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Roberto leaves Roberto's, Dubai eats art and oyster indulgence in the city


Roberto leaves Roberto’s, Dubai eats its art, and we prepare for the consequences of oyster indulgence.

You may well have heard that Signor Roberto, the man originally behind Italian restaurant and bar Roberto’s in DIFC, has moved on. Now, restaurateur Roberto Rella has a new project up his sleeve, and it is an epic one at that. Currently due to open in mid-April, Rella will be launching TRE. Meaning ‘three’ in Italian, this concept will be spread over a staggering three floors inside the Radisson Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. Watch this space for an interview with the man himself.

Another new Italian dining spot can be found behind Jumeirah Plaza. This venue is offering a classic menu, including salads, pizza, pasta and risotto. You can also sample main course recipes such as grilled sea bass with clams fregola and tomato salsa; grilled veal chops with roasted potatoes, rocket leaves and parmesan cheese, and tiger prawns in tomato sauce with asparagus.

More new dining can be found at Raffles Dubai, which has recently launched a brand new al fresco space. Raffles Garden is a new outdoor restaurant (in what used to be the Raffles Botanical Garden). The venue is set up with private cabanas, serving a selection of Arabic cooking, and also offering shisha.

March in Dubai is traditionally the month of art, so this week we are also sharing with you some art-themed food news. First of all, fans of Van Gogh should make their way to the Fairmont The Palm this month. Until March 31, the hotel will be displaying reproductions, produced by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Come and see these seven famous pieces on Saturdays at 2pm, and there will be informative tours taking place on the collection. Daily, however, you can head to Mashrabiya Lounge and try an afternoon tea inspired by Van Gogh. The appearance of the dishes, as well as the flavours have taken inspiration not only from the Dutch artist’s paintings, but also from the flavours of the Mediterranean. Try dishes such as roasted and lavender infused duck with plum chutney and lime and almond tart.

Hungry for more visual feasts? Get down to Iris Dubai. This venue will be running the ‘Part with Your Art’ promotion from Saturday April 18-22. It is effectively a very posh swop shop, allowing people to sell their unwanted art to those who do want it. The event is aimed at pre-owned art. If you have art to sell, visit in order to do so. The deadline for submission is April 11.

Finely, from fine art, let’s go back to fine dining, with a decadent note to end on. British seafood concept Geales at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa is running a special oyster promotion during Saturdays in March. Order a glass of bubbly and you’ll get three free oysters. Or, indulge in a dozen oysters for Dhs99 and two dozen for Dhs159. Just watch out for the oyster goggles afterwards.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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