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The leisure charts

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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
22 Sep 2016 | 12:00 am
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On a Roll

Spice up midweek meets with the girl gang with saucy gossip and saucier wasabi-topped sushi! Roll in to any Chez Sushi outlet on Tuesdays and splash out on the Japanese chain’s Ladies Let’s Roll offer. You and your BFF can enjoy two customised sushi rolls for the price of one. Choose your wrap, rice, a choice of fish, beef, crab or tofu, veggies like avocado, mangoes, and asparagus dressed with yuzu, unagi, ginger etc. From 6-10pm. Call 800 78744 or visit

Pixel Perfect


As sightings of Anya Hindmarch’s amazing bags always do, this Bathurst Pixel Satchel has pixellated our vision with desire, yet sharpened our resolutions (to save up). The quirky accessories designer has deconstructed her nostalgic fascination for arcade games (the inspiration behind the bestselling Space Invaders bag) down to its building dots – pixels – in her A/W16 collection. Gorgeous rainbow leather squares and autumnal orange handle fused on to inky suede body spell game over for will power. About Dh7,639 at Tryano, Yas Mall Abu Dhabi.

Tried and tested: Murder Mystery Dinner


What happens when four women – an air hostess, a radio presenter, a make-up artist and a journalist – become unsuspecting dinner companions at Fraiche Café in JLT? In the next two hours mayhem ensues, and a murder is solved. Well, almost. And not at any run-of-the-mill dinner mind you – I’m talking about the Murder Mystery Dinner put up last month by Vambo Entertainment, a theatre-based entertainment company with stellar productions such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Scripted by founder and drama graduate Ashleigh-May Bawden, the murder she wrote was fraught with red-herrings, histrionics, and Machiavellian characters performed to perfection by a fabulous local cast. The three courses and myriad clues came fast once the first act – the abhorred school principal’s death by poison at a staff party – played out and cast members visited each table trying to convince the teams of their innocence.

We cracked clues and interrogated suspects amidst mouthfuls of succulent grilled chicken and carrot cake. Did our group of Nancy Drews succeed? Not even close, but Vambo’s creative evening out did, and they’re having another deadly dinner at Fraiche on September 28. This time a jazz band’s blues turn grisly red in Mississippi. Dress up to the Ol Mississippi Blues Theme to win a voucher. 
From 7-9pm, Dh150 per person. Call 04 3697 821

Reviewed by Shreeja Ravindranathan

Best of the Wurst


The dog days of dining have being ushered into Dubai with The Black Lion’s Dirty Dog menu of supersized hot dogs. Following in the footsteps of London’s East End’s multicultural food markets, this H Hotel gastropub walks the American street food through flavours from India, the Caribbean and Malaysia, creating kimchi ‘dog’ with Korean BBQ sauce, onion bhaji ‘dog’ with vindaloo gravy and green chutney (Dh45 each). Frankly delicious! Call 04 359 2366 or email

Blind Ambitions


The Junction Al Serkal Avenue’s first homegrown Hindi production Andhon Ka Haathi (The Blind Men and their Elephant) takes to the stage on September 29 at 7.30pm, giving local talent such as director Rashmi Kotriwala an arena. This production of satirist Sharad Joshi’s 70s play is a comical tale of five blind people’s interpretations of what an elephant looks like. Dh100 per person. Call 04 3388 525 or visit

Fixer Upper


Polish brand Paese has been polling high on our beauty buys with their skin-safe range of innovative cosmetics and myriad outlets across major UAE malls. There’s a tantalising array of foundations, luscious lipsticks and nail wear - try pumpkin orange for happening harvest-season nails, but this plant-cell enriched liquid fixer fluid (Dh56) has caught our eyes. Simply apply a coat of the quick-absorbing, hydrating liquid across lids before applying eyeshadow for a crease and smudge-free finish. Visit

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan