Vivaldi By Alfredo Russo – Most Romantic Italian Restaurant in Deira side of Town

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo Restaurant & Lounge is Dubai’s premier Italian restaurant with unparalleled views of the Creek and Dubai skyline and a menu inspired by a true champion of Italian food – none other than Michelin star chef Alfredo Russo.
Serving classic Italian dishes with a modern and innovative approach, the restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Dubai Creek and skyline. With two climate-controlled terraces offering all-year-round al fresco dining, a bar and a private dining area for the most intimate of occasions, this is the perfect choice for lunch or dinner alongside Dubai’s famous creek. recently visited Vivaldi for an exclusive tasting session which was part of the 10th edition of the Italian Cuisine World Summit. We were treated to a culinary extravaganza of sorts and got acquainted with a cooking language that is rich, amusing, elegant and very personal. The four course set menu specially featured the rare and exquisite truffle and mushroo…

Crowne Plaza® Dubai invites diners on a culinary journey with travel-themed brunch

Image team buckled up their seatbelts as we prepared for a culinary journey with Crowne Plaza’s new international brunch offering at the Sheikh Zayed Road establishment. Available from Friday 23rd November 2018 the travel-themed brunch offers guests a choice of Economy, Business or First Class packages from an eclectic array of world cuisines.  Spread across the hotel’s award-winning outlets, delicious authentic cuisines – ranging from Italian to Middle Eastern and Brazilian delicacies – are available, paired with a mix of beverages and mocktails at each departure gate. With live entertainment from the in-house band and fun activities for the kids, including their own suitcase of treats, this is a great brunch for family and friends alike. Available from 12 noon to 4pm on Fridays, packages start from AED220. For further information and table bookings please contact: or phone 04 331 1111.

MyGovinda’s is taking Sattvic cuisine to the next level, with its recently launched contemporary menu

MyGovinda’s is a restaurant that is tucked in the heart of Old Dubai in Al Karama. It has been serving its guests with food that is made using sattvic principles of moderation and balance. It places great emphasis on ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and naturally sourced.

In addition to regular sattvic food, MyGovinda’s also offers its guests special menus that cater to specific dietary preferences such as vegan, high protein, diabetic, and healthy heart. MyGovinda’s is a restaurant that serves its guests healthy and holistic Indian food that pleases the body, mind and soul. It utilizes the key principles of sattvic cooking and follows the policy of moderation in all aspects of preparation of the food it serves.

The contemporary menu aims to create a fusion of the old with the new. It uses the old sattvic philosophies of healthy cooking with modern new age cooking techniques to create something that is more than just healthy scrumptious food; to create a journey of experiences, memor…

Celebrating Bengal at Dubai's best Indian fine dining restaurant

Taj Dubai’s Indian designer kitchen proudly launches an immersive five-week journey that showcases not just Indian cuisine, but a sensory play on sound, visual arts and tradition. This festival of feasts starts with showcasing the Colours of Bengal. Bengal - on the coast of eastern India, can be experienced through art, culture, music, community festivals — and a great feast. was invited recently to review this special seasonal menu and we had a sensory feast of sorts.  It was a beautiful fusion of traditional music, fine art and lip-smacking bengali cuisine.

The Art
We started off by checking out the magnificent display of art curated by Asheesh Sethi of Anyahh Art Gallery and Ms. Chimoo Acharya of Encore Events. The line-up included works of noted contemporary Bengali artists Suhas Das, Sudip Routh, Madhusudan, Bishwaranjan Bhunia and Dipankar Sikder.

The start
The Bengali feast began with ‘Jhal Muri’ - a tangy street snack, made of puffed rice and an assortment of s…

The Duck Hook and Hillhouse Brasserie Grand Opening

Image team who attended the grand opening of The Duck Hook on Wednesday night also enjoyed a ‘first look’ of the soon-to-open Hillhouse Brasserie. Both venues are located at Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills Estate and are the latest openings from JRG Dubai - the emirate’s leading home-grown restaurant management company.
Featuring stunning views of the magnificent 18-hole championship course at Dubai Hills Estate, The Duck Hook offers an extensive British-inspired menus and craft beverages. Hillhouse Brasserie, an upmarket boulangerie and brasserie, is set to open before mid-December.
For residents across the city looking to wet their beaks with exciting drinks and hearty gastropub fayre, The Duck Hook opens from 12 noon daily and offers a range of happy hour and food specials including a Saturday and Sunday roast.

INFO: Open 12 noon-12am daily, 12 noon-1am at weekends. Diners can book on 800 666353or email: or

An Exclusive Tasting and First Look session at The Duck Hook

Image was recently invited for an exclusive preview of the Duck Hook at the prestigious Dubai Golf Estate. 
A characterful, family-friendly pub-style venue themed on country pursuits, The Duck Hook offers classically indulgent “pub grub meets modern European fare”, while international draught hops and an artful selection of house tinctures will appease diners wanting to ‘wet their beak’ before or after a round of golf. Not only a haven for sports’ fans, it’s responsibly dog-friendly too, so you can bond over a bevvy with both your pooches and your friends while children can enjoy some al fresco entertainment in the outdoor play area.
An idyllic hideaway to unfurl one’s feathers while enjoying uninterrupted views of Dubai’s stunning cityscape, The Duck Hook fare boasts an eminently palatable range of starters or snacks, including Duck! Scotch egg; shrimp tempura; chicken tikka bites or duck pâté terrine, as well as Ticklemore goats’ cheese, broccoli and red onion tart; Atlanti…

Flavours of Hokkaido Japan at Atelier M.

A timeless enchantment located on the 7th floor, Atelier M is the major rendezvous where guests can continue their delightful dining experience with world-class cocktails in the Art Deco-inspired lounge and rooftop terrace.

Atelier M's founder and Chef Mohammad Islam entered the world of luxury dining through the Ritz-CarIton Chicago, then with the French icon Chef Jean-Georges and followed by a successful stint at the renowned Chateau Marmont. Under Chef Mohammad Islam's vision,

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Atelier M has no other ambition than to become the most beautiful place in Dubai to enjoy all the pleasures of contemporary French gastronomy reinterpreted with an Asian-fusion flair. For him, taste is above anything else. The Chef has insured that every detail reveals the magic of this luxurious 3 level concept. was recently invited for a tasting session of fine Japanese c…

Enjoy Rare Black Truffle at Trattoria Toscana – Dubai’s Most Gorgeous waterfront Italian dining destination

Image had an opportunity to try out an exquisite menu this week in the gorgeous restaurant as Head Chef Antonio Iacovelli curated an exclusive seasonal menu especially for the season.

Comprising six carefully-crafted dishes, pizzas, pastas, ice cream and more are served with a four-gram shaving of pungent, flavourful Italian black truffle – one of the world’s most expensive foods, due to its rarity. The truffle-adorned gourmet dishes include a sea bass carpaccio served in an almond sauce with stracciatella cheese; a potato cream, veal bacon and egg yolk pizza; handmade tagliolini pasta served in a wild mushroom ragout; burrata stuffed ravioli with beurre noisette and parmesan cream, and Black Angus striploin steak with cauliflower and toasted hazelnut. And you can even try a truffle-infused dessert – the vanilla ice cream with creamy caramel chocolate is a must try. team tried the Sea Bass carpaccio and vanilla ice cream along with a few lip-smacking dishe…

Authentically Italian - La Vigna Italian Restaurant Century Village, Dubai

La Vigna looks straight out of a street in the Italian Countryside sporting a totally relaxed and old school vibe with wooden furniture, traditional paintings and décor, chequered table cloth and classic italian music playing in the backdrop.

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The location itself is quite out of town in a sense and Century village is away from the maddening rush hour traffic and din. So in that sense a perfect place for a traditional and authentic Italian restaurant.
As we took our seats we were served with garlic and focaccia bread – both of which were fresh and hot. Followed that up with some delicious and slurpy creamy mushroom soup which was a fine blend of mushroom and chicken morsels. Probably the second best mushroom soup, ive tried in Dubai.
In cold starters we were served with salmone affumicato – a smoked salmon dish with capers. In hot starters we had bruchetta. Usually I am not a b…

Celebrating Loy Krathong at Pai Thai’s 10-Day Food Festival

Pai Thai, the gorgeous thai restaurant in Souq Madinat is celebrating Koy Krathong and was invited for a review last night. One of the most authentic and idyllic Thai restaurants in Dubai, Pai Thai is celebrating this festival in inimitable style with a limited-edition sharing menu, giant floating ‘Krathongs’ and a decorated abra that will stage traditional dance performances to entertain guests throughout their meal.

Chef Aphichat Amatmontri has created a divine three-course sharing menu which combines classic dishes, some of Pai Thai’s popular signature dishes and three completely new dishes exclusively for this occasion, at the luxurious Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel waterside venue. The menu and entertainment are available between November 18-28, with the actual Loy Krathong festival night falling on November 22 this year. On arrival at the Madinat venue, guests have the option to arrive at the traditionally-decorated venue by a calming abra ride through the Madinat Ju…

Gunaydin : A Turkish Steakhouse Restaurant by the Souq like no other!

They say in Dubai you can't go wrong with Turkish food!

Its probably true because Turkish food has been around in the UAE for longer than anyone can remember. Right from the delicious Kepabs and Doners to the toothsome Bakalava and Kenefe - Turkish cuisine has remained an indispensable part of the UAE culinary gastroscape, so to say.

There are umpteen choices for experiencing authentic Turkish cuisine in Dubai and in my opinion Gunaydin is probably one of the best and most popular recommendation by anyone who knows Turkish food well.

Established in 1965, Günaydın began as a small butcher shop in İstanbul and slowly grew to become one of Turkey’s unequivocal leading meat brand ever since. Starting the Steakhouse restaurant concept to showcase its craftsmanship with the most delicious high-quality meats, Günaydın has become the most trustworthy address with over 40 successful restaurants and steakhouses in Turkey.
Günaydın expanded its regional reach with its first ever UAE outlet …

A Drunch to remember at Seville’s, WAFI

The all-time Spanish favourite restaurant Seville’s is now offering an evening brunch every Thursday and guests can expect to enjoy the best of Spanish tapas made with the freshest ingredients, traditional Paella and lots of Sangria or whatever their preferred tipple is. was invited to review the Drunch last thursday. We had a great time with a nice variety of grilled meat and seafood. The best part was the large open fire where fresh sea food paella was made and served hot.  Right from the appetizers to the desserts, each and every dish was stand out quality  Renowned for their delectable tapas and traditional Paellas, Seville’s new event will make way for those who like to dance the night away as they enjoy a variety of performances. Party-goers can enjoy this Latino themed night brunch featuring a DJ, and guest performers such as fire eaters, singers, saxophonists and percussionists. Customers can select a package based on their choice of drinks from soft drinks t…