Seattle’s Best Coffee has launched a new food menu for the first time.
We tried the food at the Al Ghurair Mall outlet. There are 11 different sandwiches available with salads and snacks as well.
Some of the dishes include Lite Chicken Pumpkin Salad, Tempting Tomato Bulgur, and Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich alongside their signature coffees and beverages.
We tried the beef wrap and a veg wrap. Both tasted good but were a little dry.
We also had their coffee – Americano & Mocha… both good as well.
And then we finished our meal with some cinnamon sticks and Cinnabon rolls…
Overall the food tasted good, but lacked in presentation. Coffees and desserts were great.
It’s a great place to catch some food on the go.
Raffles Hotel launched its first floral afternoon tea with Forever Rose.
Forever Rose is a floristry and rose retailer in the UAE. The afternoon tea started from January 22nd for a period of six months.
The launch saw marzipans being made in the form of roses and exquisitely laid out food that looked like a garden. There were more sweet items than savoury and they were all delicious with a hint of spring.
In the sublime setting of Raffles Salon, Victorian styled gold stands will play host to the afternoon tea and Forever Rose’s signature Bella Rose.
The themed menu will incorporate the essence of flowers with savoury treats such as cured salmon with hibiscus extract, fresh mango, herb sponge and basil leaves and rose shaped brie mousse with edible flower, pine nuts, and fig compote on pumpernickel bread.
The sweet temptations include scones with strawberry jam with rose water, orange blossom custard cream and Jasmine flavoured chocolate ganache with a honey sable sure to satisfy cravings.
Carluccios at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai has a family grazing brunch every Friday that starts at noon and ends at 3:30pm. It includes free flow of food and drinks.
Being an Italian restaurant there is a buffet of pizza, pasta and desserts. Apart form that there’s an outside area for grills and an amazing martini station.
Little ones also get a treat with a gelato cart, face painting and balloon animals.
The outside terrace seating is particularly nice in the winter months.
Out favourite were the martinis which we tried with every fruit puree available.
The brunch with hops and grapes is for AED395 per person and kids under 12 eat free.
More Café started 2018 with a redesign of its outlets, a flagship store in Mercato Mall and introduced a new ice cream brand.
Its open-plan space, the new concept is fresh, modern and warm. The Mercato branch has introduced a new communal workspace and has launched showcasing the work of local artist Reem Al Rawi.
It remains home to a community library, boasting a new initiative that encourages diners to leave five books in exchange for a coffee and croissant or stick to the traditional book swap.
Families can enjoy while their kids are catered for with the introduction of ‘kids’ corner’ complete with interactive wall space, toys and a special designed menu offering.
The new brand – Glow by MoRE Kitchen – is an artisan ice-cream concept with over 16 flavours including coffee caramel crunch, baklava, um ali, red velvet, lotus and sahlab mistica.
They have ice cream pies – available as a whole or by the piece. A selection of ice lollies are also available with flavours such as sprite lemonade with mixed berries, cardamom and rosewater & pistachio kulfi as signatures.
Middle East brand Blaze Burgers from Bahrain is offering craft burgers at its funky outlet at The Walk JBR.
It has its house rules and an extensive menu offering different types of burgers. Once you order you can get into the supermarket where you put all the sauces you want in a basket and carry it to your table.
We started with some mocktails and an awesome Arabic milkshake called Balaleet, which was a dessert in a glass. Then came the various dips with scoopers – a variety of fries. These sauces made the fries taste so so good, to choose a favourite is tough as all of them were amazing.
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Then came our Tabooca burgers, which is basically the patty with toppings between two grilled cheese sandwiches. It was unique, different and awesome but way too filling.
We finished with this gooey chocolatey dessert, with extra sauce m&ms and soft serve ice cream.
Blaze burgers is the place for those looking for exceptional craft burgers with unique taste and those who are not on a diet.
However, those watching the waistline can ask for a lettuce wrap instead of bread to opt for low-carb option. Meanwhile, there’s choice aplenty for side dishes – with French fries, chips, onion rings and the Blaze Burgers famous “scoopers” all on the menu.
The brand also has DryShake – milkshake made entirely with ice-cream and not milk.
Riso Veg Italian Kitchen, a continental cuisine restaurant, in Oud Metha Dubai is the newest restaurant to be only vegetarian offering Italian, Mexican and Lebanese cuisine.
The restaurant offers a casual, warm atmosphere and almost 100 menu items that are all vegetarian.
There’s a selection of fondue, mocktails, and a stone grill menu. It also has whole wheat options for some of its dishes and also provides gluten free menu items.
We started our meal with some exotic mocktails like china chilli and then got mushroom and asparagus soup. Moved on to water chestnut and mango salad, herbed and spiced potatoes, corn cheese balls, pesto hummus, nachos that were assembled on the table and beautifully presented bruschettas.
We also tried the very thin pizza and Mongolian rice and finished with the mud cake.
What we liked? The potatoes, assorted bruschettas, pesto hummus, the wafer thin pizza and the mud cake was out of this world.
A great place for vegetarians as it has a lot on offer at affordable prices.
Wokyo is a casual noodle bar, located in Jumeirah Lake Towers in Dubai.
It offers a Far East menu, with a focus on Japan. It has recently introduced Ramen noodles as well.
The menu offers customisation with three steps – 1- Choose your sauce. 2- Choose the base 3- Choose your protein.
Combine your choice of fresh ingredients and there’s variety of ramens, soups, sides and desserts to choose from.
You must try the various Japanese drinks like cream soda to teas that are available plus the Matcha ice-cream is an absolute must have.
This eatery is quite a hidden gem in Dubai.
Launched in 2013, Mama Tani Café is an authentic Emirati Café in the heart of Dubai.
Known for serving delicious Emirati bread, Khameer, and pancakes, Chebab, Mama Tani means ‘second mother’, and provides a cozy setting and warm service.
We started with some lentil soup that came with Khameer bread, moved on to salads and then the mains. We had the basil khameer, baked eggplant khammer based pizza, chicken quinoa biryani and sheesh tawuk khameer.
Khameer bread is quite tasty and different from the regular pitas. The cafe offers healthy options with quinoa and healthier khameer flour.
We loved the basil khameer and sheesh tawuk. The star of the meal, though, was the chebab with saffron cream – a traditional Emirati dessert.
The desserts are quite unique as they use rose and pistachios in cakes, among other things.
The café offers desserts, sweetmeats, as well as savoury treats, lunches, daily specials and breakfasts.
If you haven’t tasted khameer bread, then this is the place to go.
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.