Category Archives: Dining

New Star in the World of Gastronomy “Estrellas”

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Melia Dubai, Spanish group Melia Hotels today announced that it will introduce a new rooftop restaurant and bar, “Estrellas Skyline Lounge.” “Estrellas” means “stars” in Spanish will officially open on the 1st of April, 2015.

Designed by prominent Italian architect, Marco Mangili, Estrellas Skyline décor is inspired by the city lights and the stars that illuminate the famous skyline of Dubai. Sophisticated and vibrant it will feature an indoor restaurant, a stylish pool lounge and a dance floor. Estrellas will serve an exciting mix of gourmet Mediterranean, Indian and Arabic cuisine as well as molecular gastronomy-inspired dishes. Open all days and until early hours; Estrellas will host a resident as well as international DJ(s).

“I am excited about the launch of our new lounge, Estrellas Skyline, which will offer guests an exceptional dining experience with great food against a stunning ambience. Everything from the view, to the menus, the interiors and even the uniforms are visually entertaining. We want people to come to the venue and find even the littlest details to be amusing to them. The Estrellas Skyline menu has been engineered by Melia Dubai’s Head Chef, Praveen Singh, who is part of the successful team behind Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor.”said Marko Janssen, General Manager of Melia Dubai.


An all day Mexican celebration – Ariba Ariba!

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Fuego a contemporary Mexican restaurant located at Souk Al Bahar has planned an all day pre celebration for Mexican Independence day. The event will take place this 13th September, 2014.

From 11 to 5:00pm – Promoting Mexican culture & tradition; Fuego will host a small Mexican Mercado (Bazaar) featuring art & handicraft, street food stalls & free giveaways. The entry is free and open to all.

Come evening (8:00 to 12 midnight) – Fuego will go full out to end the celebration with a fun filled party. It will feature over 15 traditional & popular Mexican dishes, selected beverages & entertainment. Furthermore the Mexican ambassador will make a special appearance and celebrate in festivities. Entry is priced at AED 299/-

Mexican Chef’s Theatre in Dubai

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Fuego, a Mexican restaurant and bar is hosting an exclusive cooking event for food lovers and cultural explorers, with the launch of Chef’s Theatre. Guests can catch Fuego’s Head Chef, Jose Manuel and his culinary team in the act whilst enjoying the bold and authentic flavours of Mexico. The sessions are available for groups of three people or more and provide one-on-one interaction with the chef; learning best cooking practices and understand Mexican culture and heritage

There is a session for little ones also, who have the opportunity to know a little about Mexico. Fuego offers a special Kids Play session where children learn essential kitchen techniques and fun facts about the country whilst munching on their favourite finger food.

Additionally, Fuego has also crafted a special mixology session exploring traditional Mexican beverages curated by in house Master Mixologist, Eugenio Alvorez.

All sessions include conversations with the Chef or Mixologist, tips and the finest culinary techniques.

The acts being held at Fuego include:

Act 1 – The Perfect Meal Enhancer
Act 2 – The Scrumptious Dip
Act 3 – All Fresh and Healthy
Act 4: Kids Play (until mid-September)
Act 5: Tequila Tasting & pairing
or simply Script your own act, where you can suggest your preference and the team at Fuego can craft a menu.

You can email or call 04 449 0977 to know more or book your tickets

Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Fuego

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Mexico fever comes to Souk al Bahar on the 5th of May, to celebrate – Cinco de Mayo. Guests are encouraged to don their party hats and celebrate this significant period of Mexican history at Fuego. Head Chef Jose Manuel has taken inspiration from his favourite childhood dishes to develop a special menu that will be available at the event.

Cinco de Mayo has been designed with the Fuego fans in mind and promises to offer a night to remember for both tourists and the local community alike. The set party menu offers an array of free flowing delicacies to diners all night, including a combination of traditional Mexican tapas and key Fuego favourites such as Mexican style seafood and prime Angus beef. Signature desserts such as the flan de coco and the famous Fuego churroz will also be served.

Of this exclusive menu, Executive Head Chef Jose Morales expressed his excitement, “Cinco de Mayo is a huge festival in Mexico and we wanted to celebrate it this year with equal zest and fervour here at Fuego. We will have our special party menu, where diners can enjoy unlimited food flowing freely during the event.”

The special menu is being offered only on the 5th of May from 8:00 pm onwards, which includes festive punches and unlimited house beverages.

Celebrate ‘Pascua’ with an authentic afternoon of Mexican food and drinks

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Fuego, Souk Al Bahar’s hottest Mexican restaurant announces their Easter menu serving a variety of traditional specialities, carefully crafted for this special period. Pascua –  which literally translates into Easter, is a joyous period in Mexico – a time for the whole family to come together, eat, drink and be merry.

This Easter menu available for Easter Sunday will be a set-menu with a wide variety of choices available. To complement each dish, Agave expert Eugenio has carefully paired selected traditional Mexican beverages for an ultimate taste experience. The meal will  commence with a light chipotle infused cream of corn soup, served with breads and garnish.
Guests will then move onto starters, where diners will have the choice of prawns in tangy tamarind and mango sauce, or pastry of beef chorizo with potatoes. For the mains, daring guests can opt for the ox tongue in tomatillo sauce whilst guests with a rich palate could opt for the prawns heirlooms, oven cooked with cheese and wild mushroom. Also on the menu is
chicken breast served Milanese style or the ultimate Mexican delicacy – stuffed and baked  poblano chillies. Finally, to end on a happy and sweet note, Chef Jose will be offering  Mexican style cheese cake or the all-time favourite molten chocolate lava cake.

This special menu is being offered only on Easter Sunday, 20th April and is priced at AED 299 per person inclusive of 3 selected beverages. Kids under the age of 10 eat free and get a surprise Easter gift.

Feliz Año Nuevo

fuego-frontEnjoy traditional Mexican this New Year’s eve at Feugo Restaurant and Bar located in the popular Souk al Bahar. Chef Jose Manuel will prepare some of his signature dishes and beverages to welcome 2014. Featuring DJ Ron Zi, diners can celebrate way beyond mid-night.

With amazing food, music, fireworks, setting, dancing fountain – Fuego promises a night to remember!

To reserve, call 044490977

New York’s favourite ‘Cronut’ now available in Abu Dhabi

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Known for its exquisite, mouth-watering and gourmet desserts, pastries and cakes; Blossom Sweets introduces new flavours and offers this autumn.

The new menu will  include seasonal and new flavours and ingredients; such as lavender, pumpkin, caramel cinnamon/ spice, nuts, berries and more. The patisseries will also include its Emirati/ Arabian fusion specialities to the menu. The patisserie will also be offering the famous ‘Cronuts’ – hybrid of doughnut and croissant in its stores. 

Lamia Al Hashly said, “Blossom Sweets special autumn treats are the perfect way to welcome the cooler months. From cakes, pies, spice to fruits our desserts are so comforting and appealing. Available throughout October and November, these desserts are ideal to satisfy a sweet craving, for parties or as gifts.”

Available until 30th November 2013 – offers/ flavours include:

  • New Yorkers Craving: Available is rose and nutella with salted nuts, the Cronuts are simply irresistible.
  • Loyalty Card: The patisserie will offer loyalty cards as a way of thank-you to its regular customers. The card will offer seasonal discounts and offers.
  • Autumn Glass shots: Flavours include Pistachio and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Persian Pashmak
  • Ice Warm: Pumkin cheesecake Gelato; a creamy mix of pumpkin puree and ice-cream on a crispy crust.
  • All things Spice n Nice: An extra spiced carrot cake.
  • Arabian Autumn Delights: Rose cardamom infused gelato and lemon with mint gelato available exclusively this season.
  • Eid Al Adha: Celebrating this festive season, Blossom Sweets will offer newly introduced Pistachio Rose cake and rose water macaroons. Price ranges from AED 7 AED to AED 500.
  • Spooktecular Treats: This Halloween, Blossom Sweets will offer cake-pops, cupcakes, lollies, and cakes in various spooky designs and flavours. Value Pack of 12 customised theme based cupcakes for AED 240.
  • World Diabetes Day: Blossom Sweets will prepare offer Low sugar avocado mouse cake and low sugar oat-meal cookies.

Winter collection/ offers: To be announced soon

20 new Arabian And Asian Inspired Flavours exclusively this ramadan and eid

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Blossom Sweets will introduce 20 unique treats inspired by Middle Eastern and Asian flavours; including low calorie and sugar-free.

Celebrating the holy month; Blossom Sweets will feature a wide selection of sensational treats and gift hampers starting from 9th July, 2013. Ramadan a time for reflection and giving; the patisserie will also give 5 per cent of every purchase to the Red Crescent Society.

Lamia Ahmed Al Hashly, Owner, Blossom Sweets said, “We would like to wish residents and our customers Ramadan Kareem. Sweets and desserts are an essential part of every meal and especially a sign of hospitality to visitors during Ramandan. Keeping this element in mind as well as the popular flavours savoured during this time, we wanted to offer our customers something unique. We will also be introducing desserts with low-cal and sugar free options.”

Amna Al Hashly, Managing Director, Blossom Sweets said, “The new flavours incorporate requests from our customers which further reflects our competency and passion to offer exciting and unique desserts. Ramadan is a time of reflection and giving and Blossom Sweets will give five per cent of every sale to Red Cresent Society. We would like all residents and customers to be part of this effort.”

This includes:

  1. Banoffee pie
  2. Chai cake with honey-ginger cream
  3. Baklawa cream with roasted nuts
  4. Kunafa with saffron and rose water cream
  5. Short bread fresh mango tart with frangipane
  6. Rose Mahalabia cheese cake
  7. Date and hazelnut roulade
  8. Sago rice pudding
  9. Sticky date cake with toffee sauce
  10. Short bread mango tart, Bonoffee cups
  11. Arabic coffee pot de cream
  12. Mango cup cake
  13. Falooda cups
  14. Strawberry panna cotta with star anis comport
  15. Apricot kamardine cups
  16. Mini rose water mahalabia cups
  17. Kunafa with cream cups
  18. Skinny fruit cake
  19. Sticky date pudding cups
  20. Sugar Free avocado moose cake

Memsaab Restuarant introduced by Celebrity Chef Anil Kumar and

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Memsaab Restuarant introduced by Celebrity Chef Anil Kumar and his wife Reshmi Kumar is a modern man’s delight that offers diners an exquisite dining experience. The cuisine of Memsaab reflects a diversity of taste and culture of India. The restaurant managed by a team of skilled chefs, produces flavoursome and artistic dishes from the finest /fresh produce.

From June 1st – 5th Memsaab will observe World Environment & International Children Day. Memsaab supports sustainable food campaign with its no Hammour and Kingfish policy to prevent over fishing. Together with not cooking endangered species, Memsaab will continue to observe minimum waste at the restaurant and educate its customer on trying other alternatives.

In addition, Memsaab will take the opportunity to educate today’s young mind on the importance of conserving the environment. The restaurant will offer a free surprise or vouchers to all kids below the age of 12; who show their creativity on saving the planet. All entries (sketch, poem, video, etc.) can be submitted on .

Celebrity Chef Launches Contemporary Indian Restaurant ‘Memsaab’

DA2_0090Renowned celebrity Chef Anil Kumar introduces ‘Memsaab’, (Located at the Waterfront Area next to the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeriah
Lake Towers) that guarantees diners an artistic culinary escapade and a modern taste of India. Having cooked for eminent personalities/ celebrities; Chef Anil is known for his ‘Simple and Smart Cooking’ style that tantalizes ones eye and palate.

The cuisine offers a modern touch to traditional Indian curries, tandoors and desserts. Giving prime focus to wellness, most to of the dishes are prepared using the freshest produce and no/less oil. Some of the Chef’s signature dishes include Lucknowi Lamb Kebab, Mutton Korma Badami, Giant Portobello Mushrooms with pickled spices cooked in the Tandoor. The kitchen also promises to offer ‘gluten-free’, ‘lactose-free’ and ‘vegan’ dishes to suit diner’s dietary requirement on an advance notice. Most dishes are presented/ plated live in front of guests for a complete culinary experience. Themed around calm and serene ambience, the restaurant is perfect to relax and enjoy a meal with family and friends.

“The humble profession of cooking took me around the world to more than 20 countries, helping me garner in-depth knowledge of various cuisines and create my own culinary delights,” said Chef Anil Kumar, Culinary Director of Memsaab. “I am ecstatic to introduce my restaurant that exhibits my passion and experience. The menu reflects diversity of food/cooking styles that will satisfy taste buds of every guest or nationality. Dishes are prepared with real an artistic flair by my team and myself to offer a fresh, healthy and yet delectable food.”

Being environmentally conscious, Memsaab extends its efforts within the restaurant to minimise wastage. The restaurant does not serve Hammour on the menu, which is in line with Dubai’s initiatives to preserve Hammour from extinction. In addition, the restaurant sources products that are eco-friendly such as the compressed smoke free charcoal from Australia; to prevent any carbon/toxic trace going into the food.