Dusit Thani Dubai is giving healthy dining and drinking a delicious, creative twist at two new venues,, NoLo and Makira, that offer maximum taste with minimal guilt for health-conscious individuals and mindful drinkers.
Adding to the hotel’s already renowned culinary offerings, including, amongst others, Benjarong Thai restaurant, 24th St. World Street Food, and Jones the Grocer, the new openings include MaKiRa, a Japanese rolls and bowls destination highlighting the finest ingredients, and NoLo, the first non-alcoholic bar in Dubai.
Located on the hotel’s ground floor and decorated with multi-coloured Japanese umbrellas, Uchiwa Fans, and colourful Furoshiki Boxes, MaKiRa (above) fuses the flavours and techniques that hallmark the traditional and modern cultures of Japan into one exciting dining experience with a bright, quirky, and playful vibe.
Using the finest local and imported ingredients and taking inspiration from two of Japan’s most beloved dishes – Maki and Ramen – the restaurant’s chefs create a wide range of wraps, flavoursome broths, and healthy bowls. A lively open kitchen adds a vibrant touch of theatre to the dining experience – especially for those who opt to sit overlooking the action at the countertop.
Here, mindful diners can tuck into a thoughtfully curated healthy selection of salads, poke and chirashi (seasoned sushi), with highlights such as Tuna Poke (quinoa, charred pineapple, edamame, snow peas, and red radish served with Bloody Mary dressing) and New Style Chirashi (sushi rice, salmon, tuna, octopus, hamachi, takuwan, hajikame and wasabi soy dressing).
Other tempting signature items include, amongst others, Aburi Truffle Wagyu Roll (wagyu beef slices, avocado, truffle kewpie, crispy onions and yakiniku sauce), Torched Salmon Uramaki Roll (salmon tartar, cucumber, truffle kewpie and teriyaki glaze), Tan Tan Ramen (creamy chicken broth with spicy minced chicken and crispy garlic oil), and the Thai-inspired Tom Yum Ramen (coconut milk enriched classic tom yum broth with shrimps and crispy garlic oil).
Located on the 24th floor with an impressive view of the city, meanwhile, new bar NoLo offers the same heady vibes as a traditional cocktail bar with one big exception – the glasses are not filled with alcohol but with well-mixed and inventive craft 0% cocktails that taste just as good as the real thing.
Fully embracing its name – a portmanteau of No (standing for no alcohol) and Lo (with multiple interpretations, such as low worries, love for self, loyal to wellness, depending on the intentions and aspirations of each guest), NoLo (below) aims to redefine cocktail culture by delivering a delicious alternative for the young and adventurous, experienced and wise, and anyone seeking to socialise, bar-style, without alcohol.
Decked out with modern art, quirky ornaments, and wrought-iron chandeliers draped with beautiful hanging greenery, the bar features 240 sq m of cosy nooks and crannies where guests can sink into colourful velvet-swathed seats and taste their way through a long list of alcohol-free classic and experimental concoctions exclusively created in partnership with Lyre’s, the world’s leading independent non-alcoholic spirits brand.
Expertly crafted and creatively presented, the alcohol-free concoctions include highlights such as Lavender Bees Knees Royale (Lyre’s London Dry, lemon juice, lavender honey, Lyre’s Classico Grande), Immune Highball (Lyre’s Italian Spritz, ginger turmeric honey syrup, fresh orange juice, lemon juice), Smoked Honeycomb Old Fashioned (Lyre’s American Malt, smoked honey syrup, non-alco aromatic bitters), Spice Date Espresso Martini (Lyre’s Dark Cane, cold espresso, spice date syrup), and Thai Basil Smash (Lyre’s London Dry, Thai basil and lemongrass shrub, Lyre’s Classico). A bar snack menu is also available, offering inspired bites such as Tandoori chicken bao, Salt and pepper calamari, and Shrimps avo taco.
“At Dusit Thani Dubai, we don’t respond to trends; we prefer to create and lead them ourselves,” says Mr Prateek Kumar, Senior Vice President – Operations, Dusit International, and General Manager of Dusit Thani Dubai. “Fully embracing well-being as one of the four key pillars of Dusit Graciousness, and recognising that an increasing number of consumers are prioritising health and wellness, we are committed to delivering experiences that delight our guests on multiple levels while offering healthy benefits too. By introducing Dubai’s first dry bar, NoLo, and the unique and creative Japanese rolls and bowls experience at MaKiRa, we are really taking healthy drinking and dining to whole new levels of taste, and we look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy these unique and memorable experiences with us.
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