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Chef Nobu will be at Atlantis, The Palm. Courteys Atlantis The Palm
Chef Nobu will be at Atlantis, The Palm. Courteys Atlantis The Palm
The Hyatt Regency Dubai. Courtesy Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency Dubai. Courtesy Hyatt Regency

Food briefs: Dine with chef Nobu and take a masterclass with Ed Baines

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Dine with chef Nobu

Reserve your place for an intimate dinner with the chef Nobu Matsuhisa on April 16, who will prepare an eight-course tasting menu for guests. The dinner will include wasabi oysters, lobster kakiage and wagyu beef, marinated umami-style. Priced at Dh1,200++ per person, 7.30pm, in Nobu at Atlantis, The Palm, call 04 426 2626 to reserve.

Yemeni fare in Dubai

The first branch of Mandilicious is now open in Dubaiís Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road, serving traditional Yemeni, slow-cooked mandi in a food court setting. Specials also include chicken kabsa and camel mugalgal. Home delivery and catering are available. Visit www.mandilicious.net or call 800 818181.

Dining at Ritz-Carlton

We hear that Abu Dhabiís newly opened Ritz-Carlton, Grand Canal, is home to 10 restaurants, all ready to welcome guests save for its steakhouse The Forge, which is only a week away from opening. This month, the Italian gelato and coffee cafe, Dolce, is celebrating seasonal strawberries. Indulge in strawberry tiramisu, strawberry Napoleon, strawberry tart and more. Open from 1pm to 11pm daily, 02 818 8282.

Barbecue deals at Hyatt

Every Thursday and Friday evening this month, the Hyatt Regency Dubai on the Deira Corniche will be hosting a poolside barbecue of fresh seafood and succulent roasts. Priced at Dh175 per person, including soft beverages, and Dh99 per child for kids ages 6 to 12, from 7pm to 11pm. To reserve, call 04 317 2222 or visit www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com.

Ed Baines at Jones

Book your spot early: Ed Baines, a judge on the popular TV show Britainís Best Dish, will be hosting a cooking masterclass (Dh995, 6.30pm to 8.30pm), a cooking demonstration (Dh295; 5pm to 6pm) and a signing of his latest book, The Best of Britain, at Jones the Grocer later this month. Heíll be in Dubai on April 23 and in Abu Dhabi on April 24. For details, email events@jonesthegrocer.com or call 800JONES (56637).

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