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Lots of new bread and Chinese moon cakes on the menu this week

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We plan a busy menu of freshly baked bread, Chinese moon cakes, trendy street food and Spanish cooking.

We’re starting this week, with that most fundamental of food stuffs, the ‘bread of life’. Sustainable concept store The Change Initiative has launched an in-store bakery, which will offer bread, baked fresh every day, including white, brown and granary recipes, as well as baguettes, Danish pastries and croissants. We’ve also learnt that you can buy bread, including varieties of sour dough, at JLT based café Baker Street. Despite the name, the bread is not made in-house, but it does arrive freshly baked each day. Yet more bread news comes from Milk & Honey, who has introduced a selection of rainbow breads, in red, yellow, orange and green, but made using natural vegetable colourings. They have also introduced a selection of appetising-sounding recipes such as cardamom, walnut and fig, olive and feta, rosemary, corn and pesto.

From bread to baking and buns, Papa Roti continues its expansion, with the launch of a new branch in Mirdif City Centre, just opened last week. Home-grown concept Pantry Café in Al Wasl Square is also set to expand with the opening of a new venue in up-and-coming Business Bay. The property is, however, still some way off, currently due to open in the third quarter of 2014.

So how about some Chinese food in the mean time? Time Out Dubai’s best Chinese restaurant award winner of 2013, Royal China, will be celebrating the Chinese autumnal moon festival from Thursday September 19, by serving traditional moon cakes, made with red bean or lotus seed paste. Zheng He’s Chinese restaurant in Mina A’ Salam will also be holding a moon cake festival from Sunday September 15-21, including a lion dance on September 19.

There’s more upcoming Chinese news from the Fairmont the Palm, who have announced an opening date for their latest restaurant. Taking its name from the Mandarin character for the auspicious number eight in Chinese, it has been announced that Ba Restaurant and Lounge will open in October. Following the popularity of high-end Japanese dining and lounge bar concepts, it seems Ba will be aiming at a similar tone, promising a creative menu of mixed drinks and music from resident DJ Jason Kabuki, making it something of a first for a home-grown Chinese brand in Dubai.

Despite this development, the owners behind one of Dubai’s most notable late-night Japanese haunts, Okku, have recently announced they will be moving their empire in a more casual dining direction, with the launch of three new concepts. The group plans to open two fast-food chains in Dubai, one with a fun, family-friendly, patisserie theme, another as an edgy, urban street food spot. Also coming soon from the group in November is Ibiza-inspired Spanish eatery and roof-top lounge bar, Cielo.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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