21 October 2016Last updated

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The leisure charts

A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

By Shreeja Ravindranthan
31 Mar 2016 | 12:00 am
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King of kitchens

At Coral Dubai Deira Hotel, we’ve discovered the diversity of Indian food with Rasoi’s new red-hot menu that matches its blazing ethnic interiors. Hindi for kitchen, there are every Indian household’s favourite vegetarian and non-vegetarian eats – creamy rajma masala and succulent lamb chops from the north, the south’s tangy sambar and peppery Chettinad chicken, a host of Mughlai kebabs, biryanis, curries like rogan josh and fluffy hot-off-the-tandoor rotis and naans 
to sop it up. Call 04 224 8587 for more information.


Spring in your step

Dig your heels into the season’s print passion – florals – with these tie-up heels from Steve Madden. They’ll add a bright splotch of colour to and freshen up any outfit from skinny jeans and a crop top, to fluttery maxi dresses with aplomb. They’re great to flaunt flower power sans the kitsch, like a walk in the park! Dh299.


New dimensions

Culture vultures should hit up the Gallery of Light at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, to catch Manas: The Sixth Dimension from April 6-12. Curated by Neetha Pathare, artist and founder of Mumbai-based Cobalt Arts, the exhibition features a slew of styles – think landscapes and abstract figures – through the works of renowned Indian artists such as Suhas Bahulkar, Ashok Bhowmick and Vipta Kapadia. Visit for details.


Three’s a Tribe

Turning a fit and fabulous three this year, social gym TribeFit has triple the benefits for new members. Not only will you have the chance to shape up and engage in fun activities such as swing yoga and barre classes, but you’ll also receive a 30 per cent discount when you sign up for six or 12 months at the Dubai Marina branch. For details about classes, visit


Sips of youth

Placenta facials and collagen supplements for youthful skin are old hat. We chug smoothies at @blend in Jumeirah, where every Monday throughout this month you can add a free scoop of collagen to smooth out those wrinkles. The flavourless powder is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and it detoxes too, so bottoms up! Call 04 514 8966.


Dull workstations will meet a sticky end when memos and to-do lists come together with this playful sticky notes set (Dh65) and diary from Like celebrity fans Selena Gomez and Katy Perry, we too have to bandy about our love for this notorious LA brand’s tongue-in-cheek illustrations, plucky quotes and sunny colours on stationery, gifts, tech and accessories for women. We’ll skip the flowers (and pollen) and decorate desks with stationery this spring. At Virgin Megastores.


Take the Plunch

What’s the best way to enjoy brunch? Combine it with a detox spa treatment, of course. That’s what Meliá Dubai’s Plunch brunch has in store every Friday at 11am. While the kids keep busy in the play area, saunter off to the YHI spa with your partner for a refreshing treatment that prepares you for a sumptuous brunch at the rooftop restaurant Estrellas. You’ll love the views, and when it gets too warm, just slip right into the cool pool! Feast on everything from grilled and barbecued delicacies to Italian staples and Indian and regional faves and experience a day well spent. Visit


Wagamama mia!

The grass is truly greener at Greens this spring as the neighbourhood’s Wagamama branch turns over a new leaf. All part of the Japanese philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement), the upgrade to lightwood, minimalistic interiors has extended to the delish menu as well, with an omakase section (chef’s selection) that includes soupy coconut seafood broth and hit staples like pad thai and katsu curry. We’ll be taking our meal out to the breezy outdoor tables. Visit


New on Netflix

Here’s why you should ignore everything this weekend and stay home: Netflix. There’s a host of dramas, documentaries and movies queuing for attention, but it’s Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Daredevil by Marvel that has grabbed our eyeballs. Brit heart-throb Charlie Cox returns as Matt Murdock, blind lawyer by day and vigilante by night. New villains, old friends and thrilling twists involving other superheroes await. Do binge-watch all 13 episodes!


Turn the tables

Take your taste buds on a taste trip with Sicilia’s unlimited tasting menu. Called Tavola di Stefano – Chef Stefano’s Table – the charming little Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai eatery’s leather couches and rustic wooden tables are perfect for the smorgasbord of dishes such as caponata with fresh ricotta, fregola with baby calamari and hazlenutty gianduja cheesecake. In portion-sizes perfect to split with la familia, sharing here is caring and delicious, too! Every Friday from 7-10.45pm, from Dh199 per person. Visit for details.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer