Cielo Tapas Bar & Sky Lounge
Coming up some time in January, the team behind Okku and CLAW BBQ launches its latest venture, adding to the growing Spanish trend with a tapas and lounge bar overlooking the Creek.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Bur Dubai (04 380 1234).
Clinton Street Baking Company
The popular New York bakery and café apparently famed for its brunch, will open its first branch in Dubai in the first month of the new year.
Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (no number).
House of Curry
The Indian restaurant opens in Downtown Dubai this month, serving classic curry recipes in an ambience designed to feel like a traditional Indian home. Also on the horizon is a second and flagship branch located on JBR called House of Curry on the Beach and currently due to open on February 1.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.houseofcurry.me (no number).
La Porte Des Indes
With branches already located in London and Brussels, next month Dubai will be treated to an unusual fusion pairing with the opening of a Gallic-Indian restaurant concept before January is out.
The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.laportedesindes.ae (04 438 8610).
Nick Alvis and Scott Price will officially part ways with their modern British project, table 9, on Tuesday December 31. Following a brief interlude when the restaurant will be closed, the venue is due to reopen on January 9 as table 9 by Darren Velvick, with the new head chef at the helm bringing to Dubai his expertise gained in the kitchens of Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay in London. Nick and Scott will continue to work together in Dubai on new concepts, soon to be divulged in Time Out Dubai. Watch this space.
Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7551).
Frying Pan Adventures
On January 11, blogger Arva Ahmed launches her latest foodie odyssey and walking tour around Old Dubai, with a sustainable seafood event. The new tour sees Arva team up with Seamood restaurant for a educational tour of the fish market, followed by a sustainable fish lunch at the Satwa eatery.
Dhs450 per person (including lunch). www.fryingpanadventures.com.
Taste of Dubai
The annual Dubai festival of foodie feasting, live music and family-friendly fun returns. Expect a weekend full of tastings, shopping and cooking demonstrations.
March 13-15. Tickets go on sale on Thursday January 23. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com.
Taste of Peru
The Peruvian festival returns from February 24-28. Think Taste of Dubai but focussed on this fantastically complex gastronomy, with Peruvian live music
and cultural displays to boot.
Free entry, food prices vary. Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre (04 366 6730).
The popular Monaco spot, frequented by the likes of Lady Gaga, Elton John and Penelope Cruz, comes to Dubai in February, promising a Mediterranean menu, piano bar ambience and if that's not enough, views of the Burj Khalifa from the terrace, too.
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (no number).
The Hungarian-Bulgarian celebrity chef (and latest addition to the Time Out Dubai Young Chef judging panel no less) plans to open not one, but three new concepts in Dubai during 2014, currently intended to open from April. Each eatery we are told is set to offer a different insight into the chef's specialities including a variety of her gluten-free dessert recipes.
Venue address and phone number TBA.