28 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
16 Jun 2016 | 12:00 am
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Pepite pleasures

After its world-famous hot chocolate, L’African, mesmerised us, chic Parisian tea house Angelina always has us anticipating the brand’s latest pièce de résistance. For Ramadan, the exclusive new dessert Pepite – a delightful melange of milk chocolate, fresh dates, crunchy almonds and hazelnuts – is a testament to French flair for desserts. It’s part of the three-course iftar menu, which also includes lentil and chickpea soup with chicken, and braised lamb with spices and dried fruits. Dh175 per person, from sunset to 2am. Call 04 379 4560 (Mall of the Emirates) and 04 442 8814 (The Dubai Mall).


In the zone

This Ramadan, don’t get lost in a maze of aisles hunting for Eid gifts. Instead, head straight to Centrepoint’s gifting zone and become a smart shopper. The best of lifestyle, fashion and home accessories are specially picked and placed in central locations of Centrepoint outlets, so buying presents is finished in minutes. Brands featured are Babyshop, Adore, Splash, Shoe Mart, Lifestyle and more. Race you to the checkout line! Across Centrepoint stores in the UAE.


Chinese whispers

It’s not every day that you have a dining experience that’s worth writing home about. But when you’re talking Asian food, Hakkasan – the global restaurant chain with a Michelin-star London outpost – should top everyone’s list.

Since I’m from Kolkata (in India), which serves some of the best Chinese food in the country, it’s tough to live up to my Cantonese expectations. But Hakkasan was a surprise. Dining alone is as pleasurable as with company at this warm oriental eatery, and the food is fresh off the wok.

To sample a variety of dishes, go for the Taste of Hakkasan menu. My chef’s special clear soup had fresh chicken and ginseng in it, which was refreshing, while the crispy duck roll starter was true to its name. However, the fireworks started with the sizzling Sanpei chicken claypot served with dried chillies and sweet basil alongside rice, as well as the incredible hazelnut jivara bomb for dessert. The portions are perfect for one person, and to top the night with a praline paste ice cream ball ensconced in rice crackers that crackle with every bite, and covered with chocolate sauce (that’s the bomb) – how can you not go back?

Dh188 for soup, a three-course menu and one beverage. From 6-7.30pm daily. For more, call 04 384 8484.

Tested by Tania Bhattacharya


Ice, ice baby

This summer, forget salads and gyms and cool off in pools slurping on ice lollies, thanks to Detox Delight’s healthy range of Ice Pops. They’re vegan, gluten-free and under 25 calories each! Green salads are frozen into Get Vitamin-iced flavour, pink beets into License to Chill and there’s a limited-edition coconut lolly too. Quit lolly-gagging and head to Detox Delight kitchen, Gold & Diamond Park now. From Dh15.


Tailored perfection

If you haven’t zeroed in on a gift for pop for Father’s Day, and considering it’s just around the corner, head to Gatsby, the century-old bespoke menswear studio that’s offering a whopping 20 per cent discount on ready-made or tailored suits and shirts. From rare cashmere to wool, silk and Italian fabric blends that all lend themselves to custom clothing beautifully, a suit from this well-known brand will smooth over every kink in his life! Prices start from Dh1,200.


Haute holdall

We declare that this gorgeous micro brown Dr Bag from LaLa Queen has us lovesick, and the only cure is getting our hands on one. Inspired by the Vintage Doctor bags, this Lebanese brand interpretation of the en-vogue shape is a favourite with trendsetters like Amal Clooney and we’re loving the taste of her fashion medicine. The pink trimming highlights the burgundy body, while green front patch adds pizzazz to the classy tote. Wondering Dr Who, how much and where? Dh3,037, House of Fraser.


Tied to the tropics

Father’s Day is three days away and a holiday in a rainforest is difficult to book. Instead, buy him these botanical print sneakers (Dh225 onwards) from Celio, which will allow him a walk on the wild side and shoe you into his good books. The ready-to-wear clothing label from France has a funky Ramadan collection to dress up young dads in summer-perfect everyday wear. At Celio, City Centre Mirdif.


Kick it

Footie fever has kicked off with Copa América and Euro 2016, and if the matches have your little ones excited to learn more about the beautiful game, sign them up for Dubai Football Club’s Summer Football Camp. Starting from June 23 until September 1, both boys and girls aged four to 16 years will be coached every Sunday to Thursday inside state-of-the-art air-conditioned stadiums by some of the best coaches in the city. Dh1,000 for five days. To register, email or call 04 348 3869.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer