7 restaurants to try in Dubai this week
Great British Royal Beach Party
In celebration of one of the biggest weddings of the year between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Barasti is hosting a massive British bash at the beach resort. On Saturday, May 19, the Dubai institution will air the entire event on their massive outdoor LED screen. To accompany the action, if you can call it that, there will be a number of live acts and DJs spinning the tunes. You can also get your hands on some British delicacies (think party food, and other nibbles) and the whole place will be decked out in traditional bunting while there will be hats and flags to wave as the couple make their way down the aisle. There’s the promise of some mysterious party games, too.
When: Saturday, May 19
Where: Barasti Beach Bar
Contact: +9714 318 1313, website
Cheese fest dxb
Axe House is hosting what could just be one of our favourite events this year, an entire evening dedicated to the magic of cheese. Gather your friends and embark on a tasty journey across some of the world’s best dairy products such as cheddar, brie, blue cheese and more. To accompany these cheesy night will be the sounds of Busker’s Code with Ibby. There will also be beverage offers on throughout the night.
When: Monday, May 14
Where: Axe House, JLT
Contact: +9714 399 9577, website
24-Karat Gold Burger
There are fancy burgers and then there’s this. Maison Rouge has come up with a decedent creation that consists of 330g of Angus beef, tomatoes and crispy greens inside a bun that on the bottom is a red velvet blend and on the top, a 24 Karat gold edible frosting. As you’d imagine, it comes with a hefty price tag – AED365, to be exact – so be sure to eat every crumb.
Where: Maison Rouge, Conrad Hotel
Contact: +971 4 352 8169, website
Hibiki Karaoke Lounge
Described as the first “authentic” karaoke lounge in the emirate, Hibiki offers private rooms as well as a main stage, accommodating for the varying levels of confidence in the wannabe Dubai divas. Happy hour deals start at 7.30pm and the lounge features a resident singer, who takes over in between karaoke breaks.
Where: The Hyatt Regency, Deira
Contact: +971 4 209 6914, website
It’s a cliché to say that one of the best ‘just got better’, but here we are with the popular Friday brunch. Al Bahou has reworked its already impressive offering to serve up even more delights crafted from cuisines from Asia, Italy, India, Andalusia and many more. As well as the new dishes on offer, the Al Bahou brunch still offers a number of great places to park your kids. The cinema, complete with finger foods for little ones, the supervised bouncy castle and face painting means there’s lots of fun for them while you enjoy it, too.
When: 12.30pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai
Contact: +971 4 444 0000, website
Le Méridien’s fittingly named sparkling brunch serves up cuisines from all over the world, including Arabic, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, British, Italian, French and more. However, the live entertainment is what makes this night brunch dazzle its customers. Experience it all from the comfort of your seat with show-stopping acrobats and talented musicians. It's a delightful treat for the whole family or a bunch of your friends.
When: 7pm-10:30pm, Sunday
When: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Price: AED265 with soft drinks; AED400 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 511 7373, website
Floating Iftar and Suhoor
Dubai’s first ever floating Iftar and Suhoor is taking place above the luxurious QE2. The purpose-built majlis on the ship’s deck can host up to 250 guests and will serve up an array of traditional cuisine through buffets and live cooking stations. Iftar is sunset until 9pm (AED250) and the Suhoor buffet is 9pm-1am (AED175).
When: Daily during Ramadan
Where: Mina Rashid
Price: AED250 for Iftar and AED175 for Suhoor
Contact: +971 4 526 8888, website