Turkish, Japanese, Mexican and English foodie news
Gourmet globetrotting is on the cards this week, with a tasting tour that takes us around the world. First stop is a Ramadan-inspired event at Turkish Village. For the third year, the restaurant is running its Turkish festival throughout the Holy Month. This involves an iftar selection of Turkish cooking, but there is also a raffle taking place. Diners who spend Dhs200 or more will be eligible to enter and stand a chance of winning prizes such as return flights to Istanbul (economy and business class) and vouchers to use in the restaurant.
Fans of local flavours will be pleased to hear that yet another new Emirati eatery has launched. Essor has just opened in Downtown Dubai at Damac Maison Dubai Mall Street. The venue has a traditional majlis setting for dining (as well as tables and chairs), and is serving a menu of classic Emirati cooking. The Japanese will also be celebrating their own festival soon: Tanabata, which takes place on Tuesday July 7. Tanabata, the ‘star festival’ in Japan, traditionally involves writing wishes on brightly coloured strips of paper called ‘tanzaku’, which are then hung from the branches of trees in the hope that these wishes will come true. Japanese restaurant TOKO will be marking the occasion from now until the day of the festival, by inviting guests to write down their own wishes and hang them from bonsai trees at the entrance of the restaurant. Even if your wish doesn’t come true, on July 7, TOKO will pick one of these ‘tanzaku’ wishes to win a meal for four in the restaurant.
From Japan to Mexico, and one of Dubai’s longest-standing Mexican eateries has announced it will open a second branch. Loca, currently located at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, plans to launch its second restaurant in Souk Al Bahar. Dishes on the menu at the new outlet will include ceviche, fajitas, burritos, traditional corn-husk tamales and the Loca special of guacamole made at your table. Sitting inside a 181-cover, 5,800-square-foot venue, the new Loca will have dining and bar areas, with sports on flatscreens and live music performances. The venue will also boast views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Finally, time for some quintessentially English flavour, thanks to Fortnum & Mason. The luxury department store has introduced a new range of chocolates handmade in Brighton, England, using traditional artisanal techniques. New packaging has been introduced, featuring illustrations of British flora and fauna by Scottish design agency Timorous Beasties. There are 12 different types of chocolate flavours available in this new packaging including rose and violet creams, a nut selection, stem gingers, milk and dark chocolate.