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A feast of new eateries to try for Australian, Italian and British food fans, as well as for motor heads

Karma Kafé
Karma Kafé
Bu Qtair
Bu Qtair
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer
China Grill
China Grill
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A feast of new eateries to try for Australian, Italian and British food fans, as well as for motor heads.

Let’s start with some exciting news taking place this week. Chowzter, an annual award for the ‘tastiest fast feasts’ across the globe has nominated a Dubai institution this year. Among a narrowed down shortlist of only five seafood nominees around the world, you’ll find Bu Qtair and its spicy fried shrimp. The winners will be announced on Sunday April 27.

Taking place on the same day is another celebration of Dubai dining, but this time with a much finer focus. In collaboration with truffle man Massimo Vidoni, Karma Kafé is holding a one-off, seven-course black truffle dinner. Among the elaborate and inventive selection of dishes offered on Sunday, the menu will commence with bone marrow and truffle on country bread, and finish with a dessert of truffle crème brûlèe and hot chocolate with vanilla sauce.

In other news, it’s all new and all go at Jones the Grocer, which opens a second Dubai branch this week on Monday April 28, as well as a new branch in Abu Dhabi, too. The new Dubai outlet, located in Al Safa, will also be open 24 hours a day, every day. In celebration, each of the Jones the Grocer outlets across the UAE will also be serving an all-new menu, which includes banana and pecan French toast with caramelised maple syrup, an indulgent update on mac and cheese made with four varieties (Shropshire blue, grana padano, mimolette and aged cheddar), slow- roasted chicken with burrata and nectarine, plus a ‘s’mores tart’, which combines chocolate, biscuit and toasted marshmallows. As if that wasn’t enough, also new for April is the introduction of jazz evenings on Mondays at the Al Manara café, with live music from a saxophonist and a three-course set menu on offer for Dhs110 a head.

There are plenty more new eateries to keep you busy, too. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina will welcome the launch of New York-born concept China Grill. Promising an Asian-inspired menu, the restaurant and bar is set to open in the autumn this year.

Proving that British dining is coming back with a vengeance this year, nearby Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa has just opened Geales. Hailing from Notting Hill in London, Geales is best known for a thoroughly British vision of posh fish and seafood dining, and is open now.

Meanwhile in Dubai Media City, Café Italiano is now open in the Arenco Tower. The new Italian eatery promises a menu of classic and authentic dishes, featuring pizza and pasta, which is all freshly made in-house.

Finally, Dubai already has a Biker Café and a Cycle Bistro, but now there is a Café Rider too. The new Al Quoz venture combines custom-made motorbikes, and accessories for bike-enthusiasts, as well as serving speciality coffee and snacks.

Until next week, bon appétit.

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