Before we go any further, we bring you this week’s big news: the expected but unexpected closure of the Rivington Grill in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The doors have already closed one last time at the British bar and restaurant, but Jumeirah is putting a positive spin on this development, announcing that a brand-new restaurant concept will open in its place in the fourth quarter of this year. The Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar remains open, and for now, its sister restaurant The Ivy remains open in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, too.
Sad as this sudden death may be, the circle of life for Dubai dining is such that just as one door closes, another opens. One such door due to open by the end of this month is La Résidence Restaurant & Lounge at Raffles Dubai. This new French restaurant boasts Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Vardon at the helm and the menu will offer dishes inspired by regions across France. Signatures on it will include Burgundy snails and ‘Parisienne’-style king crab, beef tartare, oysters and blue lobster.
Also French (in part), also new and now open is Bertin Bistro and Restaurant located in the Al Manara area of Sheikh Zayed Road. The ground floor is decorated in the style of a classic French bistro and the menu reflects this, with dishes such as a signature recipe of six-hour cooked lamb prepared with ginger, pain perdu, eggs Benedict and flammekueche (a savoury tart that’s a regional delicacy in Alsace, France). However, uniquely, if you head upstairs you’ll find a space and menu that reflects an Andalusian embracing of both Spanish and Moroccan reference points. On the upstairs menu you’ll find dishes such as tapas, tagines, paella de marisco and more.
Next month, we’re anticipating the opening of the InterContinental Dubai Marina. Inside this new hotel, there will be nine new food and beverage outlets. Headlining that list, of course, is Jason Atherton’s Marina Social & The Social Room (still due to open in September). Other new venues to expect include Accents Restaurant & Deli offering international cooking, an outdoor terrace and buffet options; Ginter, a bar with international bites on the menu and Dubai’s largest collection of juniper-based beverages; and YNot Bar & Kitchen, a waterfront grape bar serving international tapas.
Finally, the philosophy of ‘brunch’ (breakfast meets lunch) has just taken a further turn for the extreme. The latest is the launch of the ‘midnight brunch’ at Frioul. Running from midnight until 3am on Thursdays, dishes such as scrambled eggs with wild mushroom and truffle, breakfast pizzeta, brie and spinach omelette, angus rib-eye, whole grilled sea bass and more will be served, with bubbly.
Until next week, bon appétit!