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REVIEW: Quattro

REVIEW: Quattro

Dubai is well known for its melting pot of cultures, which in turn generates a wonderful and welcome array of cuisines. However, according to my cookbooks and culinary notes, Italian and Mexican have never been closely aligned with a fusion concept. Until now. Italian and […]

A.O.C French Brasserie – Iftar

A.O.C French Brasserie – Iftar

If you’re already planning your Iftar locations for the Holy Month of Ramadan, then the A.O.C French Brasserie, Sofitel Jumeirah Beach may be a suitable option for your list. My dinner guest and I received the warmest of greetings from the PR team during a […]

Hombres! Muchacos! Chicos … Espana Por Favor!

Hombres! Muchacos! Chicos … Espana Por Favor!

I’m a (nearly) 30-year old grumpy man. Thing is, the age is irrelevant because I’ve always been grumpy; from childhood all the way through to the present day. So you can imagine the look on my face when I was asked to go out on […]

Havana Party At Catch Dubai

Havana Party At Catch Dubai

It’s a Monday night and you’re hankering after a bit of Latin spirit, I mean why wouldn’t you be? As far as I’m concerned there’s only one place to go to move your hips and feet to some live salsa beats, so brush off your […]

Tesoro – food for the soul … but it comes at a price

Tesoro – food for the soul … but it comes at a price

Sssshhhhh … it’s midday on a Saturday. The echoes of lunches, brunches, dinners and suppers have long disappeared from this beautiful Business Bay brasserie. Whatever time of day or night, it’s heartbreakingly sad to experience an empty restaurant where staff outweighs customers four to one. […]

I’m loco for Zoco; mi gusto el Bruncho

I’m loco for Zoco; mi gusto el Bruncho

What’s Spanish for “sorry I can’t hear you?” or “could you turn the music down please?” These are phrases that you might want to learn prior to jumping on the latest, loudest brunch-time bandito wagon that Dubai has to offer. If you like fiesta with […]

Nahaam Brunch At Jumeirah Etihad Towers

Nahaam Brunch At Jumeirah Etihad Towers

One of the many benefits of living the Expat life is enjoying brunch on a Friday afternoon. Invited by the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the Visit America Month in association with Motiongate this seemed like a perfect opportunity to make a day […]

Asha’s Wafi Presents “India’s Pride”

Asha’s Wafi Presents “India’s Pride”

Following the resounding success of its recent ‘Live like a Maharaja’ menu, dishes inspired by the royal kitchens of India, Asha’s at Wafi present a selection of 10 new unique and creative Biryani and Kebab dishes showcasing recipes perfected by Asha in her personal kitchen […]

When Brunch Becomes Art

When Brunch Becomes Art

How many ex-pats have had to say sorry following one of their long Dubai brunches? I’d predict that figure surpassing thousands or more. This Western ex-pat diner needs to apologise from the outset of this review for upsetting nearly every creed and colour. Entitled somewhat […]

Pretty In Pink: Sketch London

Pretty In Pink: Sketch London

You don’t always start a blog post with a lead image of a bathroom.  But at Sketch, you can kind of get away with it. There are several parts to the restaurant – the Gallery is probably what most people think of when they thing […]

PUNJABI BY NATURE – IFTAR BUFFET

PUNJABI BY NATURE – IFTAR BUFFET

As another Ramadan sun sets on Dubai, approximately 10,000 eateries spring to life offering opportunity for hungry customers to break their fast. Many of these restaurants offer their own version of an Iftar dining experience, even if Iftar has no traditional place in their culinary schedule or […]

AL-MAEDA RESTAURANT IFTAR BUFFET

AL-MAEDA RESTAURANT IFTAR BUFFET

“Wanna go to Iftar?” Having arrived in Dubai post-Ramadan of July 2015, I had no idea what ‘Iftar’ was/is but I readily agreed to the offer, thinking it might be a newly released movie. For newbies to the Middle East and for the non-Muslims among […]

Review: Gazebo & Kamat

Review: Gazebo & Kamat

The formula says: one restaurant, one review. However, within days of each other, I had the good fortune to be invited to visit two adjacent Indian restaurants and have opted to write a neighbourly combined summary. Gazebo and Kamat are stalwarts of the local Indian […]

Review: Kris Kros Lebanon Dubai

Review: Kris Kros Lebanon Dubai

If ever you need a break from the racing lanes of Sheikh Zayed Road, make a pit stop at Kris Kros Lebanon, a roadside fast food diner on the Service Road near the Aspin Commercial Tower. But good luck finding a parking place. Kris Kros Lebanon has an […]

Toko Dubai: Night Brunch

Toko Dubai: Night Brunch

Brunch… That’s the no man’s land between breakfast and lunch, right? It’s what Angela Lansbury from the 80s American TV series “Murder, She Wrote” would’ve called ‘elevensies’. So imagine my horror when my dear friend and owner of this blog, invited me to ‘brunch’, on […]