Food news: dine with chef Yannick Alleno, winter menu at 99 Sushi and more

Plus: head to the Village Festival in Dubai, visit Eggspectation in Sharjah or attend a milkshake pop-up at Boston Lane

Winter menu at 99 Sushi

The fine-dining Japanese restaurant in The Galleria celebrates the upcoming fuyu (winter) season with a selection of updated dishes that take in warmth-inducing flavours, such as tangy mango, yellow chilli, caviar and cream-based sauces. Among the newcomers are: sea urchin tempura with shiso leaves, egg yolk and butter; toro tartar (fatty tuna belly) with caviar, soya sauce and wasabi; sakane nabe (sauteed fish) in a bouillabaisse made of yellow chilli, mussels and foie; and dragonfly maki with prawn, king crab, avocado black tobiko and a spicy-creamy sauce. The chef recommends the rib-eye seasoned with black pepper and a side of garlic chips, with an option of Australian Wagyu or Japanese Kobe grade A5. Call 02 672 3333.

Dubai dinner with Michelin-starred chef

French chef Yannick Alleno (of Pavillon Ledoyen and Le 1947 fame), who has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2007, will return to host his popular Legend Dinners in Dubai on October 22 and 23. Chef-patron to One&Only The Palm, Alleno will create two dining experiences at his restaurant Stay by Yannick Alleno, featuring dishes such as gold corn consomme, cepes mushroom stew, poached tabot, master Kobe grade 9 Wagyu with sweet potato and seaweed jelly; and for dessert, citrus vacherin and caramelised pear. The four-course menu is priced from Dh680, while the six-course menu starts at Dh880 (food-only). Call 04 440 1030 to reserve your spot.

Village Festival at Le Meridien Dubai

Head down to Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre tomorrow for the Village Festival from 4pm to 8pm. Visitors can sample dishes from the property’s multi-cuisine restaurants, including Seafood Market, Long Yin (Chinese), Casa Mia (Italian), Sukothai, Jules Bar (Tex-Mex), Kiku (Japanese), Warehouse and M’s Grill (for meat- and barbecue-lovers), and international fare from Yalumba. Backed by a team of 250 chefs, the al fresco event will take place in a piazza-style set-up, and include live entertainment, a play area with a bouncy castle for children, and rows and rows of sample-sized dishes, priced from Dh25. Call 04 217 0000.

Deliveroo adds 250 restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Having extended its services to include Khalifa City, Mussaffah, Mushrif, Zayed City and Yas Island earlier this month, Deliveroo has also expanded its restaurant stable, with 250 additions in the capital. The usual fast-food suspects – Shake Shack, Papa Murphy’s, Chili’s, Nando’s, Which Wich – aside, the list also takes in Jones the Grocer, Circle Cafe, The Raw Place, Asha’s, Falafel Sultan, Oregano, Reem Al Bawadi, Shakespeare & Co, Mugg & Bean, Yamu and Taqado, plus for dessert, M’oishi and both Krispy Kreme and Glazed. The team reveals its top five restaurants and the dishes people are most likely to order: original glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme; a charcoal-grilled chicken platter from JJ Chicken; cheeseburgers from Five Guys; Smoke Shack cheeseburger with veal bacon from Shake Shack; and Mexican omelette from Taqado.

Eggspectation opens first branch in Sharjah

Canadian chain Eggspectation, which has branches in Dubai’s JBR and CityWalk, has opened its third outlet at Matajer Al Juraina in Sharjah. Equipped with both indoor and al fresco seating options, the eatery retains its industrial-chic look-feel, with reclaimed wood, metal finishes and paintings created by artists from Montreal. On the menu are Eggspectation signatures niçoise salad; crab cakes; eggs Benedict; Sicilian meatballs; shrimp and tuna tacos; and of course the classic filet mignon & lobster Béarnaise. New dishes include piri piri chicken wings; smoked wild sockeye salmon crostini; and blue cheese pesto chicken. Call 06 555 0446.

Organic milk pop-up at Boston Lane

Koita is known for its organic, long-life milk that features no toxic pesticides, artificial hormones or antibiotics, and has added halal-certified vitamin A and D3. And on Saturday, the home-grown milk brand will partner with Boston Lane for a day-long pop-up at the chic Al Quoz coffee shop, from 8am to 7pm. On the “clean-tasting” menu are coffee, milkshakes, dairy-free lattes, frothy moon milk and smoothies, all made from Koita milk, and priced between Dh15 and Dh25. For every drink bought, you also get 50 per cent off any Koita products purchased online – the company began a home-delivery service last year.  


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