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

From unconventional brunches to new nightlife experiences, here are our suggestions for all things exciting in the UAE.

Paparazzi Tuscan Restaurant

Spice up your Friday night with the all-new Brunch Amore, featuring an authentic three-course Italian menu. Treat yourself to an evening of delicious food, such as antipasto plates and traditional pasta, live Italian music and great conversation.

Paramount Midtown Hotel. Fridays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. From AED 249 per person. Call +9714 248 3333 or email [email protected]


Captivating neo-bistro, GARTH, has launched a new date night experience that has all the ingredients for a romantic date, including a 4-course meal and a bottle of stellar grapes. The menu was co-created by Executive Chef Alena Solodovichenko and Head Chef Mohamed Musthafa, and places great emphasis on originality, with each dish a reimagined celebration of flavors.

Lounge 9, Kempinski Mall of Emirates. Thursday from 7 p.m. AED499 per couple. 4-course menu and a bottle of grapes for the couple. Call +9715 8530 7499. Visit website or Instagram

Japanese Reif Kushiyaki

Recently awarded by the MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki launched the “Buranchi” fixed menu, an unconventional brunch that offers all-you-can-eat dishes of sashimi, nigiri, maki, gyoza, kushi chicken skewers, salads, and more. Several original dishes are also offered, such as Angus beef braised in clay pot rice and ebi katsu sando, with nasi lemak with chicken or fried fish, and omurice, which is making a comeback.

Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Road. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (available for a limited time, advance reservations are strongly encouraged to guarantee places) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. AED238 per person. Children under 6 eat free, children 6-12 pay half price. Call +9715 0235 7071 or email [email protected]


Savor the treasures of the sea as they would on the Mediterranean coast with the Friday seafood themed evening at Armani/Mediterraneo. Celebrate seafood in all its delicious forms from France to the Levant, with mouth-watering dishes such as oysters, razor clams, tiger prawns, lobster tails, blue crab and hot entrees like surf and turf, creamy cod, stuffed squid and seafood paella.

Lobby level 1st floor of Burj Khalifa. Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. From AED 349 per person for food only. AED 175 per child aged 6-11. 5 and under dine for free. Call +9714 888 3666 or email [email protected]

Meraki Riyadh

Discover the mouth-watering flavors of Greek haute cuisine with Meraki Riyadh’s new lunch menu, featuring some of the brand’s most popular dishes, such as beef gyros tacos, Mykonian salad, saganaki prawns, tagliatelle with salmon, chicken, zucchini and feta and Suite.

Weekdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. SAR285 per person including soft drinks and coffee. Call +9669 200 1050 or email [email protected]


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