This week we get excited about celebrity-endorsed seafood, a 24-hour restaurant and an organic coffee shop and bakery.
One of Manhattan’s flagship seafood restaurants is opening its first venue outside of New York – you guessed it – in Dubai. There are no details of where it will pop up as yet, but Catch New York has a loyal celebrity following, including David Beckham, and Jay-Z & Beyoncé. The menu features contemporary takes on classic seafood dishes from executive chef Hung Huynh, winner of acclaimed US cookery reality show Top Chef and a veteran of top New York establishments including Lespinasse and Per Se. Dishes include the tableside torched Catch Roll with crab, salmon, and miso honey; salmon belly carpaccio with watercress, and sweet and sour onion and chilled seared tuna with shitake escabeche, truffle, and fresh yuzu.
A new 24-hour restaurant is opening this month at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai Marina. Al Dhiyafa Grand Kitchen promises to serve up deli-style gastronomy at fresh made-to-order counters, including specialist stations such as pizza and tandoor ovens. There will be breakfasts available as well as the opportunity to take away food and baskets for picnics at the beach. Friday brunch will also feature.
Meanwhile, Japanese restaurant Toko in Vida Downtown Dubai has launched a new menu to coincide with the re-opening of the venue’s beautiful Japanese-inspired outdoor garden and terrace. Diners will be able to sit back and relax while enjoying a range of creative Izakaya dishes with a background of floating Japanese umbrellas and bonsai trees as well as calming water features. The new menu will incorporate unique culinary techniques and innovative presentation to create dishes including ‘kani sarada no yuzu ae’, an Alaskan crab salad served with a delectable yuzu dressing, ‘akimo yaki yuzu jure oriental fu’, is monkfish served with yuzu jelly and topped with an oriental dressing and ‘kannkoku fu ramu nikumo yasai zoe’, a dish of lamb chops and pickled vegetables. With plenty of seafood and meat dishes on the menu, there’s something for everyone.
Lastly, a trendy and contemporary café and bakery is the latest addition to the booming Dubai Silicon Oasis district. Java Jolt, located in Le Solarium Tower, has an array of speciality coffees freshly prepared using 100 percent organic, hand-roasted beans. There are also organic teas, bagels, muffins, salads and sandwiches on the menu – with bread baked onsite using organic whole-wheat flour – in fact, where possible, food is prepared using organic and natural ingredients. Modern paintings and photographs by UAE-based artists adorn the walls and there is also a designated reading corner with popular titles on the shelves.
Until next week, bon appétit!