The latest on Dubai's Dining Scene
Radio Show 18th October 2016
NEWS AND REVIEWS
A new Turkish place this time on the ground floor of the Grosvenor House in the Marina.
Expect a classy vibe to this quite upmarket but not too formal restaurant. Try the very good citir calamar, that's crispy squid with some avocado and spicy red pepper dip (AED 58) and a chicken kebab from the central oven, it's called a Cag Kebap at AED 35 each small skewer.
It's authentic Turkish cusisne brought to us by Colin Clague, the exec chef who also brought us Zuma and Qbara. There is an outside terrace as well, only open for dinner at the moment.
Have a drink at Rhodes w1 before hand!
BEAN THERE BISTRO
New restaurant in the extension of the Grand Millenium hotel Garhoud, it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is licensed too.
This one's big on the blogosphere, I've been recommended to try it, going next week, but we've heard that's it's a really pretty place, great food, drink and decor.
Plus it's reasonably priced so I'll let you know next time but if you want to try it, get down the Grand Millenium hotel.
PARK HOUSE CAFE
Re opened with a new look and new items on the menu, this is my favourite place for breakfast at the moment.
1 of the eateries at Kite Beach, it's bright and blue and white and fresh inside, with a view of the sea. Expect to eat new items like avocado on toast with a poached egg topped with chia seeds. Add an extra egg for AED 5! All the eggs are organic too.
They're also going to start doing barbecue type food, like hot dog and hamburgers and corn on the cob in the smaller, container type place in Al Barsha pond park, from next week! LOVED this.
Open from 8 am to 9 pm on the beach, more new items coming.
THE EXPERIENCE H HOTEL
Play isn't new, but the special Chef's Table from Play certainly is.
Located on the 37th floor of the H hotel ABOVE Play restaurant, Chef Reith Othman can cook up a banquet for 12 for brunch, lunch or dinner or even after hours! A bit like stepping into someone's living room and eating at their dining table.
Minimum you can book for is 2 people, dinner at the moment will cost you around AED 750, lunch will be available soon. (Psst 2 new restaurants opening in the H hotel by the end of the year, or early next year!)
The food isn't limited to one cuisine, so it could be Mediterranean, Asian. You call in advance to say if there are any ingredients or foods you don't eat.
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NEWS and REVIEWS
AMAL AT THE ARMANI
So the Gourmet 1010 promotion may be over, but you can still try this very classy restaurant in a spectacular setting for their 5 day Diwali promotion dinner, from Oct 30 to 5th of November precisely the days Diwali will be celebrated this year.
AED 300 for the vegetarian option or AED 350 I LOVED this setting, the open plan kitchen, Chef Ashwani and his food.
Eat things like green pea and burrata cheese kebabs, sweet basil and black peppered chicken tikka, Goan prawns, and classic Diwali desserts like jalebi with rabri, and saffron ras malai.
We mentioned this new Happy Hour at the Grosvenor House fro 7 till 11.30 pm every day. AED 25.00 for selected beverages, but now they've got a new little bites menu to go with this Happy Hour, bites priced at AED 30.
Expect things like prawn skewers and salmon sliders. So a very good way to tasting what this restaurant is like, it's actually prettier in real life than in it's pictures.
There's also music, live music on a Thursday and Friday.
We'll talk about Gary's new French influenced menu another time, he spent in holidays in France, and has come back with a very French influenced menu but retained some favourites, book now if you want to go at Christmas time, it's getting busy!
BURJ AL ARAB TERRACE
Welcome to SCAPE, the newest outdoor restaurant located on the terrace of the Burj Al Arab. Wasn't sure what it meant to dress in Californian Chic though!
I LOVED this new restaurant and bar, a large, stylish beach club feel to the indoor and outdoor terrace restaurant.
Eat well made, artisan type pizzas, heavier seabass dishes or order the crab burger at around AED 125 or so, but this had run out at 3pm the same day! Very affordable way to take visitors or family out to this iconic Dubai landmark.
Opened in May and was called North Gate, now Scape restaurant and bar.