A feast of news, from farm-to-table delis, to roast dinners, plus North American and South American menus.
Although this week usually heralds the beginning of a quiet period for new dining in Dubai, there is one chef who is certainly not put off by this. Last week, Silvena Rowe officially launched the first of several new concepts she has planned for the emirate, Omnia Gourmet. The gourmet café-deli concept promotes healthy eating with a broad range of fat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw and vegan options served, including a extensive patisserie selection that follows these principles. The café’s other USP is a commitment to sustainable, local sourcing. Chef Silvena also has a signature fine-dining concept due to open in the middle of Ramadan on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Omnia by Silvena, as well as a handful of additional concepts coming to Dubai next year. Both Omnia by Silvena (once launched) and Omnia Gourmet will be open for iftar, and promise a health-conscious menu for breaking the fast.
Omnia Gourmet is located in the sparkling new Al Souq complex in Jumeirah. The souk, as well as the waterways along the nearby fishing harbour are in fact quite a hotbed of new eateries including Thai restaurant Charms, which has incredible views of the sea from the upstairs terrace, a new branch of Boteko Brasil and more besides. Watch this space for further reports on development in the area.
More news comes from Nandos, which is launching a charitable initiative for the Holy Month. Under the campaign ‘packed with love’ the piri-piri chicken spot will be providing envelopes for diners who wish to donate to Adopt-a-Camp, while also asking staff members to denote a little free time to helping packing iftar boxes handed out by the charity.
For Ramadan, café Tom & Serg will be introducing the ‘rule the roast’ special, which will be a traditional roast dinner served in the evenings. This will be available with roast options such as 150-day Angus rib eye beef, corn-fed organic chicken, Western Australian lamb leg or stuffed eggplant with tomato and mozzarella, each of which will come served with traditional trimmings.
Meanwhile Jones the Grocer and SoHo Bar & Grill are taking their culinary inspiration from further afield this month. Celebrating the World Cup, Jones the Grocer has introduced a Brazil-inspired menu, which includes piri-piri chicken with kale and mango salad and yuca fries, smoked mackerel empanadas and black bean soup with tomato salsa. Taking its inspiration instead from the north of the Americas, SoHo Bar & Grill is launching the ‘Americana’ menu in honour of American Independence Day on July 4. The United States-themed selection of hot dog and burger specials is available from July 4-September 4.
Until next week, bon appétit!