Bandstand at Royal Ascot for great bar bites and nice entertainment

I had visited bandstand with a friend last week and we had a fab time enjoying some fine cocktails and tantalizing bar food. We started off desi with some Samosa chat - a unique streetstyle dish dished up by the talented chefs at Bandstand. Next, we tried their Koliwada prawns in appetizers. This was quite good. Gun powder fries we ordered was tantalizing. In drinks we started our evening indulgence with Bombay Sunrise and Aam Panna. Bombay Sunrise was non alcoholic mocktail while Aam Panna was a mocktail of tender mango syrup and tequila. It was quite mild and refreshing. Then on seeing a fellow blogger order, we went for their Paradise cocktail. Three drinks down the line, I was litterally in paradise. The drink was lit. So well made and so enjoyable in every sip.

My dining companion went for watermelon mojito on her second round. It was quite good she said. In the main course I went for Chatpatta amritsari machi. Except for the fact that it was slightly salty, the dish was quite ten…

Tantalizing Pan Asian fare at Wox

Hyatt Place Jumeirah is hardly a year old property situated in Jumeirah 1, but it is already making some waves because of its restaurant WOX that has appealed to a large section of people who enjoy Pan Asian Cuisine.Last week I had the opportunity to try WOX on two occasions and both times me and my dining partners have had a really remarkable experience in terms of food taste, service and value. So my dining companion is a food blogger herself and a home chef and she is a seasoned food expert so to say and she asserted that she had one of the most enjoyable meals from WOX.What we tried

Dim sum : Delicious. Yummy. Just few words to describe this extremely delicious dish from the far east  asia. Vietnamese beef noodle soup :  Hot yummy soup that was every bit vietnameseTom yum soup : I am usually not a big fan of Tom Yum but for the first time I greatly appreciated this soup from the WOX kitchen. It was prepared just perfect. Wok fried shrimp with tamarind : A tantalizing dish that left…

Nukkad Pe Bhukkad

We were recently invited to try out the punjabi inspired street fare at Nukkad Pe Bhukkad.  We were there on a Thursday night and thanks to the humidity we decided to sit in the car and eat.  They had only out door seating facility i must note here so for us better option was to eat from the car. It was fun and exciting anyways for a change. We tried the below items Mutton keema momo
Chili garlic noodles
Cold coffee
Masala sprite 
Punjabi masala Maggi
Sev poori chat
Chilli paneer
Out of the all the items i tried, Chili Garlic Noodles was my most favorite.   Their cold coffee is nice and masala sprite is a true refresher. Chili Paneer and mutton momo could have been better. We have shared our feedback with the owner who is a friendly and hospitable gentleman who personally came over to make sure we were well taken care of during the review. 

Inspired Cuisine at Eat Route

As part of our food walk, we stopped by at Hor Al Anz to try out the inspired cuisine of Eat Route. Eat Route has been around for a while and they have an outlet in sharjah which was their first restaurant. Now since a few months, they started here at Al Yasmeen building near the Abu Hail Metro station.Zubin from Zubinology told us that Dubai's best broast chicken is available here. So, decided that we would try that out. We started off with their arabic shewarma. Really liked it . 4/5 for that. It was creamy, yummy and even the pickles they used tasted so good.Then we went on to try their milk shakes and mojitos. All kick ass kind and enjoyed every drink i tried and i believe i tried at least eight or ten different drinks. All standout quality.Then we tried their french fries with chicken and cheese. Very filling it was. We also tried their burgers which again were good quality stuff. The highlight of the food tasting for me was the broast chicken. I have never tasted such good b…

Bun Parottas at Baba Chai, Hor Al Anz

As part of the food walk headed by Zubin from Zubinology and Shain Wandering Foodie from Abu Dhabi, we visited Baba Chai to try out their ever famous Honey lemon tea and their Bun Parotta. I think in the whole of Dubai this is the only place that serves this unique dish. I have heard Dindukal Thalapakkati too serves a dish with this name but it is totally different in taste and form from this.First off we tried their honey lime tea. It had a lot of couscous floating on it and a slice of lime. One sip and we knew that this tea has captured the hearts of people with good reason. It was very apt, had the perfect level of lime and honey and tasted ridiculously good.Moving on to their famous bun porotta which we enjoyed with their heavenly beef onion curry - the taste was next level. I was trying out this dish for the first time in my life and i totally enjoyed it. In fact everyone from our team enjoyed it as much as i did. Their prices are very reasonable and they have good indoor and out…


If Rome or Florence is out of reach, Mercato Centrale brings you Italian atmosphere, delicious food and love of all things good at its new venue in Burjuman Centre. Opening on 9th August, Mercato Centrale will immerse diners in Italian ambience, music and food, all at moderate prices. 
Open from 7.30 a.m. till midnight means there is ample time to welcome guests. Seating is generous, with 40 places inside, 48 around the wonderful indoor fountain and, from October 12th, a further 48 on the outdoor terrace. Recipes are 100% Italian, as are the chefs, Giandonato Tafuri and Leonardo Maltese. 
Chef Giandonato told of his pleasure of being in Dubai with Mercato: “I cannot wait to cook authentic Italian food for the guests, to show them what real Italian cooking is about. We have created a menu which reflects all this and nothing will give us greater satisfaction than seeing the smile on the face of a diner as they take that first bite.”

Amritsr - Authentically Punjabi

This week I had the pleasure of trying out Amritsr with a dear friend who is a connoisseur of Punjabi cuisine. We were there on the national holiday so parking was easy in front of the restaurant. The look and feel of the restaurant gave the very amritsari vibe and we met the owner who was also present at the time of our visit. A very friendly and hospitable guy, he took great care of us and the staff were very friendly and hospitable too.

Now going to the food, we started with Masala Chaas and Lassi. Both very authentic and nice.
We then ordered Aloo Kulcha and Paneer Kulcha... Both were heavy to look at but very light on eating. The kulcha was crispy on the outside and filled with luscious potato on the inside. The same with Paneer ka kulcha. Both equally amazing.

We were already food with these two dishes but i wanted to try one of their chat items so I ordered Dahi Bhalla. One hell of a solid dish, it has lots of pomegranate seeds which gave it a very unique taste. By the time of…

Perfect place to relax

Icon Bar & Lounge at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media Cityis offering a perfect place to relax and order a cold pint or a cocktail while you cheer for your favorite team. No matter if it’s football, rugby, or cricket at this Dubai iconic sports bar, they stream it all! Drinks starting from AED29 in Icon Bar & Lounge all day, every day.

Toast & Taste! JA Oasis Beach Tower Launches New Middle Eastern Cuisine Menu

To toast the August reopening of modern Middle Eastern restaurant Phoenicia at JA Oasis Beach Tower Dubai, menus by award-winning consulting chef, Greg Malouf have been expertly paired with a handcrafted selection of Arabesque cocktails in a Dubai-first exploration of modern mixology and mezze. The new menu is designed as a Toast and Taste discovery of cocktails and cuisine, with both food and beverage showcasing the famous flavours of Arabia, from zaater to rose to pomegranate and sumac. For just AED 299 per couple, the affordable pairing-tasting menu includes two starters, two main courses and a sharing dessert, with two beverages per course from the inspiring new cocktail menu.
Epicurious diners will enjoy an intoxicating blend of fragrance and flavour with a set menu offering mezze such as Malouf’s signature Silky Hummus, expertly paired with a crisp and fruity Hibiscus Spritz; an addictive mix of tequila, hibiscus tea, ginger and Arabian honey. The rich and heady Mahanie Sausages a…

Cool off with these refreshing and nutritious drinks

Fancy a refreshing drink after a long day or a nutritious burst of energy right after your workout? Don’t worry, Tropicool has you covered!
Whether you’re craving a fresh Breeze, a delectable mix of mango, coconut water and pineapple, or wanting to dive into açaí with a Classic smoothie or are looking for a nutty boost of energy with the cinnamon-infused Cinnamango, Tropicool has the right flavour to satisfy every type of taste! 
Every Tropicool smoothie (AED 34) is crafted with the freshest ingredients that help you stay cool.  Don’t forget, for every two Tropicools sold, a tree gets planted in the Brazilian Amazon, so go ahead and get one delivered right to your doorstep or head to The Dubai Mall or Cove Beach for your fresh and flavourful fix!

Dubai’s favourite Thai street food venue Café Isan offers brand new VEGAN menu

Café Isan, Dubai’s most authentic Thai street food and tea bar restaurant, has launched a bespoke vegan menu, offering all of its beloved, flavourful dishes without meat or dairy. The JLT Cluster B-based outlet, which recently won Best Thai restaurant in the Time Out Restaurant Awards 2020, has revealed an enticing plant-based menu, enabling everyone to enjoy its special regional Thai cuisine without fear of compromising dietary choices or suffering an allergic reaction. Partner and co-owner Lisa Knight says: “Chef New has always used the freshest vegetables in our cuisine, but we decided that as veganism grows and grows, we need to ensure we cater to our plant-loving friends with their own menu. We know how tough it can be when you don’t or can’t eat animal products, and you’re confronted with a confusing array of dishes. Our vegan menu means people can choose authentic Thai dishes without having to compromise on the award-winning flavours Chef New is renowned for.” Some of the dish…

OUI Your Pants

For a night of laughs that will leave the abs sore, go to OUIBar + Terrace at Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis for a special comedy night. Every last Tuesday of the month starting at 8.30pm, four comedians take turns to make guests OUI their pants with laughter!

What’s more, there is delicious food and drinks available through the night – just be careful not to spill anything when the jokes start rolling and the fits of laughter begin. Date/Time: Tuesday 25th August at OUIBar + Terrace with the show starting at 8.30pm Price: Minimum spend 150AED redeemable on food & drink on the night

Themed Brunches and More at Mc Gettigans

If you’re in the mood for some nostalgia, why not head back to school? On Friday 28th August attend the final McGettigan’s Madness Friday brunch with all its usual feasts and fun, dressed in your best school attire. To mark the end of McGettigan’s Madness the ‘Back to School’ brunch is only 249 AED!
Every weekend, brunch customers can feast on unlimited bites, small plates, and main courses, from crispy calamari and cheesy arancini balls to butter chicken curry, rib eye with potatoes and spaghetti Bolognese, there is a dish for every taste bud.
Escape from the summer heat one last time, with incredible food, live music and plenty of surprises in the line-up. Receive a ticket on arrival and be entered into the McGettigan’s Madness draws. Listen for the klaxon, if your winning number is called, it’s time to spin the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes, food and beverage goodies and hotel stays!
Stay past 4pm and continue the McGettigan’s Madness fun, with …

House of Pops: A Brand of Hand-Crafted, All-Natural, Healthier Ice Pops Spreading Natural Happiness!

Dubai is about to get a whole lot sweeter, and healthier! Introducing House of Pops: an all-natural, environmentally-friendly, quirky, and fun way of eating fruit. A concept originating from and inspired by Mexico’s paletas, House of Pops is an indulgent, healthier alternative to your average ice cream. Closest to a ‘fruit-on-a-stick' as one can find, House of Pops’ popsicles boast of being 100% natural, and free of the nasties!
House of Pops was born with a mission of bringing the UAE a healthier alternative to the already available, refined sugar-packed, preservative-heavy ice creams flooding the majority of supermarkets today. With many adopting healthier lifestyles and in the search for cleaner, more natural foods, House of Pops joins the movement by developing an entire line of hand-crafted, vegan pops featuring only five ingredients with fruit outranking all, essentially making it a ‘fruit-on-a-stick’. This has in-turn produced a winning formula: ‘all-natural, refined sugar a…

Lip Smacking international flavours at The Daily. Happy Roving.

The essential summer staycation hangout, The Daily offers hungry Rovers a bevy of lip-smacking international flavours, free Wi-Fi, amazing booster drinks, crisp service, and a switched-on coffee culture, from bright and early in the morning until late at night. Check out the menu HERE and get that appetite ready for some delicious summer dining to go with an awesome summer stay.  But that’s not all Rove has up its sleeve this summer. Rovers can take advantage of incredible value, with rooms available from just AED 99 per night across all Rove locations in Dubai. This special summer offer is valid for stays before 30thSeptember 2020. 
Rove Hotels is launching the only staycation deal that gives you more than what you pay for! With the perfect combination of comfortably sized Rover Rooms and delicious, great-value food and drinks – Rove is the go-to jump-off spot for a well-deserved summer staycation.    To avail of this unbeatable deal, Rovers (guests) simply need to book a room-stay via 

Mango Tree Thai Bistro, the contemporary Thai bistro , Hilton Dubai

Mango Tree Thai Bistro, the contemporary Thai bistro housed in Hilton Dubai ,The Walk, has joined hands with Stop & Help to support families in need during these difficult times.
Stop & Help is a UAE community initiative group formed in March 2020 by British expat Heather Harries as a kindness exchange to support families who are finding it difficult to cover essentials due to the current global pandemic. The initiative connects donors directly with families in need, allowing them to send some kindness when and where it is needed.
Families who pledge kindness by providing a support to families in need between 10-20 August will be offered a complementary lunch*, including soft beverages, for up to 2 adults and 2 children, by Hilton as part of their pay it forward and support your community initiative. The specially tailored set lunch menu can be redeemed any day between 23 -30 August.

Commenting on the partnership and the purpose of Stop & Help, the group’s Founder Heather…

Sit back, relax and enjoy at The Millennium Lounge.

Tea afficionados can head over to the lounge for a special signature or deluxe afternoon tea package. The tailored experience has been designed for those looking to spend time with their friends, family and loved ones. The packages include an array of sumptuous sandwiches, delectable desserts and sophisticated fresh scones along with a delicious selection of teas or even unlimited bubbles for two hours.  Visitors can relax while taking in breath-taking views of the racecourse for as little as AED 99 per person.  Sunset Hours An ideal package for those looking to unwind after a long day at work, the sunset hours experience at The Millennium Lounge gives guests the opportunity to avail “buy one, get one free” offers on select beverages and shisha daily. Guests will also have the option to select signature cocktails and exquisite pastries. Orders come with a fantastic view, the ultimate entertainment music and a stylish ambiance to perfect the evening. 
Unlimited Sparkling The Millennium Loun…

Bon Chicken Bon Bon - A korean concept at Nakheel Mall

That's how today's lunch looked like! @bonchickenae part of the @chinesepalaceae group serves up a nice array of Korean style fried chicken and other lip smacking dishes inspired from the far east. For a fast food brand, their offerings will surprise you. Its on par with restaurant quality, and that's what really got me hooked to this brand. The best part is that they have gluten free options too, for the health conscious.

We started off with their chicken popcorn, which was truly amazing. Then a double combo, good for two people. It came with 8 pieces of wings in three tantalizing flavours, 2 appetizers - milk bun & garlic fried rice, 2 medium sized pepsi and 2 fries.

Next, we also ordered one of their single combos which came with 2 piece thighs & legs, 1 appetizer, 1 side, i fries and a pepsi. The chicken was delicious, less oily compared to other brands and very filing.

Lunch wouldn't be complete without some rice, so we ordered KIMCHI fried rice, a Korean spi…

The London Project

Dubai’s very own slice of London, The London Project, is offering the city’s foodies a mouth-watering weekly line up, with brand- new dishes, quintessentially British inspired delights, spectacular tipples, and drink offers and more!
Located on Bluewater’s Island, Dubai, the buzzing botanical restaurant is serving up a treat, with a delicious array of brand-new dishes added to its already vibrant menu. Featuring a fusion of feasts from different London districts, diners can indulge in eclectic new starters, including ‘Homemade Wagyu Meatballs, served in tomato sauce with crostini and shaved parmesan, and Grilled Octopus, with burrata cream, roast bell peppers and semi dry tomatoes.

New main dishes include a mouthwatering Burrata Ravioli, Lamb Chops with smoked eggplant puree, fondant potatoes and a red wine jus, and Lobster Linguine, served with chili, ginger, sun-dried tomatoes in a tomato sauce. For something sweet, be sure to try the Raspberry Tree or Cherry Cheese Cake, with a cr…

Nassau by Chef Silvena Rowe re-opens for dinner

The concept draws inspiration from chef Silvena Rowe’s European-Arabian heritage and follows her philosophy of healthy eating, championing local produce and superfoods.
Located in Jumeirah Golf Estates, Nassau’s exquisite interiors are set amongst lush planting and olive trees of the Mediterranean. Framed by whitewashed walls and sandstone terracing, the restaurant offers a relaxed setting with breezy interiors. Evoking the feeling of la dolce vita, the restaurant is a great choice for guilt-free indulgence that doesn’t compromise on flavours.

Nassau boasts Mediterranean cuisine using fresh flavors and super foods inspired by Chef Silvena’s European – Arabian heritage. With the easing of restrictions in UAE, Nassau has reopened its doors and is inviting guests to dine in and relax at the restaurant’s laid-back settings with uninterrupted views of the golf course. Diners can indulge in a sumptuous variety of Mediterranean dishes with a local touch on weekends from 6:00 pm to midnight, li…

Malabar Adukkala, Karama - A Review

Recently I had a chance to visit newly launched keralite cuisine restaurant Malabar Adukkala in Karama. I had my good friend and media colleague Mahsoom Thottathil from @arabiangazette as my plus one. Mahsoon is a definite expert in Keralite cuisine and i could not have asked for a better company to review a malabari restaurant.

We were offered a complimentary welcome drink upon arrival. Ambience was good. The venue was formerly Appa Kadai and now the space taken over by MA team. Service was pleasant.

We ordered Hammour Tawa Fry and Chicken Fry before the main course. Fish was soft, fresh and made nicely. Chicken could have been tad softer, but nevertheless the marination was good.

Main course was Mutton Biryani and Dum Parotta. Both these dishes were presented in a mud pot sealed inside with banana leaf.

Mutton Biryani : (8/10) The rice was cooked well with all the flavours of the spices intact. Mutton was soft like sponge and tasted quite good. Its a little different from the Biryanis y…