Yael Mejia verges on militant when it comes to fresh, locally grown produce. It’s fitting, then, that the Baker & Spice founder set about conquering Dubai, one piece at a time. While we’ve mentioned the latest instalment of the Baker & Spice empire in Dubai Marina (see our review, left), we’re pleased she’s also started a Saturday Farmers’ Market outside the café, which will last until summer, when we all melt into puddles on the pavement (or don’t go outside as much). The Marina market takes place every Saturday from 9am until 3pm.
Meanwhile, out on everyone’s favourite tree-shaped peninsula (aka The Palm), the Rixos Hotel made its debut on Thursday March 8, promising a mouthful of eating-out options, including all-day-dining restaurant A la Turca, specialising in Turkish dishes; Roccha for Italian; and Chef’s Steak House (steak, we’re guessing). The hotel (named after Rixos, founder of the city of Perge, Turkey, in case you were wondering. You weren’t? Never mind) will also offer private dining for the antisocial/mega-rich and a variety of bars and discotheques (or nightclubs, as they’re referred to these days). Keep a beady eye on Time Out Dubai.
Other than The Palm, JLT and the Madinat Jumeirah seem to be undergoing a restaurant revival. The latter is already enjoying the benefits of the sleekest Belgian Beer Café to date (which, true to Flemish form, serves a mean waffle) and the latest Rivington Grill, which we’re sussing out as you read this. Higgledy-piggledy JLT, meanwhile, is not only enjoying the Latin American charms of Sweet Brasil (as we astutely pointed out last week), but also Italian restaurant Pompeii, which we hope fares better than the ancient Roman city from which it takes its name.
Not satisfied we’ve dropped enough Greco-Roman, pseudo-classical references into this column, we finish this Insider with a mention of Donatello – no, not the Italian early Renaissance artist and sculptor (or the brainy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), but the new restaurant-lounge opening in place of Lotus One near Dubai World Trade Centre. From what we’ve seen, the venue will have very little in common with the aesthetic tastes of the aforementioned individual, but it does at least purport to serve the cuisine of his homeland. Look out for a review in future issues.
So, until we meet again, bon appétit.