This week’s foodie news and rumours

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

Knowledge story, The Knowledge
Knowledge story, The Knowledge
Knowledge story, The Knowledge
Knowledge story, The Knowledge

A hectic week ahead for us, with Indian food festivals, new concept ‘brinner’, candy from Catalunya and karaoke.

Kicking off this week, the month of September will be a busy one for The Oberoi Dubai, with two food promotions planned. Starting this week, from Sunday September 7 to Saturday 13, the hotel is hosting a restaurant week, offering promotional menus at each of the signature dining spots – Umai, Nine7One and Ananta. A little later in the month, there’s yet another draw to visit Indian concept Ananta, with a Hyderabadi promotion taking place from Wednesday September 17 to Friday 26. During this week, diners can try out a degustation menu focused on Hyderabadi recipes.

The Jumeirah area is also a hive of action right now. At Omnia Gourmet, chef Silvena Rowe has launched a new Monday night menu special, she’s calling ‘brinner’ (breakfast for dinner). Guests can eat from an à la carte selection of breakfast dishes that will be served from 5pm to 11pm. The signature from this selection will be local (Omani) lobster Benedict, which will be available each Monday night but on a limited ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Coming soon inside Mercato Mall is Papabubble, a Barcelona-born concept that creates artisanal and personalised confectionary. Along Jumeirah Beach Road, there are two new Moroccan cafés to try out, Kif Kif and Moroccan Taste. There’s also brand new gourmet café Tasha’s on Al Wasl Road. A little further down in Umm Suqeim, a new beachside dining and lounge option is coming soon. Located near Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Cove Beach Restaurant & Sea Lounge is due to launch in early October.

Hot on the heels of last year’s frenzy for Latin flavours is brand new Peruvian restaurant World on 44. Located 44 floors up at (equally new) Warwick Hotel Dubai, the restaurant boasts 360-degree views. The menu offers a mixture of Peruvian and Mediterranean flavours, with key dishes including ceviche and tiradito. The venue also promises an extensively stocked grape cellar.

Meanwhile in DIFC, and starting this month, Cantonese hot spot Royal China has just introduced a seasonal special of karaoke nights. Held in the restaurant’s private dining room, which holds up to 25 guests, diners will be offered a set menu dinner, teamed with unlimited house beverages for Dhs350, or there is an alternative choice of dim sum, or dining from the usual à la carte menu.

Finally, we leave you with a rumour that there has been something of a setback in Dubai’s dining scene. Internationally known Italian restaurant brand Cipirani, which had been due to launch in a large purpose built venue on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, may now in fact not go ahead as planned. Whispers suggest that after some disagreements, this huge venue adjacent to Souk Al Bahar maybe re-assigned to the launch of five separate new restaurant concepts.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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