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…

Acropolis now: the rise of Greek food in the UAE

A couple of years ago, there were articles in New York and London publications suggesting that following on from Peruvian and Mexican, Greek was about become the celebrated cuisine de jour. Many were doubtful Greek food could enjoy such a revival, but it appears the predictions may have had some truth to them. And that is being…

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…

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…

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 chef of Peruvian cooking is launching a ­restaurant in Dubai. Virgilio Martínez is the chef/owner…

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…

The meal deal

Dubai has become one of the world’s best cities for fine dining. So how did this happen, and can the city sustain this huge boom in high-end restaurants? In many ways, Dubai is comparable to Las Vegas. While neither had a long history of fine dining, both were desert towns pushing for tourism and the…