This week we take a tour of the city’s fashionable new eateries and get meaty on Mondays
Let’s start with the news that plenty of eating options have popped up across the city for you to sample. Originally earmarked for a December 2012 opening, the fashion-inspired Vogue Café is now set to launch on Wednesday May 15 in shoe store Level One in The Dubai Mall. Breakfast dishes include Belgian waffles, as well as fashion-friendly low-calorie options. Also on the menu is house-cured salmon with dill, shaved pickled red onions, crème fraîche and rye; duck leg confit parmentier with pistachio, sweet potato and tonka beans; and orange blossom salad with jasmine ice cream.
Equally fashionable, and now open, is the café within the Comptoir 102 concept store on Jumeirah Beach Road. This café offers an organic and health-focused menu, designed by a chef who is also a nutritionist and expert in macrobiotics, with gluten- and fat-free options on offer. Comptoir 102 has also declared a commitment to using locally sourced ingredients: in fact, we’re told some are even grown in-house. Signature dishes include zucchini carpaccio, cold beetroot and pistachio soup, bulgur risotto with roasted eggplant, red lentil coconut curry and a butter-, milk-, sugar- and egg-free chocolate cashew mousse.
Also now open is celebrity favourite and US-transplant Café Habana at Souk Al Bahar. The Mexican-Cuban joint serves items such as a grilled Mexican corn and a ‘pressed’ Cuban sandwich, within a kitsch and vintage Cuban-inspired space.
Casual Italian café Carluccio’s has opened a new branch in Deira City Centre, and is apparently the chain’s smallest branch in the world.
If fashion, Latinos and diminutive Italians don’t appeal to your tastes, how about a Swedish burger chain? In case you haven’t noticed the billboards on Sheikh Zayed Road, yet another burger concept, Max Burger, has hit Dubai, with branches in Oasis Centre and, most recently, Mirdif City Centre.
Finally, we’ve been trying to champion the cause of vegetarian diners within Dubai, so we can’t help but be amused by the new Monday-night promotion at Legends Steakhouse. Serving premium steak from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Argentina and the US, the deal includes grape chosen by the sommelier, plus sides and sauces. A steak promotion at a steakhouse: what’s strange about that? Well, it’s the international irony of naming this night ‘Let’s Meat on Mondays’: Mondays have traditionally featured in international campaigns to persuade people to go vegetarian for one night of the week, for the sake of their health and the environment. It’s instigated by animal rights-defending Paul McCartney and UK newspaper The Times’ restaurant critic Giles Coren (who has dubbed it ‘back off on meat Mondays’). Nevertheless, we’ll have to admit, we wouldn’t say no to a spot of wagyu on a Monday either. Until next week, bon appétit.