If you’re strapped for cash but love your food read on. Next week, from Thursday May 23 to June 1, Jumeirah Restaurant Week is back for a second year. And this time, it’s going global, with 56 restaurants participating around the world, including ones in Germany, Shanghai, the Maldives and Turkey. Within Dubai, Burj Al Arab will be participating for the first time, with an Arabic menu at Al Iwan and Asian at Junsui. Blue Flame and Nomad at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, which opened last year, will also participate for the first time. The promotion offers set menu deals at numerous restaurants, with a four-tier pricing system: Dhs90 for Noodle House, Dhs120 for casual dining (e.g. Al Nafoorah, Alfie’s and Honyaki), Dhs180 for signature dining (e.g. The Ivy, Vôi and La Parrilla), and Dhs270 for the Burj Al Arab.
In others news Jones the Grocer, which houses one of Dubai’s most comprehensive cheese shops is set to launch a ‘cheese club’. For a Dhs200 annual membership fee, cheese enthusiasts will be able to order monthly hampers of artisanal cheese varieties from around the world. Members will be offered a ten percent discount on cheese, condiments and related kitchen accessories and a complimentary ticket for a cheese tasting event.
From plenty of lactose to gluten-free, in June Milk & Honey will introduce a new range of gluten-free items. The grocery store is billing these products as a healthy, diet-friendly choice, although we feel gluten-free is more relevant and helpful to those with intolerances and sensitivities. Items include cereals, breads and even pasta sauces and chocolate desserts. Customers who buy a gluten-free item during the month of June will also be entered into a prize draw to win a Milk & Honey hamper worth Dhs500.
And from eating out, to staying in. Zee TV has launched a new food show called SERVED. Presented by Rohan Vanmala, the show is aimed at foodies who want to learn more about the history and culture behind cooking styles from around the globe. Airing weekly on Saturdays, the first season of the show will feature 13 episodes exploring the regional cuisines of the Indian Sub-continent, from Kashmir to Kerala.
Finally, in news that marks an increased shift towards food sustainability in the city, we’re delighted to announce the launch of yet another Dubai farmers’ market. Pantry Café in Al Wasl Square has teamed up with Ripe to host their third weekly farmers’ market, which takes place on Tuesday mornings. The market will offer a selection of locally grown, fresh and organic fruit and vegetables. This week will be the second event, which is expected to continue at least until the start of Ramadan.
Until next week, bon appétit!