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Australia’s The Coffee Club launches fifth UAE branch

by Staff writer | 09 Feb 2016

Australian café chain The Coffee Club launched its fifth branch in the UAE and third in Dubai at the Golden Mile Mall on the Palm Jumeirah. A 24 carat cappuccino, which will not be a permanent feature on the menu, was offered to guests to celebrate the occasion. The Coffee Club menu will include all-day

Orange Leaf to open 25 Middle Eastern outlets

by Staff writer | 09 Feb 2016

US frozen yogurt concept Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has launched in the UAE in partnership with UAE-headquartered retail company, Two Spoons. With two locations already up-and-running at Magic Planet family entertainment outlets in Mall of the Emirates and Mirdiff City Center, a further two outlets are set to open this quarter. Carl Ghossoub, managing director

DIFC nightspot Indie to open this week

by Staff writer | 08 Feb 2016

New nightspot Indie, a concept by AddMind, is set to open on Thursday this week in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The kitchen and lounge is a standalone speakeasy, which sets out to offer an alternative experience to neighbouring venues. AddMind CEO Tony Habre said: “We don’t like to put people and nightlife in neat

Grand Hyatt Dubai’s all-day dining reopens with four micro-concepts

by Staff writer | 08 Feb 2016

Grand Hyatt Dubai’s all-day dining restaurant The Market Café will re-open in March as The Collective, a 240-seat outlet comprising four ‘micro-concepts’. The four concepts are split into areas called: Levant Emporium, Grill Bar, Bakery and Bombay Café. Each concept area will have live food stations and an a la carte menu, with seasonal produce

Hilton JBR and Canada Beef team up for Gulfood prequel

by Staff writer | 07 Feb 2016

As a prequel to Gulfood, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort is teaming up with Canada Beef and Air Canada to showcase the best of Canada. Gulfood is the world’s largest food and hospitality trade event and will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 21 – 25 February. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort’s hotel manager,

New Dubai nightspot Play hires Jean Marc Petrus as GM

by Staff writer | 07 Feb 2016

The recently opened Play Restaurant and Lounge at H Hotel has appointed Jean Marc Petrus as general manager. The restaurant, which offers a blend of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine dubbed ‘Mediterrasian’ is a concept by Treenergy Management and Absolute F&B Management. Petrus began his hospitality career in South Africa, where he worked with Hyatt Hotels

Two new chefs and Levant menu at Hilton DoubleTree’s Al Maeda

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Feb 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach has recruited two new chefs to its signature Al Maeda restaurant and has launched a new Levant-inspired menu. Oriental sous chef, Lawrence Alnajjad began his career in Damascus and has added to the menu his interpretation of the Shish Barak, a traditional Syrian dish made with dough, yogurt

India’s Massive Restaurants to launch Farzi café in the Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Feb 2016

Indian restaurant operator, Massive Restaurants has partnered with Crossroad Hospitality LLC to introduce its concept, Farzi Café, to the Middle East. The first outlet under the modern bistro brand will open at Dubai’s City Walk Phase 2 on Sheikh Zayed Road early this year. The concept of Farzi Café is to ‘create an illusion’ through

Dubai Food Festival Hidden Gems campaign celebrates local eateries

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Feb 2016

The Dubai Food Festival has launched a new campaign to discover the hidden eateries of the emirate that locals would only know about. The Dubai ‘Hidden Gems’ campaign, now live, is encouraging GCC and UAE residents and visitors to nominate their favourite unsung heroes of the Dubai food scene at GCC and UAE residents

The Black Lion brings Freakshakes to Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Feb 2016

On 12 February, The Black Lion, Dubai at The H Hotel will introduce ‘Freakshakes’ – a dessert drink trend that went viral on social media in the last quarter of 2015. Freakshakes are dessert drinks served in a mason jar, which overflow with sweet ingredients, including cream, chocolate and caramel sauce. The trend for freakshakes

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