Grilled vegetable panini
Pack a multigrain panini with grilled vegetables, sliced avocado, grated cheese and labneh. Marinate vegetables such as courgette, artichoke, tomato or bell peppers in balsamic vinegar before grilling to add more flavour.
Snacks: potato wedges, green salad, a handful of roasted almonds
Drinks: water with slices of lemon, fresh orange juice
Chef Yogesh Rambhujan, Balance Café
Beef tenderloin baguette
Slice open a crusty baguette and fill with beef tenderloin, plus onions and mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with thyme and garlic. As its name suggests, tenderloin – also known as fillet – is the most tender of cuts. An easy way to cook it is to grill it – as rare or as well-done as you like. Just remember to let the steak rest for about ten minutes before slicing it.
Snacks: fruit salad, a small slice of cheesecake, chocolate (preferably 70 per cent cocoa dark chocolate)
Drinks: chilled fruit smoothie
Chef Paul de Visser, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Paprika and rosemary chicken salad
Marinate a chicken breast in paprika and rosemary, then grill and slice. Toss
with organic mixed lettuce, blanched asparagus, cherry tomatoes, red kidney
beans and grilled peppers in a fresh lemon vinaigrette dressing. If you think
you’ll still be hungry, fill a baguette with Norwegian smoked salmon, chopped
boiled eggs, chopped white onions, cream cheese, sour cream and chives.
Snacks: fresh fruit with low-fat yogurt drizzled with raw honey, Falafal Chips,
macaroons – one each of orange and green tea flavour
Drinks: sunrise mocktail made from fresh orange juice, fresh red apple juice and fresh carrot juice
Chef Dede Kuswara, The Pantry, Dubai
Fill a wholemeal bagel with pastrami, caramelised onion and blue cheese. It’s
easy to caramelise onions; finely slice one large brown onion, heat 1tsp olive
oil in a frying pan and cook onion over a medium heat for about 30 minutes.
Cooking onions slowly like this brings out their natural sweetness, which goes
well with the blue cheese.
Snacks: hummus, vegetable crudités, cherry tomatoes, banana
Drinks: fruit-flavoured Actimel, fresh juice such as orange, watermelon or pineapple
Chef Nicolas Vass, The Address Dubai Marina