Inspired by California and a healthy way of life

In no mood to venture out in the sweltering heat, we decided to order pizza from home. We went for Z Pizza – a Californian pizza brand with branches in Barsha and Business Bay.Our location was far from their delivery jurisdiction, nevertheless the Business Bay outlet was kind enough to take our orders for delivery.
We ordered the usual garlic bread, baked potato wedges, California salad and Zwings.

In mains we ordered California Veggie and Chicken Tikka.
The garlic bread came hot and fresh like the other items. It had a light hint of garlic. We would have preferred if they were slightly crispier as we got so used to the crispy version at Pizza Hut. Other than that aspect, it was perfect.

Potato wedges were good and salad fresh. The dressing for the salad was sent separately. The Zwings had a nice smoky flavor, thanks to the hot sauce. 

The California Veggie was probably the best choice and it came embellished with organic tomato sauce, part-skim mozzarella, roma tomatoes, red onions…

Sthan - Bringing authentic Frontier food from beyond borders

I recently attended a food bloggers food tasting meet organized by Sthan Restaurant and facilitated by Xite Social Media Agency.  It was one of the best bloggers meet I attended recently and it was a pleasure sharing a table with well-known vloggers and food experts from Dubai.

About Sthan
An ode to the culturally rich cuisine of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Sthan offers a delectable palette of food with the flavors, traditional heritage and exuberant spreads from these three countries.
The word Sthan, which means place, is the common element between HinduSthan, PakiSthan and AfghaniSthan.

The flagship restaurant is known for its rustic open interiors, serving plates of delicious street food. Crafted with passion, the detailed Menu which refers to specific dishes from Kabul, Peshawar, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi etc. are suited for cafĂ© style eating – easy, flexible, welcoming. One would find in the menu, an appetizing mix of dishes that is sure to remind them of food served in the di…

A tete-a-tete with Celebrity Chef Sweety Singh

The mastermind behind the “Art of Spice” Indian night at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Celebrity Chef Sweety Singh is back in town to add some extra delicious dishes to the popular Punjabi buffet menu. Affectionately called “Sweety”, a trade name he adopted after Gautam Anand, General Manager of Sheraton ITC Hotels jokingly called him that, Chef Harjinder “Sweety” Singh has served his scrumptious food to famous celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Anupam Kher, Sajid Khan, Anil Kapoor, Dharmendra, Yuvraj Singh, Daler Mehndi to name a few. The corporate chef of ITC group, Chef Manjeet Singh Gill found the cooking talent in him and after tasting his food continuously for a week at his famed Dhaaba. He thereafter offered him a chance to conduct food festivals in ITC Group of Hotels. Since then he has not looked back. He claims he inherited his unique style of cooking from his father Santokh Singh, who started by selling Maa Ki Dal and Mutton Curry, Kadhi a…

A BBQ Connoisseurs perfect retreat

Me and my dining companion decided to celebrate friendship day with some smokey meat courtesy Blacksmith. We indeed had a lovely time there. First thing I have to note is the service. It was very pleasant and consistent throughout our visit. Commendable job by waitresses Jacqueline and lily over there, particularly Jacqueline.  

We decided to keep away from alcohol but instead indulge in their very minimal but careful selection of juice and mocktails.
We started off with Cucumber mojito and Mango Strawberry Hawaiian. The cucumber was remarkable and my dining partner who ordered the Hawaiian shared similar sentiments. In starters we had their signature Smoked chili rubbed wings with ranch sauce. It was literally what the menu promised-  smokey, sticky, sweet spicy mild and savoury - all you would want from a wing. 

We also tried Armadillo eggs - big bite size fresh ground beef nice and crispy on the outside thanks to the sweet ancho chili rub dusted on it and luscious on the inside with p…

4 exciting new items on the menu at German Doner Kebab

The popular healthy and nutritionally balanced kebab chain German Doner Kebab recently launched 4 exciting new items on their menu. was invited to their  DAFZA outlet to review.

Mr Fareed Jamil – The UAE Operations Manager of German Doner Kebab and Danish - the outlet owner were personally present to receive us and take us through the new menu.

Tasting got a chance to taste all the newly launched items.

Doner Kebab
We started off with the classic Doner Kebab which is also the signature item on their menu. A lot has changed from the time I last tried it at their Motor City outlet. The bread has gotten more firmer and better.  Last time, I'd had to deal with issues of the Doner overflowing with salad and sauce and dripping on my hands. The light doner bread was great but it just couldn't hold it all well together.  This time around it managed to strike the right note with the perfect hit of firmdoughiness and crunch that I would have expected fro…

Indian flavors meet Mexican personality at wrapchic

The brand story

Wrapchic is the world's very first eatery that wraps together all the exciting and vibrant flavours of Indian street food into an easy to eat Mexican format. They go to every length to follow tradition and ensure the food is packed full of flavour, using the best ingredients and freshly ground spices. Formed in the trendsetting street language of Mumbai, 'Wrapchic' or 'Rap-chik' is an expression that conveys real satisfaction, In the most laid-back, cool way.

It's a word that real mumbaikars would use, when no other word would suffice. The Wrapchic, designed in the style of traditional 'Warli' art, is a representation of the combined heritage, reflecting the Indian heritage, the brands Birmingham roots and Mexican tradition. They are the fastest growing, emerging restaurant chain in the UK. 

What is Wrapchic

The deliciousness of Indian curry in an eat-as-you-go wrap - that's wrapchic for you. Tasty, flavours intact and practical for the …

Colonial inspired modern Indian fare in an upbeat setting at Peppermill, Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall’s first Indian Restaurant has arrived! Situated above the famed Apple store on the 2nd floor, Peppermill presents a delicious array of colonial-inspired Indian cuisine in a casual and laid-back setting.

Though most of the Peppermill outlets are situated in well-established malls, each and every outlet has a distinct charm and character of its own. The newest outlet in Dubai mall is no different.  Green tiled walls and wooden shelves decked with colonial artifacts including a vintage telephone, table fan, still camera, miniature pepper-mill to name just a few - give the place a colonial-regal charm and tell a tale or two of its own.

The cuisine is equally colonial-inspired and present an array of inventive recipes and alluring flavors influenced by the bygone colonial era. This era has given rise to one of the most interesting cuisines we know – the Anglo-Indian gastronomy - which is nothing but a robust amalgamation of eastern spices and herbs into western cooking technique…

Bosporus - A delicious gateway to the culinary epicentre of Turkey

Last Thursday Blogliterati.comvisited the iconic Wafi Mall to review Bosporus - the Turkish restaurant chain - which is arguably one of the best Turkish restaurants in Dubai. Named after the famed Bosphorus strait, Bosporus restaurant forms a culinary gateway that connects the people of UAE with the exquisite Ottoman cuisine of Turkey.

A Dubai born concept Bosporus started in 2010 with a mission to be the best Turkish restaurant by serving Authentic Ottoman cuisine and its rich history to the culturally diverse city of Dubai. Owing to this reason, even their slogan reads - "Your Bridge to Turkey".

At Bosporus guests could experience the authenticity of Turkish Cuisine, traditional Turkish food and all its magical flavors; a place where the Turkish roots and culture of yesterday meets the highest quality and standards of today.

Welcome by the Managers Amr and Eden

There couldn’t be a better venue than Wafi to enjoy such a traditional and culturally significant cuisine like Tu…

Malolo's Poke - Freshness in each and every single bite

The UAE weather is so annoyingly arid off late, it takes bit of an effort to motivate oneself to go outdoors, even if it is - just to the neighborhood grocery store. Yesterday was one such day.
The hunger inside played pangs, nevertheless.  But the desire to stay indoors (and watch FIFA ) overpowered the desire to venture out in search of dinner. In a city like Dubai, where the delivery system is exceptional, the distance between ones favorite food and hunger, is all but a zomato order, away.

I was feeling rather Pokeish yesterday, so to say! Needless to mention, I couldn’t have opted for anything else, than a bowl of poke, which meant less trouble washing any dishes, and more time lying on the couch and enjoying the game.
Poke Hawaiian poke is a trendy fresh bowl traditionally topped with fresh fish and lots of fun toppings, like fresh veggies, avocado, seaweed and even chips. Poke bowls are popping up everywhere in the UAE and it’s easy to see why; it’s a healthy and quick meal fil…

Mighty Quinn's: BBQ Cooked the Old School Way

When one of New York’s best barbeque chain made its way to Dubai earlier this year, BBQ lovers a.k.a meat connoisseurs here rejoiced. Well-known for their old school barbeque cooking using smoke and time, Mighty Quinn's is an extremely popular fast casual concept serving delicious and wholesome smoked meat and BBQ. 
The brand prides itself in using only the finest ingredients and cooking with wood and time- the old school way – which grounds one to the basic elements of making great food.  What separates Mighty Quinn’s from all the regular barbecue joints is their focus on every part of the menu, from the side dishes down to the drinks. Of course, their meats are still the main attraction.

The Menu The menu is pretty straightforward and I liked that there are only a few items to choose from. Just glimpsing through once, I was able to quickly make the choices.
What we had
We started off with a glass of watermelon juice and classic lemon mint mojito. Both were very fresh and refreshing…