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Food news: Oysters at Sayad and all you can eat ribs at the Meat Co.

This week in local food news: oyster offerings at Emirates Palace; all-you-can-eat ribs at The Meat Co; and a new healthy cafe opens in Abu Dhabi.

Oysters at Sayad

The seafood restaurant Sayad at Emirates Palace is currently offering an oyster menu featuring bivalve molluscs from all over the world. Fans can choose between the firm, sweet fine de claire variety, opt for Irish-grown Muirgen oysters or try Russian Tasarkayas. Alternatively, the "oyster flight" option costs Dh160 and will bring you two of each, served on ice with shallot vinegar and bread.

All you can eat ribs

If oysters aren't your thing, The Meat Co restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are running an all-you-can-eat ribs promotion every Saturday and Sunday from now until February 17. Pay Dh185 and the staff will bring you an endless supply of braised beef ribs and a free drink with each rack. Note that the ribs can't be shared and each portion must be finished before the next one is ordered.

New healthy cafe in Abu Dhabi

Nathalie's Cafe opened in Abu Dhabi's twofour54 building this week. Right Bite's founder Nathalie Haddad is behind the venture and the cafe aims to serve healthy, wholesome, tasty food. Many of the items are preservative- and additive-free and contain low levels of fat and sugar. Nathalie's Cafe is open daily from 8am-8pm. Call 02 441 1330 or visit www.nathalies.ae.

Italian at Andiamo

Andiamo restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Dubai is running a Taste of Sicily promotion in February, in collaboration with the Planeta estate, which is known for its extra-virgin olive oil. Chef Angelo Pumilia will be cooking with Sicilian ingredients at a special brunch on February 15 and at dinner on February 16. Call 04 317 2222.

Chinese New Year at Atlantis

Atlantis, The Palm is celebrating Chinese New Year at two of its restaurants from February 9-15. Both Saffron and Asia Republic are marking the Year of the Snake with a selection of traditional dishes, fire crackers, gift bags and hong bao (red envelopes) filled with chocolate coins.The lion dance will also be performed nightly at each restaurant from February 9-11. Call 04 426 2626.

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