2019 is fast approaching – which is great news for foodies in Dubai, as there are a tonne of restaurants from celebrity chefs to open.
And the latest name heading to Dubai is Ariana Bundy. The Iranian-American chef is due to open Ariana’s Persian Kitchen at The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences which is due to open on the Palm next year.
The popular TV chef and cookbook author, famed for “Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes” and television travel show Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, will be bringing her signature dishes to Dubai.
“The stunning design of the resort convinced me that this was the ideal time and place to open my first restaurant,” said Bundy. “Ariana’s Persian Kitchen will bring to life the untold stories of Persian culture through plentiful and beautifully presented dishes. Complex, yet comforting flavours will work alongside an interplay of textures, spices and tastes, all served with charming and generous hospitality”.
Dishes will be served family-style, and promise to be a “modern twist on Persian classics in terms of textures, ingredients and presentation”.
Dishes will include Ariana’s Caspian-style filet kabab, rose-scented sea bass and plenty of authentic mezze. There will be a selection of ice creams, too, starring flavours such as saffron, rose water and pistachio.
The restaurant will seat 140 diners and will boast sea views and a huge show kitchen containing a charcoal grill and fire pit tanoor. There will also be a bar and private dining room.
Bundy trained in Paris, and was previously head pastry chef at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. Her first book Sweet Alternative, features dairy-, gluten- and soy-free foods, inspired by her own food intolerances. After that she published Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes, which received a Gourmand Cookbook Award in 2012, and in 2015, Ariana became the host of the cookery and travel series Ariana's Persian Kitchen.
And she joins a host of names in the new hotel. Also opening in the new hotel next year are Jaleo, from chef José Andrés, which will feature signature tapas, traditional Spanish small plates, paellas and cheeses.
It will also be home to Dinner from Heston Blumenthal. The British chef behind The Fat Duck will be bringing his creative spark and innovative gastronomy dishes to Dubai in what will be his first restaurant in the city.
Hakkasan, which has just opened in Atlantis The Palm, will be relocating to the new property next year, too.
The property's neighbour, Atlantis The Palm, already has restaurants from famous names including Nobu, Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay and Ronda Locatelli by Giorgio Locatelli.
Opening 2019. The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, Palm Jumeirah.