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Mark Movember or visit a new Ibn Battuta tea shop

La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison
Ya Kun Coffee and Tea
Ya Kun Coffee and Tea
Breakslow at Flow Kitchen
Breakslow at Flow Kitchen
Bidi Bondi
Bidi Bondi
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We get ready for Movember, eat our way through Ibn Battuta Mall and take a very leisurely breakfast on the Palm.

This week, we are just about on the brink of November, which means that whimsical celebration of facial hair, Movember, is also nearly upon us. So the more hairy males among you may welcome news that you’ll soon be in good company when eating out in Dubai. The team at La Petite Maison will be joining in the spirit of Movember, which aims to raise funds and awareness for male cancer charities each year, by growing their own wacky moustaches. During the month of November, diners at the restaurant will also have the option of donating Dhs10 to their bill towards a local charity.

Bidi Bondi on the Palm Jumeirah is also getting in on the Movember action. The bar will be holding a ‘Clean Shave’ event on Friday November 1 to raise awareness for Movember. Men registering on the day, will not only get a free shave, but will also receive a discount card for 20 percent on food and beverages during November. Apparently the best ‘Mo-bros’ will then have their photos added to a wall of fame each Friday.

In case that’s not your cup of tea, why not explore a new tea shop recently opened in Ibn Battuta Mall. Located in the garden of the mall’s China court, Ya Kun Coffee and Tea is a Singaporean café concept that has been going strong in the city state since 1944. Here, you can try a range of breakfast sets with toast, eggs, and Straits favourite kaya, which is a sweet jam made from a coconut. Coffees and teas are also typically Singaporean in style served ‘O’ (black), ‘S’ (with sugar) or ‘C’ (with condensed milk). Another classic to try is a cup of coffee and tea mixed together or the more modern green tea frappé. In case you’re curious to try Ya Kun out, it is currently doing a buy-one-get-one- free deal on all drinks, as well as on kaya toast sets.

Also in the China court is new burger option Mooyah. The concept from Texas serves classic American- style burgers, using 100 percent American beef and apparently delivers using a legion of supercars for a very Dubai edge. Travelling a little further afield to the Andalusian court of the mall, you’ll find new eatery, Red Apron, serving up a range of traditional, hearty and humble cooking.

And finally, if you are also a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you might like to try the new early morning meal concept at Flow Kitchen at Fairmont the Palm. Dubbed ‘Breakslow’, the event is something of a more traditional brunch, serving breakfast classics at the table, along with a selection of newspapers, from 10.30am-3pm every Friday. Fans of the full English breakfast can even try a sweet re-imagining of the dish for dessert (pictured), made with vanilla panacotta and passion fruit curd as fried eggs and raspberry and Nutella French toast as hash browns.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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