Eat like a queen in DubaiWe reveal where to sample the favourite dishes of monarchs past and present.Queen Elizabeth II (reigned 1953-present)
Among reputed favourites such as smoked haddock and grapes, Her Majesty is also rather partial to chocolate cake. It is reported that in between cutting ribbons and studying official documents, the Queen makes time every afternoon for a light tea that includes a slice of her favourite cake. Among the best we’ve tried in Dubai are the sizeable chocolate cakes on offer at Magnolia Bakery, which can be bought whole or per slice.Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5440).Queen Victoria (reigned 1876-1901)
Aside from more uncomplicated preferences, Queen Victoria is said to have had a penchant for ostrich eggs, a habit she is thought to have picked up on the French Riviera. Other egg-related habits include a daily breakfast of hen’s eggs, served with a golden egg cup and golden spoon. According to Tom Parker Bowles, a respected food writer in the UK (as well as the son of the Queen’s daughter-in-law, Camilla), Victoria was also fond of curry. Well, would you expect anything less from the first English Empress of India? For an authentic and uncomplicated British curry, head to Brick Lane, which offers homely, traditional comfort food.Barsha (04 399 6786).Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603)
England’s Virgin Queen held her own ‘Good Night Ceremony’ every evening at 9pm, which involved eating white bread, which was not commonly available at the time. Like the current queen, Elizabeth I also reputedly preferred fish, rather than meat. Want to try some in Dubai? Pierchic was named Best Seafood Restaurant in Time Out’s 2012 Restaurant Awards, so it’s the most fitting destination to ape this iconic queen’s dietary mores. This restaurant may have a French name, but Elizabeth would be relieved it’s not Spanish.Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).