Christmas cakes in Dubai

A giant Christmas cake, Japanese fusion and Spanish food in Dubai

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Home of the world’s tallest tower and now Expo2020 too, Dubai just doesn’t do things by halves. And that even extends to our cakes. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is getting ready for its eighth annual Christmas charity cake sale, taking place this week on Saturday December 7. But this is Dubai, so rather than your average bake sale, the event involves a giant version of traditional German Christmas cake stollen; a staggering 600 metres of the stuff to be precise. It took 15 chefs to prepare and is apparently its largest creation to date. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Dubai Centre for Special Needs.

While we’re in festive spirits, more Christmas news comes from Lafayette Gourmet, where you can find a range of Christmas hampers. Opt for a personalised or pre-packed version, crammed with gourmet food products from across the globe, including chocolate fondue kits, fine teas and cooking oils.

More boxed treats are up for grabs thanks to Greenheart Organic, which has just launched a new ‘superfood box’. In addition to nutrient-packed fruit and vegetables (kale, fennel, apples and bananas to name but a few), the box also contains camu camu berry powder, basil citrus salt and organic raw honey. In case you are stumped by just what to do with them, the superfood box also comes with product descriptions and serving suggestions for juices and salads.

In other news, we recently commented on the rise and rise of Spanish food in Dubai, and now adding to the trend is the rise of the Spanish-inspired brunch. New restaurant El Sur has launched Spanish Saturdays, which offers a menu of tapas dishes (featuring traditional Spanish meats), as well as a paella and oyster station. A Flamenco soundtrack and Spanish grape beverages complete the vibe.

More Spanish inspiration comes from an unexpected source at the (slightly culturally confusing) Thursday tapas supper at Umai Japanese restaurant in The Oberoi Dubai. Served to a chill-out backing track, the menu of Japanese fusion includes soft shell crab with chimichurri sauce, foie gras with teriyaki sauce and daikon radish, as well as classics such as takoyaki (an Osaka street food snack of sweet little dough balls filled with octopus) plus another Kansai special, okonomiyaki (vegetable-stuffed omelettes) and there is also a sushi and sashimi station.

More exciting Japanese fusion hits Dubai in 2014, since SushiArt in DIFC has announced a collaboration with Michelin-star and world renowned French chef Joël Robuchon. The chef has created a special menu featuring crispy lobster maki rolls with banana yuzu sauce and Hawaian rolls with basil shrimp and yuzu mango sauce.

Until next week, bon appétit and itadakimasu!

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