Dubai has been coming up with quite a few Indian ventures lately, and while we usually stay away from the desi food while eating out, we are intrigued to explore the much talked about Masti located in La Mer. Continue reading “Is Masti the new Carnival?”
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.
After the much-acclaimed Tresind by Himanshu Saini, a fine dining restaurant that has now become synonymous with the title “Best Indian Restaurant in Dubai”, the mastermind has come up with another venture that describes itself as Post-Modern Indian. Continue reading “Carnival or Tresind, which one takes the crown?”
Our first dine out after a long vacation was to Park Regis located in Burjuman housing the famous Kris with a View, a restaurant that offers beautiful scenic views of Dubai. We previously decided to book a table for a personal occasion, since that didn’t work out due to a private event, we settled for dinner on Friday. Continue reading “Dining with a View – Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel”
Lined with rich textures of turquoise and lush chandeliers that hang low, Jodhpur Royal Dining is bound to take you back to the medieval era of India where exquisite interiors meet fine food while promising a molecular gastronomic experience. But what is molecular gastronomy? I keep seeing the term almost everywhere. The Internet tells me that it is “the application of scientific principles to the understanding and development of food preparation”. Continue reading “Jodhpur Royal Dining”
I have to say, in the debate of buffet vs set menu, the latter surely wins for me.
This time, I headed to Tresind for a Suhoor menu, located at Nassima Royal Hotel after a kind invite from Fasseeha. Yes, this was a first for me. I have never accepted late night invites previously and well, I’m quite open to these now… Continue reading “Does Tresind impress?”
It is always a pleasure to dine with fellow bloggers and JivewithDeepti brought us together to the perfect location; Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor.
Always a fan and a dedicated follower of the Masterchef series, my joy knew no bounds and I accepted the invite almost too immediately. Continue reading “Iftar at Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor”
I won’t start by answering the question right away, but rather, let you decide.
A group of bloggers and me were invited to the preview of Farzi Cafe a couple of weeks ago. This was before it opened its doors to the public on 30th March. The event was conducted by the founders of FoodeMag – Ishita Saha and Debbie Rogers. Continue reading “Does Farzi Cafe Live Up To The Hype?”
Asha’s, owned by the legendary singer Asha Bhosle, has two branches in Dubai. Umm Hurair and Mall of the Emirates. I recently visited the former one, which was also the first Asha’s to open here. Started back in 2002, the restaurant is clearly not new to the city’s dining scene.
The place is decorated lavishly which wasn’t surprising. Dim lighting, shades of red, gold and brown decor with Asha Bhosle’s songs playing in the background (obviously). We chose to dine outdoors due to the cool weather, and I have to say, the seating outside doesn’t look “fine dining” material. Some wooden tables and chairs with flower pots that were scantily arranged. A stark difference from what was on the inside.
We started with a Watermelon Ginger and Lal Quila for drinks, as our server prepared the table for appetizers. I preferred the latter drink, made with pomegranate syrup, cranberry juice, blended with Vanilla ice cream, with a hint of rose essence. It had the right amount of sweetness, while the other was too strong on ginger.
For starters, we tried their King Prawns and Amritsari Machli, with a Speciality Platter. Decided to go a bit heavy on the kebab section as we heard gleaming things about them. And rightly so, the King Prawns were spot on. Looking at the size of them was enough to make our mouths water. Marinated with yoghurt, cheese and cardamom. The Amritsari Machli was good too, but too small for my liking. And also, they could surely be a little creative with the presentation?
Anyone heard of a Papdi Chaat sold for AED 50? Being inquisitive, I asked for one. This HAS to be the most disappointing dish of the evening. I’m sorry, but hiking up the price for a petty dish just because it’s a fine dining restaurant doesn’t make sense. More than half of the dish constituted of sev, with just around six papdis (The Eggplant Chaat from Junoon for AED 60 is not bad at all.).
The Speciality Platter was a hit and miss. Dry Seekh kebabs, didn’t even bother finishing it. I’ve yet to find a place that serves seekhs that aren’t so dry that they would refuse to get down throats without the use of water.
On the other hand, juicy and soft chicken tikka and murg malai were served. So soft that the meat almost melted in my mouth. The pieces were quite chunky too, glad that we ordered half portion or we wouldn’t have been able to have our main course.
As I was ordering my mains, our server couldn’t hide the look on his face, he also commented “that’s too much for you ma’am.”. Umm excuse me? I know how much my stomach can digest, and it’s certainly my choice as to what to ask for. Not surprisingly, the mains were of mediocre quality. The Malai Kofta curry was bland, with dates inside the kofta instead of the usual raisins. Different, but didn’t work out with taste. The Goan Cashew Curry has boneless pieces of chicken in a creamy sauce. I was told this was going to be spicy, but…oh well, never mind. Probably the only thing I liked was my Stuffed Kulcha with cauliflower.
Put off by the server’s attitude and even disappointing curries, I couldn’t wait to leave the place. Finally, our desserts arrived. Ras Malai and Chilli Chocolate Mousse.
Soft and fluffy Ras Malai, but the solution was too diluted for my taste. The Chilli Chocolate Mousse thankfully, was a success. Rich chocolate mousse with infused chillies, served with berries to balance your taste buds.
Personally, I feel the restaurant has home work to do. Being around for more than a decade sure comes with some tolls. Keeping yourself updated with changing dishes and attitude of staff counts, and shouldn’t be neglected at all.
Hungryoungwoman recommends the Kebab section and drinks for everyone planning to visit.
This would be the second time I visited 25 Degrees North. Although the first time I did, it was a different branch and for their Iftar buffet during Ramadan.
Driving through Bay Square is hard for first timers, so it took quite some time to locate the place. It got even harder as their building (BB07) is situated between buildings and could not be viewed easily from the road. Keeping the tough start aside, we entered a fairly crowded restaurant with royal interiors.
Indian restaurants seem to follow the same thing, they like to play with golden and brown colour palettes. Thankfully, we got to see a different case at 25 Degrees, while also incorporating a little Indian with their beaded curtains.
With soft Hindi music playing in the background, our evening was just about to begin. We started with their palate cleanser (Dahi Vada) that came in shot glasses and Mango Lassi.
For appetizers, we ordered a Palak Patta Chaat (noticed on almost every table, so had to order this!) and a platter that consisted of Chicken Tikka, Chicken Gilafi Sheekh, Jhinga Mehrunnisa and Paneer Makhmali Sheekh Kebab.
My favourite appetizer was the Palak Patta Chaat was absolutely delish! Fried spinach leaves with chutneys and yoghurt, garnished with pomegranate seeds. It’s a simple Indian chaat dish and famous as a street side food in India. Also very simple to make at home (Note to self: Try preparing this once to keep your resolution of spending more time in the kitchen)
From the platter, I loved my Gilafi Sheekh. Grilled minced chicken topped with a layer of cheese and presented wonderfully on skewers. The bell peppers made it look quite colourful too. Sadly, the Paneer Makhmali didn’t suit well with me. There was a sweet flavour in it that wasn’t what I was expecting. I personally feel it did not agree with the cottage cheese (paneer)
For mains, we decided to order small as we were already half full. Chicken Lababdar and Chicken Kolhapuri with Kashmiri Pulao.
Now, since I hail from India, I critique Indian food quite strictly. There were a few things that didn’t work out for me. Take the Chicken Kolhapuri, mentioned as a spicy dish on the menu and not even close. Kashmiri Pulao was another story. The dish is basically rice with nuts and fruits, there were hardly any nuts and the addition of pears wasn’t something that I appreciated.
Chicken Lababdar, on the other hand, saved whatever there was of the day. Creamy and rich gravy with boneless chicken. Unfortunately, we were too full to finish it.
For dessert we tried their Jalebi and Rabdi. Deep fried and crispy, dipped in sugar syrup, the Jalebis were warm and mouth watering. The Rabdi is usually served cold and has a thick consistency, this one was significantly thinner and watery. But it worked. Since the jalebis were heavy with their sugar syrup, the rabdi balanced the whole dish without making us feel giddy.
Lastly, we ended with a Malai Kulfi, cut into pieces (my sister’s strange request). 25 Degrees North has improved in terms of taste, but can do much better. Their service and ambiance of the place is on point, but some tweaking with the dishes can go a long way.