Spot on flavours & spices | We checked out the 5 course Iftar Set Menu @Sahara grill, The Mall Jumeirah

I recently dined at the beautiful restaurant called Ayam Elezz in The Mall on Jumeriah. It was a Lebanese affair with a beautiful view. Since then I have had my eyes on the restaurant next door, that was Sahara Grill, and finally dined in here for Iftar.

 

The restaurant occupies quite a large area on the first floor of The Mall and has ample seating options. No matter where you choose to sit, you are bound to enjoy the beautiful sunset views of the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. We were lucky and even chanced to witness some fireworks in the background..how spectacular!

The restaurant has been creating a lot of buzz and is even featured in the Luxury Iftar venues section on Zomato. We couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves!

 

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You are served water, dates and fresh fruit bowl to help break your fast. Our server informed us that they have a set menu for Iftar and all the dishes seemed worthy of a try to us.

 

We began with a bowl of hot Lentil soup served with fried bread. The thing we loved most was the necessary crunch provided by that crispy bread. Along with this we were served a portion of their starters. Just the sight of succulent meat was enough to have us salivating. We had the Sahara Lamb Chops that were cooked perfectly with a marinade of their special spice rub. It was full of flavour and quite tender. The Buffalo Wings deserves a special mention as it was absolutely finger licking good. We love spicy food and the Chef made sure we were satiated in that department. The wings were fiery good and served with a sour cream dip to provide the much needed relief.

IMG_0048No sooner had we wrapped up the starters that the mains arrived on the table. We were honestly most excited when we saw the huge platter of the Sahara Flame Grilled Chicken served with a side of rice, salad, fries and coleslaw. The chicken is also rubbed with their special spice and was spot on in terms of flavour. No doubt the meat was fantastic but that coleslaw was also an absolutely mind blowing accompaniment. I wiped it clean off the plate! 😀

IMG_0049They do give tea or coffee at the end of the meal but we gave it a pass as we were full beyond compare and were saving whatever little tummy space we had for desserts. We were served Tiramisu and my partner, who has a serious weakness for it, was ecstatic as he took his first bite. It scored high in terms of flavour with just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness to it. Just writing about it is making me drool again. 😛

The restaurant certainly has a lot of bold and stand out flavours that ensure you are in for a good meal. Do visit them and tell us what you think of it!

Where: The Mall, Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
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Treat yourself to a Delicious meal | Iftar buffet @Street Cafe, Ibis Styles Jumeirah

We recently made our way to the Street Cafe in Ibis Styles Hotel to enjoy their Iftar buffet. The first thing you notice as you walk into the restaurant is the massive ceiling and windows flooding in natural light. We loved the spaciousness of the ambiance and the cozy seating. There were a number of counters displaying the buffet presentation and we were already making a mental checklist of what all to try. Little did we know we would get indulgent and end up over filing our tummies with all the yummy delicacies.

 

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Expect a range of dishes from Lebanese to Indian to continental showcasing various cuisines. To begin we picked up dips from their Cold mezze section. We tried their hummus, labneh and mouhmarra. Though these are very staple dishes found in all Lebanese menus, these ones really won our hearts. With the perfect balance of flavour and texture, we couldn’t get enough of them.

We generously stacked up on lavash, sesame buns, zaatar breads, cheese manakish, khubus and more on the side from their bread counter. Accompany this with their tabouleh, fattoush and other fresh greens for an absolute treat. The starting to our Iftar was nothing short of brilliant as we dug in guiltless through this section.

You can pour yourself a bowl of hot lentil soup with crispy bread. Their tandoori chicken was a good starter to dig into. Vegetarians had the option of cheese samosas and veg pakoras to indulge in. For the mains they had the options of penne arabiatta, matar paneer for vegetarians and sweet & sour fish, grilled beef with broccoli and steamed lamb for non vegetarians. There is no denying our love for Biryani. It is a must have item on an Iftar buffet spread. Though the rice was flavourful, the chicken was not as juicy as we hoped it would be. We felt the mains left us desiring for more.

They have a seriously amazing Dessert counter that will leave you speechless. Constructed with special care, the items in this section are definitely worth treating yourself with. We started off with their fruit tart covered with generous amounts of blackberries, raspberries, meringues, tempered chocolate, silver foil and more.

Our favourite was the Carrot cake that was moist inside and covered with pecans on top that gives it the crunch that everyone loves. Another great item to tuck into were their macaroons. With flavours such as raspberry, coffee and chocolate, they are great little bites. The chocolate mousse was all sorts of amazing and the cheesecake did not disappoint. The spread was absolutely scrumptious and we were charmed by all the sweet treats.

Price: Street Café’s Iftar buffet is open from sunset until 11:30 pm, priced at AED 145/person. Pre-book your seats to avail a special rate of AED 125/person. Kids aged 6 to 12 years can avail 50% off while kids below 6 years dine for free.

Where: Ibis Styles Hotel, 2nd December Street, Al Mina Road, Satwa, Dubai
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Up for an Inventive, Gastronomic Indian Fusion meal | Make your way to Jodhpur, Downtown Dubai

Located inside Roda Al Murooj In Downtown Dubai, we made our way to Jodhpur restaurant for an indulgent family lunch. The restaurant has already made a huge name in the Dubai circuit and are becoming hotter day by day as they stand out offering a fine dining experience with their unique menu.

Mirroring Rajasthani architectural nuances, the restaurant truly helps create a regal Indian ambiance. The opulent blue and gold themed interiors create a luxurious setting for a beautiful meal and they will surely live up to your expectations in terms of great food and ambiance.

Jodhpur runs under the capable hands of Chef Pradeep Khullar. The restaurant prides itself in creating a unique dining experience bringing together recipes and ingredients from Indian cuisine and recreating them to suit modern palettes with complex flavours and eye catchy presentation. In short, Jodhpur is a food lover’s paradise! With so many fine dishes on the menu, we feel that the restaurant definitely demands a visit. The servers are courteous, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

 

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IMG_9481Jeera Khari with Herb Yoghurt – This pre-starter was presented on a little colourful auto rickshaw. The crispy puff pastry is dredged in caraway seeds and served with a light herb yoghurt dip. Perfect beginning to the meal that followed!

~ Drinks – They have a great selection of cocktails and mocktails on offer. These drinks will surely grab attention around the table. Do try their berry and passionfruit mojito called Passionate which is absolutely delightful. Apart from that you can also try white wine sangria, spicy guava shots, chilled beers and more. With a great pairing of drinks, food, flavour and presentation, this certainly a meal that you will enjoy with all your senses.

IMG_9482Macaroon Chaat – Probably one of the most memorable items I had the pleasure of eating at the restaurant was this amuse bouche. This dish is extremely deceptive as it looks like a sweet macaroon but one bite in and your mouth it flooded with tangy and sour flavours similar to that of a Papdi chaat. This little treat was a winner for us!

IMG_9483Kale Patta Chaat, Chatpata Tarbooz, Feta Curd – If it is one thing that all Indian palettes desire, it is the sweet, sour and tangy combination of flavours of a chaat. This dish promises to deliver all that and more! Crispy fried Kale leaves are served over a watermelon & feta salad drizzled with chutney trios & spices surrounded with crunchy yoghurt. The feta yoghurt has such a unique flavour profile owing to the fact that it is served frozen with liquid nitrogen. This was quite delicious!

IMG_9489~ Chicken & Chestnut Kulcha, Sumac Laban – Through the appetizers, the restaurant makes sure to help you experience a unique culinary journey. This kulcha filled with a stuffing of chicken tikka and water chestnuts is sure to hit the right spots with every bite. The beauty involved in conceptualizing and making the dishes certainly can be tasted and surely needs to be appreciated.

IMG_9491Raan, Ghost Pepper Brushed, Sesame Lavash – This tender piece of lamb meat is braised for several hours before being marinated in Chipotle cream and cooked in a tandoor. As if this wasn’t enough, the piece of meat is covered with 23 karat edible gold leaves. How luxurious! Are you drooling to try it yet?! 😛

IMG_9488Nimbu Jhinga, Pan Grilled, Beet Carpaccio – This tangy treat had a delicious lemon pickle flavoured marinade on the tiger prawns. These are pan grilled for service and served with a side of beetroot carpaccio.

IMG_9492Mango, Cranberry & Kaffir Lime Sorbet – This palette cleanser were little ice lollies made with Alphonso mango puree spiked with kaffir lime leaves and dehydrated cranberries. They were presented in little toy cookers.

IMG_9493~ Bajra Khichdi, Nimbu Pickle Reduction, Aloo Lachha – This is a traditional khichdi dish prepared in the homes of Rajasthan. The dish was revamped beautifully topped with sweet and sour flavours giving it a unique twist. The aloo lachha added a slight crunch to the dish making it quite delightful.

~ Murgh Maska, Roasted Chicken, Butter Gravy – Velvety and creamy tomato gravy engulfed pieces of tender chicken that will surely melt your heart. The gravy was spot on in flavour that made the dish stand out. While enjoying your curry, pair it with some Chur-Chur Kulcha stuffed with paneer, onions and chillies. The kulcha is crushed by hand giving this crispy buttery bread it’s name.

IMG_9497~ Jodhpuri Kadhi, Crsipy Khandvi, Kurkuri Bhindi – This was quite a complex dish with crispy panko crusted khandvi filled with spinach, topped with crispy okra and served with kadhi. This is best eaten with steamed rice.

IMG_9498~ Faux Dal Makhni – This is a staple dish across the homes of Punjab in Northern India and is a rich preparation made by cooking it slowly overnight to help impart flavour and texture. Here they have replaced Black urad with moong dal and prepared the dish in the exact same way resulting in similar flavours without the heaviness.

IMG_9500~ Lotus Treacle Tart, Salted Butter Scotch Ice Cream –  We couldn’t stop ourselves from drooling as this sweet treat was brought out of the kitchen. Inspired by the British treacle tart, this one was heaven on earth. The combination of Lotus biscuit with salted butterscotch ice cream made for a perfectly balanced dish. Yummy!

IMG_9501Saffron Jalebi, Mascarpone Rabdi – The mere sight of this dish was enough to excite us and we couldn’t wait to dig in. Inspired by cherry blossoms, the crispy round jalebis were presented hanging from a metal tree. It was accompanied by a Mascarpone rabdi that was packed with flavour and was the perfect texture.

 

Where: Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Jodhpur Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

#FoodReview | Here’s what we tried at Sanjeev Kapoor’s restaurant | The Yellow Chilli, JLT

Most Indian mothers, including mine, have grown up watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s cooking shows. It has been a resource for women all over the country to help learn new recipes and take their cooking to another level.

I was quite excited to visit a restaurant that carries the cooking legacy of this great master chef. Though I hear the other outlets are much bigger and popular, I visited the one in JLT owing to the fact that it was a stone’s throw away from my home. this outlet tends to have more delivery and pick ups owing tot he neighbourhood it is situated in.

IMG_9271The restaurant has a spacious interior and when the weather is pleasant, you can choose to dine outside with a beautiful view of the Lakes. The servers are amicable and pleasant.

 

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IMG_9256~ Drinks – It was a hot summer day so we started off with some coolers. The Peru Pyala is a mix of guava and lemon served on a chilli rimmed glass. The kick of spice with every sip of the juice is the perfect combination. The Massakali is a rose flavoured lassi that is fragrant and refreshing.

IMG_9259~ Mix grill veg – This vegetarian platter has great options like the Aloo Nazakat that has a stuffing of sweet corn and nuts inside crispy potato, Harippa paneer tikka with a tomato, chilli & garlic marinade and Hare masaley ka bhuna paneer in a mint and coriander marinade. Chana Jor garam tiki was a new item for me to try and was probably my favourite among the dishes in the platter. They were deep fried potato cutlets covered in a chickpea crust. Crunchy and flavourful!

IMG_9258~ Frontier mix grill – We ordered their Non vegetarian platter so that we could sample all of the delicious kebabs on the menu. With a lot of options to sample from like Chandi kaliyan, Tandoori basil prawns, Murg angar bedgiKali mirch methi fish tikka and Pudina seekh. I highly recommend ordering the platter as it allows you to sample the variety that you would otherwise miss out on and go back tasting only a single item. From hot and spicy to mint and creamy, the platter has it all.

IMG_9273~ Lalla mussa dal – This is their twist on the regular dal makhnai. It is made with a combination of black and green lentils and is absolutely delightful.

IMG_9263~ Shaam savera – This dish is probably the most signature dish created by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The wonderful combination of creamy cottage cheese filled inside spinach koftas served in a tomato gravy will leave you licking your fingers with every bite. The tangy velvety gravy gives a beautiful flavour to the dish. Definitely one item on the menu that you must order when you visit the restaurant. Full marks to this dish!

IMG_9274~ Sarson machhi – I was quite eager to try a seafood curry for the main course but extremely skeptical when the server suggested I try this dish. This is a favourite dish in the Eastern parts of India but has never suited my palatte as I find the mustard a little strong. Sarson or mustard can have a very overpowering taste. However I was completely blown away by this dish. They have completely adapted this dish to suit the taste buds of North Indians like me. The curry is creamy and velvety enveloping tender pieces of soft fish. This dish was a winner for me!

IMG_9261~ Bhuna Gosht – A mutton dish is always a must for me when I visit an Indian restaurant. Indian mutton has a different flavour and taste profile and I thoroughly enjoyed their preparation. The meat was quite tender and served in a rich curry.

IMG_9265~ Hyderabadi dum gosht biryani – What is not to love about biryani prepared dum style that is fragrant and vibrant. Served with raita, the biryani was presented in a clay pot and the dum covering was opened on the table before service.

IMG_9260~ Breads – They have some unique breads on the menu that are definitely worth a try. We tried the Cheese kulcha that was a soft and fluffy preparation. The Peshawari naan is prepared with a topping of saunf, pistachios and black sesame. The naan is really loaded and quite a sight when served.

~ Desserts – It is essential to end an Indian meal with desserts. We tried the Zauk-e-shahi that had layers of shahi tudka, mini gulab jamuns and rabri presented in a glass. The Gulab-e-gulkand is a monstrous gulab jamun stuffed with candied rose petals. Also the Rasmalai was quite delicious with loads of chopped nuts in it.

Where: Al Seef 3, Cluster U, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pav Bhaji fondue, Mango on the rocks, Paan Mousse & more | Gastronomical vegetarian feast @SpiceKlub, Mankhool

SpiceKlub has recently gained a lot of popularity for the gastronomical feast they offer mostly so because their entire menu is purely vegetarian! Yes, you heard that right. The team behind the restaurant has worked on creating a specially curated menu that features a unique mix of dishes from across India delivered to you right here in Dubai, with the added twist using the latest food trend of gastronomy. So think traditional Indian flavours placed before you with a little mix of liquid nitrogen, gels, spherification, foams and what not!

The massive colourful wall is probably the most iconic part of the restaurant with Indian motifs represented in vibrant coloured hues. Apart from that the restaurant is filled with little nuances that keep the eyes moving from one point of interest to another. Be it the lights hung on wooden wheels on the ceiling, dangling scattered kites or mix of kitsch printed cushions.

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Be it their signature Coconut water with assorted caviar or Mango on the rocks, we were handed a spoon and for the first time in my dining experience I had the pleasure of being asked to eat my drinks rather than sipping on them. Little spheres of rose provide a burst of freshness and sweetness against tender coconut juice garnished with saffron strands. The mango drink is prepared right on the table where the server pours in liquid nitrogen over fresh mango pulp. I have been loving summers mostly because of all the sweet mango concoctions I am getting to enjoy. Their Seasonal Fruit Lassi has fresh fruit flavoured yoghurt transformed into little spheres that burst in your mouth to release apricot, pineapple, blackcurrant or rose flavours along with a rabri foam.

The Dahi ke kebab have a wonderful soft texture and simply melt in your mouth with every bite. The succulent Galouti kebabs are served with mint chutney and onion. The Shermal roti base they are presented on gives it the added crispy texture. You can enjoy their appetizers with a series of Jain (no onion, garlic) and non Jain dips such as garlic yoghurt, aam ki lungi, black olive dip and more.

The Papdi chaat is a tangy treat created with yoghurt spherics and coriander foam. One bite in and we guarantee you will not stop till the entire plate has been cleaned off 😀 Probably their most signature dish on the menu is the Pav bhaji fondue that has garnered the great fame and is rightly deserved. Their unique twist on this classic street food dish promises to gives you all the flavour packaged in an attractive manner. The traditional flavours are enhanced in the mousse like texture of their spiced potato bhaji meant to be eaten by dipping little bits of bread into it. The dish gets full marks for taste, flavour and presentation! Definitely one that would keep you coming back to the restaurant.

My favourite main course dish was this gorgeously flavoured Paneer tikka masala with marinated pieces of cottage cheese cooked in a tandoor and served on a bed of spicy tomato gravy. Accompanied by their Chilli cheese garlic butter naan and Sun dried potato & black olive naan, I went back for several repeats. A bowlful of their delicious Dal Makhani certainly added joy to an already exciting meal. We also ordered a portion of their  Fried onion, corn & peas rice that was tossed with these colourful veggies.

Flower pot is definitely one dessert for all the chocolate lovers. A small pot made with Belgian chocolate is served with chocolate spoons on a bed of pistachio and chocolate crumble. Slicing the pot through the centre reveals ras malai with saffron mousse. Their Rasgulla cheesecake makes east meets west with this preparation of soft cheesecake filled with colourful mini rasgullas covered with flaked almonds and served on a bed of pistachio & chocolate crumble. The Paan mousse came recommend by the server who presented the mousse piped onto rose petals and went on to pour a jar full of liquid nitrogen over the dish. What a sight that was! You really have to control yourself from instantly grabbing them to take a bite. Though desserts were certainly a lot of fun but didn’t really create an impression in terms of flavour as did the rest of the meal.

Certainly one place worth going back to for an enjoyable meal for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike.

Where: Opposite Aster Hospital, Near Sharaf DG, Kuwait Street, Mankhool, Dubai
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Spectacularly mesmerizing dining experience | #Season3 Menu @Carnival by Tresind, DIFC

Carnival by Tresind is one restaurant that definitely does not need an introduction and is surely on the bucket list for many. Having won several awards on numerous occasions, we were definitely in for a dining experience like no other.

Walking in, we were feeling a frenzy of emotions mixed with a sense of adventure and overwhelming exhilaration. The space is chic and modern with copper coloured trees, black seating pods, pop colour chairs and black & white chevron patterned floor. The interior has an eclectic atmosphere and gives you a sense of wonder with its vibrant decor.

With 25 chefs working behind the scenes, they are constantly pushing the envelope to give you recreated and revamped preparations that challenge all your senses. Their third and new season promises to invoke childhood memories as the culinary experience brings nostalgic flavours with Carnival’s unique twist. Words will fall short in praising the thought behind the dishes on the menu deriving it’s essence from the past revisiting recipes, techniques, ingredients and flavours unique to Indian cuisine. You all sure to feel excitement as a child would, where each plate of food will bring something new for you to discover.

The restaurant is very mindful of food waste and has adapted it’s dishes to incorporate smaller portion sizes and prices allowing you to try more varieties without the resultant wastefulness or pressure on your wallet. Full points for that! This just means more treats for the tummy with none of the guilt 😛

With a new approach towards cooking, presentation and service, take a look at what we experienced that left us spectacularly mesmerized!

 

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As we sat down there was a colourful backpack on the table from which the server withdrew our glass and napkin. We started with an amuse-bouche of Tandoori pav with cheese and truffle. Right from the presentation to the execution, you can’t help but appreciate the little nuances that go into creating the item before you. With an eagerness to order, we browsed through the menu filled with intriguing dish names holding a promise of good things to come!

We got our tangy taste buds tantalized with their deconstructed version of Chaat. Tamarind mousse is presented on a bed of tabouleh and boondi. It is really a peculiar experience when a dish looks one way and yet a spoonful of it brought together plays tricks with your mind as it rushes back to memories of another. How lovely! Their Khau gali takes you through the wonderful chaat lanes of India packed with crispy and tangy treats. It’s hard to pick a favourite between the Dhokla mousse, Monaco biscuit with pav bhaji or Puffs with yoghurt mousse.

They have a range of cocktails and mocktails to excite and entice you. With focus given to different elements, the drinks will not only please your taste buds but take you through a visual experience as well. Start with a plastic bag of Sangria on tree that is made the traditional way with fruits and berries. The Berry Blast mocktail has a bubbling mixed berry concoction that promises to challenge your perception of non alcoholic drinks. The carved ice block in the centre ensures the drink does not get diluted and guarantees that first and last sip taste the same.

Cheesy chicken brought the Chef Vinu to our table with a Parmesan wheel where he tossed green chilli and rosemary marinated tandoor cooked chicken with vegetables and cheese amalgamating Indian and Italian cuisines. Our server promptly stated that Kebab mein haddi was his personal favorite as he placed the plate in front of us. One bite in and we knew why! The most tender lamb meat is served on the bone with Roman lettuce, Caesar dressing and mint reduction.

On every occasion the bartender made his way to our table bringing together drinks with the characteristics of an artist satiating our visual and literal thirst with yet another enthralling creation. The Toddy shot is quite smooth on the palette with tastes that remind you of the backwaters in Kerela, India. The Boiling skull has a mix of Ciroc, passion fruit and cranberry and, as you might have already guessed, surely comes in a glass skull.

With a Trio sorbet of sugar cane juice, rock salt and mint, we cleansed our palette and prepared ourselves for digging into our delightful mains. Their Ram babu parantha has a serving of papad stuffed paranthas cooked in generous amounts of ghee served with potato stew, pumpkin sabzi, raita and tamarind chutney that will transport you to the paranthe wale galis(streets) in India. Think soft and crunchy breads dipped into spiced curries with complementing flavours leaving you wanting more with every bite. Probably the only dish presented the traditional way was the Keema pav. Throughout the meal, we had the finest service with knowledgeable and attentive servers that were earnestly involved to ensure a faultless experience.

Get transported to the party capital of India with Viva la Goa presented in a seashell complete with pineapple air to resemble sea foam and little coconut trees in the sand. Irish whiskey is certainly one for the booze lovers prepared with caramelized sugar, Jameson, a cup of espresso and whipped cream. I say this was the beginning of the sweet course of our meal. The passion for creation and care of execution permeates through as each drink is flawlessly executed speaking volumes about Bartender John. We couldn’t sing enough praises for him as his concoctions carefully matched the pace of Carnival’s gastronomical menu step for step.

I’m sure the Planag tod dessert (loosely translated to bed breaking) actually added a fair amount of pounds that will surely achieve the desired result once we get home. Imagine that if you will. 😀 The bowl of mawa cake served with saffron milk is scrumptious to say the least. To end the meal Chef Rahul Rana brought over a giant Mango gem and cracked open the white chocolate and coloured cocoa shell to reveal a generous portion of aamras inside that oozed over the ras malai in the platter. Dishes like this ensure you are raving about the meal as you devour them and even long after.

As if leaving us with lasting memories and countless calories wasn’t enough, the server pulled over a shopping cart filled with gifts and we left with a miniature cutlery set as a souvenir.

Where: Podium Level, Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai
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Little piece of Rajasthan in Dubai | Here’s what we tried @Sagar Ratna, JLT

Sagar Ratna is a fully vegetarian restaurant located in Jumeirah Lake Towers and was our destination for a small gathering with friends. My family is from Rajasthan so they were particularly pleased with the dishes on offer at the restaurant and suggested we try it out. They are located right by the lake and have the option to dine indoors or outdoors. Being too hot, we had to choose to sit in but, a meal by the lake on a cool summer night would be a great idea too. Inside they have a small seating for about 18-20 people.

The space is well lit up and has a blue and white themed interior. You can walk up to the end and take a look at the food counter housing all sorts of delicious treats like samosas, kachoris and vadas on display.

The service is fairly quick and we were pleased with the portion sizes along with their overall pricing. The food is a little rich but if you are from Rajasthan and are feeling a little home sick, we reckon this is the place to go.

 

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IMG_8067As we sat down we were served a bowl of roasted papads. We ordered the Dhunkaar chaach, Sweet lassi and Nimbu pudina Jalzeera to refresh ourselves. The chaach was something new for me to try and is actually made with a smoky flavour, hence the name. Spices are tempered in ghee over hot coal and added to the yoghurt drink to give it a unique flavour.

IMG_8070We were immediately tempted to try some of their crispy treats and ordered the Marwari shahi samosa. The samosas are fairly big in size and filled generously with a mildly spicy potato mix. They were crunchy and delicious, just as we hoped they would be. The Jodhpuri mirchi vada had a large chilli pepper stuffed with the potato mix, dipped in a batter and deep fried. Do not worry, the chilies are not that spicy at all.

IMG_8071One of my favourite snacks from Rajasthan would probably be the crispy kachoris. We tried the Jodhpuri moong dal kachori and Jodhpuri pyaaz kachori that were both delicious. They had a crunchy exterior and a generous filling inside. It paired well with their green and tamarind chutneys.

The Jaipuri chaat is a palak patta chaat topped with yoghurt, vada, sev, pomegrantes, coriander, green and tamarind chutney and, is basically a crispy and tangy treat. It was refreshing and enjoyable. We also tried the Mehrangarh kebab platter that was a great way to get a mix of different kebab options on the plate. The Mushroom galawati was probably my favourite that had a little spice and mild sweetness to it. The platter also had Paneer tikka, Hara bhara kebab and Jodhpuri bharwaan aloo that were well prepared.

For the mains we wanted to try some of their traditional preparations and were immediately drawn to the Jodhpuri gatta curry. Owing to the shortage of fresh vegetables in Rajasthan, gatta is a popular preparation made with gram flour. The gatta was full of flavour and the yoghurt gravy did complete justice to the dish. The Jodhouri Bharwan bhindi had a very flavouful tomato masala stuffed into the ladyfingers. Though the bhindi was not cooked soft enough to my liking, that masala was simply mind blowing. I remember scraping off all of it. 🙂

The Paneer Lababdar was another delicious curry on their menu. The restaurant do seem to know what they are doing with their curries as we equally enjoyed the flavour profile of this one as well. This paired very well with their Masala kulcha stuffed with a potato mix and the Khasta roti that is made with wheat and suji flour. The Jodhpuri kabuli was a new dish for me to try and as soon as it was served on the table, I immediately felt pleased with our choice. It is quite an eye-catching bowl of rice with pomegranates, peas, onions, ginger, coriander and bread. I loved all the crunchy textures in the rice and the mild spice in it. This rdish is perfect to eat simply by itself or with a bowl of curd.

IMG_8078You cannot come into a Marwari restaurant and pass up the offer to try their thali. My dad is a huge lover of all things Rajasthani and the Marwari special thali was more than just a plate of nostalgia for him. The thali came with the traditional dal, baati and churma that is a staple food item during winter months. The spicy daal paired with the deep fried baati and the sweet churma is a heavenly triangle of flavour combinations. Their were two chutneys, spicy green chilli and garlic, that are essentially synonymous with Rajasthani food. The thali also has a bowl of the gatta curry we so love and rice. There is also a glass of chaach, a tiny pitcher full of ghee, fresh salad and papad. The bonus is that the thali is unlimited as long as you do not share. Full points for the items and pricing on that. My dad is hooked onto it forever now!

No Marwari considers their meal complete unless it ends with something sweet. So no matter how stuffed we were with our mains, there is always room for desserts. We ordered their Rabri ghewar that was presented so beautifully. It was a burst of colours and looked picture perfect. The Gulab ki kheer was prepared with rose petals sprinkled onto this sweet rice dessert. The Bikaneri gulab jamun did not fare as well as the rest of the items and we found that the Rabri was too thin.

Overall we had a great meal and were quite happy to have found a little piece of Rajasthan here in Dubai.

 

Where: 3, Lake Level, Mag 214, Cluster R, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
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Friday BBQ with The HOG Dubai Chapter @Famous Dave’s Barbeque, Dubai Parks & Resorts

I have always wanted to have the chance to visit Riverland in Dubai Parks & Resorts. On a lovely Friday morning I made my way there with the family to enjoy a beautiful meal at Famous Dave’s Barbeque. They are an all American Barbeque joint serving up authentic BBQ flavoured meats with hand rubbed spices. They have the perfect location right on the waterfront with gorgeous views of the park offering ample seating inside and out. With the use of a lot of wooden beams, cozy booths and large meal tables, they accomplish in giving it quite an authentic barn type look.

Service here is absolutely delightful and the staff is very cheery. The whole atmosphere is packed with a buzz.

 

The HOG Dubai Chapter

Harley Owners Group has a Dubai Chapter that is quite active and social. Think Harley bikers meeting, riding together and having a good time! Though I am not much of a rider myself, it doesn’t stop you from eyeing those massive and beautiful Harley Davidson bikes. Famous Dave organized a great event for the bikers and bloggers to interact and join in on the fun! The group is full of life and had a great energy about them. The restaurant’s hospitality definitely helped with cheerful greetings as we entered and equally loud and energetic goodbyes.

 

Get Set Gobble

We sat down to be served a giant glass of their refreshing Homemade Southern Sweet Tea. As we quenched our thirst, the server placed a giant platter of their All American Grand BBQ Feast it in front of us to devour. With ample options and generous portions of Country roasted chicken, Texas beef brisket, Beef ribs, Creamy Coleslaw, Baked beans, Famous fries, Sweet corn and Corn bread muffin, the food is nothing short of a feast and it is the best way to eat and enjoy with the family.

Each bite of the Country roasted chicken is bound to transport you to meaty heaven. Personally what I loved most were the sliders and once you’ve had a bite, you are going to say the same 🙂

What helps the meal stand out is their range of delicious sauces. You can chose from a variety of flavours like the Texas Pit, Georgia mustard, Devil’s spit or Sweet & Zesty. Not only this but we also got bottles of these to take home 🙂

Since my parents are vegetarian, they helped us out with a small platter for them comprising of Sweet corn, Grilled vehgetables, a veggie burger and bowlful of fries. We also had the Broccoli and Cheese Baked potato. We’ve got to say that they have ginormous portion sizes so you can literally eat your heart out.

Stuffed beyond compare, we held onto our tummies as we waited for our desserts to come. One look at them and we were ready to gorge again 😛 The Walnut coffee brownie was served with walnuts, vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. This was absolutely delicious. Their Down home banana pudding was so rich and came with slices of bananas, wafers and whipped cream.

We had a really fun time and everyone loves a good barbeque. Definitely a great place to enjoy some delicious grills 🙂

 

Where: Unit Number 9B-1, Boardwalk, Riverland, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai
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Beat the heat in Duabi with Amazing treats @Billo, Karama

Who doesn’t love a delicious cold treat on a warm summer day. With the rise in Dubai temperature, one can’t indulge in enough of these frozen delights. Luckily Billo Ice cream is one place where you can feast away on falooda, kulfi, ice cream and shakes. Not only this but they have some great snacks as well.

It is a fairly small outlet with seating for about 6 people but we love the bursts of bright colours and kitsch printed furnishings that are synonymous with the brand’s image. As you enter you are welcomed by a large sign on the white brick wall claiming  ‘World’s best falooda served here” and we were ready to put them to the test. Take a look at what we sampled from their menu and head to their outlet soon.

 

Get Set Gobble

IMG_7745~ Chana papri – This chaat was an absolute delight. Made with white channa or chola, lots of crunchy papadi, sweet and sour tamarind chutney and yoghurt, this was a feast of textures and flavours. It is a bit on the spicier side but we quite liked it that way 🙂

IMG_7746~ Chicken bun kebab with masala fries – The buns are quite tasty and we loved the minced chicken patty in the centre. Make sure you order the masala fries when here. They are such a treat!

IMG_7748~ Chicken sandwich – The chicken sandwich looked promising with lots of shredded chicken stuffed inside whole wheat bread. It comes with an option of white and brown bread. We chose brown to keep it healthy considering all the indulgent dishes we planned to sample. Though tasty, we found that it was very dry to eat.

IMG_7749~ Mango shake – So so good! One sip in and we knew this shake was an absolute winner. Perfectly balanced in sweetness, flavour and texture you are not going to want to put this down until you have gulped it all up 😛

IMG_7751~ Punjabi kulfi – Summertime calls for a cold treats and nothing satiates us better than some kulfi. They have got a bunch of kulfa flavours as well that are served in a glass but went for the kulfi served to us in a plate loaded with everything on top. One bite in and we could figure out why they are so crazy about their faloodas. With a generous helping of falooda covered with rose syrup along with two sliced kulfis with rabri and ample amount of chopped nuts, we weren’t complaining about the portion sizes either. They have the best rabri and each bite will transport you straight to heaven. This dish was an absolute win for us!

IMG_7752~ Zafrani kulfi – Now doesn’t that look divine?! This is the newest addition to their menu and we couldn’t be happier to get the chance to try it. Flavoured with saffron, the kulfi is served on a bed of falooda topped with pistachios and strands of kesar. This is definitely delicious but less sweeter than the Punjabi kulfi we tried before this.

Where: 4B Street, Al Karama, Dubai
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Take a look at our review of the Qusais outlet as well and see what treats we sampled there.

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Experience the Feast @Barbeque Nation, Barsha 2 | #Warning: Will result in you unjustifiably stuffing yourself :-D

Barbeque Nation is a concept dining restaurant where you have live grills on your table and a selection of mains and dessert as a part of the buffet. We quite love this style of service considering there is a bit of a fun element where you are involved in the food you eat. The area inside is absolutely huge with the food counter in the centre and tables spread out on both sides.

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Barbeque Nation has a new theme that changes from week to week. To put it simply, the experience is similar to going for a food trail but having the convenience of it being all under one roof. We were lucky to catch the last day of their ongoing Bengali food festival. Also what’s coming up next is their week of Mango Mania..now doesn’t that sound exciting?! From drinks to main course to desserts, they will have a series of dishes highlighting this summer staple.

IMG_7639Their weekday lunch is priced quite reasonably at AED 59 per person. Considering all the food we ate, it is quite a steal at that price!

Get Set Gobble

The starters are served on the table and keep coming until you are ready to give up so, eat to your heart’s content. You literally have to put up a flag saying ‘I’m done’ for them to stop feeding you 😛

In non veg, we were served Achari chicken tikka, Hara mahi tikka and spicy Chingri mustard on the live grill present in the centre of our table. Make sure to get repeats of the Hara mahi tikka that was simply finger lickin’ good! I like how the kebabs are pre cooked and leaving them on the grill not only ensures that they remain warm but it’s a lot more fun eating that way, ain’t it 🙂 Also we were served some delicious Mutton seekh kebabs and juicy Chicken wings with BBQ sauce on the table.

IMG_7619In veg we were served live grills of the Kasundi paneer tikkaMushroom with garlic herbs, Sweet chilli pineapple and Indonesian grilled veg. I think that is a great selection for the vegetarians to try out. Apart from this we were also served the Crispy fry corns that were crunchy and flavourful, Cajun spiced potatoes that had a spiced mayo topped on crispy fried potatoes (so good!) and Dahi ke kebab with soft flavoured hung curd bound into a cutlet and deep fried. We particularly fell in love with the Bengali vegetable stir fry that brought back fond memories of the Indo-Chinese preparations popular in the city. We asked for repeats of this dish with vegetables tossed in a spicy tomato gravy.

On the side you can try one of the three chutneys for accompaniment that are just as delightful. We couldn’t pick a favourite between the Mango mint, Garlic mayonnaise and Curd mustard and we back for large spoonfuls of all.

For the mains we headed first to the live grill counters. The Chaat section let’s you try sweet and sour Papdi chaat, Dahi puriBehl and Golgappas. We particularly liked the Keema pav section where the chef was preparing the dish on a huge tava. It was called the Takatak counter and rightly so as our spicy and delicious dish was ready in minutes. They also have a Kathi roll counter to prepare Veg roll, Paneer roll and Chicken roll (obviously they have different pans for preparing the veg and non veg items separately). You can also get dal prepared to your liking at the Dal counter and pick out between chilli, garlic, coriander, ginger or other flavour profiles that please your palette. You might realize that we have conveniently skipped the Salad and Soup counter cause frankly we were already feeling full after all those appetizers and just couldn’t risk running out of tummy space to try all the delicious mains 😀

My favourite counter was probably the Chinese section. They had a beautiful array of chopped veggies like baby corn, capsicum, american corn, french beans and carrots that create a stir fry, noodles or fried rice according to your taste preferences. You can add in non veg toppings like sausage, grilled fish, turkey, duck, squid and grilled chicken. And that’s not it, they also have four different sauces that you can play around with like the Hot Garlic sauce, Manchurian sauce, Schezuan sauce and Mirinda Ginger sugo sauce. Yes you heard that right! We obviously wanted to try out the Mirinda sauce and it had a nice flavour of sweetness that the chef balanced with the addition of hot garlic since we like our food a bit spicy. Such a tempting spread of ingredients to play around with that resulted in a scrumptious bowl of noodles prepared just the way we like it 🙂

There were authentic Bengali treats like Kosha Mangsho, Chicken bharta, Macher jhol, Crab Masala, Baingan bhaja and Aloo dhonepata tarkari that were prepared very well. Obviously since it was the last day of the festival, next week they will have a new selection of mains. I think it’s a great way to keep the dishes rotating so you can always come back and experience something new.

One of their most eye catching section is probably the Biryani Counter. One look at the giant handis and we were tempted to see whats inside. With choices between Murshidabadi mutton biryani, Chicken biryani and Banga pulao, the rice dishes were extremely well prepared. Flavourful, fragrant and delicious are the words we would use to describe it. Our favourite was the mutton biryani with tender pieces that paired well with the raita.

Last but not the least we made our way to the desserts. There are a lot of classic Indian staples like the Gulab Jamun, Kheer, Coconut ladoo and Shahi tukda to satiate your sweet cravings. Apart from this we also loved the little bites of Blueberry Cheesecake, Lemon tart and Chocolate brownie. However the most exciting part is the Live Kulfi Counter where you can select between 6 different kulfi flavours like Mango, Gulkand, Malai, Kesar pista, Strawberry and Chocolate with varied toppings. If you find it a bit hard to pick like us, simply go in for a plate with everything…it’s heaven! ;-P

All in all there is simply way too much to eat and not enough tummy space to cram everything. Definitely a great dining option with the family that has a good spread and is pocket friendly as well.

Where: G1, Villa, Near HQ Fitness, Near Lulu Mall, Barsha 2, Dubai
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