Layali Tent at Roda Al Murooj - Arabesque surroundings and great food

Savour an Arabic Iftar at Layali Al Murooj Tent set amidst the lush garden of Roda Al Murooj, surrounded by palm trees and a water lagoon.  This cozy Ramadan tent is the perfect location to unwind this season, with great food, never-tried-before shisha flavours, beverages and live music played by a traditional oud player.
The Layali Tent - Ambiance The tent is decorated with all the trimmings of Ramadan, lovely lanterns, gorgeous ramadan props, traditional water urns, pretty carpets - the works!Every single direction I pointed the camera to, resulted in very pleasing images.

Over all the ambiance looks so festive, cozy and relaxing.  It is probably one of the prettiest Ramadan tents I've been to, this year.
Food Unlike the usual iftar buffets where there is a lot of binge eating and food wastage, the Layali tent offered a A La Carte menu complete with all the special Ramadan treats along with regular regional specialties. Guests can order as per their need, leaving wastage to the bare …

Malabari Cuisine at its best at Skillet Restaurant, Deira Dubai

If you're a fan of #Malabari Cuisine then there's a nice new restaurant in Deira (Al Wasl District,near fish roundabout) serving very authentic North #Kerala cuisine. Their menu also includes few North Indian and Chinese dishes and they are good at it.

The place is run by a young Indian couple who are passionate about the food business.

They have everything from Zafran Chai to South Indian breakfast, Pancake, Nutella Crepe, to more traditional Porridge and Tapioca, Pothichor, Banana leaf meals. Their seafood and meat selection have decent, if not extensive options. They have a nice selection of Chinese dishes too like Schezuan Chicken Noodles, Hakka Noodles and Chicken Nazi Goreng Rice (which is originally Indonesian) but classified under Chinese dishes on the menu :)) 

What we ate :

We had Haryali Tikka, Chicken Lolipop, in starters. In mains we tried Ghee Rice with Buffalo Meat and Thalaserry Dum Biryani. In veg - Paneer Tikka Masala and Veg Tawa Fry with #Kerala Paratha.

While a…

Afterlife Gastropub launches in Souk Al Bahar

Afterlife, one of the classiest gastropub, opened its door at Souk Al Bahar, Downtown. With a rarest combination of Turkish – Indian delicacies, the new gastropub stands out for its unique creation of cocktails & mocktails and an extensive selection of exotic range of Shisha flavors with an exhilarating view of Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.

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A post shared by ★彡 John Thomas 彡★ 🇦🇪 (@blogliterati) on May 15, 2019 at 1:47am PDT Afterlife offers its guests with a chilled-out vibe and a bit of everything. With the inhouse DJ, one can expect late night grooves right through 'til the early hours. Behind the attractive bar counter is the legendary mixologist all the way from India, Shatbhi Basu, creating beautiful cocktails and mixing drinks. This place is for connoisseurs.

The concept is thought & visualized by Sandeep Goenka and executed by  Raajiv Nathany – the duo from Kolkata, India with an experience of more than 3 years in the F&B industry…

Experience A True Taste Of Ramadan At Al Qasr’s Khaymat Al Bahar

Khaymat Al Bahar, the authentic family-style Lebanese dining destination at Jumeirah Al Qasr, is embracing the spirit of Ramadan with a bespoke beach-side setting Iftar experience that aims to give back to the community through a partnership with Dubai-based Al Jalila Foundation.
Curated by the newly-appointed Head Chef Ali Fouad - the award-winning chef behind Al Nafoorah, which was named Best Lebanese Restaurant in 2016, 2017 and 2018 - the all-new Iftar buffet promis
es diners an authentic Lebanese Iftar experience, with a percentage of each booking pledged to the charity’s ‘basma’ Ramadan initiative.

Chef Ali’s inspiring spread of cuisine, which hails from across the Middle East, India, Asia and Europe, connects different traditions and cuisines in one impressive setting. Guests can break their fast with a selection of drinks including Butter Milk, Jallab and Kamar El Din served alongside dates, apricots and figs, followed by a selection of hearty soups and traditional mezze serve…

Pan of Paella and a jug of Sangria for Dhs.120 at The Fish House

Start the weekend with family and friends and a large helping of Spanish home-cooking.
Paella - a simple yet vibrant and nourishing dish made from slow cooked rice, seafood and meat is perfect for sharing, and now The Fish House is offering an evening to remember with two choices of Paella, a traditional Spanish drink and acoustic and modern music set along the lovely promenade.
With two pans available, chicken, white fish and beef chorizo or prawn, fish, mussels and clams, these dishes are sure to keep you wanting more.

A pan of paella and a jug of sangria costs AED 120 per person are best served with a range of mouth-watering tapas sides ranging from between AED 25 and AED 35 per side. Diners can choose from a range of classic Spanish cuisine including Pan con Tomate Grilled bread with garlic oil, tomato pulp and basil, Gambas al ajillo Prawns in garlic chilli and Croquetas de queso Roquefort blue cheese croquettes.

The Fish House prides itself on attention to detail and resident Ch…

Anise at Dubai Festival City creates a new ‘Taste of the World’ brunch

Anise at Dubai, Festival City has unveiled a brand new international, sensory stirring menu. The immersive 'chef-to-diner' experience restaurant is enticing guests with an indulgent menu with dishes uniquely prepared by the kitchen, or from any of the eight live international cooking stations within the restaurant.

The delectable ‘Taste of The World’ brunch menu offers an impressive array of foods ranging from, a seafood on ice carving through to a handpicked selection of French Mons cheeses all the way to Nitrogen ice-cream. The wide variety and authentic preparation techniques ensure a delightful experience topped off with undisturbed views overlooking the scenic Dubai Creek and Festival Marina.

The impeccably thought out new menu and truly unique restaurant design places the customer inside the kitchen, and when the action starts spectators can witness grilling, roasting, steaming, boiling, baking, frying, tossing and pouring – the ‘core elements’ of cooking. Diners are enc…

Milas ; Crafting the language of Emirati cuisine in the national capital

Emirati restaurant Milas, recently rebranded as ANA is definitely one of Dubai's top Emirati restaurant for local cuisine. Its usually my go to place when a craving for some very authentic and local flavours hits.  I recently discovered that they have few branches in Abu Dhabi too. So when I was there recently for some errands at Dalma mall, I decided to check the place out.
I was with a dear friend who also greatly appreciated arabic / middle eastern food so we felt it was a good choice. And to be honest Milas didn't dissapoint. The level of service, quality of food, and taste was quite in sync with the Milas outlet I tried in Dubai Mall. The staff seemed a tad too friendly and hospitable. Milieu was pretty decent.  The walls had a life size grafiti of his highness shiekh zayed.  What we had. We started off with fresh strawberry juice. The taste was fresh and good.  After a while, we ordered mushroom soup. Milas Dubai is my ever favourite spot to try mushroom soup as the tast…

Poke & Co - the indisputable leader of poke bowls in UAE

Every once in a while, when guilt dominates and craving for something natural and healthy strikes, I end up in one or the other Poke outlets in Dubai to have a bowlful of goodness to rest my guilt inducing demons.

Yes, that's the life of a food blogger in Dubai. Wine and cheese as dinner on one night, italian the other, then mexican, chinese, throw in some new indian brand... with so much of different types of food going into the belly, its important sometimes to strike a balance.

And so today I invited a friend and her teenage daughter over lunch. Not the traditional lunch but a healthy lunch at Poke & Co. Being new to Poke, they both were definitely excited and ever eager to see what is in store. And enjoy - they definitely did!

The place was super busy and we could see over a dozen delivery boys.. right form the deliveroo to the uber eats, zomato and talabats lining up to pick up their clients orders. Despite this busy hour, the staff were super quick and nice and took car…

Chicken Cottage - Yummilicious chicken brand from UK now here in Dubai

At Chicken Cottage, as its slogan aptly puts it - its all about the taste! And the brand aptly lived up to its promise. A franchise brand from the UK, Chicken Cottage is here as a well break from the regular fast food chicken concepts. Their menu is exhaustive and there are umpteen options to enjoy chicken - grilled or fried.

I went there with a friend who is also a Chicken lover and we both enjoyed the offerings at Chicken Cottage.  We started off with some yummilicious milk shakes. I went for Peanut butter milkshake while my dining companions teenage daughter chose Smarties shake.  Every sip of it was bliss and we couldn't get enough of CC's delicious ice cream shakes. Yes, all their shakes are made of pure ice cream. They also have lotus, oreo and M&M milkshake.

In appetizers we had crispy BBQ wings which were finger licking good. One of the best we've tried in recent times. The spice factor was to the point, and that is what made it taste so good.

In the mains, I …

Turkish Steak Restaurant – A new ‘must try’ steakhouse in Dubai

Serving up an amazing array of Turkish specialties, the newly opened Turkish Steak Restaurant sits in the heart of Jumeirah 1 just opposite to Mercato mall along the Jumeirah beach road.  Since opening, the place has been renowned for serving some top quality steaks and mind blowing action. With a dining area spread over two levels and a spacious outdoor terrace, where some fine culinary theatrics happen every evening, the place has become extremely popular among die hard steak lovers and shisha lovers. We visited on a Thursday evening and spent over 4 hours there, enjoying some of the best of Turkish cuisine, piping hot cups of Turkish coffee and flavorful shisha. We couldn’t have wished to spend a long and cold Thursday evening anywhere else, but here. Established by a young man who set up and managed some of the best known Turkish restaurants in the city, you can expect that his new concept would be every bit fabulous and perfect.  And fabulous it definitely is – right from the fo…

Bar Baar Launches New Street Food Menu in Town ‘Gully Boy’

Capturing on the recent Bollywood’s backstreet rapper movie – ‘Gully Boy’, it would be hard not to imagine strolling through the crowded streets of Mumbai without grabbing a ‘Vada pav’ or indulging in some lip-smacking ‘Chicken Chilly’ and relishing the Indian (Gully) Street Food. India is one proud nation well renowned for giving hunger pangs through its wide varieties of scrumptious, quick and heap street food. And to ensure that you don’t just reminisce the mouth-watering delights, Bar Baar, recently nominated for the ‘Best Bar Food’ at the Time out 2019 awards introduces the new street food menu ‘Gully Boy’.  Promising to offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian street-food paradise, the tantalizing delights in the ‘Gully Boy menu’ is certain to leave you drooling from its ‘Bawa Chicken Puffs’, ‘Full Too Samosas’, ‘Bhai Ka Mutton Biryani’ and ‘Ek Dum Mast Momos’. It will be available every day of the week for lunch and dinner from 1:00 p.m onwards till 3:00 am starting from the rang…

PLAY Restaurant’s perfectly playful and delicious menu just got even better

Keeping the signature favourites firmly in place, PLAY’s new menu, which launched last month welcomes new dishes including Wagyu Truffle Carbonara Barrel, Butter Chicken Gyoza and Blue Fin Tuna Tartar to join best sellers such as the Crispy Duck salad, Mushroom Risotto Barrel and all-time favourite the Pita Surprise. Other newbies include the Popcorn Chicken, an array of classic and custom Nigiri as well as Tiger Prawns in an aromatic Green Curry.

New sweet offerings like the beautiful white chocolate ‘Mango Coconut’ cake and decadent 64% Manjari ‘Chocolate Bar’ dessert take pride of place next to the irresistible original masterpiece: the ‘Sneaker Bar’ which is still stunningly accompanied by deliciously crunchy caramelised pistachios and soft flavour-filled pistachio ice cream.

Our visit stopped by at this gorgeous resto lounge at H Hotel and the team enjoyed every bit of the time spent there. Service was impeccable and every single dish served that night had a Wow!…