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6 Reasons To Try This New Hotel In Ras Al Khaimah

Acacia hotel review ras al khaimah by lifestyle blogger rahma talwar rthijabstyles (2)Another Weekend, Another Staycation! Why not play #TouristInMyCity Again?

If you love water adventures have a taste for navigating through different cities, Acacia Hotel, RAK is the place to go! This swanky new 4-star hotel under Bin Majid Resorts & Properties has the most amazing deals for a perfect weekend this summer. Our trip was in celebration of my brother’s 25th birthday, so taking pictures took a back seat (poor blogger me!).

Our stay was an all inclusive package, which I highly recommended because at the entrance we were greeted by a big envelope filled with different coupons & discounts.

Check out time already? Bye Bye @binmajidhotelsandresorts ✨

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1. All inclusive drinks: You can pamper your self and enjoy your entire time with a glass in one hand. From Hot Beverages (Coffee & Tea) to Cold Fizzy Drinks & various type of Alcohols, we had access to all 24/7. Pretty Cool!

2. Water adventures: With an all inclusive deal, you not only get to enjoy Acacia’s outdoor pool but also receive Beach access, Water slides & go Kakking coupons to use in Bin Majid’s Resort property – Beach Hotel, 10 minutes away from the hotel.

3. Sheesha fans: Acacia’s outdoor pool is the ideal perfect spot for you to soak up the sun, sip on the free amazing cocktails all day long & appreciate your holiday with a sheesha pipe. Though the setting is perfect for Sheesha lovers, unfortunately, only 3 flavors of Sheesha might annoy some (including, my brother!)

4. No Fights over Remote: I dunno about you, but I always end up fighting over TV in hotels (Ironically, I prefer laptops to watch stuff at home!) It was a nice surprise that our room had two set of TVs yet somewhat weird that we couldn’t find a flat Iron (That’s such a huge disappointment for someone like me, who is so particular about her perfectly ironed hijabs)

5: Affordable prices: A relatively new addition to RAK, the hotel offers super inexpensive all inclusive deals for adults & kids. You can find some great ones on Cobone or Groupon starting from only AED 250.

6. Free WiFi: What makes me furious is when luxury hotels for the sake for “Free WIFI” offer super crappy slow speed ones in return for your personal information (Emails & Mobile No, where they bombard you with useless deals over the next few months). Thankfully, Acacia (was different) facilitates decent WiFi speed without any privacy interruptions.

Any Drawbacks? All our meals were set at Al Nakhla Restaurant and honestly, the food was nothing to rave about or had anything new & exciting. Again, the pastry selection at Garden Brew Cafe was boring & similar to the desserts offered for lunch buffet at Al Nakhla. However, we did come across a promising Japenese Restaurant – Okura in the basement which we may try on our next visit. Plus, Hamra Mall is just 10 minutes away so food was not a major issue for us.

Location: Al Jazirah Al Hamra – Ras al Khaimah
Social: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Website: https://www.binmajic.com/acacia/rak
Phone: +971 7 235 2233

UNICORN ISLAND CANDY

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We (Bloggers!) are super guilty of trying to pose all natural with those crispy white bed sheets. While trying to attempt the cliche (casually spreads candy wrappers), I soon realized how unrealistic it is to capture a #PicturePerfect moment on a bed. You seriously need a team of professionals from adjusting your dress to the natural lighting, everything is super planned (and fake!). Truth is between those perfectly white background minimalistic photos and not-so candid OOTDs, we are hiding a camera roll full of failed attempts and a folder of best editing apps on our phones.
Bloggers are no extraordinary royals! We love documenting the best scenes on a screen, pack four outfit changes for a day and eat cold food for a delicious looking flatlay. Seriously! As a blogger, you learn the art of unrealistic story telling! (All my life never once did I own a complete white bed sheet set, my mum knows I’m a clumsy mid night eating snacks kinda girl).
And talking about food…
Let’s focus more on the Unicorn Candy!
Today’s sponsor for this post is the team behind German Candy – a fantasy box for every sweet tooth. A couple ( Natascha and Mark) within German borders now shares their homeland’s authentic finest confections internationally (btw, bonus: free shipping!). I adore the whole concept of subscription boxes, how amazing is to get a surprise delivered to your door step each month. Their box is completely packed with both savory and sweet treats, from an original German favorite: puffed chips to Unicorn island inspired sour gummy worms ( a personal favorite), chewy caramel toffee to salty bbq crunch peanuts. Basically, a massive stock of Munchies!
Here is a detailed list of everything that came with the May Geman Candy Subscription box with full description. It costs around 23 Euro (approximately 99Dhs) per box (international shipping included) which is quite similar to all food subscription boxes in UAE market currently.
Thank you for a taste of Germany in Dubai!
Cheers Dubai!

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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

LAVISH BRUNCH AT EWAAN, DOWNTOWN PALACE

Living in UAE, you are overthrown by alternatives for Friday Plans particularly the options available for lavish brunch with family. Yet, when I received an invite from Downtown Palace, I was downright excited! Why may you ask? Though 21 years in UAE, it was my very first time visiting Traditional Arabic Architectural Palace known for its Award Wining luxurious Middle Eastern themes.

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As we entered through the beautiful royal doors, the sumptuous spread at Ewaan left us astonished as ever. The buffet was mainly filled with over 200+ Arabic & Oriental dishes with live cooking stations. Brunch begins at 1pm and is usually jam packed with the hotel guests as well as the residents of UAE. Despite this being one of the busiest brunches that we have attended, the tables were not crammed together so we felt like we had a little bit of space and privacy amongst our dining group.

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Ewaan Restaurant Review in Dubai Downtown Palace Hotel Zomato UAE Food Blogger Dubai Foodie Friday Buffet Brunch Arabic Traditional Cuisine Meat LoverEwaan Restaurant Review in Dubai Downtown Palace Hotel Zomato UAE Food Blogger Dubai Foodie Friday Buffet Brunch Arabic Traditional Cuisine Meat LoverThis mega-brunch is all  about the live cooking stations shockingly serving everything a meat lover wants, from Chicken to Duck, Fish, Lobsters, Veal & beef also a Sushi station you had it all under one roof. You are definitely spoiled with countless choices of meat.

The cooking station continuously grilled meat as per your liking & served it as hot! With various sauces & dips to try with. Focusing on the Arabic Traditions, the food flavours were mild but they did offer chilli sauce for the Indian Spice lovers too. The Pasta station has always been my favourite & at this particular one, I asked the cook to add veal on to my pink pasta sauce which turned out to be a perfect combination.

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Venturing into the dessert section, you will be left delighted with Arabic sweets particularly the popular Umm Ali. Another surprise for the inner child in you would be the live cotton candy station, chocolate fondue & crepes. Plus, you can help  yourself to mini modern dessert like chocolate, mango mouse & all flavours of cheesecakes.

Before making your way out do ensure that you stop by the outside terrace for outstanding views of their swimming pool – the perfect way to end such a luxurious brunch.

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

Friday Brunch: 1.00 am to 4.00 pm

DELHI WALE SALEEM

After a series of Iftar previews this Ramadan and stuffing myself with Arabic cuisines, a trip back to my roots was very much needed. Fascinated with the Mughal Empire ever since my first history class, this place was a fantasy come true.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESVenturing into a three decade old delicacy of traditional rich Mughali cuisine, from Nihari to Shahi Tukra, your heart sinks back to the old streets of Delhi.

Located at the busy streets of Karama, the quirky colourful interiors & decor takes you by surprise. Indian influenced art has been commissioned for the walls aligning perfectly with its contemporary take on the legendary Mughali era.

If you try to compare this restaurant to others on the Dubai landscape then don’t! It’s truly a unique place. After all, have you seen such red exposed bricks, reclaimed barn wood, colourful chandeliers, quirky chairs & old Bollywood melodies at any other Indian restaurant before? Certainly not me.

Here is a rundown of the Mughali delicacy with which I opened my Iftar

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe welcomed with the complimentary Papad and a refreshing Lemon & Mint Julep. Unlike the traditional Mojitos I hate, this one was an exception with a more sweet taste to it.

For the appetisers, we got to try 8 different spicy Non-Vegetarian starters, the meat lover hidden inside me was very pleased.

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Murg Zafrani Tikka. Murg Mughali Tikka, Badshahi Kalmi Kebab, Murg Hazari Tikka, Mutton Burra, Shahi Boti Kabab, Sikandari Raan & Mutton Seekh Kabab

Each one was cooked to perfection, may I say picking out a favourite was merely impossible. You get a wide selection of starters ranging from Spicy to mild.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor the main course, Gosht Nihari & Tawa Murg served with Laccha Paratha & Garlic Naan. Much to everyone’s surprise including our attendants, it was my first time trying out the ever so famous Nihari and I was pleasantly surprised. As for the Tawa Murg, roasted chicken cooked with garam masala & tomatoes, I had to get it packed, there was no leaving back or throwing out of such delicious delicacy.

Saleems of Delhi Al Karama Dubai Shahi Tukra Review by Dubai food Blogger Rt hijab sTyles (6)Saleems of Delhi  Shahi Tukra  Review by Dubai food Blogger Rt hijab sTyles (9)The highlight of my dinner was their delicious Shahi Tukra, another popular dish I had no experience with before. It’s a light, warm dessert and not too sweet, just a perfect end to huge Mughlai feast.

We also tried the famous Kesar & Mango Kulfi, which I wasn’t a huge fan of after having the glorious Shahi Tukra.

Saleems of Delhi Al Karama Dubai Restaurant Review by Dubai food Blogger Rt hijab sTyles (7)The ambience at Saleem’s of Delhi is pleasant and conducive for a nice dinner. Talking about the value, all the dishes are fairly priced and the portions are quite decent. Overall, if u miss India, Saleem’s of Delhi is the place to go.

Saleem's Of Delhi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

IFTAR BUFFET AT SHERATON SHARJAH

Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food BloggerLast night I was invited to preview the lavish Iftar Buffet at Sheraton Sharjah’s Al Mudheef Ballroom. The place gets a more traditional Arabic ‘Majlis’ setting for the holy month of Ramadan with a deliciously mouth-watering Middle Eastern Arabic cuisine.

Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
THE GRAND DESSERT BUFFET

Once you are in you will be mesmerized my the beautifully designed Grand desserts counter ranging from Pastries to Umm Ali, Gulab Jamun to Bokaj each one cooked to perfection. But before the desserts, the wide variety of starters will surprise you in the right way of course.

Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Bread, Cheese & Crakers Counter

Always a fan of soups for breaking my fast, I opted for Vermicelli Lentil Soup instead of Chicken Noodle Soup. Just a heads up, both the soups needed an extra pinch of salt.

Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Hummus
Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Cucumber Yougurt
Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Traditional Arabic Fattosh

Though I am not a salad person, yet the salad bar looked excellent covering traditional fattoush, hummus, foul to cold seafood salads it had plenty to offer. Their Hummus was incredibly creamy & yogurt cucumber tiny shots were my favorite.

Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Sushi Platter
Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Sushi Counter

You get to enjoy a live Shawarma station, but it does end very quickly so try making it your very first stop. Another surprise turn of events was when I saw Sushi platters & DimSums in a traditional Arabic Menu. Who doesn’t like a bit of variety huh?

Iftar buffet preview by Sheraton Sharjah in Al Mudheef Ballroom for Ramadan Review by Dubai Food Blogger
Lamb Mandi

For the main course, I had two plates full of their White Cream Chicken Pasta. Packed with more of Arabic cuisine, you get the major hits Lamb Okra, Lamb Mandi, Chicken Harees.

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The highlight of our dinner was the exquisite desserts which leave you craving for more & more. It’s the area where the child in me jumps & applauds all the way around. The pastry chef of Sheraton Sharjah was a HUGE HIT among all the kids at the Buffet. The Arabic desserts were on point especially the Umm Ali & Bokaj Pista; however; the Kunnaf was quite disappointing.

My favourites for the evening:

Mango Creme
Red Velvet Cake
Vanilla Pound Cake
Bokaj Pista & Cashew
White Pasta
Chicken Harees

Service: Even though the restaurant was jam packed, the dishes did not seem lacking at all, the staff constantly replaced the buffet dishes. Secondly, they dutifully removed used cutlery, and even offered to bring beverages directly to the table.

Final Verdict: The dessert counter is to die for (I cannot pressurise this point enough that the desserts were AMAZING), yet the main course lacked variety. If you are looking to have a Middle Eastern inspired Iftar, this is the perfect place. The chef offers you authentic Arab food which you fall in love with instantly. However, if you are an Indian seeking spices & herbs to the fullest in your much-awaited food this Ramadan, this Buffet may not be for you.

Iftar buffet at Al Mudheef Ballroom costs AED 125 per person (Group of 10+ costs 115 AED per head) inclusive of drinks and hot beverages. The buffet runs from sunset to 10 pm daily for the month of Ramadan

For reservations, call +971 6 599 0088 or Email at restaurants.sharjah@sheraton.com
For corporate events contact: tishnika.gunatilleke@sheraton.com

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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

WIN CUPCAKES WITH CAKEWALKER95 – RAMADAN GIVEAWAY

Now that Ramadan’s is just around the corner, desserts are all you can think of, at least for me. And to all mommies, thank you for making this whole month so special for the entire family. Earlier this month, I encounter a newly launched online bake & cake shop @CakeWalker95, and true to its tagline, their freshly baked Crunchy Ferrero Rocher Cake was purely a delight.

Ferrero Rocher cake of CakeWalker95 review by Rt hijab styles, a dubai food bloggerBeing addicted to Ferrero Rocher candies, this chocolatey hazelnut cake was delicious, dense and a heavenly pleasure, we couldn’t seem to have enough of it. Specifically designed for Mother’s Day, it was a massive hit at my home.

Mind blown by the taste; Rt Hijab Styles is teaming up with the gorgeous Surbhi Poddar of @CakeWalker95 to give away six Heavenly Red Velvet or Nutella Cream Cupcakes to one lucky winner on my Instagram account.

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Contest Rules

  1. Follow RTHijabStyles & CakeWalker95
  2. Tag 5 or more friends on this Instagram post.
  3. Comment below if you would like to receive Nutella Cream or Red Velvet Cupcakes in the same comment.

 

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CakeWalker95 or any other firm. This competition is open to residents of GCC till 06.06.2016 and the prize for this giveaway has been sponsored by CakeWalker. 

FLASHBACK TO PUNJAB WITH BUKHARA

Staying true to my Punjabi roots, Spicy, flavorful Indian cuisine always tops my favorites chart any day. Earlier this year, I attended Kempinski’s delightful Friday Garden Brunch and got a glimpse of the authentic taste of North India and Hyderabad at the live station headed by  Bukhara. The first encounter with this beauty was back in 2004 and till date this award winning exotic restaurant never fails to impress me.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Review by Food BloggerBukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Complimentary Tea Stall ReviewWith cozy low lightings, dark interiors exhibiting the North India’s exquisite artifacts & mystical architecture, Bukhara does remind you of Traditional High Punjabi Dhaba’s which are known for their finger linking food.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Tropical Drinks Pina Colada & strawberry mocktail ReviewFor drinks, we ordered the perfect summer drinks. The tropical revitalizing Pina Colada and Strawberry Mocktail were an ideal way to start off the Spicy Indian delicacy.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe attendant served us complimentary Poppadoms and a platter of sauces alongside shots of sweet mint drinks.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Fish Tikka ReviewFor appetisers, we selected Mahashir Tikka – charcoal roasted fresh Hamur Fish Marinated in Chili Yoghurt & Garam Masala. The fish so juicy & cooked to perfection, incredibly soft & flavoured with exotic Indian spices; it was a treat to my taste buds.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman ReviewAnother dish we selected was my childhood favourite, Murg Malai Kababs. Hands down, a kid’s friendly chicken dish, flavoured with medium amount of spices & served with Mint Chutney.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Baby Lamp Chops ReviewFor the mains, we got their Gosht Anjeeri Mahitawa Champs – Baby lamp chops marinated in Fig Juice, Ginger-Garlic & yoghurt, served with pickled caramelised onions.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Malkani ReviewBukhara’s adaptation of Butter Chicken led to the invention of Makhani, flavored with Kasoori Methi & fresh cottage cheese.

Staying true to my Punjabi roots, Spicy, flavorful Indian cuisine always tops my favorites chart any day. But more than that it's the divine Indian desserts especially the creamy Rasmali which you will love in #BukharaAjman at @kempinskihotelajman !! Check out my review on the Super cool Traditional High Punjabi Dhaba’s looklike "BUKHARA" 🍧☺️ . . . . #uaeblog #dubaiblog #uaefood #dubaifood #uaefoodie #dubaifoodie #uaefoodblog #dubaifoodblog #uaefoodblogger #uaefoodbloggers #dubaifoodbloggers #dubaifoodblogger #kempinskiajman #kempinskihotel #zomato #zomatoreview #restaurantreview #punjabifood #ajmanblogger #rasmali #indianfood #indianfoodblogger #dubaidesserts #zomatouae #zoMatodubai #foodblogger

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Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Rasmalai ReviewLastly, we got our hands on their deliciously sweet Rasmalai. The miniature poached dumplings made of fresh cottage cheese melt in the mouth with juicy cream in every bite.

Bukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman ReviewBukhara Restaurant Kempinksi hotel Ajman Complimentary Tea Stall ReviewAn exciting part of the Restaurant was it’s TEA stall which had such a gorgeous range of flavors and Pan Chocolates which was absolutely divine – I ended up taking a handful back home.

The service at Bukhara might be a tad bit slow, as it often jam-packed at evenings, but the attendants do take care of you to the fullest. A special mention to their Head Chef, who came to meet us & offer his special Ginger tea when he got to know, my mum didn’t feel so well & voluntarily packed the main course as take away.

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Bukhara 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.
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Complimentary artisan baked bread with Ketchup, Mayonnaise & English Mustard
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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
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