A Year and 128 Posts Later…

It is with great pleasure that I announce the first birthday of my baby!

IMG_4385A blog that happened by accident (too much time on my hands), which later turned into a hobby and finally a part-time job! Yes, this is how I would describe the journey of Hungryoungwoman in short. Taking inspiration from veteran Bollywood actor’s, Amitabh Bachchan, persona “angry young man”, this title (after altering) was befitting my personality. Continue reading “A Year and 128 Posts Later…”

Jack of All, Master of None – Lakeview

Winter is finally here. I can finally rejoice the chilly mornings and warm nights in with coffee. It is also the time of the year when restaurants find most of their guests seated outdoors.

Which is why I was looking forward to my dinner at Lakeview where I was invited to try their international buffet starting from 7 PM.

Lakeview boasts an alfresco dining area with a stunning view of the creek. Placed outside is also a buffet section with live stations featuring a variety of cuisines.

We ordered our drinks and headed to the buffet. Walking through the area, I could see a salad bar, some live grills, and a mixture of Indian and Arabic food. They also had a live station for pasta, fried rice and Peking duck. And finally, the dessert counter.

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The starters included cold cuts, not in the mood for that, I served some salads for myself. I also checked out the mains which seemed quite mediocre. As I got back to my table, I noticed our drinks still weren’t served. And this was after good 20-25 minutes. Even asking a waiter for water proved difficult as they behaved like they were wearing blinkers.

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The live grill served kebabs, grilled prawns and some meat. This was quite good compared to the main course, so good that I kept going back for more. We also asked for a Pasta Alfredo and fried rice. While the pasta was too bland, the latter dish made up for it. The Peking Duck rolls with the suggested sauce were good too.

After a while, I noticed some cats next to our table that wouldn’t budge. Since calling a server was not an option (read above), we tried to shoo them away ourselves. Now, I’m all about being nice to animals and am a cat lover myself. But, cats roaming around in this area was quite shocking to see. Our server finally turned up and tried to get them away. “These are the pets of the people from the residence area” was the answer. Apparently, these cats just show up at people’s tables while they’re dining. No comments on this.

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The dumplings were just the worst I’ve had honestly. I don’t even think they were properly steamed as the covering was raw in some places.

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Next, heading to the dessert counter was something I was looking forward to. I really liked their chocolate brownies and cake. The fruit pudding was also quite good.

Overall, Lakeview serves a very average meal. I don’t know if it was just a bad day, or maybe they serve a different affair for other themes. Nevertheless, the live station and dessert counter stood out and provided some better memories of the experience.

Until next time…

LakeView Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

One For The Hunger Pangs – Fuego

Craving Mexican food? Look no further! Fuego is back with a bang, presenting a new menu in a contemporary set up while providing a perfect way to let your hair down after a long day. They have a private dining area, as well as a bar, and to top it up, a relaxing atmosphere. I really like how they play Spanish songs, going with the theme of the restaurant. Continue reading “One For The Hunger Pangs – Fuego”

A Taste of Armenia at Mayrig

Don’t we all just love restaurants that have a laid back atmosphere? Places that you can visit with friends and family alike. Also, places that boast authentic cuisines are so much cooler than the usual fast food joints. One such place was Mayrig. Serving dishes right from Armenia, they have a lovely history behind the restaurant’s recipes, which were handed down by the owner’s grandmother.

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Mayrig has a very cosy vibe, with dim lighting and soft music playing in the background, one can almost feel at home. They also have outdoor seating, something I’m going to love in the coming months, and a shisha place for those who like having a little smoke after a meal.

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Our kind server, Sako, took us through a journey of delectable food and was generous enough to explain each dish and the story behind it. For our family of five, we ordered a Salad Sampler, Hommos Missov, Vaspov and Mayrig Keufteh, Lahme Beajine, Soubeureg and Mante

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Our drinks included a Jallab, a berry drink, Mayrig speciality and a Passion fruit based drink. Forgive me for not remembering the names of many dishes. They’re named the Armenian way too.

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One of the first few starters were the Armenian sausages, served with vegetables and yoghurt. These were sausages wrapped in bread, but came across as dry. I didn’t quite like them with the yoghurt too. They can try serving a different sauce, or maybe that’s just me.

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Since I don’t prefer raw meat, I asked for their potato and Lentil keufteh. These are served with their respective sauces and are hand-made. Sadly, I didn’t favour them much either.

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Coming to what we liked, Lahme Beajine, a thin pastry with minced meat. This is almost like a thin pizza, no sauce required. It tastes best the way it is. We loved it so much, that we couldn’t stop ourselves from ordering another one! 😉

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An eggplant filled with rice and tomatoes, topped with yoghurt was one of our favourites.

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Trying quail eggs for the first time here, Hungryoungwoman was not disappointed. Similar to the usual Eggs Benedict, minus the hollandaise sauce, this egg was complemented with a slice of beef and bread underneath.

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Our main course consisted of Fishnah Kebab, this dish was basically kebabs with wild cherries. This was something that I was new to, and I loved it. The sweetness of the cherries went oddly well with the kebab. If you want to go for something different, do try cherries with kibbeh. They are served with yoghurt, which tones down the sweetness of the cherries.

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We were also recommended to try the tiger prawns. Grilled perfectly and served with rice and curry, this was mom’s favourite.

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The Mante, which were minced meat dumplings were a delight to watch. I really liked how the dumplings were first drenched in tomato sauce and then smothered with yoghurt. (Click link to watch video)

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After a heavy and happy meal, we settled down for dessert. Banirov mamoul is a soft biscuit filled with warm cheese, served with sugar syrup on the side. Frankly, I think it tasted better without the syrup. The cheese inside was so mouth wateringly delicious. The best part was, it wasn’t too sweet, so a person can easily have around two or three of these.

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Ashta Ice-cream is a dessert bowl served cotton candy and the Armenian speciality ice cream. Nothing too good, not bad either.

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I really like the fact that the service is good here, and its perfect for those days when you want to try something new. Hungryoungwoman recommends the Jallab, Mante, Fishnah Kebab and Banirov Mamoul.

Until next time. xx

Mayrig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Though I was a guest at Mayrig, all opinions expressed are my own and they stand honest and unbiased.

Fondue On My Mind! – The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot has a fondue concept which is not new to Dubai. Originally from the States, it opened its first franchise in Dubai about a few months back. Located in Boxpark, it boasts a cute little area among the throng of other stores situated there.

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The interiors are funky, with yellow and white being the main colour theme, which will make any person cheerful when they walk in. Since I chose a Thursday night to dine in, the place was quite packed. They also have private dining areas for groups of four or six.

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From the drinks, I was happy with the Yin Yang Martini (non-alcoholic of course!), the white chocolate drink was thick in consistency and quite filling.

Looking at the menu, I was amazed at how they have different types of cheese fondue, our server was kind enough to help me choose two for the table. Namely, Fiesta and French Onion Gruyère.

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The tables have an inbuilt hot plate that makes it easy for you to dip in the appetizers. Beware, the pots may be too hot to touch! I liked the French Onion cheese fondue which had caramelized onions and beef. We were also given breads, nachos and veggies on the side for dipping. Being a fan of fondue, I loved the dish!

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Next, I ordered a Strawberry Almond and California salad. Not really being fond of salads, I was quite sceptical before trying it. And I was glad I did! The Strawberry Almond was a winner! The raspberry dressing was fantastic. A must try definitely.

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For the main course, we decided to try our hand with a variety. Some tuna, salmon, shrimps, marinated chicken and beef was brought to the table. On the hot plate was a pot of boiling broth, and we were supposed to dip our meat in for it to cook. This was probably the least favourite part for me. Waiting for it to cook was time-consuming, and there were a few times when I got my piece out a few seconds earlier than it was done cooking.

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And lastly, the dessert. We chose a combination of white and dark chocolate and a Pure Chocolate. These were accompanied with strawberries, pineapples, melon, brownies and marshmallows. Dipping these in the chocolate brought out the inner child in me!

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The manager was kind enough to offer us a box of their chocolate covered strawberries. Something that I devoured the next day while reminiscing about the chocolate fondue.

The Melting Pot boasts a good staff that is attentive and punctual. While many may not really like the concept, it definitely is something you should be open to try at least once. Hungryoungwoman recommends the Chocolate Fondue, Yin Yang Martini and Strawberry Almond salad.

Until next time. xx

 The Melting Pot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Though I was a guest at The Melting Pot, all opinions expressed are my own and they stand honest and unbiased.

Much More Than A Steakhouse – Ruth’s Chris

Located on the swanky side of Dubai Marina, Address Hotel to be exact, Ruth’s Chris obviously manages to higher any passer-by’s expectations. With their high draped curtains and chandeliers, it makes for a perfect spot. Be it a formal or an informal meal.

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I chose to start my meal with drinks for myself and my partner. I really liked my berry drink. It had the right amount of sweetness, though I would have preferred it to be a bit tart too. From the choices that the appetizers provided, we ordered Ruth’s Chop salad and Grilled Prawns.

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Loved the Ruth’s Chop Salad, especially the onion rings on top that provided an extra crunch to the dish.

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No words for the Grilled Prawns honestly, they didn’t even need a sauce.

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For mains, we went for the Stuffed Chicken Breast and a New York Strip in a burger. My favourite here was the chicken stuffed with garlic herb cheese and lemon butter.

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Watching the cheese oozing out was delightful to watch, Served on the side was creamy spinach which was quite rich. (Click on the link to watch video)

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Coming to the burger, the bun could have been softer. The fries were a bit soggy, but the fillet inside made up for it. Thick, juicy and succulent.

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The punctual staff brought in our dessert right after we were done with our mains. Creme Brulee and a Chocolate Coffee cake slice.

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Being a coffee lover, I liked the latter dish. The chocolate and coffee with the berry sauce on the side, was a winner!

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The business lunch menu at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is quite economical. Priced at 109 AED with decent portions and a three course meal, it’s a steal. Hungryoungwoman recommends the Stuffed Chicken and Chocolate Coffee Cheesecake.

Until next time. xx

Ruth's Chris Steak House - The Address Dubai Marina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Though I was a guest at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, all opinions expressed are my own and they stand honest and unbiased.

Just The Right Bite!

Too much eating out surely has a toll on your health (and weight to be precise)! Many healthy food stores have come up with menus that seem too boring to try but, The Right Bite serves the very purpose of being there for all your healthy needs and cravings!

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The Right Bite is located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, a store selling healthy options to its customers. The best part is that they have an impressive variety on their menu, which almost makes you wonder if its even healthy. But fear not, under each dish a count of calories, proteins, fat and carbs are mentioned. Helpful right?

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What’s better? They have chocolate on their menu too! Which is the sole reason that I’ll start with my dessert this time. I received a lovely package from the people at The Right Bite, from which my sweets included Chocolate Pecan Fudge Brownies and Rocky Road. While I loved both, I preferred the Rocky Road as it was filled with marshmallows, hazelnuts and digestive biscuits. A bit of crunch, softness and chocolate of course!

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The main course was a Thai Chicken Curry accompanied with its serving of rice. The curry was aromatic with chunks of chicken, red and green peppers and baby corn.

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For the starters, I was recommended a Skinny Chicken Caesar and Summer Rolls. I have to say, both the appetizers were my favourites. The salad was crunchy, you could feel the freshness of the veggies and the dressing complemented it well. As for the Summer Rolls, they were a bit bland for my taste-buds, but the sauce given was perfect with it!

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All in all, a healthy and an equally delicious meal! For anyone trying The Right Bite, Hungryoungwoman recommends the Skinny Chicken Caesar, Summer Rolls and Rocky Road.

Until next time. xx

Right Bite Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Though I was sent a package courtesy of The Right Bite, all opinions expressed are my own and they stand honest and unbiased.

An Italian Heaven at Per Te

It was my second time visiting Per Te, my first was when I decided to break my fast at the Jumeirah branch. This newly opened restaurant in Bay Avenue, Business Bay gives a welcoming impression to anyone passing by. The interiors are quite minimal, with most of the furniture containing their ingredients that are sold in the restaurant. Continue reading “An Italian Heaven at Per Te”

Customer is King – 800 Degrees Pizza, Media Event 2015

Gone are the days when you have to remove those dreadful vegetables from your pizzas, to enjoy just the meat and base. Gone are the days when you have to wait 15 mins for your pizzas to be prepared. Cause now you can customize your own pizza at 800 Degrees! And get it prepared in 90 seconds! Continue reading “Customer is King – 800 Degrees Pizza, Media Event 2015”