The Insider: eating out

We guess DIFC's next big thing and find out who Daniel Green is

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Let’s be honest: no one will be sad to see the back of January. The month always starts badly (a thumping headache and nauseousness, in most cases) and then not a great deal happens thereafter. Luckily, things appear to be picking up in February, which, other than Valentine’s Day (of which Time Out’s curmudgeons are already heartily sick of), heralds the visit of model/cook Daniel Green to the Dusit Thani Dubai (04 343 3333). Who? Well, after making a few appearances on British daytime TV, Daniel now hawks his wares on NBC’s shopping channel. How this ties into what he’s doing in Dubai, we’re unsure, but if you’re at all interested in sampling this hunk’s chow, then head to the Dusit Thani on February 8, where Daniel will be launching the ‘Eat Well, Feel Well’ healthy-eating campaign at a gala dinner (Dhs395).

But, let’s be honest, as 2012 unravels, so will our resolve to ‘eat well’ and ‘feel well’, meaning our attentions will turn back to ‘eating a lot’ and ‘feeling full’. So we’re excited by the news that Indian venue Mint Leaf (www.mintleafrestaurant.com), which has made a name for itself in London thanks to its innovative take on Indian cuisine and its cocktail bar, is set to open in DIFC. Well, it is if a friend of a friend who met someone in the know during a flight to Dubai is to be believed. But as tenuous as our source may be, let’s not forget that Dubai does have a penchant for swanky London brands, and is definitely a city with a taste for Indian food. If it does open, we’ll be bragging about it. If not, forget you ever read this.

In the meantime, we can content ourselves with a slew of new brunches: the first, and perhaps the most lavish, finally got under way on January 19 at Asiana Hotel in Deira (04 238 7777). The Thursday- and Friday-evening buffet features an array of Asian dishes and a very affordable Dhs270 price tag (including selected house beverages). And we couldn’t help clocking the exceptionally reasonably priced brunch at W’s Grill (04 324 4100). Granted, we were underwhelmed by the restaurant when we reviewed it, but how can you argue with Dhs395 for free-flowing premium bubbly? Another new (renovated) steakhouse trying its hand at brunch is Legends at Dubai Creek & Yacht Club (04 295 6000), which is offering all-you-can-eat starters, desserts, and a choice of à la carte mains, for Dhs370 (with selected house beverages).

And with that, we scurry into February, snuffling for more mouth-watering dining titbits. Until next week, bon appètit.

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