EATING OUT - Flavours of the month.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Coastal flavours
Transport yourself to the south of Italy at Positano, one of Dubai's newest Italian restaurants. Exposed faux-brick walls set the tone for the relaxed dining you can expect here, whether it's the handmade pastas or the thin-crust pizzas. While its specialty is certainly fresh seafood-style cuisine from the Amalfi coast (don't miss their crispy calamari), their vegetarian and meat dishes - think veal ossobucco - are no less tempting, as are the city views.
EC la carte menu, call 04-4143000.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Asian specialties
The Thai Kitchen at Park Hyatt Dubai will be offering a congee promotion this month, which includes a choice of two congee (a rice porridge dish) set menus featuring pandan and taro congee. The menu will also include sharing dishes such as stir-fried prawns with garlic and pepper; spicy, crispy cat fish salad; and duck simmered in five spice sauce, ending with a Thai dessert.
Available on Saturday and Sunday evenings, Dhs160 for person. Call 04-3172222.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Creative menus
SushiArt, DIFC, have collaborated with French chef JoE1/2l Robuchon to launch a mouthwatering menu of seven creations featuring crispy lobster maki with banana yuzu sauce, a spicy ebi roll with California shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, yuzu sauce and kosho, spicy cucumber salad and a salmon tartare.
Available daily, call 800-220.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Taste of the Levant
Grab a bunch of friends and head to Mezza House to try their new menu items which includes crab salad, beetroot hummous, and a selection of fusion dishes such as Turkish sojouk, veal shakshouka and halloumi with mushrooms.
Available daily, call 04-4205444.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Seal the deal over lunch
Discuss business at Icho, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai over a three-course business lunch. The menu includes miso soup, tuna and salmon tartare or wagyu beef tataki with truffle sauce for appetisers, miso eggplant or grilled vegetables for the second course, and grilled miso salmon on rice, spicy chicken on rice with grilled vegetables or vegetable stir-fried noodles for mains.
Availably daily (except Fridays) for Dhs100 per person. Call 04-3080550.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Thursday indulgences
Kick-start your weekend at the Thursday Tapas Supper at Umai, The Oberoi Dubai, to feast on sushi and sashimi from the live cooking stations, teppenyaki from the sizzling grill, dim sum, a la carte dishes for mains, and tapas such as dynamite shrimp wonton, pandan leaf fried chicken, soft shell crab with chimichurri sauce, fresh oysters and foie gras with teriyaki sauce. For desserts, dunk marshmallows into the chocolate fountains or try the manadarin mousse with vanilla bean cream, yuzu spheres and caramel soil.
Dhs320 per person, call 04-4441444.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Stylish alfresco
Loving the great weather? You can enjoy it even more at the newly opened rooftop lounge Azura at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, which spans over two levels and offers views of the Corniche and Arabian Gulf. Try a selection of Mediterranean and Arabic dishes from their wide menu, such as grilled shish kebab, jumbo shrimps and smoked salmon panini, as well as a variety of cocktails while listening to jazz tunes - perfect for a laid- back evening!
Available daily, call 02-6944444.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Nutritious platters
Balance Cafe at Oasis Centre is hosting a Bake festival, where you can indulge in three- course meals themed under different categories, such as the Asian platter of baked pumpkin and green salad tossed with sesame dressing; baked crab meat with fish spring rolls and jalapeno salad; and a ricotta tart with ginger glaze. A Mediterranean platter of vegetable and seafood delights, a French platter, and an Ayurvedic baked platter with stuffed bottle gourd marinated in tangy mustard tofu-crumble cumin curry sauce plus an oat bread pudding scented with cardamom, are also available.
Available until January 10, from Dhs55 per platter. Call 04-5154051.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Chinese New Year festivities
A'Salam Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, with a special menu which includes a selection of duck and seafood dishes, amongst others.
From Dhs188 per person, from January 26 to February 1. Call 04-3666730. Dubai Mall to savour a buffet of traditional, festive dishes such as Yee Sang - a raw fish salad - dim sums, noodles and mandarin orange ice tea.
January 31, call 04-8883444.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Globetrotting breakfast
Kris Kros are now open for breakfast! Begin your day with appetising dishes such as baked eggs and halloumi, za'atar with veggies or a chocolate and mozzarella wrap and a selection of egg dishes including Florentine, eggs benedict and Spanish omelette.
Available daily until 1pm, call 04-4539994.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Get crabby!
Claw BBQ, Crabshack and Grill at Souk Al Bahar has revealed The Beast challenge. If you, or someone you know, loves a big, meaty burger, head there to demolish a 6 pound burger topped with lettuce, tomato, fried onions, pickles and chilli fries in under 30 minutes, to get the meal for free - and your name on a wall plaque!
Dhs295 per person, call 04-4322300.
[pounds sterling][sup.3] Spanish mania
Seville's is starting 2014 with a new chef, Joan Mico, who has launched a menu brimming with authentic specialties such as calamares fritos, the all-new chicken flamenquines - a tapas dish - and paella de langosta, a paella dish with spiny lobster.
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