The big culinary news in Dubai this week is that several prominent chefs will be visiting soon to work as guest cooks in the city’s kitchens. From Wednesday April 17 until Friday 19, Media City-based Italian restaurant Certo will welcome Michelin-starred chef Antonella Ricci to take the helm for three days. She will be preparing a menu of traditional dishes from Puglia, her home region of Italy, and will be joined by Antonella Millarte, a world-renowned sommelier.
Also coming in April is British chef Ed Baines. Ed trained under the legendary Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester in London and is now a TV favourite, regularly appearing on UK cooking shows, such as Britain’s Best Dish. He will be the star of the show at Jones the Grocer on Tuesday April 23, where he will be signing copies of his new book, The Best of British, which focuses on traditional Brit cooking. He will also hold a cooking demonstration and a culinary masterclass focusing on signature dishes from his book.
The Dhs995 ticket price for the two-hour session includes a signed copy of his new book.
April is the month where we all realise that the weather is heating up, spring is coming to an end and we need to think of ways to get outside before summer hits. Luckily, TOMO at Raffles Dubai – winner of Best Newcomer at last week’s Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards – has a plan. The authentic Japanese spot has recently launched an al-fresco dining terrace, which offers views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The space serves the same à la carte menu as the restaurant inside, but the setting is truly unique. Dubbed the ‘tatami terrace’, the area was created with the help of a Japanese designer and features an outdoor network of traditional, sunken tables usually found in tatami rooms in Japan. This style of seating, TOMO tells us, dates back to 17th-century Japan, but we think TOMO’s outdoor reinvention is extremely forward thinking.
There are plenty of new eateries to try this week. The Act Dubai, the city’s first theatre club dining experience, has just opened its doors. Alternatively, head to Souk Al Bahar, where Café Habana is now open, as well as another branch of Sammach, serving Lebanese seafood and boasting great views of the fountains. Elsewhere, another casual dining pizzeria has landed: Russo at the Jumeirah Centre boasts a New York-inspired menu, so expect pizza pies.
Finally, on a frivolous note, we’ve been banging on about Latin eating taking over Dubai. Now even Cinnabon is getting in on the action with its new dulce de leche range, made with brown sugar, cream
cheese frosting and dulce de leche. Until next week, bon appetit!