Gastrophysics

How a former cosmologist and Microsoft boss is changing cooking. It’s been described as the cookbook to end all cookbooks. El Buli’s Ferran Adria said, “it will change the way we understand the kitchen,” while Tim Zagat said it was, “the most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier…” The man behind Modernist Cuisine:…

Molecule restaurant brings French bistronomy culture to Dubai

You may not have heard the term bistronomy, but the culinary movement has revolutionised French dining, and could do the same for the UAE. A portmanteau of “bistro” and “gastronomy”, the term – spelt bistronomie in France – was coined in 2004 by food critic Sébastien Demorand while reviewing La Régalade, a small bistro that…

Folly

It is easy to dismiss yet another big restaurant opening in Dubai as simply more of the same, but occasionally one comes along that gives diners something fresh and new. Folly by Nick and Scott recently opened in ­Madinat Jumeirah, on the site vacated by Rivington Grill. The chefs behind it are Nick Alvis and…

Young chefs

Giorgio Diana was leading restaurants that earned Michelin stars while still in his 20s. While his Mediterranean food with a molecular touch has wowed ­diners and judges, it represents a life of sacrifice. To reach such high standards at a young age requires not just innate talent, but discipline and some big life choices. “I…

Wagyu is in its prime, but is it the best cut?

There are more than 100 places to get steak in the UAE and more steakhouses are opening all the time, which is testament to the fact that beef is one of the world’s most popular dishes. If there’s one thing the UAE likes to eat it’s beef, and the country’s connoisseurs have long enjoyed a…

Peruvian star chef Virgilio Martínez

For even the casual diner, it is no secret that Peruvian cuisine has become a big deal over the past decade, and in recent years the UAE has seen a number of ­excellent Peruvian establishments open their doors. Now, the Michelin star chef of Peruvian cooking is launching a ­restaurant in Dubai. Virgilio Martínez is…

Is the restaurant scene in Dubai oversaturated?

The UAE is one of the world’s leading food and beverage markets, worth Dh52.4 billion in 2015, according to global market research group Euromonitor. Dubai alone has about 7,500 places to eat, from street cafes and fast-food outlets to fine-dining and high-end restaurants established by big-name chefs. Many will showcase their best dishes during Dubai…