Friday food guide: Delicious, dreamy dinners

Friday food guide: Delicious, dreamy dinners

Zengo, Besh, Bistrot Bagatelle

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

This weekend, it's time to sample the delectable offerings from the new kids on the culinary block.

From Dubai to Doha and from Asian to European, the new gastronomy hot spots will satisfy every craving and get every connoisseur raving. But fine dining is all about a holistic experience and these restaurants have the concept, the interior, and even the views, to complement their exquisite menus.  


Newly opened Zengo is situated on the 61st floor of Doha's tallest tower, where you can take in the sweeping views of the city as you savour the Pan-Asian cuisine that was inspired by chef-owner Richard Sandoval's travels. Complementing the flavorful menu, which ranges from sushi and dim sum to sashimi and curries, is the contemporary décor with tiled walls and an avian-centric theme – think oversized bird cage and hanging folded-paper birds.

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Zengo is located at Kempinski Residences & Suites in West Bay, Doha, For reservations, call +974 4 405 3560.

Besh Turkish Kitchen

Headed by a chef that has worked alongside culinary masters including Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse and Raymond Blanc, Besh Turkish Kitchen is staking its claim to be Dubai's premier Anatolian restaurant. Central to Chef Vedat Basaran's gastronomic masterpieces is the traditional domed oven that creates the authentic flavours. Highlights of the menu include the Karisik Izgara, a mixed plate of grills that is inspired by the best traditional recipes.

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Besh Turkish Kitchen is located at Sheraton Hotel, Dubai. For reservations, call +971 4 377 2353.

Bistrot Bagatelle

If you want to pair fine French food with a quirky and artsy setting, then Bistrot Bagatelle is the place for you. The interior is inspired by charming old Parisian apartments while artistic details suggest an ode to the art Nouveau movement. And of course, indulge in the fine Mediterranean cuisine – from a whole roasted lobster to pan-seared sea bass – prepared expertly by classically trained chef Tim Newton.

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Bistrot Bagatelle is located at The Fairmont Hotel, Dubai. For reservations, call +971 4 354 5035.

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