Cakes, diets, burgers and sushi

Naughty and nice new openings for Dubai's hungry diners

Skinny Genie
Skinny Genie
Oushé’s brownies
Oushé’s brownies
Chez Sushi
Chez Sushi
Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rockets
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We’re less than a month into 2013, and so far we seem to be fighting a constant battle of conscience between indulgence and restraint. Salads or chocolates? Can’t we have both? So this week we’ll start by swinging the pendulum towards naughty (but nice) with news of new bakeries opening in Dubai.

New bakery Skinny Genie has recently opened in Al Quoz, offering a nice balance of naughty for your belly, but nice for your stomach if you have a sensitivity to gluten. The items are freshly baked every day using natural, organic ingredients, unrefined sugar and no preservatives. Items to tempt you on the menu include cookies, cakes, madeleines and muffins in exotic-sounding flavours such as apple, cinnamon, chia seeds and walnuts or khidri dates, cardamom and pecans.

Getting naughtier, also good to try is Oushé Gourmet Bake Shop in Barsha. The signature item is the chocolate brownies, which definitely make a visit worthwhile. The venue fuses western and Middle Eastern flavours in its recipes, serving items such as cakes, cookies, sandwiches, salads and quiches, as well as freshly prepared manakish. Honestly, we don’t need an excuse to munch brownies, but in case you do, Oushé is also launching a special red velvet and cream cheese brownie for Valentine’s Day, priced at Dhs12 each. It’ll make a nice change from the inevitable cupcakes.

And there’s yet more naughty news afoot. Dubai’s burger bar scene is set to expand like the waistline of a supersizer: Johnny Rockets, the all-singing, all-dancing ’50s diner has announced the opening of six more branches in the UAE, three in Dubai and three in Abu Dhabi, almost doubling the number of restaurants from seven to 13. And there are even more new venues planned for 2014 and 2015, opening in Sharjah and Al Ain.

Cakes and burgers do not a balanced diet make, so now it’s time for a little healthy foil with news of two new Japanese eateries. Chez Sushi has just been unveiled in Al Wasl Square: the cosy, casual spot offers dinners the chance to build their own sushi rolls by choosing from the list of ingredients. There are also some fun elements to Chez Sushi, such as edamame-shaped cushions on which to sit, and wasabi-flavoured Kit-Kats for dessert.

Opening soon at the newly refurbished Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is Japanese venue Watatsumi. The restaurant aims to showcase the different sides of Japanese cooking, beyond the raw fish stereotypes. There are also plans to deliver modern Japanese options by ‘marrying new flavours and new bold recipes to Japanese techniques’. Sounds like exciting stuff.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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