Dubai foodie news

A trio of Italian openings, a fond farewell and brand expansions

It’s all-out Italian news this week. First, it’s out with the old, with the unexpected news that Don Alfonso 1890 has a closed it’s doors at Shangri-La Dubai. Michelin-starred in Italy, the sister restaurant in Dubai has announced that despite closure, the intention is to re-open at another location in the city. For now, however, little else is confirmed. Watch this space.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other new Italian eateries to get your knife and fork into. Just a hop, skip and a jump down the road at Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, TRE by Roberto Rella is now officially open. Occupying three floors from the 49th floor up, the new venue houses a restaurant, raw bar, two bars (one with a resident DJ playing), and a sound-proofed jazz and piano lounge. The menu offers modern Italian cooking, featuring signature dishes such as ricotta and spinach ravioli with white truffle sauce, blue cod with artichoke and purple potatoes, and Rella’s famous deconstructed tiramisu dessert.

Due to open on Sunday May 10 in DIFC is Milanese import Al Grissino Restaurant & Lounge Dubai. Having originally opened in 1952 as a trattoria in Milan, the new venue will be located in Emirates Financial Towers. The menu will focus on seafood, with marinated and raw specialities, plus a range of traditional and original recipes such as potato and saffron soup with salted butter croutons, burrata risotto with crispy bresaola, sea bass baked in a sea salt crust, veal shank with tomato mousse and truffle demi-glace, traditional tiramisu and chestnut semifreddo with pomegranate sauce.

And we have news of yet another new Italian opening for you: Carluccio’s has just launched its eighth Dubai branch – a 259 square metre space in Arabian Ranches with a large outdoor terrace.

Arabian Ranches has become a bit of a hotspot for brand expansions. Leila has also just opened it’s third branch in Dubai in the area too. Originally born in Beirut, this cosy Lebanese eatery offers a menu of simple and classic cooking. The new venue has indoor and outdoor seating, and also delivers to neighbouring areas.

Heading back to the Shangri-La Dubai, in more positive news, New York-born and Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Junoon has just launched a new weekday business lunch deal. Promising you lunch in less than an hour, the deal is two courses for Dhs90 and three courses for Dhs110. Included are several signatures dishes such as crispy eggplant chat with tamarind chutney; chicken tikka with broccoli puree and broccoli heart salad; seared turbot Tamilian curry with green mango and finally a trio of kulfi for dessert.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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