Downtown Dubai

Nakheel opens AED 90 million dining and shopping hub in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Oct 2016

Nakheel has opened the AED 90 million International City Pavilion, a new shopping and dining hub with 24 shops, restaurants and services. Located next to Nakheel’s new Warsan Village community in Dubai’s International City, it is the latest in the developer’s AED 16 billion retail expansion, that will bring 17 million ft2 of new shop

Rotana’s chef Kaesta Mcfee promoted to cluster executive chef role

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Oct 2016

Kaesta Mcfee, who previously held the role of executive chef of Centro Capital Centre has been promoted to cluster executive chef of Capital Centre Arjaan and Centro Capital Centre. A Canadian national, chef Mcfee brings more than 20 years’ experience in international cuisines having worked with hotel operators in Singapore and Canada prior to relocating

Winner crowned at S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 final

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Oct 2016

Mitch Lienhard from the USA was crowned S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 at the grand finale of the event in Milan on 15 October. The final stage of the competition saw 20 of the most talented chefs from across the globe compete for the coveted title, including Gregoire Berger, head chef at Ossiano, Atlantis The

Alto-Shaam achieves highest level of ISO 9001 standards

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Oct 2016

Commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer Alto-Shaam has achieved the highest level of ISO 9001 standards, ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001:2015 is an international standard that demonstrates the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. An initiative, led by Alto-Shaam quality engineer/QMS manager, Nick Wagner to enhance Alto-Shaam’s processes began two years

Chef Farrokh Khambata debuts Indian restaurant at Sofitel Dubai Downtown

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Oct 2016

Well-known Indian chef Farrokh Khambata’s is opening ‘JAAN at The Penthouse’, a new Indian restaurant at Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Khambata has designed a menu that contains the essence of traditional Indian cuisine delivered in a healthy and light way, with a focus on taste and presentation. Menu options include salmon kejriwal, fire cracker roll, cherry

Smith’s Catering launches in Dubai offering British classics

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Oct 2016

Smith’s Catering has opened for business in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers, offering dine-in, delivery and event catering. Located in Cluster Y, Lakeshore Tower, JLT, Smith’s Catering offers British classics such as cottage pie, roast beef and yorkie wrap with gravy, Eton mess, jubilee chicken sarnies and roast potatoes in jackets with gourmet fillings, such as

Bombay Brasserie offers daily 5-course tasting menu to celebrate Diwali

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Oct 2016

In preparation for Diwali, the Indian ‘festival of lights’, Taj Dubai is showcasing Indian art, culture and gastronomy with month-long festivities. A daily five-course tasting menu will take place every evening of October at contemporary fine dining Indian restaurant, Bombay Brasserie. It includes a live counter with street food style snacks and is priced at AED

Interview: Gary Rhodes

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Oct 2016

With six Michelin stars under his belt achieved over a 35-year career, adapting to consumer demand for a more casual dining experience hasn’t been easy on Gary Rhodes. The legendary chef, author and restaurateur tells Crystal Chesters why fine dining is still relevant When Gary Rhodes talks about food, you can taste it. With detailed, passionate

Homegrown Habibi Burger launches in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Oct 2016

Homegrown Dubai concept Habibi Burger launches this October on Dubai Marina’s promenade, offering burgers and mezze. Menu highlights include the restaurant’s 4oz homemade burgers with prime Argentine beef, and traditional Middle Eastern mezze plates, from fattoush to kibbeh. The beverage offer includes milkshakes such as the Oreo cheesecake and the ‘Nutty Brown’, comprising vanilla ice

Dine Around Dubai taking November bookings

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Oct 2016

Dine Around Dubai, an intimate mystery dining experience hosted by award-winning food writer, FooDiva is sold out for October and is taking bookings for its 28 November tour.  The tour begins at a mystery bar for welcome bubbles, followed by a dishes from three of Dubai’s top restaurants, with starters to be enjoyed at the

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