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Easter chocolate and (not) hammour on Dubai menus

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Wednesday March 27 marks the biggest night in Dubai’s culinary calendar (well, we would say that, wouldn’t we) with the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2013 taking place. On the night, Dubai’s most influential food industry professionals will gather to learn who has been deemed the very best in each of the 22 restaurant award categories. Stay tuned, next week we’ll be sharing the full list of those winners. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of the menu on the night of the awards.

This week, we visited local cheese producers Italian Dairy Products, and are excited to reveal that we’ll be serving their now celebrated burrata to start proceedings on the night. The first course at the awards dinner will be a salad of this local burrata with cherry tomato, black olives and rocket. In order to supply the demand of discerning foodies turning out on the night, Italian Dairy Products will be making a staggering 850 burrata cheeses.

Previously, we’ve commented on the rapid changes taking place in Souk Al Bahar. This week we add yet another new eatery to the list. Due to open in April, Kanpai will be a restaurant and lounge bar, serving an Asian fusion menu, with a focus on modern presentation. Will it compete with the already popular and laid-back Asian-fusion eatery Karma Kafé in the same complex?

The signature dishes at the new venue will include red snapper with teriyaki orange, duck with Thai red curry sauce and chilli and garlic grilled rack of lamb. As if that wasn’t enough to hit multiple Asian notes on the menu, Kanpai will also offer a dedicated sushi counter, which appears to be becoming something of a trend for new restaurant/bar concepts in Dubai.

Good news this week in regard to the UAE’s dwindling hammour stocks is that industry supplier Horeca Trade has recently introduced a new species of fish to the market. Hoki, which originates from New Zealand is not only a sustainable species, but it also offers health benefits to diners since it is high in omega 3. Dubai-based venues that have already implemented this sustainable choice (three cheers) include The Address Dubai Marina, Hues Boutique Hotel, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach and JW Marriot Marquis Hotel.

Finally, it’s very nearly time to say Happy Easter (celebrated on Sunday March 31), so we’re sharing some tips on where to head for sweet Easter treats. The annual pop-up Atlantis Easter Shop will run until Tuesday April 2, selling classic as well as international Easter treats, from Germany, Greece, Spain and Russia. La Cure Gourmande in The Dubai Mall is also stocking a wide selection of Easter confectionary including handmade chicken-, bunny- and egg-shaped chocolates. Until next week, bon appétit!

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