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Greek restaurant GAIA opens at Dubai's DIFC
Izu Ani has opened his latest concept in DIFC in collaboration with fellow chef Orestis Kotefas. GAIA is a GreekMediterranean concept inspired by the Greek goddess of all earth, the mountains, sun, and sea. Ani and Kotefas designed the menu incorporating the core elements of Greek cuisine while adapting it for the Dubai fine-dining scene. Among the signature dishes on the menu are Greek salad, baked feta, seabream carpaccio, and baby goat.
Eggspectation opens third UAE location in Sharjah
Montreal-born restaurant-café brand Eggspectation has opened a new UAE location in the emirate of Sharjah. With two outlets already in Dubai, at JBR and City Walk, it’s the third venue for the brand, and is located prime space beside the University of Sharjah and Sharjah College of Medicine at Matajer Mall. The restaurant has over 100 seats including an outdoor area, and the design stays true to its Canadian roots with the walls adorned with art from Montreal.
IHG to remove plastic straws from hotels worldwide
InterContinental Hotels Group is to remove plastic straws from all of its hotels’ F&B outlets by the end of 2019. With over 5,400 hotels in almost 100 countries in the group’s portfolio, the move will eliminate around 50 million single-use straws that will be replaced with biodegradable alternatives.
Middle East chefs showcased in pastry recipe book
Two Middle East-based chefs are featured in a dessert recipe book commissioned by the French Dairy Board (CNIEL - Centre National Interprofessionel de l’Economie Laitière).
Fauchon executive pastry chef Antoine Chassonnery and Bateel’s executive pastry chef Vincent Cockenpot both have recipes in La Crème de La Crème.