A global culinary news round up with stops in Australia, Italy and the British Isles
Get ready, we’ve got an international menu of gourmet news for you this week. Starting our tour Down Under, Australian-inspired eatery Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar has just welcomed a new chef to its kitchen, Aussie-born Michael Muir. The chef has worked with well-known Sydney chef Neil Parry, as well as at Zuma London.
Moving on to Italian cooking, Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill has announced that this week, from Sunday March 1, the venue will be serving a new business lunch on weekdays. Since the restaurant is owned by Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, it is offering a choice of three menus, each themed around horse racing. ‘First Past the Post’ is designed to be a speedy 45-minute lunch, with a choice of one, two or three courses. ‘The Weigh In’ menu has been created with the diet and health-conscious in mind. Finally, ‘Under Starters Orders’ involves a set menu of small courses, served in quick succession and designed to be shared. Later in the month, racing enthusiasts can also revel in a one-off, pre-Dubai World Cup dinner, taking place on Wednesday March 25. Hosted by racing pundit Harry Tregoning and Dubai Eye’s sport presenter Ben Jacobs, on the night, you’ll be served a four-course menu, priced from Dhs400 per person.
Time to make like Marco Polo and skip across to China now (sort of). Top New York export and the granddaddy of Asian fusion restaurants China Grill will be introducing the new ‘Toy brunch’ on Fridays. Starting from Friday March 13, the concept is a playful eight-course sharing menu served via bling sushi boats and graffiti-covered dim sum trollies. On the menu you’ll find China Grill signatures such as king scallop and lobster siew mai, chicken and lychee skewers and barbecued pulled lamb steamed buns. There’s also a Peking duck station. Expect mixology and a regularly changing schedule of live entertainment, too.
Back to Europe, touching down first of all in Greece, from Tuesday March 17 to Wednesday 18, Greek restaurant Elia will be hosting an award-wining guest chef. The Michelin-starred Dimitrios Dimitriadis, head chef at De Counti in Athens, will be offering a special menu on these days.
Finally, we are ending our gastronomic tour on a British theme. Head to the new Jumeirah Zabeel Saray branch of award-winning steakhouse The Rib Room for a one-off evening of Britishness. On Thursday March 26 the restaurant will be serving a special five-course menu, featuring ingredients and dishes from England, Scotland and also from across the water in Ireland. On the menu you’ll find English pea soup, Dover sole, grass-fed Irish beef rib and a selection of classic English cheeses. The dinner is charged from Dhs499 per person.