Gourmet May Trends

Foodie and restaurant guru Samantha Wood has her finger on the pulse of the UAE culinary scene – never miss a beat with her monthly Gourmet guide.
Friday , 18 May 2012
Gary Rhodes joins the tea team
Gary Rhodes joins the tea team
Mix business and pleasure at Make
Mix business and pleasure at Make
Andy campbell
Andy campbell
Time for tomatoes
Time for tomatoes

A CUPPA WITH GARY
We’ve seen a host of Michelin star chefs descend on the UAE in the last few months – all for lunches and dinners. But now, thanks to media darling Gary Rhodes, we have our first Michelin-starred afternoon tea in Dubai. One can now partake in the quintessential English ritual at Rhodes in Residence in Grosvenor House’s Tower Two. true to tradition, expect finger sandwiches, freshly baked cakes, pastries and Gary’s miniature light, fluffy and warm scones, made famous as petit fours at Mezzanine. The menu features a good tea leaf selection, including hard-to-find smokey Lapsang Souchong, as well as Gosset and Taittinger Rosé bubbles should you wish.
INFO: Afternoon tea packages from Dhs150 to Dhs275, with afternoon tea served between 3pm and 6pm, 04 317 6000.

GOOD FOOD WITH YOUR WI-FI
We seem to have spotted a teeny trend with funky cafes opening up in business hubs. Creating the trend was Shelter in Al Quoz, then Pavilion in Downtown Dubai and now there’s Make in Dubai Marina, just behind JBR Walk. With free Wi-Fi and plenty of desk stations in a very minimalist and modern iStyle design, anyone can walk in, work away on their laptop and have a bite to eat in the cafe or at their desk. All you pay for is your food and drink. It’s worth heading to Make just for the food – lemon soufflé hotcakes with fresh seasonal strawberries for brekkie, and if you’re grabbing lunch, opt for the seared tuna salad with soy-mirin dressing. The dishes are perhaps a little pricey given the portions verge on the small side, but since you’re not paying for use of the premises all day long, we reckon it’s a bargain.

SUPPER CLUB RULES
The supper club concept appears to be infiltrating Dubai – first it was Embassy shipping in its London diner, now private chefs are creating their own version. Brit chef for hire Andy Campbell has launched his own supper club at Dubai World Trade Centre’s rooftop restaurant. Once a month you and your friends can choose three courses from a selection of Arabian-inspired international dishes, paired with vino, while taking in Sheikh Zayed Road’s breathtaking nocturnal skyline.
INFO: Dhs195, including soft drinks and Dhs250 with paired vinos for a three-course meal, 8pm to 11pm, 33rd floor, Dubai World Trade Centre, 04 309 7979, wtc@dwtc.com.

What’s in Season?
For veggies, look out for artichoke, asparagus, aubergine, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, lamb’s lettuce, radish, spinach, watercress and new potatoes. As for fruit, it’s raspberry and strawberry season – plus tomato, which is in fact a fruit!

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