Hello, it’s me, I was wondering if after all this time you’d like to eat? No? Is that not what the lyrics are to the Adele song? Forgive us, but we’re feeling a tad peckish and can’t stop thinking about all the fantastic food that Dubai’s offering up on a plate this month. From precious Parisian cafés, to picnics in the park and even a New York state of mind, here’s all the foodie news that’s whetting our appetites this month…
Do you spend your evenings trawling through Instagram after the kids have gone to bed, eyeing up those beautifully-made cups of coffee and the most divine looking cake? Us, too, and you’ve surely stumbled on these delicious winter warmers from The Coffee Club. Get caffeinated with their new 24-carat cappuccino, which is available at their newest Golden Mile branch from next week onwards… that’s sure to put a jolt in your step, as well as your wallet!
The Coffee Club, Wasl Vita, Dubai, UAE, www.facebook.com/thecoffeeclubme
Transport to the heart of Peru thanks to new resto-bar-lounge Totora at DIFC Gate Village. This massive, two-floor space brings exciting and authentic flavours to our desert city… think fresh, quality ingredients for a romantic and elegant date night with hubby. We’ve yet to see the menu, but perhaps there’ll be some lomo saltado on it!
Totora, Gate Village 7, DIFC, Dubai, UAE, www.facebook.com/totoradubai
So you’ve got grand plans to head outdoors for a picnic and to enjoy the stunning weather; the baby bag is packed, bubba is strapped into the latest set of wheels, SPF 50 has been liberally applied… all that’s left to sort out is the actual food! One of our fave French bakeries, PAUL has launched a range of picnic bags that are ready for purchase so you can enjoy breakfast or lunch alfresco. Breakfast bags (AED 109 for two, AED 178 for four people) include pastries, fruit salads, juices, jam, butter, and more. Lunch offerings include a choice of salads and sandwiches, éclairs and tarts as well as a handy picnic blanket to sprawl out on. Ah, time to relax in the sunshine!
PAUL, locations include: City Walk and Dubai Mall, www.facebook.com/PAUL1889.arabia
Our sweet escape is New York – Serendipity 3, to be precise. It’s also the sweet escape of Beyonce, Oprah and Mariah. Schlep to New York no more for a taste of this cool café, as it just opened in Dubai Festival City! Chow down on the popular foot long hot dog, New York Steak of Mind, outrageous banana splits, and of course, the iconic Frrozen Hot Chocolate right here on our doorstep. We hear there’s a line ‘round the block…
Serendipity 3, Dubai Festival City and City Walk, www.serendipity3.com
Woohoo – our all-time favourite pizza place, Pizza Express is heading to JBR! Prepare yourself for balls on balls on balls… ahem, we mean doughballs, of course. This easy breezy resto is a family favourite among the Sassy Mama Dubai team, and it’s popping-up until Saturday, 27 February in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Featuring live jazz music and an exclusive pizza menu, we’ll definitely be heading down with the tots in tow…
Pizza Express, permenant locations include: Ibn Battuta Mall and Al Safa 1, Al Wasl Road, www.pizzaexpressuae.com
Cipriani x Seawings
Valentine’s Day is rearing its head and if you’ve yet to plan something special for the big night, we love this unique experience from Cipriani and Seawings. Take off on a private seaplane to Cipriani Yas Island and enjoy, arguably, the most stunning skyline in the world. Once you land at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, there’s a three-course meal waiting for you at the Italian fine dining restaurant. Better start dropping those hints at hubby for that romantic night out…
Cipriani, Building 1, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, www.cipriyaniyasisland.com
Could Dubai Mall get any bigger or better? Parisian bistro Aubaine recently opened its doors there, bringing contemporary cuisine to the most discerning diners. Craving carbs? The artisanal boulangerie and patisserie bakes hand-made French bread and pastries each day, which leave us with just one thing left to say: treat yo’self!
Aubaine, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE, www.facebook.com/aubainerestaurantsdubai
Did someone just ask us about our new year’s resolutions? But it’s February… surely they’re long forgotten?! If you’ve got the resolve (and we applaud you for that, mama!) and are sticking to your super healthy guns, check out Skye & Walker, a new healthy neighbourhood eatery. Dishes are guilt-free, nutritious and cater to vegan, raw and gluten-free diets. There’s raw carrot cake on the menu. ‘Nuff said.
Skye & Walker, Rigga Al Buteen Street Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek Deira, Dubai, UAE, www.skyeandwalker.com