News Bites: January
Five companies spicing up Middle East hotel food and beverage
Rare wins award for wine list
Rare Restaurant at Dubai’s Desert Palm has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2013 by the US-based magazine for its wine list. The restaurant’s range of wines features a selection of quality producers from different countries, with a thematic match to its menu in both price and style.
EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA
Eastern Mangroves upsizes weekly brunch
The Friday brunch at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara has been upgraded in size and culinary offering. Guests can now also dine at neighbouring Thai restaurant, Pachaylen in addition to the brunch at signature restaurant Ingredients, with the option of dining al fresco on its terrace.
MARINA BYBLOS HOTEL
Societe Dubai opens at Marina Byblos Hotel
Societe Dubai, the new nightclub at Marina Byblos Hotel in Dubai was launched in December. The venue has fun at its core and hopes to build a ‘Societe’ of loyal partygoers with its vibrant ambience and fun music. The club will play old school and classic hits as well as rock and roll tunes.
HILTON DUBAI CREEK
Table 9 gets new chef patron
Hilton Dubai Creek’s Table 9 has appointed a new chef patron – British chef Darren Velvick, who previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in London. Table9 will close from January 1-9, 2014, as Velvick and his team prepare for the official opening of the new look ‘table 9 by darren velvick’.
ATLANTIS, THE PALM
Christopher Graham is Young Chef of the Year
Christopher Graham, executive sous chef at Atlantis The Palm was voted as the best young chef working in Dubai at the Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the Year ceremony. Graham narrowly defeated Navin Poon and his team from the Park Hyatt Dubai.