Christmas Tree Lighting Event at Al Ghurair Rotana

It’s that time of the year again where carols are sung and everyone’s getting into the festive spirit. Head on down to Al Ghurair Rotana where you can even build your own gingerbread house. There’s even coupons involved click this link.

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Indulge in festive dining this Christmas in Liwan and Shayan restaurants. Offers include Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch at AED 145 per person, Shayan Festive Menu with a choice of Iranian four course set menu at AED 160 per person and Lebanese four course menu at AED 190 per person. Welcome 2017 in festive style at the extended gala buffet dinner with live counters and cooking stations, New Year’s Eve at AED 250 per person including non-alcoholic bubbly and New Year’s Day ‘Red Eye’ Brunch at AED 145 per person.


The 1 meter kebab from Shayan – Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan b Rotana

One of the few high end Persian eateries in the heart of Deira. Loved their interiors and all the authentic Arab touches around the restaurant.

Highlights were the one meter kebab: lamb, beef and chicken all paired with fries and vegetables. Served alongside the usual Arab starters on their rotating tables.

Didn’t manage to get a picture of their delicious banana date pudding but there’s always next time.


New restaurant alert: LèTen Dubai Mall

A new open in Dubai Mall (2nd floor of the waterfront atrium) and the view of the Burj and the water fountains are amazing. Just from the name you might think it’s a French restaurant or that it offers fusion cuisine but it’s actually a casual Asian eatery.

The interiors are Asian inspired with little quirks all over the restaurant (loved the bamboo steamers near the chandelier).
Food wise favorites from the night were:

Lettuce wraps – simple lettuce wraps but the peanut sauce served on the side was addictive.
Crispy duck roll – made tableside, tender slices of duck with julienned cucumber, one of the few places where I have enjoyed duck. For an added kick try it with the peanut sauce for the lettuce wraps.
Wasabi prawns – an interesting combination of spicy marinated prawns and refreshing watermelon.
Mongolian beef – I think this was the standout dish of night, could not and would not stop eating this.
Honey baked cod – the fish was so soft that I was able to tear it apart with my chopsticks!
Popping seafood rice – the crab meat, prawns and tobiko caviar actually took me by surprise didn’t think so much seafood could be part of a rice dish.
For drinks their cookies and creme frappe is delicious, could be considered as a dessert as well.

THere are definitely a couple of misses here too, especially with the service.


1762 launches their new al fresco venture #MontyTheBus #1762Smoked 

Launch events are always fun since they’re casual and filled with: food and good times.

Recently 1762 launched an al fresco dining experience called Monty The Bus, which is an actual food truck/bus. What’s so special you ask? Well first off it has a killer smoker attached #1762Smoked – the meat that comes off this machine is no joke. And secondly they have an upper level which they’ve turned into a very classy dining area!

And boy oh boy was the food good, parmesan truffle fries, falafel breaded calamari rings with mango aioli, jerk chicken with couscous and some of the best beef ribs I’ve tasted atop truffle mash. All paired with refreshing mint/raspberry lemonade, a great breeze and a view of the sun setting at the DIFC gate (opp Jumierah Emirates Towers).

Do check out Monty The Bus – perfect for small events, weddings and any other event you have in mind!


Punjabi By Nature Reloaded 

Punjabi By Nature just launched their new menu and having been here before the interiors are quite different too.

We tried a bit of the huge menu and loved almost everything. Succulent yam cutlets (arbi ki tikkiyan), stuffed mushrooms (tandoori khumb) were delicious and gobbled up almost immediately. Tangy pieces of marinated cottage cheese (acchari paneer tikka) and the crispy amristsari fish completed only starters! Oh and there was a chicken tikka platter!

Mains included a few of their best curries, my favorites were: bhuna gosht, wadiyan wale paneer and sarson ka saag.

Dessert was gulab jamun, ras malai, phirni and gajar ka halwa. Standout was definitely the ras malai.

Glad that their sarson ka saag is still the same, do check out their pede wali lassi we were only served super filling shots but now I’m wondering what an entire glass would be like.


Sumo Sushi & Bento #ChopstickChallenge

Sumo Sushi just launched their #ChopstickChallenge where you have to eat a plate of sushi with these huge chopsticks and you get 50% off their new range of rolls.
To those who don’t use chopsticks a lot, don’t worry, these enormous chopsticks are really easy to use (easier than normal chopsticks).
I gave it a try and passed with flying colors, although don’t use them for too long since they’re quite heavy.

Onto the food, harumaki is a favorite of mine and this was a good rendition. Simple flavors of the fresh vegetables with a tempura coating.
The wasabi fire shrimp weren’t as spicy as I thought they’d be but the wasabi provided a much needed kick to the shrimp.  I tried their gyoza ramen and honestly I love anything in a warm broth/soup but I really didn’t like the gyoza, they were mushy and just tasted off. The ramen and broth on the other hand were fantastic, wiped it all down.
The chicken katsu curry was really good, crispy slices of chicken in a spicy and flavorful curry sauce with vegetables.
Their new range of sushi rolls are delicious too, the samurai was my favorite.

Dessert was tempura ice cream – the ice cream on the inside was too milky and liquid-y, not a fan.

After seriously cravings for the hearty and super filling katsu curry I can’t wait to come back for more.


Peppermill Cooking Demo at Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi

Look at that murgh lajawab tikka come into form and trust me it tasted delicious.

Beautiful interiors and great food. Tried a variety off the menu:

Chicken shami kebab: the sour yogurt dip was fantastic.
Vegetarian kebab platter: favorites were the tandoori aloo and paneer tikka.
Murgh lajawab tikka: succulent pieces of barbecued meat.
Lagan ka murgh: cream based curry with a slight hint of spice.
Malpua: a modern version of the classic Indian dessert with berry and mango mascaporne, beautifully presented.

With a fantastic view situated at the promenade at Eastern Mangroves check out Peppermill. You won’t have to drive down to Abu Dhabi for long, Peppermill will be opening 2 branches in Dubai shortly.


Gulfood 2016 with Lavazza 

Gulfood having a plethora of stalls and things to check out is a huge understatement. Huge halls, interconnected and dedicated to all things food, with innovative offerings at every corner.

Now Lavazza launched a fantastic 7 hour cold brew with a unique preparation method, this needs to hit stores fast. The taste develops best at hour 8 and is made with with the finest coffee beans.

Apart from that their new Brazilian and Tanzanian ranges are also full bodied and delicious, check out that latte art made on the spot in under 3 minutes!

With Lavazza slowly launching into the Middle East market and hitting retail shelves soon (actually we’ve already seen quite a few stores stocking Lavazza).