The very best food and dining events in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Head to DIFC for a night of vintage flicks at Gaucho See Wed 28.
2 Dishes of Oz hit the menu at Leopold’s of London See Wed 28.
3 Enjoy the BBQ at Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar See Thu 29.
4 Burns Night toasts and poetry at Rivington Grill See Thu 29.
5 Premium butcher in the spotlight at The Rib Room See Thu 29.
Andiamo’s white truffle month For the whole of January, the Italian restaurant will serve dishes prepared with fresh white Alba truffle, such a beef carpaccio, pizza and freshly made tagliolini pasta. Dishes from Dhs160 (including 5g of white truffle shavings). Additional truffle from Dhs20 per gram. Sat-Wed 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Until January 31. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222). Benjarong’s crab craze This month’s special offers crab dishes, prepared Thai-style, such as spicy green papaya salad with crispy soft-shell crab and stir-fried Alaska king crab with red curry paste, string beans and sweet basil. Priced à la carte. Sat-Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Until January 31. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).
Clé’s business lunch Choose two or three courses at this modern Arabic venue by chef Greg Malouf. Dishes available include parmesan and zaatar crusted frogs legs, black angus rib-eye with creamed feta spinach and Amalfi lemon tart with saffron and caramel wafer. Dhs95 (two courses). Dhs135 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-2.45pm. Ongoing. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 5150).
Eataly’s DSF deal To coincide with Dubai Shopping Festival, this deal offers shoppers a late lunch or early dinner menu at a special price. The meal includes two courses – soup or salad followed by pizza or pasta – and an Illy espresso to end the meal. Dhs39 per person. Sun-Thu 3pm-7pm. Until February 1. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8899).
Gaucho’s cinema screening A one-off evening of classic cinema in the lounge area of this Argentinian steakhouse. Reservations required. Free entry, food charged on consumption. 7.30pm. DIFC (04 422 7898).
Jones the Grocer’s Australia Day menu The Australian venue celebrates Australia Day with ‘Down Under’-inspired dishes on its specials board (across all branches) until Sunday February 1. These include grilled asparagus and soft poached eggs on vegemite toast, fresh lobster and avocado rolls or Australian wagyu beef burger with grilled pineapple, beetroot and fried egg. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. Until February 1. Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Times Square Center (04 346 6886).
Leopold’s of London’s Australia Day menu The Australian-themed menu features dishes such as ‘hot dingo’ hotdogs made with veal and merguez sausage, truffle mayonnaise, sweet mustard, red onion and cabbage or try desserts such as Tim Tam cake, Milo cheesecake, plus classics Lamningtons and Anzac biscuits. Prices vary. Wed-Thu 7am-midnight. Until Jan 30. The Beach, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 430 6841).
PAX Ristorante and Lounge’s winter special The seasonal menu specials for January at this Italian restaurant include risotto with radicchio and Gorgonzola, broccoli cream with oyster mushrooms and fragrant herb croutons, and pan-fried cod with steamed new potatoes and spinach. Priced à la carte. Sat-Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Until January 31. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).
Perry & Blackwelder’s Smokin’ Fair A ten-day festival of Deep South-style barbecue and smoked delicacies. The event will include ribs, wings, slow-smoked brisket and sliders at food stalls across the Madinat Amphitheatre. There will also be games for kids, live music and daily cookery demos. Free entry (food priced from Dhs30). Thu-Sun 5pm-10pm, Fri and Sat 2pm-10pm. Until January 31. Madinat Amphitheatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 5866).
Picante’s grape and dinner deal All-you-can-eat from the à la carte menu at this Portuguese restaurant, plus unlimited house grape. Dhs225 per person. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai (04 397 7444).
Sass Café’s aperitivo Enjoy complimentary canapés with every beverage ordered. From Dhs65 per beverage. Sun-Thu 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 7722).
Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar’s Australia Day barbecue Items thrown on the barbie tonight include lamb cutlets, blackened Cajun spiced chicken and swordfish steaks. There will also be live music. Dhs275 (soft drinks). Dhs400 (house beverages). 7pm-11pm. Anantara Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Rivington Grill’s Burns Night Tuck into a Scottish-themed five-course menu (including haggis), with plenty of poetry and toasts in traditional Burns Night style. Dhs295 (food only). Dhs500 (house beverages). 7pm-10pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 366 5866).
The Rib Room’s John Stone Master Butchers night A four-course menu of meat selected from this supplier paired with beverages. Dhs750. 7pm-11pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Cabana’s Nikkei nights Indulge in all-you-can-eat sushi and yakitori. Dhs210 (soft drinks). Dhs320 (house beverages). Fri 7.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Fraîche Café & Bistro’s breakfast special The breakfast deal is back, with a little difference. This deal offers unlimited breakfast dishes from the menu, but no juices or coffees. Dhs75 per person (food only). Fri and Sat 8am-4pm. Ongoing. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT (04 369 7821).
One on One Bar’s ‘perfect pairings’ Russian beverages with vine leaves on Mondays, Scottish beverages and wagyu beef on Tuesdays, French grape and burgers on Wednesdays, drinks and cigars on Thursdays, pints and pies on a Friday. From Dhs180 per person. Mon-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8233).
Prime Steakhouse’s duo servings deal Two people can enjoy juicy tenderloin steak topped with the restaurant’s signature sauce, as well as a bottle of grape. Dhs595 for two people (including bottle of grape). 7pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3111).
Wheeler’s of St. James’s Great British roast This weekend special offers a variety of roast meats. Desserts include English classics sticky toffee pudding or rhubarb and custard. Dhs225 per person. Dhs375 per person (beverage pairing). Fri and Sat noon-midnight. Ongoing. DIFC (04 386 0899).
Yalumba’s Australia Day brunch Celebrate with a traditional Australian barbecue, a selection of Aussie grape and unlimited bubbly. There is also music from the resident DJ and a happy hour directly following the brunch from 3.30pm-7pm. Dhs499 per person (bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Casa de Tapas’ 2-for-1 A two-for-one deal on paella and Spanish beverages (excluding sparkling). From Dhs55 per person. Noon-midnight. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Long Yin’s sea bream special This seasonal menu offers sea bream prepared in a number of ways, including steamed with premium soy sauce or wok-fried with Singapore chilli sauce. Dhs210 per kilo. Daily 12.30pm-5pm, 7pm-11pm. Until February 10. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Sizzling Wok’s dim sum festival A very affordable offer for unlimited dim sum. Dhs39 per person. Sat-Wed 7pm-10pm. Until February 11. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street (050 100 7065).
Tirquaz Bistro & Garden Lounge’s barbecue night Every Saturday evening enjoy an al fresco poolside barbecue featuring mixed drinks, a dessert station and music. Dhs99 per person. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Sunday February 1
Fountain Restaurant’s street food promotion Sample street food from South East Asia, the Southern Hemisphere and the Middle East. Dhs110 (one soft drink or one glass of grape), half price (children aged seven to 12), free (children aged six and under). Sat-Mon 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai (04 310 4320).
Shang Thai’s ladies’ day deal On Sundays, ladies get 50 percent off the total lunch bill. Prices vary. Sun noon-3pm. Ongoing. Matloob Buildings, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 380 5408).
Java Jolt’s coffee giveaway Head to this new café in Dubai Silicon Oasis and just say ‘Java me’ when placing a food order and receive a free organic coffee, too. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 7am-7pm. Ongoing. Le Solarium Tower, Dubai Silicon Oasis (04 320 9292).
Reform Social & Grill’s steak and grape Order a steak and get a complimentary half bottle of selected red or white grape. Dhs140. Mon 6pm-11pm, Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).
Tolosa Bodega’s mixed drink masterclass Learn the art of mixology. The class also includes five mixed drinks and welcome canapés. Advanced reservation required. Dhs200 per person. Tue 7pm-9pm. Ongoing. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 453 9220).
Yuan’s Dim Sum Happy Hour Choose from a select dim sum menu for discounted dumplings. Dhs88 (for two people). Dhs128 (for three people), Dhs168 (for four people), Dhs198 (for five people). Daily 6pm-7pm and 10pm-11pm. Ongoing. Yuan, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).