This week, we discover healthier choices, British dining (inside and out) and a veritable meat feast at the end of January.
You may have kicked off 2015 with a new philosophy of healthy eating and healthy living. So, we’re going to help you out. Before we tempt you to break it…
First up is a brand-new concept located at Kite Beach: Wanna Banana. Created by a Dubai-based entrepreneur, the store sells three frozen treats – the ice, the boost and the bites – all made with bananas. The ice is a frozen, creamy snack, the boost is an energizing drink, and the bites are simply chunks of frozen bananas that can be customised with toppings, which include mango and chia, cinnamon and honey, pomegranate, berries, Belgian chocolate sauce and date syrup. You can also choose to add a health boost with toppings such as flax seed, chia seeds or almonds.
Meanwhile, Jones the Grocer is going gluten-free until January 18. The café will serve a special menu of healthy, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes this week including smoked salmon wholemeal wrap; vegetarian lasagne with pumpkin, ricotta and sage, raspberry and chocolate tart and pecan tart with pear and blueberries.
If you are not on a health bent, there’s plenty of gourmet dining news to keep you satisfied, too. This week chef Simon Rimmer will be behind the stove of his Dubai restaurant The Scene by Simon Rimmer from Monday January 19 to Tuesday 20. Elsewhere, you’ll find more British dining news at Reform Social & Grill. The restaurant will launch a picnic promotion from Saturday January 24. The new ‘royal family picnic’ will offer guests a basket filled with traditional English sandwiches, ploughman’s with cheddar cheese, salad and baked items for dessert including carrot cake, muffins and scones. You’ll also get a tartan rug to sit on outside, overlooking the lake. The promotion is available every Saturday.
If you are not quite at one with nature and prefer to dine inside, head to The Rib Room on Thursday January 29 for a high-end meaty indulgence at the John Stone Master Butchers Night. Costing Dhs750 a head, the event will offer guests a welcome mixed drink and canapé followed by a four-course set menu of the finest selection of meats from John Stone, which will be paired with beverages.
There is also brand-new dining in DIFC, where you’ll find the newly launched Fukurou House in Emirates Financial Towers. The restaurant promises an international and contemporary menu with a focus on fresh, healthy and organic food. Signature examples include beetroot napoleon made with layers of goat’s cheese, beetroot, roasted pistachios and dates along with salmon and a strawberry salsa.
Until next week, bon appétit!