Christmas festivals, new Emirati eateries and free black truffles in Dubai
This week we check out Christmas festivals, new eateries with an Emirati twist and free black truffles.
Christmas is very nearly upon us. Get into the festive spirit and head down to the Madinat Jumeirah this week from Wednesday December17 to Saturday 27 to join in the annual Souk Festive Market. It’s free to enter and has a family area with fun sights and activities for children to enjoy, such as daily 5pm appearances by Father Christmas, a North Pole train, stilt walkers, a giant snow globe and an ice skating rink, plus roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. Adults can also enjoy music from a live band from 7pm daily and live cooking stations, as well as daily demonstrations from 4pm (until December 22) by Lindt’s master chocolatier. On the same theme, Atlantis The Palm has also created an atmospheric winter wonderland at Poseidon’s Court, where you can get hold of special festive sweet treats until Wednesday January 7.
In other news this week, we’ve seen a spree of new eateries with an Emirati twist. Chef Silvena Rowe has just opened a second venue, also located in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, directly opposite her Omnia Gourmet restaurant. The new venture, Omnia Blue, focuses on burgers and sliders, with an emphasis on locally sourced lobster and a few Emirati twists in the seasoning of recipes. Also, Al Barza restaurant has just opened its doors on Jumeirah Beach Road, boasting a menu of contemporary Emirati cooking.
New dining experiences at Dubai’s existing haunts include a pintxos special (the Basque answer to tapas) at BOCA. Join DIFC’s new Mediterranean restaurant for happy hour, from 6pm-8pm Tuesday-Thursday each week, and enjoy five pintxos and one mixed drink for Dhs75. The pintxos include smoked duck fillet on sourdough; minted broccolini, goat’s curd and cicercia beans dip, and black rice and shellfish arancini with lemon aioli.
Since it’s still truffle season, head to Jones the Grocer where you can enjoy this delicacy in a myriad of ways. Until Wednesday December 31, diners will be offered complimentary fresh black truffle shavings on any dish of their choice. The venue will also be selling a range of retail products containing black truffle. And, you can even join in a truffle-themed masterclass taking place throughout December, where you can learn how to make a Christmas feast of truffle and foie gras stuffed three bird roast.
Looking ahead to next year, Frankie’s Italian Bar and Grill will take a healthy eating twist with a promotional menu made using olive oil from Sunday January 18 to Saturday 24. Dishes include roasted lobster with olive oil zabione or veal cheek with celeriac puree and red chicory confit. Also starting in the new year, the Indian street food festival will return to Claypot from Wednesday January 21 to February 21. The restaurant will be serving chaat, kathi rolls, pav bhaji, vada pav and more.