Noodle mania: Samyang ramen bar opens in Dubai's Global Village

Plus a new Greek restaurant opens in Dubai and Abu Dhabi's top chefs curate set menus for a fraction of the cost

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If piping-hot ramen is your ultimate comfort food, there's reason to get excited, as South Korean brand Samyang Foods – whose spicy noodle packets have been flying off supermarket shelves for years – has launched a noodle bar at Global Village's Korean pavilion.

Guests can customise the Buldak ramen noodles to their liking by choosing the spice level (the outlet will serve up various fiery sauces) and protein.

There are no plans to open a regular outlet once Global Village closes for the summer as of now, so grab these while you can.

Moreover, those who show the staff this TikTok video or create a post and tag the noodle company on social media get a free packet with every purchase.

Travel around the world with sweet treats from Yummy Bakes 

Tasting new cuisines is a huge pro of travelling. To make up for the lack of travel opportunities this past year, family-owned bakery Yummy Bakes has launched a Sweet Tours campaign, through which it will recreate some of the world’s most famous desserts each week.

On offer at the moment is medovik, a layered honey cake from Russia, which will be followed by an apple tart from the Netherlands. Other treats you can expect in the weeks to come include Irish shortbread toffee bars (to coincide with St Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, March 17) and melomakaronos, little Greek cookies drenched in honey, right in time for Greek Independence Day (Thursday, March 25).

While the bakery operates out of Abu Dhabi, it delivers across all seven emirates. For details, call 050 492 2240.

Tuck into Greek delicacies at Soluna Restaurant & Lounge

Egg-shaped melomakarona biscuits are also to be had at Soluna Restaurant & Lounge, the latest in a long line-up of Greek restaurants to open in Dubai. Located in Tryp by Wyndham, the casual dining destination features blue and white ceramic tiles, bamboo pendant lamps, an indoor swing and a rooftop terrace area, effectively channelling a slice of the tranquil Santorini vibe.

The menu features a smorgasbord of Mediterranean flavours – think mezze, tzatziki, baba ganoush, Greek-style ribeye steak, souvlaki and mixed grills, plus loukomades, traditional Greek doughnuts served with pistachio ice cream for dessert.

Sprungli unveils luxury collection exclusive to the UAE

Luxury Swiss chocolatier Sprungli has unveiled Ciochito, a collection of bite-sized chocolates created exclusively for the UAE. The selection features 10 flavours in dark, milk and white chocolate, each packed with a burst of flavour.

Fans of dark chocolate can try the bitter sweet Maracaibo with 62 per cent Maracaibo ganache, dark chocolate and an orange filling; and the passion fruit for a punch of fruity flavour.

For milk chocolate lovers, there's the mascarpone, caramel and hazelnut. The white chocolate flavours include pistachio, blueberry and raspberry with lemon.

The chocolates are priced at Dh6 a pop, and are available at Sprungli boutiques at The Galleria Mall Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi and at The Dubai Mall.

Experience the best of Abu Dhabi fine dining at Culinary Season 

Foodies in the capital, take note. Chef's Table Allstars, a highlight of the Abu Dhabi Culinary, is on from Sunday, March 14 to Saturday, April 3.

The curated menus are priced from Dh295 and feature signature dishes from some of Abu Dhabi’s most popular restaurants. Participating eateries include LPM (snails in garlic butter, grilled tiger prawns), Punjab Grill (beetroot tikki with goat's cheese, Malvani duck breast), Tori No Su (king crab salad and miso-marinated black cod) and Fouquet's (tuna tataki, gnocchi with cuttlefish).

The complete list of restaurants and menu details are at

Try a fine-dining experience from the comfort of your home

Chinese restaurant Hutong has partnered with Deliveroo to bring its fiery dishes straight to your doorstep.

The restaurant’s Hutong at Home menu features wild mushroom and truffle bao, a steamed dim sum platter, Wagyu beef millefeuille, Sichuan-style lobster and aromatic beef rib in lotus leaf.

Guests can also order the famed whole roasted Peking duck with pancakes, delivered with plum sauce, cucumber and spring onions for Dh398. The dish comes with instructions on how to re-steam the pancakes, while the duck comes diced, mixed with green beans and peppers, and accompanied by lettuce cups.

Go skydiving with Hardee's

Calling all adrenalin junkies: the Go All In campaign by Hardee's surprises foodies at their doorstep with an offer to drop whatever they're doing and go for a tandem skydive, right then and there.

Those interested in taking part have to place an order for a combo meal (our recommendation: the spicy Santa Fe burger and curly fries with all the toppings) to enter an online raffle. This can be done via the website, call centre (600 569 000) or the Hardee's app before Monday, March 15.

Five winners will be announced on Thursday, March 18 on Hardee’s social media pages. The competition is open to ages 18 and above.