Dubai foodie news

Real Madrid cafe now open, Antonio Carluccio in Dubai and more gourmet gossip

The end of the sixth Italian Cuisine World Summit doesn’t have to mean the end of Italian food news in the city or even the end of visits from Italian chefs.

This week, the man regularly dubbed The Godfather of Italian gastronomy is in town. That’s cook and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio to you and me. Following the opening of the largest Carluccio’s in the world in JBR on Monday December 1, the man himself will be holding a free-to-attend cooking demonstration at Carluccio’s in The Dubai Mall on Tuesday December 2 from 10pm-11pm. He will also be signing copies of his book A Recipe For Life at Carluccio’s in Deira City Centre from noon-1pm on the same day.

Still got a hunger for Italian food? Then get yourself over to Biella restaurant in Wafi mall. The Italian venue has just introduced a new menu, and on it you’ll find classic Italian dishes such as pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, carrè di agnello (marinated lamb rack with cannellini and borlotti beans in tomato concassé), costoletta di vitello (a 350g chargrilled veal chop with creamy mashed potatoes, grilled tomato, portobello mushroom and veal jus) and branzino a capesante scottate (pan-fried sea bass with scallops served with linguine arrabiata).

If Italian is not your thing and you’re feeling a bit left out so far this week, fret not. There will also be a brand-new menu for you to try at award-winning Chinese restaurant Royal China in DIFC from December. New signatures include shrimp dumplings in noodle soup, chicken and mushroom buns, black bean soya and chilli chicken feet, and steamed Dover sole.

There is something new for Spanish food lovers and football fans too this week. The world’s first-ever Real Madrid Café has opened at The Beach in JBR. The huge two-level eatery can accommodate up to 375 guests. The menu will offer a Spanish-inspired selection, which will include gazpacho, omelettes and paella.

Finally, making our way to the UK, there is a brand-new brunch on offer at an English chef’s venture. The Scene by Simon Rimmer has launched a ‘very British brunch’, which will offer dinners a four-course menu of UK-style picnic bites, retro pub food classics and puddings. Guests can also choose from a selection of mixed drinks and Italian sparkling grape, and the event will take place to a soundtrack of lively music.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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