DIN­ING Culi­nary finds

New spots on our culi­nary radar

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Whilst a plethora of eater­ies

en­tice din­ers with their prom­ise of a va­ri­ety of cui­sine show­cas­ing the best dishes from around the world all un­der one roof, the Dusit Thani’s new­est restau­rant has re­ally nailed the idea of tak­ing din­ers on a culi­nary jour­ney.

Ital­ian Pax has been mag­i­cally trans­formed into an ur­ban street food con­cept serv­ing authen­tic Chi­nese, Korean, Ja­panese and Korean spe­cial­ties. To make the ex­pe­ri­ence more re­al­is­tic, each kitchen is named to re­flect the type of meals on of­fer: Kim’s Korean, Lucy Wong’s, Momo and Chatakana.

As you might ex­pect -- given it has to cover four re­gions -- the menu is ex­ten­sive, but not over­whelm­ing. Ja­panese of­fer­ings go heavy on sashimi and sushi, the prawn tem­pura rolls are a stand-out. Noo­dles and wok-fried op­tions make up the Chi­nese se­lec­tion and with a Malaysian chef at the helm, you won’t go wrong with what­ever you choose, but the Pe­nang Char Kway Teow was a wel­come rec­om­men­da­tion. Go spicy with a vin­daloo or mild with a Goan fish curry in In­dia, and ask which naan will com­pli­ment your cho­sen main, the gar­lic ver­sion was the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the creamy but­ter chicken we opted for whilst Korean high­lights in­cluded a tra­di­tional Kim­chi hot pot for those who can take some fire and a seafood and egg pan-fried pan­cake that will wow even the fussi­est of pescatar­i­ans.

The thing about culi­nary jour­neys is that it’s key to try every­thing, mean­ing it’s a strug­gle to fit in any more food... and then the dessert menu ar­rives -- so we will have to try the Mochi ice cream and the gu­lab ja­mun next visit. De­tails: Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Tel: +971 4 317 4515, dusit.com, @24thst­dubai


It’s hard to put this new

ven­ture, from the folks be­hind stal­wart Baker & Spice, in a box -- and per­haps that’s the fun of this twofloor eatery. It com­bines a mul­ti­tude of di­verse el­e­ments, both in its decor (think pink ban­quettes, brass ac­cents, an open kitchen and a kilm-car­peted stair­case) and in its menu which takes you on a trip round the world, with tra­di­tional flavours given a con­tem­po­rary twist.

Tick what you want off a list -- our ta­ble of four got through most of the menu -- and plates start ar­riv­ing promptly, served shar­ing style. High­lights in­cluded crisp savoury chur­ros that help you pol­ish off creamy hum­mus, pomegranate-flecked lamb shoul­der served on smoky mutable, diced scal­lops atop a seeded risotto and an ex­cel­lent grilled oc­to­pus.

Big­ger ap­petites might ap­pre­ci­ate the goats cheese pizza topped with sliv­ers of duck and driz­zled with honey or the sim­ple, but per­fectly cooked skirt steak -- don’t miss the Pol­ish con­tender, short rib dumplings served com­plete with a strong beet­root juice shot to fin­ish.

The nice thing about this menu is that on sub­se­quent vis­its, mix­ing dif­fer­ent dishes will bring about a com­pletely dif­fer­ent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence --- the smaller plates will also make ex­cel­lent bar bites with ex­pertly con­cocted drinks.

Sweet tooths will also be sa­ti­ated -- de­con­structed tres leches was in­trigu­ingly teamed with earl grey ice cream but we were drawn to the milk and cook­ies for a nos­tal­gic fin­ish.

De­tails: Opera Dis­trict, Down­town Dubai, Tel: +971 4 338 8717,


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