Emirati dining, Gulf-inspired coffee culture and seafood dining in Dubai
The growth of Dubai’s new-style Emirati dining scene is beginning to engulf us like a sandstorm. Proving our point is the launch of the latest modern Emirati dining concept Seven Sands. Located at The Beach, JBR, the name of this restaurant reflects the seven emirates of the UAE and promises all-day dining and authentic Emirati food with a contemporary edge. Within Seven Sands, you’ll find a pictorial narration of the emirates’ history, covering an expanse of wall that is approximately 150 square metres. Upstairs, there is also an outdoor terrace with views over the Arabian Gulf. On the menu there are plenty of Emirati classics, including choubab or mohalla pancakes, malek korse (fish served with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms and parsley), baked kibbeh with a home-made bezar spice mix and bezar prawns wrapped and fried in vermicelli (balaleet).
Also now open in Dubai and also celebrating the Gulf’s cultural heritage is new speciality coffee boutique and café Mokha 1450. Taking its name from the Yemeni port and the approximate date from when coffee is thought to have been exported and spread across the rest of the world, Mokha 1450 is located in the new Aswaaq supermarket on Al Wasl Road. This boutique café is serving a unique selection of coffees, many produced by women’s co-operatives in Yemen and Ethiopia, which Mokha 1450 aims to ethically support and develop. Among the brews you can sample is the extremely exclusive Ethiopian geisha, a rare cuppa not to be missed!
Head to Fairmont Dubai, and you’ll be able to experience yet another new dining venture, this time from New York. Catch is open. It will be the first of many foreign outposts of this seafood concept. The space takes inspiration from its older sister in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, with a design of exposed brick and mixed materials. On the menu you’ll find fish and seafood with an international frame of reference, including signatures such as a tartare trio (salmon, hamachi and tuna) with caviar and wasabi crème fraiche; crispy whole snapper with peppers, oyster mushrooms, chilli and garlic; wagyu beef short rib, a selection of sushi, plus some (slightly ridiculous sounding) desserts such as the s’mores pizza and the Burj waffle.
In more seafood news, Fish Market at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, have just launched an unlimited dining deal. From now until Monday June 15, guests can enjoy an unbridled feast of the fresh seafood and fish on display, market-style, and ask for it to be cooked up however they like. The deal is priced at Dhs200 per person and the selection includes mussels, lobsters, squid and more.