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Operation Falafel to open four more Dubai outlets

by Staff writer | 06 May 2016

Arabic street food restaurant, Operation Falafel, has revealed expansion plans with four more outlets planned for the Dubai market. Currently in three locations, the four new venues will open on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, The Ribbon in Motor City, The Village – Luxury Outlet, and at Project ‘Last Exit’, located on the

R Hotels appoints new Dubai cluster pastry chef

by Staff writer | 05 May 2016

R Hotels has appointed Gayan Weerasinghe as cluster pastry chef of its Dubai properties: Ramada Downtown Dubai, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Jumeirah Beach Residence and ibis Styles Jumeira. In his new role, chef Weerasinghe is tasked with creating the confectionery items to be supplied to all three properties. He is looking forward to coming up

Spill the beans: Henrik Baecklund, La Serre Bistro Bar

by Staff writer | 04 May 2016

Henrik Baecklund, the new head bartender at La Serre Bistro Bar Dubai, reveals the secrets of the venue’s new cocktail menu What experience do you bring to La Serre? With a professional background in hospitality, I have worked in many bars and nightclubs around the world, gaining solid experience in high-end cocktail crafting. I therefore

Catalonian concept LaLuz opens at Four Seasons DIFC

by Staff writer | 04 May 2016

Fine-dining Catalonian / Mediterranean restaurant, LaLuz, has opened at Four Seasons DIFC, Dubai. The restaurant is a concept by Barcelona restaurant group, Grupo Tragaluz, and marks the company’s first venture in the Middle East. Rosa Maria Esteva and Tomas Taruella, the mother and son team behind the group, are known for original outlets serving creative cuisine. With a

UAE government launches ‘Healthy Restaurant’ initiative

by Staff writer | 04 May 2016

The Ministry of Health & Prevention has launched a ‘Healthy Restaurant’ initiative in the UAE. The initiative is in line with the Ministry’s strategic objectives to promote healthy lifestyles in the UAE through the development of legislation that decreases the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Restaurants have been asked to adhere to mandatory and optional criteria

Invest Northern Ireland to bring new F&B companies to Middle East

by Staff writer | 03 May 2016

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) will bring 23 companies from a wide range of sectors to the UAE and Saudi Arabia this month to explore investment opportunities. The companies, from sectors including food and beverage, hotel supply chain, animal nutrition, security and specialist construction, will be in the region from May 9 – 13. While

Address Downtown Dubai chef joins Fairmont The Palm

by Staff writer | 02 May 2016

Fairmont The Palm, Dubai has named Alain Gobeil as its new executive chef. The Canadian chef has left his position as executive chef at The Address Downtown Dubai, which made the headlines on New Year’s Eve 2016 when a huge fire broke out across the 63-storey tower. The hotel has been closed until further notice,

Bahrain’s Downtown Rotana opens Teatro restaurant

by Staff writer | 02 May 2016

Newly opened Bahrain hotel, Downtown Rotana Manama has opened its signature restaurant, Teatro Downtown, which specialises in international cuisine. The restaurant is the third Teatro in the region, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi outlets established already. Downtown Rotana Manama general manager, Lilian Roger commented: “Teatro Downtown is the group’s prized gem; the restaurant has an

The Full Measure: Cocktail Kitchen

by Staff writer | 01 May 2016

The team behind Cocktail Kitchen explains how Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ newest licensed venue showcases the best of food and beverage, while bringing Dubai up to the times with accessible, affordable and spontaneous hospitality The concept of cocktail kitchen is all in the name – “a balance of great beverages and food” – according to John









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