Food bites

From a family brunch at th Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi to the Hummingbird Bakery opening in The Dubai Mall, our roundup of this week's food news.

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Family brunch at Holiday Inn

From October 12, the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi is holding a weekly family brunch at Silk Route restaurant. The dedicated Kids Zone will be well-equipped with cartoons and games. Children under 6 eat for free, while anyone under 12 will be issued with a “brunch passport”, allowing them to collect stamps for future deals. Call 02 657 4865.

Local jazz stars at The Ivy

Head to The Ivy on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday evening and you’ll be greeted by live music performed by local musicians – an effort to showcase the region’s best jazz talent. It’s worth arriving early as the restaurant offers a three-course chef’s plate menu from 5pm-7.30pm for Dh200. Call 04 319 8767 or email

Healthy eating at Mövenpick

The Fountain restaurant at Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai holds a Food for Life night every Wednesday. The menu is made up of wholesome, nutritious dishes such as chilli con carne made with lean beef, grilled salmon and udon noodles with sautéed chicken. Prices for the full menu, available from 7pm-10pm, start at Dh120 per person. Call 04 310 4320.

Food weeks at Sheraton

There’s plenty going on at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi at the moment. As part of Bravo Tapas Bar’s fideuà week (Saturday until October 13) guests can enjoy three different variations of the paella-style noodle dish for Dh90. At the same time, The Tavern is holding a British cheese week, so any expats craving a decent slice of Stilton or mature cheddar take note. Call 02 677 3333.

Hummingbird comes to Dubai

As if The Cheesecake Factory wasn’t doing enough to sate sweets lovers in Dubai, the first international outpost of the London favourite The Hummingbird Bakery opened last week at The Dubai Mall. From the excitement generated by the company’s
decision to give the first 1,000 visitors a free taster of its renowned cupcakes, it seems this is one craze that’s here to stay.