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.
Have you ever been to a restaurant, where the interiors look like you’re in a palace? Or a place where the staff treat you like royalty, and you feel that you can just sit and eat forever?
This is exactly how I felt when I was sitting in Nayaab Haandi. Offering a Mughlai cuisine, this restaurant is located in Satwa, Dubai. One thing I have to appreciate about them, is how they’ve worked with so well with the inner decor. The whole theme is elegant, something that I’m a big fan of.
After we were seated and our glasses filled, we were served a rather large roti on a skewer with a mutton handi on the side. A platter with fries, fried fish and cheese naan was also brought to our table. Before we could even start with these, a live grill with various types of kebabs was kept in front of us. And these were just the starters!
Though the handi had a bit too much oil, I enjoyed having it with the roti. The platter was loved by all. The cheese naan was a favourite on the table and we licked the plate clean in no time. Coming to the mixed grill, these consisted of fish tikka, malai tikka, green boti and seekh kebab chicken. These kebabs were heavenly! The pieces of meat were succulent and juicy. I preferred the fried fish to the tikka as I found it a bit dry, but the other tikkas were devoured.
Next, we had a huge buffet to try. Nayaab Haandi tried to mix some of Indian, Pakistani cuisine and also add in fried rice and chicken manchurian.
While I loved the consistency of the Haleem and the flavourful biryani with spices, sadly the Chinese was a miss.
For dessert, there were options of Gulaab Jamun, Ras Malai, two types of kheer, Gajar ka Halwa and Fruit Custard. Ah! The joys of attending buffets, with so many varieties, that lets you have something of everything.
My favourites had to be the Gajar ka Halwa. The sweetness was just the right amount and it wasn’t too heavy on the ghee like some places do. The Ras Malai won a close second.
All in all, Nayaab Handi offers a nice place to come to with family, where you have helpful staff and good Indian Pakistani food. They also have private dining areas and take party offers. Being a buffet only place, it is quite pocket friendly to host large gatherings, which makes it perfect for Eid.
Eid Mubarak to one and all! May your Eid be as wonderful and joyous as ever. 😀
Until next time. xx
Disclaimer: Though I was invited as a guest at Nayaab Haandi, my reviews remain honest and unbiased.
Junoon has been on my wish list from quite sometime and I was delighted to see an email requesting me to come down for a meal. Junoon is located on Level 2 of Shangri – La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
I have to say, the interiors are amazing and show that a lot of thought has been put into them. A dimly lit place with a warm and calm ambiance and wall carvings inspired by Indian culture speaks volumes about the restaurant. The menu also sticks strictly to Indian food, with no attempts of bringing in dishes from other cuisines like how it’s counterparts do.
For drinks, we went for a passionfruit mojito and a cherry lemonade. The cherry lemonade has a sweetish sour taste, which was a challenge to our taste-buds. To balance the sourness, our server brought us some cherry concentrate which really helped. The passion fruit drink, on the other hand, was loved by me. It was refreshing and garnished beautifully.
As most had appreciated the Eggplant chat, I decided to order it with a Murgh Tikka Mirza Hasnu as starters. The Eggplant chat was sheer mastery. Local chats usually consist of boiled potatoes cut into pieces with papri (crisp fried wafers), accompanied with tamarind and mint chutney. My dish had fried eggplant cut into thin slices which provided the perfect crunch and served as substitute for the Papri. Genius, I must say.
Our other starter consisted of succulent pieces of chicken tikka on a brocolli purée and salad on the side. The chicken was soft and juicy. Other than that, I felt this dish could have been better in terms of creativity.
Our server, Mittal, recommended Shrimp Malai curry and Tawa Gosht for mains with breads. We opted for butter naan and Junoon spiced naan.
My favorite was the Tawa Gosht. I’m not usually a fan of mutton, but this was delicious! The meat was easy to cut into and the cashew almond sauce complemented it well.
The Shrimp curry had a sweetish taste that I did not prefer. Added to the curry was coconut and pommery mustard, which was loved by dad. The shrimps were fresh and cooked well, something that I am quite particular about when it comes to seafood.
While we were full after all this, our server came with desserts that were most ordered. The Chocolate Matka Falooda and Malai Pearl.
The first thing that caught my eye was the presentation. Junoon certainly has an eye for detail and scores full points on that.
The Chocolate Matka consisted of a chocolate sphere containing rabri with a layer of kulfi underneath, all over a bed of vermicelli and blackberry jelly discs. I never knew a mixture of chocolate, kulfi and vermicelli could be so appealing and soothing to the tongue.
The Malai Pearl took me by surprise. It was decorated quite colorfully, with flaked almonds and a pistachio border, surrounding a yellow hemisphere. What I discovered, was ras malai inside. 10 points for the creativity and arrangement here!
After a wonderful meal, we decided to end it with a good Cappuccino.
Serving an innovative take on traditional Indian food and achieving it wonderfully is the way Junoon works. This is why it has been acclaimed as a Michelin star restaurant in New York. I would recommend the Eggplant Chat, Tawa Gosht and Chocolate Matka for anyone planning to visit.
Until next time. xx
Iftar tents during Ramadan are a common sight in the U.A.E. Trying their hand at these, Emirates Golf Club put up quite a successful tent this Ramadan by offering a Middle Eastern cuisine and a relaxing atmosphere for guests. Continue reading “Ramadan Tent – Hush Lounge”