No fewer than 32 countries are represented in the World Cup, each with its own unique cuisine, and many UAE restaurants are coming up with creative menus to match. Gourmet Editor Jasmine Bandali and Ahlan! Features Editor Lauren present their pick of the culinary players…
1. La Terrazza
The footy-themed menu contains such dishes as Alfonso’s Favourite (patatas bravas, Dhs45) from Spain, ‘Ronaldo’s Legs’ (peri-peri chicken lollipops, Dhs55) from Portugal, and, from France, ‘This is not Hollande’ (crumbed Brie bites, Dhs55), among other tapas.
INFO: 12.30pm-3am daily, Amwaj Rotana, JBR The Walk, Dubai Marina, 04 428 2000, www.rotana.com/amwajrotana
2 Salero Tapas & Bodega
A number of specials will be served, each inspired by different countries, from British fish ‘n’ chips to German fave veal schnitzel and Mexican quesadillas, as well as specially created cocktails.
INFO: 8pm-12midnight daily, until Sun 13 Jul, dishes Dhs85, cocktails Dhs40-65, Dhs150 minimum spend, ground floor, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, 04 409 5888, www.facebook.com/salerotapasbodega
3 Kris Kros
This downtown haunt is offering six set menus inspired by dishes from the Mediterranean, Americas and Asia. It’ll be screening matches into the early hours – catch games that kick off as late as 2am.
INFO: 9.30am-11.30pm daily, closes 12midnight Thu-Fri and at 4am on match nights, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, 04 453 9994, www.facebook.com/KrisKrosUAE, www.kriskros.com
This British-themed pub is offering FIFA burgers and British faves such as steak and kidney pie. There’ll also be bucket deals, happy hours and more, as well as six screens showcasing the games at 8pm, 11pm and 2am.
INFO: Drinks from Dhs25, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR The Walk, Dubai Marina, 04 814 5590, firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Café Habana
This cosy Cuban restaurant’s opening late on match nights, so get into the Latin spirit by sampling signature dishes on its Viva la FIFA menu. There’s a number of combo deals on offer.
INFO: Half-pint of hops with two courses Dhs95, or three courses Dhs125, 12noon-2am daily, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 04 422 2620, www.cafe-habana.com
6 The Chelsea Arms Pub
As Dubai’s first sports pub, the deal here is a real celebration of the beautiful game with a two-for-one happy hour daily from 4pm-9pm and hops bucket deals (with or without a snack platter), and if you wear your team’s colours during the match, you’ll get a further 20 per cent off. Yay!
INFO: Deals start at Dhs120, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, 04 207 1721, www.sheratondubaicreek.com