This week’s foodie news and rumours

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

West 14th
West 14th
Dilmah Challenge
Dilmah Challenge
House of Curry
House of Curry
Kris Kros
Kris Kros
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A global food tour, kicking off in the States, on through the Middle East, refuelling in India and ending in Africa.

We’ve got a world of new food ready for you to try this week. So let’s start with a restaurant where globe-trotting is top of the agenda. International concept Kris Kros on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard has introduced as many as 15 new dishes, inspired by different regions of the world. This selection includes fried macaroni and cheese balls, Japanese salad of lemongrass beef with wild rocket and asparagus and a dessert of chocolate peanut butter bar.

That distinctly American sounding dessert leads us neatly on to the updated menu at New York-style steakhouse West 14th. New options to try include sticky calamari, seared scallops, Wagyu steak or beetroot and buckwheat popcorn.

There’s a feast of Middle Eastern eating news to try too. Coming soon to TECOM is a new branch of Nar, the Arabic shisha lounge and restaurant, located next to the Biorganic Store.

In September, The Address Dubai Mall marks its fifth anniversary and is launching several new food promotions next month in celebration. From September 9 to October 9, Cabana is serving a special anniversary menu, with complimentary food also being handed out on the evening of Tuesday, September 9. Meanwhile, Karat will be serving an Arabic-inspired afternoon tea, featuring local touches such as flavoured camel milk and sparkling date juice.

There is a new option for Arabic catering, since Zaroob and Mezze House have just joined forces to create Mama’s Catering. The brand new concept, which will have the capacity to feed up to 500 guests, offers Levantine cooking, but, they promise, with a home-cooked touch.

Moving on to India, fans of this cuisine can head to House of Curry for the new taster menu. The selection for two to share includes tandoori prawns, butter chicken, lamb vindaloo, biryani, plus jalebi and gulab juman for dessert, all for Dhs300 per couple.

Looking ahead to next month, Thursday September 18 is already due to be a foodie extravaganza. Taking place in Dubai on this day is the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge 2014. It is the second annual event of its kind in the UAE, and last year’s event saw judges (including Time Out Dubai’s Young Chef judge Uwe Micheel) taste a staggering 120 different tea-inspired dishes. The winners will travel to the Dilmah tea plantations in Sri Lanka.

And finally, looking to Africa to end our gourmet tour, also on Thursday, September 18 is an evening of African food and grape at K Grill in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates. The pan-African menu will offer guests recipes such as liboke of tiger prawns and casava, gratinéed crab with plantains and argan oil rack of lamb, accompanied by five different varieties of African grape.

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