Cheese and wine, the perfect beginning, mid and end week treats for yourself and your friends.
You will have noticed that many restaurants around Dubai have started advertising cheese and wine evenings. A fact that I am seriously happy about, since I do have a bit of a cheese addiction. I love the stuff. My friend Kate and I even have cheese evenings where we sample a plethora of dairy options. So I am delighted that now I can go out and enjoy this experience at some of Dubai’s lovely dining establishments!
So what exactly does a cheese and wine night entail? Well it is fairly self-explanatory and it does also depend on the venue. Some places claim to have a varied cheese selection but they tend to be rather dull and predictable…how many different types of brie and cheddar do you really want to try? So here are my top cheese and wine evening destinations. Hope you enjoy!
CaféM – Media One Hotel
I visited this cheese and wine evening with some friends for a bit of a Christmas treat, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The CaféM spread at Media One completely surpassed my expectations. It is affordable at 199 AED for the wine package and 215 AED for Prosecco (guess which one I chose!). The waiting staff are very attentive and my glass never wanted for a refill.
However, it is the food that completely won me over. There is a pretty decent cheese selection, with the old favourites Stilton, Camembert etc. but also some of the more unusual including soft Italian goats and sheep cheeses. They also offered a cheese fondue with bread for dipping. The salad options were also delicious, with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives and mini mozzarellas. An incredibly enjoyable evening.
Jones the Grocer – Dusit Thani
Jones the Grocer is one of my favourite cheese havens; they even have a cheese room! You can’t get better than that. On Wednesday evenings you can get unlimited cheese and wine for only 199 AED at the Jones the Grocer at the Dusit Thani, just off the Sheikh Zayed Road. You will be treated to a smorgasbord of cheeses, from numerous different regions; they really do try and offer you unusual and varied choices; with everything from truffle Gouda to Chabi Chou.
The wine options may seem simple, only offering house whites and reds, however, they have been carefully selected to perfectly complement the cheeses. This is a lovely evening out, with excellent live jazz, good food and easy access via the Financial Centre Metro Station.
Solo Vino – Raffles Hotel
This wine and cheese evening is definitely a bit more upmarket. They offer you 5 cheeses and 5 wine parings, it is more a chance to savour the flavours, rather than work your way through as much as possible. The staff are highly knowledgeable about what they are offering and will talk you through what the different cheeses are and why the wines compliment them.
I had a highly enjoyable time at Solo Vino, my friend and I had a very relaxed evening, the atmosphere is chilled and conducive to conversation, we were able to chat about the food and enjoyed not only the cheese boards but also the delicious accompaniments of pate and breads. I would recommend this evening for a date night out!
Oeno wine bar – The Westin
Oeno is famous for its great ladies night, they offer a seriously good free flowing wine and the music is always fun and enjoyable to dance to. However, if you want a bit of food with your wine then head over for their Wine Down Wednesday, at only 195 AED for unlimited wine, cheese and cold cuts this is a great and affordable mid week night out.
They are not stingy with their portion sizes, wanting people to sample as much of the food as possible, they offer an impressive array of cheeses and these are paired with some seriously good wines. Oeno prides itself on its ability to offer quality for a good price in a fun and lively atmosphere.
Bistro Des Arts – The Marina
This restaurant is one of my favourite additions to the Dubai Marina. Perched on the corner next to the Marina Mall, this unobtrusive French Bistro offers some seriously good food in a stunning setting over looking the boats of the Marina, the perfect location for people watching.
Bistro Des Artes is now offering Une Raclette evening every Wednesday for 2 hours. This one is a little on the pricier side, at 155 AED for food only and 245 AED including free flowing wine. However, this restaurant has one of the more enviable wine selections and if you have never tried Raclette then I would really recommend you spoil yourself a little. Raclette is a traditional French dish, made with a wheel of cheese, which is then heated until perfectly melted and spread in a big cheesy, gloopy dollop over your food. A cheese lovers dream!