This week we’re giving-thanks, for a feast of Japanese and Indian food news, plus a Canadian roast dinner.
In terms of culinary news, Japanese and Indian cooking is absolutely ruling the roost this week. Starting off with a debut event for Dubai, from Thursday October 16-17, Nobu restaurant will be hosting the first ever ‘World of Nobu’. Executive chefs that head up Japanese celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant concepts around the globe (including Malibu, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Milan and Mykonos) will be flocking to Atlantis The Palm during this two day period, for a special pop-up event in the resort’s Asateer tent. Thursday night will kick off with a reception, where guests will enjoy guided tastings of Japanese beverages, as well as small plates and canapés devised by this global team of Nobu chefs and live musical entertainment. Friday afternoon (noon-4pm) will feature a one-off version of the Nobu brunch. This ‘global tasting festival’ will feature over 80 dishes from Nobu menus around the world. The two-day festival concludes with a six-course gala dinner on Friday evening, featuring musical entertainment and cooking demonstrations.
Not to be outdone, fellow high-end Japanese concepts Zuma and Toko Dubai also have something new up their sleeves. Award-winning Zuma has given their ‘ebisu’ business lunch menu a little shake-up. Introduced at both the Dubai and Abu Dhabi branches, the lunch deal has been reduced from three courses down to two, but with the addition of plenty of new dishes. These new recipes include thinly sliced octopus with burnt spring onion and yuzu pepper, sesame crusted veal belly with sweet ginger miso, scallop tartare with lime soy and fried shirasu, seafood tempura with chilli dip and sesame plum glazed lamb ribs.
Meanwhile, Toko Dubai have announced the launch of a new Friday event, the ‘kasa brunch’. This midday dining deal will be centred around buffet displays and kitchen counters that will include sushi, a salad bar and a robata grill, as well as signature dishes from the menu such as miso salmon and cured wagyu beef.
From the Far East to South Asian cooking, Indian food news this week features yet more celebrity chefs. At the Indian TV star’s Dubai restaurant, Options by Sanjeev Kapoor, plans are afoot for a Bengali food festival, taking place this week only, until Friday October 10.
Meanwhile, Amala restaurant at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is gearing up to welcome a guest chef next month. Chef Vivek Singh from London’s notable Indian concept Cinnamon Club will be in residence at Amala from Thursday November 13, where he will be hosting a series of special dinners and cooking classes.
Finally, since it is Canadian Thanksgiving this week, Fraiche in JLT will be hosting a traditional roast turkey dinner (with Canadian-style trimmings) on Monday October 13.
Until next week, bon appétit!