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…

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…

The Atlantic

Two of Dubai’s beloved restaurants, The ­Rivington Grill and The Mango Tree, closed last summer. Given their prime ­locations in Souk Al Bahar, whatever replaced them was always going to be a significant addition to the dining scene. Speculation about what ­Rivington Grill’s replacement will be continues – word is it will be a Rivi…