Three new menus to try out in Dubai this week

Try these dishes from Benihana, Cavalli Club and Serendipity 3

Hungry but lacking inspiration? These three Dubai restaurants have launched brand-new menus. It’s time to give them a try.

Benihana

The Japanese-American restaurant has a fresh new menu this month, with a huge range of exciting dishes and deals.

Benihana at the Amwaj Rotana, JBR, has kept its signature teppanyaki menu and Hibachi grill items, but has revamped the majority of its other dishes for a new look.

Recently introduced items include udon, dumplings (including steamed duck gyoza and fried money bags) and kushiyaki-style skewers (chicken teriyaki, prawn ponzu and lamb char sui).

Benihana has also launched new main courses cooked in the traditional wok and on the grill, including spicy king prawns, samurai chicken, crispy chilli beef and a salmon nori.

“The chefs at have revamped certain dishes to a more contemporary style of presentation and added a wider range of dishes from East Asian cuisines,” the team tells Time Out Dubai.

There’s also a range of new desserts including a citrus rice pudding, Hokkaido pannacotta and mochi. For a delicious, grand ending, guests can enjoy the Benihana Grand Finale, a collection of all the desserts in sharing portions.

And if you’re after a bargain, head to the new “Rush Hour” from 5pm to 7pm each day where you can get sharing plates of sushi, sashimi, tempura and other nibbles (think edamame and salt and pepper squid) for Dhs25 each. Drinks are from just Dhs20 in that time, too.
Open daily Sun-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-5pm-12.30pm; Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm, 5pm-midnight. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 2000).

Cavalli Club

The glitzy club at the Fairmont Dubai is rolling out a new menu for October. This month saw the appointment of a brand-new chef at Cavalli, tasked with propelling the venue’s culinary ventures into the spotlight. Chef Francesco Pescatore, who’s previously been in the kitchen of some of Dubai’s top restaurants, such as Zuma, Roberto’s and La Petite Maison, now heads up the team.

Vibrant dishes are well-presented, with offerings including beef tartare with mustard mayo and truffle pearls; black cod, smoked celeriac purée and a colourful lobster salad, where the tender meat is paired with bright, fresh slices of beetroot and greens.

“Cavalli will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, so it was about time the menu had a little revamp,” says Italian-born chef Pescatore. “We’re sticking to Italian cuisine, but adding some surprises. It’s important to keep the prices pocket-friendly, without jeopardising on taste and we’ve achieved this with the new menu. I can’t wait for people to try it and see what it’s all about.”
Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332-9260).

Serendipity 3

Fans of Serendipity 3 – listen up. The New York eatery (starring in the film of the same name), has two branches right here in Dubai (City Walk and Dubai Festival City) and both are getting fresh new dishes this month.

The culinary creations are available from tomorrow (Tuesday October 24), and include healthy options as well as some treats.

If you’re watching your waistline try out the super food kale and mozzarella salad (Dhs68), packed full of veggies including avocado, red pepper, baby corn and Portobello mushrooms. There’s a Crazy for Seafood pizza, too, (Dhs78), loaded with shrimp, calamari and mussels, as well as a fisherman’s platter (Dhs148) with deep-fried cod, calamari, grilled shrimp and mussels served with potato wedges and sauces. And meat lovers will want to try the slow-cooked beef brisket (Dhs125).

Serendipity 3 is, of course, most famous for its desserts though, and those with a sweet tooth will love the new dishes, which include a Give Me S’mores Lava Cake (Dhs39), consisting of a chocolate fondant with marshmallow sauce, topped with toasted mini marshmallow and strawberry and vanilla ice cream coated with Graham Crackers. There’s also a sticky date pudding (Dhs39) and a salted caramel popcorn sundae (Dhs58).
Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight City Walk (04 394 9672); open daily 10am-midnight Dubai Festival City Mall (04 284 3149).

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