We’re starting this week by celebrating the success and strength of Dubai restaurants, which have began expanding across the city. We’re pleased to note that steakhouse Rib Room will open its third branch in the city at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray at the end of this year. In other steakhouse news, Century Village’s Soho Bar and Grill has expanded with a second branch at Wafi and home-grown concept Sushi Counter has now opened its third outlet, located in the Dubai Mall.
There’s also a move towards new season’s relaunches with several spots announcing new menus and even a concept overhaul.
Make Business Hub, which recently changed hands of ownership, has been closed throughout Ramadan for an extensive refurbishment project. Make plans to give its space a makeover in order to make it more conducive for hot-desk office workers with private meeting rooms and office facilities such as printers and scanners. Thankfully for our food-fanatic purposes, however, Make isn’t forgetting the café side of the business. In the new concept, Make plans to introduce a separate area for those wishing to dine, as well as introducing a new menu, which it plans to update every two months. Make has also expressed plans to source more local and artisanal items for the menu. There’s even plans to improve the energy efficiency of the lighting. The newly made-over Make Business Hub is currently due to launch after Eid.
In other café news, Social House has refreshed its menu by introducing a number of new dishes. Among the new selection are creative sounding recipes such as kaffir lime-scented chicken tikka with Asian slaw and melba toast, wagyu beef carpaccio with artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, shaved parmesan and zucchini flower and also short rib rendang with nasi gurih. Although we’re not quite convinced by the sound of Arabian or nacho pizza.
If you think you could come up with bigger, better and more exotic combinations, perhaps you should challenge your potential to compete with the professionals. Next month starting from Sunday September 15, Scafa cooking academy launches its second ever run of the professional kitchen programme, a 13-week course that sees participants leave with an entry-level qualification, designed for cooks wanting to become professional chefs.
And finally, if you fancy a little music and dancing with your food, September will be prime time for some dinner entertainment. Boracay Club at the Asiana Hotel in Deira will be launching a Vegas-inspired cabaret night, while fine dining Indian spot Amala at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has a new Bollywood theme night in the running, with pre- and post-dinner entertainment promised.
Until next week, bon appétit!