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Todd English gears up to launch two new UAE venues

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

American chef Todd English is preparing to launch two new outlets in the UAE – one in Abu Dhabi’s new airport extension, and the second in Dubai Mall. Located in the AED 10.8 billion Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, English will open a pub modelled on Todd English P.U.B. in Las Vegas, but

Bulldozer introduces Uzbek-inspired restaurant to Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

Bulldozer Group, behind Cipriani, Sass Café and Novikov, makes its first foray into casual dining with the launch of Eshak on Dubai’s City Walk 2. Scheduled to open mid-December, the restaurant draws inspiration from the Silk Route, blending Uzbek, Armenian, Georgian, European and Middle Eastern tastes. Chef Mahmoud Efranjiey, who is at the helm of

Second Lock, Stock & Barrel to open in 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Nov 2016

Dubai-based entertainment group Solutions Leisure Group will open a second Lock, Stock & Barrel venue in the second quarter of 2017, managing director Paul Evans revealed during an exclusive interview with Catering News Middle East. Scheduled to launch in May, the two-floor bar will be double the size of the original outlet in Grand Millennium

Dubai restaurant concept Roux arrives on City Walk 2

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Nov 2016

Roux, a homegrown concept from Shames, Mariam and Yousif Al Hashemi of Dual Investments, will open on Dubai’s City Walk 2 on 1 December. The high-end casual dining concept focuses on affordable, high quality menu items, including sandwiches, desserts, freshly-made almond milk, and coffee. South African-born head chef, Chantel Naude has eight years of Dubai

Bulldozer Group’s Toko relaunched

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Nov 2016

Bulldozer Group’s Toko restaurant located in Vida Downtown Dubai has been refurbished and relaunched as Toko Downtown Restaurant, Garden & Lounge.  Designed by Russian interior design company, Nograph, the concept is casual dining with a restaurant, garden and lounge area. The new pan-Asian menu offers Chinese and Japanese street-food inspired dishes including dim sums, wok

Sofitel Abu Dhabi welcomes new chef de cuisine

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Nov 2016

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche has appointed Gari Abdel as chef de cuisine. Most recently Abdel was executive sous chef on the pre-opening team of Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. Prior to this, Abdel headed up the kitchen at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa and was part of the pre-opening teams for

SIAL Middle East launches young chef challenge

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Nov 2016

SIAL Middle East is set to host the new Alen Thong Golden Coffee Pot Young Chef Challenge, which will see nine teams of five professional young chefs from around the world compete for the winning title. Taking place during SIAL Middle East from 5 – 7 December at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the

UAE’s Sumo, Sushi & Bento expands to Saudi Arabia

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Nov 2016

The UAE’s homegrown Sumo, Sushi & Bento will expand to Saudi Arabia under a franchise agreement with Arabian Fields Trading Company, with the first outlet to open in Q1 2017 in Dhahran City. Darami Coulter, global marketing and communication manager, Sumo International Inc commented: “We believe there is tremendous potential for Japanese cuisine in the

JAS Hospitality launches Fümé Catering

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Nov 2016

Fümé Catering, a division of JAS Hospitality’s Fümé Neighborhood Eatery, has launched premium catering for private and corporate events. Offering equipment, a team of chefs and tailor-made menus, Fümé Catering will work closely with clients to match taste and budget requirements. The team prides itself in offering equipment expertise and knowledge of current trends in

Interview: Metropolitan Catering

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

A multi-million-dollar refurbishment has increased Metropolitan Catering’s capacity from 500 to 45,000 meals per day, opening the doors to myriad business opportunities. Crystal Chesters reports. Well-known for its ever-growing portfolio of hotel assets, which include The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah; the St Regis, W and Westin Al Habtoor City; and The Habtoor Grand Beach









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