A whole new culinary experience awaits this weekend as luxury restaurants and lounges create new cuisines, launch new social events and offer cooking master classes. From an intimate food affair to a more hands-on gastronomic adventure, here are the top three places to be this weekend...

Sample the new menu at Eloquent Elephant

Taj Dubai's signature gastropub has launched a new seasonal menu that was inspired by the recent British travels of Head Chef Nigel Lobo. Utilising the finest local produce, the new additions to the popular menu include duck bao with hoi sin, smoked haddock Scotch eggs with mustard emulsion, Himalayan salt-baked chicken and Gorgonzola churros with truffle honey espuma.

Weekend food feature Penrose Banyan Tree Eloquent Elephant

For reservations, email eloquentelephantdubai@tajhotels.com.

Indulge in newly launched afternoon tea at Penrose Lounge

Located within Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, Penrose Lounge has added afternoon tea to its impressive list of food offerings. Paired with the bold interior elements designed by famed American designer Adam Tihany, the new culinary session boasts afternoon delights such as New York-style salmon bagel, Maine lobster rolls and foie gras mousse, topped off with raspberry financier and chocolate marquis, complemented by a variety of Jing teas.

Weekend food feature Penrose Banyan Tree Eloquent Elephant

For reservations, call +971 4 506 0200.

Be your own master chef with Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah and Banyan Tree Al Wadi have both launched new cooking classes where professional and experienced chefs will share the fundamentals as well as inside tips to creating delicious and authentic cuisine from around the world. Whether you're looking to learn the secrets to Asian dishes, the tricks to the perfect barbecue or expecting to refine your Italian cooking skills, Banyan Tree has it all ready, complete with bring-home guides for you to practise at home.

Weekend food feature Penrose Banyan Tree Eloquent Elephant

For reservations, call +971 71 7 206 7777.

Or for a seafood adventure, try out Pierchic's Shellebration festival.