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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If you’re addicted to chocolate, cheese or cinema, this is definitely the right week for you.

Brunch season is upon us, so let’s start with a brand new option in Dubai. Just launched at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is the Friday ‘fork and cork’ brunch. Held at Crescendo, guests can dine indoors, or outside by the pool. The buffet spread spans Arabic ouzi, Chinese noodles made fresh in front of you, and a Mexican riff on shawarma, as well as drinks stations. Post brunch, The Lotus Lounge in the same hotel is also offering half price beverages from 4pm-8pm.

More brunch news come from Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, where Sanabel Restaurant hosts the ‘chocoholic brunch’. This event is promising a staggering 58 different desserts, for which 100kg of chocolate (and 22 different varieties of chocolate from around the world) are used to create the selection. One of those 22 varieties is considered to be one of the rarest and most expensive chocolates in the world, and is the first to be made with wild cocoa from the Amazon region of Bolivia. If your chocolate cravings are not satisfied by this, there is also ‘chocolate smoke lavender tea’ to try.

In our humble opinion, chocolate is one of the very best things in life. The other, is cheese. If you agree, you should get yourself down to Cave in Conrad Dubai. The grape bar has just introduced a series of cheese-themed deals. Fridays are now ‘fondue Fridays’ and guests on this evening can choose between both sweet and savoury fondue options (fondue savoyard, fondue borgignone or chocolate fondue). On Monday nights, guests will be offered a complimentary portion of cheese or charcuterie to go with their choice of grape by the glass. Finally, on Tuesdays, try a ‘curated cheeseboard’, aka a selection of the three best cheeses of the week, paired with grape.

After all that edible indulgence, it’s time for some healthy eating, and a little culture. Meal planing service Health Factory has just opened a healthy-eating focussed café. Located inside Dubai Diabetic Center in Jumeirah, the café’s menu is aimed at offering suitable options for diabetes patients.

And now, for a little art and culture. Music buffs will be pleased to hear that French grape bar and restaurant Tolosa Bodega has just announced the next dates for live gypsy jazz as you dine. The next two ‘lundi manouche’ nights will be held on Monday September 8 and Monday September 22.

Meanwhile, film fanatics should head to Gaucho from September for the new cinema nights. The planned schedule will be Some Like it Hot on September 15, The September Issue and Coco before Chanel from October 4-6, Chocolat from October 13-19 and Psycho on October 27. Taking place in the Gaucho bar, complimentary popcorn will be offered and the bar menu will be updated to reflect the film being shown.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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