Scalini

There’s an idea of Italian food as the “food of the soul”, and it’s something that’s been lost in recent years. We lost it amid a rush to modernise and change. It was usurped by restaurants with “concepts” that need explaining to you, food being served on things other than plates, waiters in trainers addressing…

Chef Michael Mina on his new launch in DIFC

Another big-name chef has opened a restaurant in Dubai. Egyptian-born American-based chef Michael Mina has just launched Mina Brasserie in DIFC on the site of what was the Firebird Diner. He tells us why he chose Dubai for his first overseas restaurant, why Middle Eastern food is the next big trend globally and how he…

Why Galvin is The New Rivington Grill – But so Much Better

There’s not a week, nor restaurant conversation, that goes by without someone lamenting the passing of Rivington Grill. It closed down on 5 June last year, and for many it meant their go-to restaurant had gone. We may have found the replacement. Galvin is somewhere that could be your semi-regular. There are enough good choices…

Every Kitchen Should Have a Copy of The Palestinian Table

Yes, we see you frowning and saying, “Arabic cookbook? It won’t be as good as my mother’s cooking” but even if you really believe that to be true, that’s not the point. It’s essentially a “how to make the greatest hits of Arabic cooking” guide from three generations of one family and an ideal place…

You Can Now Fly In Albaik Fast Food From Saudi Arabia.

There’s nothing like exclusivity to make something desirable, and the legend of anything will only grow when it’s not widely available. But the fast food chicken outlet Albaik only exists in Saudi Arabia and has a reputation as the being some of the best fast food on earth. It’s the kingdom’s own version of KFC…