Steam Sum Dim Sum

The man at the Festival City taxi queue handed me a slip of paper with the number 152 on it. Some time later the first cab for some time pulled up and he called out the next number in line. It was 104. It was time to give up and get something to eat. Steam…

Noble House

As Beijing unveils its gigantic new airport today, another spectacular Chinese marvel has thrown open its imperial doors closer to home. Seated in the eye of the pyramid in Raffles’ Noble House, it becomes patently clear as the evening progresses that, just as China is currently winning the race for the world’s biggest and most…

Thiptara

If you haven’t been to Downtown Burj Dubai then it’s worth a look, if only to see the Burj Tower up close. You can’t really miss it, although every time I drive past I’m convinced that it’s leaning to one side. An optical illusion I’m sure. What is for certain though is that despite being…

Rhodes Mezzanine

Someone once told me that one of the reasons chefs in upmarket restaurants like to use foam on dishes is because it quite difficult to do and requires specialist equipment. In other words, it’s not something that you can easily recreate at home yourself. This may, or may not be true, but when you specialise…

Waxy O’Conners Brunch

Nothing quite encapsulates fresh hope and genuine excitement like the first day of the new football season. And nothing sums up Dubai like a brunch, but the one brunch that is perhaps most talked about is the one at Waxy O’Conners. It’s attained a status that, while not quite legendary, is something of a Dubain…

The Dhow & Anchor

The British have given the world some great things: the internal combustion engine, the periodic table, radar, sports that take three days to play and have tea breaks, television, telephones, vacuum cleaners, penicillin, the train and much more. But these wonderful contributions to humanity are forgotten when it comes to the topic of food, especially…