Unique meals in the UAE: Michelin collaboration at Moonrise and love-themed dinner-show

Other highlights include a brunch from eight chefs and a sushi tasting menu in the Empty Quarter

Krasota in Dubai blends food and theatrics. Photo: Krasota
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There is more to the UAE's dining scene than Dubai's longest dining table.

The country has become something of a culinary heavyweight in recent months, as chefs and restaurateurs dish out ingenuity, meal after meal.

It helps that residents come from many different countries, spanning a multitude of cuisines, and these are showcased in special meals taking place in the next few weeks.

Here are some to check out.

Krasota immersive meal, served with love

A romantic, multisensory dining experience awaits guests at Krasota in Address Downtown Hotel.

The immersive restaurant, which serves its dishes alongside an awe-inspiring blend of lights, colours and sounds (think table animation and theatrical music), has changed its usual programming to a Valentine's Day special, which runs throughout February.

Michelin-lauded chef Vladimir Mukhin sets the eight-course menu and includes love-themed dishes such as bonbon with passion fruit and mango.

After the meal, in the projection room, diners can have a fun session with a perfume tarot on the terrace, courtesy of French fragrance house Liquides Imaginaires.

Throughout February; 2pm, 6pm and 9pm; from Dh1,200; Address Downtown Hotel, Dubai; krasota.art

Michelin mishmash at Moonrise

Moonrise, chef Solemann Haddad's Michelin-starred restaurant in Dubai, is hosting a 14-course four-hands dinner, featuring chef Tris Farmer, who previously worked at three-Michelin-starred Zen in Singapore.

The duo share a passion for premium Japanese produce and will serve new creations as well as twists on their best-known dishes. Guests can expect to sample aged shima-aji (striped jack), kuruma ebi (Japanese tiger prawn), kegani (horsehair crab), Saroma A5 Wagyu and Japanese husk melons and strawberries.

Given Moonrise's penchant for incorporating Middle Eastern ingredients into its menu, there are also Saudi dates, Sidr honey, Palestinian olive oil and tomatoes from Al Ain thrown into the mix.

February 26 and 27; Dh1,600; Eden House, Dubai; 050 697 2946

Jumeirah Al Qasr's power of eight

Eight acclaimed chefs from different restaurants are coming together for a one-of-a-kind Saturday brunch at Jumeirah Al Qasr.

On March 2, the Big Gourmet Brunch will feature dishes from Kim Joinie-Maurin of French Riviera Beach, Ali Fouad of Al Nafoorah, Remy Marquignon of French Riviera and Aniket Chatterjee of Atrangi by Ritu Dalmia.

Alongside them, Eric Turgeon of The Hide is bringing some of his finest butcher's cuts to the party, while Amara Mahayothee of Pai Thai is supplying South-east Asian flair.

Beatrice Segoni of Pierchic will serve Italian dishes, while desserts will be whipped up by the hotel's executive pastry chef Dimitri Esposito.

March 2, 1pm to 4pm, from Dh450. www.jumeirah.com

Ko by 99 Sushi Abu Dhabi

Jam-packed tasting menus aren't exactly new, but Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is jumping on the fine-dining bandwagon in a partnership with Ko, a modern izakaya and a concept by Michelin-starred 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant.

Diners can choose from two tasting menus: a 10-course meal at Dh800 per couple or a 12-course option at Dh1,200 per couple. The dinner takes place at Suhail, the resort's rooftop restaurant starting on Friday and taking place every last weekend of the month until June.

The 10-course menu includes caviar hosomaki, cayenne king crab, hamachi maki and Wagyu robata. The 12-course option includes special dishes such as 99 Jewel Maki and A5 Queen Nigiri.

This is a good prelude to Ko's permanent takeover of Suhail, from September.

More information on anantara.com

Spice fest by Muchachas x La Barra

Latin flavours will shine through in a one-time four-hands dinner at Muchachas on Thursday.

Gabi Hernandez, head chef of the Mexican Cantina, is teaming up with chef Roberto Segura of La Barra fame. The duo promise a spice-filled evening featuring a fusion of Mexican and Peruvian cuisines. Diners can sample six dishes, including short-rib birria quesadillas; Peruvian ceviche with Mexican avocado and serrano chili; and alfajor con dulce de leche y helado for dessert.

February 22; 7pm onwards; Dh269; Holiday Inn Express Safa Park; 050 109 0314

Updated: February 21, 2024, 9:21 AM