Dining options expand at shopping malls in Dubai

Shopping malls in the UAE are fast becoming a popular dining out alternative to hotels and independent restaurants. The recent opening of the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai has seen the arrival of a number of local and international restaurant and café chains.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  June 6, 2005

Shopping malls in the UAE are fast becoming a popular dining out alternative to hotels and independent restaurants. The recent opening of the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai has seen the arrival of a number of local and international restaurant and café chains. Most recently, Fiesta World Cafés opened a new 180-seat restaurant at Ibn Battuta Mall last month. Located at the Persia court in the mall, the new outlet is the company’s largest to date. “Our third restaurant here at Ibn Battuta Mall is not only our largest to date, but also offers our guests a fresher dinning experience,” Muzaffer Akturk, managing director, Fiesta World Cafés, said at the opening. “The inspiration for Fiesta came from the aim of providing Dubai’s demanding selective and multi-cultural customers with plenty of choice. We are the only restaurant to have an outside entrance, so you can also visit Fiesta directly,” Akturk added. A large, glass-fronted show kitchen enables diners to watch the chefs prepare a variety of over 100 dishes. The café offers cuisines from around the world, including sushi, pasta, stir fry, pizza, a number of selections from the grill, a variety of international salads, desserts, as well as a selection of fresh juices and cocktails. “Our customers have been asking for something fresh and healthy throughout the day, and we are pleased to be one of the few places in Dubai to offer over 30 different salad and anti-pasta choices in an open buffet style,” Muzaffer said. The brand already operates cafes at Mercato Shopping Centre and Knowledge Village, also in Dubai. Meanwhile, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has opened a new flagship store in Dubai, at the BurJuman shopping centre. The store, which covers 3,500 square feet and offers seating for 120 diners, features new design elements. The new outlet will offer all the usual Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf menu options, opening from early morning to offer breakfast, lunch and tea. The breakfast menu offers a selection of salmon scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict or muesli parfait, while the lunch menu consists of salads, pasta dishes or savoury sandwiches. “We aim to be the best at what we do, which is why we focus on baking our own cakes, muffins and cookies, preparing our own meals and using only the freshest beans and tea leaves,” said Ismail Akil Abbasi, chairman of DubTrade, licensed franchisee for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers 36 varieties of tea, which include Carnival Matta, Moroccan Mint, Jasmine Dragon and Phoenix Pearl.

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