By Sam Bridge
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has partnered with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud's KBW Ventures
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has partnered with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud’s KBW Ventures to launch a new plant-based menu.
It has launched Folia, meaning “from the leaves” in Latin, a plant-based, stand-alone menu developed by celebrated chef Matthew Kenney.
The conceptual menu’s culinary selection includes 12 plant-based items including starters, entrées and desserts and is available in the resort’s newly unveiled garden oasis purpose-built for the debut.
Folia will also be presented as part of the hotel’s Wellness Menu available in rooms and suites, designed for the health-conscious traveller.
A well-known and outspoken proponent of a vegan lifestyle and animal welfare, Prince Khaled’s KBW Ventures has invested in a number of firms focused on plant-based products, including the Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat and Plant Power Fast Food, a San Diego-based company that presents itself as a vegan alternative to McDonald’s.
“The UAE’s launch of Folia at a dedicated venue, part of a property renowned for its natural beauty, is a huge milestone for our collaboration with Matthew Kenney. We see Dubai as an extremely important market for healthy cuisine, and we’re confident that the residents of the Emirate will enjoy both the experience and atmosphere of the venue while delighting in the meal itself,” said Prince Khaled.
The launch of Folia in Dubai follows the successful collaborations at sister properties in both Beverly Hills and in Bahrain.
Folia at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach will be the first foray into the UAE. Items include appetisers such as beetroot poke marinated in a flavourful ponzu lime broth; hearts of palm nicoise with cherry tomatoes, peewee potato and olives; beet hummus with oregano cream; and dukkah avocado with spicy greens, preserved lemon and tomato jam.
Folia entrées include green herb tacos filled with roasted squash and king oyster barbacoa; and the signature cacio e pepe kelp noodles with a creamy cashew pepper sauce. The Folia dessert selection includes a savoury coconut cream pie with a delectable macadamia crust. Prices will start at AED65 per item.
Executive chef Gilles Arzur said: “We are noticing that our guests are ever more interested in the food they are consuming and the health benefits of shifting to a plant-based diet, so we are excited to bring this offering to our guests and present a menu that puts a plant-based twist on favourite menu staples.”gourmet news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.