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The inside scoop on the Dubai dining scene

Dinner at the races at Meydan
Dinner at the races at Meydan
Gingerbread houses at Al Manzil
Gingerbread houses at Al Manzil
Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver
Terra Firma's Tomahawk Challenge
Terra Firma's Tomahawk Challenge
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‘Twas the Time Out before Christmas…’ which means that this week’s Insider is still preoccupied with all the festive food you can shake a candy cane at – particularly the city’s bemusing obsession ‘gingerbread houses’. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Grand Hyatt, Mövenpick JBR, Al Manzil are all selling these edible structures or inviting you and your spawn to decorate them throughout December. However, we’re most intrigued by the Habtoor Grand’s ‘biggest man-made gingerbread house in Dubai.’ The question is: where’s Dubai’s biggest naturally occuring gingerbread house?

For those already sick of the sight of roast turkey, we suggest you turn your attentions to the Tomahawk Challenge at Terra Firma steakhouse at InterContinental Festival City (04 701 1127), which has been running since the beginning of the month. All you need do is finish off 2kg of steak, 300g of chunky chips and 300ml of Béarnaise sauce. In an hour. Those who manage to complete this obscene feat get their meal for free. Those who do not have to fork out Dhs690. Ouch. The challenge seems so outrageous it’s a only a matter of time before the numbskulls at Time Out try it for themselves. Keep your eyes peeled.

For a more laidback and less life-threatening dining experience, head to Meydan (04 381 3333) on a Thursday night to have a spot of dinner and catch the races. The new Shiba meal deal gives you great views of the track, though we’ve heard mixed reports about the food; those looking for a slap-up meal slightly further away from the course should book into Farriers for the Friday brunch (Dhs350) or the Thursday Mediterranean buffet dinner (Dhs250 per person, which includes half a bottle of wine) and then wander down to the track. Check out the schedule at www.dubaiworldcup.com/calendar.

Meanwhile, in The Springs, pram-wielding mums are fist-pumping the air in delight since it was announced that gourmet grocer Milk & Honey (www.milkandhoney.ae) will be opening in Meadows Town Centre. Another great place to drop large amounts of cash on trendy food.

And last but not least, there are whisperings that Time Out is teaming up with a certain scooter-riding, quick-talking, London chef to promote healthy eating among Dubai’s school kids. We can’t yet reveal what we have planned with this mystery man, who may or may not be called Jamie Oliver, which is all the more incentive to keep buying the magazine until you find out. Ahem. So until next time, bon appétit.

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