This week’s foodie news and rumours

Hip new openings, hot new menus and the latest goss from our eating out insider

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We bid adieu to Spectrum on One, but say hello to new eateries, new menus, and a new e-cookbook coming soon.

Some big news to start the week: after 12 years in operation, Dubai institution Spectrum on One in the Fairmont Dubai has announced it will be closing on Saturday June 28, following its final Friday brunch on June 27.

Noire, Spectrum on One’s dine in the dark concept is intended to be introduced to a new venue in the same hotel in the autumn. And for now, rumour has it that the new venue opening in Spectrum on One’s place will be Dubai’s first branch of New York’s contemporary American seafood concept Catch, located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. Signature dishes served at the New York eatery include salmon belly carpaccio, Dungeness crab spaghetti, Cantonese-style lobster and crispy whole red snapper for two.

Another new concept coming to Dubai is Galito’s. Joining the ranks of venues such as Kauai in making a claim to be a healthy fast food alternative from South Africa, these specialists in flame-grilled chicken plan to launch in the last quarter of 2014, with branches across the UAE.

As well as new eateries coming soon, there are also new menus available for you to try right now. Top notch Japanese lounge bar and restaurant Okku has recently introduced a brand new menu. In excess of 36 dishes have been added to the menu, some of which have even warranted brand new tableware to offset the presentation of these new recipes. The selection includes seared Norwegian mackerel with garlic salt, yuzu kosho, ponzu oroshi and ginger, tuna and foie gras carpaccio with sweet soy, fresh lemon, black volcanic salt, chives and garlic crisps, miso baked Atlantic lobster stuffed with prawn surimi and Wagyu shioyaki cooked at the table on a hot Himalayan salt rock.

The Noodle House also has a (sort of) new-look menu. In a bid to refresh the current selection, the Asian eatery has introduced 17 new recipes, as well as bringing a few old dishes back on to the menu. The selection features Hangzhou beans (edamame with garlic sauce), prawn ha gao dumplings with lime and coriander dressing, Shanghai beef noodles (which returns to the menu) and chicken tom yum soup. There are also new desserts: molten chocolate tart as well as coconut tapioca.

Also coming very soon to Dubai is the start of Ramadan. In time for the Holy Month, Landmark Group are launching an online cookbook, aimed at providing healthy recipes for iftar meals, with diabetes sufferers particularly in mind. The selection of 30 healthy recipes, will be available to download for free from the Beat Diabetes Facebook page. Launching on Friday June 27 to coincide with the anticipated beginning of Ramadan, the e-cookbook contains an international collection of recipes.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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