23 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
14 Apr 2016 | 12:00 am
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Pollos apart

Lima has lifted off in Dubai’s culinary scene big time – we’re out of fingers counting the numerous fine-dining Peruvian options – and following the Inca trail is Pollo Pollo, Dubai’s first casual Peruvian restaurant. Nailing native with bamboo screens and Inca sculptures, you’ll be immersed in Andean vibe from when you sit on the Aztec-striped chairs, sipping golden Inca Cola to every morsel of juicy pollo a la brassa (flame-grilled rotisserie chicken) and arroz verde (green rice). Call 04 399 9951.


Tote-ally worth it

So what if you’re not headed to the Coachella music festival next week? Bag a bit of California dreamin’ right here with this gorgeous Sara Battaglia shopper tote. In springtime hues of cobalt and sea green, this roomy calf-leather bag from the Italian designer’s S/S16 collection nails boho-chic festival fashion. Its textured tassels will look stylishly at-home in the deserts and streets of both Colorado and Dubai. Dh3,345 at


Play Dum Dum

Baked, healthy and yummy – meet the artisan doughnuts from Dum Dum Donutterie. The first international outpost of the famed UK chain at Jumeirah Beach Road handmakes delicious derivations like fluffy Croconut and the iconic striated Zebra – all with half the fat of regular fried varieties but double the flavour. Foodie math that gets an A+! Call 04 261 1601, visit


Heads up

A fresh and glowing face is incomplete without its crowning glory – a shiny hairdo, which is why Pastel Salon’s Jumeirah Branch is offering a blow-dry for half the price when you plump for one of its luxe facials using skincare ranges such as Altearah, Image, Éminence or Guinot. With facials starting from Dh320 and blow-dries from Dh120, you can get a fresh new look for as less as Dh380! Valid until April 30. Call 04 388 3534/3397.


Nikki of the time

What unites Miami, Ibiza, St Tropez and now Dubai? They’re locations of hip beach club concept Nikki Beach! Known for its all-white, luxe decor and fans like Beyoncé, we’ll be at the Pearl Jumeira joint’s What Women Want lifestyle event on April 23. From 4pm, shop from collections of the region’s hottest designers, munch on Cali-style bites, enjoy treatments by Lucia Aesthetic & Dermatology Center – all to the beats of the resident DJ. Email


A bar of gold

Raising the bar of exclusivity to golden standards is Gold On 27, the chic week-old Burj Al Arab watering hole. King Midas would feel at home within its glitzy textured walls and art deco design, as will cool young things. Quench your thirst with gold pearlescence and grape-based Element 79 (gold’s atomic number) lemony River Zara (another name of the Dubai Creek) or spicy 2020 (mirroring Dubai’s multiculturalism). Everything is served in four-carat gold-plated accessories (from shakers to spoons). Daily from 6pm-1am. Call 04 301 7600 or visit


Feats of clay

If you plan to potter around the house, you might as well do it at the Yadawei Ceramics and Pottery studio. The Al Quoz venue offers classes for both experienced potterheads and beginners yearning to spin the wheel à la Demi Moore in Ghost. An open-access model means you walk in whenever creativity knocks. From Dh600 including tool kits, glazes and storage. Visit


Wild wear

We’re not sure of the law of the jungle, but Kenzo’s limited-edition The Jungle Book range (for men and women) sure adheres to the laws of shopping – hurry before stocks finish! The collection – celebrating Disney’s Jungle Book film in theatres now – features botanic prints and illustrations of characters like Mowgli and Bagheera on shorts, skirts (the one above is Dh1,630) and jerseys. This knit Shere Khan sweater (Dh1,820), a Disney take on Kenzo’s signature tiger prints, roars for our attention!


Live the brunch life

Your brunch plans at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, will now have savings on the menu, thanks to Gulf News Good Living. Enjoy unlimited Friday brunch with soft drinks for two adults and two kids at a snip for Dh149 when you dine at select Radisson Blu restaurants such as Fish Market, Shabestan, Minato and The Pub. Offer valid until May 31, only via printed voucher. For more information visit or download the Good Living app.


Snowball effect

Kids reeling from the summer sizzle? You can crank up the aircon – or just take them to the Dubai Ice Rink to have some snow hurled at them! The limited time Snowball Activity Zone created on The Dubai Mall’s ice rink lets kids toss pre-made snowballs at each other during 15-minute sessions. Set challenges, dodge and duck, and test how sharp their aim is. Every Friday and Saturday in April, 12-5.30pm. Visit, call 04 448 5111.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer