Logma – A traditional twist!

Samer and Elias have created something special, popular with the locals and the expats alike. Traditional influence with a modern take, Logma pleases the taste buds of many. Logma meaning ‘bites’ in Arabic serves Emirati cuisine.

People like myself keep returning as a need to satisfy my Logma fries craving. The flavor explosion in your mouth of the mixture of khaleeji herbs & spices and the crispiness of each fry mean they are totally addictive. You won’t be able to stop eating them. Don’t just take my word for it, read Baggage and Dish blog post here.

After entering the restaurant you notice the modern take on traditional decor with hanging lanterns, palm leaves and camel print, which sets the feel of the restaurant and cuisine to come. The team at Logma always make you feel welcomed.
I’ve tried a selection of their mocktails before. Desert Oasis, Passion of Arabia, Berry Blast & Atlantis. Out of them all, I was a fan of the Berry Blast as it is quite sour but also quenches your thirst. On my recent visit I opted for the iced karak which is overly sweet.

This time round I was here in time to try out some breakfast items which included a beef shakshouka, an egg paratha roll and also the emirati speciality, balaleet, which is sweetened vermicelli noodles served with omelette pieces. The shakshouka wasn’t as spicy as I hoped and the egg paratha was very comforting yet filling.

IMG_7405Logma offer a great selection of salads including the popular pomegranate mozzarella salad which is a personal favorite as I love the mixture of textures and flavors.IMG_7412As we were here around the brunch time we also got to try the talked about chicken wings. Now these may be the smallest wings I’ve ever seen but again the way they are coated, deep fried and rolled in that special mix of khaleeji spices they are up there with one of my favorites.

The beef sandwich is also a repeat order for me. Layers and layers of warm sliced beef tucked inside a khameer with a mixture of herbs and tomato slices. Although the slight citrus punch which I had previously tasted was missing, it’s still one very tasty sandwich indeed.

Although we passed on dessert on my most recent visit, the Lugaimat is not to be missed. Served with your choice of nutella or traditional date syrup you can’t stop yourself from eating these donut balls. If you’re after some coffee to help you digest then the Saudi coffee is lighter in color and in taste than the traditional Emirati coffee.494

493I can understand why Logma is one of the most popular restaurants in the Box Park area, it creates an addiction and craving like no other.

Logma is located in Box Park on Al Wasl Rd but you’ll also find a pop up store at Ripe Markets, Zabeel Park in the winter.495Here’s hoping to more branches soon and also a delivery service!

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Iftar @ A La Turca, Rixos, The Palm

If you’re a lover of Turkish food then you are in for a treat this Ramadan. Al La Turca in Rixos The Palm is dishing up some of the best Turkish dishes in town. (This has been verified by my Turkish flat mate who joined me for the Iftar evening).IMG_8590There is so much choice it can be a little overwhelming at first but it’s easy to navigate and there is plenty of staff on hand if you need some help.IMG_8616IMG_8618IMG_8612IMG_8623Freshly baked pide, soups, salads, mezze, Turkish doner, mante, the list goes on. The stuffed eggplant had to be my favorite as I even went back for seconds.IMG_8605IMG_8604Not to forget the always delicious and traditional Arabic baked lamb ouzi.IMG_8610They also have a live pasta station where they add blue cheese & walnuts. Mmmm.IMG_8632I loved the addition of the live BBQ station where you can select your meat be in T-Bone, beef fillets or lamb chops to be freshly grilled to your liking outside.IMG_8631Turkish ice cream stand provides entertainment for all the onlookers. There was even a Turkish sweet stand outside.IMG_8593The dessert options are plentiful with something to please everyone’s taste buds. My favorite was the Turkish delight stand with multiple flavored Turkish Delights to choose from.IMG_8594Fresh fruit stands line the outdoor seating area for guests to help them selves to.IMG_8592Turkish coffee and tea are available for after your meal are is included in the package.

The service is 5 star from the moment you arrive until the time you leave even though it’s a full house. It’s probably one of the best Iftars I’ve been to in Dubai in terms of offerings.

At 185aed for adults it’s a little on the higher end but it’s well worth it for what you get. If you’re taking kids with you between the age of 4-12 they dine at half price while kids under 4 eat free.

The iftar buffet is available from sunset until 9pm which is a little more generous than some other places which are kicking you out the door by 8:30pm.

For reservations call 04 457 54 54 or email dine.dubai@rixos.com

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Iftar @ The Constellation Ballroom, The Address Dubai Marina

From the moment the lift opens onto the 2nd floor, the candle’s flicker and the warm staff are there to greet you. You talk a stroll down the red carpet lined with traditional lanterns which leads to the main food hall. The first thing you will see is this impressive array of dates and dried fruits.IMG_7036You are then shown to your table which is in the Constellation ballroom, grand and decorated with a modern take on a traditional arabic theme. The tables are all lined with white tablecloths and also has dates and water waiting for you to break your fast.

The oud plays in the centre set the scene while you wait for the call to prayer to play out. The buffet offering in the main hall literally has something for everyone. From the traditional arabic offerings, to Indian (curries)…IMG_7051Chinese (dim sum & noodles)IMG_7055To Japanese (sushi) and everything in between. I even remember seeing some Mexican dishes.

The selection of hot and cold mezze was impressive and to be honest a little overwhelming. But I stuck to the basics, hummus, fattoush etc & I wasn’t disappointed.IMG_7040There was a selection of freshly fried dishes too including falafels and samboosas.IMG_7045The lengths they go to impress their guests is nothing but 5 star. Check out this clever quite literally “date palm”. So cool!IMG_7044They even had a live sharwarma station as well as ready made chicken sharwarmas for the taking.IMG_7047They don’t just have your standard boring plain bread options either. Check out these flavor combinations below. So delicious!IMG_7048As well as the most sought after Iftar dish, Lamb Ouzi they also had a rather large roasted turkey for the carving.IMG_7053Inside the ballroom is also a tea station serving Moroccan mint tea either with or without sugar. Perfect to help digest dinner.IMG_7049One of the dessert sections was dedicated to fresh fruit and ice cream. I particularly liked the exotic fruit they had ‘rambutan’ which is native to Asia. It’s almost like a lychee.IMG_7050Look how cute these kanufa nests are filled with pistachios. The birds would be jealous!IMG_7064Even some chocolate mousse with cream and berries for the traditionalists.IMG_7071There was even a selection of Indian desserts.IMG_7079There was more desserts that you could poke a stick at. Including this gorgeously presented pistachio fruit cake.IMG_7080The Constellation Ballroom holds over 400 guests but you do not feel cramped in the slightest. Nor do you feel you have to queue up for food. The well through out buffet table arrangement means people move freely from station to station. The staff provide drink replenishments straight to your table (think freshly squeezed juices and a traditional tamarind juice) and the two dessert stations inside as well as the ice cream station are cleverly positioned to avoid queues.

The Iftar is priced at 210AED per person with discounts available for large groups.

Don’t forget to hashtag Ramadan Sawa on the photos taken with the Ramadan Sawa frame for a chance to win an Iftar or a one night’s stay at the hotel. #RamadanSawa

Phone: 04 436 7777

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Aseelah – Fine dining Emirati cuisine

It was head Chef Uwe from Germany who had an idea some 5 years back to create a fine dining Emirati restaurant. It took a long time to bring it to life but for those who have already had the privilege of dining at Aseelah, they would agree with me when I say it was definitely worth the wait.IMG_8465The glamorous venue is a modern take on traditional Emirati decor which will leave you in awe. Radisson Blu Deira is home to some great restaurants, another one of them being The China Club.IMG_8466At the time when I dined the inside decor and the outside shisha patio overlooking the pool and the Dubai Creek were yet to be complete. This didn’t stop the Aseelah from impressing.IMG_8467The restaurant is broken down into 3 areas with 3 separate menus. One is a lounge with an Arabic DJ and a fully licensed bar. The second the formal dining area with 2 live cooking stations, one including a wood fire oven to freshly bake Arabic bread and the other which will be a hot and cold dessert station.IMG_8474I loved the crockery design. It added to the finesse of the place. Thess our waitress for the day was very polite and attentive. Upon arrival they serve a saffron shot.IMG_8468Aseelah is the only licensed Emirati restaurant in Dubai. The shisha restaurant is set to serve of 70 different flavors of shisha.IMG_8470They serve a refreshing menu of mocktails as well as serve a sweet date bread as a pre appetizer.IMG_8481We weren’t the only ones to order this fabulous beetroot carpaccio with rocket and a tahini flavored laban. The best part is it’s made with fresh local ingredients.IMG_8484We then wet our palettes with this warm and comforting chicken vermicilli noodle soup with fried onions and local spices. Aromatic and full of flavor.IMG_8486Our mains included this smoked rack of lamb with a saffron and cardamom infused gravy which in my opinion dulled the flavor of the smoked meat. It comes served with a side of walnut and apricot cous cous, underneath a large spoonful of sauteed spinach.IMG_8492The tastiest of the mains had to be this machboos fish. We asked for the gravy on the side as it is quite spicy with a mix of onions capsicums and spices but if anything it only enhanced the taste of the fish. We also asked to swap for the arabic date rice which was lovely and sweet. IMG_8494I finally tried camel! In the form of these trio camel sliders below each with a different topping. They aren’t as tough as what most people say camel meat is like because Chef Uwe makes the patties the same as he has done for years as passed down through generations, with a helping of onions and breadcrumbs. They come served with my favorite type of fries, sweet potato!IMG_8496When it came to tea time we were overwhelmed by the choices but the best part is this fancy menu with the option of smelling the various herbal and floral aromas before making your final decision.IMG_8500Not only that they present the tea in this gorgeous clear teapot along with a timer for brewing the tea exactly to your liking.IMG_8508We were then spoilt with dessert options from the traditional luqaimat to a baked cardamom cheesecake and a warm date cake served with mango and passionfruit ice cream; the latter being my favorite.IMG_8510The saffron cheesecake looked fabulous presented in this dark chocolate sphere sprayed in gold but the saffron flavor was not present. Regardless of the taste we were impressed by the presentation.IMG_8517I am already planning my return visit for Ramadan this year. At 165AED a pop this is such great value for the level of service and the quality of food you will receive in this modern Levantine restaurant.

Location: Radisson Blu, Baniyas, Dubai

Phone: 04 2057333

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Iftar preview at Al Maeda

Al Maeda is an upscale middle eastern restaurant located on the 1st floor in the Double Tree by Hilton along JBR. The location was a little awkward to reach as the direction we came from we couldn’t get into the valet parking so instead parked on a sandy block out the front of the hotel. We eventually made it to the restaurant which has an entrance from the side of the hotel, rather than having to walk right the way through it.

The well lit entrance is decorated with lanterns and the pleasant staff await your arrival and show you to your table. I particularly liked the tiled flooring which added to the Levant theme.

The buffet although not huge in size still has enough variety to help you break your fast. Each table is lit by candles and has a bowl of dates whilst the staff offer Ramadan drinks including laban, a lemon mint beverage or a tamarind juice (just to name a few) which have sugar to help replenish your sugar levels after fasting.IMG_7014Although there is an outdoor terrace with a sea view (perfect for those shisha smokers) it may be a bit warm outside now in the evenings, so for those just wanting to dine, I’d recommend booking your table inside.

The spread starts with a range of freshly baked breads, those of which the arabic bread is brought straight to your table fresh from the oven.

You can expect a range of salads and hot and cold mezzes, a vast selection of hot soups and dishes and an impressive range of fresh fruits and desserts. IMG_6981The best cold mezzeh was by far the beetroot moutabel. Rich in color and taste.

The hot food includes a selection of Moroccan tagines as well as roast beef and chicken.

My favorite offering of the evening was the tender, slow cooked, lamb ouzi which just oozed with flavor. Get it? 😛

There’s a range of exotic fruits as well as western desserts but also arabic puddings on offer so something to suit everyone’s taste buds.IMG_7001We ended our meal with some Moroccan tea to aid with the digestion.IMG_7013The restaurant is family friendly offering kids pizza and pasta as an alternative to the buffet spread.

Once Ramadan starts (expected date 6th June) Al Maeda will come alive with live musicians adding to the whole experience.

To enhance the Iftar dining experience, guests can discover the talent of the Emirati artist Ahmed Al Muhairi who will be showcasing his work throughout the month. Guests are also invited to participate in a raffle draw to win a Mussandam Dhow Cruise for two with every 100 AED spent.

IMG_7012Iftar buffet inclusive of Ramadan drinks is just AED 139. Sohour a la carte menu offers standard platter for AED 69 and a premium platter for AED 89.

Location: 1st floor, DoubleTree by Hilton, The Walk, JBR

Phone: 04 453 3333

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