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Royal Tea Party @ Palace Downtown, Dubai

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I was forever a daydreamer, hosting make-believe fancy tea parties for my soft toys and troubling my mom to bring down those elegant china dishes and order miniature cupcakes and cookies, pretending to be a royal princess. Though I’m a messy eater and surely not sophisticated enough for regal ballroom parties, I just had to jump on the chance to bring back those childhood memories with Palace Downtown’s BVLGARI Afternoon Garden Tea Party.

Relaxing and quiet, with live music accompaniment in the background. The lush Garden of Palace Downtown with a view of the waterfront and beautiful white aesthetics on the tables exudes an elegant sophisticated charm the moment you step in. My date for the afternoon was Momna from @mytasteperspective, a darling to share some of here travel stories with me while we munched on some truly satisfying pieces.

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Live Music

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We began our high tea set with a choice of tea or coffee for each of us. After serving us our chosen beverages fruity green tea for me), we were then presented with the highlight of the afternoon – an ornate 3-tiered tray with colorful and delectable sweet and savory snacks. So what did we have? Take a deep breath and unbuckle your belt …

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Overall, The Hi Tea Garden party is somewhere you could certainly impress your girlfriends at. Of course, this is perfect for a baby or bridal showers, nice catch-up with close friends, have a girly session or just to enjoy the water dance too. One thing to note is that there are relatively few tables, so we really loved the privacy too!

Details
Day: Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in March
Timing: 1pm to 4pm
Price: AED 200 per person inclusive of unlimited tea infusions and coffee; AED 300 per person inclusive of unlimited juniper beverages; AED 550 per person inclusive of unlimited premium bubbly.

Al Bayt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

NEW YORK-STYLE ITALIAN BRUNCH @ SABELLA

Kempinski Ajman New York Style Friday Brunch at Italian Restaurant Sabella (8)
Fridays are easily marked as family day in everyone’s calendar, but mutually agreeing upon what to do on this blessed day can be impossible at times. For me, it’s either indulging in extremely introvert lifestyle closed behind my bedroom doors or taking a trip down to my family’s favourite hangout spot Kempinski Hotel Ajman. And this time, we were trying out the Indoor New York Style Summer Friday Brunch at their Organic Italian Restaurant Sabella.

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Posted by RT Hijab Styles on Friday, July 8, 2016

 It’s not just the dazzling food or refreshing atmosphere which makes me speak so highly of this hotel, the pleasant greeting and warm welcome by the staff wins our heart every single time.

A special mention to Kempinski’s true happy spirit, their Magical Head Pastry Chef who makes my desserts fantasy come to live every single time. If the first thing that your eyes lay upon is  a chocolate shawarma, consider it your luckiest day. But when it comes along with Six customised intricately designed theme cakes, you better jump up with joy.

I have written about Sabella’s live pasta cooking station in my Friday Garden Brunch review and how mesmerising the whole experience gets, but how about a customised pizza counter or a hotdog/burger station. You can customise your pizza as per your likings, from size to toppings – chicken, duck, turkey, pepperoni, beef, the selection is endless. For AED 150, you can get a countless number of pizzas and each one is baked to perfection.
Italian Restaurant Sabella Review in Kempinski Hotel Ajman

 

 For an additional Italian kick, you can find famous Italian sauces & appetisers inside the restaurant.
Italian Restaurant Sabella Review in Kempinski Hotel AjmanAlso, you get the choice of getting your favourite meat grilled to your likings.

For more variety, they have added an Indian food from Bukhara (Dal Makani, Aloo Gobi & Chicken Briyani) and Arabic Cuisine (Chicken Shawarma & Lamb Mandi) to the buffet as well, but the Italian variation is so satisfying and enticing that you might end up ignoring the former.

The highlight of my brunch was the dessert selections (they had jelly beans & marshmallows, your kids would be on a sugar rush), the only regret I always have while leaving Kempinski is not eating enough desserts. The whole New York style brunch is great to  pamper your taste buds say, Si, mi amore! Your little ones would be super excited not only by the sweets but also they have play station & other gaming consoles to keep them occupied. 

Prices:

  • AED 220 Beach & Brunch with selected house beverages
  • AED 190 Beach & Brunch with soft beverage
  • AED 150 Brunch with soft beverages
  • Children: AED 75 (6–12 years old)

 

Timing:

  • Every Friday, 1 pm – 4 pm

 

Sabella's 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 Kempinski Hotel Ajman or any other company. The meal was offered complimentary to Rt Hijab Style’s author for review purposes, however, no monetary compensation was given.

GRAND CAFé BOULEVARD – RESTAURANT REVIEW

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESGrand Café Boulevard, a high-end fine dining restaurant delivers the heritage of Lebanon into the heart of Dubai. Super accessible from Dubai Mall, this authentic Lebanese restaurant is sketched out to two floors in the utmost lavish & regal setting. From the magnificent view of the Burj Khalifa at the top story to the luxurious ‘movie premiere like’ red carpet leading you into the cafe, just like it’s named, the culinary journey is exquisitely GRAND.

AMBIANCE & ATMOSPHERE

GRAND CAFE OUTDOOR TERRACE
Outdoor Terrace Seating with View of Burj Khalifa

With an open terrace and casual seating area, the top floor is perfect for sheesha lovers, the main road leading to Downtown Dubai on one side and the view of the Grand Burj Khalifa on the other hand.

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Majestic Islamic Architecture on Ground Floor with Live Arabic Music Station

But The awe-inspiring beauty of Islamic architecture & patterns displayed on the ground floor is the real show stealer. The interior design of Grand Cafe Boulevard is a celebration of the rich Arabic cultural with an enticing showcase of colors & traditional live music.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe started off with a Yellow Lentil Soup served in a big sauce pan alongside bread sticks. The chef recommended soup was a pure delight for my sore throat.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor drinks, we had the refreshing Red Roses a beautiful mixture of Cranberry, coconut, orange, passion fruits, peach, grenadine & Fresh Fruit Cocktail a Seasonal selection of fruits sliced with Kashta & honey.  Both the drinks were equally enticing & sole rejuvenating.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFrom the Salad selection, we ordered their colorful Shrimp Quinoa, beautifully flavored with basil, parsley, and tomatoes & topped with tender shrimps. 
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Grand Cafe Appetizers
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Grilled Kebeh
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Grilled Kebeh, Hummus, Spicy Potato Wedges and Fresh Arabic Pita Bread

For starters, we got Grilled Kebbeh, Hummus & Spicy Wedges. Staying true to Grand Cafe’s guilt-free healthy cuisine, their light Grilled Kebeh tastes differently from any of my early experience with Kebeh. Incredibly flavorful served with Cucumber Yoghurt & fluffy Arabic Pita Bread fresh from the kitchen of Grand Cafe go hand in hand with the dish.

 

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Beautifully Presented Hummus and Fresh Squeezed Juices

Your eyes would be set on their gorgeous Hummus Presentation, mashed with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, topped with olive oil, paprika, mint and toasted saj rolls, it tastes as heavenly & creamy as it looks.

Spicy Wedges, being a Spicy food lover, these were a major disappointment for me. You may detect some infused garlic flavor but calling it spicy is a huge NO NO.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESStepping ahead of appetizers, for our mains, we ordered Grand Cafe’s most popular Shish Taouk, marinated chicken breast, with fresh oregano, garlic, and chili paste, this was my kind of smoked flavor & spicy infused food.

Lastly, the mouth-watering dessert selection are tempting, tantalizing and offer a truly sensational experience of taste and aroma. The moment you discover their alluring dessert menu, a greedy desire to try all the dishes captures your mind & soul.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESA modernized take on the traditional Arabic Kanafeh led to the stunning invention of Ashta and Rosewater Cigar. Filled with creamy cheese goodness, caramel, rose water syrup, the crispy cigar was truly a delight.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESChocolate Fondant is my personal favorite desserts, the combination of oozy hot chocolatey yumminess with refreshing ice cream is just heaven for me. It was utterly delicious; the souffle inside was so tempting & scrumptious.

Personal Favorite

  • Grilled Kebbeh
  • Shish Taouk
  • Chocolate Fondant

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe dining experience at Grand Cafe Boulevard is more than just ordering a meal; it is a complete package of royalty & luxurious comforts. The food presentation is gorgeous, and the service given to each customer is impeccable.

Grand Cafe Boulevard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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
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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.

MINT LEAF OF LONDON – RESTAURANT REVIEW

‘You’re like the Butter to my Chicken’

Growing up subtle flavors, mixture of spices and exotic smells was an everyday deal. North Indians are born to love the Creamy Butter Chicken, Aromatic Biryani & Mouth Watering Alu Partha, our ultimate comfort food. After trying so many different cuisines at restaurants, I always end up going right back to my Mom’s Dal Chawal – Rice & Lentil Soup. Spicy Indian cuisine is what hit the right taste buttons for me, Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to try out authentic Indian Dishes with a modernized touch at Mint Leaf of London.

I would say that it is one of the most sophisticated & exquisite choice there is and if you’re looking for a fine dining Indian restaurant then look no further.

Location & Ambiance

On a scale of one to ten, the interiors, location & ambiance of Mint Leaf is out off the charts. Located on the fifteen floor of the stunning Emirates Financial Tower, this sophisticated fusion of India meets London will win your heart over. Despite the traditional colorful artistry which mimics India, the interiors of Mint Leaf of London reflects a more regal elegant aspect. From the clean dark look to the floor-to-ceiling windows with the gorgeous view of Burj Khalifa &  Sheikh Zayed Road, the place was truly like no other place I’ve been before.

You can decide to sit in the main dining room along the view of the open kitchen where all live action happens, a bar and a more cozy lounge area or their terrace seating.

Service

If the view & location doesn’t give you a royal wave, the attendants surely will. Dressed in their best attires, our servers were extremely friendly & attentive. You realize the overall foundation of  Mint Leaf of London is purely for you to have a lavish elite dining experience. From the ambiance to the intricately designed food, the restaurant puts ahead a royal touch to everything.

I absolutely loved how they instantly place a small cushioned bench alongside your table for girls to place their purse. Like how come no other restaurant thought of this, seriously Kudos to Mint Leaf for understanding the pain of every girl carrying huge handbags.

Also, the attendants quickly took our order & of course they recommended their signature drinks & dishes which I may say were my favorite among all. Lastly, he was sweet enough to help me out with lighting for my food photography as well.

Food & Experience

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES It has been the most elegant & creative Indian food I’ve ever had. We started off with some Crispy Thin Roasted Papad with Sweet Mango Dip, Red Chily sauce & Pickle, quite addictive.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere were even a number of classic and exotic cocktails and “mocktails” available, created with fresh fruits, purees, and the most premium spirits at the bar. The star of the mocktails menu, however, is Mint Leaf’s signature drink, Sparkling Julep – Peach Puree, Lemon Juice, Apple Juice, Mint, this icy drink served in a huge copper mug refreshes your soul at the first sight.

IMG_2182SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor appetizers,we got the controversial Adarki Lamp Chops – perfectly flavored with ginger & coriander these lamp chops were tender, soft & so tempting, that I ended up finishing platter myself. Now comes the confusion, the lamp chops lay upon tiny discs of ‘something’ which I thought being chapli kebabs ended up being pressed mint leaf baby potatoes.

Another favorite of mine would be the Lahori Murgh Tikka which was exactly what I was looking for – pure authentic spicy mash up of Chicken Tikka.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNext was their modernized take on the classic Indian street food Aloo Chaat, served in a stylish wine glass filled with tiny discs of crispy baby Potatoes, Sweet yogurt & tangy Tamarind Chutney seasoned with Pomegranate seeds & Bhujia.

IMG_2184IMG_2190We also tried their gorgeous Golden Lady with a twitch of Elderflower cordial, Lemon Juice, Gold Dust, Scavi and Ray Non- Alcoholic Sparkling Grape Juice

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe further enjoyed Pindi Cholley – Chickpea Stew with Roasted Cumin & Tamarind, Dal Makhni – Buttery Black Lentil & Murgh Tikka Lazeez – Classic Chicken Tikka Curry, Roasted Sweet Pepper Cream. To try something out of the box we also got their

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTo try something out of the box we also got their Chilli Garlic Naan which were kinda a disappointment. Despite the red color, it didn’t taste anything near to Garlic or Chili.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Murgh Tikka Lazeez is a definite must try, I would go further and call it a Spicy /Sweet alternative to  my personal fav creamy butter chicken. The perfectly roasted spiced up Pepper Creamy Sauce was on point.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTo finish off your culinary delicacy, the very much fashioned yet still somewhat true to its roots Gulab Jamun Cheese Cake was the last delight for the evening. A perfect example of India meets London cooking style, served with Mango puree, strawberry and Gulan Jamun slices, this heavenly dessert had a layer of crushed biscuits, sweet goodness of cream cheese & bits of Gulab Jamun.

 

Another Visit?

If you are looking for a luxurious dining to impress, then Mint Leaf’s Heart warming Atmosphere, Eye pleasing Mock-tails & Supremely fashioned Entree is the answer. Forget about your money & enjoy the deluxe experience at this innovative Indian restaurant combining the best of both the classic and progressive styles.

Also, they have Ladies Night on every Monday from 7 pm on wards.Receive 3 drink vouchers and you can choose from 2 options of cocktails, White wine, Red Wine OR Sparkling wine. Ladies receive 30% discount on Lounge Food menu as well at Lounge and Bar Area.

Mint Leaf of London Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address: Level 15, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC

Telephone: 04 4535417

Opening hours : 12 Noon to 1 AM

Website: www.mintleaf.ae

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

 

 

 

NOM NOM ASIA – RESTAURANT REVIEW

“As long as there’s Pasta & Chinese food in this world. I’m Okay! “

The smell of shrimps, sizzling hot noodles and steamy soup is all you need to make you go from ‘FINE’ to ‘AWESOME SAUCE’. Growing up I was fortunate to be a part of  UAE, a culturally diversified country where incorporating different cuisines to your daily meals is somewhat a tradition. Every nook & cranny has a Chinese, Arabic, Indian & Italian restaurants – meaning every weekend we got to try something new.

Last week, I got invite to 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 in an instance.

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

Nom Nom Asia is tucked away in Barsha 1, quite an isolated location but the trusted old GPS gets you there with no problems. Atmosphere wise, it is not overly flashy and has  a very calm, subtle ambiance with the tables packed near to each other in a line very cleverly – exactly what you want from a Chinese restaurant.  The only thing I didn’t like was PAID PARKING.

SERVICE

We were greeted by the founder/owner himself Vivek, who very beautifully explained how they select fresh seafood & meat on a weekly basis and vegetables are handpicked thrice a week themselves. The guy is very tech-friendly and I think that’s why Nom Nom Asia is so hyped on social media. We went on a Monday evening for a dinner, though the restaurant wasn’t crowded, delivery orders were back & forth the whole night. The Menu is compact yet a bit complicated offering over 108 dishes in veg,  chicken, fish, prawn, tofu & beef.

As for the customer service, our servers got the food onto the table so quickly ‘Kudos’ !! 

FOOD & EXPERIENCE (3.5/5)

We started off with their complimentary Prawn Chips accompanied with the authentic Chinese Trio – Soy sauce, Vinegar & Chilli Sauce.  Along those we sipped their Signature drink – Thai Ice Tea served in cute mason jars, perfect for hot summers days in UAE.

Next, I ordered my  go-to comfort foodSweet Corn soup – you can never go wrong with it.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor starters, we got their Pepper Chilli Tossed Chicken – a signature dish of Nom Nom Asia recommended by the Chef himself, and what a delight it was to eat!  Crispy Dynamite Prawns – we got this thinking of Dynamite Shrimps of PF changs, at the first look I was utterly disappointed as you get jumbo prawns & their in-house sauce separately. But I have to give them, their Dynamite Sauce is a Million bucks if you are a fan of spicy get their custom made Dynamite Sauce, however, the prawns were quite flavourless.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs you continue eating, you quickly grasp that it’s an Indo-Chinese restaurant, not the traditional authentic Chinese! But they do serve ‘Have Sum Dim Sum Platter’ – an authentic Chinese dish consisting Steamed Chicken Dumplings, Spring Rolls, Siu Mai & Wontons.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor Mains, we got Nom Nom Chicken Fried Rice (Quite Normal), Hakka Noddles (Must Try) & Smokey Sizzling Hot Plate – Chicken with a blend of veggies marinated in ginger juice & garlic butter, bean sprouts & spring rolls. Nah !! The Hot Plate was my least favourite, basically because the Chicken was too hard to chew & the flavors were too mild. Also, we were served their Kung Pao Chicken & Dragon Chicken Sauce, to me both tasted quite same but were deliciously mouth watering.

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLastly, we had our hands on their Best Seller Dessert – Fried Ice Cream – sweet breaded scoop of vanilla in a warm crispy shell sprinkled with crushed almonds & chocolate sauce. It tasted as fabulous as it sounds & looks! Maybe the most heavenly & addictive desserts ever made!

VALUE FOR MONEY (4.5/5)

The best feature about them would surely be their affordable prices. You could eat your heart out under 100 AED easily with such great portions. This restaurant is perfect for takeouts – if you are interested in trying Indo-Chinese & Authentic Thai food enjoyit at the comfort of your home.

ANOTHER VISIT?

I might visit back to steal a bite of their divine Fried Ice Cream. Well as for the food, my friends & I already got their Thai food  home delivered few days ago and it was too darn good & very authentic. (I would prefer to get takeaways from NOM NOM) !! Nom Nom Asia also does catering and delivery.

Nom Nom Asia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address: Barsha Oasis Building, Opposite Al Maya Supermarket,Barsha 1

Telephone: 04 3929322

Opening hours : 11:15 AM to 3:45 PM and 5:50 PM to 10:55 PM

Website: www.nomnomasia.com

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

SKYE & WALKER – RESTAURANT REVIEW

 

“’It’s not How much you eat, It’s What you eat’”

Lately, whenever & wherever GUILT FREE food is involved, butterflies start gushing up in my stomach. Being a working woman who has two equally important job, eating healthy can be cumbersome. But I’m determined to stay on track with my diet & health food restaurant like Skye & Walker at Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek makes it somewhat manageable.

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

Located in the core of Old Dubai and being a walkable distance from Deira Metro Station, makes it a decent choice for a hangout spot for teenagers. You get to select between outdoors (the view isn’t anything near fun & exciting) or indoors. It’s their appealing interiors which give you a warm sense of belongingness. The furniture, flooring & decor are made from natural, recycled & reclaimed materials – Go Green!! ! Bring on your laptop on board for work or chill out while watching something interesting on TV.

SERVICE

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Around of applause for their short & sweet menu, nothing complicated whatsoever. Our server was super nice (she kept taking away my menu for some reason) but you might get a tad bit fuzzy, over how much time they take to get the food on your table provided very few customers were dining at that point.

FOOD & EXPERIENCE

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOur expedition began with some fancy tropical pink Pomegranate lemonade and Strawberry infused Coconut Water. Their complimentary crispy oven baked Kale Chips served with lemon slices, sea salt, ground chili & black pepper are my current go to munching treat.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs I skipped through the menu, I found my childhood love –Buttermilk Pancakes paired with whip cream butter, maple syrup and fresh blueberries. For starters, my friend got Kale Ceasar salad, a mixture of gluten free croutons, pomegranate seeds, shaved parmesan & grilled chicken. She wanted me to specifically mention the salad was absolutely divine and kale couldn’t taste any better than this.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe kicked off our main course with their JUICY Organic Beef Burger along with  baked sweet potato fries ordered by my friend.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs for me, I got some slightly flavored Salmon fillet alongside Asparagus & Saffron Rice topped with Mushroom Gravy – a combo recommended by the chef himself. I found the Salmon to have no real taste, but the delicate mushroom gravy complimented the “FLAVOURLESS” Salmon perfectly making it somewhat bearable.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESBefore I forget, the highlight of my evening was their customizable pizza – plenty of topping to select from. The thin crust gluten-free chicken Pizza was my absolute favorite. I liked it so much that I was craving it the next day.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs for desserts, none of them exceeded my expectations but were average! The Flourless Chocolate Cake served with Vanilla & Strawberry Gelato & Chocolate Sauce was too cold. Rather I would have loved to be served a warm cake complimenting the icy cold gelatos.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Raw Carrot Cake  is served chilled in a mason jar, demolishing all the yummy goodness I needed to end my amazing lunch. Lastly, the Matcha Chia Pudding topped with bits of kiwi is made for all those who want a slight sweetish touch with a healthy edge.

VALUE FOR MONEY

For a guilt free nutritious meal, the prices are quite good.  But some might stay away from the desserts  which are exceptionally cold for my liking, on the contrary, their buttermilk pancakes are must try and so worth it. Also, the restaurant offers an affordable deal worth AED 65 for a soup/counter salad, counter hot food (pizza/casserole) & dessert.

ANOTHER VISIT?

If you are in a mood for healthy eating, this is the place to go. I won’t mind going back for the drinks, pizza or pancake with my girlfriends for a cozy chilled out evening. But this ain’t a place for satisfying your heavy lunch/dinner cravings unless you are ready to pay a huge amount.

Skye & Walker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address: Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Rigga al Buteen, Deira,

Telephone: +971 4 213 1221

Open 7 days a week from 6:30am until midnight

Website: Skye and Walker

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. 

PIZZA EXPRESS DUBAI – RESTAURANT REVIEW

“Pizza, pasta and the cheesy awesomeness”

Anyone who knows me will know how obsessed am I with pizza – crunchy crusts, oozing cheese & fiery meat, I just can’t get enough of it. So when Pizza Express told me their Al Safa branch had a grand makeover with a brand new menu complimenting their usual selections which they wanted me to test them out, and you guessed it right, I jumped at the chance.

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

This is very much a landmark location; situated on a peaceful corner of Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah. It’s the perfect spot to visit just after a sunset stroll from the Al Safa Park and BANG you can find the revamped look of your childhood favorite “Pizza Express”. To give a restaurant a 10/10 for their location, I expected a good parking space, heart soothing view & warm welcoming ambiance at which this Eating House stood out like a champ. They offer both indoor & walled outdoor sitting area from where you can have the gorgeous view of Burj Khalifa. However, if you are looking for a more private seating arrangement, that’s not on the cards.

SERVICE

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At the first glance of the menu have you been so confused and skeptic about what to order, that it is nearly an impossible task? Yes, I’m one of those hopeless confused souls who wander around the vast selection for hours. I asked our server for some help and she was happy to help me out, instead of dumping the most expensive deals on the menu, she right away focused on my preferences and with some deeply calculated thought process, she referred to me items which I ended up loving. So Kudos to their staff members, who gave my taste buds the utmost priority.

FOOD & EXPERIENCE

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We started off our Cheat Day with their Tropical Mocktail, a blend of Fresh watermelon & pineapple juice topped with lemon which was the perfectly proportioned citrusy drink and got some green silicon olives as Intros from their New menu.

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For starters, we got their ‘Speciale’ Dough balls rolled & baked with Parmesan and served with garlic butter which, to my liking was quite average and lacking that extra oomph.On the  other hand, my friend found it surprisingly pleasant & flavorful with garlic butter.

If you are an anti-tomatoes individual, their Penne Pollo Pesto – a combination of chicken, mushroom, red onions, mozzarella & parmesan baked in Bechamel & Pesto sauce, is sure to take you on a very refreshing ride. If baked kinds of pasta are your thing, do give this a try but please remember it will not satisfy your spicy food cravings.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAnd boy oh boy what a selection they have here at Pizza Express! I love my thick base, cheese filled crust pizza no matter what, and to some people’s shock, it was my very first time trying a thin base pizza. We got the punchy Pollo Forza pizza with fiery roquito peppers, smoked paprika chicken grated with chilli oil, parmesan & parsley. Let’s talk about the pizza size first, it was HUGE, they literally go all out when we order the LARGE ones and their bases were a really good quality and didn’t feel quite as grease overall

Given that pizza is one of my all time favourite feasts, favoritism is bound to happen. The pizza was filled with well-balanced & complimenting flavours which in my books is a winner.

We could not leave without trying the new range of mouth watering desserts, got their Chocolate fondant & left with a big satisfied smile on my face. A warm chocolate fondant with melted chocolate orange center served with a scoop of homemade gelato. The gelato was decent but it was the oozing melted orange chocolate which took me over with a surprise.

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VALUE FOR MONEY

In terms of cost, Pizza Express stands right in the middle junction. Though, I loved the pasta in terms of the portion offered, it was way too expensive. But the Pizza oh, it was so worth the price – very filling, flavourful & good quantity. “THUMBS UP”. They also have a Friday brunch and 2 For 1 Monday offer in our Jazz restaurant in Cluster A, JLT.

ANOTHER VISIT?

Oh hell yes!! A perfect place to dine with my family or a chilled out hanging spot for friends, but this isn’t a couples place even though the view is divine. But they got the ‘lovey doves’ all covered up with their New Jazz@PizzaExpress restaurants. The menu has an array of new and interesting flavours, as well as exciting new dessert options which deserve at least one try.

PizzaExpress Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address: Jumeirah Park n Shop, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, Dubai

Telephone: 04 3945616

Opening hours : 11:30AM – 11:30PM

Website: www.pizzaexpressuae.com

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. 

THE MELTING POT – A FONDUE RESTAURANT REVIEW

 

MELTING POINT UAE DUBAI REVIEW | FOOD BLOGGER DUBAI | RESTAURANT REVIEWER DUBAI“I am on a Sea Food Diet! I see food and I eat it”

A glimpse of what I thought, when an invitation to try out the very first fondue restaurant based in the Hipster district that is BoxPark Dubai, landed on my email. Yes, you read it right, the international cheesy melty goodness has opened doors in UAE market since mid-2015. Revolving around the extravagant fondue experience, ‘The Melting Pot’ offers a premium fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads, and indulgent desserts.

The very essence of Melting Point is to have interactive & fun time with others on your table sharing an uplifting pot of hot fondue, which makes it the ultimate destination of “Yumminess”. A sensible & cost effective decision would be to go with their four course menu option, which allows you to select a themed set menu of one of each of the four sections (cheese, entrée, salad, and chocolate), expertly chosen specifically to complement each other as you move joyfully from one to another.

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

As they say, the first impression is the last, the ostentatious venue was a total love at first sight for me, but mind you Box Park at Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah has some of the most lavish eating houses with exclusively intricate designs you will ever see (though parking area could be a real pain). Melting Pot is quite a big & spacious restaurant, with seating areas inside & out, we could also choose their hidden seating arrangement for more privacy too. With warm yellowish lighting tone & green leafy interior it creates a warm earthy, inviting atmosphere. Every table is completed with a built-in glass stove tops where the fondue pots are heated and ready to start the fun!

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SERVICE

You are welcomed by the staff with such a beautiful smile and the most friendly ones I have come across. As you take your seat, your assigned waiter greets & introduce themselves  in the most heart-warming gesture. Unfortunately, I can’t recall his name, but I love when the staff is so well informed about the menu & help you out with the orders.

FOOD & EXPERIENCE

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It was time to start the dipping process, for our cheese course, my Indian spicy insights were on fire & we ordered the FIESTA Cheese – A blend of cheddar cheese with non-alcoholic beer, jalapeno peppers & salsa. Although you really can’t go wrong with any of them, FIESTA cheese was so flavorful & creamy served along with white & brown bread cubes, raw veggies (baby carrot & cauliflower), nachos and apple cubes.

I never expected to eat “Apples” dipped in cheese and by the way, it was the best thing on the table. The bread was crunchy enough, just the way I like it. Though the veggies are not seasoned you could ask your waiter for different seasonings too.

My biggest regret would be not trying out their main course dishes which looked impeccable & astonishing (but I had a very heavy breakfast). And jumped directly to their desserts which to be honest I’m craving till today. We got the Mint Chocolate Chip Fondue which came with a distinct aromatic fragrance which melted my heart away.

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As promised by the waiter this was the best part of our dining experience. Your preferred chocolate fondue comes with a mixed platter of assorted fruits, marshmallows & pastries. To be specific you are served with 2 pieces of pineapples, dates & melons, 4 pieces of strawberries, 1 small square of brownie, 1 small square of cookie dough, 2 small squares of soft pound cake and finally two different seasoned marshmallows. Each flavor sensation better than the last, it’s a great, decadent end to any fondue feast.

For a sugar lover like me, this was truly the most overwhelming part of my lunch journey at The Melting Point, I just wanted to have it all. My favorite was the cold brownie and hot chocolate combination and even the strawberries blended so well with green mint chocolate fondue.

VALUE FOR MONEY

 I agree, some might find it a tad bit expensive and at the first instinct, the food portioning may look insufficient. But believe me, the creamy fondue makes it an extra hard task to finish off the entire platter in one sitting.  If you don’t want it to be so expensive, instead go for the cheese or the chocolate fondue alone. Also, a more cost effective way would be to go for a BIG NIGHT OUT special offering four course meal for AED 349 for two, perfect for couples.

ANOTHER VISIT?

Absolutely!!! Melting Point is must go, especially for people who have never experienced a fondue restaurant before. The whole concept of sharing the hot fondue with others on the table is so intriguing & beautifully enhancing your entire meal. It is perfect for couples for an easy chilled out date, as for me, I have already marked a day to take my mom out on a date at this restaurant.

 

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

Address: The Melting Pot, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1

Telephone:  +971 434 310 20

Website: www.meltingpot.ae

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. 

 

THE GINGERBREAD BOX

New Subscription Box in UAE for desserts | Gingerbread box reviewAttention Foodies! Today, I bring you a completely new deliciously mystical subscription box catering to your sweet tooth. You know my love for monthly boxes so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that a premium dessert box was on the leash. Say hello to The GingerBread Box for the ultimate ‘sugar rush’ experience in UAE.

Though I couldn’t make it to the Taste of Dubai event, dear Safiyah from The Gingerbread Box sent over a hint TOD goodness to my office. The Gingerbread Box is a mystery box subscription with 3-5 gourmet & artisan sweet treats designed to satisfy the most ridiculous of cravings & take you on a journey to sugar heaven.

Subscription packages are monthly, three or six months with prices ranging from AED 89-99 per month (shipping included). Price worth paying for the ultimate ‘cheat day’ experience with premium brands, gourmet bakeries, and chocolate connoisseurs.

New Subscription Box in UAE for desserts | Gingerbread box review

So how are the desserts? Here’s a quick rundown of everything that was included in this Taste of Dubai inspired subscription box.

COOKIES & CREAM GOURMET POPCORN BY POPCORNPOLIS: This popcorn is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY AMAZING. Yes, I am typing in all caps. As soon as you open the bag, you smell OREOS. The popcorn is FRESH and crunchy. The crushed oreo cookies that’re layered on just taste SUPERB! I can’t stop raving about it. You can taste each and every layer. It’s a delight to munch on. I’ll definitely order more and so glad I was introduced to this company.

CHOCOLATE CAKEPOP BY CUP N CAKES DUBAI: It’s cakepopolicious – Not only was this chocolate cakepop appealing but also finger licking delicious. The melted milk chocolate colored in red was enough to fly me off to the wonders of Candyland.

LEGENDARY BROWNIE BY OUSHE GOURMET BAKESHOP: These chocolatey rich & moist brownies taste so good & melt in your mouth right away. It smelled absolutely intoxicating and felt like a party in my tummy.  I’d say it’s more like fudge – but for that reason, it makes one of the most delicious brownies I’ve ever had

ASSORTED COOKIES BY BOULEVARD GOURMET: The fresh cookies were the biggest hit in my office, a royal treat indeed from Radisson Blu Hotel in Deira Creek. GingerBread Box delivers as it claims of serving Premium desserts.

SMORES JAR BY LOOSHIS: Unlike the traditional messy Smores that I love, these came in a jar (the mini mason jar caught my attention from the very first moment), maybe the idea behind was to introduce us me to a more civilized way of eating them. Though it was filled with Nutella, peanut butter, marshmallow goodness, it has to be my least favorite treat among the lot mainly because of the packaging.

 New Subscription Box in UAE for desserts | Gingerbread box review

Should I Buy This Box?

Verdict: This was a pretty solid box from TGBB! All of the treats were delicious, but I particularly enjoyed the Cookies & Cream Popcorn and Chocolate Cakepop. In terms of cost, this subscription doesn’t offer extremely superb value for 99AED, But I think it’s a lot of fun to explore new brands launching in UAE via GingerbreadBox. Honestly, receiving a giant box of sweet every month always puts a smile on my face!

The Gingerbread Box

Subscribe by the 29th of March to get your sweet fix by the first week of April 2016! Also, get a 20% off on your first purchase with an exclusive discount code “TASTE20” valid until 29 March 2016.

Email them on info@thegingerbreadbox.com or visit their website.

Disclaimer: The Gingerbread Box featured in this post is complimentary for review consideration. However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gingerbread Box, Taste of Dubai or any other company.