Building a healthy new model for fast food

Each year there are predictions for food trends, but the one ­consistent thing we see year after year is an increased movement towards sustainability and healthier eating. The question is, can this be done for fast food, too? Hapi, a restaurant in the artsy Al Serkal part of Dubai, is a “fast casual” concept where…

Peyote

Dubai International Financial Centre is often locally referred to as “Dubai International Food Court”. For many, the only reason to go there is to eat at one of the growing number of restaurants in the area. Peyote is the latest, having just opened on the site of what was Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers, which was…

The man who made modern sushi

Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi was born on the Japanese island of Miyako, and while you might not have heard of him, or the place he comes from, you are likely to have eaten some of the food he had a hand in influencing. In the world of modern ­sushi, this man is one of…

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…