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An Unordinary Restaurant with Extraordinary food, Matto is by all means Fantastico!

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A review of Matto Dubai

When it comes to Italian food in Dubai, there's no dearth of them. Contenders are many, winners are clearly few.

While I've tried Italian food in a variety of restaurants, here's one place that I'd never tried before. M A T T O. After a recent visit to this vibrant hotspot at Oberoi Hotel, I can tell that this ristorante is undoubtedly one of the BEST Italian restaurants in the Bay side of town.

The Ambiance
In a world of copycats, here’s one restaurant that dares to be different.  One of the first things you'll notice as you enter is the yellow Vespa. And no ordinary vespa this! It has a DJ console built over it. Gyrating near it is the restaurant's in-house DJ, whipping out progressive party beats to sets spirits on fire.



When you see a restaurant using a prop of one of most powerful symbols of Italian lifestyle, it tells you something!  So, when the wall sign shouts out - “Feel Italian”, don't be surprised. Matto is all about livin…

Sin Bin Brunch at Nezesaussi Grill, Dubai's Award-winning Sports Bar

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This Friday I popped into Nezesaussi Grill - Dubai's award-winning sports bar at Manzil Downtown to check out their Sin Bin Brunch.  It turned out to be quite a rewarding experience.  With a completely laid back ambiance, delectable food & bar menu and some fantastic sport action on TV, I had what one would call - The Perfect Weekend.

The Brunch
Nezessausi grill’s Sin Bin Brunch is on every Friday from 12. pm to 4.pm. At only AED 199 you can enjoy a very extensive brunch buffet featuring everything from tantalizing appetizers like calamari, mushroom fry and chicken wings to a selection of salads, cold cuts and pastries.  Guests can enjoy unlimited servings of starters and one main from the menu. The main on the menu include Catch of the day, Classic Beef Cheese Burger, Chicken Burger, Bacon Egg Roll and Mini Breakfast.
Besides the above there's chicken roast, beef fry, pork belly, grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes, seafood, pasta and a whole lot more as part of the buff…

Capturing souls with delectable food & awesome service

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Bistrot + Gastronomy = Bistronomie
bistronomief-bistro-style gastronomy, characterised by good food in small portions

Right from technology to healthcare to food to whatnot, the French have been innovators of ideas that changed the world. While many of us may not understand French we definitely appreciate French cuisine, and with every good reason. The French gastronomy is, and has always been about fresh ingredients, time-honored traditions and well-mastered techniques of cooking. The result - delectable food - loved by all.

Bistronomie - is also the innovation of a bunch of progressive French chefs, who started off a movement in France, but which has today become popular all over the world. Bringing unique culinary experiences with premium quality food in a bistro-like ambiance, the 'Bistronomie' concept has turned into a global food drive sought-after by food connoisseurs across continents.

The History
The “Bistronomie” concept was first conceived in the 1990s when young Fre…

Coco on 8 - A Lifestyle Lounge like no other

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Fancy lazing off in a cool pool-side cabana with a glass of sparkling red after a stressful day at work? Well, then Coco on 8 has the perfect fix for you! One of Media city’s coolest lifestyle lounges, Coco on 8 has the right ambiance to release you from the cares of the day and transfer you to another world, completely.

Situated on the eighth level of Media One hotel, Coco on 8 is a Miami-inspired lifestyle lounge for the fashion-conscious jet set. This is where Dubai’s privileged stop over for chillaxation, enjoy great music and taste the delicious food and drinks.




We visited Coco on 8 on chilled-out Saturday evening. With the night still young, magnificent vistas of the Dubai skyline yonder, fragrances of grape and mint flavoured shisha renting the air, we basked in our cabana enjoying their signature “I am in love with Coco” mix in our hands. The pristine blue lights from the pool and from the buildings towering nearby, added to the overall vibrancy of the setting.


The Drinks
Coco …

Frankie’s Comedy Cellar – Scrumptious Fare & Guaranteed laughs

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A review of Frankie's Comedy Cellar

Comedy nights are back at JBR’s hottest Italian bar & grill!  Frankie’s comedy cellar – the highly popular comedy show made a comeback this august with an interesting new line-up of comedians and a whole lot of punch.

Featuring star comedian Simeon Goodson (the host) and some new folks who are all enormously funny in their own right, the show is currently running bi-weekly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The line-up of artists include Jay Bhambani , Maher Barwany, Omar Kazim, Rami Boraie, Rayan H Karaky and Shaddy Gaad.



I popped in one of these Saturdays to beat my pre-Sunday blues and, boy oh boy, I wasn’t disappointed. I had one of my best weekends enjoying some cheeky humor in the company of fine Italian house beverage and tantalizing fare.

The Show
The comedy night kicked off with an act from Simeon Goodson who has entertained audiences as far away as New York. His engagement with the guests at his shows, are second-to-none.  The intimate (read s…

The Perfect Friday Brunch - The Bench Brunch at The Daily

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The Bench Brunch at The Daily, Rove Hotel, City Centre

Friday is that day of the week when we just want to take the back seat, live life - a bit slower, chillout with loved ones and of course, enjoy a great meal.  This whole Friday equation is incomplete without food.

Food is kind of the national obsession in this country, particularly in Dubai. And this obsession gets to its peek on weekends.  Needless to say, every other restaurant in town is vying for this segment with happy hours and countless other weekend promotions and offers. With over 8000 restaurants in town the average Dubaian has a lot of choices on offer.

As a food blogger, I have tried out a zillion Friday Brunches at a variety of places – from 5 star hotels to street side bistros.   But this weekend trip to the Rove, has made The Daily my new favourite and highly preferred spot for Friday brunching.

Here’s why:



The Location

The last thing you want on a peaceful Friday morning is to be stuck in a traffic jam, so I really …

Baydar – Deliciously & Authentically Lebanese

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Baydar : A Review

On one of our evening drives past Al Barsha at rush hour, we decide to get a respite from the traffic and popped in to Al Barsha mall. The time was barely 8 p.m. but our stomachs were already growling with hunger.

In the mood for some authentic Arabic food, particularly Lebanese, we hit straight to the food court. We sauntered around for some time looking some good options for Lebanese restaurants within the mall. That’s when Baydar caught our attention.

A very well-lit shop right next to Starbucks café, Baydar seemed to look like a perfect choice. The board read “Authentic Lebanese Food”.  Guess we found exactly what we needed that night, so without much ado, we hopped right in.


Luckily for us, we met Mr. Suren Rajamohan – the Marketing in-charge of the Abela group in Dubai. Abela & Co operates several popular restaurants in the region including Baydar, Sandella’s, Zaatar W’ Aktar, Bean There Bistro and Red Apron express.  We felt reassured as we had indeed land…

Chee[r]se Night at Stage 2

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Experience an extensive array of gourmet global cheeses, delicious tapas and fresh, fragrant grape beverages to spice up your Wednesday nights. Make sure to come early to catch one of the seats on the beautiful terrace overlooking the pool!

When: Every Wednesday
Time:6.00pm – 9.00pm
Price:  AED  135 per person inclusive of three glasses of premium grape beverages and the cheese buffet and variety of gourmet tapas and antipasti.


The Versailles Evolution Brunch at BQ – French Kitchen & Bar

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Where Fashion and Gourmet Come Together















In line with the ever-popular brunch trend in Dubai, BQ – French Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of The St. Regis Dubai, unveils a whole new brunch experience designed to awaken all your senses. Reliving past traditions but in the modern day, the Versailles Evolution Brunch celebrates the love of food in a truly fashionable and inspiring setting. Put on your Friday bests and head down to BQ - French Kitchen & Bar to enjoy a feast for both the fashion eye and appetite.
Starting from 29 September, Fridays will have a whole new feel as the Versailles Evolution Brunch unveils a new menu worth getting out of bed for. Keep an eye out for chefs trotting around the brunch flaunting their prime 72-hour-slow-cooked beef, carved right at your table as well as a live Foie Gras trolley. Reviving staple brunch favorites with a fresh seafood and live oyster bar that offers the best Fin de Claire oysters, newly appointed Executive Chef Juraj Kalna h…

Play Restaurant & Lounge Adds 11 New Outstanding Dishes

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New Seasonal Menu Offers Delectable & Playful Offerings this Fall


Dubai’s most sought-after dining destination, PLAY Restaurant and Lounge launches a new seasonal menu, full of gastronomical delights and ingenious flavours.  Set against a backdrop of Dubai’s mesmerizing skyline, PLAY continues to charm their cosmopolitan guests with new additions to their signature Mediterrassian menu. The artistically curated culinary visions by Director of Culinary Reif Othman and his team of 40 highly skilled chefs, draw inspiration from the colours of fall and flavours of the season.



Beginning with a delectable array of appetizers is the PLAY Crispy Roti in three tantalizing tastes, including light seared wagyu beef in chipotle sauce, marinated Black Cod in citrus miso, and fork mashed avocado with a secret Japanese condiment, Yuzu Koshu. Also on offer are Steamy Gyoza filled with wagyu osso bucco and Japanese flavours; Lemon PrawnChilli Crab which is a blackened soft-shell crab in a spicy ch…

Set Off on a Daycation with Lapita Hotel's Polynesian Inspired Family Brunch at Dubai Parks and Resorts

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The Lapita Hotel Family Daycation Brunch is back on 6 October, setting sail with guests on a culinary journey to the reaches of the Polynesian Triangle and beyond. Featuring an opulent international buffet specially showcasing dishes of the South Pacific every Friday from 1.00pm – 5.00pm, guests will be taken with the tide to a distant Polynesian paradise where they can relax and enjoy the rest of the day with full day pool and kids club access.
The Captain aboard this family journey, Ansgar Werneke, Executive Chef of Lapita, summarises this journey perfectly: “the flavours of Polynesian cuisine describe the spirit of this tropical paradise: exotic, interesting and refreshing.” True explorers should follow in Chef Ansgar’s footsteps with his recommendations: the Polynesian BBQ grill station and Poisson Cru, Tahiti’s national dish made with tuna marinated in lime juice, diced vegetables and fresh coconut milk. This is a true global journey with over 50 dishes spanning all seven oceans. …