Get ready for new dining a-go-go this week. Following the launch of Turkish steakhouse Nusr-Et, Dubai is welcoming yet another meaty Istanbul export. Located at The Beach, JBR, Butcha Steakhouse & Grill (not to be confused with a similarly named South African steakhouse on The Walk) already has branches in both Istanbul and Ankara. You can dine in or buy meat to take home and cook. The venue specialises in cuts that are dry-aged on-site and steaks are cooked using oak and charcoal grills. Aside from steak options such as wagyu and porterhouse, you can also sample a selection of Turkish dishes, plus sujuk and merguez made in-house.
If your hunger for meat is not satisfied by this news, you might be interested in the launch of a new burger joint. With independent, home-grown burger restaurants in Jumeirah becoming something of a micro-trend in Dubai, Burger Hood opens its third UAE branch in Jumeirah 1 (there are already branches in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi). The eatery promises a choice of grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. Also new to Jumeirah, and launched by the same hospitality group, is Chez Amy’s. The new all-day dining café is now open in the Jumeirah Park Pavilion.
Fans of the homely-yet-unique look adopted by such restaurants as Leila and Mayrig will, perhaps, be very happy to hear that the popular Beiruti eatery Enab is opening in Dubai. It shares a similar sense of cute, feminine and domestic design aesthetics as these other Gemmayze eateries and will be launching soon at Citywalk. If it’s anything like the Beirut version, expect a classic and very good selection of Lebanese cooking here.
And there’s yet another Beirut-export in Dubai to try: Grand Café Boulevard. Connected to The Dubai Mall, but with an entrance on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the venue boasts some impressive interiors full of postcolonial, Casablanca-worthy splendour and extravagance.
In addition to new retaurant concepts this week, there’s also news of plenty of brands expanding. SushiArt (with outlets in JBR and DIFC) has now opened in Lafayette Gourmet. And home-grown brand Pantry Café is also expanding. The second branch is due to open in May at Bay Square in Business Bay.
Finally, a regal note to leave you on. This week, Leopold’s of London will be marking Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday with a special afternoon tea service, running from Wednesday April 15 to Thursday 30. They will be serving ‘The Royal Tea’, a blend created by the café’s ‘Tea Doctor’ using Assam and Kenyan tea.