You’ve no doubt already heard Shakespeare’s greatest gift to food writers with a fondness for wordplay (‘If music be the food of love...’), so we’ll spare you a repeat (almost). However, we will say that we love the new bout of live music events taking place at food hotspots across Dubai. Highly commended as a newcomer at Time Out Dubai’s 2014 restaurant awards, Latin club-meets-restaurant Izel celebrates its first anniversary this week. On Friday September 26, Izel will celebrate with a night of live Latin music by Colombian band Tono Barrio, plus ‘roaming’ saxophone and trumpet players, and gogo dancers. Men (but apparently not women) will also receive complimentary cigars. Next month, Izel will continue to party, this time in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month, with a pink-themed charity brunch, taking place on the evening of Friday October 10.
From Latin beats, we move on to Francophone jazz at Tolosa Bodega and Café Belge. Jazz-age inspired Belgian restaurant Café Belge has announced the launch of new regular jazz evenings on Tuesdays, starting this week from September 30. Featuring a regular performer from infamous London Jazz haunt Ronnie Scotts, the three-piece band will play from 8pm-11pm each week.
Over to Souk al Bahar, by way of Paris, Tolosa Bodega has just announced that their gypsy jazz nights (with live performances in the style of Django Reinhardt), will now take place every Monday. Also new at Tolosa Bodega is the introduction of Tuesday night mixed-drink masterclasses. For Dhs200 per person, this event will offer guests free canapés, as well as five mixed drinks, made by your own fair hand, after a little expert tuition from the bartender.
If you’re hungry for further food knowledge, head to Vogue Café on Wednesday evenings from 7pm. The venue has just launched a season of masterclasses, which are free to attend, but places are limited, so advanced reservation is advised. This week, on Wednesday September 24 you can learn how to decorate cupcakes, followed by a lesson in ‘latte art’ on Wednesday October 8, and finally a sushi making masterclass, focussing on maki, on Wednesday October 22.
In case you prefer someone else to make your sushi for you, Japanese bar and restaurant Okku has launched a new monthly party brunch. Dubbing it ‘disco sushi’, Okku will offer guests mixed drinks and canapés on arrival, followed by a 12 course tasting menu of signature dishes off the restaurant menu. The ‘disco sushi’ brunch will be priced at Dhs399 per person for soft drinks, and Dhs599 for beverages, but bookings require a minimum of four diners per group. The first of these monthly brunches takes place this week on Friday September 26, followed by Friday October 24.
Until next week, bon appétit!