Bye Bye Ladies Nights Dubai it seems
More and more places seem to be shying away from this unique Dubai phenomenon, is it Bye Bye Ladies Nights Dubai? But what’s the alternative? Find out about the new, all inclusive Italian job at Bussola in the Westin, go to the Taj downtown Treehouse for their everyday Duskers deal and learn all about where you could treat your friends to a gorgeous lunch for AED 59. Plus hear about where to eat traditional South Indian prawns on a banana leaf at Karama prices but not in Karama, where is Calicut Notebook, not Calicut Paragon in Dubai? All on Food News with me, Mark Lloyd, Stef Burgon and Zahra Soar on The Ticket Dubai Eye 103.8!
New terrace at Bussola at the Westin Dubai Marina and a new Italian on Wednesdays deal
Loved the newly refurbished terrace at Bussola on the ground floor of the Westin. Very nautical themes that complemented the setting in front of the sea. A large, open plan, up market space with warm woods, orange and lemons in glass jars on the table and a seamless inside and outside with lanterns on tables designed for more than 2 or 4.
Great for a birthday or a special occasion. We had some very good snacks on the terrace at about 4.30 in the afternoon.
Ceviche, olives, good cheese and cold cuts, dips with bread and glass of something sparkling. There isn’t any deal associated at that time of day but they do have a way for you to sample all this on a Wednesday for AED 275 for 2 or 3 types of Italian house beverages and unlimited Italian bites of the kind I’ve mentioned but that includes salads and desserts, I think there are 15 of them altogether.
It’s called Society and that’s from 7pm till 10pm on Wednesdays. And that’s not just for ladies so is it Bye Bye ladies Nights? The deal applies for the guys as well.
It’s not a typical ladies night and I’m glad about that, yes it’s more money but I think the setting is gorgeous, and the food and beverage package sounds very good. And I think they’ve offered us a competition prize for a couple of these so watch the blog to enter and try and win that.
They’ve also launched a continental breakfast deal for AED 65 and that’s on Friday and Saturday. The setting is worth enjoying while the weather’s good. Maybe after you’ve done some paddle boarding next door!
New Friday Brunch in the Treehouse at the Taj Dubai Downtown
The Treehouse is only open for lunch, well brunch and late brunch at that (starts at 2ish) on Fridays, the rest of the time it’s open in the evening too. The venue is a very stylish, quite large, tastefully designed open space right in front of the Burj Khalifa and that never fails to impress.
The other impressive aspect is the quality of beverages on offer that are included in the brunch. This brunch oozes luxury because of the obvious branding that’s connected to it. What’s new is the way you eat your first courses. You get your own picnic hamper with little airtight jars of quinoa salad, avocado and salmon. You also get a very good wedge of excellent cheese wrapped up in wax paper, so a proper upmarket picnic brunch.
But that’s just to start with. Hot food from the grill follows, I loved the crispy lobster coated with spicy, truffle cream sauce and the parcels of sea bream, really very tasty.
But then you can also order some a la carte dishes if you have room! The team who run this brunch have come up with quite a unique ambience and style, Mediterranean overall, but it’s an inside area that’s outside and I liked the baroque style mirrors that sit alongside wooden crates that say original on them and oversized hurricane lamps on the floor, and of course all the trees that are around as well!
There are 3 different packages depending on what you’d like to drink, the most expensive is AED 545 but that’s with a top branded bubbly package. And if you want experience the venue for less then go along any evening from 5pm to 8pm, same place and try their Duskers deal, cheaper way to try what’s on offer on the beverage side. Again Bye Bye Ladies Nights Dubai ?
New Business Lunch at Cocktail Kitchen JLT just AED 59
We popped in to Cocktail Kitchen on the day it opened a few weeks ago on our way to Nola! We were very impressed with their AED 59 lunch deal. 3 courses of high quality food in fresh, modern surroundings that includes a tea or coffee! The menu changes daily but on the day I visited we had homemade mushroom soup to start with then fish in a parcel that had some potatoes and crunchy veggies and a really good affogato to finish plus a coffee! Add some padron peppers that were properly shrivelled and charred and salty and I can’t think of anywhere better for lunch that side of town.
In fact book a big table and treat your friends! You can enter from the lift via the basement and then do the follow the footsteps or walk straight into the venue from the outside of Cluster P. I’ll talk another time about their Apperitivo promotion when I’ve tried it, but again, could be another Bye Bye Ladies Nigths Dubai!
Traditional Indian at Calicut Notebook at Lulu’s in Al Barsha
After shopping at Lulu in Al Barsha for wet and dry grinders, small Indian pressure cookers and groceries, we had lunch in the slightly dark, quite lively Calicut Notebook on the first floor! Just opened in January this restaurant is on it’s 5th branch in Dubai with the one in Al Barsha and started life as Mammas in Calicut in Kerala. Expect traditional Keralite food including Fish Curry meals or vegetarian meals but my suggestion is the spicy dry prawns on a banana leaf with all the pickles on the side accompanied by either their brown rice or appams if you visit in the evening.
They brought us pudding automatically, a quite sweet semiyan dessert, that you needed after the spicy prawns and you must finish with a Kerala coffee, just called coffee on the menu. Then you may need to make time for a nap!
and for Stef it was Manday on Monday 14th at Tribeca at JBR and new on the blog lunch for 2 up for grabs at Lexus Dubai and a lunch at one of Dubai’s oldest and only revolving restaurants Al Dawaar at the Hyatt Regency. Next week we’ll chat about what I thought of Marina Social and we may have a new feature called Lavish Locations, for those who have appetites for venues!
Thanks Monica. We’ll add the PODCASTS to this post when they’re up from Dubai Eye 103.8 but LISTEN LIVE TODAY at 3.30 pm!
PODCAST 1 Talking about Bussola at Westin and the Treehouse at the Taj Downtown
PODCAST 2 Talking about Cocktail Kitchen and Calicut Notebook
Here are the 2 competitions that are live at the moment. WIN Complimentary Meals?
Brunch for 2 at Intersect by Lexus in DIFC
and Dinner for 2 at Al Dawaar at the Hyatt Regency