La Petite Maison to display famous art and photography

by Dina Maaty | 10 Feb 2016

La Petite Maison Dubai in collaboration with Opera Gallery will become a museum of dining starting in celebration of Art Week. From 13 – 20 March, the French restaurant will display the works of well-known artists and photographers. “You can only fully understand a work of art when you’ve eaten next to it, danced next

Australia’s The Coffee Club launches fifth UAE branch

by Dina Maaty | 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

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

Starbucks launches evening menu

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Feb 2016

Starbucks coffee house has introduced an evening menu with savoury and sweet snacks. Cardamom infused halloumi bites; chicken, herb roasted red peppers and mushroom flatbread; sundried tomato and kalamata olive flatbread; and truffle mac & cheese, are some of the menu items. Starbucks Coffee MENA regional communications and CSR manager, Rana Shaheen said: “Our objective

Magnolia Bakery opens at Dubai Festival City

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Feb 2016

New York City’s Magnolia Bakery has opened its third store in Dubai in Dubai Festival City, marking the company’s 10th Middle Eastern opening. David Singleton, vice president – hospitality of Al Tayer Group, the company that brought the brand to the region, commented: “We greatly look forward to welcoming fans of Magnolia Bakery from across

Celebrity chefs to headline Dubai Food Festival

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Feb 2016

Celebrity chefs from around the world will headline the launch celebrations of Dubai Food Festival, to take place from 25 February – 12 March. The A-list culinary line-up comprises Australian MasterChef stars George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan; French chef Manu Feildel from Australian cooking show ‘My Kitchen Rules’; Australian TV chef Matt Moran; popular restaurateur

UAE company introduces organic farming boxes for restaurants

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Feb 2016

UAE- based initiative Agriculture Box has launched organic farming boxes for restaurants, homes, schools and businesses. The boxes can be used to grow organic fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs, and are made of PEFC-certified high grade kiln dried Austrian spruce, which is durable at 36mm thick. Everything needed to grow produce is provided in the

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