Mövenpick Hotel Deira cooks up new menus in ‘old Dubai’
The 216-room hotel is the first international five-star property to open in Deira in more than a decade
Mövenpick Hotel Deira – be enabled for business, for destination sightseeing, for inquisitive shopping, for a good food.
Deira, ‘Old’ Dubai, UAE April 2011: The Mövenpick Hotel Deira has its sights set on being the new eating place in Dubai’s traditional locale of Deira on the north-side of the Creek.
The 216-room property has opened three outlets, each carefully crafted to offer great food that is memorable, different and comfortable – on the palate, the pocket and in ambiance.
First off of the drawing board is Jigsaw - the hotel’s answer to all-day dining. As its name suggests, the dishes at Jigsaw work well solo, yet every dish is offered in complement to the whole.
Michael Nugent, the hotel’s general manager admitted that a buffet station is at the heart of Jigsaw’s offering but was fast to highlight that it is a ‘buffet with a difference’.
“In the world of all-day dining, the fact is that a buffet selection works well, especially for diners ‘on the run’ – as they often are at breakfast and lunchtimes. Our service culture for the ‘in and out’ guests is fast, fab and friendly.
“Indeed, I stand as witness to the early success of Jigsaw, where many dishes are served as individual portions in array of contemporary, one-serving crockery and pans.”
In another sign that the Jigsaw culinary team have gone all-out to dish up the difference is a retro-styled Rotisserie that not only roasts chickens, kebabs, and more – it also looks good, adding style to the already comfortable décor.
“A welcomed edge in the interiors is that the seating mix is uncomplicated and it has been well thought through to complement the business guests, inquisitive travellers and neighbourhood families that the hotel is intent on welcoming,” noted Nugent.
He said that Jigsaw has a troupe of well-sized tables-for-two that also work doubled up – giving more space for extra diners, or work documents and laptops. On the latter, numerous electrical points for charging are conveniently placed, and WiFi is ‘on the house’, as is efficient valet parking.
However, the table-setting Oscar goes to an attractive oval table that seats 12 and just beckons that business banter or tales of destination delights be shared over a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Meanwhile, the Wok-In Restaurant & Bar duo at the Mövenpick Hotel Deira offers a multi-faceted dining and entertainment experience that is capable of transitioning through the day, into night.
“With the influence of Asia at its core, the Wok-In Restaurant menu encourages the use of live cooking from the outlet’s central station, as well as a selection of dishes cooked kitchen-side,” said Nugent.
He mentioned that market fresh ingredients are treated in a variety of ways at Wok In – some stir fried, some steamed, some tossed onto the grill plate – all with passion and capable of embracing chilli and spice quantities to marry with an array of palates.
The Asian touch also seeps into Wok-In’s interiors which have managed to fuse a melody of the Pan Eastern influences to deliver a modern-day noodle bar-type look and feel.
The space is cleverly divided into seven eating areas made up of a variety of seating options, including the usual table set-ups. However, it is a stool-height communal table for eight and a solo round table for six which are likely to be in high demand for family, friends and business groups.
Seating around the central cooking station is also encouraged and often the choice of single diners who can enjoy banter with Chef Kuan and his brigade as they toss their goods.
Indeed, lone connoisseurs are well received at Wok In Restaurant, which also has two, single seat dining bays, perfect for snacking while surfing. WiFi is on the house, as is a basket of Asian crackers and dips.
Meanwhile, next door is Wok-In bar, an ample space that does everything you might want it to do.
From drinks for AED 1, beer baskets, to cocktails, to special-offer premium spirits, through to sundowner specials and live DJ playing during the weekends, until late.
The Mövenpick Hotel Deira is the first international five-star property to open in Deira in more than a decade. It is located at Deira’s traditional cross-road to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, and is less than 15 minutes by road from Dubai International Airport.
As the global hospitality industry continues to ponder the pace of business, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with real estate developer, Seven Tides, prepares for the opening of more than 1,200 rooms over four properties in Dubai, UAE.
This includes the 216-room Mövenpick Hotel Deira which opened in January 2011 to offer an efficient welcome to visiting business executives, inquisitive shoppers, small meeting groups and lunch & dinner time diners in Dubai’s traditional locale of Deira on the north-side of the Creek.
Also within the pack of four is the 396-room Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, a property of iconic stature both inside and out, which is cleverly inspired by the journeys of the 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta himself. The hotel is located in ‘New Dubai’ and opened its doors to business travellers, holidaymakers and destination tourists in October 2010.
Meanwhile, the Asian-inspired Royal Amwaj Resort & Spa on Palm Jumeirah will be open later in 2011. At first glance, the 293-room retreat-like resort seems to be playing a credible tune as it blows its own trumpet by announcing some ‘industry firsts’, including an upscale all-inclusive package available through preferred travel partners.
2011 will also see the pack complete with opening of the contemporary Oceana Hotel & Spa. Seven Tides’ second property located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah will open 324 rooms on the heels of the Oceana Beach Club and restaurant-bar venue, West 14th, the New-York Grill and Bar. Both the club and the restaurant opened for business during the summer of 2010 and deliver great family entertainment.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented in 30 countries with over 90 hotels existing or under construction. Focussing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the international hotel group specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts. Of Swiss origin, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts positions itself in the upscale segment and stands for quality, reliability and care with a personal touch. The hotel group is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).
Meanwhile, established in Dubai in 2004, Seven Tides is an international-oriented holding company currently focusing on hospitality and real estate sectors.