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…

CLAW BBQ, Dubai’s Favorite Downtown Hangout, is Back - Bigger, Messier & Tastier Than Ever

Dubai has reopened to the world, the city is finally getting its buzz back, and everyone’s favorite Downtown hangout, CLAW BBQ, is back, from 12pm daily. From great food and drinks served with truckloads of American hospitality, old-school arcade and board games, and gut-busting food challenges, to unbeatable daily deals, a free jukebox and live sports on the big screen – CLAW BBQ has it all and then some. 
At CLAW BBQ, when it comes to hunger, ain’t nobody got time for that! So, get your bib on, grab a mallet, and get ready for a feast of southern proportions! In true CLAW style, the menu is jampacked full of every mouth-watering hunger-buster imaginable, with a stacked selection of appetizers, tacos, sandwiches, salads, burgers, seafood buckets, BBQ options, mains, fajitas, fresh seafood, steaks, and sides. 
Whether you decide to gorge on the Smoked BBQ Ribs, succulent Ribeye, Lamb Chops, Buffalo Chicken Burger, legendary Crab Buckets, Pan Handle Grilled Lobster, Sizzlin’ Fajitas, or …

Brazilian Sushi at Sushi Nations Mirdif. Perfect marriage between Japanese style and Brazilian treatment

Ever tried Brazilian Sushi or atleast heard of it? Here's a little backstory of brazilian sushi and how it came into being, while you thought Sushi was a very Japanese thing.

Japanese cuisine has existed in São Paulo since the beginning of the 20th century, when Japanese workers began immigrating to Brazil to work on coffee farms. Japanese Brazilians adapted their native cuisine to incorporate a type of fast food sushi restaurant called a temakeria that is unique to Brazil. Brazilians eat a lot of fish– especially in the north and coastal areas — and they eat a lot of sushi. Brazilian sushi is a fusion thing, which brings together the raw fresh fish we all love with typical Brazilian tastes.

The best place to try Japanese sushi in Dubai is Sushi Nations, founded by Chadi Nasser, the brand has made waves ever since its first launch and has grown to close to a dozen branches in just the course of a year or two.

We recently enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Sushi Nations Uptown mall. The…

Lezzet Steakhouse - Tantalizing Flavours and unmistakable taste of Turkish Culinary Excellence

Turkish Culinary excellence and fine hospitality expertise amalgamate to bring a revolutionary Steak house to La Mer, Dubai. Prime cuts of some of the best meat from around the world can be found here. 

I visited Lezzet with a friend this week and we had a fabulous time tasting a variety of premium meat, prepared intricately and presented immaculately. If you are a beef or steak connoisseur, then you must absolutely visit this place. 

While you're there ask for Latif Kural, the partner and chief operator of this concept. He'll be glad to entertain you with some fine history of Turkish steaks and his new concept steakhouse in Dubai. 

These are some of the things we tried

In starters we had vine leaves, mutttabel and Lezzet signature salad. Quality was definitely good. 

Burma Kebab - Melt in the mouth delicious with a very Lezzet twist and taste that cant be found elsewhere
Lamb Chops - Tender, juicy, luscious and need i say absolutely tantalizing!
Brie Payniri - I am trying out this d…

Famous Dave's melt in your mouth ribs

Famous Dave's has been America's favorite place for BBQ and since opening in the UAE, it has become a favourite place for many BBQ lovers in this country too.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit the latest outlet of Famous Dave's in the newest malls of Dubai  The festival plaza in Jebel Ali. I visited with a fellow blogger who is a connoisseur in meat and grills. 
We were greeted by staff who were not only friendly but also very well trained and courteous. Uriel the outlet manager had been quite helpful and I must first being by thanking this wonderful gentleman for making our weekend complete. He not only took care of us well but also ensured that we had a good understanding of the food culture of Famous Dave's and also gave us a tour of the kitchen and enlightened us on their various cooking techniques and what goes into making of the world famous melt-in-the-mouth ribs at Famous Dave's.
We started off our dining indulgence with a glass of Passion Fruit Margher…

Bun Mania at That Place Karama. You're in for a Buntastic Surprise

Who would have ever imagined buns could be so Buntastically crafted and appetizingly presented? Aprita Khatri did. And that's the back story of That Place, Karama. Yes, her cafe is actually named  THAT PLACE.

Armed with a grand diploma in Culinary Arts from the Le Cordon Blue Culinary School, London, and buntastic ideas in her head, she set up That Place, two years ago. In this short span of time, her cafe has carved a unique name for itself and had found its way in top recommended cafe list of many bloggers and also voted in the ten hidden gem of Dubai in Whatson Magazine. Why has she got so much coverage and attention? To know the answer,  I decided to go and try out the food, myself and see what it is all about.

Two days ago, I actually had a chance to catch up with Arpita Khatri and learn about her vision, passion and future plans for That Place.

I was served with Cold Coffee. Mild, less sweet and perfect chiller for the summer heat. I requested that the coffee flavor be made…

Grand Abshar Restaurant : Serving fabulous grills and more

Grand Abshar restaurant is a persian restaurant situated in Umm Suqeim, in Jumeirah. The restaurant is nearly two year old and it serves some fabulous and authentic iranian fare in a very simple and casual setting.

I had an opportunity to visit Abshar with food blogger suren rajamohan this week. We really enjoyed the fare, ambiance and service.

We started off with some fresh fruit juice. In starters we tried their Kashk Bedemjan which had grilled eggplant dried mint, yoghurt, fried onions and walnuts. It was a nice starter.  In salads we ordered the Abshar special salad which was a mixed platter good enough for three to share. The veggies were fresh and good.

Then we ordered the main course. We ordered a mixed grill which was served along with three different types of flavored saffron rice.  The mixed grill was the highlight of our dining at Abshar. Remarkable quality and taste and really good for the price of 155 which was good for two to share.

We finished it off with saffron flavo…

RAW Coffee Company Brings Homey NZ Menu to Their Café

RAW Coffee Company has taken over their kitchen and are bringing a newly crafted menu, by owners Kim Thompson and Matt Toogood, in collaboration with the Michael Angelo Bansag former chef of Westin Mina Siyahi.
Chef Michael and his team have collaborated with RAW owners Matt & Kim, to personalize the new menu with dishes that incorporate his experience in Asian and South American specialties, while creating new dishes sourcing New Zealand ingredients and following authentic old school family recipes.
The new menu offers an all-day breakfast, typical New Zealand style café food, in a relaxed family friendly ambiance. The company is working with great suppliers and is sourcing fresh produce, local where possible. With high quality meats from New Zealand, fresh local fish and local corn-fed chicken, the café also includes items on the menu that are derived from the owner’s New Zealand heritage such as real eggs benedict, old fashioned milkshakes made with ice cream and all natural ingr…

HANAMI Reopens its Doors to Bring Unforgettable Tokyo Street-Food Vibes Back to the Dubai Skyline

As Dubai’s lockdown restrictions continue to be eased and the city’s hospitality scene comes back to life, HANAMI – Dubai’s newest Japanese restaurant and bar – has officially reopened and is ready to reignite diners’ appetites, at Andaz Dubai The Palm.
Guests can look forward to delicious sharing-style street-food dishes and an inspired beverage selection, complemented by 360° skyline views, while enjoying the peace of mind of knowing that extensive safety precautions are being taken to ensure their health and wellbeing comes first.
In addition to temperature checks, a maximum of four people per elevator and complimentary hand sanitisers on arrival, guests will have a contactless ordering experience at their fingertips through HANAMI’s digital menu. By simply scanning the QR code or clicking HERE, guests will have access to an irresistible selection of amped-up Asian cuisine, infused with Japanese street-food attitude and served in authentic street-style packaging.

From Chef Yutaka’s…

Say “Sawadeeka” As Pai Thai ‘Rites A Fresh Friday Brunch Experience

Pai Thai, Dubai’s most authentic Thai restaurant at Jumeirah Al Qasr, is bringing back The Rite of Siam, its popular Friday brunch concept with an unparalleled dining experience and ambiance.
Curated by Pai Thai’s award-winning culinary team, The Rite of Siam is available every Friday from 12:30 – 4pm, delivering an authentic Thai food journey complemented with an extensive beverage selection and an ambient lounge atmosphere provided by a live DJ.
Brunch-goers can enjoy a true taste of Thailand without having to leave Dubai. For an authentic experience, The Rite of Siam journey starts with a scenic abra trip through the Madinat Jumeirah waterways to the venue, where guests are welcomed by a Thai gong and receive a traditional Thai lemongrass-infused hand sanitization ritual before being taken to their table to enjoy a welcome drink of Nuan, a Thai mixed beverage with homemade jasmine tea syrup.
The unhurried foodie experience allows guests to indulge in four courses of Pai Thai’s very b…

Poke & Co, DIFC

Today I had the opportunity to visit Poke & Co again to try out their irresistible, fresh and healthy Poke Bowls. I have always remained a great fan of this brand due to the quality of the POKE compared to its competitors and also the great service that they are always known for.

I visited this time with a very popular healthy food blogger and advocate of healthy dining as I knew she would really appreciate this brand well and she did.

We started off with some delicious smoothies. I chose Mocha Mania while my dining partner chose energy kick. Both were very refreshing and good.

In Poke I chose my all time favourite while my dining partner chose Chicken Gone Wild.

My aloha bowl was a veritable melange of Salmon, light ponzu sauce, red onion, edamame, cherry tomatoes, seaweed salad, mango, avocado, sesame seeds, chilli flakes and ginger. In short - bowl of healthy goodness.  I had their signature rice as a base. Some calories dont hurt as you are balancing it with so much of fresh …

Mani's Biryani

Today had a chance to try Mani's Biryani. It came all the way from international city. Package arrived on the promised time and it comprised of beef and mutton biryani and gajar ka kheer in desserts.

First off, the biryani was total value for money. The portions were good enough for me and my friend to share. Now in terms of taste and quality - the mutton biryani was the winner for me. It had quite a good portion of rice and enough meat for me and my friend. The mutton was nicely cooked and flavours were intact. Rice too was flavourful and how you would expect from a Pakistani biryani.

The beef biryani was pretty good too, though i didn't appreciate the salt and i had shared the feedback with the team over phone and they were happy to receive and promised to correct.

The gajar ka kheer is one of the best i ve tried. That too arrived on a matka or earthen vessel.

The pricing factor was pretty reasonable and definitely would order again from here.


McGettigan’s Madinat welcomed back customers from Thursday 2nd July today.  Open all week long, guests can look forward to the well-loved weekly lineup of deals, a wide variety of delicious food and drink all complimented by gorgeous views of the Madinat and Burj Al Arab.
Throughout lockdown, McGettigan’s as a brand have been keeping busy. From delivering brunch to residents of Dubai, to a superstar search with McGetts factor, the popular Irish pub has been keeping Dubai watered, fed and most importantly entertained!
Opening hours & Requirements: Sunday to Thursday 3pm-1am (last admittance 11.30am)Friday & Saturday 12pm – 1am (last admittance 11.30am)
Type of offer: Happy Hour Details of offer: all day, every day on selected beverages including hops, grape, spirits & cocktails All timings and dates: All day, every day Prices of all packages: AED 30 Name of outlet: McGettigan's Madinat Address of outlet: Souk Madinat Jumeirah - Dubai Telephone number of outlet: 04 447 02…

Kenza At Ramda Downtown brings back its brunch

Relax and enjoy a fun-filled weekend with your family as Kenza Restaurant at Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai brings back its Swim & Dine Friday Brunch.  Treat your taste buds to an array of international flavours, which includes appetising brunch staples and a station for freshly-cooked pasta. Add a splash of fun to the brunch and avail of the complimentary access to the hotel’s outdoor pool.  Affordably priced at AED 99/ per personKenza’s Swim & Dine Friday Brunch is available from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Kids aged eleven and below will enjoy 50% discount. Kenza also offers free pool access for a minimum order of AED 75/ per person, for  a la carte dining from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm excluding brunch timings. Swimming pool access is available from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm; and guests are allowed for a maximum period of two hours as per government guidelines.

Authentically Thai at Pai Thai

Pai Thai, Dubai’s most authentic Thai restaurant at Jumeirah Al Qasr, has launched a brand-new, three-course lunch deal for travel-restricted UAE residents to experience a long and leisurely taste of Thailand amid the idyllic waterways of Madinat Jumeirah.
Available every Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6pm and every Friday and Saturday from 12-6pm, Pai Thai’s new Kin Samrap menu – which translates from Thai as ‘eating fine food’ – is available for only AED150 per person, including tea and coffee.
The set menu comprises Thai classics reimagined with the signature Pai Thai touch, including Sate Gai (grilled marinated chicken sate with turmeric and peanut sauce); Som Tam Je (green papaya salad with cashew nut and tamarind dressing); Gaeng Khiew Wan Phak (green chicken curry with Thai eggplant and Thai basil); Kana Nuea Nam Man Hoy (wok fried beef with Thai broccoli, mushrooms and oyster sauce); Pla Nung Ma Now (steamed fish fillet with garlic, chilli, Thai celery and spicy lime sauce); and