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4 restaurants to try in the UAE this week



Maki Mondays
Sushi fans can look forward to a raw deal in the best possible sense every Monday at Waka. Between 8pm and 10pm, diners can enjoy unlimited maki rolls and a glass of something for AED150 per person. The Latin-American-flavoured Japanese restaurant serves up the likes of the Cusco, the crispy quinoa coated seabass, and the Abura, featuring tuna, prawn tempura and avocado.
When: Available Mondays between 8pm and 10pm
Where: Waka Restaurant & Bar, The Oberoi Hotel, Dubai
Contact: +9714 444 1455

Lunch at Sofra Boulevard
Looks like lunchtime in the capital just got a little more interesting… for the next couple of months at any rate. Five chefs de cuisine from the five main restaurants in the Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri have teamed up to create the mother of all buffets. Enjoy dishes from Chef Dillu Stephen (Sofra Blvd), Master Chef Vu Dang (Hoi An), Chef He Jia (Shang Palace), Chef Jimmy De Almeida (Bord Eau) and Chef Muhamad Jejen (Lobby Lounge and the hotel’s executive pastry chef).
When: Available from Sunday to Thursday, it’s priced at just AED165.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Contact: +9712 509 8555

Summer Soul
Some more South American influences can be enjoyed at one of our favourite restaurants in Dubai – indeed, one of the city’s favourite restaurants. A new, light and very summery menu has been devised for the season, featuring the likes of ceviches and tiraditos. Pictured above, for instance, is the octopus tiradito with sesame sauce, hiyashi wakami, chives and shallots.
Where: Teatro, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 343 8000

Seafood at Ossiano
Remember the old “seafood diet” gag? The one with the pay-off of “When I see food, I eat it”? The brand promise of Ossiano in Atlantis The Palm seems to be a rather close relation, offering some of the best fish and shellfish plates in Dubai and serving them in full view of a mammoth aquarium that mimics the oceans from which they would have been recently plucked.
Not that you choose your fish here; this is a rather more refined place than that. What it does offer, though, thanks to award-winning head chef Gregoire Berger, is high quality seafood prepared with precision and flair. The hero dish is, according to the man himself, an elaborate sculpture of North Sea langoustine with leeks and smoked goose agnoletti – which serves eight people – and it’s not hard to see why. However, we rather like the simpler but no less accomplished caramelised black cod with zucchini and almond. Try the Ossiano Experience menu for AED670 per person.
Where: Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Contact: +9714 426 2626

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