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Tasting excellence at German Doner Kebab

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The popular healthy and nutritionally balanced kebab chain German Doner Kebab has been my favourite for a long time now. I recently got a chance to visit their Dafza outlet.

Doner Kebab
I 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 from my kebab doner. The doner was nevertheless stuffed in the usual way, but this time around, it was more manageable - thanks to the stiff bread. I was able to press it all down together into palatable shape, without necessarily crumbling the bread.



I went with my usua…

Bleu Blanc By David Myers

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I visited Bleu Blanc at the Renaissance Downtown hotel for the first time yesterday for a masterclass hosted by the Interfel fruits and vegetables association from France.

First off the restaurant is very very pretty. One wouldn't expect to see so much of a classic and authentic touch in Dubai. The restaurant is beautiful both on the outside and inside. Situated on the second level with an separate access lift to its precincts, the restaurant boasts of a gorgeous interior with touches of both modern as well as traditional decor. The traditional chandeliers are in start contrast of modern bulbs hanging form the ceiling. Then there are mirrors all over the place which accentuate the traditional feel.

The arrangement of furniture/ seating is very pretty and the service has been amazing. The restaurant also has very gorgeous views of the Dubai skyline and business bay canal.

In terms of food and service, the dishes prepared on the day of the event was by a popular chef from Paris as w…

Gypsy Chinese - Indianized Chinese Restaurant in Al Karama

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I was recently invited by Gypsy Chinese restaurant to visit for a review. I chose to visit the restaurant on a weekday for dinner.

I was well received by the head waiter Chandrakant a GC veteran who has worked with the brand for the past eight years and was part of the restaurants first UAE team. He has also served in the parent restaurant in Mumbai.

Gypsy Chinese I was told is quite popular in Mumbai among lovers of Chinese Food and is even visited by celebrities from Bollywood and other walks of life.

After eight years of functioning out of Grand exelcior hotel in Mankhool, Gypsy Chinese very recently opened in karama to capitalize on the huge expat indian population in the locality. They also have a branch in Dubai marina and an outlet in Dalma Mall abu dhabi.

The ambiance is quite well laid out for a small restaurant and they have tried to make the best use of the space. The restaurant is strategically located close to the food hub lining karama street and thus has a steady flow o…

SIlk and Spice Restaurant at Millennium Airport Hotel

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Silk and Spice is a multi-cuisine restaurant with a variety of cooking methods featuring signature dishes from different countries connected by the Silk and Spice Road.
Silk and Spice Restaurant is a venue where authentic food is being served in a unique style.
The design is inspired by the famous ancient network of trade routes with casual, cozy and family-friendly ambience with pool view and the terrace is opened for shisha and drinks.
The renowned multi-cuisine restaurant that mesmerizes all your senses enrapturing you with its sensuous exotica. It has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from Europe all the way to China, put together in the world famous menu crafted by our Exotic Chef Gio Tom.
I had an opportunity last week to visit and try out some of their specialty dishes and cocktails. The service was amazing and I had the Chef personally come over to my table to find my requirement. 
I was served with Karimeen Pollichathu with breads and they tasted just amazing. 
Highly …

Balle Balle at Purani Dilli with the Punjabi Food Festival

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Purani Dilli at Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown are ready to take their patrons on yet another gastronomical journey by presenting a Punjabi Food Festival from 6th-15th November 2019 at both their outlets.
The team is all set to bring traditional Punjabi flavours from the kitchen of Punjab, India to Dubai this November. To create the most authentic experience, Purani Dilli has invited local chefs from North India to take over their kitchen and present a menu with mouthwatering delicacies from various parts of the region. Three Talented chefs, Chef Imran Khan, Chef Abdul Haleem and Chef Govind Nagar have come together to curate a menu inspired by local eateries, seasonal favourites and culinary secrets of Punjab. The carefully crafted menu comprises of traditional spice laced food, succulently created from the best ingredients and age-old recipes. 


Chef Abdul Haleem brings with him his experience of more than two decades while Chef Imaran Khan and Chef Govind N…

Mina’s Kitchen launched at a grand party at Westin Mina Seyahi

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Dubai’s social scene gathered together last week including myself as three stunning new dining destinations were unveiled at a grand launch party held at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.
Located on the exclusive stretch of white sand beach in Dubai Marina and famed for its trend-setting dining destinations and award-winning home grown concepts – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi were proud to reveal their latest three ventures at this show-stopping event.
The popular five-star beachfront resort has been exceeding guests’ expectations for over a decade and last night, recemented its position as one of Dubai’s most famed resorts after showcasing a comprehensive makeover and exquisite new restaurants, BABA, Sui Mui and Mina’s Kitchen.
Revealing spectacular makeovers, guests were taken on a journey across the globe as they sampled the first-class new menus at each venue. Paying an ode to family traditions, Mina’s Kitchen served up a selection of global cuisine and some of the chefs’ treasured recipe…

Baba - The New Turkish Restaurant at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi

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Dubai’s social scene gathered together last week including myself as three stunning new dining destinations were unveiled at a grand launch party held at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.
Located on the exclusive stretch of white sand beach in Dubai Marina and famed for its trend-setting dining destinations and award-winning home grown concepts – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi were proud to reveal their latest three ventures at this show-stopping event.
The popular five-star beachfront resort has been exceeding guests’ expectations for over a decade and last night, recemented its position as one of Dubai’s most famed resorts after showcasing a comprehensive makeover and exquisite new restaurants, BABA, Sui Mui and Mina’s Kitchen.
Revealing spectacular makeovers, guests were taken on a journey across the globe as they sampled the first-class new menus at each venue. Paying an ode to family traditions, Mina’s Kitchen served up a selection of global cuisine and some of the chefs’ treasured recipe…

Sui Mui Launched at Westin Mina Seyahi

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Dubai’s social scene gathered together last week including myself as three stunning new dining destinations were unveiled at a grand launch party held at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.
Located on the exclusive stretch of white sand beach in Dubai Marina and famed for its trend-setting dining destinations and award-winning home grown concepts – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi were proud to reveal their latest three ventures at this show-stopping event.
The popular five-star beachfront resort has been exceeding guests’ expectations for over a decade and last night, recemented its position as one of Dubai’s most famed resorts after showcasing a comprehensive makeover and exquisite new restaurants, BABA, Sui Mui and Mina’s Kitchen.
Revealing spectacular makeovers, guests were taken on a journey across the globe as they sampled the first-class new menus at each venue. Paying an ode to family traditions, Mina’s Kitchen served up a selection of global cuisine and some of the chefs’ treasured recipe…

Cafe Frei, Business Bay, Review

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I was recently invited by blogger Elizabeth of Lizbethology to visit Cafe Frei for a review. We had an opportunity to taste some of the finest in coffee from around the world.
True to its philosophy Cafe free offers an opportunity for guests for “Tasting the World” through their extraordinary product line. I learnt from waitress Rachel that their coffee drinks are always made from freshly roasted Arabica plantation coffee curiosities sorted by hand. Cafe frei is a global brand that offers more than 70 different coffee recipes from the major coffee “kitchens” of the world. Above these 'Adventurers Coffee of the Month' & 'Limited Edition Plantation Coffee' offer special items on the menu. Cafe Frei also has its own loose-leaf tea blends, hot and cold chocolate drinks, homemade lemonades and shakes and so on.


Cafe Frei also offer an interesting variety of bakery and confectionery products along with the World Bistro savoury-food selection. CAFE FREI has its own product …

Bistro Domino - Ibis Dubai City Centre Deira

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Last week I had an invite from Bistro Domino for a review. I had visited with a friend and we had an opportunity to try out some of their specialty dishes on offer.

The stylish French "Bistro Domino" restaurant offers an alfresco dining terrace and a selection of international favorites in an exciting contemporary setting. The ideal place to grab a quick snack, have a delicious lunch or dinner, and catch up with friends.

We were served by Waiter Bhargava and Waitress Vivian who took great care of us. Though the preparation time was bit more than we expected, when the food arrived, it completely bowled us over. For the starters we ordered their two most ordered salads - the Village Greek Salad and Mediterranean Rocca salad.  The quantity was good enough for not two but three to share. The taste was remarkable and I have to admit that it kind of already half filled us. But then we were not to
leave without trying out some of their main dishes.



In the main dishes I tried Teriy…

KYO RESTAURANT WILL LEAD THE WAY ON DUBAI’S AMBITIOUS NEW DESTINATION – THE POINTE

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I was recently invited to visit KYO in palm jumeirah to check out the latest offering from this new licensed venue that is all set to beckon the winter season. I had the chance to try some very fine japanese gourmet cuisine in an elegant setting facing the iconic atlantis hotel. 

KYO brings a hint of Japan to Dubai, allowing guests to experience an authentic glimpse into
this inspiring culture and cuisine. Meaning both ‘Today’ and ‘Entertainment’ in Japanese,
KYO is about accepting each day and making the most of every moment. Located on the
iconic Palm Jumeirah at the dazzling dining and entertainment destination, The Pointe, this
ultra-stylish restaurant is spread across two dazzling floors, offering unrestricted views of
The Gulf and the world-famous Atlantis The Palm Resort. 




The lounge style seating, authentic Japanese cuisine, attentive service and unforgettable ambience at KYO combine to bring a one-of-a-kind dining experience to the city.

Spread across two dazzling floors with eclecti…

Wakha launches newest luxury diner at Jumeirah

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Wakha, the critically acclaimed restaurant chain that specializes in Afghani and Shinwari cuisines, has launched its latest diner at Jumeirah, Dubai. The move reflects the chain’s aim to expand its market reach and invite customers, new and old, to experiment with native ingredients, comprise great flavor combinations and enjoy a unique and memorable dining experience.
Muhammad Azam, Co-founder, Wakha, said: “At Wakha, our ambition has always been to serve our valued customers with the healthiest, freshest and most authentic Shinwari and Afghani cuisines available without the use of any processed spices and oil. We constantly strive to facilitate the best possible dining experience to everybody who walks through our doors and all customers are now able to choose their meat, how it is cut, pick different combinations of flavors and cooking styles, and also name their dish and take the precise details of their recipes.”
He continued: “We believe in providing a platform for a culinary adve…

Chennai Kadai Biriyani

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Being from the southern state of India - Tamil Nadu, I have grown up eating Tamil biryani which has a very unique taste and flavour of its own. In Dubai too, this Biryani is nowadays getting popular and is available.

I recently ordered from Chennai Kadai Biryani.

Dishes I ordered
Mutton Biryani
Chili Gobi
Chicken 65

Mutton biryani is sold in kilos so I ordered two kilos. The Biryani was well packed in a white mini bucket and contained luscious pieces of mutton and a boiled egg, which is a standard in some biryani outlets.

The biryani was packed with typical south indian flavours and spices. The mutton was very well cooked that it was tender and a pleasure to eat and not rubbery. The rice was flavorful too.



The chili gobi had crispy pieces of well fried gobi and it was very delicious. Definitely it went as a great appetizer and side for the biryani.

Chicken 65. The chicken 65 was good in quantity and the pieces seemed to be very well marinated before frying which gave it a unique tast…

A Summer Soirée

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Le Méridien Mina Seyahi celebrated the end of summer with Au Soleil: A Summer Soirée – a relaxed sundowner gathering held on the grand Latitude terrace this week. Guests, dressed in their summer best, were transported to a mid-century Mediterranean oasis as they came together on Latitudes’ stylish terrace where they enjoyed petit plates, sipped on rosé infused cocktails, played backgammon and danced the evening away to a live summer soundtrack. Au Soleil: A Summer Soirée brings the playful glamour of 1960s European Summers to select Le Méridien hotels around the world.
The evening celebrated the beginning of the al fresco season and showcased evolved Le Méridien brand elements that invite guests to slow  down and savour the good life. Derived from the brand’s French roots, this included a range of offerings centred around cuisine, culture and musical inspiration, bringing the playful glamour of European summers to life through rosé cocktails and mocktails, petit plates and soothing s…

Memsaab Curry and Kebab - JLT

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Memsaab Food is a fabulous indian restaurant serving very delectable contemporary Indian Cuisine. The food is inspired from recipes passed down from generations of the finest chefs of India. The cuisine of Memsaab reflects a diversity of taste and culture of South Asia.

They offer a Lavish spread of authentic dishes ranging from tempting appetizers to delicious desserts in a very simple and laid back setting. I visited last night with a dear friend and had an enjoyable time. 
We started off with Lemon mint which was refreshing. In starters we commenced with Paneer Pakoda,and then Memsaab Chicken Tikka and Tandoori Jhinga Malai.  I must say that the quality and taste of these appetizers were remarkable. It blew off our socks off. Literally. 
In the mains I went for Sufiano puloa and Mutton Balti.  The quantity was very good and quite sufficient for even two to share.  

We finished it off with desserts in which we tried their Gulab Jamun and Ghiya Gajar ka kheer. 

Overall the experience was …

Unsophisticated Thai Restaurant in Bay Waters Business Bay - Khao SIam 45

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A humble and unassuming little resto in the bay side of town, Khao Siam 45 lived up to the hype created by the many bloggers who shared their rave reviews on Zomato and Instagram. The food was unsophisticated, simple and authentic. Every single dish we tried was remarkable.

Dishes we tried

Nang Gai Tod- deep fried chicken skin served with sweet chili sauce

Tod Mun Goong- Shrimp cake deep fried minced shrimp serve with plum sauce

Satay Gai- marinated grilled chicken on skewer served with peanut sauce

Laab Gai - minced chicken salad with mint leaves, red onion dressed with lime juice and ground re chilis



Tom Kha Gai - sweet and sour coconut milk-based chicken soup with mushrooms flavoured with kaffir lime leaves and galangal herbs

Gang Kiew Wan Gai - delicious Thai green curry with coconut milk and chicken (served with jasmine rice)

Khao Pad Goong- Thai style fried rice with shrimps and egg

Pad See-Ew Talay- sweet and savoury noodles (stir-fried large rice noodles with mixed seafood, egg and Chi…

Taste of India and Seafood Night at Pergolas

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Pergolas - the fabulous restaurant at Roda Al Murooj has come up with a few exciting events and me and my team had an opportunity to visit and enjoy the finest the restaurant had on offer.

Embark on a culinary journey of Indian flavours and be tantalised with a lavish spread of Indian specialties created by Pergolas' talented culinary team. The spread is just so elaborate and the dishes have touched some of the top choices from the Indian Subcontinent. Sweets were top notch and service as always was pleasant.

Pergolas | Thursdays | 7pm-11:30pm
AED 190 inclusive of soft beverages
AED 260 inclusive of house beverages
AED 299 inclusive of premium beverages

SEAFOOD NIGHT
Enjoy the best catch in town at Pergolas as you indulge in an endless choice of seafood dishes that include the Omani lobsters and mouth-watering oysters paired with a range of house beverages.

Pergolas | Tuesdays | 7:00pm to 11:30pm
AED 260 inclusive of soft beverages
AED 320 inclusive of house beverages
AED 370 incl…

KOBEYa - The First Japanese and Far Eastern Gluten Free Café opens in the UAE

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Hot on the heels of its’ recent launch, the first Japanese and Far Eastern gluten free healthy food café and retail store “KOBEYa” has opened its doors in Dubai at the Wasl Vita Mall.
The Emirate’s newest go to place cafe was inaugurated by Ms. Leiko H, Founding
Member, who conceived the idea of KOBEYa and long-time Japanese resident of the
UAE - over 15 years. Also present at the unveiling were distinguished guests, media
and bloggers.When discussing what inspired KOBEYa, she said “I am a mother of 4 children and one of my son’s developed a gluten intolerance at a very young age which affected his
health severely. Going out for lunches or dinners to any authentic Japanese or Far
Eastern restaurant as a family was always a difficult choice due to lack of gluten free
options. KOBEYa is my inspiration to create that option in the UAE.

Our focus is on promoting healthy eating habits by serving only an all ingredient gluten free menu with over 50 vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian and lac…