Foodie news in Dubai

The eating out insider on Taste of Dubai and 'food and art'

Sofitel: starry
Sofitel: starry
Wheeler’s: shiny
Wheeler’s: shiny
Gary Rhodes: muscley
Gary Rhodes: muscley
Aldo Zilli: follicly challenged
Aldo Zilli: follicly challenged
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Now we’ve forgotten our hasty new year’s resolutions about only eating pulses, lettuce or any food that won’t make us not feel like a washed-up whale on JBR beach, we can properly concentrate on tucking into some major food events. First up is Taste of Dubai, which returns on Thursday March 15 to celebrate its fifth year. In keeping with the number five (or multiples thereof), this year’s show will feature 25 restaurants, including popular newbies such as The Ivy, Toro Toro and Gaucho.

Gary Rhodes will be back to flex his culinary muscle (and his regular muscles, we imagine) along with Richard Sandoval of Maya and Toro Toro fame, and Indian culinary king Vineet Bhatia. Dubai’s resident gourmands can also look forward to seeing smiley Italian chef Aldo Zilli (don’t be deterred by the plethora of ‘Italian-for-dummies’ products he’s released – he can actually cook). Tickets for Taste of Dubai are already on sale – if you buy now, you can snap up two for Dhs99 (early-bird discount) or splash out on a Dhs200 VIP ticket, which offers fast-track entry to the festival, access to the British Airways VIP lounge, two free drinks at the VIP bar, three free dishes from the food stalls, and entry into a draw to win some electronic gadget made by Philips. Buy online at www.timeouttickets.com.

Happily, March isn’t the last of foodie-related fun: Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah is bringing seven top chefs (with 12 Michelin stars between them) to Dubai for the Stars, Food & Art event on Tuesday April 3, which celebrates ‘the relationship between food and art’. Each chef will prepare their signature dishes, which will be served alongside ‘exciting artistic performances’. The catch? Well, we’re not saying it’s not worth it, but the Dhs2,500 ticket price is not for the faint of heart (or light of wallet).

After plenty of speculation and not a great deal of hard-and-fast facts, we’re happy to announce that Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s restaurant in DIFC will officially open in June. If you want an exact date (you’ll want the moon on a stick, next) you’ll have to keep buying Time Out – we’re leaking specific details through the course of the year (read: as soon as we hear them).

And finally, without so much as a whisper or a whimper, The Address Montgomerie has opened its long- awaited replacement for Academy – the aptly named Links restaurant, complete with new name (obviously), new decor and a new menu. Keep an eye out for our anonymous review. Until then, bon appétit.

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