The insider: eating out

We imagine lunchtime fisticuffs and macho meals

Karma Kafé
Karma Kafé
At.mosphere
At.mosphere
Celsius
Celsius
Belgian Beer Café
Belgian Beer Café
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We love a good scrap here at Time Out, which is why we’d love to see Al Mahara’s business lunch take on At.mosphere’s new midday meal deal. We can’t help but size them up like a couple of prize fighters: the executive lunch at the Burj Al Arab’s Al Mahara (04 301 7777) costs Dhs595 and includes three courses and a drop-off and pick-up service, courtesy of a flash BMW. On the other hand, At.mosphere (04 888 3828) is going for a more low-key approach, at Dhs395 for three courses.

Over at The Monarch Dubai, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (04 501 8666) is manning up with its new Hemingway menu, which apparently features some of the adventuring wordsmith’s favourite drinks and dishes, and even offers guests a sizeable stogie to puff on after dinner (a nod to Cuba, you see). Whether the steak served will take a Spanish turn, remains to be seen, but this is definitely one for the more macho among us. There’ll be a chance to enjoy the Hemingway menu at the new Ruth’s Chris, set to open at The Address Dubai Marina in the second quarter of 2012.

After months of masquerading as the Radisson Royal, the hotel formerly known as JAL Towers has finally cottoned on to the fact that it takes more than a name change to entice customers and has finally done something worth writing about – namely starting a new brunch in its international restaurant, Celsius (04 308 0000), priced at Dhs299 with selected house beverages. Interestingly, the managers have also decided to run a Saturday brunch for the same price at ICHO (04 308 0000), the hotel’s Japanese restaurant (with fantastic views), which we can’t help but think would be a better Friday option. But that’s just us.

Karma Kafé at Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0909) is reeling out a new menu in an attempt to reclaim its former glory. You can still expect the same high-end Japanese-South-East-Asian fare, only this time prepared by the new executive chef Mark Molnar. Will the Souk Al Bahar restaurant claw its way back into favour in 2012? Watch this space.

Finally, all eyes turn to the Madinat Jumeirah, where the opening date for what will be the ‘global flagship’ of the Belgian Beer Café (www.belgianbeercafe.com) has finally been announced. The event will be embellished with all manner of generous giveaways (free food and lashings of hops, we expect) and will offer splendiferous (our words, not theirs, admittedly) views of the Burj Al Arab. For those who are hot on finicky details such as dates, the opening is on February 22. And with that, we drain our steiner, smack our lips and order another. Until it arrives, bon appétit.

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