Going Loca The long-established Loca restaurant – a favourite at Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa – is expanding. A new branch at Souk Al Bahar overlooking Burj Khalifa and the fountains is scheduled to open this month, offering the same quality Mexican cuisine and fun, friendly atmosphere as the original. Keep checking on www.locauae.com or call 04 346 1111 for details.
Coffee Ladies Billed as Dubai’s first specialty coffee boutique, Mokha offers quality coffee with a conscience; they source their beans directly from female-run coffee farms across the Middle East and Africa, supporting them as they become self-sustainable. They’re also the world’s only stockists of the famous Ethiopian Geisha coffee. Aswaaq Community Mall, 04 321 6455
Haute cuisine There’s a new Michelin-starred chef in town. Renowned restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten was in the city recently to launch Jean Georges Dubai – now open at the Four Seasons Restaurant Village, Jumeirah Road – offering his signature take on international dishes. Expect refinement, sophistication, fine dining and flawless service (and a bill to match). 04 343 6118