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What’s going on in food around the UAE this week?

David Light

Published on September 2, 2020 at 00.01

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A slice of Italy

Visiting Rome or Florence could be a stretch too far this autumn, but don't worry, Mercato Centrale at BurJuman is looking to bring la dolce vita to you. Having just opened its doors, soak up the Italian ambience, music and food, for wallet-friendly amounts. From 7.30am till midnight, allow chefs Giandonato Tafuri and Leonardo Maltese to whip you up an unbeatable breakfast including eggs, smoked salmon, avocado, yogurt, granola and fresh fruit before heading on to lunch or dinner dishes like artisanal pasta, pizza, panzarotti and salads.
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Vietnamese Independence Day

For one spectacular day only — today, Wednesday September 2 — at both DAFZA and Downtown Dubai branches, Asian5 is celebrating Vietnamese Independence Day with 50 per cent discount on its beef pho for dine-in customers. Pho is a clear homemade broth with rice noodles, onions, bean sprouts and sweet basil, served with a generous portion of hearty beef. Oh, and it’s amazing!
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Wednesday meat-up

For those who prefer to embrace their ‘joie de vivre’ before the weekend rush sets in, Bleu Blanc in Business Bay Dubai has a real treat with the launch of Grill & Grape Wednesdays, from 6pm to 11pm. Enjoy three-courses at this chic French establishment for Dh185 and, if you so choose, add grape pairing for an extra Dh60.
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New menu

Everyone’s favourite Irish eatery has introduced new dishes for September. In an effort to support UAE business McGettigan’s in JLT has teamed up with local brand, The British Butcher Shop. Famous for their roast dinners and full Irish breakfasts, the new menu includes new takes on classics such as, British Butcher Shop sausage and mash with caramelised red onion sausages, irresistible onion gravy and crispy leeks. Alternatively, choose McGettigan’s take on the Mexican beef taco with pickled red cabbage, sour cream and guac.
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Go vegan here

Three new vegan items on the menu, taking the total up to 25 dishes, will leave the meat and dairy-free among you giddy with choice at Fuschia Urban Thai in Dubai. Try the Rainbow Pad Thai — spiralised carrot, beetroot and zucchini, sweet potato wedges, lettuce, crispy lotus stems and fresh Pad Thai noodles tossed with cream cashew nut ginger dressing, fresh mint leaves — for Dh50. You won’t miss the regular flavours.
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