Insider Diner on the UAE Food Scene for November
Dubai's First Outdoor-Only Restaurant?
I think we may just have Dubai's first al fresco-only licensed restaurant. Zeta (not be confused with its namesake bar in London) is now open at The Address Downtown Dubai's pool deck overlooking the Burj Khalifa and its fountains. The cuisine is Asian fusion and is served family-style, across both table and lounge seating. Get there now and enjoy a balmy lunch or dinner.
INFO: Daily 12noon-12midnight daily, The Address Downtown Dubai. 04 888 3444, email@example.com
Another much-anticipated eatery has opened its doors. The ex-Table 9 chef duo Scott Price and Nick Alvis are now helming their first café at Mercato mall – with another familiar face, Viktorija Paplauskiene in charge of front-of-house. The menu is modern European and you will spot some similarities to their Table 9 menu including dishes listed by ingredients. On the other hand, there are some differences; mason jars brimming with pâtés and served with toasted rustic bread; and herb flavoured waters – all made in-house.
INFO: 8am–10pm daily, Mercato Mall, Opposite Spinney's, 04 344 4161, www.facebook.com/TasteKitchenDubai
The Door Unlocks at Clé
First to arrive was Colin Clague's Q'bara, then Silvena Rowe's Omnia Gourmet, and now we have another modern Middle Eastern restaurant; Lebanese-Australian chef Greg Malouf has finally opened Clé at DIFC. With a stark, all-black corridor of an interior, with maze-like corners, you would be forgiven for thinking you're in a nightclub. Expect the Middle Eastern influence infused into the food, not the décor.
INFO:12noon–2am daily, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, 04 3525150, firstname.lastname@example.org