In many ways, Dubai’s hot, slow summer is the most exciting time for seasonal produce. June, July and August herald harvest season in Europe and the States, meaning fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, figs and more are coming into season. Many top hotels and restaurants in Dubai have developed reliable and quality suppliers, ensuring that as soon as the summer fruits flourish, they are plucked from their stems, packaged and swiftly transported to Dubai. The produce often arrives in a matter of hours, ensuring the fruit is nearly as fresh and delicious as the moment it was picked. Of course, there’s more to summer fruits than straightforward fruit salad, and this month the city’s top chefs are preparing innovative and imaginative fruit dishes for you to enjoy while you can.
Strawberry and rhubarb afternoon tea Afternoon tea and strawberries – this British combination is served at The Address Dubai Marina between 3pm and 6pm, and includes fruity favourites such as strawberry pâté de fruit, strawberry panna cotta, savoury balsamic strawberry tarts, strawberry and cream cheese sandwiches, and roasted strawberry sandwiches. A fruit fest if ever there was one. Dhs90 per person. Kambaa Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777)
Stone fruit salad French and Italian venue Margaux is fast turning heads with its small yet quality menu. Combat the oppressive heat outside with a fresh salad comprising marinated plums, peaches and nectarines, served with lemon sorbet and toasted almond milk. Dhs45. Margaux, Souk Al Bahar (04 436 7777)
Strawberries with citrus baba and clotted cream Verre’s Scott Price and Nick Alves have always been on top of seasonal food trends, so it’s no surprise that this June they’re serving several fruit dishes. Try this delectable parfait, served with marinated strawberries, reduced strawberry purée and diced basil, served with citrus baba and Devonshire clotted cream. Available as part of Dhs395 set menu. Verre by Gordon Ramsay, Hilton Dubai Deira Creek (04 227 1111)
Seafood pakora with fruit chutney A seafood pakora isn’t the first dish that springs to mind when it comes to summer fruits, but the ever-inventive team at Zafran have complemented this delicious starter dish – a battered seafood fritter – with the restaurant’s signature fig and blackberry chutney. Dhs39. Zafran, Mirdif City Centre (04 284 0987)
Coulis de fruit rouge, glace et chouquettes This inventive (not to mention delicious) take on seasonal fruits features the froth of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, served with a sublime frozen yoghurt atop a vanilla doughnut. Dhs40. La Petite Maison, DIFC (04 439 0505)
Catalan cream with mixed berries Also known as ‘crema Catalana frutti di bosco gelato alla vaniglia’, this dish features caramelised Catalan cream foam served on a fresh-berry mix (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries), offset with cool vanilla ice-cream. Dhs50. Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626)
Fig tart Though Café Chic has repositioned itself as an ‘international’ restaurant, elements of French culinary artistry remain in dishes such as this fig tart, which is served ‘tatin style’, featuring fresh raspberries married wonderfully with mascarpone ice cream and pine nut praline. Dhs40. Café Chic, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000)
Eton mess This typical British dish – a combination of fresh strawberries, cream and chunks of meringue – was traditionally served at cricket games between British private schools Eton College and Winchester College. It is now dished up with aplomb at Rivington Grill, which ensures the delicious components are realised wonderfully here in Dubai. Dhs35. Rivington Grill, Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903)
Afternoon tea at Al Bayt Al Bayt serves fresh strawberry juice with its afternoon tea, alongside a selection of finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones. The spread also includes fruit jams, clotted cream, preserves, pastries and strawberry cheesecake. Served daily 2pm-6pm. Dhs120 per person. The Palace, The Old Town, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 428 7806)
Red berry special Another nice take on traditional summer fruits at M’s – red berries feature in a tart and tantalising chilled gazpacho, which is served with mascarpone ice cream. Dhs28. M’s Restaurant, Emirates Golf Club, email@example.com (04 380 2222)
Hoisin cherry duck dim sum To get into the spirit of summer, Royal Orchid will be selling its speciality fruit dim sum dish separately from the yum cha menu (Dhs59; served daily noon and 6pm). Dhs32. Royal Orchid, Dubai Marina, www.royalorchid.ae (04 367 4040)
Cherries on high The team at At.mosphere have put their Josper grill to good use by roasting fresh cherries, which are served along with pistachio ice cream and port reduction. Dhs95. At.mosphere Grill, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).