Staying in Dubai over July and August? Here are some places to try over the warmer months
Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
The bohemian, flamboyant, Latina American doors of Hotel Cartagena are now open on the 72nd floor of JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Comprising a restaurant, lounge and bar, the exuberant new spot is described as an urban jungle full of exotic plants, garden gnomes, pink flamingos, vintage books, parrots and peacocks. The cuisine here is said to be ‘Latin without borders’, offering a tour of South America and the Caribbean islands. See www.hotelcartagena.ae
Bao Wow, City Walk
Bao Wow is an Asian street-food concept now open at City Walk. The restaurant’s menu incorporates traditional and modern dishes from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. The name Bow Wow is inspired by steamed buns filled with an array of delicious fillings that are the restaurant’s signature dish. Dishes on the menu include steamed gyoza with chicken presented on smoky dry ice, maki rolls, assorted dim sum, stir-fried Singapore-style vermicelli noodles with pak choi, shallots and curry powder, and beef ramen, made from three different types of stock. See @baowowdubai on social media.
Five Guys, Al Seef
Five Guys has opened its sixth restaurant in the UAE at the charming new district Al Seef, located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. Five Guys offers 100% customisable Halal burgers and hotdogs with up to 15 free toppings, grilled cheese sandwiches, veggie sandwiches, fries, and customisable milkshakes in its brand-new location. Everything is freshly prepared and made to order, from hand-cut fries right through to the patties prepared daily from 100% Halal beef. See www.fiveguys.me
The Lion by Nick & Scott, H Hotel
The newly rebranded British pub, The Lion by Nick & Scott has introduced two weekly brunches. First up on Thursday nights, groups can indulge in a Dhs300 package that includes a platter of starters to share with an individual choice of main and dessert. They’re also offering an extra hour of beverage brunching for Dhs100. The menu is set to change on a weekly basis but will serve up the best of Nick & Scott’s British recipes to offer UK favourites such as a traditional roast dinner, fish and chips, crushed peas and tartare sauce, beef in Murphy’s pudding with mash and gravy and curried coconut chicken, cardamom rice and naan bread and a selection of desserts.
Secondly there’s a Friday brunch. Performing a weekly three-hour set, the Friday brunch welcomes Richard Simon Kennedy a singer and guitarist who has performed the London circuit at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Club and The Boileroom – bringing modern versions the best British tracks, from the 70’s until now. For more information or to make a reservation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Atlantis, The Palm
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is introducing Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Revolution to Dubai, with a new Saturday roast offering for Dhs135 per person every week. As well as the individual roast offering, Bread Street Kitchen has also launched a new ‘Host My Roast’ dining option, which is available for groups of six or more to experience a delicious roast dinner with none of the required effort of cooking for a large group for just Dhs750 (Dhs125 per person). Diners can look forward to roast sirloin of beef, accompanied by all the usual trimmings such as Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and many more traditional sides. In addition, guests will be treated to a complimentary taster of Gordon’s favourite childhood dessert, the English trifle. For more information or to make a reservation call +971 4 426 1000, or visit www.atlantisthepalm.com
Katsuya by Starck, The Dubai Mall
After the successful launch of its stylish Japanese restaurant at the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Katsuya by Starck has re-opened at the new Fashion Avenue extension at The Dubai Mall. Open for both lunch and dinner, Katsuya by Starck boasts a menu dedicated to Japanese flavours, featuring highlights of specialty mocktails, delectable Robata grills, maki rolls and sushi platters, all carefully prepared by Katsuya’s team of culinary experts. Choose to be seated indoors at the ultra-trendy sushi bar and restaurant area, or outdoors on the terrace while catching views of the Dubai fountains. For a more intimate affair, Starck’s carefully designed ‘private dining area’ is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or simply indulge in a Katsuya feast with your loved ones. For more information, see www.katsuyarestaurant.com
Demoiselle by Galvin, City Walk
French-inspired bistro, Demoiselle by Galvin has launched a wholesome new lunch menu. The meal commences with a soup of the day, while main courses call for a range of options to choose from, with highlights including smoked beef pancetta, with crème fraiche, shallots and rich Gruyere cheese. One to not miss, a breakfast inspire lunch special – warm poached egg, heritage beetroot, walnuts, rocket and balsamic dressing. For those looking to truly indulge in a Demoiselle classic, one can opt for the Demoiselle club sandwich, both nutritious and delicious. Complete the balanced lunch offering with a cup of artisan coffee, fresh summer juices or select from a range of Demoiselle’s signature tea collection. For more information or to make a reservation, call 04-5905076.
Levee, La Mer
If you’re looking for a weekend spot with a hearty meal, great seaside views, and lovely ambiance, head to Levee, La Mer’s newest culinary gem for authentic French Mediterranean cuisine. Situated right by the beach, welcome the day with a cup of premium coffee roasts or better yet, a dose of vitamins with freshly squeezed juices. The venue also serves delicious favorites like acai bowls complete with homemade granola, classic French toast, shakshuka eggs, morning bagels, and a wide array of freshly baked bread and pastries. For information and to make a booking, call 04-380 2000 or e-mail email@example.com