Spring has well and truly sprung – a sentiment captured by the meadowfuls of dining options blossoming around town. The otherwise completely underwhelming Kempinski Hotel on The Palm’s West Crescent is beginning to claw its way back into our affections with its new beachside barbecues, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm (Dhs175 with soft drinks; Dhs225 with selected house beverages). Other new meal deals across town include a new brunch at the Belgian Beer Café in Madinat Jumeirah, which features steak tartare, mussels and Flemish beef stew, as well as a headache-inducing number of hop-based beverages to quaff (Dhs180 for soft drinks; Dhs269 for selected house beverages).
BiCE Mare is another restaurant upping its Friday festivities – executive chef Francesco Guarracino has introduced a new sharing concept revolving around the host of new dishes that have recently been added to the à la carte menu (Dhs295 for soft drinks; Dhs395 including unlimited house beverages).
Taking a deep breath, we head over to the Monarch Dubai, which will be launching a new cheese and grape night at Arcadia, costing a palate-pleasing Dhs149 for French grape and 15 varieties of cheese. And if you happen to be eating your way down Sheikh Zayed Road, you could do worse than popping into Caramel Restaurant & Lounge, winner of the Best Bar Food category at the 2012 Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards. The venue has just launched a new menu featuring decidedly Asian-themed treats, such as TNT shrimp, crab rolls and hoisin steak salad, as well as kobe bolognese and vegetarian risotto. Likewise, Italian family favourite Rhonda Locatelli at Atlantis is also offering a new menu, packed with London-based Italian maestro Giorgio Locatelli’s latest creations.
Spectrum on One is taking home cooking to another level by introducing its new ‘Mama Chef’ promotion. Quite simply, the international restaurant at the Fairmont will be bringing out an authentic ‘mama’ to cook her own special brand of cuisine. This month, an Indian mama will be gracing the kitchen and will be followed thereafter by a Thai mama, a Japanese mama and mamas of various nationalities. What qualifications these women have other than mothering children we’re unsure, but we guess (and hope) they’re a dab hand in the kitchen. Keep an eye on future issues of Time Out Dubai for details. Until then, bon appétit.