Australian brand Jacob’s Creek introduced its new wine through a new concept called Our Table.
We tasted the Sparkling Rose, Chardonnay and Shiraz, which were paired with some olives, burrata, meat, salad and dessert.
The tasting took place at Boca in Dubai and in association with The Tasting Class. Jacob’s Creek’s winemaker Trina Smith spoke about the wines and the winemaking process.
Our Table is a concept of sharing and having good food and wine with friends and family and this tasting was quite like that. It was a small group, we shared the food and enjoyed some delicious wine.
The minute you enter Latin American restaurant Toro Toro in Abu Dhabi, you are greeted with colours and some funky art on digital screens.
Located at Etihad Towers opposite Emirates Palace Hotel, the restaurant has a fantastic view and is right on the beach.
A huge seating area and a massive bar overlooking the sea are very welcoming.
We start with some exotic cocktails with smoke and unique colours, from purple, pink to reds, we had a cocktail in a lot shades.
The sharing concept of the restaurant makes us order a whole lot of starters and we loved each one of them.
The corn bread, mushroom flat bread and shrimps get some more love, as they are out of this world.
For dessert we have the deconstructed cheesecake, which melts in your mouth and mango merangato.
The food, drinks and the service are all excellent.
We cannot recommend the terrace enough as its funky with a great sea view. With the winter on its way, the terrace will be the go to place in Abu Dhabi.
The Veranda, a sports bar-meets-bistro, serving international cuisine, is located at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.
It has a vintage indoor seating, shisha al fresco, and live sports screening bar, The Veranda is the place for one and all.
Offering board games, free Wi-Fi, full bar access as well as a special afternoon tea menu, the place has a casual feel to it.
Offering fine wines and draughts along with Italian, Mexican, Arabic, and American cuisines, the place has friendly staff.
We had some salads and mezze to start with, pasta and sandwiches for mains, but the desserts is something that’s a must-try. Tiramisu and Banana Split are both great. We liked the home-made icecreams that came with Banana Split and Tiramisu’s texture was creamy and rich.
The place has a nice friendly feel to it and with Dubai’s winter, The Veranda’s outdoor area will be the place to be.
Bollywood celebrity favourite Khyber restaurant has come to Dubai. The first venue to open under the Khyber name outside of its native Mumbai, the restaurant is situated on the 15th floor of the recently opened DUKES Dubai.
The restaurant boasts a 180-degree view that takes in Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Marina skyline. The venue, which has capacity for up to 162 guests, including 40 diners on the terrace, also boasts a live cooking station and numerous private dining options.
The Indian hotspot is a favourite of Sir Paul McCartney, Amir Khan, Richard Gere, Demi Moore and the Kuwait Royal Family, among others.
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The Indian fine dining favourite specialises in authentic north Indian frontier food, best described as Ambrosia – the food of all the gods.
It brought back a lot of memories for us, as we used to frequent Khyber quite often. The menu has fish, lamb, chicken and vegetarian recipes.
The taste and flavours were all the same, as we remembered eating in India. The creamy paneer to the buttery Daal Makhani, the food transported us to Mumbai.
Signature highlights include: Tandoori Raan, a tender leg of baby lamb, Khyber spiced marinade, cooked in a clay oven; Makai ki Tikki, corn patties, royal cumin seed, green chillies and coriander; Five Grains Tandoori Roti, a wholewheat bread, ragi, oats, pearl millet (jawar) and red millet (bajra), cooked in the tandoor; and Hara Masala Pomfret, whole pomfret stuffed with mild coconut and coriander chutney, seared until crisp. The menu also features nine different types of roti (bread).
We had the traditional desserts – Rasmalai, sweet dumplings of cottage cheese served in sweetened flavoured milk, garnished with pistachio and almonds and seasonal Gajar Ka Halwa, a Punjabi dessert made of grated carrots, almonds, raisins slow cooked in sweetened milk and flavoured with mawa.
We highly recommend the restaurant for an authentic Indian meal.
MyGovinda’s restaurant in Dubai is one of those institutions that started the vegetarian and vegan food culture, about 10 years ago.
The restaurant offers vegetarian Indian cuisine and recently invited us to taste their oil free menu. Their oil-free menu is about 2 years old, where the food has a special ingredient but no oil, butter or ghee.
Our meal started with some salad and soup, which doesn’t require so much butter or oil. But even the salad dressing had no traces of oil. Then came the grilled starters of paneer tikka, which tasted just fine without the butter or oil and kebabs, which were tasty but had a hard texture.
The main course comprised of daal tadka, which involves quite a bit of oil, was absolutely oil free and yummy. The breads were soft without butter and the veggies or curries tasted the same, as they would with oil.
We could eat to our heart’s content without the guilt. The food didn’t make us bloat, we didn’t feel heavy after stuffing ourselves and no heartburn as well.
The oil-free menu is the go-to food for all those who love Indian cuisine and still want to say healthy.
A month old Le Petit Belge restaurant cum bar in Dubai offers Belgian cuisine and some great drinks.
We started our evening with some exotic beers and wine. They have a quite a variety of bottled beers and a great gin menu as well.
Every beer comes with its own glass, some rounded with wooden handles, while others have some cute pink elephants on them.
They have quite a number of gins and it gets confusing what to order. We tried the one with strawberries and it was very refreshing.
The vibe of this new hotspot is quite laid back and homely.
We went all veg for our meal and the appetizers included asparagus salad, cauliflower croquets, waffle chips and Mushroom crostini…all delicious, our favourite though was the mushroom crostini with some truffle oil.
They have their Belgian staples like Mussles and croquettes, with an aim of offering homemade style food.
The mains had quite a variety of veg options as well, from soup, vegetable casserole, beetroot salad and croque-monsieur with cheese and egg. The food was absolutely delicious and our favourite here is the croque monsieur. This dish uses fresh bread made especially for the restaurant.
The service was impeccable , the food absolutely yummy and some unique drinks to try. We highly recommend the Ladies Night, which is every Wednesday, from 4pm until 1:30am.
Looks like its going to be one of our favourite places in Dubai.
We love Mexican food as it caters to all dietary requirements.
There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Dubai, ranging form Tex-Mex to fine dining and some in between.
Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and Bar at Madinat Jumeirah’s Mina A’Salam is not only fine dining but also has a Tex Mex section in its venue.
The menu is vast with some very interesting chilly margaritas…we tried the number 3 which was medium spicy and absolutely yum.
When it comes to food, hands down the MOLCAJETE is our favourite dish in this sprawling restaurant.
So its pronounced MOKA-HETE and is melted cheese in a hot volcanic stone bowl. Its primarily a mortar and pestle where they mic cheddar cheese, avacado, beetroot, onions, chillies in the molcajete sauce.
Once smashed and mixed, they put it on the soft corn tortillas, which you roll and eat with your hand.
The dish is flavourful and filling and best eaten hot.
Do try and let us know how you found it.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Iftar is a very important meal. In Dubai there are many Iftar spreads to try.
The one at Barbecue Delights has a spread of 40-50 dishes including soups, salads, drinks, mains and deserts.
There were plenty of meat dishes. We loved the grills like the lamb kebab and paneer that was served on our table.
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There’s very little vegetarian food, though, they brought some appetizers and main dishes on the table.
The naans were fresh and hot and the variety of drinks were good.
The buffet is from Iftar time until 8:30pm and is priced at AED99.
Located at the Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Gursha, an Ethiopian restaurant is offering an Iftar buffet for the holy month of Ramadan.
The Iftar menu is a blend middle eastern and Ehiopian dishes for everyone which will be served throughout the month of Ramadan from sunset to 9:00pm.
The buffet comprises of dates and dry fruits to break the fast and feast on healthy and enjoyable bites such as lentil or lamp soup, samosas and spring roll platters served with avocado or labne mitmita dips.
One can also make additions to the platters with half grilled chicken marinated with Ethiopian spices and served with Basmati rice, fossolia and doro sauce.
All the dishes are accompanied by a gluten free sourdough bread called ‘Injera’. The restaurant emphasizes on sharing food with the group in a common platter which has the Injera at the bottom to be eaten with vegetables and meat on top.
In the iftar buffet, we didn’t find any main vegetarian dishes, we mainly found spring rolls and samosas. However, on pointing this out, we got lentils and chickpeas Ethiopian style on our table.
Along with the buffet, a-la-carte will also be served. And if you are not pro meat or vegetarian, we highly recommend you go a-la-carte.
The Iftar menu is priced at AED 175 with a mix of Arabic and Ethiopian staples including a 50% discount for kids.
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Iftar spread at Punjabi By Nature, is an authentic Punjabi affair.
This year the restaurant is focusing on starters rather than main course, though we thought both the courses had enough number of items.
The appetizers include Papdi Chaat and Bhatti Da Murg, main courses have Chicken Tikka and Fish curry and deserts like Mango Shrikand and Gulab Jamun are on offer.
The spread is big and delicious and will be served from Iftar time until 8:30pm to minimise waste.
The restaurant has tied up with a charity organisation, which will pick up leftover food at 9:30pm every evening during Ramadan.
The Ramadan menu is priced at AED 59.
The restaurant will be taking orders throughout the day for free home delivery.
Call 04-3966044 or www.punjabibynature.ae