Weekend at Eastern Mangroves
The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa has recently launched an excellent weekend package. The Big Weekend deal includes brunch for two at Ingredients restaurant, a nightís stay in a deluxe balcony room and a breakfast buffet, all for Dh1,200. Because the hotel is located on the outskirts of the capital, itís easily accessible for both Dubai and Abu Dhabi residents. Call 02 656 1000.
Gagnaire at Reflet
From Saturday to next Thursday, the avant-garde French chef Pierre Gagnaire will be at his restaurant Reflet at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Gagnaire will be overseeing the preparation of a seasonal menu featuring game dishes Ė no doubt prepared in signature fashion Ė as well as mingling with guests in the dining area. Call 04 701 1127.
Amador to launch new menu
On Wednesday, the three Michelin-starred chef Juan Amador is paying a visit to his Amador Restaurant to launch a new autumn menu. The four-course meal starts at 7.30pm and costs Dh486. Expect to sample dishes such as scallops with roasted bread soup, foie gras and chanterelles and a dessert featuring cheesecake, tahini and Gorgonzola. Call Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, 02 657 3305.
Dining deal at Monte-Carlo
The Monte-Carlo Beach Club on Saadiyat Island has been open for a year and to mark the occasion, until Wednesday it is offering a weekday celebratory package. Pay Dh250 and you can sample a four-course menu of popular Mediterranean dishes, as well as enjoy free access to the hotelís beach and club facilities. Call 02 656 3500.
Variety rules at Indego
The modern Indian restaurant Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai is now open for lunch, serving a thali menu with a signature twist. The set menus (meat and vegetarian) change every three days, so frequent diners donít get bored. The thali lunch is priced at Dh170 (vegetarian) and Dh190 (meat and fish).†Call 04 317 6000.