A jungle-themed fiesta, a Mediterranean party and dishes from a celebrity chef
Already looking forward to the weekend? Here are three brand-new brunches for you to try – from Mediterranean tapas-style bites, to a jungle-themed Mexican fiesta and an upmarket Arabian offering from celebrity chef Greg Malouf.
Cuisinero Uno Cuisinero Uno, at the Steigenberger Hotel, threw open its doors in the summer, headed up by John Buenaventura – a finalist in Time Out Dubai’s young chef of the year contest. And not only is it proving a hit for tapas-style dining, it now has a new brunch, too.
La Cocina De Jimador, which kicks off this Friday (November 3), promises “great food, fun games and Latin music”.
The brunch is Dhs285 with house beverages and runs from 1pm-4m every Friday. Games include face painting and drinks pong.
This cool, urban eatery has industrial-style décor, and even has its own greenhouse for growing veg and the compact menu is based on Emirati, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired tapas dishes, designed to share. A previous chef de cuisine at Seafire at Atlantis The Palm, 32-year-old Buenaventura opened his first restaurant earlier this year, and we are looking forward to seeing what this brunch has to offer. Dhs285. Fri 1pm-4pm. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 431 7816).
Peyote Mexican fine-dining eatery Peyote has a new jungle-themed brunch, where you can expect pumping music and authentic dishes.
The Friday brunch, which is served from 12.30pm-4pm, offers up a range of Mexican favourites. Starters include ceviche, tostadas, ensaladas and stuffed chillies, which are all presented on a buffet, while dishes such as guacamole, salsa, and calamari are served to the table.
There’s a taco counter starring chicken pastor, lamb barbacoa, quesadilla, tamales, esquites and tortilla soup, while main dishes come from the à la carte menu and include grilled chicken, char-grilled rib-eye, grilled Chilean sea bass and avocado tempura. Desserts include banana chocolate tarte, churros and pan de elote.
Music comes from a resident DJ and there are drums, face-painting and more. Sounds like a party to us. Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs185 (aged 12-16), free (kids under12). Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 521 6300).
Zahira Time Out Dubai loved this exciting Arabic/Mediterranean restaurant from Australian/Lebanese chef Greg Malouf when we tried it this summer, so we can’t wait to visit this new brunch.
The concept is simple, choose seven dishes from the extensive menu to share, and dig in. In theory it might be a little harder, as the decisions could be tricky.
The menu varies each week based on seasonality and dishes include wagyu basturma and hazelnut falafel to twice-cooked spatchcock chicken fatteh, chef Malouf’s famour lamb ouzi, lahem meshwi (skewered lamb), and duck bisteeya with sweet spices and almonds on a white cabbage salad.
“I’ve spent years working on the evolution of Lebanese cuisine and while the dishes need to remain faithful to the essence of the region they can still be presented with creative flair,” said Greg Malouf. “I want to be part of the next chapter in Middle Eastern food and Zahira is the platform I’ve been looking for to present this to in Dubai.”
We’ll see you there. Dhs180 (food only), Dhs325 (house beverages), Fri 1pm-4pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8606).