Third time lucky at Carine Dubai? | Emirates Golf Club

After Le Petite Maison and Izu Brasserie (and loving both experiences), we are at Izu’s latest concept. Located at Emirates Golf Club, Carine Dubai is Chef Izu’s ode to his lovely wife. Not just recipes, but even the decor has been designed keeping his wife in mind. Talk about romantic! Continue reading “Third time lucky at Carine Dubai? | Emirates Golf Club”

Are you walking towards a sweet and short future?

It’s no surprise that restaurants with the crazy and overhyped most innovative desserts do better than others. Enter freakshakes, milk cakes, and all sweets that require you to pour chocolate fudge/caramel on them. I’m not against them at all and agree that I’ve had my fair share of molten chocolate cakes all my life (they’re really my weakness!)  Continue reading “Are you walking towards a sweet and short future?”

Are food theatrics getting old for Dubai?

I was sitting at a cafe and ordered a mojito for myself. The berry drink comes with a small test tube where liquid is poured to emit a smoky effect. This may not seem uncommon in Dubai, where terms such as “molecular gastronomy” are used in almost every restaurant.

Dubai being a melting pot of nationalities is usually one of the first to welcome trends in this industry. But, restaurants that follow a “trend” blindly just makes questioning their credibility easier.

Although it may attract a crowd, but are theatrics really necessary to make the customer pay for their food? Not to be a sore thumb here, but I too love good entertainment. The way your drink is bubbling and emitting smoke like a science project is exciting. However, I feel that it’s a saturated concept now. I agree it brings in people, but I’m sure there’s a different set of audience that will visit for food alone.

I’m not just talking about smoky drinks here. Let’s talk about something that went viral some time ago. The salt bae concept was nothing more than shocking.

The said viral video shows a man cutting meat exceptionally well and then coating it with an excessive amount of salt in a pose that has his elbow pointing outwards. Excuse me, but I DO NOT want my meat to be covered in salt that has touched someone’s forearm before. I recently read an article explaining how the food actually tastes at Nusr-et and was appalled at how people are willing to pay a part of their monthly salary for it. Click here to read.

The use of liquid nitrogen in almost every dish has turned the restaurant business into a comical theatre. Although, there are some venues that really do justice to the concept, like Carnival by Tresind that focuses on progressive Indian dining.

What’s silly are eateries that just incorporate these techniques without it matching their concept/idea. What would you think of an Italian place serving butter chicken? Surprisingly, Dubai has that too.

I admit I like the blowtorched crème brûlée in front of guests, or a sizzling plate of meat that is brought straight from the kitchen. But, gimmicks that have nothing to do with the dish is something I’m not a fan of.

The last few restaurants I visited focused on putting an exceptionally well-prepared plate in front of us. No theatrics were involved. And, we still enjoyed the simplicity. Which makes me think, is the concept finally dying in Dubai?

I’ll leave that for you to decide.

What do you think? Are theatrics getting old for Dubai?

Until then, happy eating! xx

Moombai & Co. – A blockbuster or a failure?

If you may have noticed, we don’t visit a lot of Indian restaurants in Dubai. It’s only because the best is found at home! But, we make an exception this time as we are curious about the hype surrounding the fairly new Moombai and Co. located at The H Dubai.

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Dining In The Dark – Noire, Fairmont

Dubai is not unfamiliar with unique serving techniques. We’ve seen quirky combinations, the food trucks making an entry, trending avocado on toast and smoothie bowls, the lotus craze…well, the list goes on.

While these have become common to this city, we were recently made aware of the concept of dining in the dark which piqued our interest. How does one eat without the knowledge of where their dish is placed? What if we spill our drink, or worse, leave the restaurant only to find spots and stains on us? These thoughts buzz around our minds as we make our way to Noire – located in Fairmont Hotel.  Continue reading “Dining In The Dark – Noire, Fairmont”