The capital’s best cheese rooms
GIORNOTTE When visitors at this outlet’s Friday brunch get a map to get acquainted with all the food on offer (yes, it really is that vast), they also receive access to the hotel’s magnificent cheese room. Featuring a selection of 45 French and European fromages, expect to see everything from cheddar and Brie to the nutty Mimolette, a favourite of French president Charles De Gaulle.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
JONES THE GROCER
This casual café is pretty serious about cheese, so much so that it has climatecontrolled cheese rooms in Al Raha, Khalidiyah and Mamoura branches, as well as a cheese wall in Al Muneera. Each room has a rotating inventory of the good stuff (think goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses both pasteurised and non-pasteurised) including English cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield, official suppliers to Queen Elizabeth, plus a resident expert to offer advice.
The restaurant also hosts monthly cheese and wine evenings, where diners receive three glasses of vino with a selection of cheese and antipasto. This month the evenings will be hosted on September 8 at Al Raha, September 17 at Khalidiyah and on the 29th at Muneera.
Various locations including Pearl Plaza Tower, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs120 for cheese and wine night. Tel: (02) 6395883. Taxi: Opposite BMW Showroom. jonesthegrocer.com
Jones The Grocer