The Italians have become world famous for their café culture, so it figures that even when they excel in others areas, they somehow manage to turn it back around to coffee.
In this case it’s motorbike brand Ducati that has turned its hand to cafés. There are already branches of the Ducati Caffé in Rome, Shanghai and Bangkok, and now we have our own here, at The Dubai Mall. The recently opened cafe-restaurant-shop (which also sells Ducati merchandise, naturally), offers plenty to keep superbike enthusiasts happy, although we’re more interested in how happy Dubai’s foodies will be. Keep your eyes peeled for a review.
Staying with cafés in The Dubai Mall, but this time from a very different culture. We’re excited by the launch of Roti Mum, a Singaporean bakery serving traditional teas and coffees and the famous coffee buns.
In April, the perennially popular Papa Roti opened a second outlet in The Dubai Mall, also specialising in Singaporean coffee buns. That leaves us wondering whether Singapore-style coffee breaks are set to be summer’s top food trend.
If you’re a tea enthusiast rather than a coffee lover, there’s also good news for you too. Also from Singapore (and – shock horror – also at The Dubai Mall), TWG Tea has launched its new tea salon and boutique. Here, guests can try a range of premium teas; the salon will also serve food, including dishes that use tea in the recipes. ‘Foie gras terrine with toasted brioche and sakura tea jelly’ and ‘summer quiche with mixed greens tossed in 1837 green tea-infused vinaigrette’ sound pretty exciting to us. If you make it down there to try them, let us know what you think.
Back to more familiar café territory, and there’s news from the big brands too. Just in time for summer, Costa Coffee is giving its cold drinks a makeover, with new iced coffee recipes and a new line of iced lemonades. Meanwhile, ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs has launched a new flavour in its gourmet ‘Secret Sensations’ range: meringue and raspberry fondant. The flavour was unveiled at a VIP party at Voda Bar in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, complete with health and safety-friendly LED light ‘fire’ dancers.
And on a final note that isn’t related to cafes (or, indeed, The Dubai Mall), Titanic restaurant at the Meliá Bur Dubai has launched a new theme night. Taking place on Wednesday evenings, the Sabor Latino event features tapas dishes and Latino music from DJ Loka. Food packages, drinks promotions and even party deals for bigger groups will be offered. As fun as this event sounds, it seems rather out of step with every other element of the restaurant’s concept – we’d love to know how the team at Titanic came up with it.
And with that, see you next week, and bon appétit!