The best of what's on the menu and where to eat it.
Food Bites: from Persian deals to live jazz dinners
Persian meal deals
Niloo's, the Persian restaurant in Meadows Village Centre, Dubai, is running two special deals this summer, with the intention of introducing customers to traditional dishes. Its Dh75 "Weeknights with Niloo's" promotion includes a joojeh kebab (minced meat with special spices) or kebab koobideh (grilled chicken pieces) served with Persian bread or salad, lemonade with mint on arrival and a soft drink during the meal. The Friday buffet meanwhile costs Dh99 and features a new dish each week. For more information call Niloo's on 04 360 8880.
Tasty Thai samples
This isn't exactly a new deal from the Thai Kitchen at the Park Hyatt Dubai, but it is a good one, so well worth flagging up. On Wednesday evenings, you can sample an unlimited number of dishes - all served at the table, rather than buffet style - from an only slightly reduced version of the normal menu, for Dh220 per person. The grilled crab salad, shrimp toast and beef with oyster mushrooms and palm sugar dressing are particularly good. For reservations, call 04 317 2222 or 04 209 6887
Set menu at The Ivy
Following on from Jumeirah Restaurant Week, The Ivy has just launched a "Chef's Plate" menu which will run until the end of Ramadan. The Dh200 three-course menu will change on a weekly basis and features a selection of the restaurant's signature dishes. For reservations, call 04 319 8767 or email email@example.com. And if you've got children, note that from now until the end of the year, for every adult that eats at any The Noodle House branch, a child can dine for free - any time, any day.
Top Chef judge at Atlantis
From June 21 to 23, Atlantis, The Palm will be welcoming Joe Barza, the host head judge of Top Chef Middle East to Levantine restaurant, where he will be serving Arab dishes with a bit of a twist including basterma wrap with tomato purée, freekeh with lamb and - among other desserts - osmanlieh tatin. On June 22, Barza will oversee a Top Chef cocktail night, with a seven-course set menu priced at Dh395 per person. For dining reservations or additional information call 04 426 2626.
Live jazz at Madinat
On June 21 from 7.30pm-9.30pm, Mohamed Abozekry and the Heejaz quartet will be taking to the stage at Times of Arabia restaurant in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The band, who are known for their "fusion jazz", will be performing as part of the Alliance Française Fête de la Musique. For reservations or more information, call 04 368 6044.