We round up the restaurants you can visit, order from or put on your wish list this week
Food news: delivery from Cheesecake Factory, free food at Carluccio's and more
Five-hour brunch at Loca
Mexican restaurant Loca celebrates the country’s 208th Independence Day with a five-hour brunch at its Abu Dhabi and Dubai branches on Saturday. A veritable culinary marathon, the brunch runs from noon to 5pm, and includes unlimited food and beverages for Dh285 per person. The menu takes in Loca favourites huevos (corn tortilla with refried beans and eggs), slow-roasted ribs, kingfish fajitas, and heaps of creamy guacamole and crunchy tortilla chips. Entertainment comes in the form of a DJ and a game of traditional Mexican loteria, a colourful reinterpretation of bingo, with gifts for the winning table. To reserve, call 02 582 3639 for Abu Dhabi or 04 346 1111 for Dubai.
Le Frenchy opens its doors in Dubai Marina
Restaurateur Kevin Sachy, one half of the father-son team behind Casablanca’s Le Trica and L’Atelier Thai, opened his first restaurant at Marina Byblos Hotel this month. Le Frenchy promises affordable and home-cooked French food in an ambience that can best be described as kooky: from its moustachioed mascot and mopeds at the entrance to the Eiffel Tower-shaped tables. The menu includes delicacies such as escargot in garlic butter (Dh95), goat cheese mille feuilles (Dh69), filet mignon (Dh159), and for dessert, pain perdu grand-mere (baked croissant with caramel sauce; Dh45), vanilla and chocolate profiteroles (Dh39) and creme brulee (Dh39). Call 04 449 8051 to book a table.
Children eat free at Carluccio’s
If the end of the holiday and start of the school year has you feeling a bit skint, head to any of the Italian restaurant’s branches in the UAE for a free three-course menu – for your kids. For every main meal ordered by an adult, Carluccio’s will serve bread and veg sticks, pizza and pasta, and an ice cream or cake to suffice one child, at no additional charge. The offer is valid on all weekdays in September, and is applicable for children who are 11 years and younger.
Doorstep delivery from The Cheesecake Factory
When just any other cheesecake will not do, you can now order from the Factory via Deliveroo. The much-loved American chain, which has six outlets in the UAE, has partnered with the delivery-service – reportedly on the back of repeated requests from its foodie fans – for the first time in Dubai. Desserts aside, The Cheesecake Factory serves up a range of delectable (and well-portioned) salads, rolls, pastas and burgers. The restaurant lists as its four must-try dishes the chicken madeira, avocado eggrolls, bacon-bacon cheeseburger and four cheese pasta. Orders can be placed via Deliveroo’s website or app.
Quiz night at The Lion
Newly branded British pub The Lion by Nick & Scott (what used to be The Black Lion), at the H Dubai, will run its Landlord Quiz Night every Monday from 7.30pm. While the first three places get weekly vouchers for Dh500, Dh300 and Dh200 respectively, regular quiz-takers who accumulate the maximum points until December 16, will win a two-night stay at Oman’s luxurious Six Senses Zighy Bay resort, valued at Dh10,000. The Lion also launched its All Freakin’ Day Friday brunch this month, with packages starting from Dh250. Call 04 359 2366.