Dubai's Best Jazz & Blue's Bar - The Blue Bar, Novotel Hotel

Tucked away in the ground floor of Novotel Hotel, a little off the buzzing Sheikh Zayed Road is the opulent Blue Bar. It’s one of those perfect places to immerse yourself in soul captivating jazz music, in the accompaniment of premium cocktail on one hand and a lit cigar on the other.

The Ambiance
With plush sofas and chic interiors, Blue Bar is every bit as luxe as you’d expect a bar in Dubai’s business district to be. That withstanding the fact that it is generally not a place to see, or be seen, but rather a place to quietly slip onto a sofa and tune off to some live entertainment and a glass of perfectly mixed cocktail.

Blue bar features live entertainment 4 days a week with different genres played out from Tuesday through Friday. The performances include Veronica’s vintage jazz on Tuesdays, Accoustic Jazz from Kamal Musallam on Wednesdays, Oriental beats from Libanista Talal & The Band on Thursdays, and Alternative beats from the Big Chill Music Unlimited troupe on Fridays.


Royal Jodhpur – A beautiful tryst between Royal Classic & Indian Progressive

Couple of weeks ago, me and my dining companion were invited to review Royal Jodhpur restaurant in Roda Al Murooj Hotel.  "Jodhpur" as it is otherwise called had been on our radar for a long time, so when an invite came from the hotels end, we gladly took it.

We went there on a weekend hoping to spend a lot of time in the restaurant's beautiful waterfront terrace. The interiors were definitely classic and featured polished tables, slick cutlery, imperial drapes and stately chandeliers - all quite in line with the "Royal" on the name. However the green wall paint actually intended to add regal authenticity to the precincts looked quite drab, to our liking. The terrace was beautiful, with pleasant breeze, gorgeous views of the Dubai skyline above and pristine waters below.

The Fare Pre Starters
In pre starters we were served with Jeera Khari puffs and  Macaron Chaat.

Jeera Khari puffs
The Jeera Khari puffs came seated on a miniature mesh-wire car accompanied by a …

Kona Grill - Al Seef - Grills and more...

The Al Seef waterfront is suddenly becoming a beehive of activity. If you happen to visit on a weekend, you'll see hundreds of people shopping, eating, walking up and down the promenade or simply hanging out there. The stretch is becoming the Dubai Marina for those on this side of town.

The 1.8 km long Al Seef waterfront is a new development from Meeras offering dining, retail, leisure, tourism attractions and a lot more.  According to the developers Al Seef has been designed to “bring to life the traditional Emirati culture that underpins Dubai’s iconic heritage”. The district consists of two main areas: A heritage area, inspired by old architecture in Dubai, and a more contemporary area featuring modern design elements.

We went there on a Friday evening and it felt like we were in a fiesta - live music performances, kids playing with balloons, vendors selling everything from handcrafted gifts to historic souvenirs of Dubai and people enjoying the fare at the restaurants lining …

A Culinary Journey to Greece at Grecian Grill, Dubai Marina

At Grecian Grill traditional herbal flavours amalgamate with modern cookery techniques to create a culinary experience of sorts.

To me, all this while, Greek food simply meant Gyros and at times - the usual Greek salad. Nothing more. I wasn’t adventurous enough to walk into a Greek restaurant and try the fare there. I can perhaps attribute this hesitation to my difficulty in pronouncing Greek food names on the menu.
Things changed for the better last week, when I was invited to be part of an exclusive focus group to try authentic Greek cuisine at Grecian Grill.  This intimate tasting session was organised by well-known food blogger and my good friend Suren Rajamohan on the behest of the restaurateurs Kyriakos and wife Yuli. Grecian Grill Restaurant in Dubai Marina promenade is owned and operated by this Greek couple, for who the restaurant is more than a business.

Coming from a family that has been in the culinary profession for ages, starting a restaurant in Dubai was a natural move …

Mahec By Satish Arora ; Extraordinary Fare. Upbeat Setting.

Last month we were invited to review the newly relaunched Mahec By Satish Arora at Le Meridian Hotel on Airport road.  Mahec recently partnered with legendary Chef Satish Arora and has thus renamed itself from Mahec to Mahec by Satish Arora. Through this successful collaboration, Chef Arora is bringing on his culinary magic to the Middle eastern shores.

About Chef Satish Arora
Chef Satish Arora has cooked up legendary feasts for royalty, world leaders and celebrities for over five decades.  Over the course of his career, he has served and received generous admiration from esteemed guests such as Princess of Wales Diana, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, His Highness Prince Aga Khan IV, Queen Elizabeth, President Bill Clinton, Francois Mitterrand, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, boxing legend Mohammed Ali, musical maestro Zubin Mehta, and astronaut Neil Armstrong to name a few.

About the food
Chef Arora epitomizes a culi…

Simply South : South Indian Food Extravaganza at Zafran Indian Bistro

So you think South Indian food is just Idli Vada Sambhar?  Think again!

There is a common perception or rather a misconception that South Indian food is all vegetarian with Idlis, Vada, Dosas and Sambhar being the primary food of the region. On the contrary South Indian food is as diverse and unique as fare from any other part of India and has a lot more to offer than what is commonly perceived.

South Indians in UAE
More than half of the expat Indian population in UAE come from the southern part of India. In fact the first wave of entrepreneurial Indian immigrants in UAE were originally from the state of Kerala in the south. Yet the cuisine from this region is grossly underrepresented in UAE.

Multifarious cooking styles
The region is vast and so are the flavors, cuisines and preparation styles. In Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Telangana, for instance, one could see an amalgam of Mughal, Turkish, and Arabic cuisine influences. The term “Hyderabadi cuisine” itself usually refers …

Bombay To Mumbai Cafe Now Open at Marco Polo Hotel, Deira

I was recently invited to attend the launch party of Bombay To Mumbai Cafe at Marco Polo Hotel.

What used to be a fine dining restaurant has now been remodeled into a cafe with a  refreshed menu designed keeping in mind the tastes of the local as well as expat crowd of the city to the quirky yet chic interiors of the café and bar concept.

Inspired by the old Bollywood appeal of the city of dreams, Mumbai, the café and bar offers a choice of delectable desserts, dinner meals and drinks that are sure to add zing to every meal. Enjoy live music every day of the week, with a three-piece band during the weekends alongside some truly desi soft and hard drinks with a zang of contemporary flavor.

Commenting about the total rebrand of The Bombay,Harish Pilar, General Manager, Marco Polo Hotel, said “We are excited for this new endeavor at the Marco Polo Hotel, Deira. The Bombay had always been a traditional Indian restaurant with an appeal starkly contrasting the new Bombay To Mumbai Café, wh…

Bombay Brasserie : Unmistakably Taj, Undoubtedly Dubai’s Best Indian Fine Dining Restaurant

My first visit to Bombay Brasserie – Taj Hotel’s Signature Indian restaurant was in 2017.  I was with a media entourage attending a party thrown there by the Taiwan Ministry of Tourism.  I still vividly remember the evening of amazing fun, food and entertainment. Service and fare part really stood out as most remarkable that day and one which was appreciated by all guests.
When an opportunity came by recently to try their a la carte and do a full fledged review, I put that on the top priority in my review calendar.

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Bombay Brasserie is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s top Indian restaurants to experience the real Indian hospitality and food culture and relish some of the best culinary treats from the subcontinent.  As the restaurants official web-page rightly states “Bombay Brasserie is a tryst between classic …

BBQ Theme Night Buffet At Loumi Arabian Restaurant

We were recently invited to review the BBQ Theme nights at Loumi - Millennium Airport hotel's Arabian restaurant and we gladly jumped on it. Here's why!

Spoilt for choice
At Millennium Airport hotel – one is easily spoilt for choice when it comes to wining or dining. The hotel boasts of an interesting collection of F&B concepts to suit all tastes. Whether you want to enjoy simple sun downers by the pool side, or indulge in elaborate specialty menus, Millennium Airport Hotel has it all covered.

We thought of taking advantage of the pleasant weather while it still lasts and headed straight to Loumi last Thursday. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time enjoying the festive spirits, free flowing bubblies, great food and relaxed weekend vibe.

About Loumi
An Arabic influenced all day dining concept serving breakfast, lunch & dinner - Loumi has everything on offer to elevate the overall dining experience of guests. Set in Millennium Airport Hotel’s tranquil alfresco surroundi…