The renowned Dubai-based restaurateur aims to redefine hotel dining
Chef Izu Ani has been appointed to run F&B operations at Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai, a luxury boutique hotel on La Mer Beach, which opened earlier in 2022.
This will be the first time the chef has taken over the entire food and beverage operations at a hotel, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-room dining.
With Ani – a renowned Dubai-based chef – at the helm, the hotel’s culinary offering will play a pivotal role in the guest experience.
The hotel is also home to Ani’s latest opening, Eunoia by Carine, a French Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and little sister to Carine, based at Emirates Golf Club, also in Dubai. The elegant, day-to-night restaurant is located on the ground floor of the property and seats 110 diners.
Breakfast is à la carte in place of a more typical hotel buffet, not only highlighting a zero-waste approach but allowing guests to dine at their own leisure and enjoy the same high standard of food no matter what time they are seated.
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Highlights include an Arabian baked eggs and tomato dish called shakshuka; fried eggs and foie gras; French toast, and freshly baked breads and pastries made in-house daily.
The lunch and dinner menus offer an array of hot and cold starters such as roasted peppers, carrot salad and sea bass carpaccio. Noteworthy mains include the salt-baked sea bass, lobster linguine and grilled tiger prawns.
Though not everyone’s preference in the post-pandemic world, the restaurant recommends sharing all dishes through to desserts, which includes apple tart tatin, tiramisu and raspberry cheesecake.
A second opening is planned for Q4 with a Japanese Mediterranean concept called Kai Enzo. Both venues will target hotel and non-hotel guests alike.
Commenting on the new project, Ani said: “Taking over the hotel’s F&B operations was a big project, but it was an exciting move for myself and the YSeventy7 team. Eunoia is wonderful if you’re a fan of its sister brand Carine. You will see that Eunoia embodies the strongest elements, but still has a unique identity. The team and I are now working on the launch of Kai Enzo, a Japanese Mediterranean concept that will open in the hotel later this year.”
For more information, visit www.eunoiabycarine.ae and www.hyattcentric.com