Trying the new #SummerTent @Kaftan Turkish Cuisine & Fine Art, Jumeirah

Summer certainly has it draw backs with the stark sun and high temperatures. However there are certain advantage to it as well like the beautiful Summer Tent at Kaftan restaurant on Jumeriah Road. The interiors are gorgeous to say the least complete with lush green trees, fairy lights, wooden furniture and a bright, cheery ambiance. The place looks equally beautifully at night and transform into the the perfect spot for a cozy meal.

IMG_1731The restaurant is very new but is already well known for their lavish menus. Be it breakfast or dinner, you are in for some serious eats! P.S. They have valet parking too. Here’s a look at what we indulged in at the new menu tasting we were invited to.

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The menu is pretty extensive and promises to cater to the needs of both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Some of the dishes we tried from the breakfast selection were Gurme Peynir Tabagi that is a gourmet Turkish cheese platter with dried figs, apricots, walnuts and black grapes, Sef’in Simit’d that has sunny-side up eggs enclosed in a sesame encrusted bread with sucuk in the middle and Bal & Kaymak that has honeycomb served with Turkish dairy cream. Their widespread menu offers enough choices for breakfast so you can literally feast away.

From the Cold mezze section we tried the Hummus and Yogurtlu Semizotu along with Kasap Sucuk Izgara from the Hot mezze.

There were a lot of dishes laid out for the main course and we loved treating our taste buds to their meaty delights. It’s easy to loose track of what all we tried considering the generous spread we were treated to. Once the table was set, we were quite excited to gulp it all down. Some of the must haves meaty mains at the restaurant include Kirma Tavuk, Tavuk Pirzola and Yogurtlu Kofete. We were all praises for the Iskender kebab that was seriously tender. It is a meat lover’s delight. Kusbasili Pide is like a Turkish style thin crust pizza topped with lamb, tomatoes, capsicum and kashkaval cheese and quite yum. Apart from the regular meat dishes they offer some attractive seafood options as well.

We were served a huge board with varieties of kebabs that were marinated in spices and well cooked. The flavours of the marination blended perfectly and this is definitely one of those dishes that will bring a smile on your face as you dig in.

The restaurant boasts of some lavish desserts like the Simit Katmer that has a crispy circular phyllo dough filled with fresh cream and a pistachio spread. Another one to try is the Pasa Kadayif that is like a Turkish ice cream sandwich. It has stringy ice cream layered between baked shredded phyllo dough filled with crushed pistachios. Watching them prepare the dish is as fun as eating it.

So the next time you are up for some Turkish delights complemented by beautiful views of the Burj Al Arab, head on over to Kaftan.

Where: Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
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Char grilled burgers, Mocha Shakes and more @The Habit Burger Grill, Ibn Batuta Mall

We recently headed over to the beautiful Ibn Batuta Mall for a family shopping spree during the Dubai Summer Sale. Needless to say we were exhausted after and headed to the Habit Burger for some cheesy satisfaction. The order process is fairly simple, you make your choice at the counter and collect it when the buzzer rings.The restaurant not only promises good burgers but also ensures that they are flipped out in approx 5-7 mins. They ensure that each order, be it 1 burger or 21 burgers including sides and beverages is completely prepared within that time. Now that’s really something, right?!

 

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IMG_1555With an American style grub on offer, they are certainly worth a try. The restaurant is all about delicious and healthy burgers offering a variety to choose from like the Original, BBQ Bacon , Santa Barbara, Teriyaki and more.

IMG_1572We tried the Mushroom Char with melted cheese and avocado. The burger was a quite a mouthful! Next we gobbled on the BBQ Bacon Char burger that is yummy and quite filling. Apart from their regular burger menu they do grilled sandwiches and fresh salads as well.

IMG_1566My favourite beverage on the menu is the Mocha shake that is good combination of coffee and chocolate topped with generous whipped cream. I also tried their Vanilla Sundae with Hershey’s chocolate, nuts and whipped cream. Though it was perfect to help beat the heat, I hope they work on improving it some more as it melted all to quickly and didn’t have enough chocolate syrup in the mix 😦

IMG_1567Their Sweet potato fries and Onion rings are perfect accompaniments to the meal. The Tempura green beans are surely worth a try. They would be the perfect choice if you want try something different than the regular fires and rings. It’s crunchy and tastes great dipped into their ranch sauce.

 

Where: Persia Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai
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Samosas filled with Chipotle Chicken & Nutella are pure love! @My Mosa, Hangry Hanger, Al Quoz

Samosas are a favourite Indian snack that are irresistibly delicious…am I right or am I right?! We made our way over to My Mosa on the weekend to indulge in their take of this scrumptious street food. They are located inside Hangry Hanger at Al Quoz that is an indoor pop-up food truck warehouse.

IMG_1424The place has a very relaxed vibe and is perfect to chill with family or friends. There is more than enough seating available across two levels and even a couple of board games to keep you entertained. With the ambiance on point, we couldn’t wait to try out the mosas.

 

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They have a couple of innovative filling offerings and we warn you, you cannot stop at just one! 😛

IMG_1416~ Wild mushroom & truffle mosa – This vegetarian samosa is filled with mushroom and truffle topped with winterberry chutney. It tasted really good with the sauce on top and we gobbled it up. From the flavour of the filling to the texture, we were impressed with both.

IMG_1048~ Indian veg mosa chaat – You cannot go wrong with the classic aloo samosa. My Mosa creates their spin on it with a chaat version complete with yoghurt and tangy chutney. This was definitely one of the best dishes this place serves. The flavours were perfect and we loved the addition of chickpeas to the mix.

IMG_1420~Chipotle chicken mosa/Slider – A delicious filling of chicken tossed in a chipotle sauce is enclosed in a crunchy samosa casing or served between two buns. Accompanied by the sweet mango chutney this one was a yummy treat.

IMG_1423~ Nutella Mosa – Needless to say, we were immediately in love! Think of all the crunchiness of a samosa combined with the gooey satisfaction of nutella…this was an absolute winner for us! We definitely were up for repeats for this one and guarantee you will be too so order up plenty in the first go itself! One serving has 3 pieces.

Apart from funky samosas, My Mosa also does sliders and sides as well. We tried the Sweet Chilli potato which was simply delicious in our opinion. It was tossed in a spicy sauce yet, was crunchy too. The Corn chaat is great if you are looking for something a little healthier to munch on but did not stand out in comparison to the rest of the items. We downed the delicious treats with their Blueberry lassi.

 

Where: Warehouse Four, Hangry Hangar, Al Quoz, Dubai
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Our very first #Turkish experience @Babaji, Citywalk

Since coming to Dubai we have always been on the lookout for newer food experiences be it a new dish, new restaurant or a new cuisine. My very first time trying Turkish food got me to Babaji restaurant in the beautiful Citywalk. I generally love the vibe of the area with it’s rich dining options, luxe interiors, delectable food and charming service. Babaji stays true to this quality and we were delighted to have come in for a weekend lunch.

Soon as you enter the restaurant, you will spot the water fountain, beautifully painted marbled walls in Turkish blue colour and ample of cozy seating that help the place pull off a traditional look.

 

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The restaurant promotes the use fresh ingredients to create traditional recipes and delicacies. When you visit, you must ask the servers to help you out with the dishes on the menu. Our server Kenan was kind enough to give us a little detailed explanation of everything on there so we could make an informed decision about what to order.

The menu has a couple of breakfast egg options. We’d recommend trying out the Fried egg with Sucuk which is a spicy sausage or the Soganli Yumurta which are baked eggs with onions and Turkish chilli flakes. Accompany this with a side of Hummus and Cacik which is yoghurt flavoured with garlic and cucumber. These are perfect to add a bit of freshness and necessary relief from the meat rich dishes.

Pide, the Turkish version of a pizza, is made in a traditional wood fired brick oven right in front of you. This comes with a variety of topping options with Caramelized onion & Walnut, Kiymali Pide with minced lamb and Temel Rei with spinach being some of the favourites. The menu includes some great mocktails and we suggest you try the Antaliya Sunrise and Grapfruit Collins that are absolutely refreshing.

Chicken Beyti are minced chicken oatties that are served with a side of burgul rice. The dish had some great flavours but wasn’t a stand out for us. Alinazik was probably my most favoruite dish from the meal. The combination of lamb with eggplant puree and cooling yoghurt worked extremely well together.Kulbasti, as our server described is the Turkish take on a Shawarma. The lamb meat is grilled similarly and served on a bed of flat bread tossed in tomato sauce and yoghurt. Believe me when I say this, that was the best tasting bread I have had in a while 😛

While you’re at it make sure you dig into something sweet like their Baklava served with traditional Turkish ice cream. If you have never eaten it before, the ice cream has a thick and elastic texture that was kind of weird at first but is great in flavour. The baklava was a winning dish for us and a lovely way to end out meal.

 

Where: City Walk, Al Safa Street, Al Wasl Area, Dubai, UAE
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Treating our tummy to all things #Punjabi @Chawlas2, JLT

If you are a lover of all things Punjabi we suggest you take a trip down to Chawlas2 (pronounced as Chawlas squared) in JLT. They serve up some delicious Punjabi food that is sure to satiate all those grumbling bellies. The restaurant has simple yet cozy interiors.They have an outdoor seating that is perfect for winter evenings by the lake.

IMG_1061Their extensive menu includes everything from chicken tikka, tandoori hara bhara kebab, paneer malai tikka to butter chicken, mutton rogan josh, palak paneer and so much more. So the next time you are dining in here, simply gorge away at your heart’s content!

 

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We highly recommend you try the Non veg Platter. It had portions of their Tangri Kabab that has chicken drumsticks stuffed with minced chicken, Chicken Peshawari Tikka, Tandoori Prawns and the Tandoori Amritsari Kingfish that tastes brilliant with a little squeeze of lime on top. They also serve some mint chutney, imly chutney and pickled onions on the side.

When at Chawlas you definitely cannot miss out on the most popular item on their menu the Cream Chicken. The chicken is boiled in milk and cooked in a creamy gravy. The spice recipe comes all the way from Ludhiana and is actually a family secret. Try the original version or the tomato one like we did and you will no doubt love them both.

It’s got loads of creamy goodness that not only adds more flavour to the dish but also some inches to your tummy…you’ve been warned! 🙂 But frankly, when food tastes that good, we simply don’t care!

Not only do they serve some amazing chicken, but they do have some brilliant vegetarian preparations as well. The Paneer Tikka Masala is filled with chunky pieces of paneer tossed in a spiced thick gravy that is just perfect to dip in your lachha parantha or naan into.

The Mutton Rara is meaty and delicious. The mutton is tender and the gravy that comes with it is simply perfect cause it’s made up of minced mutton itself…yummy! We’re definitely heading back and ordering this when we have serious meat cravings.

Don’t miss the gulab jamuns at the end which were as delicious as they should be!

 

Where: Lake Level, Icon Tower 1, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
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Think Mughlai chicken and Mutton Hyderabadi Burritos & Quesadilla | We tried Wrapchic, the Indian Burrito Co in Burjuman Mall

My friend recently invited me over to check out the Steam and Sauna services at her fitness club located in Burjuman. After a good two hours of relaxation, we had managed to build up quite an appetite and made our way to the food court. The Wrapchic outlet certainly appealed to us with their promise of being an Indian burrito company.

They have put in a whole lot of thought to bring together two cuisines together and it really shows through their menu. If you are in the mood for a hearty meal that’s quick yet filling, you should definitely try this place out.

 

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The menu comprises of Mexican favourites like Burritos, Wraps, Rice bowls and Quesadilla filled with quintessential Indian fillings like Chicken Mughlai, Chole Masala, Mutton Hyderabadi and more.

IMG_0924We tried their Prawn Amristari wrap with spiced prawns doused in a tikka sauce rolled up with lettuce, cabbage and tomatoes. It was a messy yet delicious eat. You don’t want to miss the Mexican soft drink called Jarritos that are slightly more carbonated in comparison to regular colas. We tried the Cola flavour to begin with and will definitely be going back to try the remaining three flavours.

IMG_0922You can also try out the Paneer Masala Burrito served with a stuffing of rice, beans and salad along with a side of sour cream, guacamole and salsa. These are stuffed generously and are humongous to say the least.

IMG_0921No Mexican meal is complete without an order of nachos. The Wrapchos are served in a take away box with loads of yummy cheese sauce. The salsa dip didn’t impress us much. If you are up for some nostalgia we recommend you try their Wraposa. These triangle shaped stuffed breads are a walk down memory lane with their aloo and keema filling grilled just the way your mama used to make it on the stove top.

 

Where: Food Court, Level 3, Burjuman Centre, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Mankhool, Dubai
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Trying to be Health conscious, we attended the Oil free menu launch @Govinda’s, Karama

We were recently invited by Govinda’s restaurant to come experience the launch of their new Oil free menu. As is to be expected, I was jumping with excitement cause there is nothing more tempting than to eat delicious food without the added the guilt. By eliminating the use of oil and putting some healthy practices into place, the Chef here has managed to put forward a guilt-free menu. I tried my best to poke further but the staff would not disclose their secret recipe to cooking Indian food without the use of oil.

Eating healthy should not be a misery. So the next time you are on a diet, you can head here to indulge in dishes tailor made to suit Indian taste buds without your mom’s love for ghee 😛

 

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The restaurant offers a pure vegetarian menu that is onion and garlic free. We started off with the Planters Punch and Coconut Breezer that were quite refreshing and presented well. Fresh and healthy, the Avocado Mexican salad and Moong sprout salad are excellent ways to adopt a healthier eating style. They are designed to be delicious and nutritious. The menu included two soups, Sweet Corn and Hot & Sour that deserve to be tried. We personally liked the former.

Dig into the Paneer lemon tikka or Kashmiri seekh kebab appetizers that taste just as good without the use of cooking oil. From Paneer broccoli lababdar to Govinda’s special tava vegetable, you can go ahead and order them with ease. They definitely help break the myth that Indian curries cannot be healthy. We paired them with tandoori roti and steamed rice.

We ended the meal with sweet treats in the form of their Rasgulla and Rabri that garnered head nods across the table. Yummy! The well though out menu ensures satisfaction.

 

Kindness Fridge Initiative

IMG_0822Huge credit must be given to the restaurant for starting the Kindness Fridge initiative. It is a great cause that has come to gather much appreciation in the area. The restaurant aims to provide a healthy meal and encourages patrons to participate as well. The fridge is stocked twice a day with fresh fruits and vegetables, water, juices, cooked meals and more. It is open to anyone who is unable to afford a meal and they may take as they please. Thumbs up for it!

 

Where: Behind Regent Palace Hotel, Opposite BurJuman Centre, Street 4A, Al Karama, Dubai
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Crispy satisfaction guaranteed | Here’s what to gorge on @Marrybrown, Reef Mall

We recently made our way to Marrybrown located in the food court of Reef mall for lunch. They are located right next to Haveli restaurant (you can read all about our visit to them here).

Take a look at what all we tried from their menu.

 

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IMG_0741We were absolutely excited to try the Spicy Chicken Popcorn which is the newest addition to their menu. Small balls of boneless chicken are deep fired and tossed in a lip smacking spice mix. This is certainly one item on the menu that should definitely not be missed. We’d go as far as to say that these are our newest favourite snack.

IMG_0740We couldn’t wait to lay our hands on their Spicy Fried Chicken. Tender chicken on the bone is covered in a crunchy marinade that is deep fried to perfection. It was every bit as satisfying as it was delicious.

IMG_0709Next we tried the Original Chicken Strips served with a selection of sauces like BBQ, Chipotle, Garlic mayo and Sweet Chilli. Dip these crispy treats into the sauces to enjoy them and feel satisfied straight away.

IMG_0739Since we were feeling a bit adventurous, we gave their Currylicious Meal a try.  At first glance we sure were digging the fried chicken served with curry sauce on a bed of rice along with fried pappadam. The dish was better than we had thought it would be and were thankful that we gave this bowl a try. This dish is truly desi and the quintessential curry flavour is spot on.

We washed down our chicken with their refreshing Honeydew Melon Mojito and Mango Mojito. It was perfect to beat the heat and a great accompaniment to meal.

 

Where: Food Court, Level 2, Reef Mall, Al Muraqqabat, Dubai
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Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes galore @Sizzling Wok, Citymax Hotels, Mankhool

CityMax Hotels in Bur Dubai is quite popular for housing not one but two well known restaurants, namely Claypot serving Indian cuisine and Sizzling Wok offering an Asian meal. The restaurant offers a variety of veg and non veg Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes like dimsums, hakka noodles, satay, hot & sour gravies, Thai curry and more – sounds like a good meal right?! Read on more about our experience and what we tried here.

IMG_0734The restaurant has a massive seating space offering the choice of couches or tables that can accommodate small or large gatherings. Little elements like Chinese lanterns, Japanese hand fan, stone warrior statue, Chinese flags and an Aquarium fill the restaurant adorning the otherwise simple wooden interiors.

The style of Asian cooking here is very much suitable to the Indian palate thanks to the adaptation of flavours and spices by the Chef. The food is generous in portion sizes and is fit for a hearty meal with the family or business get together. Drop in here with a big appetite and you won’t be disappointed.

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The meal started with a dish of Prawn crackers and Vegetarian crackers that were wiped out within minutes. Pair it with their spicy chilli sauce and you are in for a treat. We ordered their pan fried Chicken dimsums and Prawns in Black pepper sauce. The prawns were cooked perfectly but the dimsums were a bit too oily for our liking. Maybe we will try the steamed version next time. Their chilli sauce deserves a special mention as it did complete justice in adding the required amount of spice to our meal. Yummy! Their Drums of Heaven sizzler was the next thing we tried and it was delicious. What’s not to love about crispy chicken lollipops tossed in a sticky chilli garlic sauce!

If you are a seafood lover they have everything from prawns to fish to lobster on their menu. We ordered the Schezuan Fried Fish that did not disappoint us one bit. We paired it with Veg fried rice that had a good blend of sweet corn and vegetables.

You cannot have an Asian meal without Vegetable hakka noodles on the side. These reminded us of the street side preparations back in India that are quite delicious. Needless to say the quantity was quite good as well.

Next we tried the Chilli chicken dry and though it had a good flavour, we weren’t big fans of the texture of the chicken. Along with this we ordered the Sizzling Wok Special Fried Rice. One look at this bowlful of rice and we were in love with it. We were delightful that it had a generous portion of chicken, prawn and egg tossed in. Must say, simply delicious!

Though we had mostly Chinese food, we were tempted to give Thai a taste as well. Don’t we all love a good Thai Green curry with the hint of lemongrass?! We were served just that.

IMG_0736There was no better way to finish the Asian meal than with Fried ice cream. A big scoop of vanilla ice cream is deep fried to get a crunchy golden exterior and is topped with chocolate sauce for service.

 

Where: Lobby Level, Citymax Hotels Bur Dubai, Street 74, Mankhool, Dubai
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Ever tried Kunafa Prawns or Fried Crispy Cream Sushi| You can enjoy them over here | Sumo Sushi & Bento, Dubai Media City

We recently made our way to Media City to meet up with friends over lunch at this restaurant. The place was bright and already buzzing with people when we walked in. They have a beautiful sushi bar inside along with circular booths and tables for you to dine. The servers are very warm and ensured we had a pleasant meal.

 

The restaurant sure has all the makings of becoming your new favourite Japanese spot for lunch or dinner. They are located in Building 10 right next to Taqado. It’s really easy getting here from the Dubai Internet City Metro Station as it’s only a few steps away. If you find yourselves in the restaurant for a meal, here’s what to try.

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Gyoza’s are my new found love. These Japanese dimsums are absolutely delicious. We tried the Chicken Gyoza that are pan fried and served with their Sumo Gyoza sauce that just brings it together by balancing out the flavours. Always a winning dish for us!

What’s not to love about fried shrimp?! Sumo sushi’s version had tempura fried ones tossed in a spicy mayo. These Rock n Roll Shrimps were addictive and disappeared within minutes. The dish is crunchy and full of flavour, and we bet you’ll be wanting more.

 

The Golden Ito Ebi was probably my mot favourite dish of the day. Kunafa spun prawns are deep fried to golden perfection and served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.  It was our first time trying this crispy treat and the golden fried kunafa gave it a real crunch. Yummy!!

We downed their Chicken Chashu Ramen with no regret. This healthy soup bowl complete with a flavourful broth, sliced chicken and egg. We happily embraced this comforting bowl of noodle soup that was every bit as beautiful as tasty.

 

Sushi is still a new subject for me so I am always looking for new experiences to help broaden my palette on the subject. Usually we try and pick options from the menu which had some cooked elements to it so there isn’t and overpowering raw taste to it. Their Crunchy Cali Tartare had crabstick and shrimp tempura roll covered with tuna and salmon tartare. The best part was that the sushi is layered with a sweet chilli sauce. We loved every bite!

The Bangkok Roll is a riot of colours with prawn tempura, salmon, tuna, avocado, cucumber and jalapenos. The drizzled teriyaki and spicy mayo was the highlight of the dish for us.

 

Be prepared for a creamy and crunchy treat when you order their Crispy Cream Sushi. Crabstick, tobiko, prawn tempura, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese are rolled together, deep fried and drizzled with their sweet chilli sauce.

Their Salmon Teriyaki Bento has all the elements of a good box, which we liked. It’s complete with glazed salmon in teriyaki sauce, teriyaki chicken, egg fried rice and salad. You have to try that chicken that was full of flavour and had a slight crunch from being pan fried. The salmon was very tender but we felt it was lightly low on flavour in comparison.

IMG_0521For desserts we gave their Coffee Jelly with Matcha cream a try. Matcha is hyped for all the right reasons. It has a distinct taste that went really well with the dark coffee. We also tried the Green tea ice cream and Mochi cakes. They were certainly good options to try but did not impress us as much as the rest of our meal.

 

Where: Ground Level, Phase 3, Building 10, Dubai Media City, Dubai
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