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Chef’s Table Launches ‘From Dunes to Oceans’ Series

Following a vibrant summer series held under the Travel Through Food theme, Abu Dhabi Culinary Season’s Chef’s Table series will run the second of its five planned installments under the banner From Dunes to Oceans, from 15th September to 15th October 2020.

Part of the year-round celebration of the capital’s dining scene, organized by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), From Dunes to Oceans will feature 10 of the capital’s best-loved restaurants serving up limited-edition, five-course menus that embrace culture, Khaleeji heritage and regional flavors.

Foodies can expect both vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings from popular Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and other international cuisines, with prices starting from AED 350.

“Incorporating the foundations of Arabian dining into traditional Indian cuisine has been a fascinating process, and certainly something unique for diners at Namak by Kunal Kapur,” said Head Chef Ankit Pahuja. “Seeing the success of the previous Chef’s Table initiative, and the ongoing elevation of Abu Dhabi’s thriving fine dining scene, we’re looking forward to putting our own stamp on the culinary landscape.”

Head Chef Ando Takashi of Tori No Su, said: “While fusing Japanese and Arabian cuisine  was not something I seriously considered before, the experimentation and sampling process has highlighted how the flavors and styles actually complement each other extremely well. Guests opting for the five-course menu will be blown away by the adventurous tastes.”

In addition to Namak by Kunal Kapur and Tori No Su, the latest Chef’s Table will take place at the award-winning Vietnamese hotspot, Hoi An; European eateries, Rosemary and Bentley Kitchen; Thai-style seafood market, Fishmarket; Italian trattoria, Mare Mare; Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse; Lebanese favorite, Sambusek; and at contemporary Indian fusion restaurant Tamba.

From Dunes to Oceans is the second Chef’s Table series in a five-strong programme championed by DCT Abu Dhabi to promote the emirate’s fine dining outlets over a 12-month period. During August, the Travel Through Food theme saw diners explore limited-period menus at TEAN, BOA Steakhouse, Cipriani, Fouquet’s, Dai Pai Dong, Aja Asian & Teppenyaki, COYA Abu Dhabi, Sontaya, Punjab Grill, The Forge and Market Kitchen.

HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing, said: “The Travel Through Food series has so far proven to be a great success, igniting the creativity of chefs across the emirate with innovative concepts and giving diners in Abu Dhabi unrivaled international cuisine experiences without having to leave the emirate. We look forward to what the next chapter of this brilliant series will bring.”

The Chef’s Table series will wrap-up next year when the most popular menus from four 2020 editions will be collected into the ‘The All Stars’ event, where diners will get a second chance to try their favourite menus and dishes from this year. The bestsellers from the Travel Through Food chapter, and qualifiers to come back with their incredible menus at The All Stars are COYA, Punjab Grill and BOA Steakhouse.

“Encouraging residents to Travel Through Food was exciting and enabled a unique gastronomic experience that highlighted different cuisines, flavors and tastes right here at home,” said Head Chef Pang at COYA. “Our menu was very well received by customers who arrived with the intention of sampling the limited-edition menu, or quickly took up the option once arriving. It was a fantastic value-add that demonstrated the versatility and creativity of our culinary team”.

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