31 best meal deals in Dubai this week

Cooking classes, Italian chefs, caviar month and more foodie deals

Our picks of the week

1 Seven stars and five chefs at Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
See Wed 19.

2 The Don himself is in town at Don Alfonso 1890
See Wed 19.

3 Game for dinner at La Porte des Indes
See Wed 19.

4 Choose between classic and modern at Traiteur
See Wed 19.

5 Hainanese specialities at Shang Palace
See Sat 22.

Wednesday 19

Don Alfonso 1890’s chef visit
Don Alfonso, the restaurant’s eponymous two-Michelin starred chef is in residence. Diners can sample a six-course menu, paired with Italian grape.
7pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 615 1105).

Italian cooking classes
As part of the Italian Cuisine World Summit, visiting Michelin-awarded chefs will be holding a schedule of cooking classes (each focusing on a different culinary topic). Lessons available for amateurs and professionals alike.
Dhs250 per person (including lunch). Daily 9.15am-1.45pm, 2pm-5pm. Until November 21. The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Umm Suqeim, patrizia.dxb.summit@gmail.com (055 780 4746).

La Porte des Indes’ game night
Taking place tonight and on Saturday November 29, the restaurant offers a special menu of game dishes such as tandoori pheasant, venison pepper fry, guinea fowl Chettinad and honey mustard grilled quail.
Priced à la carte. 6.30pm-11.30pm. November 19 and 29. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8610).

Nais Italian Kitchen’s Movember promotion
This month, not only is the culinary team at this Italian eatery growing moustaches in support of Movember, but the restaurant is also offering all male diners (who are growing facial hair for Movember) a ten percent discount.
Prices vary. Daily 11am-9pm. Until November 30. HDS Tower, Cluster F, JLT (04 452 9991).

Picante’s Sao Martinho festival
The Portuguese restaurant offers a special seasonal set menu in time for this festival.
Dhs160 per person. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Until November 22. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai (04 397 7444).

Salero Tapas & Bodega’s anniversary deal
This dinner deal to mark the venue’s first anniversary offers a choice of paella and any four tapas.
Dhs111 per couple. Sun-Thu noon-1am, Fri-Sat noon-3am. Until November 30. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5888).

Traiteur’s classique v modern menu
The restaurant introduces two separate six-course menus, one classic (featuring dishes such as duck a l’orange and truffled beef tartare) and one modern (including leek essence, oyster and mussel soup).
Dhs495 per person (food only). Dhs695 (with grape). Sun-Fri 7pm-midnight. Until December 31. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo’s ‘seven star’ dinner
Tonight, chef Alfredo Russo cooks alongside four additional Michelin-awarded chefs (holding seven stars between them). The evening will begin with a welcome drink and canapé reception followed by a five-course dinner with grape pairing, plus petit fours.
Dhs695 per person. Dhs795 per person (include car transportation). 7pm-11pm. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira (04 207 1717).

West 14th’s Route 66 night
A regular barbecue event with dishes inspired by destinations along America’s iconic Route 66 highway. The selection includes seafood starters, a salad bar, wagyu rump, Texas smoked brisket and Saint Louis-style deep-pan pizza.
Dhs200 per person (food only). Wed 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah (04 447 7601).

White truffle masterclasses
This new addition to the Italian Cuisine World Summit is a three-hour masterclass covering all you need to know about the white truffle, held by ‘truffle man’ Massimo Vidoni. Advanced booking required.
Dhs2,500 per person. November 17 and 19, 3pm-6pm. November 13, 10am-1pm. Until November 19. The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Umm Suqeim, info@itchefs-gvci.com (055 296 4827).

Thursday 20

Armani/Ristorante’s truffle promotion
Dubai’s best Italian restaurant celebrates the white truffle season with two separate seven-course degustation menus dedicated to white and black varieties. One menu focuses on traditional cooking, the other on more creative and original recipes such as truffle crème brûlée with sweet garlic cappuccino.
Dhs900 (food only). Daily 7pm-11pm. Until November 30. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

Stage2’s seafood pairing
This promotion offers diners a selection of seafood, paired with grape.
Dhs125 per person (three glasses of grape). Thu 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 6827).

Friday 21

Lafayette Gourmet’s ‘seven days, seven ways’
Theme nights featuring dim sum on Mondays, Arabic mezze and grills on Thursdays and more. Dhs95 per person (soft drinks).
Daily 6pm-9pm. Lafayette Gourmet, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).

Cabana’s Nikkei nights
Indulge in all-you-can-eat sushi and yakitori.
Dhs210 (soft drinks). Dhs320 (house beverages). Fri 7.30pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

One on One Bar’s ‘perfect pairings’
Russian beverages with vine leaves on Mondays; Scottish beverages and wagyu beef on Tuesdays; French grape and burgers on Wednesdays; drinks and cigars on Thursday; and pints and pies on a Friday night.
From Dhs180 per person. Mon-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8233).

PizzaExpress’ lunch deal
Three outlets in Dubai are offering an ‘express’ lunch deal, which includes a starter, main and a soft drink or water.
Dhs50 per person (soft drink). Sun-Thu noon-5pm. Bin Sougat, Al Rashidiya (04 285 2393). Other location: Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5134). Dhs60 per person (soft drink). Dhs80 per person (house beverage). Sun-Wed noon-4pm. Jazz@PizzaExpress, JLT (04 441 6342).

Sobahn’s Friday dinner deal
Korean and Japanese buffet.
Dhs99 (food only). 6pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Matloob Building, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 380 7888).

Saturday 22

Benihana’s 50th anniversary
The restaurant celebrates the brand’s anniversary with five different promotional dishes, including golden sushi.
Dhs50. Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Until November 30. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (04 428 2000).

Casa de Tapas’ 2-for-1
A two-for-one deal on paella and Spanish beverages (excluding sparkling).
From Dhs55 per person. Noon-midnight. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).

Shang Palace’s Hainan special
Starting today, sample Hainanese cooking (from China), such as the province’s famous chicken rice and braised dongshan lamb, prepared by a guest chef from Shangri-La Hotel, Haikou.
Prices vary. Daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight. Until November 29. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).

STAY by Yannick Alléno’s caviar month
Sample a five-course set menu featuring a fine selection of caviar from around the world. Even dessert creations will be paired with caviar.
Dhs850 per person (food only). Daily 7pm-11pm. Until November 30. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).

Taste of Wafi
A family-friendly food and shopping event.
Free. 10am-7pm. Until December 27. Colonnade Area, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 4555).

Tirquaz Bistro & Garden Lounge’s barbecue night
Every Saturday evening enjoy an al fresco poolside barbecue, featuring mixed drinks, a dessert station and music.
Dhs99 per person. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Majestic Hotel Tower Dubai, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Sunday 23

Fountain Restaurant’s street food promotion
Street food recipes from South East Asia, the Southern Hemisphere and the Middle East.
Dhs110 (one soft drink or one glass of grape), half price (children seven to 12), free (children six and under). Sat-Mon 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai (04 310 4320).

Sizzling Wok’s 3 for 33 lunch
A bento box lunch, which features one starter, one main course and one dessert.
Dhs33 per person. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street (050 100 7065).

Monday 24

caféM’s unplugged and unlimited night
Live acoustic music performances plus food from the café’s à la carte menu and unlimited beverages.
Dhs165 per person. 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Hakkasan’s grape masterclass
A French grape pairing dinner with a masterclass on the beverage.
Dhs450 per person. 8pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).

Omnia Gourmet’s ‘brinner’
Breakfast dishes, served for dinner. The à la carte selection includes Gulf lobster Benedict and shakshuka.
Prices vary. 5pm-11pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah 2 (04 343 7181).

The Act’s dinner show
The latest dinner cabaret is ‘Money, Murder and Mayhem’, launching tonight. Enjoy a Peruvian menu while you watch this murder mystery.
From Dhs320 per person (food only). Mon-Wed 8.30pm-midnight. Until December 31. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1116).

Tuesday 25

Amici Restaurant’s theme nights
Regular themed buffet nights include pasta and pizza on Mondays, Asian on Tuesdays, Mexican on Wednesdays and international on Thursdays.
Dhs85 (soft drinks). Mon-Thu 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Ibis Mall of Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (04 382 3218).

BA Restaurant and Lounge’s wind-down event
Enjoy a basket of dim sum and two beverages. Dhs99.
Tue 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3338).

Sunrise sessions are back at At The Top

Celebrate Opera Gallery Dubai’s tenth anniversary with Urban Poetry

DIFC’s gallery to bring a stand-out street art exhibition

Music favourite set for November launch in DXB

Ahlan rolls out lounge and meet and greet discounts


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