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Bare Burger – Everything is Organic!

If you are into eating clean but you love burgers, then this recommendation is especially for you.

Some time last month, we were at Dubai Festival City for the movie premiere of Valerian (btw, exceptionally amazing VFX) and took a quick detour before the movie to fill our tummy. Whether you are into gluten free eating or love organic burgers,  I am sure you would know about this quirky cute little franchise from States – Bare Burger.

I’m more of a Pizza enthusiast, so this review is more from my brother’s side, who usually does not approve burgers joint so easily. His experience interning at McDonalds revealed some seriously hidden secrets of a food joint which gives him a certain edge as a food critic.

We have a soft corner for Mexican food (lol, we love anything Spicy) and decided to try El Matador Chicken Burger (guess what, they came deer & camel meat too) and Macho Fries (honestly the quantity is huge!) filled with creamy guacamole & jalapenos. My brother definitely criticized me for ordering an old school favorite – Chicken Strips but news flash, the organic buttermilk ranch & smoked sauce that came with it, were real winners.

Another burger, we were keen on is the super famous Onion ring topped Supreme – a juicy beef delight with gluten free buns. Not only was the meat, veggies & even Ketchup organic, but you might be surprised to know about an Organic Cola made with Sugar Cane (my mind was blown!)

Overall, I totally recommend it if you’re looking for an organic, safe food option in Dubai. Though it’s not an everyday place for lunch, the value for money is reasonable in terms of quantity.

Stay Healthy,

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Spiceklub – Where Gastronomy becomes Affordable!

We didn’t plan to eat at this place!
In fact, my answer is a big fat NO to pure vegetarian meals, you see I’m guilty of being an overly obsessed Meat Lover but I”m also a fan of nitrogen gas floating on my food (lol, my blogger side randomly rolls out at the dining table). However, the gossips of Spice Klub’s Love Affair between Classic Indian dishes and Molecular Gastronomy is what changed my heart (I’m a sucker for romance).
Indian molecular gastronomy is a fantasy world revolutionized by overly priced fine dining restaurants in Dubai, don’t get me wrong I still love Tresind & Farzi Cafe but this love comes with a price (a fairly large one!). SpiceKlub newly adopted this refreshing phenomenon on an affordable rate and elevates a traditional delicacy to a whole new level.

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

Located in the busy streets of Mankhool (where parking is practically a nightmare), the already anxious me, was thrown off guard with parallel parking (One year into my license still no clue how to do it). Thankfully, just behind the restaurant, I could find the normal paid ones. (Bumper, they don’t have valet parking).

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SpiceKlub does win some extra brownie points for their Insta-worthy interiors. From the colorful Rangoli wall (which we were told was a joint effort by the owner and his artistic wife) to the giant row of pillows with quirky desi sayings.

FOOD & EXPERIENCE

We started off with some gorgeous looking drinks (which probably could pass as desserts too) – Coconut Water with Rose Caviar and Mango on Rocks. Both the seasonal drinks were meant to be eaten and oh boy! if you ever want to tackle Dubai Heat, you need these nitrogen infused drinks.
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Coconut Water with Rose Caviar
Next thing we know, our table is filled with their most famous appetizers – Pav Bhaji Fondue, Pani Puri (Average! I would go for something else, like Papdi Chaat next time) and Galouti Kebab. Even though you can find Pav Bhaji almost everywhere in Dubai, not everybody manages to make it so good. They took a rather bold move to amalgamate a traditional Indian street food with the International creamy goodness of a fondue and my family was super impressed (which reminds me they need to take a shot of Melting pot too).
For the main course,  we decided to try my brother’s favorite dishes (unlike me, he loves veg food) – Dal Makhani (quite average), Paneer Tikka Masala and  Malai Kofta.  With such creamy base and flavorful aroma, both the dishes were so good that I had to ask our server to pack the rest. I’m definitely going back for more Malai Kofta!
Naturally, we barely had room for dessert but since the server said Paan, I was excited beyond belief. Though my mom gave the dessert a big thumbs down (while enjoying her sweet Rasgula Cheesecake), my brother and I stuffed our mouth with the exceptionally amazing Pan Mousse.  If you miss Paan, it’s a must try. Here is the video just in case you would like to try it:
Overall, we loved our experience at SpiceKlub, from the food options to staff behavior everything was on point (none gave us the ‘looks’ while we laughed like crazy or took 100 pictures with the rangoli wall). Hands down, this place completely changed my perspective and I’m a fan of Indian Veg again. Life shall bring us back to Mankhool for Quattro (sister concern of SpiceKlub, featuring Mexican & Italian delicacy with a twist) thus we will keep you posted if we go to other one.
PS. My brother was super impressed by the Business Set Lunch Combo just for 39AED. If you are hustling around the streets of Mankhool during an afternoon, here is a place to rejuvenate without breaking pocket.

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

Until Next Time, Love

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I LOVE FRIDAY BRUNCH – CARNIVAL BY TRESIND

FRIDAY BRUNCH CARNIVAL TRESIND REVIEW DUBAI FOOD BLOGGERSo if I were to choose my favorite spots for Friday Brunch, I had to add Tresind to the top of the list. The whole molecular gastronomy concept is magically undertaken by plenty of restaurants in Dubai these days, but Carnival by Tresind takes the charm to the next level.

Earlier this month, they kick-started a Friday Brunch, which is more like a mega feast to the tiny little Rahma. Unlike, the regular Brunch, this was not a buffet, but a live foodilicious sorcery by the best in business.

Location & Staff: Over the years, I’ve been to some fancyish fine dining spots, but never have they welcomed us with extraordinary bubbles, ‘okay!! the inner child in me might be taking over’. But Tresind knows how to explicitly spoil their customers from head to toes. Now, I’m not so easy to be impressed, but the Staff, especially our attendant, was just a heartwarming treat, he took care of us from the start till the step out their doors.

Food: Honestly, one post wouldn’t be enough to justify, how enchanting & artistic the entire menu was, and that’s why I decided to vlog my entire experience. You really need a big appetite when it comes to tresind, because they have a master plan to make you eat the entire menu in one sitting, but you can be as lazy as you want. We started off at 1pm with a selection of bread and 4 kinds of butter and left at 5 pm only because we had a movie booked for later.

Apparently, Tresind doesn’t believe in a Drinks Menu, in fact, the only ask for your favorite fruits & what mood you are going for. It may seem weird but the experienced Drinks mixologist comes up with extremely amazing & refreshing drinks.

Truth be told, the never ending list of appetizers do leave you considerably full and when the actual main course arrive, you are staring blankly at the attendant. One thing, I’ve learned is, not to over eat any item, because the next best thing is around the corner. The Delhiite in me, just couldn’t get over the cold spicy Dahi Bhalla served with nitrogen power and the unique Waffle Dosa concept baffled me to my very core.

Hand’s down the entire menu is InstaWorthy,  at times, I had to make the tough call between clicking pictures and enjoying the flavors, without any regrets, I selected the latter.

As we went ahead to the main course, you get a palate cleanser, Strawberry Murabba, and another feast on your way. From family picnic box filled served in tiffin boxes to popular demand of Punjabi’s – Sarson Ka Saag Aur Makki Ki Roti, everything is a trip down my favorite childhood memories.

Lastly, to roll down the final curtains, they dropped a giant bomb, literally. A massive bomb filled with all types of chocolate goodness & peanut butter awesomeness. Bewildered by the entire menu, we bid our goodbyes, promising to return very soon with my whole family.

Verdict: Though my love for Friday Brunches has increased tremendously, I believe they are often overpriced since people like me aren’t cut off for buffets and regretting at dinner. However, as the entire menu is served personally to you, with a relevant gap of 10-15mins, your stomach gets a nice little break to digest after every course. I won’t mind paying the amount for a 5-hour lunch, yes you read it right, reach at the doors exactly at 12 to enjoy the most of the menu.

PRICES – AED 190++ PP without ALCOHOL
TIMINGS – Every Friday from 12 PM – 5 PM
CONTACT – 04 2759071. Table booking recommended
LOCATION – Podium Level, Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Carnival By Tresind Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

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

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

Tresind - Nassima Royal Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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

PALM AVENUE BAR GRILL – RESTAURANT REVIEW

Few  Fridays ago we took the advantage of exploring the ever so charming grounds of Palm Jumeirah and spent the afternoon relaxing at Palm Avenue Bar Grill, a poolside, chic coastal restaurant in the midst of the elegant Waldorf Astoria.

Under the sparkling skies of Dubai along a refreshing and contemporary ambiance overlooking the pool view and beach front is a perfect venue for a leisurely afternoon lunch that features splendid Mediterranean delights with exotic Shisha flavors.

UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog

Though their elegant Cabana adjacent to the pool  was my initial choice, all of them were reserved in advance. So we opted for their beautiful outdoor terrace, the other options were a vibrant indoor setting or exquisite beach sitting area. The refreshing blue pool is so enticing, with a shallow area safe for kids to play in.

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We started our meal at Palm Avenue with their Signature  Drink  Shirley Temple and rich creamy Chocolate Swirl, a chilling twist with Pineapple Juice.
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Complimentary artisan baked bread with Ketchup, Mayonnaise & English Mustard
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Starters: Prawn Cocktail, Caesar Chicken Salad & Garlic Fries
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Prawn Cocktail Pimento d’espelette mayo, iceberg, lemon zest
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Classic Caesar Salad Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, bacon, croutons, anchovy with Roasted Chicken
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Personal Favorite: Garlic Fries topped with Garlic butter, fresh parsley & lemon zest
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Main Course: Customized Chicken Rigatoni in Creamy White Sauce
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Refreshing Healthy Drinks: Heart Tonic:- Goji berry , Mango , Passion fruit | Innocent Mojito:-Mint , Lime , Ginger ale
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Salt Rubbed Lamb Chops Served with a salad of mango, sesame, chili, coriander, radicchio and rocket salad
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Caramel Hazelnut Mousse with Vanilla ice cream, Biscuit Crumbs & Berry Sauce
UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Desserts: Sweet Berry Sauce with Caramel Hazelnut Mousse

Personal Favorites

  • Shirley Temple
  • Garlic Fries
  • Caramel + Hazelnut Mousse

Verdict: One of its kind, Palm Avenue is perfect for a lavish lunch on a sunny Friday afternoon with family & friends. Free access to their beautiful swimming pool and alongside the beach you have a selection of exciting water sports activities including Banana Boating, Snorkeling & Water Skiing is just icing on the cake.

As for the Staff, the Shisha guy was so hilarious and helped us out when we wanted to change the flavors. Similarly, our attendant customized their Pasta with off the menu flavors & toppings, however the pasta was tooo huge and not at all as per likings.

The food has an extra Oomph factor to it, with an exotic Tropical vibe. Out of all the four drinks we had, each one is uniquely designed for summers. The chef is a sweetheart and customizes your dishes with a happy smile. While returning home, I was pleasantly surprised and left the Hotel with a full tummy and a bag of their delicious Garlic Fries.

UAE Restaurant Review by Dubai Food Blogger RT Hijab sTyles Zomato Top Ranked Food Blog
Beautiful Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Palm Avenue - Waldorf Astoria 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
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Ground Floor French Inspired Bistro without Sheesha Facilities
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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
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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
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Fondue Chocolat – Melted chocolate dip with strawberry, banana, & brioche bites. Comes with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream
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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.

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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.

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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.