Brunch and cupcakes in Dubai

We are getting excited about two of our favourite things …

Kitsch Cupcakes
Kitsch Cupcakes
Antonio Carluccio
Antonio Carluccio
New brunch at BiCE
New brunch at BiCE
Pierre Gagnaire in Dubai
Pierre Gagnaire in Dubai
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You must know by now how fond we (and the rest of Dubai) are of cupcakes. So that’s exactly where we’re starting this week: with a new offering from Kitsch Cupcakes. We particularly like the new ‘pink bake’ range, not just because they’re sweet and pretty – they’re also in aid of a very good cause. Featuring the iconic pink ribbon, the range of cakes and cookies will be sold to raise awareness and funds for BurJuman’s Safe and Sound breast cancer awareness programme. The pink cupcakes start at Dhs12, and will be available throughout October to coincide with international Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Another favourite Dubai pastime gets a boost this week: there’s another new brunch on the horizon. On Friday October 5, Italian restaurant BiCE at the Hilton Jumeirah Beach launches a brunch centred around a peppery-tasting Italian drink. The food will be served as a four-course meal of Italian dishes designed to be shared, family style, but true to the usual brunch proceedings you’re welcome to ask for seconds and thirds. The menu will be composed of signature dishes, offering Italian classics such as calamari, carpaccio, ravioli and veal. The brunch will also offer mixed drinks, hops and sparkling grape, all from Italy.

Meanwhile, other brunches in the city are taking a more family-friendly turn. The Ivy has just introduced a new free kids’ club during its brunch, featuring arts and crafts, movies and computer games, so parents can enjoy their eggs Benedict and browse the morning’s papers in peace.

Finally, we’re pleased to hear that Dubai is gearing up to welcome the big-gun chefs behind three of our most well-known restaurants. Antonio Carluccio, the Italian chef (and UK TV celebrity) behind restaurant chain Carluccio’s, is launching a new cookbook, Antonio Carluccio: A Recipe for Life. He’ll be signing copies at the Carluccio’s in The Dubai Mall on Monday October 1, as well as performing a free cooking demonstration.

No stranger to these shores, Pierre Gagnaire, the molecular master behind Reflets, returns to his kitchen for six nights from Saturday October 13. He will be promoting the restaurant’s new game menu, which will offer wild pigeon, partridge and hare.

We’ve also just had a visit from Fernando Trocca, the Argentinian chef behind Gaucho’s worldwide menus – he’s been implementing and overseeing the Dubai venue’s new menu. Until next week, bon appétit!

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