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New Mexican, Japanese, South African and Italian dining to keep you busy

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izel Image #4

An international week, with new Mexican, Japanese, South African and Italian dining to keep you busy.

Among the spree of new hotels that have opened on the Palm Jumeirah during this year and last, there is now yet another in the pipeline. The Langham, which plans to open next year, will contain a selection of restaurants including Japanese restaurant Palm Court, a waterfront seafood restaurant, an additional beachside venue, as well as several cafés and all-day dining restaurants.

Back to this week, on Monday May 5 is the Mexican celebration known as Cinco de Mayo. In honour of this, Latin concept Izel launches the Taste of Mexico (the first in a series of spotlights on different Latin cuisines). Izel will be hosting a three-course dinner on May 5, as well as a Cinco de Mayo party on the evening of May 9, and a 15 percent discount for Mexican citizens throughout the week.

From Mexico, to Japan, TOMO has just launched a new Saturday brunch. Here, you can delve into an unlimited selection of authentic Japanese dishes for Dhs200, including tea and dessert, although other beverages are priced separately.

Now open on Marina Walk is Kauai, a South African chain focussed on healthy eating. Inspired by the Hawaiian Island from which the fast food eatery takes its name, dishes include a selection of wraps (lamb kofta, Hawaiian chicken, Mexican burrito, Thai veg), sandwiches (Tex Mex salsa, kahuna steak roll) and salads (chicken caesar, superfoods salad, fattousch, salmon). Uniqely, the menu promises no trans fats, no frying, as well as vegan options.

For a little more Antipodean news, a new Australian dining concept is also due to open this week. Bushmans, which is located at the Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, will open on Thursday May 1.

Also on the Palm, this week you can join well known Lebanese chef Joe Barza at Al Nafoorah at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Chef Joe will be preparing special lunch and dinner menus from Wednesday April 30-May 3, from Dhs250 per person, as well as an interactive cooking class on Friday May 2, priced at Dhs145 per person.

Meanwhile, the new Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf in Oud Metha has launched a northern Italian restaurant named Merletto. Inspired by Venice, the new restaurant uses hand blown Venetian glass in its design, as well as a selection of ‘chiccetti’ bites at the bar. Dishes also available on the main menu include carpaccio (reputedly invented in Venice), risotto, sepia pasta, brodetto (Italian fish stew) and tiramisu.

Also new on the scene is Bystro in Al Manara. With a bistro-style concept, the menu features dishes such as beetroot hummus, Sicilian tuna and piccalilli salad and pan fried cod fillet with aubergine. On the sweet side, Bystro will also be serving Tuscan pastries, chocolates made in house, tarts, cakes and more.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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