This week’s foodie news and rumours

Hip new openings, hot new menus and the latest goss from our eating out insider

Social House
Social House
Sabado Coffee Club
Sabado Coffee Club
Wilco Berends
Wilco Berends
Pantry Café
Pantry Café

Peruvian hot spots, Parisian patisserie and Dutch dining events – and a few coffee and tea breaks in between.

Our big news this week is the impending opening of hot new restaurant concept Coya. Due to open by the end of the year at the new Four Seasons on Jumeirah Beach Road, this contemporary Peruvian concept has been an ‘It’ restaurant in London, where it first opened two years ago. Designed by one of teams responsible for Coya London, the interiors of the 8,500 square foot Dubai restaurant will feature a chandelier with Incan gilding, a bar decorated with traditional ‘botija’ (mud-lined) walls, crushed-velvet upholstery, painted murals and a collection of historic art that has been specially released for use by the Peruvian government.

There is even a terrace too. The menu promises a list of classic Peruvian dishes such as ceviches, tiraditos and antichuchos, while the bar is set to stock an extensive array of Peruvian beverage, which will include over 25 flavoured infusions made in-house. The venue also plans to host the ‘Coya Collective’, which will be a schedule showcasing South American culture, including photographers, artists, illustrators, sculptors and poets.

The next new opening takes us from Peru to Paris, following the launch of two new boutiques in Dubai by top French pâtissier Pierre Hermé. Dubbed the ‘Picasso of pastry’, and famous in particular for his macarons, chef Hermé is credited with kick-starting today’s trend for unusual flavours such as rose and pistachio, back in the 1980s. Hermé’s signatures include lime and basil, white truffle and hazelnut and olive oil and vanilla. The two new boutiques are located in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

November also kicks off with a caffeine hit. Coffee experts, enthusiasts, addicts and those that are just a little curious can join Sabado Coffee Club. The next edition of this fun and interactive tasting session takes place on Saturday November 1 at A4 Space, located within Alserkal Avenue, in Al Quoz.

Until Saturday November 1, those with a hunger for Indian cooking should head to Social House. Available for a limited time only, you can sample lamb nihari curry (made with bone marrow), mutton korma, banana leaf wrapped turbot with coconut chutney and more.

Thursday November 6 will see Dutch Michelin-star chef Wilco Berends hosting a pop-up dinner at Pure Sky Lounge in Dubai. Chef Wilco is preparing a five-course menu of modern Dutch cooking, along with optional grape pairing.

Finally, for a new afternoon tea offering, try out Pantry Café, which has just launched its new deal. The menu includes freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves, finger sandwiches, as well as a choice of premium loose leaf teas from TWG Tea.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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