Chef José Avillez Collaborates with Maison Christian Dior to Create a Multi-sensory Dining Experience

23 Mar 2021
2 min read
Celebrated Portuguese Chef José Avillez is collaborating with the House of Dior to create a multi-sensory menu inspired by Maison Christian Dior’s most appreciated scents. This exclusive collaboration will take place at Tasca, the chef’s first international restaurant located at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai.

The experience will see each course of the menu paired with the most favoured Christian Dior fragrances in the Gulf region: Gris Dior, Oud Rosewood, Oud Ispahan, Purple Oud, Ambre Nuit and the latest addition to the Maison, Tobacolor. Chef José Avillez worked closely with the Maison to bring out the notes of each scent in the six-course menu, blending unique flavours to create dishes such as ‘Burnt Avocado Cocktail and Algarve Prawns’ and ‘Braised Red Mullet Scented with Basil Jam’. The menu will be available from Thursday 25 March to Thursday 1 April.

“We are extremely excited to be able to collaborate with Maison Christian Dior to combine the vibrant dining experience Tasca is known for with one of the most renowned brands in fragrance” said Chef José Avillez. “Creating such a unique concept in dining will hopefully inspire people to see this as more than simply dining, but a true feast for the senses.”

Whether dining indoors with breath-taking skyline views or under the stars at the terrace, the exquisite menu will be served in a charming setting and inviting ambience. The Maison Christian Dior x José Avillez Menu is available at Tasca exclusively for dinner and priced at 600 AED per person, food only, with the option of pairing for 350 AED per person.

About Chef José Avillez

Portuguese and a chef, José Avillez’ main focus is to promote Portuguese gastronomy and contribute to making Portugal a top gastronomic destination. He’s considered one of the great references of gastronomy in Portugal and has stood out because of his enterprising spirit and drive to keep pushing further. Currently, José Avillez has several restaurants in Portugal, in Lisbon and Porto, and also in Dubai, each with a different concept, but all expressing his passion for cuisine: Belcanto, distinguished with two Michelin stars and elected one of the 50 best restaurants in the world by the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, Mini Bar, Bairro do Avillez (with Taberna, Páteo), Pizzaria Lisboa,  Cantinho do Avillez in Lisbon (Chiado and Parque das Nações), Cascais and Porto; the three restaurants in the Gourmet Experience of El Corte Inglés Lisboa, Tasca Chic, Jacaré, Barra Cascabel (in partnership with Mexican chef Roberto Ruiz); Tasca, José Avillez’ first international restaurant project, at the 5 star hotel Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, in Dubai.

Together with José Bento dos Santos and the Quinta do Monte D’Oiro vineyard, José Avillez produced the JA wines with his signature: JA Red, JA White and JA Rosé. José Avillez has also contributed to countless Portuguese and foreign books, authored and hosted TV and radio shows.

About Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Located in one of Dubai’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, the resort’s elegant rooms and suites offer an abundance of space, combining contemporary décor with staggering views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline. Home to six renowned restaurants and bars including two signature restaurants, a destination spa spread over 2,000sqm, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a kids’ club, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is the region’s leading luxury hotel.

Its unrivalled location with easy access to both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport means that Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. It also holds the status of being the closest beachfront resort to both Downtown Dubai and the financial and business districts.

To find out more, visit Tasca’s website.

Image 1 & 2 courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; image 3 by Jessica Weiller.