We say adieu to a celebrity restaurant, adopt health-focussed, gluten-free eating and eat in aid of charity
When it comes to celebrity chefs in Dubai, we’re wondering if there is a secret one-in-one-out policy. That’s following news that Titanic, Marco Pierre White’s ill-fated (and ominously named) restaurant in the Meliá Hotel has finally confirmed that it is closing its doors for good. The restaurant rumour-mill had anticipated this move for sometime now, and during a recent visit to Dubai, chef MPW declined to pass comment on the restaurant’s fate. It’s not all bad news though, with the announcement that everyone’s favourite thick-lipped Essex chef Jamie Oliver will be opening a second branch of Jamie’s Italian in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
From high profile to healthy eating, we’ve noticed a wave of new options hit the city recently. In July, K Cal will open three new branches, located in the Dubai Mall, Business Bay and Sheikh Zayed Road. Offering competition to the likes of K Cal and Right Bite is new online healthy eating service U’ve Got Meal (as mantioned in our Body & Mind insider last week). You can register online for a meal plan devised by a dietician that takes in to account personal nutritional objectives.
In case you’d rather head out for your health kicks, H.E.A.T (which stands for ‘healthy eats and treats’) has recently opened on Jumeirah Beach Road. The name gives away the health-friendly focus, and the café promises an equally budget-friendly menu, claiming that all dishes are no more than 400 calories or Dhs40.
The menu includes ‘protein pancakes’, low-fat, gluten-free cakes from Skinny Genie and locally roasted RAW coffee.
French bakery Paul has also launched a new menu of low-fat options. It uses lean and high protein ingredients and healthier cooking techniques such as grilling and poaching. Dishes available include poached organic eggs, served with grilled asparagus and rye bread for breakfast, grilled halloumi salad for lunch with a lemon dressing, and for dinner there is organic fresh salmon with puy lentils, grilled vegetables and quinoa.
Also new, gluten-free bakery Sweet Connections has just opened its first standalone stall at Mercato Mall. There you’ll find gluten-free savoury and sweet loaves, cakes and muffins, as well as several lactose-free, egg-free and low-sugar items available too.
From health conscious to a social conscience, we leave you with some charitable news. Just Falafel has announced plans to donate US$500 to the World Food Programme for every new branch they open until 2016, with 1,000 new venues currently planned. And if you would like to make your own donations, La Postreria Dessert Studio and Lounge is also currently allowing guests to add an extra Dhs1 to their bills, to be donated to the WFP.
Until next week, bon appétit.