Gourmet breakfasts, utterly English afternoon tea and discounts for ladies
Time Out Dubai staff
We’re kicking off our week with the best way to start the day: a leisurely breakfast. Mediterranean concept du jour Frioul Bistro de Luxe has just introduced a breakfast menu, served daily from 8am to noon. Here, you can start the day with dishes such as grilled kippers with mustard and shallot butter and toasted sourdough soldiers, duck eggs with smoked haddock and gruyère, Bircher muesli with guava syrup, or omelette with spinach and goat’s cheese. The breakfast selection also features freshly baked breads and pastries, jams made in-house and organic, freshly squeezed juices. Or, pop to Souk Al Bahar where New York import, Italian restaurant Serafina, is also now serving breakfast.
What comes after breakfast? Normally lunch, but following this news it will be afternoon tea for us this week. New British spot Rhodes W1 has introduced an utterly English-sounding afternoon tea menu. The selection includes finger sandwiches such as quail’s egg mayonnaise, cress and cream cheese, onion and herb croque monsieur, plus freshly baked scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and warm crumpets (made in-house) served with fresh raspberries.
New chefs are also taking over the reins at Dubai’s existing restaurants. At Giorgio Locatelli’s Dubai venture Ronda Locatelli, chef de cuisine Alessandro Bottazzi has left the kitchen (possibly to return to Giorgio’s London restaurant Locanda Locatelli), with sous chef Matteo Giordi taking on the role as head chef at the Dubai venue. Thai Chi at Wafi welcomes new Thai chef de cuisine Aphithak Withojit (known simply as chef Mac apparently) to the restaurant. There is also news of a new executive chef at Iris Dubai. One of the tasks new chef Iman Saade will be taking on is a raw bar to add to the venue’s current repertoire.
In other news, while women are not usually the target audience for football, Real Madrid Café in JBR has announced plans to try to pull in female guests. With the ‘for-girls only’ offer, the venue will now be offering ladies a 40 percent discount on food and beverages at the café, ten percent discount on any merchandise from the Real Madrid Café retail section, plus a five percent discount on Adidas products.
If no amount of freebies will see you sit through a football match, how about a little live music instead? Towards the end of this month Gypsy jazz duo (and cousins) Mario and Georges Reyes will be returning to Dubai and playing live for two consecutive gigs. They will be playing famous tracks by The Gypsy Kings such as ‘Djobi Djoba’, ‘Volare’ and ‘Bamboleo’. You can catch the pair at Asia Asia on Thursday February 26 and at Karma Kafé on Friday February 27th.