Where to dine in Dubai this weekend: October 14 to 16

Tasting menus and new brunches are all on the agenda for a weekend of unforgettable dining in Dubai.

Thursday 14 October 2021

Aki Tasting Menu at 99 Sushi Restaurant & Bar, Address Downtown

Meaning ‘Fall’ in Japanese, 99 Sushi’s Aki tasting menu pays tribute to the venue’s star ingredient “toro.” With 13 extraordinary dishes, the menu unfolds in a sequence of premium creations, from the truffled capumiso soup to the sea bass and scallop ceviche, the 99 Katsusando and the Panko Mistura Maki. The exuberant feast also includes Wagyu Tartar Gunkan, 99 Foie and Truffle, Spanish Red Shrimp Nigiri, and chocolate fondant. AED 899 per couple,

GO: Email or call 04 547 2241 for reservations and more information.

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The Gipsy’s at Trader Vic’s, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah

Polynesian-themed restaurant Trader Vic’s JBR is bringing back Flamenco band, The Gipsy’s to perform live this weekend. Juan and Jean-Michel will be turning up the volume with classic hits such as Bamboleo, Volare, Baila Me and Djobi Djoba. Diners can enjoy Trader Vic’s culinary favourites such as Vic’s original poke, Peking duck, wok-fired chicken chow mein and jalapeño cheese balls, adding Latin flair to an especially ‘caliente’ week. Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 October, from 8pm to 2am. 

GO: Email or call 04 318 2319 for reservations and more information. 

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Friday 15 October 2021

The Secret Garden Brunch at Flair 5, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

Famed as one of the most Instagrammable venues in town, The Secret Garden Brunch brunch at Flair 5 ticks all the boxes for food, drinks, entertainment and atmosphere. This Secret Parties favourite is back for a new season with a menu of black cod miso glaze, maki rolls, ceviche and sharing dessert platters. Entertainment comes from a live DJ, saxophonist and dancers. Fridays, from 1pm to 4:30pm. AED 345 (soft beverages), AED 445 (house beverages), AED 545 (sparkling) and AED 745 (Champagne).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Dine al fresco at ROKA, The Opus by Omniyat

With the weather finally cooling down, Japanese robatayaki restaurant ROKA has reopened its terrace. The space reflects the restaurant’s stylish interior, showcasing a chic industrial design that is effortlessly cool. The heart of the terrace is an elevated high table with a built-in DJ booth from which diners will receive unrivalled views of the resident DJ. Guests will be able to dine al fresco, ordering from Rainer Becker’s fantastic menu whilst enjoying views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline. 

GO; Visit or call 04 439 7171 for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 16 October 2021

Señor Pico’s Mexican Brunch at Señor Pico, West Palm Beach

Packed with delicious California-Mexican flavours, guests can satisfy their food cravings with house favourites including spicy homemade salsas, velvety queso dip, sweet and sour mango salad, tacos and quesadillas. End Señor Pico’s new brunch on a sweet note with Mexican churros, creamy Tres leches cake and refreshing popsicles to beat the heat. Saturdays from 11:30am to 4pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (cocktails) and AED 379 (cocktails, hops and grapes). 

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Mare Nostrum Tasting Menu at Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm

Take a culinary trip back to the 1950s’ Italian Riviera with Torno Subito’s October tasting menu: Mare Nostrum. Kick start your Italian feast with Welcome From The Kitchen (mashed potato, black caviar and bagna cauda foam), followed by carpaccio (red shrimps, mixed seasonal vegetables and a roasted corn sauce). Next up is gnocchi di scampi (langoustine gnocchi served with seaweed, olive broth, and basil essence). The six-course tasting extravaganza continues with Fregola pasta (Mediterranean clams, lemon and bottarga) and acquapazza (roasted cod with mixed vegetables). Finally, cocco bello guarantees a sweet ending to the meal, with a refreshing pineapple salad, lemon and mint sorbet and foamy coconut and lime meringue. Available daily, from 6:30pm to 11pm. AED 499 (food only). A complimentary bottle of grape can be availed when ordering two Mare Nostrum tasting menus per table.

GO: Email or call 04 245 5800 for reservations and more information.

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