Mustard oil finds favour with international chefs

Mustard oil finds favour with international chefs

Menu Mustard oil finds favour with international chefs New Delhi, May 7 : It’s hard to beat for its versatility – as a cooking medium, as a dressing, as a preservative and for body massage.More importantly, it has gained global recognition in the past few years, with its market further segmented on the basis of regions; a recent report by Transparency Market Research indicates growing acceptance across North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific excluding Japan, and the Middle East and Africa.On the basis of regions, mustard oil has higher market demand in Asia-Pacific region which includes India, Thailand and China due to its huge consumption in food.The North America market is expected to expand with a relatively higher CAGR due to its preference as an essential oil in various industrial applications, the report says.Vivek Puri, the Managing Director of Puri Oil Mills Ltd which manufactures P Mark Mustard Oil, told IANS: “The surge in the acceptance of mustard oil as a healthy cooking medium would also explain the advent of many multinational corporations in a segment that has traditionally been dominated by SME players.India needs to learn from countries like Malaysia and Italy who have managed to sell their edible oil worldwide, which in return has contributed to their economy.Indian mustard oil has the potential to reduce imports of edible oil and can save valuable foreign exchange.What palm oil is for Malaysia, olive oil for Italy and soya oil for America, mustard oil can be for India.” “Mustard oil has both culinary and therapeutic uses.It contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and has low content of saturated fats. Mustard oil not only enhances the taste and flavour of food but it also cures many diseases related to skin, joint, muscles and heart.In cooking, it is used for marination, in salads, for frying and for the purpose of preservation,” Chef Shimomura Kazuya, Head Chef at Megu, the Japanese fine diner at the Leela Palace New Delhi, told IANS.”A few people avoid it because of its pungent flavour and smell and it takes a while to get used to it.As far as I know, this oil is used in both Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. It is sparsely used in daily cooking these days but if used regularly, it’s a great product to prepare dishes differently,” Kazuya added.”Cooking with mustard oil has many benefits; it contains rich amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFA and PUFA) as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.These fats are good as they lower the risk of developing ischemic heart disease by almost half. Mustard oil also has cancer-fighting properties. Food cooked in mustard oil enhances its flavour,” Rajesh Khanna, F (and) B Head, The Metropolitan Hotel (and) Spa, New Delhi, told IANS.Due to its pungent taste, mustard oil works as a taste enhancer in Bengali dishes like Machher Jhol, Jhal Muri and Muri Ghonto to mention just a few.”It is a powerful natural stimulant. It improves digestion and appetite by stimulating digestive juices and bile in the liver and spleen. It is seen that while cooking, the oil behaves differently when heated, it changes texture, colour and taste; it also has nutritional properties.”So, while cooking, we should take care not to overheat it as over cooking may destroy some useful nutrients and form harmful compounds.It is also known to be one of the healthiest oils in the market. It has multi-purpose usage, you use it for cooking, in medicine, or as an ingredient in your beauty routine, and you will not be disappointed,” Khanna added.For those who have grown up or lived in places like Bengal, Bihar, Kashmir, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, mustard oil is a familiar taste.But in the last decade or so, many non-traditional mustard oil consumers have started using this oil, attracted by a positive buzz circulating across various media and on social media.This can be traced to a study conducted jointly by the Harvard School of Medicine, Boston; the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; and St.John’s Hospital, Bengaluru. The report was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The initiative examined Indian dietary habits and their correlation with heart disease, and found that the use of mustard oil as the primary cooking medium (particularly for deep frying) could reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) by as much as 71 per cent.This made many non-mustard oil consumers sit up and take notice, especially since heart disease was already rampaging through large sections of the population.Also focusing on the MUFA and PUFA aspects, Arvind Das, Head of Cardiology at Max Hospital, Gurugram, suggested that ground-at-home mustard oil has fatty acids that are important in “getting bad cholesterol” down.The good old ‘sarson ka tel’ also has a high smoking point, almost as high as 250 degrees Celsius.What’s so good about that? Because it doesn’t burn so easily, it’s ideal for Indian cuisine obsessed with deep frying and heating.”We grew up with mustard oil in our homes. There was the regular ‘kache ghani ka tel’ (cold-pressed oil extracted from mustard seeds that’s good for cooking).”Not just cooking, it is also good for preservatives. Most pickles are preserved in mustard oil,” said Rakesh Sethi, Corporate Executive Chef at Radisson Hotel Group, South Asia, told IANS.And what would burgers, pizzas and salads be without a dash – or even dollops – of mustard? It’s even giving the traditional ketchup a run for its money.In fact, at many QSRs you’ll notice the mustard dispensers being refilled faster than the others.As for its therapeutic values, mustard oil is considered a natural sunscreen when applied externally; mixed with coconut oil, it makes for a complete head massage; and acts as an anti-bacterial.At the bottom line, let’s not forget that mustard oil has been a perennial hit in the rural areas due to its easy availability and ease of processing.”Nothing can beat mustard oil when it comes to traditional Indian cooking. Indian cooking takes time and mustard oil is the ideal medium as the food has to stay on the fire for a longer time,” Dushyant Singh, who runs the OTH (and) Rustic Kitchen in Jaipur, told IANS.Dr Ripen Gupta, a senior cardiologist at Max Hospital in Vasant Kunj, had the last word. “Consumption of about 600-700 ml of mustard oil per month is ideal. Taken daily, it comes down to one teaspoon a meal. It’s good for your heart.” Gupta told IANS. What are you waiting for then? Mustard oil’s the way to go!–IANSsj-vm/am/mr. Source: IANS

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Ulundhu kali Recipe | Urad Dal Kali Recipe

Print Recipe Ulundhu kali is south Indian delight which is high in protein,low in fat and very good for women which helps to strengthen hip bones. One of the most healthy dishes given especially to girls. Its traditionally eaten with jaggery and gingelly oil. Especially when a girl reaches her puberty age, this is one such nutritional rich laddo that will be tasty as well as so healthy that gives her enough strength to manage her rest of her days especially during the period days as well as during pregnancy. Women need more strength in her in every stage of her life. Starting from the first periods, during pregnancy, menopause and what not… Women has always been expected to have superpower to manage everything in her life. Most of the time, we are putting our health as the least priority and put the rest of our responsibly as top priority. Thats why I feel God has given us more strength, stamina and courage. To keep what’s good in us, we need to eat healthy, stay fit and be positive. Our ancestors have found out many healthy recipes that keeps us healthy. Till our previous generations, we just followed what has been passed on to us from our older generations. But now, our children, the current and future generations, always question about everything. The first thing they ask if we try to say anything is “Why?”. I know asking “Why”, is healthy, but for some things, we don’t have answers as we blindly follow what’s passed on to us. We should educate ourselves and pass on these healthy recipes to the next generation and make them understand, eating healthy is the easiest way to stay healthy and fit. Urad Dal Benefits Urad dal has more health benefits. Our older generations have used urad dal in any possible ways to make it part of our regular diet. We use Urad dal and make Idli/Dosa, Vada. Even in very small quantities as part of the tempering process, Urad dal will be an integral part of the South Indian Kitchen. My grandma used to make this Ulundu kali (Uluthangkali) as an evening snack. She makes a small gooseberry size ball out of this kali and gave it to us. I guess those days are just keeping me more healthier in this genetically modified food world. Recipe Card: Ulundhu kali Recipe | Urad Dal Kali Recipe Course: Healthy Recipes, Sweet Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamilnadu Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Iftar in Dubai: 101 places to eat out in Ramadan 2019

Image Credit: Supplied Ramadan is a time to reconnect with your loved ones over delicious food.
This list will keep growing every day, so come back to check any updates
Dh50 and less Alfeniq Image Credit: Supplied
The recently opened neighbourhood eatery is serving up comfort cuisine from Lebanon and Syria this Ramadan with a three-course offering at its Jumeirah Lake Towers restaurant, as well as the newly-opened Barsha Heights outlet. The menu, which starts at Dh45 for solo diners and at Dh88 for couples, features a selection of soups, hot and cold mezzas, main courses, dessert and beverages and has been created to bring together families and friends. The menu features a choice of traditional Lentil Soup or the soup of the day complemented by cold mezza of fattoush and hummus, one hot mezza (mixed pastries or spicy potatoes or spicy sausages), one main course such as rice with chicken or meat, mixed grill, shrimp pasta, Ramadan beverages like jallab, tamr hendi, amarlden, laban and sweet treats such as creme caramel, umm ali, muhallebia, rice pudding and kunafa.
Location: Cluster D, Jumeirah Lake Towers or Two Towers, Barsha Heights
Cost: Dh45 per person at JLT, Dh53 at the new Barsha Heights restaurant. Dh88 for couples at the Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dh99 at the Barsha Heights outlet.
Timings: Daily from sunset until 12am in JLT, and until 4am in Barsha Heights
Nando’s South African restaurant chain Nando’s, is hosting a special iftar meal deal for two and four people. The Nando’s iftar will start off with dates and water, followed by hummus and pita bread; rounded off with a flame-grilled peri-peri full chicken, chicken espetada, four chicken wings, served with Mediterranean salad, peri-peri chips, peri-peri wedges, spicy rice and coleslaw. Add your favourite beverage from a choice of a fresh sparkling Apple, made with real apple juice and a sweet and fizzy pomegranate lemonade, the Madeira Red, a punchy pomegranate made with lemon, mint and topped with ice cold sprite or bottomless soft drinks.
Location: Multiple locations in Dubai
Cost: Dh49 per person (minimum 4 people required) Dh199 for 4 people,
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Dh50 and more Mitra, The Indian Fusion Bistro, With impressive views of the Dubai Creel, the Indian fusion restaurant is serving a buffet for iftar and suhoor all through Ramadan. The buffet menu includes a four-course spread of drinks, starters, mains and desserts. Must try dishes include kurkurey kathi kebabs, Chaar Minari biryani, dhaba balti ghosh and kasory wali phirnee.
Location: Al Seef
Price: Dh99 for adults and Dh69 for kids between 5-10 years.
Timings: Iftar from sunset, followed by suhoor until 2am.
Pizza Express The pizza spot is offering unlimited starters and one main as well as one drink throughout Ramadan.
Location: All Pizza Express locations
Price: Dh65 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
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The Australian all-day dining chain offers an affordable three-course iftar menu that brings traditional dishes of the Middle East to the table.
Location: Multiple locations around Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.
Cost: Dh85 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
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Sikka café, an eclectic eatery at City Walk, La Mer and Last Exit – Al Khawaneej is offering an authentic feast this Ramadan. SIKKA will offer a set menu which showcases local, Indian and Persian cuisines, embracing flavours that Emiratis have appreciated for over a century. To end the fast diners will be offered traditional dates as well as sweet and tangy dried apricots. The iftar begins with a choice of homemade soup and cold and hot mezze including moutabel, mast-o-khiar, pakora and mixed sambousek, accompanied by warm Arabic breads fresh from the oven. For the main course guests can have chicken biryani, harees meat and a mixed grill of joojeh kebab, koobideh and chicken tikka. To finish umm ali, legaimat and katayef cheesecake are offered to share.
Location: La Mer & Last Exit – Al Khawaneej
Cost: Dh99 per person
Timing: Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
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The Hot Honey Chick’n is a new limited-time burger launched in May just in time for Ramadan. The burger is a spicy take on Shake Shack’s classic Hot Chick’n burger. The burger patty is made out of natural chicken breast seasoned, crisped and tossed in a hot honey sauce. To add some crunch, the chicken sits atop a slaw made from crisp apples, cabbage and bits of cherry peppers, served in a potato bun.
Location: All Shake Shack venues in the UAE
Cost: Dh36 for the burger, Dh18 for the French fries, Dh15 for a lemonade
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
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Fuchsia Urban Thai is offering a contemporary Thai iftar menu and a special Ramadan vegan menu throughout the month. With spices specially sourced from Thailand and sauces made from scratch regularly, expect Thai favorites with a twist like their fried wok quinoa, special house blend green curry with chicken, Massaman curry with beef and more.
Location: Bay Square, Business Bay & Barsha Heights
Cost: Dh89 per person and Dh75 for vegans
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Shakespeare and Co. The home grown restaurant and cafe are offering a special four course set menu made up of their most popular soups, salads and main courses, topped off with your choice of one of their individual cakes from the pastry display. The iftar is inclusive of house water and dates on arrival.
Location: All Dubai Locations
Cost: Dh99 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
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The newly opened French bistro is offering a four course set menu iftar this Ramadan. The iftar starts off with dates and Ramadan beverages served to your table, followed by a choice of soup, including lentil soup, or a cold gaspacho aux legumes soup, served with granny smith apples, feta cheese crumbles and pickled onions. You then get to have two salads, including a tomato and halloumi salad, as well as a chicken quinoa salad, made with baby rocket leaves and quinoa topped with grilled chicken, yellow pepper, cucumber and feta cheese. For your main course, try a steak et frites with a mushroom sauce, a grilled salmed served with spinach mashed potato or roasted chicken breast, tagliatelle pasta with cream of morels and olive oil. End your meal with a choice of desserts, including a fresh fruit salad, a safron and black Sesame with orange and nuts, or their signature dessert, the Tarte Litchi et Rose, a pink marshmallow dessert.
Location: Bluewater Island
Cost: Dh99 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Gürkan Şef The authentic Turkish steakhouse, Gürkan Şef is launching an Iftar set menus throughout the month of Ramadan. The Iftar set menu features a four course meal.
Location: City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai
Cost: Dh99 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
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The American steakhouse if offering two options during Ramadan. A iftar buffet spread for Dh75 per person or a set menu for Dh99 per person.
Location: Ibn Baattuta Mall, Jebel Ali
Cost: Dh75 for a buffet, Dh99 for a set menu
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Taqado Mexican Kitchen Taqado is offering a proper family meal for four,which includes two large burritos, twi kids burritos and four soft drinks.
Location: All Dubai locations
Cost: Dh99 for 4 people
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Zaferan (Buffet) The Iranian restaurant at Ibn Battuta is offering a Persian buffet for Dh80 per person, or you can benefit from 25 per cent off on a la carte dining.
Location: Ibn Battuta, Jebel Ali
Cost: Dh80 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 2am
Paul The bistro is offering a special Ramadan set menu featuring French gastronomic fare. Options include salads, soup and a main course.
Location: All Paul locations in UAE
Cost: Dh99 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
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The Hyatt Place in Al Rigga and the newly opened Hyatt Place at Wasl District offers family and friends a spread of traditional and international dishes this Ramadan. Both properties will start the dining experience with traditional Harira and Adas soups, followed by cold mezzes including tabouleh, fattoush, hummus and labneh bil zaatar. Main courses will pay homage to local dishes, alongside popular internationally inspired cuisines: mixed grills, Dal tadka, spaghetti with cream sauce and penne arrabbiata. The carving station will also be slicing up baked fish, and lamb ouzzi. Ending things on a sweet note are local and regional sweets, fruit and dates, as well as a range of cakes and desserts.
Location: Gallery Café at Hyatt Place/Al Rigga and Hyatt Place in Wasl District
Cost: iftar spread at Hyatt Place/Al Rigga is Costd at Dh79 per person, while Hyatt Place in Wasl District will serve up its iftar offering for Dh60 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, will cater to the local audience this Ramadan. End your fast with a special iftar meal,which will include a meat platter, two sides of your choice, a bowl of lentil soup, three dates and one bottle of water .
Location: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Ground Floor, Rimal Residence, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Cost: Dh69 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset until 3am
Cuisines at Ramada Jumeirah (Buffet) Ramada Jumeirah Hotel will host an iftar buffet of locally inspired food and beverages. As well as traditional Arabic performances on selected nights.
Location: Cuisines restaurant Ramada Jumeirah, 2nd of December Street
Cost: Dh99 per person, Dh50 for children under 12 years
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Khofo (Buffet) Khofo, Dubai’s first pharaonic themed restaurant located at Al Seef invites you to try in an iftar buffet and a special Suhoor menu which includes a wide range of traditional dishes, live cooking stations and sweets, prepared for the occasion of Ramadan. Celebrate with a grand iftar gala buffet created to bring families, friends and colleagues together as the restaurant offers one complimentary Iftar buffet with every 4 adults buffet ticket.
Location: Khofo Restaurant, Al Seef
Cost: Dh99 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 11pm
California Pizza Kitchen This year, all through Ramadan, CPK is offering a set menu iftar. Diners can choose from soups and salads, and also make their selection from the main menu – appetizers, mains, and desserts.
Location: All CPK venues in Dubai
Cost: Dh 99 per person
Timings: Daily from Sunset onwards
Dh100 and more Couqley French Bistro Image Credit: Supplied
To experience a different kind of French flair from Beirut this Ramadan, Couqley are offering a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy good French food. Enjoy a three-course meal including a selection of appetisers as well as different types of mains. Their pièce de résistance, the Steak Frites, is also included in the menu. Finish the meal in true French-fashion with a selection of classic desserts like Pain Perdu, Chocolate Mousse or a Chocolate Fondant that is made with dark chocolate with a serving of vanilla ice cream, fresh berries and a touch of mint.
Location: JLT, Cluster A (beside Movenpick Hotel)
Price: Dh139 person
Timing: Daily from sunset until 8pm
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Experience traditional dishes just like you would make them at home. Head to Azkadenya this Ramadan and enjoy their buffet. End your fast with a selection of Middle Eastern appetizers before proceeding for your main course. Supplement your meal with Ramadan juices and finish off with sweet desserts.
Location: Mercato Mall, Mall of the Emirates
Cost: Dh129 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Hitchki Offering up a nostalgic experience with a twist, the eatery located inside the Grand Millennium Al Barsha, has created a special Ramadan menu. The iftar feast begins with assorted dates and water laid out on the tables, ready for ending the fast. The meal begins with a Man Cha Wo Wanton soup. Next up a kale and avocado salad, followed by an array of starters is served to the table. For mains, you’ll be invited to choose a dish from a wide selection of options. Dessert includes a Banoffee Bomb made with caramelised banana, date cake and toffee sauce meddle together, as well as a Lotus Milk Cake, a firm favourite for those looking to indulge.
Location: Hitchki – Lobby Level, The Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai
Cost: Dh115 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
The Kasap The Kasp is offering a Turkish iftar meal. The dinner kicks off with complimentary pita bread, laban and pickles.
Location: Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali
Cost: Dh139 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 2am
Verdura (Buffet) The Italian spot will offer a Mediterranean buffet with some Middle Eastern dishes and beverages.
Location: Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali
Cost: Dh120 per person and 50 per cent off for children between 6 to 12 years of age
Timings: Daily from sunset to 2am
Carluccio’s Enjoy a two-course Italian meal including an apetiser and a main, or a three course Italian meal including dessert. The meal will start with complementary.
Location: All 9 outlets in UAE
Cost: Dh89 per person for two courses, or three courses for Dh109
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
800 Pizza 800 Degrees Pizzeria launches an iftar menu for Ramadan offering Dynamite Shrimps at Dh49 is made with crisp fried shrimp coated with dripping tangy spiced mayonnaise and garnished with spring onions on a bed of crunchy Romaine lettuce. 800 Degrees is also offering an Italian favourite, Pollo alla Cacciation Cost at Dh69 for the main course. This traditional Italian stew is cooked with chicken, mushrooms, red capsicum, olives and capers to create a Mediterranean-inspired dish. It is served with a side of creamy mashed potatoes. For dessert try the Pannacotta with Mandarin is at Dh24.
Location: 800 Degrees Pizzeria Mall of the Emirates and Me’aisem City Center
Cost: Around Dh 120 for a three course meal
Time: Daily from sunset to 2am
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This Ramadan, Burger & Lobster will offer the top B&L signature dishes in one five course set menu. Try the classic cheeseburger, the mini shrimp roll, and a half pounder of lobster prepared for a filling iftar. End with a Tres Leches for the sweet finish.
Location: Burj Daman Building, 312 Al Sa’ada St, Dubai
Cost: Dh149 for a five course meal
Timings: Weekdays from sunset to 12am and weekends from sunset to 2am
Lemon Pepper Restaurant A selection of Arabic and international dishes are available for iftar and suhoor. iftar at Lemon Pepper Restaurant includes a special a la carte menu of local, regional and international cuisine accompanied by refreshing Ramadan beverages and the classic desserts.
Location: M Hotel Downtown by Millennium
Price: Dh110 per person for iftar; suhoor from Dh100 per person.
Timings: Daily from sunset to 11pm
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End your fast Mexican style, with Muchachas. Start off with guacamole, chicken wings, and seasonal fruit with dates, while enjoying mouth-watering mocktails, soft drinks and water. Follow up the appetisers by selecting any three from a choice of pescado, shrimp sope, chicken quesadillas, piquillo and black bean quesadillas, gringo nachos, corn on the cob, zucchini tostada, veal sope, and emparedado. You then get a selection of tasty tacos. Choose any three you want from a selection of chicken, beef, avocado, crab, shrimp, and piquillo tacos. Top it all off with a selection of desserts, including churros, mahalabia and apple taquitos.
Location: Holiday Inn Express in Al Safa
Cost: Dh149 per person for a 4-course iftar menu
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Bounty Beets Head down to Bounty Beets to recharge and detox this Ramadan. Bounty Beets is the place where iftar will be a cleanse of the body with a special iftar offering. Guests can enjoy a healthy four-course meal inclusive of tea and fresh juices, or for an extra shot of goodness, specially crafted health beverages.
Location: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Cost: Dh120 per person
Timings: Daily from Sunset onwards
Walnut Grove Walnut Grove, the South African concept has specially crafted a three course iftar menu and dessert box for everyone to enjoy with their loved ones throughout the month of Ramadan. The Iftar set menu will be available throughout the month of Ramadan.
Location: City Walk- phase 2, Al Safa, Dubai & The Dubai Mall, Ground floor
Cost: Dh129 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Al Mashowa (Buffet) The authentic Emirati restaurant located in City Walk, is marking this Ramadan with a menu presenting all locally-sourced produce and spices. Start the meal with a selection of cold drinks and dates to end the fast, followed by cold and warm mezze including vegetable and cheese sambousak, hummus, moutabel, fattoush and bakora. For the mains, the eatery will offer a choice of dishes created using time-honoured family recipes, such as harees meat, arseyah diyay, vegetable salona and marak khodar. The highlight of the menu will be the restaurant’s famous lamb harees, marak semach, fish foga, bameih bil lahem, lamb kofta and more. For the dessert, guests will have the chance to choose from a wide variety of traditional desserts including kalaj, katayef with cheese, kunafa and its Emirati dessert and logeimat.
Location: City Walk
Cost: Dh132 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Aloft City Centre Deira (Buffet) Spend the month of Ramadan with friends and family at The Canteen, Aloft City Centre Deira. Enjoy a Ramadan experience with great views of the Dubai Creek. Have an iftar buffet at The Canteen with dishes inspired by Middle Eastern cuisines such as slow-roasted lamb ouzi with rice along with refreshing Ramadan-inspired beverages including Jallab, coffees and teas.
Location: The Canteen, 2nd Floor at Aloft City Centre Deira
Cost: Dh149 per adult, 50 per cent off for children between 6 and 12 years old, and free for kids under the age of 6 years old
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
JA Ocean View Hotel (Buffet) During Ramadan, the stylish hotel will host a buffet at the Le Rivage restaurant featuring traditional Ramadan favourites such as mixed grill, biryani and chicken molokhiyah.
Location: JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR Walk, Dubai
Cost: Dh145 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 10pm
Dh150 and more The Market Enjoy a special set iftar menu this Ramadan at The Market, a Turkish restaurant that promises a traditional journey around Turkey with a rich selection of dishes to choose from. The meal starts off with white Ezine cheese, and a plate of Bal Kaymak, honey and clotted cream, which is a must try. Other starters on the table include authentic Yaprak Sarma grape leaves stuffed with special seasoned rice and pine nuts topped with olive oil. And the king of traditional Turkish salads, the Gavurdagi Salatasi, a combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley and walnuts, served with pomegranate sauce. The hot appetizers include the vegetable Muhamara, Babaganuj, mashed grilled eggplants, probably the most requested dish at The Market. Alongside the warm appetisers, you can have a cheese and leak pide, a thick doughy pastry stuffed with leaks and feta cheese or Turkish kashar cheese. The Ramadan mains will include Turkish steaks, Kasap Kofte a mixture of ground beef and lamb seasoned with spicy peppers, tomatoes and Kuzu Pirzola, which are lamb chops with herbs, rice and vegetables.
Finally, for dessert expect the Irmik Helvasi, a traditional semolina dessert shared and cooked in every household in Turkey, and the dessert for weddings and birth celebrations, the Firin Sutlaç rice pudding.
The Market has a terrace with sprawling views of the city, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall Fountain.
Location: Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue, Downtown Dubai
Cost: iftar set menu Dh187 per person
Timings: Open Daily from sunset onwards
Majlis at Dubai World Trade Centre (Buffet) Situated in the heart of Dubai’s central business district, the Majlis at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) brings a classical Arabian atmosphere with traditional cuisine to enjoy this Ramadan. The Majlis offers a vast menu selection to experience the traditional Arabic cuisine and hospitality in an Arabesque setting.
Location: Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre
Cost: Dh165 per person and Dh85 for children aged 6-12years
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Les Cuisines Restaurant at Sofitel Image Credit: Supplied
Enjoy a lavish, flavorful Iftar meal as you unwind this Ramadan at Les Cuisines, with modern décor and inviting atmosphere.
Location: Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Price: Dh159 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
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This Ramadan, Reel Cinemas is offering a diverse choice of culinary selections along with a movie to watch. Valid all days of the week, enjoy a selection of high end dishes at the Platinum Suites at The Dubai Mall.
Location: Reel Cinemas – The Dubai Mall
Cost: Dh198 inclusive of a movie and a 3-course meal
Timings: Daily from sunst onwards
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The ballroom will be transformed into a contemporary Arabian space representing the spirit of Ramadan. Choose from their carefully selected, iftar menus as you and your guests a fusion of modern and traditional.
Location: Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Cost: Dh175 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Crescent Nights by EAT Catering (Alternative iftar Pop Up)
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Crescent Nights is a pop-up concept conceptualized by EAT Catering, a catering and events company, to celebrate the month of Ramadan. A special iftar set menu has been carefully crafted to make the Ramadan celebration an enjoyable moment. From grass-fed Angus meatball fatteh to thyme-infused roasted free range chicken with lemon all the way to creative sweet endings like saffron and pistachio pancakes or maple date cake are all available within the iftar menu which children and adults alike can enjoy.
Location: Building no. 10, City Walk
Cost: Dh175 per person excluding beverages
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
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Sumo Sushi & Bento is serving a few different set iftar menus for two people. Available across all Sumo locations in the UAE, the set menus will come in three different combinations to make sure everyone finds a combo that they love. The set menu includes soup, an appetizer, a main and dessert with tea.
Location: all Sumo Sushi and Bento locations in the UAE
Cost: Dh179 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 12am
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (Buffet) The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is hosting a Ramadan iftar buffet at their Serdaal Ballroom and outdoor terrace. A traditional iftar buffet offers a selection of dishes, accompanied by the sound and buzz of live entertainment.
Location: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina Serdaal Ballroom and Terrace
Cost: Dh155 per person Dh55 per child under 12, Free for children 6 and under
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9.30pm
V Hotel Dubai This Ramadan, V Hotel Dubai is hosting an iftar at hotel’s Korean Fusion restaurant, Namu. The K-iftar will feature a Korean-style set menu including Namu’s signature dish, bibimbap. The bold and lively eatery has views over Dubai’s water canal, meaning diners can enjoy an amazing sunset when breaking their fast. This alternative iftar is available daily from sunset until midnight throughout Ramadan.
Location: V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton
Cost: Dh155 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
Habtoor Palace (Ramadan Tent) Dine on the green, or close enough, with this iftar in Habtoor Palace’s Ramadan tent located within the property’s gardens. Guests can indulge in an iftar buffet, followed by an a la carte suhoor, with shishas, along with video and board games, including backgammon, known as tawilat alzahr in Arabic. The property also has a private VIP lounge and a complimentary children’s zone.
Location: Habtoor Palace LXR Hotels and Resorts
Cost: Dh165 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
Liwan Restaurant, Swissotel Al Ghurair (Buffet) Ramadan diners visiting Liwan restaurant can enjoy an all-you-can-eat iftar featuring a blend of Arabic, Mediterranean, Indian and International buffet selection. Guests can choose from a selection of Arabic cuisine featuring hot and cold mezzes, salads, dolmas a wide range of succulent meat cooked to perfection, lamb ouzi, sushi counter and all-time favourites such as umm ali, basbusa, Mohalabia, dolma and assortments of Swiss chocolates and pastries. The dessert station will include Arabic Luqaimat. Guests will be entertained all night long by live Oud players.
Location: Swissotel Al Ghurair
Cost: Dh165
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Ramadan at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (Ramadan Tent) Celebrate Ramadan at the QD’s Tent; located at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, overlooking the Creek and Dubai skyline. Enjoy an iftar buffet, featuring an assortment of Arabic dishes and international selections. Highlights include hot and cold mezze, soups and mains like the lamb tajin and maklouba roasted chicken. There will also be a Lamb Ouzi station.
Location: QD’s, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Cost: Dh170 including iftar buffet and selected beverages
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights (Buffet) Image Credit: Supplied
This Ramadan, Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel will offer an iftar buffet with a wide variety of traditional dishes, at the hotel’s Day & Night Restaurant. The iftar features a selection of dates, dry fruits, nuts, soups and salads including fattoush, tabouleh, rocca, shanklish and more. Cold mezzes on offer are vine leaves, Arabic pickles, makdous, hummus and baba ghanoush and special main courses comprise of chicken, lamb, beef and seafood options with a selection of tasty side dishes.
Location: Barsha Heights, Dubai
Cost: Dh180 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Hilton Garden Inn Al Jadaf (Buffet) Somaya, the hotel’s popular all-day-dining restaurant, will serve a daily iftar. Diners can indulge in a range of courses including soups, cold starters and salads, as well as a hot food station and an array of desserts. The property will also offer private iftars for groups over 30 in the ballroom, with prices starting at Dh199 per person.
Location: Al Jadaf, Dubai
Cost: Dh199 for adults, Children under 6 eat free
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Shayan Restaurant, Swissotel Al Ghurair (Buffet) Shayan restaurant will offer guests an authentic Persian iftar buffet of traditional Iranian specialties. This Iranian eatery is great for meat lovers with dishes like the Ash e reshte soup, mirza ghasemi, kashke bademnjan and so on.
Location: Swissotel Al Ghurair
Cost: Dh199 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery (Buffet) Try spending Ramadan at the Middle East’s first wellbeing resort. With every iftar booking each guest can enjoy a confidential and painless complimentary Genetic Test. Enabling wellness experts to provide personalised recommendations for a healthy living according to your DNA results. The Retreat Palm Dubai will welcome guests with an iftar buffet menu served at all-day dining restaurant, Vibe. Including three live cooking stations, date and halawet market, a healthy cold mezze with superfood dressings, as well as signature Ramadan beverages and plates including; authentic lean lamb ouzzi, 48 hours flavour-infused chicken shawarma, fresh manaesh and breads.
Location: Vibe Restaurant, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery
Cost: Dh175 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 11pm
La Maison (Buffet) What’s an iftar without some traditional Arabic treats, followed by a round of board games with near and dear ones? La Maison is hosting a fun evening out until the early hours, especially if you plan on staying on for suhoor.
Location: Royal Central Hotel The Palm
Timings: Iftar from sunset to 10.30pm; suhoor from 10pm until 3am.
Cost: Dh160 per person. Children under 6 years dine free and those between the age of 6 and 12 years eat at half price. Suhoor at Dh120 per person. Dh150 additional for shisha.
3in1 in Vida Downtown This three-day rotation iftar main menu serves dishes such as lamb ouzi, chicken potato, kofta khashkhash, chicken shish taouk and lamb Dawood Bahsa. Guests can also take in a buffet of Mediterranean specialties and beverages. Continue the evening at the open-air terrace, adjacent to the pool with shisha.
Location: Vida Downtown, Dubai
Cost: Dh180 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset until 10pm
The Lounge With a choice of indoor lounge seating or being seated at The Secret Garden, The Lounge offers iftar with a view of the Burj Khalifa. A traditional set menu offers Ramadan beverages, moutabel, cheese and meat sambusak, a choice of mixed grills and Arabic sweets, such as umm ali and mohalabia. Outdoor shisha is also available.
Location: Address Downtown
Price: At Dh180 per person; children 6 to 10 years dine at half off. Kids 5 years and below dine free.
Timings: From sunset to sunrise.
Palermo This family-friendly iftar serves up a buffet of sweet and savoury treats.
Location: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Cost: At Dh155 per person; children 6 to 11 years eat at 50 per cent off dining; children 5 years and below dine for free.
Timings: From sunset to 9pm
The H Dubai During Ramadan, head down to the H Hotel and enjoy an all you can eat iftar called ‘Eat and Meat’ at The H Dubai which includes a traditional daily iftar including Ramadan beverages
Location: H Hotel, Shaikh Zayed Road
Cost: Dh185 per person, Dh90 for kids between 6-14.
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Khaymat Al Bahar (Buffet) Image Credit: Supplied
The family-style Lebanese restaurant at Jumeirah Al Qasr, is embracing Ramadan with a beach-side iftar experience that aims to give back to the community through a partnership with Dubai-based Al Jalila Foundation. The iftar buffet promises a selection of drinks including butter milk, jallab and kamar el din served alongside dates, apricots and figs, followed by a selection of hearty soups and traditional mezze served hot and cold. Main courses being rotated during Ramadan include kofta bel seney (minced lamb dish), mixed grill and djej bil senyeh (baked garlic chicken with potatoes), and international options like baked salmon, vegetable Thai green curry, shrimp masala and baked mushroom pasta.
Location: Khaymat Al Bahar Jumeirah Al Qasr
Cost: Dh195 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset until 10pm
Lima Dubai Lima Dubai, a Peruvian restaurant by the famous Chef Virgilio Martinez, is hosting a Peruvian inspired iftar, offering an alternative way to end the fast this Ramadan. The iftar menu will showcase a selection of signature dishes. Appetisers include traditional dates and a bread basket, served at the table, after which you will be treated to seven dishes designed to share. Highlights include lamb seco: slow cooked lamb shoulder served with Peruvian pumpkin puree, and Lima’s famous chocolate dessert: a heady mix of dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate ice cream and crunch chocolate ‘soil’.
Location: The Square, City Walk
Cost: Dh199 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
Rixos Premium Dubai (Buffet) Rixos Premium Dubai is hosting an Istanbul iftar at Turquoise restaurant. The iftar buffet will have traditional dishes including mezzes, soups, salads and main courses of grilled meats of Turkish and international flavours. A selection of desserts complemented by a choice of Ramadan juices will top off the experience.
Location: Turquoise Restaurant, Rixos Premium JBR
Cost: Dh199 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Toro + KO Toro + KO the Barcelona inspired tapas restaurant is offering an alternative way to end the fast this Ramadan. The curated iftar menu includes a three-course feast of traditional Spanish fair with Boston inspired twists. The menu begins with an introduction to some traditional favourites with a plate of Toro Tapas to share. For main course guests can choose from dishes including Toro’s famous Catalonia style paella made with saffron rice and seasonal vegetables. To finish guests will be treated to a choice of three mouth-watering desserts including Toro’s celebrated churros, served with three enticing sauces, for a perfectly sweet ending.
Location: Toro + Ko, The Square, City Walk
Cost: Dh199 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
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Bice Mare, a fine dining Italian seafood restaurant located by the fountains of Dubai Mall, with views of the Burj Khalifa, offers a special four course iftar menu that they have dubbed “La Famiglia” including Italian mixed dishes with complementary minestrone soup and dates to break the fast.
Location: Level 2, Souk Al Bahar Downtown
Cost: Dh195 per person
Timings: Daily from Sunset to 8.30pm
Dh200 and up HUQQA Huqqa a lounge and restaurant hailing originally from Turkey, invites you to end your fast in a bountiful fashion with a wide-ranging selection of a la carte Turkish and International dishes including hot and cold mezze, deliciously marinated dishes, Turkish coffee, dates, sweets and juices. Some of the dishes offered at the Turkish venue will be cooked live in front of you at Huqqa’s open kitchen, which you can peek into and watch the chef’s full preparation of the iftar dishes. Highlights include the Centil Kepab, Homemade Manti or the Meatballs Bursa or you could go for something healthy like the chargrilled seabass dish or the grilled prawns. Huqqa has a terrace with sprawling views of the city, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall Fountain. The outdoor area is divided up into two sections of smokers and non-smokers, as shisha is served after iftar both indoor and outdoor at Huqqa.
Location: Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue, Downtown Dubai
Cost: A la carte, Approximately Dh220 for two
Timings: Open Daily from sunset onwards
Texas de Brazil Try something different this year when ending your fast in Ramadan. The Churrascaria Iftar at Texas De Brazil is a meat-lovers iftar, with a wide variety of main offerings and sides. This deal allows you to have all-you-can-eat meats and salads. The meal includes a range of juices and soft drink options, and end with some desserts.
Location: Mall of the Emirates
Cost: Dh219 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Chival With a focus on family-style sharing, the Arabic menu by Chef Kinan Ibrahim brings traditional homemade dishes from his childhood in Syria and has curated a culinary journey of Middle Eastern cuisine. Start with a selection of traditional cold mezze, a variety of soups and hot mezze, including spinach fatayer and wood-fired manakish. Main dishes include chicken biryani, lamb shish barak and Iranian mixed grill.
Location: La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
Timings: From sunset onwards.
Price: Dh239 per person, including a selection of juices. Children aged between 6 to 12 years dine at 50 per cent discount
The Restaurant With views of the Burj Khalifa, indulge in a buffet spread for iftar, featuring live cooking stations that serve a myriad of local and global favourites, with shisha is served on the terrace.
Location: Address Boulevard
Timings: From sunset until 9pm.
Price: Dh210 per person; complimentary for children 5 years and under; 50 per cent discount for children between 6 and 11 years old.
Kaleidoscope Serving an international buffet, the restaurant will servce Mediterranean, North African and Indian specialty dishes, alongside a special iftar buffet with live cooking stations.
Location: Atlantis The Palm
Price: Dh215 per person; children from 4-11 years charged Dh107.5.
Timings: 6pm to 8pm
The Atrium A traditional iftar buffet spread, which rotates every week, is on offer, serving soups and salads, hot and cold starters, main course and desserts.
With more than 60 items to choose from, live cooking stations will also be on offer. Meanwhile, live musicians, a kids play area, and a cinema room for children to watch their favourite movies is also available.
Location: Grand Millennium Dubai
Price: Dh199 per person; Dh89 for kids age between 5-10 years. Kids below 5 years dine for free.
Timing: From sunset.
Manava During the month of Ramadan, Manava restaurant is serving traditional local and regional Arabic specialties, along with a wide selection of international dishes, and desserts. Live cooking stations as well.
Location: Sofitel The Palm
Price: Dh195 per person.
Timings: Daily from sunset to 10.30pm
Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai The Indian restaurant has curated an iftar menu that draws inspiration from dishes once savoured by ruler Shah Mir of Northern India to the army kitchens of Tughlaq in Daulatabad, Tamil Nadu. The set-menu includes an Arabic inspired thirst quenchers, the Jelab, made with dates, grape molasses and rose water. The three-course menu includes Qabargaah, Kashmiri style lamb chops, Murgh Angara, a tandoor smoked chicken dish from the Nawab dynasty of Lucknow to Kariveplai Prawn Varuval, a spicy fried prawns dish flavoured with curry leaves. Main course highlights include Baneer Do Biyaza, Jarees, a slow cooked lamb with wheat and caramelised, followed by dessert.
Location: Taj Dubai
Price: Dh195 per person, for a three-course set menu.
Timings: iftar from sunset to 9pm
Asateer Tent (Ramadan Tent) Image Credit: Supplied
Serving iftar and suhoor to more than 60,000 guests during the Ramadan, diners will can enjoy a buffet, with a selection of Arabic favourites such as lamb kebbeh, a shawarma station and mixed grill. The tent also features 10 dessert stations, including a traditional Arabic sweet-making live station, as well as an ice cream station and a chocolate fountain.
There will also be an a la carte menu on offer during suhoor, which will include hot and cold mezze, soup, grilled meat and seafood, Ramadan desserts and a variety of shishas. Visitors will also be treated to live entertainment during suhoor.
Location: Atlantis, The Palm
Price: iftar for Dh220 per person; children 4-11 years dine for Dh110. Suhoor at Dh160 per person, excluding shisha.
Timings: iftar from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Suhoor from 9.45pm to 3am
Fairuz Tent (Ramadan Tent) Back for its third year, Fairuz is serving a traditional iftar buffet and Arabic entertainment. Set within the hotel’s ballroom, the tent is designed in shades of white, blue, with hints of turquoise.
A new addition this year is a fully air-conditioned suhoor tent, offering shisha and a la carte mezze until the early hours.
Location: Fairmont The Palm
Price: iftar priced at Dh215 per person. Children between 6-12 dine at a 50 per cent discount; those below five dine for free. Shisha for Dh90.
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Tagine (Buffet) Experience a Moroccan iftar with a mix of buffet and a la carte options. Dishes include a selection of Moroccan salads, lentil soup, chicken tagine with lemon confit and olives, and sherry fish charmoula, complemented by the sounds of traditional oud and tablah.
Location: One&Only Royal Mirage
Price: Dh230 per person.
Timing: Daily from sunset to 11.30pm
Amaseena (Buffet) Amaseena is the annual Majlis that takes place every year at the Ritz Carlton. The iftar buffet includes hot and cold mezze as well as mains like mandi-cooked lamb, tagine cooked in authentic clay cookware and a spread of nine food stations highlighting Middle Eastern cuisine with dishes from Morocco, Lebanon and Persia as well as international delicacies including Peruvian and Italian.
Location: The Ritz Carlton, Dubai, The Walk JBR, Amaseena Majlis – Lou’ Lou’A Ballroom,
Costs: Dh205 per person
Timing: Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
Café Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai (Buffet) The Ramadan menu at Café Arabesque includes a selection of cold mezza such as tabouleh, fattoush, hummus and okra bil lahmi. The hot mezza section will feature vegetable samosas, safiha shamieh, and sambousek with options for meat and cheese lovers.
Live stations will be offering ouzi with rice, and traditional kibdet dajad, a dish comprising of sautéed chicken liver with onion and olive oil, accompanied with Gozleme and manaeish. Main courses will include Arabic dishes, like oven-roasted hammour with sauteed vegetables, beef kawaj, and Moroccan chicken tagine. Desserts include dates, dry figs and apricots, as well as Turkish delights and more. Fact
Location: Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek
Cost: Dh220 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Queen Elizabeth 2 (Buffet) The original 1960’s Queens Room will be transformed into a Majlis Al Malika at QE2 featuring a backdrop of Arabesque decor and an iftar buffet showcasing Arabic gastronomy. It will feature live stations, grills, salads and hot and cold mezze as well as a full English roast carvery offering Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and all the trimmings.
Location: The Queens Room, QE2, Jumeirah, Port Rashid
Cost: Dh195 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Dh200 and over Azur at Raffles (Buffet) Gather family and friends and enjoy a traditional Arabic feast at Azur. Enjoy an iftar offering including hot and cold mezze, fresh salads, lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grills, as well as a dedicated shawarma, manakish station and a soup and carving stations. A variety of international dishes will also be available, featuring salads, Indian and Asian cuisine and European roast meats.For dessert enjoy some umm ali, kunafa and sticky date pudding. To complement the iftar experience, there will also be a designated beverage station serving a range of classic Ramadan juices such as Tamarind, Qamar al deen, Jallab and Karakade.
Location: Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Wafi City
Cost: Dh205 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 10.30pm
Ramadan Nights by Dish (Alternative iftar Pop Up) Dish, a renowned catering and events company, host an iftar pop up every year for the last three years. This year ‘Ramadan Nights by Dish’, in Al Quoz’s Warehouse Four is back offering an intimate iftar experience. The meal begins on a light note with sweet potato and red lentil soup, zataar and preserved lemon hummus with Arabic and cumin toasted flat breads. Followed by a slow braised lamb shoulder in Middle-eastern spices, which will be served alongside BBQ prawns with sumac, coriander and chicken kofta stuffed with ash goat’s cheese and smoked paprika. Spiced cauliflower and chickpea salad, saffron labneh and heritage tomatoes with shankleesh are just some of the flavourful accompaniments. There’s also great vegetarian options including the dukha roasted butternut squash and grilled halloumi, the charred brocolini with toasted sesame and Persian saffron rice pilaf. End the meal with a semolina and lemon sponge with pomegranate sorbet, sidr honey marscapone, almond and lavender shortbread with berries and mint provides a sweet ending to the meal and celebrates the distinct flavours of the region.
Location: Warehouse Four, Al Quoz
Cost: Dh200 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Cinemajlis: Cinema Akil and Project Chaiwala (Alternative iftar Pop Up) Image Credit: Supplied
Project Chaiwala and Cinema Akil have partnered up to create Cinemajlis; a unique iftar experience this Ramadan at Al Serkal Avenue, transforming the cinema into a dining hall the entire month. Cinemajlis will provide visitors with a ‘dinner and a movie’ experience. Fans of the home-grown chai diner can expect an iftar menu with an elevated take on casual, family-style South Asian cuisine.
Also on the menu; a curated film programme by independent cinema house Cinema Akil, the region’s first arthouse cinema. Films will screen every night starting at 9pm and 11pm on weekdays and pre-iftar screenings on weekdays.
Location: Cinema Akil and Project Chaiwala, Alserkal Avenue
Cost: Dh200 (iftar + film screening combo)
Timings: Daily from 6.30pm, Movie starts at 8.45pm
Al Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah (Ramadan Tent) Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah offers an Arabic style buffet, including soup, hot and cold mezze, fresh salads, lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grills and much more. Desserts on offer are Kunafa,
Location: Across from Mina A Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
Cost: Dh220 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Godolphin Ramadan Tent (Ramadan Tent) Experience dining that fuses past and present in the Godolphin Ballroom’s Ramadan Tent, where you can enjoy authentic Arabic cuisine to the sounds of the live oud.
Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Cost: Dh205 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Ruya This Ramadan Ruya will offer Anatolian style dishes perfect for sharing. During the month of Ramadan, diners can enjoy a selection of cold and warm starters such as isli patican, simit coated baby squid, bőrek, karpuz peynir and pide will follow. You can then choose one of the main courses including whole grilled sea bream, marinated baby chicken, ali nazik and kuru fasulye and arpa sehriye pilavi. Conclude the meal with a medley of sweet Turkish treats with a refreshing tea or Ramadan drink.
Location: Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Cost: Dh249 per person
Timings: Daily from Sunset to 9pm
Dh250 and over Villamore Image Credit: Supplied
Villamore, the popular beach-front restaurant in Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, is hosting a curated iftar menu inspired by the bold flavours of the Levant and Mediterranean. The Ramadan set menu features authentic and traditional dishes, great for sharing. Start the meal with mocktails and beverages including Villamore lemonade and ‘qamaar al-deen’ mocktail alongside classic and banana laban. Traditional favourites including dates, hummus, muhammara and focaccia will accompany. Mains include comforting, dishes such as grilled lamb chops, whole corn-fed chicken and sea food stew. The meal concludes with a dessert platter featuring ricotta cannoli, orange almond cake and vanilla pannacotta and strawberries providing a sweet conclusion to the exquisite experience.
Location: Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
Cost: Dh250 per person Time: 6.30/6.45pm onwards
Timings: Sunday to Thursday from sunset onwards
The Rotisserie Experience a traditional Iftar buffet at The Rotisserie restaurant. Enjoy the flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine with a selection of generous mezzes, salads, and The Rotisserie live grill serving traditional Ouzi lamb with rice, tagine kofta with egg and green peas and homemade oumali pudding.
Location: One and Only Royal Mirage
Cost: Dh230 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 11.30pm
BiCE Ristorante The Italian dining venue, tucked away at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, BiCE Ristorante will be welcoming guests to a classic Italian iftar. The iftar will feature cold and hot sharing starters such as panzanella, vine leave rolls, roasted smocked eggplant paste and arancini to name a few. You can enjoy the live pasta stations serving house favourites like the penne arrabbiata and gnocchi sorrentina. The iftar continues with main courses at the in-venue market, featuring grilled chicken breast, truffle potato mash, slow roasted lamb leg and oven baked seabass filet.
Location: BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR
Cost: Dh250 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Al Falak Ballroom Burj Al Arab (Ramadan Tent) During Ramadan, the Al Falak Ballroom inspired by a Viennese opera house, is transformed into a palatial hall dressed in Arabesque patterns. If you choose to have a fancy Ramadan this year, head down to the seven star hotel and enjoy an Arabic iftar buffet featuring a wide selection of local dishes, as well as a live Badri band, bringing an authentic Arabic Ramadan experience.
Location: Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road
Cost: Dh265 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
Dubai Opera (Buffet) Image Credit: Supplied
End your fast at the Dubai Opera’s auditorium, as it transforms into a banquet hall for iftar. Presenting three different iftar menus throughout the month, it includes a buffet of Arabic and international dishes, accompanied by music from their live entertainment.
Location: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Cost: Dh260 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9.30pm
Ewaan Ramadan Tent (Ramadan Tent) Image Credit: Supplied
Palace Downtown offers a generous Middle Eastern and international buffet while oud music plays in the background. Ramadan juices and water are also on offer.
Location: The Palace Downtown Dubai
Cost: Dh255 per person 25 per cent off when dining or booking during the first week of Ramadan
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Asado Palace Downtown Explore South American flavours and warm hospitality at Asado. Envisioned as an homage to Argentina, Asado will have an unlimited iftar set menu of dishes featuring wholesome ingredients.
Location: The Palace Downtown Dubai
Cost: Dh255 per person 25 per cent off when dining or booking during the first week of Ramadan
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Zest A live oud performance sets the mood for an iftar buffet featuring a variety of Middle Eastern traditional delicacies and international specialties, along with Ramadan-inspired beverages.
Location: One&Only The Palm
Price: Dh250 per adult and Dh125 per child (6-12 years).
Timings: From sunset until 10.45pm
Al Hadheerah The restaurant is serving a desert iftar experience. The evening will feature tunes of traditional oud and kanun musicians. After iftar a live cultural entertainment will commence, such as Tanoura dancing, as well as stunning horse and camel shows.
Parents with kids, will have a chance to relax and enjoy the evening while little ones are preoccupied with kids’ activities including face painting and a bouncy castle, at a special designated area. Guests are also encouraged to participate in the raffle draw, for a chance to win exciting prizes every day.
Iftar at Al Hadheerah restaurant is a truly one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy this Ramadan with friends and family; providing the sights, sounds and tastes of Arabia.
Location: The Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Price: Dh265 on weekdays, Dh295 on weekends. Children aged four to 12 dine at 50 per cent discount, and little guests under four dine for free.
Timings: From sunset to 11pm
The Bay Located steps away from the beach, the recently opened, brasserie-style restaurant has curated a special menu for iftar and suhoor spreads with an international and Arabic buffet, along with live cooking stations from May 5 to June 4.
Location: Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Price: Dh265 per person
Timings: iftar from 7-9pm; suhoor from 9pm-2am.
Hakkasan The Cantonese restaurant is serving an alternative iftar celebration with a four-course menu with signature dishes such as the Peking duck and a dim sum platter. Meanwhile, the regular a la carte menu is also on offer as an alternative option.
Location: Atlantis the Palm
Price: For Dh288 per person.
Timings: From 6.30pm onwards.
Thiptara Palace Downtown Experience a different iftar situated at the edge of Burj Lake. Thiptara is offering Thai cuisine will take guests on a culinary journey through the islands.
Location: The Palace Downtown Dubai
Cost: Dh255 per person 25 per cent off when dining or booking during the first week of Ramadan
Timings: Daily from sunset to 9pm
Günaydin Günaydin offers a four course iftar menu in addition to the a la carte menu to end the fast, inclusive of water and Turkish tea. Share some of Günaydın’s popular grilled selections such as chicken sis kebab, pistachio or adana kebab and begendi kebab, along with other Turkish dishes.
Location: Souk Al Bahar – Dubai
Cost: Dh230 per person
Timings: Daily from sunset onwards
La Petite Maison Dubai La Petite Maison Dubai has crafted an iftar menu with Riviera-influenced classics featuring a selection of La Petite Maison’s signature dishes. The meal will start with soup and dates, followed by a variety of starters, including green lentils, quinoa salad, carpaccio tuna and calamari. Choose a main course, such as grilled sirloin, grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine, grilled tiger prawns and Arrabbiata and finish off with a dessert. Choose from cheesecake, warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream or pistachio cake that comes with either a choice of tea or coffee.
Location: DIFC
Cost: Dh240 per person (minimum two people)
Timings: Daily from sunset to 8pm
Cipriani This Ramadan, Cipriani Dubai serves an iftar of its best-selling and most popular dishes. The menu is designed to be shared between groups of two or more and will change on a weekly basis. Based on a sharing concept, guests will be served dates and a soup of the day on arrival, followed by a selection of Cipriani’s starters including the burrata alla Mediterranean, calamari fritti with tartar sauce and the crisp cucumber salad with sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes and avocado. Cipriani will serve four main courses to each table to ensure that all diners sample the dishes. These dishes will include baked green taglioni with veal ham; followed by the Aubergine alla parmigiana, veal piccatine al limone, served alongside a rice pilaf, and grilled lamb chops with mixed seasonal vegetables. The Cipriani Vanilla Merengue will end the meal on a sweet note, alongside tea and Italian coffee.
Location: Cipriani, DIFC
Cost: Dh280 per person
Timing: Daily from sunset to 11.45pm
Scalini This May, Scalini Dubai will be marking Ramadan with a special iftar that’s a three-course meal. Changing on a weekly basis, the menu is offering a selection of Italian dishes including Burrata con Datterini (burrata with cherry tomatoes), Calamari Fritti (calamari fried in a light tempura and served with Tartar sauce) and Insalata Tricolore (avocado, cherry tomatoes with mozzarella).
Then you can choose between fresh pasta or classic dishes such as pizza with white cream and truffle, spaghetti with lobster in tomato sauce or fillets of Mediterranean wild sea bass. For dessert, Scalini Dubai will be serving a twist on the traditional Ramadan staple by creating a different date cake.
Location: Scalini Dubai, Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah
Cost: Dh265 per person minimum of 2 people
Timings: Daily from sunset to 8pm
Dh300 and more Hell’s Kitchen Dubai Take a different approach to Ramadan this year at the second global outpost of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and first-of-its-kind in the Middle East. Expect a selection of local flavors as the restaurant serves up their famous dishes with an Emirati twist. Savor a menu of sharing mezzes and a la carte mains featuring signature dishes and Middle Eastern favorites including a slow-cooked lamb shank tagine or delicious crispy salmon along with a selection of flame-grilled sides such as lamb chops, koftas and shish kebabs. For dessert, try the decadent sticky date pudding or tuck into the Middle Eastern classic, Umm Ali or go all out with Hell’s Kitchen peanut butter fudge cheesecake drizzled with salted caramel and topped with whipped cream.
Location Ceasar’s Palace Bluewaters
Cost Dh350 per person
Timings Daily from sunset to 8.30pm
Doors Freestyle Grill Doors Freestyle Grill, welcomes Ramadan with iftar offerings including Turkish specialties and beverages with a spin, including Lentil soup or Chicken soup, salads like the eggplant and pomegranate salad. For mains, diners can try the beef kaymak, lamb chops, grilled king prawns and other premium meat cuts. Leave some room for dessert, which includes baklava sweetened with natural honey, the traditional Turkish kemal pasa, and a celebratory special Triliche, as well as mixed fruit.
Location : Doors Freestyle Grill, Al Seef, Dubai.
Costs : Dh345 per person
Timings: From Sunset to 10pm
Over Dh400 Aspen Chalet Indulge in a blend of tradition and style surrounded by loved ones with iftar in the cosy, modern rustic Aspen Chalets, positioned overlooking Ski Dubai. Set to be a unique evening, guests can enjoy the ultimate luxury of a Private Chef, who will profile a variety of flavours with an array of Middle Eastern dishes.
Location: Ski Dubai, Aspen Chalet
Cost: Dh650 per person, with a minimum booking of 8 persons required for this package
Timing: Available Daily from sunset to 9pm
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Parents in town? Enjoying a tryst? Saying goodbye? Here’s where you should eat on life’s key occasions

W hat’s the best place to take a lovelorn brother-in-law? Where can I find a mind-blowing vegan soufflé? Why are there no decent bagels in Harvard Square? I field questions like this — pointed, exacting, sometimes downright particular — every week. Some of you e-mail. Some of you send pleading social media messages. Other times, you leave a comment questioning whether I know anything about restaurants at all. How could I have forgotten such-and-such a place? Do I ever even leave my house?
No, I have not devoured every morsel in Boston, or else I would never see my family. But I’ve experienced a lot: the delicious, the surprising, the struggling, the regrettable. And in an effort to streamline your dining decisions, I’ve compiled a list of favorites, some overlooked, for life’s key occasions. It isn’t exhaustive, but it’s honest — and, I hope, helpful.
AN OFFBEAT CELEBRATORY EVENING OUT
Read full article BLR by Shojo
You eschew stuffy. You don’t need white tablecloths or a cadre of waiters fluffing your napkin. No, you want to eat somewhere squirreled away — a location mysterious enough that you feel rewarded for your own good taste once you slip through the door. Someplace where the centrifugal force of the evening will propel you onward, later and later, fueled by otherworldly food and potent drinks, where you can stumble back out into the dark night feeling like you know this city so much better.
If this sounds appealing, the subterranean BLR in Chinatown is your place. Family-run since the 1980s, it’s been modernized by the team at Shojo and Ruckus, two other nouveau Chinatown places that serve things like French fries awash in spicy oceans of mapo tofu and fried pork bellies. BLR is narrow and dark, best populated by large groups at long tables beneath paper lanterns that throw a distorting crimson light upon people you once knew, turning them into alluring strangers. A food writer friend first lured me here months ago for a hedonistic family-style feast where we dined liked Vikings, devouring trays of electrifying lamb wontons, Dungeness crab awash in a rich Malaysian curry, gargantuan pig’s head folded into steamed buns, accessorized with kimchi and chilies — it went on and on and on, proffered by servers eager to explain each dish. You will leave here sticky and pleasurably exhausted. 13A Hudson St., Boston, 617-338-4988, www.blrbyshojo.com
Honorable mentions:
Little Donkey , where Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer oversee a smorgasbord of flavors served in a setting that feels like a big, noisy wedding. Here is the rare restaurant where you can eat crispy tofu cheese puffs, fried chicken, pupusas, and Turkish ravioli in one swoop, all done well, no need for restraint. 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1008, www.littledonkeybos.com
Tiger Mama , Tiffani Faison’s playful homage to Southeast Asian cuisine, in a space that feels tropical and transporting, a bewitching room both verdant and neon, with walls crawling with leaves. Faison’s Japanese milk toast offset with chili-laced crab — a sticky, spongey pillow with caves of sweetness — is transcendent. 1363 Boylston St., Boston, 617-425-6262, www.tigermamaboston.com
A lobster roll at Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/file 2015) YOU’RE THE TOUR GUIDE
Belle Isle Seafood
Most people coming to Boston want seafood with a view, sort of like they expect to see Matt Damon and assume everyone speaks with a thick accent. I get asked about seafood a lot. And I’m always cautious. I actually like Legal Sea Foods quite a bit for consistency — yes, even though it’s a chain! (Some chains are very good, and I confidently recommend that one, both in terms of service and for sensitivities to allergies.) But, oddly, for a waterfront city known for fish, the pickings are slim and sometimes even grim. That is, unless you’re willing to venture a bit farther afield to Winthrop and Belle Isle.
OK, so it looks like a shipping warehouse. There is no interior ambiance — picture your junior high school cafeteria crossed with a camp dining hall. But it’s right on the water, with skyline views, and some of the best fried seafood anywhere. Pile your tray with a golden tower of fried clams, onion rings, fries, and dewy lobster rolls with meat spilling out the sides. When visitors picture New England seafood, I think that this is what they’re imagining. 1 Main St., Winthrop, 617-567-1619, www.belleisleseafood.net
Honorable mentions:
The Daily Catch in the North End, which will forever be my recommendation for seafood and local color. Yes, the lines are outrageous; yes, you will idle on the sidewalk and gaze longingly at chefs tossing squid ink pasta in the air and catching it on sizzling pans. But once you finally do squeeze in, you will guzzle white wine from plastic cups and bite into perfectly al dente tinta de calamari and inhale the aroma of garlic. The rare place where the lines are worth it. 323 Hanover St., Boston, 617-523-8567, thedailycatch.com
And Dali , in Inman Square, an oldie but goodie that continues to churn out flavor-bomb tapas in a festive atmosphere with a twist of Old Somerville quirk: the dark rooms, the people-watching, the cloud of garlic that hangs in the air. Is it new? Nope. Flashy? Nope. But it’s reassuringly of a place. 415 Washington St., Cambridge, 617-661-3254, www.dalirestaurant.com
Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner in Newton. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/file 2016) NONCOMMITTAL MEALS
Little Big Diner
A date you’re tepid about, a networking catch-up with someone who won’t stop e-mailing you, a possibly awkward bite with a long-lost neighbor just passing through town. For whatever reason, you want to get in and out — but, hey, deliciously. You want to put thought into your suggestion and show you care (at least a tiny bit).
Little Big Diner is the casual sibling of Newton’s excellent Sycamore and Buttonwood, specializing in cauldrons of spicy ramen, rice bowls, and a true standout: a burger with pineapple sambal, crispy onions, and a hearty glop of mayonnaise on a squishy sweet King’s Hawaiian roll. Grab two stools in front of the window, dig in, and be done. 1247 Centre St., Newton, 857-404-0068, www.littlebigdiner.com
Honorable mentions:
Fool’s Errand , which is Faison’s seat-free bar in the Fenway. (Yup, Tiffani Faison appears twice here, but she deserves it.) Feast on strange, snackable finger sandwiches in a tiny, mirrored room where chandeliers drip like diamonds and where the conversational din drowns out any lulls. Lack of seating provides an excuse to leave swiftly, if need be. 1377 Boylston St., Boston, www.foolserrandboston.com
And Jamaica Plain’s Tres Gatos , whose setup as a restaurant-slash-book and record store offers handy props to offset awkward conversation, and whose bite-size portions of charcuterie, cheeses, and vegetables make for an efficient yet delicious meal. 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4851, www.tresgatosjp.com
Wild mushroom in escabeche with baby artichokes and farm eggs at La Bodega in Watertown. (Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe/file 2018) EXISTENTIAL MUSINGS
La Bodega
Inside a little diner car on a hushed Watertown side street is La Bodega, a restaurant that could have been painted by Edward Hopper. Co-owners Gabriel Bremer and Analia Verolo, formerly of Harvard Square’s beloved Salts, usher guests through the softly lit rail car to comfortable booths; nurse your sorrows with an orange Negroni and satisfying Uruguayan-Basque menu — grilled provolone cheese, fleecy potato leek soup, grilled carrots in romesco sauce.
Here, it’s possible to dine alone, with an intuitive amount of tending, watching bartenders shake and smile in the warm amber glow. Step back out into the night fortified. 21 Nichols Ave., Watertown, 617-876-8444
Honorable mentions:
The Maharaja , with its tall windows overlooking the street life of Harvard Square two floors below. Duck in for the daily Indian lunch buffet (the crisp, airless vegetarian pakora curry in cumin-spiked yogurt sauce are the best), eavesdrop on professors complaining about the state of the world and students worrying about their next internship, and watch people scurrying far below. 57 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, 617-547-2757, www.maharajaboston.com
And Somerville’s Bow Market , at whose stalls you can explore the world while wandering aimlessly: stout pierogi, empanadas, fish tacos, simple North Shore roast beef blanketed with American cheese. 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, www.bowmarketsomerville.com
Deviled eggs at Oleana in Cambridge. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe staff/file 2013) A PROPER SEND-OFF
Oleana
Oleana’s twinkly patio makes you happy to be in Cambridge. You are in just the right place and the right time — sitting outside, framed by greenery, tended to by servers who are just visible enough but know when it’s time to slip away. The cloistered location somewhere between Kendall Square, MIT, and Harvard adds to the gravitas: Maybe you are graduating soon, or leaving that fancy tech job; maybe Cambridge will someday become just a footnote. But for now, temporal awareness slips away; a few glasses of wine in the fading sun, and you’re firmly planted in your own suspended reality.
But the Boston area has plenty of patios. Not every patio has Ana Sortun’s food. She isn’t the loudest or most talked about chef in Boston (multiple James Beard nods notwithstanding), but she’s certainly one of the best, crafting deceptively simple dishes you just won’t find anywhere else in town. Something as simple as a dish of green olives, a scoop of creamy whipped feta, or spinach falafel distill the essence of each ingredient and pop to life — sticking with you long after you’ve ambled out the door, away from this place. 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-661-0505, www.oleanarestaurant.com
Honorable mentions:
Luce, for its significant location in the old Chez Henri space down a side street near Avon Hill; it looks like the type of place you’d stumble into on a rainy night seeking shelter from some kind of storm, either personal or weather-related. Inside, it’s filled with groups hoisting wine and sharing plates of grilled fish and pizza, overseen by Rene Becker — a neighborhood character (and former local food critic) who also owns Hi-Rise Bread Company. 1 Shepard St., Cambridge, 617-714-5295, www.lucecambridge.com
And Uni , where you can order sushi and small plates and cocktails as though there’s no tomorrow, in a darkened room below the Back Bay’s proper Eliot Hotel, awash in sybaritic splendor. The buffalo mentaiko spaghetti — a rich, spicy, eggy tangle of noodles — is the stuff of fond, hazy memories. 370A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-536-7200, www.uni-boston.com
CLANDESTINE TRYST
Vinny’s at Night
Long before Somerville became any kind of destination, there was Vinny’s, just over the Boston city limits: a plain brick convenience store that just happened to harbor a full-service restaurant in the back. Blood-red tablecloths, crimson curtains, wine stacked on shelves, low ceilings: It’s easy to blend in here, should you need to, hiding behind mountains of mussels or tripe in marinara sauce, rings of calamari, and lobster tails splashed in the spicy-sweetest fra diavolo in town.
When you’re craving red sauce in a below-the-radar hideaway, surrounded by clattering plates and laughter and perfume and garlic, this is a wonderful spot. 76 Broadway, Somerville, 617-628-1921, www.vinnysatnight.com
Honorable mentions:
Antonio’s Bacaro , a worthy newish addition to quiet Hyde Park that’s quickly becoming a staple among locals for their accessible Northern Italian menu, warm service, and homey patio. 5 Fairmount Ave., Boston, 617-272-3028, www.antoniosbacaro.com
And Moona , a teensy jewel off of Inman Square, serving Eastern Mediterranean mezze — start with the creamy beet labneh — beneath a forgiving rainbow of dangling lights. 243 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-945-7448, www.moonarestaurant.com
(Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe/file 2019) DINNER WITH ELDERS
The Table at Season to Taste
Chef Carl Dooley often serves dishes himself at this nook on a quiet stretch of North Cambridge with, yes, on-street parking. There are only 20 or so seats and not much in the way of atmosphere; the real action happens in the open kitchen, where Dooley and his crew toil happily. (If you’re introducing a new paramour or discussing why you haven’t found a job yet, this provides a heartening distraction.)
The four-course prix-fixe menu — and servers genuinely delighted to explain it all — takes the guesswork out of ordering, but there are two choices per course, do you won’t feel totally hemmed in. Familiar dishes get unusual treatments: Why not a pork loin with Szechuan chili oil or asparagus paired with . . . sablefish? It’s challenging, yet satisfying. 2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-871-9468, www.cambridgetable.com
Honorable mentions:
Talulla , in the soothing Huron Village space once occupied by TW Food. It is spare, sophisticated, and welcoming, with poised servers who deliver discourse on wine and food — the $58 three-course prix fixe is a steal — with the articulation of a thesis (and, who knows, this is right down the road from Harvard). Co-owner Danielle Ayer was a captain at Menton, so it’s no surprise. 377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617-714-5584, www.talullacambridge.com
And The Helmand , a regal Afghan restaurant in one of East Cambridge’s few remaining hushed corners: butter-yellow walls, plush high-back chairs, a crackling hearth, and dishes you simply won’t find elsewhere, such as aushak, an airy Afghan ravioli piped with leeks on a savory bed of yogurt, ground beef, and mint. Worth noting: This also the rare white-tablecloth restaurant where many dishes are under $20 — an endangered species worth supporting. 143 First St., Cambridge, 617-492-4646, www.helmandrestaurant.com
The chili relleno en nogada dish (poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef, almonds, raisins, apples, pineapples, and peaches; covered in a walnut and cinnamon sauce, topped with pomegranate seeds and cilantro) at Tu Y Yo in Somerville. (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe/file 2014) NEIGHBORHOOD FIND
Tu Y Yo
On the far end of Somerville near the Medford line lurks the unprepossessing Tu Y Yo. No swanky bar scene or needless glitz; this is a fonda, meaning a no-frills, family-run restaurant. The food, however, is sophisticated: I dream of their poblano pepper dishes. There’s the almond-and-ground-beef version, sinking in a walnut sauce with — is it cinnamon? yup, cinnamon — sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. Or the peppers filled with fresh shrimp and tangy goat cheese, topped with a creamy red bell pepper sauce that deserves is own jar. And the mole is unlike any other: richer, deeper, smokier, thicker. Families, solo neighborhood wanderers, and wise Tufts students line up here, for excellent reason. 858 Broadway, Somerville, 617-623-5411, www.tuyyorestaurant.coms
Honorable mentions:
New Deal Fruit , for nailing the grocery store-slash-sandwich business. Full disclosure: I have yet to visit. But enough commenters and Revere natives have urged me to go that it’s next on my list. The Hercules — eggplant parm, chicken parm, and meatball parm, all in one sandwich — seems reason enough. 920 Broadway, Revere, 781-284-9825, www.newdealfruit.com
And Greek International Food Market , a wonderland of sausages, cheeses, olives, sweet and savory pies in West Roxbury. 5204 Washington St. West Roxbury, 617-553-8038, www.greekintlmarket.com
SECOND DATE
Saltie Girl
This rowdy aqua-and-orange room from restaurateur Kathy Sidell (The Met) is champagne come to life: bubbly, fizzy, life-affirming. Towers of raw seafood, an encyclopedic collection of tinned fish, fried lobster and waffles — how your companion approaches the food here just might reveal his or her personality. The only downside? No reservations. But once you slide into a booth and come face to face with a fat, briny oyster, all will be forgiven. If this place can’t propel your relationship further, it’s an omen. 281 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-267-0691, www.saltiegirl.com
Honorable mentions:
Celeste , a spare little space off of Somerville’s Union Square, all white-washed and neon, the kind of place you slip into after a drink when you want to prolong the night but not at a bar. Instead, exceptional Peruvian dishes to share — bright, refreshing ceviches and cilantro stew with canary beans and lamb. 21 Bow St., Somerville, 617-616-5319, www.celesteunionsquare.com
And Gustazo , now in North Cambridge, whose salsa music, buoyant service, and elegantly composed little Cuban dishes — piquillos rellenos piped with warm, velvety pureed cod; a bouquet of yucca fries with a tub of cilantro aioli — makes the whole world seem cheerier and full of promise. 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 855-487-8296, www.gustazo-cubancafe.com
FAMILY-FRIENDLY
Winsor Dim Sum
There’s a smaller Winsor in Chinatown, but you’ll have more luck getting into the larger one in Quincy, which has the freshest dim sum in the area. Arrive by 10 a.m. to avoid lines, and then go wild. Unlike many dim sum parlors, you can order off a menu here, and it’s easy to overdo it on supple shrimp dumplings, sticky-sweet barbecue pork buns (a kid favorite), and generous heaps of fresh clams in black bean sauce, hot and garlicky.
Food arrives quickly, and the room is crawling with kids. A wonderful way to eat with your hands and sample a variety of tastes — usually for under $20 per person. 706 Hancock St., Quincy, 617-481-5383, www.winsordimsum.com
Honorable mentions:
Bartaco in the Seaport, which is a Mexican chain from the Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. However, service (and food) is personal and warm, right down to the servers who will stop to chat about their favorite nonalcoholic sodas and the pleasures of guacamole. Where did they find these people? A thoughtful kids’ menu with lots of healthy options — and even mocktails — is a nice touch. And the location just down the street from the Boston Children’s Museum is a bonus. 25 Thomson Place, Boston, 617-819-8226, www.bartaco.com
And La Brasa , a cavernous East Somerville hangout by night and a neighborhood clubhouse before 7 p.m. or so. The room is big enough that parents can enjoy empanadas and fried chicken (prepared by L’Espalier alum Daniel Bojorquez) while their kids toddle nearby — and nobody looks askance because they couldn’t find a baby sitter, either. 124 Broadway, Somerville, 617-764-1412, www.labrasasomerville.com

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Empty Bowls, live music, lacrosse games and more: Things to do in McKinney May-June | Community Impact Newspaper

In-Paper Advertising, Special Sections, Direct Mail, Inserts, Sticky Notes, Digital Advertising, E-Newsletter Sponsorships Contact Us Today Empty Bowls, live music, lacrosse games and more: Things to do in McKinney May-June Empty Bowls McKinney will take place May 16 in downtown McKinney.Courtesy Empty Bowls McKinney By Cassidy Ritter | 12:41 pm May 6, 2019 CDT
Here are events happening in McKinney May 8-June 6. May 8 Shop at a local craft fair
Country Lane Seniors Community hosts a craft fair open to the public. Attendees will find handmade gifts, such as ceramics, wood carvings, greeting cards, jewelry, quilting, knitting and more for sale. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Country Lane Seniors Community, 2401 Country View Lane. 972-569-8762. www.countrylaneseniors.com May 9-11 Vintage Market Days Vintage Market Days returns to McKinney with more than 100 vendors spread out in two buildings. Antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry, food and more will be available for purchase. Free (children under 12 years old), $5 (Sat. only), $10 (Fri.-Sat. only), $15 (Thurs.-Sat.). 4-8 p.m. (Thurs.), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). Myers Park & Event Center. 7117 CR 166, McKinney. www.vintagemarketdays.com May 10 Attend 8th annual Women in Service luncheon
The guest speaker at the luncheon is Denise Kendrick, executive director of Embrace Texas. Tickets include lunch from Rick’s Chophouse, raffles, door prizes and a parting gift. Proceeds benefit Love Life Foundation Charity, which helps at-risk women and children in Collin County. $40 (per person), $350 (reserved table for 10 people). 11:30 a.m. The Sanctuary Music & Events Center, 6633 Virginia Parkway. 214-808-1297. www.showclix.com/event/womeninservice2019 May 11 Enjoy art, music and dance at International Festival
Happenings at the inaugural McKinney International Festival include ethnic cuisine from food trucks, vendor booths, multicultural arts, music and dance performances. Free (admission). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Finch Park, 301 W. Standifer St. www.mckinneyinternationalfestival.com May 12-13 Cheer on lacrosse teams
The Texas High School Lacrosse State Championships are held in McKinney for boys Division I and II. Four teams will compete in the Division I tournament, and four teams will compete in the Division II tournament. Teams are from across the state. Prices vary. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. McKinney ISD Ron Poe Stadium, 1 Duvall St. www.mckinneylacrosse.com May 16 Receive free vaccines
The Care Van and Passport Health offer free vaccines to children ages 6 months-18 years. To qualify, the child must be uninsured or American Indian or Alaskan Native. The child may also have Medicaid; a private insurance that does not cover vaccines; or Aetna, BCBS or United Healthcare insurances. A copy of the child’s immunization record must be brought to the event. Free. 5-7 p.m. Lawson Early Childhood Center, 500 Dowell St. www.carevan.org May 16 Empty Bowls McKinney
Attendees select a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl then enjoy a sampling of soups, breads and sweets from local restaurants. Money raised will benefit Community Lifeline Center. Free (children 10 or under when accompanied by an adult), $35 (includes bowl, samplings). 6-8 p.m. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. www.facebook.com/emptybowlsmckinney May 18 Hike, fish and explore at Towne Lake Park
Explore the outdoors at Towne Lake Park, where guests will learn to fish and enjoy a hike. Registration is required, and children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org May 18 Date Night at the Heard
This outdoor fundraising event for the Heard Museum features live music, dancing, food trucks and alcoholic beverages. Child care is available during the event for $25 for children ages 5-12. $15 (per person, ages 21 and older). 6-9:30 p.m. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566. www.heardmuseum.org/datenight May 25 Workout at the McKinney Farmers Market
Pure Barre hosts a pop-up class at the McKinney Farmers Market. The workout class will take place every fourth Saturday until Sept. 28. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Free. 10-10:45 a.m. Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St. 214-592-9471. www.facebook.com/purebarremckinneytx May 31 Attend a McKinney ISD graduation
Students, families and teachers celebrate graduation for McKinney ISD students. Live streaming of the graduations will be available online. Tickets required and distributed to students. 9 a.m. (McKinney North High School), 1:30 p.m. (McKinney Boyd High School), 6 p.m. (McKinney High School). Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1350, Allen. www.mckinneyisd.net/graduation June 6 Eat tacos with McKinney police officers
Visit and chat with McKinney neighborhood police officers while enjoying tacos for dinner. A bounce house and DJ will also be at the event. Guests should register by May 20. Free. 6-9 p.m. Old Settler’s Park Aquatic Pavilion, 1101 E. Louisiana St. www.mckinneytexas.org Live Music Events
6633 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 102 972-540-6420 May 10: Ariel Posen and Mark Lettieri, 8-11 p.m. May 24: South Austin Moonlighters, 8 p.m. June 3: Tony MacAlpine and Arch Echo, 8 p.m. Hank’s Texas Grill

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#Marriott launches special deals across #Africa and Middle East

IT IS THE SEASON FOR SPECIAL DEALS AT MARRIOTT
(Posted 06th May 2019)
Marriott International ( www.Marriott.com ) has unveiled an enticing offer across 250 hotels and 21 brands in 29 countries across Middle East and Africa . As more and more travelers are increasingly seeking out enriching local experiences, Marriott International is inviting guests to explore spectacular destinations and experiences across the region and save 25% until 30thSeptember 2019. And yes, non-members can join for free and enjoy the benefits!
Whether escaping to cooler climates, seeking summer sun or traveling for business, the region’s boundless experiences tick every travelers bucket list. From culinary getaways, a couple’s retreat, family fun, a relaxing solo-moon, an ultimate golf package, honeymoon bliss, a cultural discovery, to a historical journey, there is a destination and experience to suit every passion and purpose of trip at Marriott International properties across the region.
“ Travelers today want more than just a holiday; they are looking to make lasting memories through unique and enriching experiences, an active and meaningful immersion in the destination, its history, people, culture and food. In the Middle East and Africa, we are fortunate to have a diverse portfolio of brands across exciting destinations that are waiting to be explored. From the bright lights of Dubai to historic insights of Cairo, from the natural wonders of Jordan to the tropical paradise of Mauritius, traveling within the region has never been more appealing. This is an ideal opportunity for our loyal members and guests to travel and experience more this season ”, said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Marriott International Middle East & Africa.
Some of the enriching experiences that can be enjoyed across Marriott International’s Middle East and Africa portfolio in the region include:
History Enthusiasts History enthusiasts wanting to discover the majesty of Egypt’s Pyramids can expect an unparalleled location with Marriott Mena House , Cairo . This legendary hotel, which has welcomed numerous heads of state, allows travelers to bask in its storied past.
Culture Vultures Discover the cultural heritage of the Bedouin way of life in the magical Wadi Rum and relive the fantasy of Lawrence of Arabia. Explore the historic site of Petra and stay at the Petra Marriott Hotel or simply float in the famed Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Marriott Resort and Spa is your haven to unlock the mystery of Jordan.
Design Addicts Hit Escape and head to the newly opened W Dubai – The Palm, a design dream, where traditional is juxtaposed with modern, organic meets manmade and order challenges chaos. From the hotel’s iconic “W” sign patterned to resemble an evaporated desert river bed, to the modern graffiti adorning the walls of every room, there is a detail to be discovered in every corner.
Foodies Sample the flavors of the world at 10 different restaurants and lounges at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai , including Japanese, Italian, Indian and Thai cuisine. What’s more, with the properties’ prime location in the heart of Downtown Dubai housing the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Opera, a multitude of culinary destinations are at your fingertips.
Cityscapers Cape Town ’s urban oasis-inspired 15 on Orange, Autograph Collection , is situated close to the city’s central park and heritage site, the Company’s Garden, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain National Park. Guests can discover the city and then retreat to the hotel’s botanical inspired oasis.
Desert Dreamers An authentic desert experience awaits at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Dubai . This resort oasis is nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
Shopaholics Connected to the world-renowned Mall of the Emirates, Sheraton Mall of The Emirates is a short distance from downtown Dubai. Shop till you drop and when you are done, head to the 24th floor rooftop infinity pool and soak in the in breathtaking city views.
#Couplegoals Experiences do not come more romantic or Insta-worthy than a beach resort. Edging the Arabian Gulf, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach offers sumptuous seclusion along shimmering azure waters and pristine white sands. This breathtaking coastal haven is where fresh discoveries become lifelong memories. Or escape to an island getaway and retreat to a stunning beachfront setting surrounded by a tranquil turquoise lagoon overlooking the Indian Ocean at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort . Set against the stunning backdrop of the Le Morne Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this resort is ideal to rediscover love and live exquisite.
Family Fun Embraced by the gently swaying sugar cane fields and the warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius invites you to experience the magic of Mauritian hospitality in a truly idyllic setting. Set adjacent to a protected marine park, families can explore idyllic Turtle Bay, historic Port Louis and lively Grand Bay or simply enjoy the many activities offered at the resort through the Family program.
Adventure Seekers In the mood for some adventure? Take a trip to East Africa . Make Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel your home and scale the heights of Kilimanjaro or chase the Great Wildbeest Migration in The Serengeti. Stay at the Kigali Marriott Hotel and go mountain Gorilla watching in Rwanda or explore the tribal way of life as you follow the Maasai with a stay at Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, overlooking the Nairobi National Park or the recently rebranded Sankara Nairobi, Autograph Collection for an authentic sense of locale.
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French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

May 6, 2019 French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote If you love brunch and seasonal nosh, then you’ll love this French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote. Try it with a basil infusion!
Hey! Hello. I’m coming at you early this week in hopes to inspire your Mother’s Day plans.
I hated brunch as a kid. Whenever the family got together at some chain or hotel restaurant for Easter or Mother’s Day, I dreaded it. Soggy bacon, lukewarm eggs, sad pancakes… typical 80s and 90s brunch. (Where I come from, anyway.) Thankfully, the late-morning meal has evolved into something worth being excited about. We can forget about the mundane specials at chain restaurants and opt for fresh takes on Southern cuisine, Caribbean soul food, and Mexican mash-ups; even breweries are jumping onto the brunch train! It’s really no wonder us “millennials” are brunch-obsessed. We know what’s good.
I live far away from family, so I don’t get to spend time with my ma. But! This year, this gal gets to be treated to Mother’s Day brunch for the first time ever 🙂 Little R won’t be here until June, but look at my bump. If that doesn’t deserve to be filled with a tower of fat syrup-drenched waffles stuffed with spiced apples and candied nuts, what does.
However, sometimes it’s nice to avoid the bustling crowded restaurants and treat Mum to brunch at home. Made with love, by you 😉 That’s where this French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote comes in.
Rhubarb season seems to get people excited—as it should! That tartness goes a long way when baked into sweet fruity desserts. I decided to make a basil-infused strawberry rhubarb compote to smother over crispy French toast in hopes to inspire some at-home Mother’s Day nosh. You can use it instead of syrup, but my Canadian blood doesn’t allow snubbing syrup, so I used both. And it was delicious.
You can skip the basil infusion. I’m just a sucker for adding herbaceous notes to anything fruity where I can and this worked out nicely. It’s subtle! Some other things I’ve been digging into…
Instagram! Here’s another jaw-dropping feed for you. These are just too pretty to eat. Look at those succulents!
Podcasts! The Splendid Table gives a well-deserved nod to mother’s and their influence in the kitchen , including Priya and Ritu Krishna, authors of Indian (-ish). We get to listen in as they make Dahi toast and it. sounds. incredible .
“Local” food! What does it mean to you? According to this article , the connotation and goals vary greatly from person to person, mostly due to a lack of guidelines. I’m not sure if this is the start of something good or just proof of a confused trend, but I’m hoping it’s the former.
Hope you have an amazing week and an amazing Mother’s Day, however you decide to celebrate!
Print French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote If you love seasonal nosh, then you’ll love this French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote. Try it with a basil infusion! Course Breakfast, Brunch Keyword breakfast, brunch, easy, French toast, rhubarb, strawberry Author Dana Sandonato Strawberry Rhubarb Compote {with basil infusion option}. 2 cups roughly chopped fresh strawberries 2 cups roughly chopped fresh rhubarb Zest of 1/2 a lemon Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1/4 cup raw honey (+ more to taste) 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves—about 10 of them (optional) Materials. If infusing with basil, you will need a tea infuser, empty tea bag, or cheese cloth French Toast.

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Eight Dimensions of Me

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Eight Dimensions of Me To paraphrase the perennial classic, these are a few, well, eight, of my favourite things. Not eight discreet items , I’ve lived too long to have only eight favourite things. I do have favourite categories of things though, and after some thought, I came up with my top eight. In no particular order, here they are. British TV: I’ve always enjoyed British TV, from comedy (Monty Python, The IT Crowd, Blackadder), to game shows (Pointless, 15 to 1), to panel shows (Mock the Week), to drama (Shetland, The Bodyguard). Given the choice, I’ll stream something British on Netflix rather than watch my local cable TV. Sweaters I’ve knitted: I learned to knit as a child but paused for many years for other interests, like piano lessons and boys. I took up knitting again when I got married. I attempted to knit a pullover for Mr. S. but I ran out of wool halfway through knitting the second sleeve – I know! I took up knitting again when I had babies and haven’t stopped since. Son1 in a cardigan knitted with the wool from failed pullover. Desserts: I always eat dessert after supper, a habit established in infancy – or at least as far back as my memory will stretch. Baking is my favourite way to unwind and I love trying new recipes. If you subscribe to my newsletter ( www.luannastewart.com/newsletter ) you’ll hear about my baking. Bread: A theme seems to be emerging – I like food. But I love bread, any flavour, any variety, from a chewy country loaf to a tender, buttery croissant. I could happily eat bread all day long. Italian cuisine: By far my favourite. Though I do enjoy the spices in Indian food – cumin, coriander, garam masala – and I enjoy a good stir-fry (check out recipetineats.com for delicious versions and other scrumptious recipes), my true comfort food is pasta topped with a sauce of garlic, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Music: As a kid, we always had music playing on the radio or on the record player. Mum listened to Englebert Humperdink, Dad listened to Chet Atkins, my brother blasted us with BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive), and I enjoyed Bobby Sherman and the Bay City Rollers. I mentioned piano lessons in an earlier category. I studied classical piano for much of my childhood early teen years and managed to pass grade eight of the Royal Conservatory of Music. So there I’d be in the living room practising The Horseman, Op. 68, No. 23 by Schumann, and my brother would be in the downstairs rec room serenading the entire house with Foreigner. Travel: I love travelling – except for the long uncomfortable plane rides – and would gladly spend half the year exploring foreign lands. We recently returned from a few weeks of travel in Europe culminating in a stay at a friend’s house in Cyprus. I had no idea what to expect from Cyprus and I discovered a fascinating country that requires further exploration. One of the many spectacular views to be found around every bend in the road. I also enjoy reading travelogues, or fiction that incorporates travel in the story. One of my favourite authors, Elizabeth Peters , takes us through Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East in her Amelia Peabody series, which I re-read regularly. Cats: I’ve had at least one pet cat at a time since childhood. There have been a few breaks in feline dominance but never more than a year. Then the need for a furry friend becomes too strong to ignore and we hie off to the animal shelter to be chosen by our next overlord. We currently share the house with two cats – Bruno and Mogget. Posted by

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GUINNESS X MEATOPIA Announces a Stellar Line Up for Their Three-Day Beer and Food Festival

Copyright © 2019 IndulgeMedia Ltd, All rights Reserved. GUINNESS X MEATOPIA Announces a Stellar Line Up for Their Three-Day Beer and Food Festival Linda Coogan Byrne May 3, 2019 Linda Coogan Byrne May 3, 2019 by Jules Mahon
On 5, 6 and 7 July, for the third year running, GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will transform the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, home to all beer innovation and experimentation at St. James’s Gate, into a festival devoted to beer, food, fire and music.
There’s a twist this year! The chefs and brewers are challenging each other to create unique brews and dishes to pair with each other, to be available exclusively and for one weekend only at this event. GUINNESS X MEATOPIA 2019 will celebrate some of the most adventurous live-fire chefs from around the world, working alongside the innovative team of Guinness brewers, using the best ingredients Ireland has to offer. GUINNESS X MEATOPIA at the Open Gate Brewery
The fiery line-up of chefs includes the likes of:
David Thomas – US chef behind downtown Baltimore’s Ida B’s Table, where the focus is on sustainably and locally sourced products. The Baltimore native is the true embodiment of his culinary catchphrase, “Modern Soul.” His restaurant’s mission is to bring light to the history of Soul Food, and illuminate its future.
Anna Haugh – Dublin born head chef behind soon-to-be-opened Myrtle Restaurant in London. Anna has spent the last 14 years in London working for celebrated chefs Philip Howard, Shane Osborne and Gordon Ramsay. Myrtle Restaurant is her first solo venture.
Malcolm Lee – head chef of Candlenut restaurant in Singapore. The restaurant specialises in Peranakan heritage cuisine with a modern approach, and became the first of its kind to receive the acclaimed Michelin star in 2016, and again in 2017 and 2018.
Gráinne O’Keefe – head chef at Clanbrassil House restaurant in Dublin 8. The intimate neighbourhood restaurant was recently awarded a Michelin bib gourmand and specialises in cooking over fire and seasonal small plates.
Will Bowlby – head chef of London’s Kricket restaurant. Will’s unique approach in marrying seasonal British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours continues to be renowned across London. In 2018, Kricket in Soho won a Bib Gourmand from The Michelin Guide.
James Cochran – head chef behind 12:51 on Islington’s Upper Street in London, where Kentish produce from James’ hometown take centre stage. James honed his talents in the kitchens of the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms, where he established his own refined yet experimental cooking style.
More chefs are set to be announced over the coming weeks!
The chefs from home and away will come together with the Guinness brewers, confident in their differences, collaborative in their approach. Local seasonal ingredients will take centre stage and feature in the signature dishes and beers unique to this festival weekend only. In true Meatopia style, all dishes will use the very best quality, ethically-sourced Irish meat grilled or smoked over sustainable wood and charcoal.
The Meatopia Cutting Room Stage was on fire last year and this year sees its welcome return. Festival-goers can chat with and learn from the most passionate connoisseurs from the worlds of beer, food, fire and flavour. Highlights are set to include Chef Anna Haugh discussing the rise of modern Irish cuisine and chef David Thomas discussing the modern evolution of Soul Food. Meanwhile award-winning beer writer Melissa Cole will take to the stage to address the new wave of ‘driving beers’ and how brewers are managing to pack flavour into low alcohol brews. Then as day turns to night, there will be an eclectic programme of live music and entertainment.
GUINNESS X MEATOPIA is an unflinching look at the dedication and passion it takes to be the best in the craft of brewing and live fire cooking. It will take place at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, on Friday 5 July 2019 (6pm to 10pm), Saturday 6 July 2019 (2pm to 10pm) and Sunday 7 July 2019 (1pm to 7pm).
Full priced tickets starting at €59.50 are on sale now. Ticket prices include access to GUINNESS X MEATOPIA, a packed programme of interactive talks with some of the world’s most interesting food and drink speakers, a carefully curated line-up of live music acts, as well as five unique dishes paired with five perfectly matched taster beers and a pint of choice from the beers available for the festival weekend only.
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Stratford #nextgen Chefs: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Stratford Culinary Guide

Stratford #nextgen Chefs: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Stratford Culinary Guide – Aleka Allen on 五月 4, 2019. Savour Stratford Culinary Guide #nextgen chef Launch chefs Jamie Crosby, Vince Stacey, Meaghan Evely, Ryan O’Donnell Savour Stratford Culinary Guide #nextgen chef Launch Savour Stratford Culinary Guide #nextgen chef Launch at richmond station Stratford #nextgenchefs with Richmond Station
(Photo credit Terry Manzo) Unbeknownst to many, the city of Stratford , Ontario has an exciting food scene. For locals and visitors, the Stratford Culinary Guide is the go-to guidebook for navigating the city’s crop of hip restaurants, food tours, artisans, breweries, and distilleries. What better way to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stratford Culinary Guide than with a small, informal pop-up event showcasing the talents of the city’s chefs along with craft beverages from Stratford ’s breweries and distilleries. On Monday, April 29th, 2019, the Stratford Tourism Alliance hosted this anniversary event at Richmond Station . Owned by two alumni of the Stratford Chefs School , Ryan Donovan and Carl Heinrich , it was the perfect venue for this party. Each guest was treated to appetizing hors d’ oeuvres from a small group of young Stratford-based chefs. The #nextgen chefs are twelve young, up-and-coming, talented chefs that are making their marks on the Stratford food scene. Black Swan Brewery poured out glasses of their English Pale Ale and Indian Pale Ale , while Junction 56 Distillery served their refreshingly Black Raspberry Gin Fizz cocktail, a spin on the Sloe Gin Fizz cocktail with Junction 56 ’s black raspberry gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and topped with club soda. A sprig of lavender as the garnish complimented the gin’s floral notes. Stratford #nextgenchefs Junction 56 Distillery Stratford #nextgenchefs Black Swan Brewing In promotion of this year’s culinary guide, the Stratford Tourism Alliance launched an interview series of twelve young chefs called the Stratford #nextgen Chefs series. This blog series introduced Stratford’s new generation of culinary talent (all graduates of the Stratford Chefs School ) and celebrated the breath of fresh air they brought to the city’s culinary landscape. Four of twelve chefs were present at the tasting, and each chef presented two different sets of hors d’ oeuvres. The four chefs were: Meaghan Evely of Pazzo Taverna Ryan O’Donnell of Mercer Kitchen and Beer Hall Vincent Stacey of Pazzo Pizzeria Jamie Crosby of The Prune #nexgenchefs Jamie Crosby, Vince Stacey,Meaghan Evely, Ryan O’Donnell Each of the chefs was engaging with the guests as they posed for pictures and were delighted in the extremely positive feedback that they received for their food. They were also open to talking about their backgrounds, the origins of their love for food, and any other fun questions one would ask a chef. Chef Jamie Crosby from The Prune made two dishes: marinated mussels with wild leeks, lovage, ginger and maple tartlettes with islay scotch whiskey and charcoal cream . Both dishes were fantastic, and the charcoal cream tasted like a roasted marshmallow. When asked about his favourite ingredient to cook with, Chef Crosby responded by saying, “ whatever is in season ,” which is fair enough. The wild leek, a prominent component of his first dish, was his favourite ingredient for spring for its garlicky flavour. Stratford #nextgenchefs Chef Jamie Crosby Chef Meaghan Evely , Saucier at Pazzo Taverna presented two dishes: marinated sardine crostinis with salsa verde and fennel and marinated stuff plin with parsley oil and parmesan . She has been working as a chef for four years and has some of the coolest food tattoos ever seen on a chef! What she loves most about being a chef is the thrill of thriving under high-pressure situations. If the producers of Chopped Canada are reading this, you might want to visit Chef Meaghan Evely in Stratford and check her out in action! Stationed right next to her was Chef Vincent Stacey , who served pickled squash with dates, pancetta, and gorgonzola and smoked rillette with fingerling potatoes and apples . While his dishes were delicious, there was more talk amongst the guests about his dazzling smile and a fantastic head of chestnut brown hair. deep fried tuna sushi rolls with togarashi aioli and pickled ginger by Chef Ryan O’Donnell Savour Stratford Culinary Guide #nextgen chef Launch Savour Stratford Culinary Guide #nextgen chef Launch at richmond station Savour Stratford Culinary Guide #nextgen chef Launch The deep fried tuna sushi rolls with togarashi aioli and pickled ginger made by Chef Ryan O’Donnell was hands-down the crowd favourite of the day. Guests were coming back to his station for seconds, thirds, and fourths! After learning about his year abroad living in Mito, Japan , it was clear that Japanese culture and cuisine profoundly influenced his style. When asked about his favourite food memory, he recalled his second day in Mito when he walked into an izakaya and ordered an okonomiyaki . He then described the rest of the beautiful memory as such: “I t was topped with bonito flakes that were flying off the pancake like butterflies; when I saw that, I was like, woahhh! What is happening?!” deep fried tuna sushi rolls with togarashi aioli and pickled ginger by Chef Ryan O’Donnell Fashion Ecstasy interviewing #nextgenchefs Ryan O’Donnell Other highlights of the pop-up include a short thank you speech from Lori Degraw (Executive Director of the Stratford Tourism Alliance), and a short tour of the Richmond Station kitchen, led by Ryan Donovan . 分享此文:

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