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Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017

Dining and Nightlife Dubai Restaurant Month

Beyond The Track,, The Ultimate DJ Line-Up


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Enjoy a selection of luxury 3-course menus at Dubai’s best restaurants for AED 249 or only AED 199 for Emirates NBD Cardholders. To make a booking or to view all the menus visit the dedicated Restaurant Month collection on Abu Dhabi Food Festival will return from the 7th to 23rd of December 2017. We are proud to be collaborating, for the second successive year with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi for this exciting event. We will soon be announcing a menu of tantalizing events for you to enjoy! From 12th to 14th December we will be working in partnership with SIAL Middle East to create a new communications hub, ‘Digitalise’. Those visiting SIAL ME will be able to consult with professional communications agencies and mingle with influencers. With Abu Dhabi gearing up for the 2017 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix we look at the best places to enjoy all the entertainment, on and ‘Beyond The Track’, courtesy of Alchemy Project. Our Exclusive Culinary Travel feature sees us explore the city that never sleeps, New York. As we discover the best places to stay and dine. For the latest foodie news visit Culinary Regards

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November Contents 32 Abu Dhabi Food Festival 6 Beyond The 10 Battle of the 14 BOA 16 Todd English's 18 99 Sushi 20 La 24


New York, New York! 28 Dubai Restaurant 32 SIAL Middle 36 Filini 38


Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017

A sensational selection of sumptuous food will be served up across the emirate from 7th to 23rd December, as the annual Abu Dhabi Food Festival returns to the capital bigger and tastier than ever!

Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi will be collaborating for the second successive year with Abu Dhabi Food Festival. We will be bringing you a host of exciting experiences alongside our partners.

Spread over seventeen days and taking in three weekends, Abu Dhabi Food Festival will cook up a storm and bring food-lovers, families and friends together to enjoy not only cuisine from some of the best street chefs but also some of the most scrumptious food available in the region.

This year also sees the return of the SIAL ME, the innovative and increasingly popular food, beverage and hospitality event. SIAL ME will feature eight distinct activities for 2017, including the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, Abu Dhabi Food Security Round Tables, where top industry experts will discuss the key issue of food security in the region, a Hosted Buyer Programme, where exhibitors and buyers can meet and match sourcing requirements, the La Cuisine competition for professional chefs, A Roaming Chefs feature, where the La Cuisine chefs will host guided tours around the show, the SIAL Innovation Area, which will showcase the world’s most innovative products, SIAL Conferences, innovative panels tailored to SIAL Middle East’s core industry sectors, and the prestigious Mercury Awards. The 36th edition of The Mercury’s will be held at Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017.

Running right across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi Food Festival will serve up fifteen new events this year, including Truckers Carnival, Street Food Market, Big Piknik, Beach Feast, Film Food Time, Truckers Stop, Surprise Long Table and the everpopular Street Feast in both Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, as well as a Truckers Park in Al Dhafra. Also ‘on the menu’, Abu Dhabi Food Festival will bring some of the best Street Food chefs from across the world to the region for the first time, where they’ll appear in various locations around the festival for live demos and cooking masterclasses. Food trucks will deliver a fantastic culinary experience, with more than forty food trucks featuring across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra with lots of different food options to choose from. The ‘Festember 40 Mule Market Space’ will bring a touring culinary experience to the Abu Dhabi Food Festival table, where six brand new mobile food concepts will pop up in exclusive locations around Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi Food Festival will have a full range of activations and promotions in the emirate’s hotels, restaurants and malls to look forward to as well. As you can see, the ‘festival menu’ is overflowing with tantalizing events and mouth-watering possibilities, with something sumptuous for every palate!

Enjoy a wide range of dining delights and street food sensations in various vibrant settings as the annual Abu Dhabi Food Festival returns to please food-lovers everywhere! A huge range of fine restaurants and food trucks will offer visitors an exciting line-up of the most delicious cuisines from across the world throughout this 17-day festival. Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism presents Abu Dhabi food festival 2017 and promises a diverse program packed with family-oriented activities and performances all across the Emirate. There will also be some top chefs scattered throughout Abu Dhabi Food Festival, adding more flavour to this awesome event! #ADFoodFest

Race Weekend Happenings, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

If you want to take in all the 2017 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix excitement whilst enjoy a myriad of fine dining options, look no further than Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. The hotel’s restaurants will be in full swing serving up a selection of delicious food and spectacular beverages over the 23rd to 26th November. Amici Gourmet restaurant, Johannesstube will take over Amici exclusively for the Race Weekend. Michelin-Star Chef, Theodor Falser will be at the helm of culinary creation, preparing mouth-watering dishes derived from natural ingredients in their purest form. Atayeb A delectable fusion of flavors from regions bordering the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, Atayeb at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi takes Moroccan, Tunisian, Lebanese and Syrian old-world tastes and gives them a modern flair, producing delicious hot and cold mezzeh, stews, tajines and couscous dishes. Kazu Offering guests a true taste of Japan you are invited to discover the delights created by Teppan Chefs. Savor culinary masterpieces from sushi chefs and enjoy a mouth-watering selection from the robatayaki grill. With a dedicated sushi and 8 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

sashimi bar, a tempura station as well as Japanese beverage experts to recommend the perfect accompaniment to your meal, Kazu is unlike any other Japanese restaurant in the city. Expect nothing less than the perfect authentic Japanese dining experience. Origins This award-winning restaurant is the ideal spot to savor delicious bites while overlooking the F1™ race track. Terrace Dining Thursday, 23rd November, from AED 350* per person. Friday, 24th November, from AED 750* per person. Saturday, 25th November, from AED 750* per person. Sunday, 26th November, from AED 3,300* per person. All packages include race concert tickets. Skylite Follow the action from the track to the roof. Enjoy premium beverages mixed by in house experts with 360 views of Yas Island and the Race Track. Entrance is free. Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, 02 656 0600 *Prices vary per day, prices subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

The Ultimate DJ Line-Up Just Got Even Better!

This year “Beyond The Track” promises to bring some of the biggest DJ’s to Abu Dhabi. As part of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2017 race weekend. “Beyond The Track” will take place from 24th to 26th November 2017 at the Du Forum, Yas Island. The line-up includes recently announced #1 Top DJ, Martin Garrix as well as globally acclaimed DJ’s Tiësto and Carl Cox. Recently added to the line-up are Justin Mylo, Brooks and Nic Fanciulli.

Justin Mylo Justin Mylo started making music at the young age of 14. After a few gigs at local clubs it made him even more eager to expand his passion for music. Once his first production came to life his talent was undeniable. At only 21 years old, Justin Mylo has played at some of the best-known venues. Since 2015, his summers have been filled playing at the residential shows of Martin Garrix at Ushuaïa Ibiza. He developed his very own sound and got to share it with the world in the year of 2016, by releasing tracks on labels like Spinnin’ Records and Musical Freedom. His collaboration with Martin Garrix, ‘Bouncy Bob’, became a big dance floor hit. This resulted in a growing global fanbase. His track ‘Jumping Jack’, released in the summer of 2016, currently has over 1.7 million views on YouTube.

Brooks Born and raised in the Netherlands, Brooks production skills have already propelled him far beyond the highest mountains. Over the last few years he has created his own innovative style of rhythmic electro house and hard melodic progressive house. If you take into consideration Brooks is handpicked by Showtek, you can only begin to understand how this highly talented freshman came to work with the 2-Dutch team. Brooks is ready to turn the world upside down with his typical mixture of hypnotizing breaks and dazzling drops, be prepared for the thundering Brooks.

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Nic Fanciulli Nic Fanciulli has become one of the most influential artists to come out of the international dance scene in several years. His journey to his current status has been an entirely organic one, born out of his genuine love for the scene and a desire to share this with others. Fanciulli’s kept up a big Ibiza presence over the years, becoming one of the most respected figures on the island. Having conquered Ibiza, ‘We Are The Night’ has also held parties in Croatia, Barcelona, Miami, New York and Mexico with many more to come. Aside from Nic’s own projects, he’s a regular of all the key parties on the island. His tireless work ethic has seen him continue to tour the globe relentlessly and expanding his many projects.

Beyond The Track, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Carl Cox , Nic Fanciulli and more to be announced!

Show Date Artist Opening Hours Friday, November 24 Martin Garrix, Justin Mylo, Brooks 10:00pm to 5:00am Saturday, November 25

Carl Cox Nic Fanciulli

10:00pm to 5:00am

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Prices start from just AED 395!!! For tickets and info visit or call 056 675 68 34

Toro Toro

Toro Toro’s latest address is the UAE’s Capital, Abu Dhabi. Located just behind Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Toro Toro is a standalone restaurant with its own entrance and valet. Behind the concept is award-winning chef Richard Sandoval whose Pan Latin flavors promise to tantalize taste buds across the city. The main dining room is situated on the ground floor whilst upstairs guests can enjoy an open terrace with uninterrupted waterfront views and the rhythms of the resident DJ. The décor fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, warm Latin-inspired tones of orange and red are enhanced by one-of-a-kind décor elements including handmade mosaic frames from Peru, displaying dramatic contemporary art and Mexican handmade carpets. The menu offers a wide selection of ceviches, hot and cold starters, skewers, empanadas, grills, steaks and sides. We select a range of small sharing plates, to start, Amarillo Ceviche, prawns, scallop, tuna, aji amarillo, olive oil, lime and Chile serrano. Although visually stunning this dish doesn’t have the depth of flavor we were hoping for. Next from the cold starters Toro Toro Salad, fava beans,

chayote, fresh cheese, roasted corn, crispy turkey rashers, tomato seed vinaigrette and the Smoked Guacamole, Mexican mashed smoked avocado served with tortilla chips. Both these dishes are amazing, the Toro Toro Salad bursts with flavor whilst the Smoking Guacamole is absolutely delicious, the smoke gives it a unique aftertaste that will leave you craving this dish for days to come. From the hot starters, the Corn Bread with tomato salsita. I can’t say I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this dish however its subtle flavors had us mmm-ing at every bite, so good we finish the entire portion. We couldn’t resist trying the Empanadas, we select Lomo Saltado Empanada, homemade pastry, sautéed beef tenderloin the sundried tomato chimichurri. Again, another great dish. Finishing on a sweet note, from the dessert menu we select the Tres Leches, passion fruit, fresh mango and the Merengado, crunchy merengue with a refreshing sorbet. Overall Toro Toro offers a great dining experience, the dishes are delightful and visually stunning, the décor is beautiful and the team are extremely friendly. We’d even go as far as saying that this is some of the best Pan-Latin cuisine we have tasted in the city. If Pan-Latin cuisine isn’t to your taste don’t let that deter you from visiting, Toro Toro does have the best open rooftop bar in the city. Amarillo Ceviche AED 55 Toro Toro Salad AED 49 Smoking Guacamole AED 48 Corn Bread AED 29 Lomo Saltado Empanada AED 55 Tres Leches AED 39 Merengado AED 39 Toro Toro, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, 02 811 5882 *Prices are subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

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Battle Of The Chefs

In April 2017, Roberto’s Abu Dhabi Executive Chef, Francesco Guarracino secured victory in the first round of the Battle of the Chefs. On Wednesday, 11th of October Enrico Bartolini, Roberto’s Group Chief Culinary Advisor, faced off the culinary champion in Battle of the Chefs round two, held at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi. Enrico Bartolini has long been praised by critics as one of Italy’s most talented young chefs, he received his first Michelin Star at the young age of 29 and his second at 33, a Michelin Star in Bergamo and one in Castiglione della Pescaia, acknowledgments that already after a few months from the opening of the two restaurants sealed his reputation as an internationally renowned chef. We were invited to the exclusive media preview which took place a day before the main event. Each chef prepared three of the six courses. We were kept in the dark about which dish had been prepared by which chef. We were then given a scorecard and after each course we were asked to rank the dish.

Here’s the dishes we thought were out of this world and received our highest vote. Antipasti – Chef Enrico Bartolini Ventresca di Tonno e Dintorni Seared Bluefin tuna belly, soya bean cream and fig gel Secondi – Executive Chef, Francesco Guarracino Bianco con Salsa di Peperone Affumicata Shiso e Carciofi Miso marinated Chilean sea bass, smoked bell pepper sauce shiso and artichokes Dolci – Chef Enrico Bartolini La Fragola, Lemon custard, almond sponge, strawberry sorbet, yogurt and honey cream Shortly after our visit it was revealed that Chef Enrico Bartolini had secured victory, he plans to return to the UAE in December for the third instalment of Battle of the Chefs. Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, 02 627 9009

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Thanksgiving Dinner 23rd November 2017 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Celebrate the all-American holiday and experience a sensational dinner buffet spread at The Terrace on the Corniche this Thanksgiving, spend quality time with loved ones and let us take care of preparing the rest! From AED 195.00* per person

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE 02 694 4553 | | *Prices are subject to a 10% service fee, a 6% tourism fee and a 4% municipality fee


One of the most renowned steakhouses in the city, BOA has long been a favorite amongst residents. Located at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade, BOA offers guests picturesque views across the mangroves and the distant city. Inside, the décor is contemporary, with warm tones and booths that offer a relaxing dining experience.

As we enter the restaurant we are warmly greeted by the team. We select our booth and start to look through the menu. For appetizers we opt for the Chilled Jumbo Prawns with lime cocktail sauce. Two juicy prawns are presented on a black slate plate, fresh and flavorful this is a great start to our dining experience. We also order the Pan-Seared Duck Liver, marinated and served with rocket, hazelnut salad and lemon curd, the combination of flavors offers a zesty yet rich taste. From the salads we choose the Table Side Classic Caesar Salad with prawns. This is an interactive experience as the salad is created and served tableside. Beautifully formed the prawns have been lightly infused with a subtle hint of garlic. For the steaks we opt for Australian Master Kobe Striploin 225g with Chimichurri sauce and the US-Black Angus Tenderloin 340g with BOA’s signature J-1 sauce. Both steaks are cooked as requested, medium. The Master Kobe is succulent, the texture is like butter. The Tenderloin is a great cut but for an extra AED 100 we’d suggest treating yourself to the Master Kobe. For sides we select the Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic, Sautéed Seasonal Mushrooms and the Sautéed Broccoli. All the sides compliment the steaks well, but we did find the mushrooms slightly too salty.

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For dessert we choose the Homemade Mascarpone Cheesecake and the Strawberry Passion. The Homemade Mascarpone Cheesecake is constructed on a bed of whipped vanilla Chantilly cream, topped with fresh berries and strawberry ice cream. This dish is decadent, light and creamy it offers a refreshing end to the meal. The Strawberry Passion is equally as refreshing with strawberry and chocolate ganache, fresh gariguette, almond crumble, Chantilly and ricotta ice-cream. BOA still is and probably will be one of the best steakhouses in the city for a long time to come, its great menu, accessible location and range of money saving promotions make it not only a fabulous dining experience but one that won’t break the bank either. Chilled Jumbo Prawns AED 95 Pan-Seared Duck Liver AED 80 Table Side Classic Caesar Salad, Prawns AED 75 Australian Master Kobe Striploin 225g AED 395 US-Black Angus Tenderloin 340g AED 275 Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic AED 35 Sautéed Seasonal Mushrooms AED 40 Sautéed Broccoli AED 30 Homemade Mascarpone Cheesecake AED 45 Strawberry Passion AED 45 BOA Steakhouse, Eastern Mangroves Promenade, 02 641 1500

*Prices subject to 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

Todd English’s Olives

Located in the picturesque Venetian Village you will find Todd English’s Olives. Todd English is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. His unique interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine and famous showmanship has impressed diners in New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, The Bahamas, Kuwait, Manila and Abu Dhabi.

Next the flatbread, we cannot resist the Bronx Bomber, garlic tomato sauce, beef pepperoni, caramelized onions, buffalo mozzarella, parmesan and basil. Its flawless crispy base and slightly salty aftertaste make this one great tasting dish. This is enjoyed with a side of Truffle Risotto Tater Tots. If you are ordering sides be sure to order these, you can thank us later.

Today we are visiting Todd English’s Olives for lunch. We choose to dine from the a la carte lunch menu. To start we opt for the Sweet Potato Brava’s, Beef Carpaccio and Watermelon Gazpacho. The Sweet Potato Brava’s are infused with honey jalapeno, avocado crema and crumbled feta, simple yet delicious we finish the entire portion. The Watermelon Gazpacho with feta cheese, minted oil, micro arugula is beautifully presented, the watermelon is presented in a soup style and served cold, the ricotta adds a creamy texture to the refreshing dish. The most popular dish, the Beef Carpaccio does not disappoint. Layers of beef cover a gorgonzola rosti cake, topped with mesclun greens, balsamic glazed onions, scallion aioli and parmesan. The bold flavor of the blue cheese works in perfect contrast with the beef.

Finally, dessert, we opt for the Canoli with mascarpone cream and peanut praline and the Chocolate Tart. Offering a modern twist on a classic Italian dessert the Canoli was served open, the taste however remained just as classic as expected. If you are looking for a delightful lunch or a relaxed dinner, we would recommend a trip to Todd English’s Olives. With, great Italian cuisine, indoor and outdoor seating, a separate bar and dining area and free parking on-site what’s not to love? Sweet Potato Brava’s AED 58 Beef Carpaccio AED 88 Watermelon Gazpacho AED 40 Shrimp Stuffed Ravioli AED 70 Spaghetti Polpettini AED 70 Bronx Bomber AED 73 Truffle Risotto Tater Tots AED 35 Canoli AED 40 Chocolate Tart AED 45

For our pasta dishes we opt for the Shrimp Stuffed Ravioli with seasonal ratatouille, minted butter sauce and grana padano along with the Spaghetti Polpettini, Todd’s old school spiced bolognese, meatballs and mascarpone fondue. Both pasta dishes are sensational, the freshness of the pasta is undeniable. Both dishes have a dash of sauce that adds a hint of flavor without overburdening the pasta itself, simple yet delectable. Todd English’s Olives, Venetian Village, Abu Dhabi, 02 404 1941 18 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

*Prices subject to 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and 10% service charge.

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99 Sushi Bar 99 Sushi Bar has opened its doors for the first time outside of Spain as part of The Galleria’s Dining Collection. Amid some confusion of its location guests can valet park at The Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi and once inside the hotel take the lift at the end of the corridor, which will lead outside 99 Sushi Bar. The entrance features a beautiful gold waterfall, as you walk through the door you will notice the venues contemporary design, infusing a variety of textures and colors from gold mosaic wall coverings to red velvet chairs and intricate Spanish floor tiles, acknowledgment to the brand’s heritage. 99 Sushi Bar boasts a lounge bar, restaurant and terrace. The terrace is equally as beautiful, with spanning views and a deep green moss wall, it almost feels like your own private hideaway. To start we order the Okonomiyaki, a corn tortilla topped with tuna usuzukuri and tare sauce. Best described as a Japanese pizza, we are impressed with the quality of the tuna, later we discover that 99 Sushi Bar only serves bluefin tuna, ensuring the highest quality. Next, Tiger Prawn Tempura with spicy creamy sauce. This dish is one of the best sellers and we can see why. The prawns are thick and juicy, the batter is light and crisp and the sauce adds just the right amount of flavor to compliment the dish. Moving on to the sushi, we select the Lobster Maki and the Soft Shell Crab Roll. Both come served in 8 pieces. The lobster is delightful and extremely fresh but the crab is our favorite, it offers a transition of flavors. The rice used for the sushi is also notably much fresher than that we had experienced elsewhere. From the warm nigiri sushi we choose the Golden Bricks, tuna tartar, avocado with tobiko and golden leaves, served in 6 pieces. This dish is exquisite, if they did Oscars for food this dish would surely be worthy. The Golden Bricks are not only perfectly presented but taste sensational, upon the bed of warm nigiri sits a thin slice of avocado which is then topped with a large spoonful of tuna tartar and tobiko, finished with finely cut strips of seaweed and golden leaves. This dish gives you a texture and flavor unlike any other we’ve tasted in a while. Finally, we cannot resist trying the 99-Black Cod, au gratin with two layers of red miso. This black cod measures up to others in the city extremely well, plus the portion size is almost double that of other restaurants. If you love the taste of miso this is the dish for you, the two layers give the dish a much bolder taste. Throughout our entire dining experience the quality of produce became undeniable, echoing through every dish. Only having 99 seats we hope that 99 Sushi Bar will be able to maintain the level of personalized service we received on our visit. We predict that this haute Japanese restaurant will be an enormous success amongst diners in the city. Okonomiyaki AED 99 Tiger Prawn Tempura AED 109 Lobster Maki AED 129 Soft Shell Crab Roll AED 90 Golden Bricks AED 159 99-Black Cod AED 209 99 Sushi Bar, 02 672 3333 *Prices subject to 10% service charge.

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Bespoke Dining Arrives At The Park Bar and Grill

The Park Bar and Grill at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas has always provided guests with an exceptional experience, this season the award-winning restaurant has announced a collection of bespoke dining experiences. Guest can now expect to experience an interactive journey of informal dining that surpasses the everyday with a uniquely gastronomical experience.

My dining companion enjoys the Chicken Caesar Salad, made tableside, steamed corn-fed chicken is presented with romaine baby lettuce, chia bread croutons, crispy wagyu slices and cured anchovies. It tastes amazing, the steamed chicken practically flakes at the sight of our fork.

From the seafood selection I sample the Halibut from Scotland, UK, 200g and the Tonight we are trying the Bespoke Experience, Whole Lobster from Canada, 600-800g chefs will create four courses based on the served with saffron aioli, vierge sauce and black garlic aioli. I also sample the grilled freshest produce. First to arrive is a platter Scallops with crispy kale, an intriguing dish. of delicious seafood, presented on a bed of The seafood is delicious and the lobster is seaweed, it emphasizes the freshness of the particularly exceptional. dish. We enjoy a selection of Belon Oyster from Prat-Ar-Coum France and Tuna Tartare with avocado, mango and lime. The oysters From the grill menu my dining companion enjoys a sample of prime cuts, Prime Angus, are delectable, plump and creamy with a Striploin Bone-In, sourced from greater slight crunch, whilst the Tuna Tartare ticks all Omaha, Nebraska, USA and the Wagyu the right boxes, the mango gives it a unique Tenderloin mg 7/8 sourced from Mulwarra, palatable taste. Victoria, Australia. Both dishes are plated Next, I enjoy the Green Pea Soup with fresh tableside, it’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with the chefs, who are more than ricotta cheese, mandarin, mint and pine nuts. happy to discuss this evenings menu so far. The soup is delightful, its dark green color is The steaks are sublime, the Wagyu elevated by the portion of thick ricotta, the pine nuts add texture whilst the mint gives the Tenderloin is our favorite and one that we would happily recommend. dish a refreshing aftertaste. 22 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Before our evening comes to an end the culinary team at The Park Bar and Grill have one more surprise in store for us, dessert. There is no menu, the pastry chef makes a fresh batch of desserts every day before service. This is presented on a dessert trolley and varies daily. Overall we would highly recommend the Bespoke Experience at The Park Bar and Grill. The quality of food is spectacular and the quantity of the portions are more than generous. What makes this experience so different is the interactivity of the culinary team. The team swiftly create beautiful dishes tableside adding an element of theater to your dining experience. Worth mentioning is that the team are exceptionally well trained and they never overstay their welcome or intrude on our evening, leaving us with nothing but fond memories of our bespoke dining experience. Bespoke Experience AED 460 per person. The Park Bar and Grill, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, 02 407 1234 *Prices are subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has announced a selection of new theme nights at The Terrace on The Corniche. The international restaurant presents a countless selection of delectable seafood, delicious sushi, fine grilled cuts and much more. Served from live interactive stations guests can enjoy a different cuisine every night of the week, ensuring something scrumptious for everyone. Traditional Sunday Roast Who doesn’t love a delightful roast with all the trimmings? Forget about cooking this evening and connect with friends and family over a succulent Sunday Roast. Price: AED 195* per person. Fresh Mondays, Healthy Night We all know it’s such a challenge to enjoy dining out when you are trying to eat well. This new healthy night at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi may just be the option you’ve been waiting for. The nutritious theme night is packed with goodness and gluten-free options. Dishes include, steamed salmon, poached beef tenderloin, roasted organic chicken, black rice and a large salad offering with options ranging from lentil green salad, artichoke salad to beetroot and goat cheese roulade. Innovative dishes include bunless beef burgers, salmon burgers and chicken wrapped in spinach tortilla. Even the desserts are low in fat, dark chocolate brownies, avocado mousse, green tea cakes, mixed berry jelly lollies and for those with intolerances they even have desserts like the soya milk pudding. Price: AED 195* per person. Tuesday, Spice Night Take a captivating journey along the Silk Road each Tuesday and discover something for every palate. Savour exquisite specialties from Morocco, the Levant, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and India. Price: AED 195* per person. Wednesday, From The Sea Savour a spectacular selection of fresh seafood cooked to order with Arabian flair, highlights include fresh scallops, lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and an exquisite array of fresh sushi. Fresh seafood specialties are served to the table. Price: AED 205* per person.

Thursday Night Brunch, Sushi and Steak The St. Regis evening brunch featuring sushi and steak offers the perfect solution. Thursday’s at The Terrace serve up a fabulous variety of fine meats sourced from all around the world. From steaks, lamb, rotisserie chicken, cured meats, Pâté, terrines, roulades and a dedicated all you can eat sushi station, packed with all the favourites. Price: AED 195* per person. Friday Night Brunch, Ravioli and Wellington **Editor’s Choice ** Every Friday, The Terrace on the Corniche presents Ravioli and Wellington night, representing the best of British and Italian cuisine. Wellingtons range from, traditional beef to lobster, chicken, salmon and cod. Ravioli is made fresh and includes beef, eggplant, mascarpone, seabass and potato options. The Wellingtons are superb and the large Yorkshire puddings make the dining experience even more enjoyable. Admittedly we slightly overindulged in the Wellingtons but be sure to leave some room and try the eggplant pasta it tastes amazing. Once all is done venture to the fresh pie station and take your pick from cherry, chocolate or apple pie, baked fresh, we wouldn’t blame you for going up for seconds. Price: AED 195* per person. The Terrace on the Corniche is The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s signature day to night restaurant. Located on the ground level, a highlight of this vibrant dining destination is the indoor-outdoor flow. Guests can choose to dine in the richly coloured main dining room or al fresco at the enchanting garden terrace and bar, which also enjoys private access from the Abu Dhabi Corniche. All theme nights start at 7.00pm and finish by 11.00pm. St. Regis Abu Dhabi, The Terrace on The Corniche, 02 694 4553 *Prices subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

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New York! A lot has been said and written about the city which never sleeps: New York. But NYC feels different based on what you like, food, monuments, art, culture, parks and a myriad of other offerings which make this melting pot of cultures one of the most dynamic cities in the world. There is something for everyone in this vibrant city, from fine dining, casual eats to street food and carts. We have rounded up the most luxurious places to stay and eat, so what are you waiting for? Pack your bags because it’s a long journey! Traveling to NYC Direct flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to John F Kennedy Airport, New York City start at AED 4200 with a travel time of 14.5 hours. If you’re looking to save some money, you can add 1 or more stops to your journey for a reduced economy price of AED 3000 onwards. Albeit if you are looking to travel in style, business class tickets start from AED 16,000 for a return journey. Top 3 Luxury Hotels Hotel hunting can take a lot of planning, so here is a round-up of the top 3 luxury hotels in Manhattan, New York City. The Plaza For 110 years, The Plaza has been synonymous with luxury in New York City. A legendary symbol of the city, this 5-star property is sure to delight any food lover with its 5 restaurant options, a food hall offering a collection of fine food purveyors, as well as counter-style dining options. The Peninsula Located centrally in Midtown Manhattan, The Peninsula is in walking distance from Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums and exciting Broadway theatres. Steeped in luxury and offering 4 restaurants for dining, it also hosts a rooftop lounge with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Baccarat Baccarat is a legendary French crystal company, founded by King Louis XV, whose artisans have mastered their craft for over 250 years. The hotel, designed by the same company, offers limitless luxury and a deluxe afternoon tea experience. The spa lovers amongst you will appreciate the experiences offered at the hotels in-house spa.

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Dining in Luxury They say if you ate out every day in NYC, it would take you over 10 years to get through all the restaurants in New York City. We have eased the process of looking for the perfect dining spot with our list of the top fine dining restaurants in the city. Per Se 3* Michelin Chef Thomas Keller, the multiple award-winning American chef runs two signature restaurants - The French Laundry on the West Coast and Per Se in NYC on the East Coast. Per Se makes you feel at home, comfortable and well cared for. Oozing class from the second you enter, this experience is typically 3 Michelin Starred, with great service and fantastic food. But it is more than just that.There is a feeling of comfort and familiarity, the feeling that makes you want to come back. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare 3* Michelin Offering an upscale 20-course tasting menu, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare offers a kitchen counter experience which bridges any gaps between the kitchen and diner, boasting a fusion of Asian and French flavors to delight your taste buds. Reservations are highly recommended as it books out months in advance. Momofuku Ko 2* Michelin David Chang’s beloved Ko is an experience not to be missed. With a U-style kitchen counter seating, Ko offers a multicourse, Asian-accented American meal in the presence of fun wall art by talented artist David Cheong, which places you right in the middle of the action. Blue Hill Farm A stunning farm and restaurant located in Tarrytown, an hour’s train ride away from NYC, is truly a phenomenal dining experience and one not to be missed. Rated one of the best restaurants in the world, Blue Hill Farm is changing the way food is grown and gives a whole new meaning to ‘Farm to Table’ dining. Eleven Madison Park 3* Michelin Rated the best restaurant in the world 2017 by S. Pellegrino, this fine dining establishment recently went through a complete refurbishment and has re-launched with new decor and a tantalizing new menu, thanks to Chef Daniel Humm and co-owner Will Guidara. There is a long waiting list, so reserve your spot soon! Daniel 2* Michelin Daniel Boulud is an institution in the USA and the elegant façade, revolving door, sound of clinking glasses-even before you reach the dining room make you feel a part of something special at this great Chef’s namesake restaurant. Contemporary French cooking in an elegant setting, this classic restaurant is an impression of the fine luxury New York has to offer to diners. Words by Pallavi Sangtani When she’s not being a marketing ninja, Pallavi can be found dining at some of the best restaurants in the world. Blog: Instagram: Twitter: 30 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

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Dining and Nightlife Dubai Restaurant Month

Dining and Nightlife Dubai Restaurant Month is back for its second year! From 1st to 30th November 2017, for a set price of AED 249 per person guests can enjoy a selection of gourmet 3 course menus at Dubai’s best restaurants. Emirates NBD Cardholders pay only AED 199 when paying with their Emirates NBD card.

Marina Social Brought to you by acclaimed Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton, experience creativity, conversation, class and comfort within a relaxed, social atmosphere against a stunning backdrop. Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, 04 446 6664

Participating restaurants include,

Vanitas With an emphasis on classic Italian food, this signature Italian restaurant at Palazzo Versace Dubai, Vanitas, is a restaurant with finesse, offering a range of expertly curated dishes. Vanitas, Palazzo Versace Dubai, 04 556 8820

Sea Fu Sea Fu invites you to enjoy a splendid dining experience, indoors in air-conditioned elegance, or outdoors on the shaded terrace. Experience one of the best seafood restaurants in Dubai. Sea Fu, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, 04 270 7777

Enigma Enigma brings Turkish cuisine to life in a new and creative way which is sure to captivate the diners’ imagination. Enigma has an indoor and outdoor seating area which offers beautiful views of the main pool and Dubai Creek. Enigma, Palazzo Versace Dubai, 04 556 8830

Waka Waka Restaurant and Bar brings together art and food showcasing a fusion of Latin American flavours combined with Japanese seasonings in a truly unique taste experience. Waka, The Oberoi Hotel, Business Bay Dubai, 04 444 1455

Junoon An acclaimed, Michelin-starred, contemporary Indian restaurant from New York, with a diverse menu offering an innovative take on traditional Indian recipes and an extensive beverage list. Junoon, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, 04 405 2717

PLAY Restaurant and Lounge The PLAY concept has been carefully curated to unlock new possibilities in culinary pleasure, allowing guests to relax, socialize and celebrate in an electric environment that stimulates the senses. PLAY Restaurant and Lounge, The H Hotel, 04 336 4444

Key West Expect authentic ingredients grown locally, the freshest fish and seafood, citrus flavours and signature spice rubs for the grilled meats in the Josper grill. Key West offers the perfect blend of Floridian, Caribbean cuisines with Latin influences. Key West, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai, 04 376 6000

Aji Ají brings together it’s take on Nikkei cuisine with flavourful combinations that will intrigue your palate, with the unique marrying of ingredients, combinations, textures, and cooking techniques. Ají, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, 04 552 0244

Sicilia Authentic yet simple home-style Italian cooking with a Sicilian edge is what this restaurant with its wood fire oven offers you. Sicilia embraces a “Grotto” philosophy of “cook what is fresh today”. Sicilia, Movenpick Ibn Battuta, 04 444 5613

Observatory Bar and Grill Set on the 52nd floor, offering magnificent panoramic views across Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah, this inspiring 360-degree restaurant and bar is the pinnacle of culinary excellence. Observatory Bar and Grill, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites, 04 319 4000

Fish Market, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Enjoy majestic vistas of Deira Creek and the freshest seafood available at the award-winning Fish Market. The restaurant’s seafood selections are delightful. Fish Market, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, 04 205 7033

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Rejoice this Thanksgiving, and take a twirl over the capital at Stratos... Serving contemporary American favourites from oysters rockefeller, succulent roasted ribeye, smoked and sticky brisket, partnered with handcrafted beverages and other state-side favourites. Special Menu at AED 225* or add AED 125* for bourbon package. November 20 until November 23 from 7pm onwards.

Taste a slice of America right here at Market Kitchen Abu Dhabi this Thanksgiving with our masterfully crafted 4-course menu at AED 220*. House beverage package available with additional AED 95*. November 19 until November 25 from 7pm onwards.


Zesty Lemon Cake

This light zesty lemon cake is irresistible. Perfect all year round no matter what the occasion.

Ingredients For the lemon cake: · 4 medium eggs · 250g caster sugar · 250g butter · 250g self-raising flour · 2tbsp milk · Zest of lemon · 1tsp vanilla extract For the lemon filling: · 3 level tbsp lemon curd · For the lemon frosting: · 125g unsalted butter · 250g icing sugar · 4 level tbsp lemon curd · Pinch of salt Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. 2. First take all the ingredients listed in the lemon cake section. Beat the butter, add the eggs, followed by the sugar, milk, zest of lemon, vanilla extract and finally sift the flour. Beat until smooth. Divide mixture equally between two sandwich tins. 3. Bake cakes in the centre of oven for 35 mins, once the centre of the cakes feel firm, they are ready. 4. When cakes are cooked, leave to cool for 40 minutes. Then once cool cut each cake in half making four separate layers. Spread the lemon curd between each of the layers and gently place on top of one another. 5. To make the lemon frosting, beat the butter until soft, add the lemon curd, a pinch of salt and the icing sugar. Whisk until creamy then spread all over the cake. Enjoy!

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SIAL Middle East Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!

SIAL Middle East will take place from 12th to 14th December 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. SIAL Middle East is one of the region’s most prominent food and beverage industry events. With a special focus on the food service sector, the 2017 edition will feature Arabia Feast Edible Buffet, a new culinary competition developed in line with the Emirates Culinary Guild’s constitution to ensure the enhancement of Emirati Cuisine. A team of 2 chefs will present a traditional Arabian wedding feast, as it would be served at a five-star hotel in the UAE for 20 guests. This new feature is part of La Cuisine, which is the region’s largest culinary competition with a 1,000 participants competing to win one of the four titles.

Digitalise This year sees the addition of Digitalise. In partnership with Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi, Digitalise will be SIAL Middle East’s communication hub. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with professional agencies such as Digital Farm and Acorn Strategy, who will carry out free Digitalise health checks and advise visitors on how to improve their social media and better their communication.

SIAL Innovation will once again showcase the latest food innovations from across the world. Whether for food service, retail or the food industry, SIAL Middle East will be bringing the world’s most innovative products to the exhibition floor.

2017 UAE National Coffee Championships A testament to the incredible growth of the specialty coffee scene in the Middle East, three official competitions, certified by World Coffee Events (WCE) and sanctioned by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), will take center stage at the championships, bringing together the region’s most passionate and talented baristas.

Running for 35 years, The Mercurys is the most prestigious award in the travel catering sector. The awards recognize the very best in travel catering with five main award categories spanning airline meals, service, general on-board food and beverages and equipment. More information on the competition is available at What’s New This Year, Middle East Food Forum Middle East Food Forum combines various initiatives like, forums, restaurant leadership, business series, networking events and partnered events. This year the Middle East Food Forum will be located within SIAL ME event. 36 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Finally, the hub will also host a speed networking session with top UAE influencers. Offering restaurants the chance to connect and increase their brand awareness.

Baristas and coffee professionals are welcome to register to compete in one or all three competitions. Registration forms, competition rules and regulations can be accessed by emailing Other initiatives at SIAL Middle East 2017 include Abu Dhabi Food Security Roundtables, Regional Coffee Championships, SIAL Conferences and Roaming Chefs. For more information and to register for SIAL Middle East 2017, go to:


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FRIDAY FAMILY BRUNCH at MĂśvenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate

Embark on a culinary journey at Al Bahou and travel the world with your taste buds one bite at a time! Enjoy an array of Middle Eastern favourites, beautifully crafted delights from Asia, Italy, India, Andalusia and lots more with unlimited beverages. Our younger guests can enjoy a wide selection of bites from the children’s buffet and plenty of activities to make this brunch a true family affair!

AED 325 Soft beverages

AED 425 House beverages

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Filini Garden

Filini Garden will offer guests a relaxed yet sophisticated open-air Italian restaurant and lounge. Located on the side of Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, guests will be able to visit Filini Garden for lunch, dinner and brunch. Guests will enjoy stunning, uninterrupted views, spanning across the golfing greens and out onto the creek. An upper and lower deck creates an informal bar and lounge experience. The dedicated entrance with lush green foliage adorning the pergola sets the mood, as the ambient music draws you through to the lower deck where resident DJs Cliff Townley and Paul Hamilton create an unrivaled playlist. The lower deck lends itself to a true Mediterranean garden where guests can relax at their tables with soft lighting, a cool breeze and the best sunset views in Abu Dhabi. 38 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Guests can enjoy cicchetti, delectable small plates of food that are the perfect accompaniment to be enjoyed with your choice of beverage. The upper deck of Filini Garden features a classy bar serving haute-couture mixers inspired by Italy’s most celebrated fashion designers, as well as signature concoctions created by creative mixologists. At the bar or at the table, diners can enjoy both cicchetti and an extensive array of signature dishes from the main menu. Each day of the week is themed with a special dining and entertainment concept that is sure to give guests a delightful experience. Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, 02 656 2000 Opening 6th November 2017!

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Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi Edition 34 November 2017  

Vlog, print and digital foodie magazine. Written by food and beverage experts. Proudly established in the UAE for the UAE!

Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi Edition 34 November 2017  

Vlog, print and digital foodie magazine. Written by food and beverage experts. Proudly established in the UAE for the UAE!