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David Myers

Celebrity Chef David Myers @ Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai

Internationally-acclaimed celebrity chef and restaurateur David Myers, who is as well-known for his gastronomic artistry as he is for his insatiable wanderlust, launches three exclusive dining and drinking experiences in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai. BASTA! and Bleu Blanc are now officially open, while Poppy will unlock its doors in December.

As with every new venture that David puts his name to, his signature collection in Dubai reflects three well-defined concepts that are each close to his heart. Bleu Blanc is the quaint Southern French farmhouse-inspired restaurant of David’s dreams, where a large, wood-fired grill area takes centre stage, offering guests the chance of an up-close and personal chef’s table experience. BASTA! transports diners to an urban interpretation of a Roman trattoria, Florentine steakhouse and Neapolitan pizzeria, reminiscent of David’s own travel memories from these regions. Last but not least, Poppy is an intimate cocktail bar that fuses great drinks with a vinyl playlist. For added thrill, each of the three venues will showcase drinks menus curated by Sam Ross, the creator of modern classic cocktail Penicillin.

Speaking about his new concepts, David said, “People here are exposed to a variety of different flavours and cuisines, so there is already an openness to embrace new culinary experiences. With Bleu Blanc and BASTA! I hope to take my guests to a gastronomic journey that is based on my personal experiences in Southern France and Italy. Poppy is simply about offering the best curated drinks and vinyl playlist to create that ultimate mood, whether you’re with friends or on your own. I invite everyone to not only experience our signature hospitality but also to share the festive season with us, here in my new home in Dubai.”

Both BASTA! and Bleu Blanc are set to host a selection of festive offerings this December, and are sure to end the year in spectacular fashion with New Year’s Eve celebrations giving guests a hot ticket to the excitement of Downtown Dubai’s firework displays.

Bleu Blanc

Book a Christmas Party at Bleu Blanc

December 1-30

Treating your colleagues or friends to a festive get-together? Bleu Blanc offers a stylish setting and exquisite Southern French cuisine as the venue plays host to your holiday celebrations. Whether a fiery chef’s table experience in front of the grill, an intimate semi-private dinner, or drinks and canapés on our terrace overlooking the Dubai Water Canal, Bleu Blanc tunes you into a festive feel.

Contact Bleu Blanc for information about set menus and prices
Subject to advance booking

Christmas Day with David Myers at Bleu Blanc

12pm-4pm on Monday, December 25

Chef David Myers wishes you a ‘Joyeux Noël’ as he hosts Bleu Blanc’s festive brunch. Meet David in person while you savour the traditional French ‘chapon’ – a deliciously tender rooster – along with other Bleu Blanc delicacies. Enjoy an unlimited house beverage package or upgrade to French bubbles and cocktails by renowned mixologist Sam Ross as a Christmas present to yourself.

AED 499 per person with grape, hops and house pours
AED 699 per person with French bubbles, cocktails, grape, hops and house pours
Subject to advance booking

Bleu Blanc New Year’s Eve Celebration

Sunday, December 31

Ring in the New Year at the doorstep of Dubai’s most lavish firework display accompanied by the flavours of Southern France, as Bleu Blanc plays host to one of the city’s most stylish New Year’s Eve celebrations. Mark a great year and raise a glass to the next with a set menu designed by chef David Myers, along with free-flowing beverages. At the stroke of midnight, take advantage of Bleu Blanc’s unique location, which includes panoramic views of the Dubai Water Canal as well as undisturbed views of the Burj Khalifa firework display.                                                                                                                          

Set menu and premium beverage package until midnight
AED 1,499 per person
Pre-booking is advised


Christmas Parties at BASTA!

December 1-30

BASTA’s hearty Italian fare and convivial atmosphere makes it a have-it-all venue to host your Christmas gatherings. In true Italian style, guests are invited to indulge their palate with a complete meal of antipasti, pasta, pizza, secondi with contorno and a sweet finale of dolce.   

Set menus start from AED 199 per person
Subject to advance booking

Christmas Aperitivo at BASTA!

12pm onwards on December 24, 25, and 26

For a laidback festive get-together, BASTA! invites you to an all-day Aperitivo on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Bring friends and family together for a cocktail or two (or three!), accompanied by antipasti prepared by chef David Myers and his team. Wear your best Christmas jumper, snap a selfie with the BASTA! crew, and your first drink will be on us!

Drinks start from AED 32
Subject to advance booking

Happy New Year at BASTA!

Sunday, December 31

Relish the final hours of the year while savouring an Italian feast at BASTA! this New Year’s Eve. Make the most of our front row access to the Dubai Water Canal along with the unrivalled firework display of Downtown Dubai in full view. To top things off, chef David Myers will prepare a flavourful journey for your taste buds served with premium beverages, including cocktails curated by legendary mixologist Sam Ross.                                                                                                                            

Set menu and premium beverage package until midnight
AED 950 per person
Pre-booking is advised

The Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai was chosen by David for a number of key reasons, including its distinctive and indigenous design and attractive waterside location by the Dubai Water Canal. But what also spoke to David was the brand’s firm emphasis on beverages, music and culinary experiences, along with its promise to offer guests intriguing moments of discovery, echoing David’s own aspirations.