Chef Izu Ani to set up research and development hub

by Dina Maaty | 26 Apr 2016

Chef Izu Ani has left La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie and has plans to open a research and development hub in Dubai. The Nigerian-born chef who grew up in London, first came to Dubai to launch La Petite Maison and in 2012 opened La Serre, a French/ Mediterranean concept, which today is the most successful

New Peruvian outlet Ceviche opens in Dubai’s DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 18 Apr 2016

Peruvian restaurant Ceviche has opened its doors at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Joining the growing portfolio of Peruvian outlets in the emirate – including Mayta, Totora, Coya, Inka, Garden and Pollo Pollo – Ceviche has set out to offer customers an authentic Peruvian experience. The concept was founded by Lima-born sous chef Percy Cubas

Ilir Caushi returns to Zuma Dubai as GM

by Dina Maaty | 07 Apr 2016

Japanese restaurant concept, Zuma, has appointed Ilir Caushi as general manager for its Dubai location. Selected for the role by founder, Rainer Becker, Caushi has been part of the company for over seven years. He first joined the Dubai restaurant in 2008 as assistant general manager, before transferring to Zuma Abu Dhabi to head up

Intersect by Lexus launches exclusive Japanese product range

by Dina Maaty | 06 Apr 2016

Intersect by Lexus has introduced Crafted for Lexus, a collection of hand-made Japanese products manufactured through a series of collaborations between traditional artisans and young designers. The products include hats, handbags, cotton and wool shawls, key trays and glassware and each product tells a story about the designer and the materials, complementing the Lexus brand.

Michael Mina: The new Americana

by Dina Maaty | 03 Apr 2016

Crystal Chesters speaks to Michael Mina about the Michelin-starred chef’s refined twist on the classic All-American diner and why he has chosen Dubai for his first venture outside of the United States Michael Mina is a well-known name on the US restaurant scene, particularly in San Francisco where eight of The Mina Group’s 26-strong portfolio

Opinion: Making a night of it

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Samer S. Hamadeh, founder & managing partner at Aegis Hospitality says nightlife venues should not be put off by oversaturation or competition. Nightlife is one of the more interesting businesses born out of the social realm we refer to as the third place. Nightlife venues are some of the most accessible to many people, save

GRIF welcomes new development chapter

by Dina Maaty | 29 Mar 2016

The third annual Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) brought together investors, owners, franchisors, and senior hospitality professionals from across the globe from 14 to 16 March at The Address Dubai Mall. The three-day event included conferences, roundtable and panel discussions, culinary receptions and other knowledge-sharing platforms together with several senior-level networking opportunities and the inaugural

Luna Sky Bar opens at Four Seasons DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 27 Mar 2016

The new Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has opened rooftop lounge, Luna Sky Bar. The cocktail bar is situated on the eighth floor of the new hotel and has been designed by New York-based Adam Tihany. With black and gold colours, the interiors evoke the symbolism of the falcon, a Middle Eastern

Out to Lunch: Tomas Reger – Intersect by Lexus

by Dina Maaty | 17 Mar 2016

Local, organic produce, and simple ingredient combinations with a playful twist are the secret behind Tomas Reger’s light yet filling dishes Launching a new concept next door to the likes of Dubai institutions Zuma and Le Petite Maison, is no mean feat, even for Czech chef Tomas Reger, who owns his own food consultancy and

UK government introduces sugar tax

by Dina Maaty | 17 Mar 2016

UK Treasury chief George Osborne has unveiled a new tax on sugary drinks, to be implemented in 2018. Osborne stated that the health implications of sugary drinks costs the UK economy £27 billion ($38 billion) a year, which is more than half the entire National Health Service (NHS) paybill. “One of the biggest contributors to

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