Dubai food festival events, dim sum festival, business lunch and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Feast with celebrity chefs at Dubai Food Carnival See Thu 12.
2 Get ready for Lent with a meaty Greek feast at Elia See Thu 12.
3 Sample this nation's dishes at Taste of Peru See Thu 12.
4 Celebrate Chef Alfonso's award at Don Alfonso 1890 See Tue 17.
5 Get up close with chefs on this tour with Lime&Tonic See Tue 17.
At.mosphere Restaurant’s winter menu Seasonal specials grace the menu this month, including butternut and chestnut velouté, Dover sole tournedos served with popcorn tortellini, and roasted rack of Rhug Estate lamb with lamb shoulder samosa, polenta à l’ancienne and rosemary jus. Lunch: Dhs450 (two courses). Dhs600 (three courses). Dinner: Dhs900 (five courses). Dhs1,700 (seven courses). Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Clinton Street Baking Company’s pancake promotion Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) takes place this week on Tuesday February 17. Clinton Street Baking Company is celebrating all month, with special recipes available for a few days at a time until the end of February. Prices vary. Daily 8am-4pm, 6pm-11pm. Until February 28. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
Don Alfonso 1890’s grape dinner A four-course dinner paired with grape by the famous Biondi Santi family. Dhs500 per person. 8.30pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 558 6531).
Eataly’s black winter truffle menu This month, sample dishes made with this delicacy. Prices vary. Daily 9am-11.30pm. Until February 28. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8899).
Hattab Kitchen’s business lunch deal This new spot in JLT launches a midday deal, which offers diners a choice of panini and soup of the day, plus side salad and soft drink. Dhs40 per person. Daily noon-4pm. Ongoing. Dubai Gate 1, Cluster Q, JLT (04 431 0990).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s ‘Ottoman Opulence’ culinary tour This progressive dining event starts in Plaj restaurant with a glass of bubbly and canapés followed by a cold starter at Indian restaurant Amala, Turkish mezze in Lalezar, main course at The Rib Room and a dessert buffet at Imperium. The experience finishes with tea or coffee and a digestif at Sultan’s Lounge terrace. Advanced booking advised. Dhs1,490 per couple. Daily 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Taste Kitchen’s ‘we love mums’ promotion Head to any branch of Taste Kitchen (there are now three in Dubai), buy any breakfast item and receive a complimentary coffee or tea, just for being a mum. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 8am-noon, Fri-Sat 10am-noon. Ongoing. Mercato Mall (04 344 4161). Other locations: Cedre Villas, Dubai Silicon Oasis (04 388 6121). Bur Dubai Spinneys (04 352 4591).
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 frog’s 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).
Dubai Food Carnival The flagship event of this month’s Dubai Food Festival is a three-day showcase of cooking demonstrations, cooking competitions, live music and entertainment for adults and children. Dhs30 for entry. Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10pm. Until February 14. Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina, www.dubaifoodcarnival.com.
Elia’s Tsiknopempti festival Join in this Greek pre-Lent tradition. ‘Meat Smoke Thursday’ is part of the Greek carnival celebrations and takes place eleven days before fasting begins on ‘Clean Monday’. Tonight, Elia restaurant will be serving a buffet of Greek salads and starters, plus flame-grilled meats and desserts. DJ Billy from Mykonos will provide the Greek soundtrack to the party. Reservation is required. Dhs195 (soft drinks). 9pm-midnight. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).
Picante’s grape and dinner deal It’s 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).
Taste of Peru Feast at this three-day festival, which will feature Peruvian signature dishes from ceviche through to ‘quinotta’ (a modern Peruvian fusion of risotto made with quinoa). Free entry. Food charged on consumption. Until February 14. Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre, Umm Suqeim, www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
Asia Asia’s Dubai Food Festival menu Enjoy a three-course set menu with a glass of grape or a bottle of hops. Dhs199 per person. Daily 5pm-7pm (for orders). Until February 28. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
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).
Dubai Food Festival’s Beach Canteen Kite Beach in Jumeirah hosts a series of pop-up dining venues throughout the food festival. Participants include top international chefs including Jason Atherton (Thursday February 26 to Saturday 28), Sanjeev Kapoor (Saturday February 21) and Yousef Khamayes (Friday February 6 to Saturday 7). Free entry. Prices and times vary. Until February 28. Kite Beach, Jumeirah, www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
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-Sat 8am-4pm. Ongoing. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT (04 369 7821).
Karma Kafé’s Dubai Food Festival menu A three-course set menu with a glass of grape or a bottle of hops is on offer. Dhs199 per person. Daily 5pm-7pm (for orders). Until February 28. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
Casa de Tapas’ 2-for-1 Get a two-for-one deal on paella and Spanish beverages (excluding sparkling grape). From Dhs55 per person. Noon-midnight. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
Sizzling Wok’s dim sum festival Take advantage of this 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 Enjoy an al fresco poolside barbecue every Saturday evening featuring mixed drinks, a dessert station and music. Dhs99 per person. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
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).
Trader Vic’s Souk Madinat Chinese New Year celebrations Starting today, sample a limited edition selection of Chinese-inspired dishes such as dim sum, Peking-style lamb chops with chilli, tomato and oyster sauce, and egg noodles. Prices vary. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-1.30am. Until February 21. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5646).
Java Jolt’s coffee giveaway Head to this 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).
Lime&Tonic’s mystery dining tours This month, Lime&Tonic hosts a series of secret food tours as part of the Dubai Food Festival. Tonight’s theme is ‘From One Chef to Another’, and sees chef Tomas Reger take you on a tour of restaurants to dine with the chefs themselves. Advanced booking online is required. Dhs999 per person. From 6.30pm. www.limeandtonic.ae (04 455 8765).
Reform Social & Grill’s steak and grape Order a steak and get half bottle of selected red or white grape free. Dhs140. Mon 6pm-11pm, Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).
Don Alfonso 1890’s ‘Ospitalità Italiana’ dinner To celebrate Chef Alfonso’s win of a prestigious ‘Ospitalità Italiana’ award, the restaurant is serving signature dishes from the chef's Michelin-starred restaurant Sant Agata, in a five-course degustation menu paired with bubbly. From Dhs550 per person. 7.30pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 558 6531).
Rivington Grill’s Pancake Day Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with lemon and sugar pancakes served all day at both branches of the restaurant. Dhs15 per portion. Times vary. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0903). Other location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6464).
Rosa Mexicano’s lunch special Get two courses for Dhs69. Dhs69 per person. Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 388 2505). Other location: Mirdif City Centre (04 285 8988).
Tolosa Bodega’s mixed drinks 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).