New dining season in Dubai

We tuck into all things young and fresh this week


We’ve been getting a little ahead of ourselves this week – we’re already looking forward to next month. While it’s still hot enough outside to fry an egg on the pavement, the end of summer is slowly approaching and, judging by our eating out calendar for September, the next few weeks are going to feel like the start of a new year for Dubai’s eager diners.

First up, Dubai’s hotels are preparing for the coming season with a host of new events. From Saturday September 15, Italian restaurant Certo at the Radisson Blu in Media City is introducing a Sicilia and Sardegna night, which offers a culinary tour of both regions of southern Italy. The recipes – including sarde alla beccafico (anchovies with pine nuts) and carciofi ripieni (stuffed artichokes) – will be prepared with authentic ingredients.

Moving across the globe to Thailand, from Saturday September 1 Benjarong at the Dusit Thani Dubai will add a variety of authentic and traditional noodles to its menu, based on recipes from the royal palaces in Thailand. Surely these dishes will be fit for a king.

Meanwhile, swish Indian venue Amala at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is introducing a vegetarian menu on Tuesdays; The H Hotel will host cheese and grape nights in its lobby on Thursdays throughout September; and Ruth’s Chris Steak House has introduced an all-new menu that includes fish and chips, which will be served at both its outlets (at The H Hotel and The Address Dubai Marina).

If all this eating out is getting to you, The Fountain at the Mövenpick Hotel in Bur Dubai is introducing a new evening focused on healthy eating, called Food for Life, on Wednesday September 5. The restaurant has devised a menu that’s healthy and nutritious, rather than simply low calorie: dishes with extra benefits for all-round health include chilli con carne with lean beef and wholegrain bread, salmon en papillote with red cabbage and citrus fruits, and udon noodles with sautéed chicken.

Restaurants, it seems, are much like buses: you wait around for one for ages and suddenly two come along at once. We’ve previously mentioned our excitement over the impending opening of new Portuguese restaurant Piri Piri in the Four Points Sheraton in Bur Dubai. Now we’ve heard that another Portuguese restaurant is set to open a few weeks earlier. Portugal, as it’s currently known, is due to open at the beginning of September in the Sea View Hotel in Bur Dubai. The rustic, stone-clad venue apparently aims to showcase the many sides of Portuguese cooking, with traditional and more modern dishes sitting side by side. There will also be a focus on seafood and piri piri, which will be prepared in an authentic Portuguese-style charcoal oven. We’re looking forward to the live music too, featuring fado (an emotive, folky style of music originating from Lisbon) and Brazilian jazz.

Two new openings in a matter of weeks? Suddenly, that almost makes Portuguese a trend… Until next week, bon appétit!

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