This week’s foodie news and rumours

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

The Farm
The Farm
Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexicano
Magnolia Bakery
Magnolia Bakery

As September approaches, we’re looking forward to Thai and Mexican festivities, and a family brunch outing.

Summer is still here, but we’re now on the brink of a new season, and it’s all go with new food experiences. First off, The Farm in Al Barari has just added a selection of new ‘seasonal’ dishes to the menu. Recipes to try include gluten-free almond pancakes, North African shakshouka, salmon with bok choy and mash, and soy milk crème caramel. More seasonal additions hitting the menu over the course of the next season include white truffles from Alba, Italy, heirloom tomatoes from Australia, blood oranges from Spain, plus locally produced charcuterie and fresh cheeses.

In an unexpected move, Al Manara-based café Bystro has already refurbed and relaunched, using its hibernation over Ramadan to completely remodel. Gone is that demure Japanese demeanour. New-look Bystro now features Mediterranean tiling on the floors, purple and green furniture, chalkboard walls and the children’s area has also been extended. New additions to the menu include veal Milanese, spaghetti Bolognaise and breadcrumbed chicken schnitzel baguette with smoked paprika mayonnaise.

Moving on to next month, it’s all go with new events coming up. Kicking off the month on Monday September 1, Thai restaurant Sukhothai will host a one-off grape pairing dinner (Dhs350 per person). At the event, a showcase of grape from the Alsace region of France will be matched to Thai cooking from four different regions of the country.

September continues in Thai-style with a special event taking place from Thursday September 4 at nosh in Mövenpick Hotel JLT. Having brought in three Thai chefs from the sister property in Phuket, nosh will
be hosting Thai theme nights, Thai cooking classes and also offering diners a chance to win a trip to Thailand.

Just down the stairs from nosh, you’ll find Jazz@PizzaExpress. The restaurant has just announced the launch of a new family-friendly Saturday brunch. Starting from Saturday September 13, this brunch will offer a special kids’ menu, as well as activities such as cupcake decorating and face painting.

And, the very next day, you can whet your appetite for Latin flavours, by celebrating Mexican Independence Day. Rosa Mexicano will be marking the event with a mariachi band performing live and a special menu from Sunday September 14-20. It features chile poblano relleno (colour coded to represent the Mexican flag), plus guacamole, queso fundido (Mexico’s own answer to cheese fondue) and menudo (beef stew).

Finally, here’s some sweet seasonal news. Next month, Magnolia Bakery launches an autumnal extravaganza of pumpkin cheesecake, made with a ginger snap pecan crust. September is looking pretty delicious.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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