If trying out iftars are something you look forward to, then here’s a spread which is a must try.
This Ramadan at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City has buffet the promises to fill you up and spoil you with choices.
The iftar has six different cuisines with live counters, from Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese to Italian.
There is a vast array of tasty appetisers, traditional hot and cold Arabic mezze platters, as well as fresh salads and seafood.
For main course, dishes will include an Arabic section featuring manakeesh and lamb ouzi, plus made to order noodle dishes from the noodle station, Indian tandoor delicacies as well as succulent roast beef, chicken and lamb.
Those with a sweet tooth, this is a paradise. From date and baklava desserts along with traditional Arabic delights such as Umm Ali and freshly prepared Kunafe, Indian sweets, an icecream station and several other desserts are on offer.
We particularly loved the hot dimsums, customised our own noodles, had some freshly prepared chaat and some great variety of olives and dates.
The Iftar will be available from sunset to 11.00pm daily in the month of Ramadan.
The price of Iftar for adults is AED 185 per person inclusive of soft beverages. For children from 5 to 12 years old the price is AED 95, while children under 5 eat for free.
Ricetta, the Italian restaurant at Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai opened its kitchen doors for the first time for a children’s cooking class this Spring.
Children between the ages 6-12 years were invited to don their chef hats and spatulas to create culinary works of art under the able supervision of Head Chef Alex Sebastianutti and his team.
My 7-year-old boy who loves to cook had a great time making pasta from scratch and decorating cupcakes.
He definitely wanted more in terms of mixing in the sauce and adding herbs to the pasta, which was done by the chef’s team.
Le Petit Chef is a new show in Dubai that combines travel and food.
The culinary journey uses technology to tell a travel tale, while the food uses the ingredients from the destinations in the story.
Here are 5 reasons why you must experience this exciting culinary adventure:
1. Its unlike anything you’ve experienced before
This delightful gastronomic experience is full of fun and surprises. You can engage all your senses as you savour the different flavours, sights, sounds and aromas.
2. Technology incorporated in the concept
This unique dining concept incorporates innovative 3D projection mapping. The experience not only excites the palate with an elaborate five-course set menu, it also puts on a thrilling show with a mini chef who uniquely accompanies you on a culinary adventure.
3. Tale of Marco Polo
The dish’s journey on the plate is accompanied with an exciting performance from Le Petit Chef himself, telling the tale of Marco Polo’s travels to different countries and presenting the native flavours of these lands through an exquisite meal.
Espana Lounge Bar has opened its doors in Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Deira. The licensed restaurant and lounge offers tapas as well as signature Spanish dishes and cocktails.
Drawing inspiration from the vibrant nightlife of cities such as Barcelona and Ibiza, the venue is the perfect setting for avid partygoers or for those who want to experience Spanish cuisine.
The venue is quite surreal with a number of areas to choose from. be it the terrace, ladies only bar, the main bar area with eye-catching chairs to a sit-down eating area. Within the 6,600-sqft space, there is also an upside down room, which is quite intimate and interesting.
We tried a number of tapas and drinks. The venue tries to offer vegetarian tapas that are not just patatas bravas or eggs.
We loved the vegetable parilla, smoked salmon with pumpkin, Sevillien spring Salad and beetroot croquets.
The food, drinks and decor are extremely fascinating and this place is good for those who want to chill or party.
You wont get enough in one visit, Espana is a place that’s worthy of a couple of visits.
La Tablita Mexican Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights is all about authentic Mexican cuisine.
What’s the restaurant like?
The restaurant is spacious with an open kitchen. It has two-level seating options, where one is located near the sprawling bar. There’s a blackboard sort of a wall panel where all things Mexican are written. The décor also has Mexican hats on display and there’s a Spanish singer singing live most of the nights.
What’s the menu like?
We were expecting Burritos, chimichangas and all the tex-mex food we are so used to in Dubai. We were pleasantly surprised with soft tacos, dry tortillas, enchiladas and other true Mexican style food on offer.
We started with regular nachos accompanied by 3 varieties of sauces from mild, medium and spicy variations. Guacamole was also served, which was fresh and delicious.
Then came a barrage of tacos and ceviches to sample. From Chicken tacos with chipotle, beef – avocado – cream cheese to Panner salas verde taco, we had a mix of flavours and each one better than the other.
A new ladies night concept has been launched in Dubai.
Ladies on a Wednesday night are offered 9 free drinks at Century Village in Garhoud.
Three free drinks and canapés are offered at Soho Bar and Grill, St Tropez Bistro and Joey’s.
Quattro Ristorante in Mankhool Dubai offers vegetarian Mexican and Italian food with molecular gastronomy.
What’s the restaurant like?
The restaurant is roomy and has a seating capacity of 85. The interiors are white, blue and green, with couch seating and a few high chair seating tables as well. The restaurant has a chilled vibe and a great ambience.
What’s the menu like?
The menu is extensive and offers a range of Mexican and Italian delights. The drinks on the menu are quite unique with eat your iced tea,smoothies to very berry. The appetisers are very interesting with corn cookies, formaggio de patate, risotto pale, filo parcels and crispy tacos. The menu is huge and its difficult to choose. For the mains we had spinach rice with paprika sauce, al funghi pizza and pink pasta. to top it all they have two pages of desserts which are eggless and gelatin-free.
How was the food?
The starters were delicious and the presentation was exquisite. The formaggio de papate came with cheese ice cream, which had a burst of flavours when eaten together. The risotto pale came with a chilli oil injection, incase you want an extra dose of spice. The spinach rice in the the mains is excellent a sit comes with a creamy vegetable paprika sauce. It tastes quite unique with the rice. The dessert is worth waiting for. We tried three: tiramisu, hazelnut mouse with Belgian chocolate ice cream and popcorn and tres leches.
The restaurant has true Italian and Mexican taste. There are many options to try and the quality of the food is A grade. I would definitely go for the exotic dishes rather than the regular pasta and pizza.
Spinach rice was great and formaggio de patate was our favourite. But the best is the dessert and we can’t pick one – the three we tried were awesome. Do try the hazelnut mouse as it can be shared by up to four people. The portion sizes are good and for the price you pay, you get an amazing choice of quality food. The restaurant is a definitely a jewel in Dubai’s vegetarian scene.
Boutique Le Chocolat is the first and only multi-brand retail experience based on chocolate in Dubai.
Located in City Walk Dubai, the store is huge with 28 brands from across the world and 750 flavours of chocolates.
Its very unique in scale and diversity. Inspired by the Paris Salon du Chocolat and reinvented and elevated to another level, the store celebrates chocolate in all forms.
It is every chocolate lover’s dream as they get to experience the best form of chocolate craftsmanship at the hands of the world’s renowned chocolate artisans.
There are bespoke chocolate creations as display, which change every 6-8 weeks depending on the season and festivities.
The store also a factory set up straight out of Charlie and the chocolate factory, where you put in a DHs20 note and then there are sounds, smoke, music and then pops out a chocolate bar.
The brand aims to add 60 new brands in the near future.
Fluffy pancakes, juicy burgers, crispy tots, soda floats and thick milkshakes is what Big Daddy’s is all about.
The New York brand has stepped outside of the US for the first time and set up shop at Burjuman Dubai.
It has brought hip 80s-styled fun including retro arcade game machines and 80s soundtrack to the emirate.
The American diner has an extensive choice of shakes and desserts. What’s our favourite though is the Birthday Cake shake, that comes with actual cake bites and a candle.
The menu includes all-day breakfast, pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs of all varieties, sandwiches, shakes, burgers and smoothies.
The crispy tots are worth trying as well, they are mini hash browns served as a side with burgers and sandwiches.
We tried the Chicken Burger and the veggie sandwich, both were tasty and filling. The dessert and shakes were out of this world.
Big Daddy’s is quite affordable and their portion sizes are big.