"For such a new and advanced city, Dubai’s culinary offering remains sluggish; a decade-or more behind others. It’s skyscraper dining, bottomless brunches and sushi by the pool"
"This is a region that prides itself on this unique breed of cow, renowned for their muscular hypertrophy, commonly known as double muscling"
"Not another contemporary twist promise, another twiddly-accented, jus-dribbling, foam-flicking chef"
"Chefs all wear the preposterously tall toque blanche hat, but all of the pomp is lavishly lapped up"
"I’ve lived in Alba for over 15 years, and have found my happy place. I plant, I grow, I harvest, I cook"
"I want the person responsible for cooking my dinner to be a proper fatty, experienced in gluttony"
"A daily menu arrives and makes a point of the kitchen’s Canadian-ness – what the Dickens is that I hear you cry?"
David J Constable on chef Mehmet Gürs and a restaurant with a unique perspective
"Things reached a head in 2011 after police murdered 16-year-old Diego Felipe Becerra while he tagged his signature, Felix the Cat, on the walls of an underpass"
"A Star Trek-style sliding door reveals a hallway, at the end of which is a lightless lift. I enter and wait to ascend (or descend, it's not clear which), then a ceiling light blasts on and music begins... "