So here's an idea. I go to events and I eat at nice places every now and then but I rarely give it much mention on the blog. Let's change that up and give a swift review round up of all the places I have visited lately. Good idea? I hope you think so! Here's the first edition of Out and About.
I left the place starving hungry - and a bit merry it has to be said - but I do like that it's quite a casual brunch. Jeans are perfectly fine and although the venue is nice it's not an uber-pretentious crowd. It's not exactly cheap - AED 360 for non-drinkers going up to AED 560 for those wanting "bubbly" but I guess these are standard Dubai prices.
- Bring sunglasses - a) nobody looks good drinking during day time and b) it can get bright due to the open air nature of the bar.
- Try the truffle mini burgers - in fact, try them multiple times. Sensational.
The menu has all the standard offerings - fresh juices, pastries, smoked salmon etc - but with some twists, namely in the use of duck eggs. I can't get on board with that - sorry, I am the least adventurous food consumer in the world - so I went with a classic: Pain Perdu AKA French Toast and a fruit platter.
The restaurant is open for business at 8am and it's very quiet. For me that's advantageous as I don't have a personality until about 10am and after at least two coffees so calm and serene is ideal. Maybe next time I will be brave and try the fried duck egg...maybe not.
- Enjoy a table near the entrance or on the terrace - we have about 2 months until the heat makes that an impossibility.
Boutique 1 is one of those high end stores that curate a well thought out mix of designers. Think Sophie Hulme, Chloe, Victoria Beckham and now, Monica Vinader. The jewellery designer now has a presence in the UAE and you can buy her key pieces from Boutique 1 with the Mall of the Emirates branch offering the best selection.
Monica Vinader and Boutique 1
I went to a launch event one afternoon a week or so ago and met Monica (one of those mwah mwah moments on the way out), had a cake, and got a bracelet engraved.
I was given the Escenia Friendship Bracelet in Rose Gold. It comes dotted with dozens of white topaz and the signature cord.
I had seconds to decide what to engrave on the back and I went for the lame option - my blog name :)
If you are in Dubai/visiting Dubai I am not totally sure I would recommend going out of your way to pay a visit but if you do, you will definitely come away with some Instagram-worthy shots :)
Thanks for reading everyone!