This week’s foodie news and rumours

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

Biryani Pot
Biryani Pot
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
St Tropez Bistro
St Tropez Bistro

An explosion of modernised Indian eating, quinoa a-plenty, Swiss chocolate and French celebrations.

Dubai has a wealth of excellent Indian dining options, but we have news to fuel your appetite for this cuisine. First up, a new fine-dining Indian venture launches shortly in the Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai. Currently due to open in August, Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra (a renowned Indian restaurateur, food writer and historian) promises a progressive and modern Indian menu, built on 40 years of research by Kalra. The menu will use principles of molecular gastronomy, and feature a fusion between Indian and local Arabic flavours, reflecting a historical crossover between the two cuisines.

At the other end of the dining spectrum, a new delivery concept has just hit Dubai’s Indian scene: Biryani Pot. Open now and located on Jumeirah Beach Road (Umm Suqeim 1), Biryani Pot offers a casual dining Indian experience, but with a very contemporary twist. The focus at this home-grown concept is on a healthier version of classic Indian comfort food, and as such the menu includes some innovative, appetising creations such as a quinoa biryani.

Speaking of quinoa, Dubai’s grain du jour has inspired the launch of Mama Kinwa. This brand new delivery service is also health-focussed, offering an international and also largely Arabic-inspired menu of convenience food, such as quinoa tabbouleh, ‘light machboos’ made with brown rice, quinoa or brown rice-stuffed vine leaves, plus whole wheat pizza, pasta and Syrian sheeshbarak.

After so much healthy eating, we’re going to readdress the balance with a little naughtiness (a little bit won’t hurt you). Switzerland’s famous chocolatier Sprüngli has just launched its first Dubai boutique.

The new store inside The Village Mall in Jumeirah 1 is selling a selection of treats that includes truffles, pralines, ‘Luxemburgerli’ (the Swiss answer to the macaroon), as well as sweet pastries.

Across the Alps from Switzerland to France, which will be ablaze next week with celebrations for Bastille Day on Monday July 14. In honour of this French national day, from July 14-19, St Tropez Bistro in Dubai will be serving a special ‘menu de fête’. This is a three course selection of recipes inspired by French culinary tradition (for Dhs245 per head). The menu includes smoked mackerel with avocado purée, marinated cucumber and pickled onion, seared duck breast with foie gras, charred radicchio and apricot-orange marmalade. There is also the ‘Bastille selection’ of cheeses from across the country, including Epoisses de Bourgogne from the Côte-d’Or and Tomme de Savoie from the French Alps.

Finally we leave you with a little delightful news for dim sum fans. Royal China in DIFC has just launched a new Monday event that offers diners unlimited dim sum from 7pm-11pm.

Until next week, and bon appétit!

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