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International chefs in town, curry-for-one deals, where to fill your stein this Oktoberfest and more tasty tidbits

It feels like festival week in Dubai right now. The InterContinental Hotels Group is celebrating until November 15, with menus showcasing some of their best-known chefs from across the globe. The ‘Culinary Journey Programme’ involves chef ambassadors from across the hotel group, who have all developed special three-course set menus, with a choice of two appetisers, two main courses and two desserts. The schedule involves modern Australian cooking by chef Ross Lusted until September 13, Thai cooking by Ian Kittichai from September 14-27, Chinese food by chef Sam Leong from September 28- October 11, Japanese cooking by two Michelin-awarded chef Takagi Kazuo from October 12-25, modern baking by chef Dean Brettschneider from October 26-November 1, and to round up the festival, there will be a menu of Italian cooking by Theo Randall from November 2-15. In Dubai, these menus are available at the InterContinental and Crowne Plaza hotels.

Yet again, it is that time of year where the Germans are also celebrating: Oktoberfest. This year, the Grand Hyatt Dubai and McGettigans JLT will both be holding Oktoberfest celebrations. At the Grand Hyatt, which was first to get the Oktoberfest party started in Dubai, this year’s event will be its ninth annual, taking place from October 7-24. Here, the party runs in an air-conditioned tent, with live music from the authentic Munich band Die Kirchdorfer. There’s a new look inside the tent this year, and plenty of Bavarian-themed costumes, food and hops, as usual. Guests can choose between dining off the à la carte menu daily, or joining in the brunch on Saturday afternoon.

In JLT, McGettigan’s will be holding a one-day Oktoberfest on the afternoon of Friday September 25. It is an Oktoberfest-themed brunch with Bavarian delicacies on the menu, including gulasch soup, German-style roasted chicken, German bread, German varieties of cheese, apple strudel, and Germany’s famous red berry dessert ‘rote grütze’. No reservations are required as the brunch runs on a first come, first serve basis, from noon-4pm, and will cost Dhs249 per person. There is also an option of an unlimited after-brunch drinks package from 5pm-8pm for Dhs199.

At Zafran, the restaurant is celebrating two new menu specials, both available daily. Uniquely, one of the menus is designed for lone diners. It is a three-course set menu, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, including aloo tikka potato cakes, lamb boti kebab, chargrilled Indian lamb fillets seasoned, plus dal Bukhari, biryani rice, naan and gulab jamun for dessert. The other deal is a three-course lunch menu designed as a pit stop on your lunch hour.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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