Brunch at The London Project on Bluewaters Island, Dubai

Besides its location on a physical, splendid, island just off the coast of Dubai, The London Project’s brunch is in a whole creative island of its own, above and beyond the imagination of other Friday brunches – it really is spectacular!

To put it mildly – you won’t believe your eyes…

… or your taste buds!

And you will be transported to a real-life illusion in which reality takes on a different and exciting dimension – The London Project does this intentionally, professionally, and with very precise attention to detail.

You see, it is the combination of the various components that need to come together in an orchestrated harmony, in order to deliver the vision of an extravagant bohemian brunch experience, and The London Project has all the right ingredients:

A little platter of munchies to get you started?

A superb and carefully curated set menu sets the scene.

But only after you soak in the ambiance on the way to your table!

And the most powerful, yet smooth and under-stated, welcome drink you’ll ever experience!

In fact, The London Project has developed its bar theme to a very high level of sophistication, in a partnership with Hendrick’s gin, as well as dedicated gin garden with over 45 varieties of the juniper spirit!

weekenduae The London Project brunch

And the results are both unique and sophisticated.

Gin in a teacup? Don’t mind if I do!

As an example of the level at which The London Project aims its brunch, consider the ‘fish ‘n’ chips’ interpretation:

Champagne battered haddock, served with caviar… how amazingly scrumptious is that?

And that amazement pretty much is repeated at each round of the very satisfying brunch…

From an outstanding handmade gnocchetti and truffles, with porcini mushrooms cream sauce…

… to inventive purple potato soft tacos, with a genius touch of sauerkraut!

A ceviche to tickle your palate!

Reaching a crescendo as it approaches dessert!

And crowned by Queenie’s cake!

Overall, the location, the atmosphere, the delicious food, and fabulous drinks, and the exemplary service – captained by the young and outstanding Supervisor, Matteo Ancora! – the overall brunch experience is simply in a league of its own and unique in Dubai.

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Six Senses Spa at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, in Dubai

by Debora Khretdao

Everyone needs to escape sometimes…and Six Senses Spa provides the perfect opportunity to do just that! Craft a personalized experience catered to you specifically and come out a new you, both physically and spiritually.

There is no limit at Six Senses with 6 radiant suites to choose from, each is carefully designed to enhance a different sense – sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, and beyond.

From the moment you walk in, Six Senses Spa begins your sensual journey. They focus even on the tiniest of details. The soothing music will send you into a peaceful trance, the heated massage beds will soak you in, the vibrations of the singing bowl will relax your body at the slightest touch…And all this before you have started the actual treatment!

Whether you decide to go for one of their many massages or facials, a sensory experience, or a wellness therapy or activity, it is impossible to be disappointed here. The expert staff truly take their time and ensure your experience exceeds all expectations, and the products used are top-quality – you will feel the quality yourself as you leave with your skin glowing.

Regardless of your selected treatment, you will have a private suite at your disposal. Your suite will have a sitting area with a view from the fifth floor through its glass wall, both a steam room and a sauna, a changing area, and then the treatment room. Each suite is uniquely decorated and equipped to provide the absolute best ambiance for each step of your journey.

If you wish to prolong your experience, the spa lobby sells a vast collection of products available for purchase on exit.

Six Senses Spa pampers each of your senses without fail, no matter the treatment you choose, and this is the heart and soul of what makes it one-of-a-kind. You come to unwind but you leave with much more!

Man’oushe Street in Al Ain

If you’re going to open a Lebanese street-food restaurant based on baked breads and hot morsels in Al Ain, you’d better be certain that you are above excellent, because on the same street you’ll have another dozen Lebanese bakeries…

So, you’ve got to have a delightful environment…

…but you have to be creative, and cute, and young, but experienced, and fresh, and not price yourself out of the market…

Basically, it seems like mission impossible!

But you know how Man’oushe Street does it?

Simply with very very delicious food!

You just get the best ingredients, mix them up real well, and bake them properly… that’s all!

If only it were that simple!

Man’oushe Street makes it look easy.

The hummus also was very tasty, and the pizzas came with light dough and generous cheese.

The menu is extensive and surely your favorites are in there somewhere!

All kinds of juicy wraps are prepared for you on the spot, both dine-in, out to your car, take-away, and delivery.

And especially the salads are well thought out and created with quality in mind.

Excellent use of sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, and other tasty garnishes.

And fresh! Super fresh!

An interesting and exclusive selection of fresh and bottled drinks are available.

And also desserts were creative and delicious.

Ending with a lovely pot of tea, or Turkish coffee… and a soft cookie or two!

All in all, a brilliant delivery of delicious baked Lebanese specialties, with nothing missing, and a pleasure to enjoy for the whole family.

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Canopee Cafe in Bordeaux, France

Situated on a rooftop, with a cutting-edge modern decor, Canopee Cafe offers a lively twist on contemporary French cuisine, as a convenient set lunch menu.

The tasteful interior (and exterior!) design highlights Canopee Cafe’s approach to their food offerings – they are innovative and intense, and not afraid to stand out.

The terrace is enormous, and the theme is obviously inspired by the rainforest tree canopy.

It’s a popular lunch spot, and reservations are a must!

Far from being a tourist hub, this is where the locals gather for business lunches.

The quality is apparent from the hospitality on arrival and the exclusive olive oil presented at the table.

And since you’re near one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions, your selection of wine will be formidable!

The meal itself was delicious and well-presented, with light portions and a selection for entree, main, and dessert.

An interpretation of wrapped sashimi with beef for starters,

and a choice of fish with savory quinoa and courgettes, or grilled pork rib with potato cake for mains.

And dessert was seasonally appropriate peach tartare with rasberry sorbet, or a mint grapefruit cake accompanied with cheesecake creampuffs and topped with fresh rasberries.

Overall, Canopee Cafe offers a delightful meal with fast, professional service, and a superb selection of wines.

Sutshi Cafe in Al Ain

One of the nicest things is discovering a small restaurant that cooks and serves from the heart…

…and then when that restaurant also delivers at a top level of flavors and creativity, the “nicest thing” becomes a greatest joy!

I am proud to present to you Sutshi Cafe – a restaurant in Al Ain that is worth driving to from Dubai or Abu Dhabi – and that is the highest compliment!

It’s a small place, but it has its priorities straight: friendly welcome, impeccably clean, and surprisingly operating at a level far above what you might expect – see the cutlery for a touch of class, for instance.

And a welcome drink appears at the table.

Already the scene is set, and this kind of attention to hospitality detail usually signals that the same care goes into the food preparation.

In fact, we were totally blown away not only by the delicious dishes, but especially by the creativity that went into the fusion of Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisine!

Our eyes popped out and our jaws dropped!

We were not expecting a top dining experience, but that’s what we got.

As each dish arrived, it was clear that a professional chef was responsible for these tasty creations – see the perfect application of cooking temperature to achieve the crispiness of the tempura vegetables, above.

Observe the creaminess of the sauce drizzled over the Dynamite Shrimp – absolutely lip-smacking!

And the presentation of each dish was admirable…

And notice the appetizing glaze applied to the Teriyaki Salmon rice bowl!

In fact, the mystery was solved… Sutshi’s menu has been set up by Chef Dema, the professionally-trained, talented, and energetic young Chef who already caught attention with her fantastic Al Sumac Al Shami restaurant, also in Al Ain!

And as you taste Sutshi’s delights, know that you are dining on totally unique adaptations of Japanese cuisine, artfully infused with Chef Dema’s native Syrian flavors and textures – truly a brilliant combination.

The cooked sushi selection, particularly, was superb!

And Sutshi Cafe is not afraid to experiment!

Beetroot wrapped around rice..

… and lettuce wrapped around dessert!

In total seriousness, if such fare were served at a top five-star restaurant, it would be absolutely at home.

The raw sushi was also prepared with due care.

And the menu was eclectic and offering a wide variety, with numerous other dishes.

And the innovative fusion continues to dessert: a Japanese mochi sweet with a delicious clotted cream center, used extensively in the Levant, and known in casual Arabic as ashta.

Pure genius!

All of Sutshi was pure genius!

Indeed, Al Ain finally has a restaurant destination worthy of a car trip from the coast – bravo Sutshi Cafe!

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