Food blogger Monica from DoinDubai.com joins The Ticket team to discuss new menus, new restaurants and new deals in town. DoinDubai articles are written by Monica, based on her real experiences and packed with helpful information such as phone numbers, maps, real pictures and things she thinks could be improved. Take it away, Monica!
WHO IS MISS WANG AND WHERE DOES SHE LIVE
Miss Wang is an independent, stylish woman who knows her own mind. Find her at the Majestic Hotel in Bur Dubai. She’s responsible for putting the cool back into Mankh cool! We loved this place, a cozy club serving Pan Asian dishes with a a very good band. I recommend the Asian fish and chips where the batter is made with kaffir lime leaf!
The Singapore salad was also good. Do try singing for your supper in-between courses in the cute karaoke room. Wish I lived nearer, would visit more often!
I THINK I’M IN LOVE – WITH THE VICEROY DUBAI
Just another sky scraper with restaurants… But how wrong was I.
I LOVED our experience at the new Viceroy Dubai last week. This is a very Cali vibe, think Miami meets Santa Monica on the Palm Jumeirah. We ate at signature restaurant Quattro Passi and dined on classic buratta salad with tomatoes from Sorrento and wild rocket, sublime sea bass, but the portion for AED 185 could have been bigger. There was however, very good parmigiana melanzane. It’s a cool, elegant space in a Californian type of way, but the original Quattro Passi is in Nerano in Italy, between Capri and Positano. You can also try the bar Elevate on the 13th floor, or eat at the more casual pool side Boulevard on One restaurant, or go eat when Made in Shanghai opens hopefully later this month. Victory for the Viceroy Dubai as far as I’m concerned.
Here’s Roberto Nillson, the Swedish chef talking to me about Quattro Passi.
A GREAT BRITISH RESTAURANT: DUKES DUBAI
It’s finally open! Dukes Dubai, the sister branch of Dukes London is open at the Oceana building on the Palm Jumeirah. We had a good look round last week and had lunch at the GBR that stands for Great British Restaurant. Expect high-quality British food here, served in elegant surroundings. Everything on the menu looks delicious, but I recommend the dover sole (AED 165), the organic salmon (AED 135) and the fish pie made with monk fish cheeks (AED 140) Did I mention the mash potatoes with gravy? You’ll have to leave room for dessert though! I recommend their take on the English Classic chocolate bar – The Walnut Whip (AED 55) Chef Martin Cahill hails from the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, so the standard of cuisine is stratospheric here. Fun Fact: Did you know Dukes has an ladies-only floor in the hotel? Everything is especially designed for ladies including the slippers, gowns and you even go directly to a ladies only breakfast lounge too. I haven’t seen the champagne bar, but it does look just like the one in London, all pink and green!
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