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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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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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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.

You know it's a big hot shot restaurant when the buffet includes the finest artisan selection of cheese & bread. After a…

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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

NEW YORK-STYLE ITALIAN BRUNCH @ SABELLA

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Open Kitchen Bakery
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Alsace desserts Choices from Tarts to Eclairs
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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 

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Mango Colada Tropical, Happy Berry Smoothie & Tropical Sensation
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Complimentary Hot Moroccan Bread with Red Chilli Tomato Sauce
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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.

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Gratinee Flammekueche with Oozing Cheesy Yumminess
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Chicken Flammekueche with Fromage blanc, mozzarella cheese, shredded lettuce and tomatoes
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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:

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

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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.

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Andalusian lounge offering Moroccan & Spanish food
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Private Seating Area upstairs
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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.

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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.