Showing posts from December, 2018

Han Shi Fu - The New Chic in Town

A modern Chinese and Asian Fusion gastropub and restaurant Han Shi Fu offers a truly authentic and unique urban dining experience by mapping a culinary journey straight into the hearts of cities such as Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and Los Angeles; where execution of traditional dishes has transformed into an art, and the trendy infusion of flavors elevated into an experience. One can expect excellent food with bold Asian flavors served alongside artfully crafted beverages.
Ambiance We went there on a relaxed Wednesday afternoon for lunch and the timing seemed just perfect. The tranquil confines with a mood lit milieu and subtle music playing in the background, served as a perfect mood enhancer and prepared us for an afternoon of sheer indulgence. The interiors are elegant and stately with a subtle touch of China all over – including the Chinese lettering, accents, painting and wall art. The music though is tastefully western. The bar area is separate from the dining area and …

Zou Zou at La Mer, Dubai

After my recent visit to Gunaydin – which in my opinion is the best Turkish restaurant in Dubai, my expectations from any Turkish restaurants have risen to all time high.

When I got invited from Zou Zou – the Turkish Lebanese restaurant at La Mer, I was all in for it, to try and compare. I visited Zou Zou last week with a very dear friend who is also a big foodie like me and a lover of all things Turkish.

So needless to say, we went there with lots of expectations and a hungry tummy of course. I must mention that Zou Zou didn’t disappoint.

First off I have to remark about the service. It was pleasant, warm and quick. I was met by Latif Kural the friendly operations manager who has played a role in the setting up several reputed Turkish restaurants in the Dubai.  He is a fine guy with a very pleasant disposition who ensured we felt 'at home'. Latif assigned a waiter de table for us and made sure to drop in every now and then to check on us and see if we were enjoying our food …

Bol Gappa. Bollywood Vibe and No Drama Food

Bol Gappa is a Bollywood themed Indian fusion cuisine bistro serving a delicious array of contemporary Indian cuisine in a relaxed setting. Contrary to popular perception, Bol Gapp is not derived from the name of the popular Indian chat Gol Gappa derives its name from BOL for Bollywood and Gappa meaning Gossip.

Two years ago when I visited their first outlet in Riverland, Dubai Parks and Resorts – the brand made a strong impression. Two years later as I visit their second outlet in mainland Dubai, the impression remains the same. A fabulous movie themed restaurant that has managed to carve a niche for itself in the over-competitive restaurant scene in Dubai, Bol Gappa has reached where it has, due to the quality of its service and uniqueness of its offering.

The second outlet is situated in Karama, little off the Head Post office street. A great location that solves many of the parking woes that diners always face in Karama.  The space is relatively smaller compared to their flagship …

DXB Grill ; A Tasty Addition to the Dubai Dining Scene

The UAE’s love for grilled food is a well-known, evident from the rising numbers of rotisseries and grills springing up across town every other week. This is aside from the gazillion Shawarma shacks spread around town. With such healthy competition around, there has never been a dearth of choices in terms of grill houses in Dubai.

While Garhoud may not be a neighborhood generally known as a foodies stopover, there are a few promising restaurants that might well change the geography of the dining scene in Dubai. Millennium Hotel’s DXB Grill is one such place. A relative new comer in the rotisserie scene in Dubai, DXB grill has a lot to offer in terms of variety, value, taste and overall offering.

Me and my dining partner who are generally not fans of hotel’s restaurants were invited by the luxe Millennium Airport hotel to review DXB Grill. The invitation came just around Christmas time so we took it. And thanks to that, we were treated to some of the best culinary treats of the season…

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…