The latest on Dubai's Dining Scene
Radio Show November 1st 2016
IL CAPO THE WESTIN AHC
The 3rd hotel to open in Al Habtoor City, the Westin has some elegant places to eat and drink. We tried Il Capo, an Italian restaurant. Formal, elegant and I'd say grand almost, the food though is not classic Italian, it's classic American Italian food! We had a set menu supper club deal, Cena, which means dinner in Italian. I'm taking the extended family for fancy pizzas, only AED 55! They use 2 kinds of wood for the oven, beech and cherry! Also loved the Seasonal Taste all day dining with the Fornasetti candles on the counter!
BEAN THERE BISTRO
Delicious design here at Bean There Bistro, based on the ground level of the Millienium Airport hotel. Brought to us by Abela, the catering people. Loved the fresh, vertical garden wall, the single slab wooden tables and the overall fresh, modern look. Prints from Italy, beautiful, large, round marble tables in a booth arrangement. We had lunch, liked the very fresh tomato and red pepper soup AED 28 for a large portion, very homemade taste. Also liked the crabcakes AED 36 and blueberry ice cream. Fab choice if you were in the area, especially if it's between 5 to 8 pm, any day of the week. Choose a main course and get 2 beverages for only AED 75.00 or 35% off all food and drink. That's my Foodie Deal of the Week. Psst the bean refers to the coffee bean, not a vegetable.
ARROWS & SPARROWS
New, community cafe in the Greens. Opened by 2 friends, Arrows and Sparrows is their 2nd venture, 1st was Friends Avenue in JLT. Nice, fresh feel, enormous portions and it's good food all round. We had breakfast/brunch, I recommend the muesli, no sugar, proper ingredients coated in honey then baked, good plain yoghurt and plenty of berries. AED 30, enough for 2 or 3 to share. The eggs combos also very large, Miss Benedict or a Mr Benedict, expect beetroot puree and crispy kale on the side. Yoga studio on 1st floor! Free parking for 2 hours during the week, bit of an outside area as well. What do the Arrows and Sparrows represent? Can you guess?
NOIRE AT THE FAIRMONT
Noire's not new but every Wednesday in November they have a special Scottish beverage pairing event. Expertly curated by a visiting Scottish ambassador for the brand, whose family owns the business, a very entertaining evening getting to know people in a completely different way. We met Neil from Edgar magazine who told us about the 20 worldwide ambassadors for the brand. Christopher Chambers from is the local UAE ambassador. AED 399 for the 3 course meal and 4 special beverage pairings to accompany. (It's Glenfiddich single malt we're talking about here, with a special XX brand made from inputs of the 20 ambassadors from around the world. )
SUPER NATURAL KITCHEN
A young Greek chef Athena has taken over previously Be Super Natural and heads up Super Natural Kitchen, a cafe in Galleries Lafayette. She cured herself of various nasty issues purely by choosing plant based foods, so that's pretty much vegan meals and she's sharing the food and philosophy with us in Dubai. New menu, new blood at Super Natural. Try the cauliflower rice sushi, really good, the excellent truffle beetroot ravioli with tender greens and a rose petal and walnut salad AED 69. Possibly the nicest thing I've eaten in the last 2 weeks of tastings. Going again for lunch on Thursday. Even have a vegan cheeseboard!
VISTA MARE ON THE PALM
A new Nakheel development on the Palm, near Oceana, 7 new restaurants with licences in soft opening phase as we speak. I like the sound of Gursha, an Ethiopian restaurant, keen on trying an Ethiopian coffee and some breakfast by the sea. Also excited to try Aji, pronounced Ahee, a dedicated Nikkei only concept, who remembers what that is? Japanese, Peruvian food by the sea from the same group who brought us the home grown Pantry Cafe. Grand opening with fireworks coming soon. Get down there TODAY, as you only pay 50% for your dinner, but you must book before hand on. That offer finishes on 2nd November. Erik is the Japanese/Peruvian chef, so it's going to be good.
Tel 04 552 0244 to book Aji.