Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 6 December 2019

Vietnamese Foodies launches all-you-can-eat street food festival and other foodie news

Plus: a truffle menu at Trattoria Toscana, a gentlemen's night at Hakkasan and a Michelin-starred pop-up feast at Shang Palace

Go on a culinary journey without having to hop on a plane with Vietnamese Foodies’s all-you-can-eat offer. Escape of Saigon is available every weekend until Saturday, November 23, at three time slots (1pm, 7pm and 9pm) at the restaurant's two branches in JLT and Downtown Dubai for Dh99 per person. The offer includes limited-edition appetisers such as prawn lettuce wraps and mains such as banh xeo (Vietnamese crepes with prawns, spring onions and bean sprouts), tom rang bo toi (jumbo garlic butter prawns with aioli sauce) and banh bao vit quay (bao buns with roast duck and hoisin sauce). Classic dishes including chicken satay skewers, green papaya and prawn salad, tom yum soup, pho bo chin (pho with beef brisket) are also included. Keep room for dessert (if that’s possible); seven ice cream flavours including matcha and a vegan chocolate coconut are up for grabs.

Indulge in a Michelin-starred pop-up feast at Shang Palace

The deep-fried stuffed crab shell is a dish to watch out for during the three-day feast at Shang Palace 
Deep-fried stuffed crab at Shang Palace

Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace in Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, is all set to welcome chef Liu Wai-Yeung, who will be taking over the kitchen for a three-night pop-up event from Thursday to Saturday, November 21 to 23. The chef, who is coming from the Michelin-starred Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, will be preparing an eight-course set menu along with the team at the Abu Dhabi restaurant. Dishes to keep an eye out for are the deep-fried stuffed crab shell, wok-fried cod fillet with red bean curd sauce and sauteed Wagyu beef diced with asparagus and mushroom. Prices start from Dh258 and the restaurant will also offer a lunch menu for Dh158.

Get a taste for truffles at Trattoria Toscana

Trattoria Toscana will be serving four dishes featuring a four-gram shaving of truffle each
Tagliolini with Parmesan fondue, egg yolk sauce and truffle at Trattoria Toscana

The Italian eatery will be celebrating black truffle season with a limited-edition menu available until Sunday, December 8. Chef de cuisine Giorgia Minnone has curated four dishes, each featuring a four-gram shaving of the much-loved ingredient. These include: tomino cheese with wild mushroom and walnuts; pizza with pumpkin sauce, smoked mozzarella and truffle bresaola; homemade tagliolini with Parmesan fondue and egg yolk sauce; and Wagyu beef cheek with truffle mashed potatoes and baby carrot.

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi hosts a gentlemen’s night

Dapper men can get ready for a sophisticated evening involving tuxedo trends and hand-rolled treats with Hakkasan Abu Dhabi’s first Gentlemen’s Night, set to take place on Thursday, November 14 at 8pm. Expect three premium beverages, a selection of the Cantonese restaurant’s signature dim sum and chocolate truffles for Dh288. Adding to the special evening is a presentation by Gary Sweeney, brand manager at Ascots & Chapels, on what makes the tuxedo an evergreen fashion garment. Eat, drink and socialise as you take in the DJ beats and city skyline views. The restaurant has also recently launched a night brunch, which takes place on the first Friday of every month. The three-hour affair is from 8pm and includes favourites such as Peking duck, dim sum, prawn toast salt and pepper squid alongside unlimited cocktails, all for Dh348.

Sontaya to host guest chef for a Thai food experience

Pan-Asian restaurant Sontaya at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi is on a mission to display the best that South-East Asia has to offer by offering menus ­created by guest chefs from top hotels in the Far East. Until Saturday, November 16, enjoy a menu created by Thai chef Phukvarun Watchmon of Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, including starters such as fried sea prawn, minced chicken salad, grilled red snapper; and mains such as seabass in yellow curry, tamarind juice, kaffir lime leaves and watermelon; and wok-fried chicken.

Trader Vic’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah launches first Friday brunch

Trader Vic's Souk Madinat Jumeirah launches its first Friday brunch
Tiki Friday brunch at Trader Vic's Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Trader Vic’s has always been a popular Dubai hangout, and it’s set to take things to the next level with its recently introduced Friday Luau brunch. The Polynesian-themed eatery will kickstart the party atmosphere from 12.30pm to 4pm with Tiki celebrations: think flower garlands and other tropical-inspired props. Some of the dishes on offer are beef cho cho over flaming hibachi, volcano prawns stir-fried in a sweet and spicy ginger sauce, Korean chicken sliders on soft brioche and coconut passion cake. Meanwhile, live entertainment can be found in the form of a Cuban band and hula dancers, and a photo booth and caricature artist will allow you to leave the party with more than just memories and a full stomach. Prices start from Dh225.

Updated: November 13, 2019 06:47 PM

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