QUINTESSENTIALLY GOURMAND 207 Loft Office 1, Dubai Media City
Tel: +971 (0) 50 166 2705
A new, exclusive online gourmet concept store and culinary concierge service where discerning fine dining lovers will find a rare selection of the most luxurious, refined and hard-to-find products and flavours, which they can order for delivery from and to anywhere in the world. There’s virtually nothing they can’t procure: from wild Iranian Royal beluga caviar (at almost euro 6,000 per kg), to a wonderful range of truffles, including the white Alba variety (availability and prices depending on season), foie gras, specialty cheeses, the Australian premium wagyu beef (kobe) tenderloin grade 9 (at euro 104 per kg), as well as precious condiments like aged balsamic vinegar, Anfora Cara in Astuccio (at euro 130 per 250 ml) and Royal Iranian saffron (at euro 788 per 100 g). They also offer a personal concierge service: offering customers the chance to enjoy a personally-prepared meal by a Michelin-starred chef in the privacy of their own home, even organising a truffle hunting holiday, or any other food-related service or event you might fancy you desire – the staff of QG will do their best to make it happen.
BATEEL P.O. Box 7634, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 885 8737, website
Even those who aren’t enthusiastic date-lovers can’t help but succumb to the temptation of the decadent, chocolate-covered fruit on display at any of the Bateel boutiques. These luxurious sweets are the result of combining the expertise of European chocolate-makers and pastry chefs with the noble, Middle Eastern fruit. The date products are complemented by an exclusive selection of traditional gourmet chocolates and sweets, pralines, authentic Turkish delights and other delicacies. You’ll be surprised to discover the original assortment of date-centred products on offer: date mustard, date pesto, date olive tapenade, and date balsamic vinegar. For anyone longing for the “exotic” taste of Italy, Bateel also carries an exclusive extra virgin olive oil and assortment of pasta sourced from a family-owned estate in Umbria, made from the finest hard grains. Other treats include: honeys, preserves, biscuits, pastries and a non-alcoholic date and pomegranate sparkling drink that has a distinct yet authentic taste that pleases the eye and soothes the palate.
BRUNETTI CAFES Ground level, Dubai Mall
Tel: +971 4 339 8137, website
Despite being located in one of the world’s biggest malls, it’s not hard to find Brunetti: just follow the enticing calls aroma of the specially-blended coffee featured exclusively at Brunetti Cafes. You can indulge yourself in an authentic espresso, macchiato, latte, cappuccino or cioccolato caldo con panna or enjoy the exquisite gelato whose presentation is even more delightful and breathtaking than the world-class aquarium located just in front of the café. Other outstanding delicacies are the Danish pastries, baked fresh every, the mignons, cookies biscuits and assorted pralines. But the most eye-catching items at Brunetti are the cakes, which literally stop passers-by as they stroll through the mall and suddenly encounter Brunetti’s strategically-placed showcases, full of mouth-watering cakes. Few are able to resist walking in.