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05 Undeniably Best Restaurants in Dubai That Deserve a Shoot Out

Yes! I’m often offered free food.
Yes! I’ve gained weight during the past one year.
And Yes! I love trying out new Restaurants.

Food blogging – an insane delicious adventure discovering some of the best in Dubai, probably some perfect fits for foodies which deserve a shootout. I surely have ticked off ‘Try new cuisines’ from my bucket list. I travel to the gist of Middle East fields with Authentic Arabic feasts to legendary Mughlai dishes of Northen India, from artistic Chinese Supper to fascinating seafood delicacies, but always falling back to my home country’s traditional recipes, I can never deny my soft corner for spicy Indian treats.

So for this post, I thought of a little throwback to my favorite eatery in Dubai, a quick guide to Dubai’s best. A list of my 5 top go-to spots while a guest is in town or a deluxe dinner for special occasions in on the agenda.

1.Mint Leaf of London
Cost: AED 350 for two people (approx.)
Cuisines: Indian, North Indian

If the view & location doesn’t give you a royal wave, the attendants surely will. Mint Leaf of London is based purely on the foundation of a lavish elite dining experience. From the eye pleasing ambiance to the intricately crafted menu, the restaurant puts ahead a regal touch to everything. If you are looking for a luxurious dining to dazzle a special someone, then Mint Leaf’s heartwarming atmosphere, aesthetically tasteful Mock-tails & Supremely fashioned Entree is the answer. Forget about your money & enjoy the luxurious experience at this innovative Indian restaurant combining the best of both worlds – classic & progressive.

2. Nom Nom Asia
Cost: AED 125 for two people (approx.)
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai, Asian

Nom Nom Asia, a Cafe style Asian restaurant inspired by South-East Asian street food culture, serving both Chinese & Thai. The graffiti walls & quirky hashtag chopstick logos does catch your eye instantly. The Menu is compact yet a bit complicated offering over 108 dishes in veg,  chicken, fish, prawn, tofu & beef. The best feature about them would surely be their affordable prices. You could easily eat your heart out under 100 AED with such exceptional portions. This restaurant is perfect for takeouts or delivery too.

Also, recently they launched a beautiful heartfelt initiative, where Nom Nom Asia feeds a free meal to unemployed individuals at their Karama Branch.

3. Pizza Express @ Jazz
Cost: AED 200 for two people (approx.)
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza

Anyone who knows me will know how overly obsessed I am with pizza. With so many Pizza outlets, why this particular one? In terms of cost, Pizza Express stands right in the middle junction. The menu has an array of new and interesting flavors every season, as well as exciting new dessert options which deserve a try. Coupled with a smooth and classy soundtrack delivered daily from our world class musicians, An elegant and intimate venue with an upbeat atmosphere – the New Jazz@PizzaExpress covers up all love doves.

4. The Melting Pot – Box Park
Cost: AED 300 for two people (approx.)
Cuisines: European, American

Revolving around the wild fondue experience, ‘The Melting Pot’ offers a premium fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads, and indulgent desserts. Honestly, the whole concept of sharing the hot fondue with others on the table is so intriguing & beautifully enhances your entire meal. This is one restaurant which I’ve gone back over and over again too. Plus, the super-hyped ‘Big Night Out offer basically a four-course meal for two only for AED 349 is worth every penny.

5. Tresind
Cost: AED 500 for two people (approx.)
Cuisines: Indian; Molecular Gastronomy

If you would like to really impress someone, Tresind’s unique concept & fine dining approach sets the mood for you. Executive Chef Himanshu Saini explores a new take on some of the most popular Indian street & traditional dishes with Molecular Gastronomic presentation while the helpful staff aids your understanding of what’s going on along the cloudy Nitrogen gameplay. Honestly, each dish served at this restaurant had thumbs up from me and my friends. Though it comes down to a pricey range, I believe a little extravaganza is always good at occasions.

Until next time, Much Love

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MELTING POT FONDUE DELIGHT

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkWith lots of munching & crunching done on my Food House column over the past one year, my gourmet adventure at melting pot is hands down a treat to foodie soul. Neither too hot shot classy scene, nor too melodramatic boring ambience,  Melting Pot at the quirky Box Park Dubai is my go to place to host an affordable delightful evening for any guest. It’s the perfect place for a girl’s night out, Friday family brunch or Thursday evening date, basically any kind of celebration.

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box park

Click here to read all about its warm ambience, spacious location & friendly service written on my previous review.

Last time my biggest regret was to skip their main entree, so we had to try Melting Pot is famous for its super-hyped ‘Big Night Out’, basically a four-course meal for two only for AED 349: cheese fondue, salad, meat, and dessert which we were really excited to try out . If you have few hours to spare & love to have a laid back dining with friends this is the option to go.

 

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkBest fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkMelting Pot has a collection of Mocktails & Fresh Smoothies. While I got a chocolatey sweet Yin & Yang Martini, my plus one had her heart set on a refreshing glass of Blackberry Sage Lemonade,  which came with a sweet-sour kick.

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkBest fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkWe started off our international fondue experience, with a two serving of their Classic Alpine Swiss Cheese, A crazy combination of three different cheese blended with non-alcoholic white wine, fresh garlic & nutmeg.Though, I have to admit the fiery salsa Fiesta Cheese Fondue is still my favourite especially with apples, the garlicky taste to this fondue brings an interesting Italian vibe to the table.

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkSalads and I are not the best of friends, but the crunchy Melting Pot House Salad served with their juicy signature dressing was a tempting treat for my taste buds. Both of us loved the huge salad. Highly Recommended! And do not let the waiter take away the cheese fondue, dip some of these green goodness into the melting cheese, believe me, it might look and sound weird but the whole salad and the flavours come together beautifully.

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkAs we started to finish our salad, our attendant brought our next course, we chose to use seasoned court bouillon to cook our meat! Meats and vegetables included lobster, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, white shrimp, marinated breast of chicken, spicy beef steaks, mushrooms, a spinach cheese filling, and a variety of sauces – bleu cheese, spicy cocktail, light mustard sauce, plumb sweet-and-sour and teriyaki. Our attendant was super sweet & gave us complete instructions on how to cook our meal, and it was such a fun experience.

Best fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkBest fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkBest fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkBest fondue restaurant in dubai - melting pot box parkFor dessert, we indulged in individual servings of Mint Chocolate Chip Fondue & Yin and Yang fondue which was a mix of Milk & White Chocolate. It  was served with all sorts of wonderful things to dip into the fondue pot: brownies, sponge cake, strawberries, bananas, marshmallows. They got us refills of cakes too, which was extra sweet of them.

The Melting Pot is a very relaxed, peaceful and romantic atmosphere. You are not rushed — which is a good thing — because you cannot eat all that delicious food quickly. Plus you’ll want to savour it! t gives you lots of time to talk to the person you’re with and relax. The fondue is amazing and with multiple courses, you really get your money’s worth.

Address: The Melting Pot, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1
Telephone: +971 434 310 20
Website: www.meltingpot.ae

The Melting Pot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skye & Walker or any other company. The meal was offered complimentary for review purposes, however, no compensation was given. 

 

BERTIN BISTRO – RESTAURANT REVIEW

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab StylesWhen I first heard the words ‘Bertin Bistro’  I immediately envisioned a small Cafe involving a some kind of French dishes. What I wasn’t expecting was a 19th-century love tale inspired two floored Bistro. We’re talking about a magical culinary journey through France, Spain & Morocco, starting off with a large open kitchen bakery on the ground-floor crafting delicate French artisan desserts and traveling upstairs you find yourself in an Andalusian lounge offering Moroccan & Spanish food topped with the exotic smell of shisha.

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
The Magical Love Story of Mr.Bertin Spread across the walls of Bertin Bistro

Bertin Signatures dishes from the mouth watering Alsace desserts downstairs to the refashioned thin pizza bread served with  different flavors & toppings baked right in front of you downstairs at their massive pastry counter is just delightful & eye pleasing.

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Open Kitchen Bakery
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Alsace desserts Choices from Tarts to Eclairs
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Selection of Delicate French artisan desserts
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Ground Floor French Inspired Bistro without Sheesha Facilities
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Outdoor Sitting Area with Sheesha Facilities

Our order for the evening:

The very first thing we treated ourselves was with their chilled fresh fruit smoothies and Mixed flavor sheesha which was the perfect way to start off this massive food splurge. Before going any further, to all my Shisha loving reader, Bertin Bistro mixes the most intricate flavors of Shisha – exotic smell & divine taste, a combo which never disappoints!

Drinks & Smoothies 

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Mango Colada Tropical, Happy Berry Smoothie & Tropical Sensation
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Complimentary Hot Moroccan Bread with Red Chilli Tomato Sauce
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Minty Martini, Bed of Roses & Jellab Margarita served frozen

 

Appetizers

The house specialty, flammkuchen will definitely win over your hearts with the very first bite. Bertin’s Flammekueche is an Alsatian oven baked dish composed of bread dough rolled out very thin. You can also taste it with gluten-free dough.

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Gratinee Flammekueche with Oozing Cheesy Yumminess
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Chicken Flammekueche with Fromage blanc, mozzarella cheese, shredded lettuce and tomatoes
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Gratinee Flammekueche with cream cheese, onions, Emmental and mushrooms)

The Spanish – Moroccan Hot & Cold Tapas were actually finger-licking tasty. Their Chicken Croquettes were exquisite, all I can say is your taste buds can’t get enough of this tiny crispy delicacy. But the Spicy Chicken wings were such a huge disappoint which ended up being sweet.

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Croquettes Of chicken with paprika & Batata Overdose Spiced potato with coriander
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Spicy Chicken Wings Served with creamy blue cheese dip

Main Course:

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Colorful Rainbow Sliders Two chicken burger sliders with red cabbage and spinach flavoured bun, Emmental cheese & fries
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Mushroom Risotto With wild mushrooms & hint of truffle oil with Parmesan cream
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Signature Dish Selena’s Paella – Valencia (mix of Seafood and Chicken)
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review
Selena’s Paella – Valencia (mix of Seafood and Chicken)

Desserts

If that’s not enough, their tempting desserts are a massive HIT across all social media platforms. Once you taste the highly recommended Bertin’ fluffy  Pain Perdu there is just NO going back, no pictures does enough justice to their fluffy, creamy & heavenly desserts.

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Based on the Painful Story of Mr.Bertin led to the beautiful discovery of Pain Perdu Freshly baked with orangette & caramel fleur de sel
Bertin Bistro Chocolate Fondue Restaurant Review
Fondue Chocolat – Melted chocolate dip with strawberry, banana, & brioche bites. Comes with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review
Oreo Triple Decker Layers of oreo crumble, chocolate mousse, vanilla mousse, comes with lemon sorbet & cake crumble
Bertin Bistro Chocolate Fondue Restaurant Review
Magical Melting Chocolate Fondue with Toppings

 

Staff & Ambiance

Both the floors were crafted beautifully to capture the essence of an elegant love story. As we walked upstairs, stepping out of a relaxed white, fresh Parisian Bistro, we suddenly entered a dark mysterious, Moroccan inspired restaurant with an outdoor terrace. The whole place comes together as you go through the menu and unfold the mystical love tale of Mr Bertin.

Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Andalusian lounge offering Moroccan & Spanish food
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Private Seating Area upstairs
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
Moroccan inspired restaurant with an outdoor terrace

Not only the atmosphere, but the friendly & welcoming staff is what makes this place interestingly one of it’s kind. Our attendant constantly guided us throughout the menu and even took our tastes & liking into consideration to a large extent when recommending dishes.

Personal Favourite

  • Bed of Roses
  • Croquettes
  • Bertin’s Pain Perdu
  • Fondue Chocolat

Another Visit?

Overall Bertin Bistro gets a tick against all the factors I consider for another visit. If you are into smoking, you need to try out their ridiculously appealing shisha flavors  they are nothing less than PERFECTION. The second floor is where you feel like home, with comfy seats & beautiful terrace, you won’t leave anytime soon.

We thought we were so stuffed  but everyone has that extra pouch of space in their stomach for a huge plate of chocolate fondue. By the time we licked the chocolate bowl clean, four hours had passed. Regardless, I would highly recommend the desserts & Shisha for a unique laid back evening experience with friends & family.

Bertin Bistro and Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bertin Bistro or any other company. The meal was offered complimentary for review purposes, however, no compensation was given.