This week starts with a dizzying development for the Dubai’s fine-dining scene. Well, possibly. While it’s only conjecture for now, it’s rumoured that multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay may be making a return to the city. After a nine-year stint in Dubai at Verre (Ramsay’s first project outside of the UK), his closure of the venue in 2011, and the subsequent opening of Table 9 by Nick & Scott in the same location, has filled many a column inch. Now Ramsay has thrown hints that he may be returning to the city to open a new restaurant. Is the media-savvy chef simply throwing a cat among the pigeons? For now, Ramsay has revealed he is debating his options for a new location in the Middle East. Doha already has its fair share of Ramsay-backed restaurants (with two at the St Regis Hotel): we’ve decided its high time he returned to Dubai.
Not long now until Valentine’s Day on Thursday February 14, and this week is the last chance to find a special gift. Unsurprisingly there are several edible options available, so we thought we’d help you out with a little last-minute inspiration. Fine Swiss chocolatier Sprüngli is offering a range of mixed praline and truffle gift boxes, with prices from Dhs90. Time Out evidently has expensive tastes – we particularly like the look of the Dhs1,300 Bonbonnière Oriental selection. The box contains a bespoke selection of 99 fresh cream truffles and hand-made pralines in an Arabian-inspired gift box.
Forrey & Galland is also offering a range of chocolate gift boxes containing heart-shaped chocolates in rose or mandarin flavour, plus a choice of signature truffles. You can also treat your partner to a customised Valentine’s hamper, containing products such as heart-shaped cookies, chocolate tuiles and a lavender-scented bag, which aids relaxation.
For a sweet take on the love letter, Hey Sugar Bakeshop is selling love letter cookies, which can be decorated with a personalised message for Dhs20 each. The chain is also offering the obligatory Valentine’s Day cupcakes. If your beloved is a keen cook, why not brush up your skills together and treat them to one of the couples’ cooking classes taking place at Jones the Grocer and Scafa? Alternatively, head to Lakeland for heart-themed kitchen staples such as cookie cutters, cake tins, chopping boards and jelly moulds. Also available is a charming stoneware pot from Le Creuset, embossed with red berries.
Finally, if you find this talk of romancing a little alienating, The Gramercy is on the same wavelength. The venue is hosting an ‘anti-Valentine’s’ night on Thursday February 14, perfect for singles and cynics alike. The evening will feature live music, a set menu and even promises an ‘anti-Valentine’s dart board’. Cheery.
Until next week, bon appétit!