Lessons in the art of tea

We take a look at the Dubai food scene from June 13 to 19

Tea – the Japanese way
Tea – the Japanese way
The H Hotel’s ‘frisky’ brunch
The H Hotel’s ‘frisky’ brunch
Debauve and Gallais: cocoa fit for a king
Debauve and Gallais: cocoa fit for a king
Vespas take over at Sicilia
Vespas take over at Sicilia
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In Dubai, sometimes it seems as though themed food events are like taxis. You look for one for a while, then suddenly two come along at once. On Saturday June 23, two events take place, both focused on the traditions and etiquette surrounding tea, but observed from two very different cultural standpoints: European and Japanese.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony Club will be holding an event at Shelter to showcase this traditional Japanese art form. Taking place on the same day, Debauve and Gallais (known as the chocolatier of choice for the kings of France) is hosting an afternoon tea with a difference at its boutique in DIFC. Held in collaboration with Bonnétiquette (specialist in good manners and protocol), guests will learn about the history of tea and the cultural dos and don’ts connected with this afternoon pastime.

That’s not the only coincidence this week. We’re told that a rose by any other name still smells as sweet, and we hope this proves true for two Dubai hotels that have taken on new names recently. For Ibn Battuta Gate, it’s a small change: it’s simply adding the name of the brand to make it the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. The Monarch, however, is introducing an all-new identity as The H Hotel.

In fact, both venues are embracing all things new by introducing a gaggle of new events. Italian restaurant, Sicilia at the Mövenpick has launched a ‘Vespa’ promotion: aside from bringing real Vespa scooters into the restaurant for the sake of atmosphere, it has also introduced new regional dishes from across Italy, including Treviso-style codfish mousse with walnuts, and Angus beef tartare with warm mushroom salad.

Meanwhile, The H Hotel has launched a ‘Frisky Friday’ brunch, boasting a foie gras station and a tartare area. They’re two of our favourite foods, so we know which part of the brunch we’d head for first.

And more news of the new: the Meliá in Bur Dubai has welcomed its latest new opening, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor. Chef Sanjeev was in Dubai for the grand opening on Thursday June 7 and was brimming with positivity about the city’s restaurant scene. ‘The landscape of Dubai’s dining scene has changed completely in the past ten years,’ he enthused. ‘Dubai has seen a constant increase in high-end restaurants by prominent chefs from around the world, and it will always be a special city for me because it gave me my first ever restaurant. I’m confident that this time, as always, Dubai will be lucky for me.’ We’re reviewing the restaurant very soon, and look forward to reporting back on how lucky it proves to be. Until next week, bon appetit!

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