What’s going on this weekend? – BBC Good Food Middle East

From sensational Italian brunches to exciting sports bars and tasty Mediterranean cuisine, here are our suggestions for all things exciting in the UAE.

Lart Ristorante

Larte Ristorante, located at Studio One Hotel in Dubai, Studio City offers diners a cool place with a summer vacation feel to beat the heat. Tantalize your taste buds at this fine Italian restaurant, offering the best in contemporary Italian design, culinary creativity and artistic expression. LArTE Ristorante’s philosophy focuses on simplicity, honesty and seasonal cuisine.

The place organizes a Ferragosto brunch Saturday 20 August, with a 3-course menu, unlimited drinks, pizza making, children’s face painting, access to the swimming pool and games room. I promise Bellissimo!

Saturday August 20. AED 699 for two adults and two children, house package for AED 299 and soft package for AED 175. Call +9714 581 6870 to book or email [email protected]. Visit the website Where Instagram.

Meze, DoubleTree By Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

Head to the sophisticated Meze for an authentic Turkish BBQ dinner and Lebanese cuisine while enjoying picturesque sea views of the Arabian Gulf on Marjan Island.

The menu offers a delicious variety of succulent mixed grills cooked with fragrant spices, served with delicious cold mezes and hot bread fresh from the oven. Favorites include perfectly grilled rack of New Zealand lamb, tender steak and Lokum and fresh salted tiger prawns. Inspired by the vibrant colors and flavors of the spice markets of the Orient, diners are transported to a land of colorful, steep cobbled lanes and delicious culinary wonders.

Saturday from 6pm.AED268 for two adults. Call +9717 203 0104 for reservations. Visit the website Where instagram.

lucky fish

A modern-style Mediterranean spot nestled on beautiful Palm West Beach offers mouth-watering seafood, expansive views of Dubai’s iconic skyline, interiors reflecting a tranquil coastline, and luxurious beach cabanas.

Highlights include Treasures of the Gulf throughout August, where diners will be treated to weekly seafood-inspired specials, including 30% off local seafood and a selection of bottles of grapes . During Oyster Week through mid-September, enjoy a fine selection of oysters from the crystal clear waters of Dibba Bay Fujairah, available at the special price of AED 10 per piece. Birthday guests get a 20% discount on the entire bill and a free surprise.

Daily from 11 a.m. to late. E-mail [email protected] or call +9714 569 3447. Visit the website Where Instagram.

Offside, JA Ocean View Hotel

Come watch the big leagues on the biggest indoor screen in JBR and Dubai Marina! Whether you’re looking to watch top sporting events, play pool, darts or table football, this lively sports bar is the place to be!

When hunger strikes, you can satisfy your cravings with bar food including padrón peppers, barbecued ribs, a chewy bao bun filled with succulent pulled beef, and a half-meter hot dog that will light up your Instagram feed. An authentic smoker, meanwhile, will whip up mouth-watering American classics such as house-smoked chicken wings with homemade barbecue sauce and a smoked brisket sandwich.

Call +9715 6522 0219 or email [email protected]. Visit the website Where instagram.


Dynamic South Asian restaurant Mamafri has opened an impressive branch in Abu Dhabi at Sheikha Fatima Park Al Bateen. The menu takes diners on an exquisite culinary journey through the streets of Southeast Asia where stir-fry dishes are the highlight of their cuisine.

Expect traditional noodles such as Indonesian Mie Goreng, Mama’s Special Comforting Rice and the iconic Mamafri Wagyu Sandos, made with only the finest quality juicy cuts. To finish, try the fruity and tropical dessert ‘Coco Cloud’!

Open from 12 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. Visit the website Where instagram.


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