More exciting chef action comes our way during October with the visit of not one, but two Michelin-awarded celebrities to their Dubai-based restaurants. STAY by Yannick Alléno will welcome chef Yannick for one night only. For this one-off dinner, taking place on Thursday October 16, the restaurant will serve a choice of four-course set menu (for Dhs750), or six-course menu (for Dhs950).
A little later in the month, top Indian venue Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar will host chef Atul from Sunday October 19-31. During this period, the Michelin star chef will offer exclusive cooking classes and demonstrations, as well as special tasting menu dinners.
Finally, reaching the end of October, the big news for some of Dubai’s Indian community will be the start of Diwali. In Bur Dubai, Indian restaurant Antique Bazaar will be joining in the celebrations for the festival of light. From Wednesday October 22-25, Antique Bazaar will offer a festive dinner menu. The menus will offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, starting with a fruit shake, salad and soup, followed by a selection of starters and main courses. Diwali celebrations are synonymous with traditional sweets, and the Diwali dinner at Antique Bazaar will finish off with a platter of desserts, featuring maalpua, angoori rasmalai, karanji and kalakand.