Dubai foodie news

All (reservation) systems now go for Atherton, plus new looks, 1970s prices and monthly menu specials for August

The big news this week is that Jason Atherton has just announced a fixed opening date for his first Dubai restaurant, Marina Social. Located inside the new InterContinental Dubai Marina, Atherton’s new eatery has now begun taking reservations for the venue, which will open for dinner from Friday September 4. Expect a menu of British and Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates.

From new launches to re-launches, New York-born concept Clinton Street Baking Company has recently reopened with something of a makeover and a refreshed menu. There’s an eco-conscious vibe to the new design, using wood and recycled finishings such as chairs made from recycled Coca Cola bottles. The venue is now also open for all day dining from 8am-11pm (gone is that awkward no-man’s land pause between brunch and dinner time).

From new looks to retro-style; this month the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek celebrates its 40th anniversary. In a rather revolutionary move, the hotel will be marking the year it first opened by dialling the menu and the prices back to 1975, at their venue The English Pub. Here, for the entire month of August, can you expect to pay Dhs8 for dishes such as chilli con carne, lentil soup and crème caramel.

More menu news comes from Toko Dubai, which will be celebrating Japan’s Marine Day with the sea-and seafood-themed ‘umi no hi’ menu. Available from now until the end of September, the set menu (priced at Dhs395 per person) features eleven different courses, including locally caught fish. Prepare your tastebuds for salmon tartare with wasabi miso and sweet potato chips, rock shrimp tempura with spicy mayonnaise, pan-fried scallops with sweet pickled apple and jalapeño garlic, grilled avocado with sweet soy and lime, and smoked miso salmon with house-pickled ginger. Also available until the end of September at Toko Dubai is a weekday discount on your total bill for all Emirates NBD and HSBC customers.

Meanwhile, Jones the Grocer has gone gluten-free with a selection of dishes, available until Sunday August 16. On the menu you’ll find dishes such as roast beet and carrot salad with goat’s cheese, citrus dressing and candied walnut, grilled flank steak with charred radicchio, creamed corn and kidney bean salsa, and a wheat-free pear, blueberry and pecan tart for dessert.

JBR café Leopold’s of London has also introduced specials for the month of August. These include brioche French toast with ginger-poached pear, broccoli and zucchini soup, ricotta and spinach ravioli, beef and fennel sausage pizza, pan-seared lamb loin teamed with purple potatoes and artichokes, and a mango brûlée tart for dessert.

­­Until next week, bon appétit!

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