Once again, Insider is back like a fat-fingered dinner lady to plop ladlefuls of hot, steamy dining gossip onto your plate. With it being new year and all (well, depending when you read this), Dubai’s restaurants are aiming for a fresh, shiny start to 2012, serving up menus and meal deals aplenty. We’ll start with brunches, because Ewaan at The Palace (04 428 7888) is serving a new brunch on its rather scenic outdoor terrace, while the pricing of Yalumba’s bubbly brunch (04 702 2455) has finally dropped back down to earth and is now Dhs499. Still expensive, yes, but the previous Dhs500-plus price tag was, quite frankly, a little bit silly. Sloane’s at Grosvenor House Tower Two (04 399 8888) will theme its brunch along the route of the Orient Express this month – cuisine will be representative of the countries the train passes through (France, Turkey, etc) and will set you back Dhs235 (food only).
Meanwhile, Bateaux Dubai (04 399 4994) is doing away with its once-monthly bubbly brunch (booo!) and is introducing a new afternoon tea on January 8 (hooray!); packages range from Dhs75 (canapés and soft drinks), to the premium package, which includes a glass of French bubbly for Dhs195. Newly opened ‘cake boutique’ (a fancy cake shop, we’re guessing) Al Samar Lounge (04 366 6730) at the Madinat is also starting a new afternoon tea for Dhs150, or Dhs220 with a glass of bubbly.
The Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek is offering Dubai’s number crunchers an affordable protein fix in the form of its new three-course business lunch (Dhs95) at Fish Market (04 222 7171), but perhaps the most notable lunchtime development of recent times (well, the past few weeks) is that Exchange Grill in the Fairmont has sadly done away with the midday meal. No more cigar-chomping, knife-choosing nor deals to be done there, then.
Staying with steak, having only just recovered from Terra Firma’s Tomahawk Challenge (see page 38), we were dismayed to hear that there’s a 2kg sirloin on Gaucho’s menu (04 422 7898). While the restaurant isn’t encouraging halfwit men to eat one single-handedly, it is charging the princely sum of Dhs1,000. That’s a lot of money – for a lot of meat.
And finally, those in need of another Christmas and New Year will be happy to hear that The Talk at Mövenpick Jumeirah (04 449 8888) will be celebrating Russian Christmas on January 7 (Dhs299 with selected house beverages), while Long Yin, Zheng He’s and just about every Chinese restaurant in the city will be celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dragon on January 23. Keep an eye on Time Out for details. Until then, Happy New Year, and bon appétit.