Sweet dreams are made of cheese…
Happy hours, ladies nights and gents nights are great and all, but sometimes we feel like a slightly more classy affair – one that involves us eating our bodyweight in cheese. Ok, perhaps classy is the wrong word.
Thankfully, there are many places in Dubai where fromage fans can satisfy their cravings. Here are 14 wine & cheese nights to try in Dubai.
folly by Nick & Scott
Every Monday at chic Madinat restaurant, folly by Nick and Scott, couples can enjoy two hours of unlimited wine alongside a cheeseboard for Dhs295 for two. The cheese and wine offer starts from 5pm every Monday, so it’s perfect for a post-work colleague, as well as a date night later in the evening. On offer, you’ll find a selection of British cheese’s from UK favourite, Neal’s Yard’s dairy.
Folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, 5pm onwards, Monday, Dhs295 for two. Tel: (04) 430 8535. folly.ae
Anantara The Palm
For a special treat, book a sunset cheese and wine experience at Anantara The Palm. Retreat to the beach as the sun sets and enjoy a selection of Mediterranean antipasti, cured meats andcheeses, paired perfectly with a bottle of grape and followed by dessert. It’s Dhs600 per couple.
Anantara The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, from sunset daily, Dhs600. Tel: (04) 567 8304. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierre’s Bistro & Bar
Pierre’s is one of the city’s prettiest restaurants and lounges, with pastel pink hues and leafy interiors designed to be photographed throughout. Every Monday, guests can tuck into a cheese board for Dhs100, and glasses of wine from Dhs125.
Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Mondays, from Dhs125. Tel: (04) 701 1127. pierresdubai.com
‘In Wine We Trust’ is the Wednesday cheese and wine deal at Oeno wine bar in Dubai Marina. From 8pm to 11pm, enjoy a selection of premium wine, nibbles and cheese for Dhs195 per person. Great music and pool tables will also be on hand to keep everyone entertained.
Oeno, Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 8pm to 11pm, Wednesdays, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 511 7139. marriott.com
New kid on the block, Quench, serves up cheese platters for Dhs105 which include an extensive range of blue cheese, gouda, brie, cheddar and swiss cheese. Head down during happy hour and bottles of wine start from Dhs120 every day between 4pm to 8pm.
Quench, Sofitel JBR The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, daily 4pm to 8pm, cheese from Dhs105. Tel: (058) 584 6000. quench.ae
The Alpine-inspired Publique is a cosy, no-frills French restaurant, with a host of cheesy deals available every single day. Pull up a chair by the (fake) fire, and catch up over tartiflette for two for Dhs220, fondue for two priced at Dhs230, or a Raclette for two for Dhs290, all served with a complimentary carafe of wine.
Publique, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 12pm onwards, daily, from Dhs220. Tel: (04) 430 8550. publique.ae
Located in the chic La Ville Hotel & Suites in City Walk, this cool little wine bar offers daily wine and cheese pairings. Available from 4pm to midnight, you’ll pay Dhs85 and get three 50ml glasses of wine and a cheese pairing board. For three 125ml glasses you’ll pay Dhs180 and Dhs225 for three 185ml glasses. Ladies can also take advantage of two free glasses of wine with a mini cheeseboard every Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm.
Grapeskin, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: (054) 309 5948. livelaville.com.
Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club
Jones the Grocer hosts a ‘Cheese, Grape & Jazz’ night every Thursday from 7.30pm to 11pm. For Dhs199, you get a cheese board with unlimited reds and whites for two hours, served alongside live music from the Chinua Hawk Duo.
Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club, Thursdays, 7.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 417 9999. dubaigolf.com.
Cafe W in Media One Hotel has a wine and cheese offering every Tuesday and Wednesday between 7pm and 10pm. On Tuesday, it’s all about the fondue, whereas on Wednesdays, guests can enjoy unlimited raclette. It’s Dhs160 if you want to focus on just the fromage (and soft drinks), Dhs210 with unlimited wine and Dhs230 with bubbles. Add shisha for Dhs80.
Cafe M, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 7pm to 10pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, from Dhs160. Tel: (04) 427 1000. More info on website.
Stage2 at Vida Downtown
Every Wednesday at Stage2, Vida Downtown, guests can enjoy an unlimited cheese buffet and three house beverages for Dhs140. The deal is valid from 6pm to 9pm, making it the perfect place for a post-work catch up.
Stage2, Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 9pm, Wednesdays, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 888 3444. vidahotels.com
More of an afternoon offering than even, Fitzroy, the new European bistro at The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah has launched Fondue For Two, a new sharing deal every Saturday. Guests can feast on classic ingredients including Gruyere and Emmental cheese accompanied by homemade pickles, a charcuterie platter, new potatoes and a fresh, French baguette. Wash it down with two hours of free flowing drinks for Dhs395 for two.
Fitzroy, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm to 11pm, Saturdays, Dhs395. Tel: (054) 309 4517. Facebook.com/FitzroyDXB
Chamas has launched a new cheese and wine night which costs Dhs249 for two. Experience a variety of different cheeses, each with their own unique flavour and textures. You can also choose a bottle of wine to accompany your platter, with 22 options from around the world.
Chamas Churrascaria, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily, 6pm to midnight, Dhs249 for two. Tel: (800) 276 963. chamasdubai.ae
Le Petit Belge
Le Petit Belge offers a great cheese and wine package every Monday night. For Dhs130, enjoy unlimited red and white wine, as well as some delicious cheese from 6pm to 9pm. Available at the JLT, Motor City and Business Bay branches.
Le Petit Belge, JLT, Motor City or Business Bay, Mondays, 6pm to 9pm, Dhs130. Tel: (050) 2288 297. lepetitbelge.com
We all know there’s no better way to kick off a weekend than with a selection of creamy and delicious cheeses all washed down with a glass (or two) of vino. Meliã Desert Palm has launched their Tipples & Cheese night to help you do exactly that. For Dhs175, indulge in a wide selection of internationally sourced cheeses and artisan bread, paired with your choice of wine.
Epicure, Meliã Desert Palm Hotel, Al Awir Road, International City, Thursdays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 602 9323. melia.com