Top food events in Dubai this week

Oysters, Mayfest, tea parties and more dates for your culinary calendar

Our picks of the week

1 See in the spring at Grand Hyatt Dubai
See Wed 30.

2 Mayfest at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
See Wed 30.

3 Rajasthani food festival at Antique Bazaar's
See Thu May 1.

4 Dining tour at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
See Thu May 1.

5 A beef blow-out at Gaucho
See Tue 6.

Wednesday April 30

Armani/Amal's regional flavours
This month's menu promotion focuses on North Keralan cooking.
Dhs400 per person (food only). Daily 7pm-11pm. Until April 30. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

Benjarong's Songkran menu
A special set menu in honour of the Thai new year festival.
Dhs325 per person. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-10pm. Until April 30. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).

Don Alfonso 1890's lunch deal
A new midday menu of Italian dishes.
Dhs75 (main course only). Dhs105 (starter and main course). Dhs95 (main course and dessert). Dhs125 (three courses). Dhs150 (three courses and a glass of sparkling grape). Mon-Sat noon-3pm. Ongoing. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1591).

Grand Hyatt Dubai's Maifest
Dubai's annual spring festival (in the style of Oktoberfest) returns with live music from Munich band Die Kirchdorfer and traditional Germans dishes in an air-conditioned tent.
Priced à la carte. Wed, Sat 7pm-1am, Thu, Fri 7pm-3am. Until May 10. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).

La Farine's oyster promotion
French Belon oysters paired with bubbly or grape.
Dhs200 (six oysters and a glass of bubbly). Dhs460 (12 oysters and a bottle of grape). 24 hours. Until April 30. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).

Park Hyatt Dubai's Dine Around the Park
A dining concept, where each course is served in a different restaurant, including The Terrace, Traiteur, Café Arabesque and the Thai Kitchen.
Dhs395 per person. Dhs590 per person (including a glass of grape per course). Sun-Fri 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).

Ronda Locatelli's local menu
Try a four-course selection of classic Italian cooking prepared using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
Dhs195 per person (food only). Sat-Wed noon-10.45pm, Thu-Fri noon-11.45pm. Until further notice. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Gardens' Mayfest
The German spring festival boasts authentic beverages and food, as well as live music.
Dhs195 (food only). Dhs395 (grape and hops). Wed-Sat 7pm-midnight. Until May 3. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Gardens, Dubai Marina (04 399 5533).

Social House's Russian specials
The eatery introduces a selection of Russian dishes, including red borscht with beef pirozhk and sour cream, or kulebiaka (salmon with sautéed porcini mushrooms and wild rice).
Prices vary. Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-1am. Until May 5. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 8640).

The Act Dubai’s 'Toys in the Attic'
A new theatrical theme, which offers a three-course menu and a live entertainment show.
From Dhs300 per person (food only). Mon-Wed 8.30pm-1am. Until May 21. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1116).

The China Club's Peking duck deal
Try Beijing's most famous dish, prepared in five different ways.
Dhs149 per person (minimum two people). Daily noon-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Until April 30. Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira (04 205 7333).

TOKO Dubai's joto lunch
Three-course à la carte selection, including miso soup, edamame and green tea.
Dhs125. Daily noon-3.15pm. Ongoing. Vida Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383).

Thursday May 1

Antique Bazaar's Rajasthani food festival
Starting today, the restaurant introduces an à la carte selection of dishes from this region.
Priced à la carte. Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-3am. Fri 7.30pm-3am. Until May 16. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai (04 397 7444).

Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate's dine around promotion
Dine across the hotel's bars and restaurants, with one course served in each of the four venues. Minimum of ten guests.
Dhs499 per person (including sparkling grape). Daily 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5421).

Seafire's free kids' menu
Children can now eat for free off the new kids' menu.
Prices vary. Daily 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Friday 2

Flow Kitchen’s breakslow
Breakfast dishes with a laid-back ambience and al fresco areas.
Dhs155 (soft drinks). Dhs285 (house beverages and mixed drinks). Dhs445 (half a bottle of bubbly and mixed drinks). Fri 10.30am-3pm. Ongoing. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).

Noire at Spectrum on One
The ‘dine in the dark’ experience offers a three-course meal, served to guests in a pitch-black room.
Dhs325 per person (Dhs27 per guest is donated to Sightsavers Middle East). Fri-Mon 7.30pm-10pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

Saturday 3

Amala’s Bollywood nights
Get dinner teamed with a Bollywood movie screening at 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
Dhs285 per person (food and movie only). 6pm-1pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).

Greenheart Organic Farms at Comptoir 102
A new weekly, organic farmers' market hosted in collaboration with UAE-based Greenheart Organic Farms at the chic French boutique and café Comptoir 102.
Prices vary. 11am-2pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Road, (056 640 7060).

Reform Social & Grill's Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
An Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea, with pocket-watch cupcakes and Queen of Hearts jam tarts in the garden. Advanced booking required.
Dhs95 per person. Dhs145 per person (glass of sparkling grape). Sat-Thu 3pm-5pm. Ongoing. The Lakes Club, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).

Taste of Wafi
The family-friendly food festival runs every Saturday and offers a chance to sample locally produced foods, including organic groceries, plus kids' entertainment and fashion and beauty buys.
Free. 10am-7pm. Until June 21. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 4555).

Sunday 4

Fish Market's lobster promotion
Pick out a fresh lobster from the selection for only Dhs99.
Dhs99. 12.30pm-3.15pm, 7.30pm-11.14pm. Until May 31. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).

Positano's festa Italiana
An Amalfi-inspired selection includes antipasti, pizzas, pasta, seafood and a dessert room.
Dhs180 per person (soft drinks). 6pm-midnight. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).

Rhodes Twenty10’s roast dinner
The promotion includes beef sirloin, Yorkshire puddings, onion gravy, roast potatoes and fresh vegetables, plus a traditional English dessert of steamed treacle sponge with custard.
Dhs210 per person (food only). Sat-Sun 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).

Monday 5

St Tropez Bistro’s oysters and bubbly
Monday nights offer three French oysters and one glass of bubbly thrown into the bargain.
Dhs99 per person. 7.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 3415).

The Talk Restaurant's 'all about citrus'
A new weekly event with a buffet of meat, fish and vegetable dishes, cooked with citrus fruits.
Free for children aged 12 and under. Dhs165 (soft drinks). Dhs195 (house beverages). 6.30pm-11pm. Until June 30. Mövenpick Hotel The Walk, JBR (04 449 8888).

Tuesday 6

Arcadia's antipasti night
An assortment of cold cuts, grilled vegetables and Italian cheese, plus a pasta station.
Dhs149 per person. 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8611).

Crescendo's sabor a Mexico
A Tex-Mex inspired style selection that includes taquitos, fajitas, tacos and guacamole.
Dhs220 (soft drinks). Dhs350 (premium beverages). 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 567 8304).

Choices's Italian night
Traditional dishes, including antipasti, pizza, risotto, pasta and desserts.
Dhs179 (soft drinks). Dhs219 (selected beverages). 6.30pm-11.30pm. Ongoing. Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 0000).

Gaucho's 'divine bovine' night
A five-course menu, focussed on beef, plus a masterclass on matching beef with Argentine grape.
Dhs600 per person. 7.30pm-11.30pm. DIFC (04 422 7898).

SoHo Bar & Grill's ladies' night dinner
Head here for an alternative ladies' night experience, which offers dinner for only one dirham. There is also live entertainment.
From Dhs1. 6pm-10pm. Century Village, Garhoud (04 286 8520).

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

It's free to take part and no experience is needed

There will be fireworks at La Mer, plus discounts across the city


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