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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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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…

Posted by RT Hijab Styles on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 

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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

GRAND CAFé BOULEVARD – RESTAURANT REVIEW

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

AMBIANCE & ATMOSPHERE

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

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

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Majestic Islamic Architecture on Ground Floor with Live Arabic Music Station

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

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

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

 

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Beautifully Presented Hummus and Fresh Squeezed Juices

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Favorite

  • Grilled Kebbeh
  • Shish Taouk
  • Chocolate Fondant

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

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

BERTIN BISTRO – RESTAURANT REVIEW

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

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

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

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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 

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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
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
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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
Bertin Bistro Restaurant Review by RT Hijab Styles
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)
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.

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

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

Personal Favourite

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

Another Visit?

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

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

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

NOM NOM ASIA – RESTAURANT REVIEW

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

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

Last week, I got invite to Nom Nom Asia, a Cafe style Asian restaurant inspired by South-East Asian street food culture, serving both Chinese & Thai. The graffiti walls & quirky hashtag chopstick logos does catch your eye in an instance.

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

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

SERVICE

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

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

FOOD & EXPERIENCE (3.5/5)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

VALUE FOR MONEY (4.5/5)

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

ANOTHER VISIT?

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

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

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

Telephone: 04 3929322

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

Website: www.nomnomasia.com

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

SKYE & WALKER – RESTAURANT REVIEW

 

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

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

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

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

SERVICE

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

FOOD & EXPERIENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VALUE FOR MONEY

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

ANOTHER VISIT?

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

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

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

Telephone: +971 4 213 1221

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

Website: Skye and Walker

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

KEMPINSKI AJMAN FRIDAY GARDEN BRUNCH

“Friday it is all that we wait for”

Kempinksi Ajman

We all have that one Friday booked for the family day out, am I right? ‘Friday Brunch’ is gradually becoming something of a tradition in Dubai, away from all the office drama, discovering new locations & exploring intriguing cuisines – that’s where Kempinski Ajman comes into the picture. Serving 5 different authentic cuisines featuring live cooking stations, an open bar and endless delicate desserts at their Friday Garden Brunch could be the panacea for the entire week’s exhaustion.

Beautifully designed to entertain the needs of all family affairs, an extravagant Friday Garden Brunch on the grassy gardens of Kempinski Hotel Ajman by the palm trees and shimmering private beach could be the highlight of your upcoming Friday. Relaxed, chilled out Picnic vibe with wooden tables & umbrellas seems perfect for families while you get to enjoy live music, your little ones have their own party at the Kids play area, swimming pool & live cooking station for ready to make cotton candy & pancakes.

Starting indoors from Cafe Kranzler filled with all the appetisers & desserts, the brunch goes all the way outdoors with individual live cooking stations for Indian, Chinese, Arabic & Italian cuisine along with a Barbeque Station serving jumbo prawns, cod fish, chicken tikka, steak, lamb chops basically anything you ask for.

The Barbeque Station also offers a variety of sauces, dips & grilled vegetables (corn, tomatoes, pineapples and even baked potatoes).

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The Arabic station was packed with all traditional yumminess I grew up eating – Shawarma, Keebeh, Cheese Rolls & Foul Medames.

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The Indian cooking station had to be my favourite. The chef was so jolly & enthusiastic, he definitely brings on a smile. And oh my goodness the food was extremely satisfying. You get Biryani, Murg Makhani, Dal & they make the cutest Naan Bread in their portable Tandoor.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNext was the Asian station headed by authentic Chinese chefs & we got to try Dim Sum & Duck Spring rolls for the first time – Not a huge fan 🙁

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLastly, the Italian station was fun filled, where the Chef showcased ready to make spaghetti & served various sauces as per your likings.

Now can we take a moment to appreciate Cafe Kranzler’s head pastry chef who delicately designed such intricate selection of desserts! The selection was HUGE and I took around 10 minutes picking out everything I desired yet ended up leaving sad that I couldn’t have them all. My favourite one was surely their soft & mouth-watering mango & raspberry mini tarts.

Another Visit?

Hands down, one of the best brunches I have ever been to. I would love to spend all my Friday afternoon at Kempinski trying out the countless desserts with my friends & family. This is one place you’ve got to go when you want to eat your heart out, you fall in love with the atmosphere & to all my Dubai folks this is the place to come for a quick getaway.

Cafe Kranzler Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Timings: Every Friday, 1 pm – 4 pm

Brunch only (excl. beverages): AED 185

Beach and brunch (excl. beverages): AED 250

Brunch with selected beverages, spirits and beach access: AED 290

For reservations or for further information, please contact Kempinski Hotel Ajman at +971 6 714 5582 or at culinary.ajman@kempinski.com.

 

PIZZA EXPRESS DUBAI – RESTAURANT REVIEW

“Pizza, pasta and the cheesy awesomeness”

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

LOCATION & AMBIANCE

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

SERVICE

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

FOOD & EXPERIENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VALUE FOR MONEY

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

ANOTHER VISIT?

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

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

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

Telephone: 04 3945616

Opening hours : 11:30AM – 11:30PM

Website: www.pizzaexpressuae.com

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