Hot F&B venues in­side and out­side UAE ho­tels

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Hot F&B venues in­side and out­side UAE ho­tels


As with most dis­tricts in Dubai, Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre (DIFC) con­tin­ues to evolve at a rapid rate and venues such as Bazxar ex­em­plify the breadth of flavours. With its open-counter bakery (all items AED12), ca­sual set­ting area, bar and restau­rant, it caters for all oc­ca­sions and en­joys a prime lo­ca­tion, on the cor­ner next to Choithrams.

We popped in for the busi­ness lunch, opt­ing to sit in one of the four dis­creet semi-cir­cu­lar al­coves, although dur­ing our visit, both the larger ta­bles were busy with ex­ec­u­tives.

The busi­ness lunch is un­com­pli­cated com­pris­ing a soup of the day, and choice of five starters and five mains for AED130, or you can just go for an ‘ex­press’ op­tion of soup and main dish (AED99).

The veg­etable soup was pleas­antly thick, and fol­lowed by the thin-crust onion tart which had a spicy kick. For a main course, I went for the sea bass which had some greens un­der­neath (broc­coli) while my part­ner had prawans. We rounded off with a sticky tof­fee pud­ding and cookie served in a small black skil­let and desserts are priced AED45-55.


Dubai De­sign Dis­trict (D3) is start­ing to flex its culi­nary mus­cles with Chez Charles Restau­rant, lo­cated on the ground floor of build­ing 11, among the lat­est ad­di­tions. This con­tem­po­rary brasserie, which serves up French and Mediter­ranean-in­spired dishes, is cosey in­side with an out­door ter­race at the back and small lounge bar to the right as you en­ter.

Its week-long busi­ness lunch menu of­fers a choice of two starters, mains and desserts at an af­ford­able AED96 for two cour­ses, and three for AED126, which in­cludes one cof­fee per per­son.

I opted for two dishes on the à la carte, an at­trac­tively pre­sented quinoa salad and fresh salmon with finely mashed potato – which came in a

typ­i­cally D3-style nar­row plate. Three types of bread were pre­sented and you can round off with a choice of nine desserts, which I passed on and went for a strong cof­fee, served in a branded cup. Ser­vice was en­gaged and both cour­ses and cof­fee came in 45 min­utes. chezcharlesrestau­


Azkadenya, which takes a mod­ern ap­proach to tra­di­tional Ara­bic dishes, is a new ar­rival at Abu Dhabi’s Ma­rina Mall this sum­mer.

Its breakfast menu of­fers a se­lec­tion of man­aeesh and ‘signature eggs’ such as chak­chouka, along­side fresh fruit juices and smooth­ies.

For lunch or din­ner, ap­pe­tiz­ers range from home­style fried kibbeh to mod­ern falafel slid­ers, with a va­ri­ety of soups, sal­ads and sawani or ‘trays’.

Try a se­lec­tion of fakkharat (tra­di­tional Ara­bic cook­ing pots), sand­wiches such as chicken tawook and shawarma beef served with spiced French fries and grilled corn, plus home-cooked favourites like tra­di­tional Jor­da­nian dish mansa – or or­der a slice of falafel pizza (pictured).


“Fish head com­ing through!” It’s not a phrase I’ve ever heard at F&B func­tions but the au­dio sur­prise is noth­ing com­pared with the vis­ual one, where to­gether with other guests on the open­ing night of Kat­suya by Starck at Jumeirah Al Naseem, I stood mes­merised as Master Chef Kat­suya Uechi, with some as­sis­tance, made light work cut­ting up 100kg of Span­ish tuna in around five min­utes.

The pre­ci­sion of the dis­sec­tion was matched by the se­condary cut­ting in the open area nearby, where noth­ing was left to waste. Half an hour later, the large fish was trans­formed into neatly ar­ranged slices as you’d see in any restau­rant.

Do­ing the rounds were ex­cel­lent crispy rice with spicy tuna, yel­low­tail sashimi with jalapeno and wagyu fil­lets with foie gras, along with Burn­ing Man­darin cock­tails, part spicy part sweet. The Corn Crunch Roll is an­other spe­cial­ity (pictured).

The in-de­mand Philippe Starck adds de­sign flavour with in­ti­mate lounges tucked away on each side and don’t miss the ter­race at the back af­ford­ing Burj Al Arab views. Email: Kat­su­yareser­va­tions-uae@di­verse­din­ MEET ME OFF THE HIGH­WAY Com­pe­ti­tion in the busi­ness lunch sec­tor con­tin­ues to rise with Last Exit now ac­cel­er­at­ing into the space. The truck stop, on the out­skirts of Dubai, of­fers cor­po­rates the chance to refuel and catch up across 10 venues with dishes such as fried chicken (Chicks & Friends) and crispy fried fish (Ur­ban Seafood) – all for a rea­son­able AED45. las­

Top and above: Bazxar bright­ens up DIFC; Corn Crunch Roll from Kat­suya by Starck

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