Dine around the world in Ibn Battuta, Fortnum & Mason opens, plus Bollywood royalty heads to the city.
April kicks off with some celebrity news, but for once it’s not a famous chef or Michelin stars visiting, but a star of the big screen. This week, Bollywood actress Gauahar Khan will be in Dubai on Thursday April 3, helping to launch her sister’s new (and third) restaurant in the UAE. The new Italian concept, Le Duplex, is situated in Jumeirah. Meanwhile, across town, Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai recently welcomed its own Bollywood guest, actress Kangana Ranaut, to launch the hotel’s new seafood concept Coastal Bait.
This month is also looking exciting for food culture from Blighty. One of London’s most famous luxury department stores and spots for traditional afternoon tea, Fortnum & Mason has recently opened in Downtown Dubai, near The Dubai Mall. In addition to a ground floor boutique retail space, selling fine teas, jams, confectionary and even candles, the three tier venue will also house two eateries. Due to launch in the first week of April, the first floor houses a traditional tea salon, where diners can enjoy a very English style of afternoon and high tea, as well as breakfast dishes. Upstairs on the second and final floor will be an ice cream parlour, and both eateries boast separate terraces overlooking the fountains and the Burj Khalifa.
Later in the month is England’s patron saint day, St. George’s Day on Wednesday April 23. To celebrate, quintessentially British restaurant The Ivy, and winner of Time Out Dubai’s award for the Best European restaurant of 2014, will be launching a week-long promotion from Sunday April 20. It offers a three-course menu of favourite English dishes, such as a miniature full English breakfast with fried quail’s egg, roast beef with all the trimmings and Eton Mess, priced at Dhs200 per person.
Let’s not forget the Italians in this week’s global exploration. Ahead of the relaunch of the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, due to reopen on Wednesday April 9, Italian restaurant Vivaldi will be reopening with a refresh from Michelin-starred Italian Chef Alfredo Russo, and will consequently become known as Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo.
After that international-themed selection of news bites, we leave you with a globe-trotting new food event. There is already a ‘dine around the park’ promotion at the Park Hyatt Dubai, and now you can also ‘dine around the gate’ at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. For Dhs499 per person (including grape and sparkling grape) guests can spend three hours eating four different national cuisines, in four different outlets in the hotel. This takes diners on a journey from Morocco at Moroc bar, to Italy at Sicilia, to China at Shanghai Chic, India at Chor Bazaar, before finally returning to Moroc for dessert.
Until next week, bon appétit!