1. They serve cereal! All those American favorites comes together in one place with a choice or full fat, semi skim, soy, almond or rice milk. Think Reeses Puff’s, Trix and Lucky Charms. (Although the latter was not available on my visit)
2. The menu is so BIG that it caters for everyone. Vegetarian? No problems. Gluten free? There’s something for you.
3. Bottomless (black) coffee – These two words are music to coffee drinkers ears and so typically American too!
4. They serve chicken for breakfast! I had the Redneck which is two poached eggs on top of two buttermilk chicken pieces with a super generous portion of breakfast potatoes. Super delicious with a zingy hollandiase sauce. You can also order chicken & waffles.
5. You can have fun for free! They have arcade machines on free play and a jukebox as well as multiple TV screens showing American sports.
The service at Claw is always friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed and casual.
Unfortunately breakfast won’t be served again until after Ramadan so you’ll have a few more weeks to wait.
Also, breakfast is only served on the weekends; Fridays from 8am til 12pm & Saturdays from 8am til 2pm.
If you managed to find the location of By Parkers then you would of seen Tribes on the opposite side of the mall.
If the name wasn’t suggestive enough Tribes in an African inspired restaurant and more catered to the carnivores than to the vegetarians. We were welcomed by one of the staff saying “Welcome to Africa”.
We choose our seat ( the table with the best light ) and are introduced to the manager who says they are trialling a new menu which is A la carte style rather than the ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet they once served.
Unfortunately for us and our rather large appetite the Prime Rib was unavailable and I settle for the South African 100 day grain fed beef fillet instead, cooked medium and my guest the hanging skewer.
In my opion Africa produce some of the best beef in the world, reminiscing on my steak in South Africa which I could cut with a butter knife. Although not to throw shade at my home country or neighbors, Australia and New Zealand cuts are also featured on the menu.
First to arrive on our table was a rather large loaf of warm bread loaded with sundried tomatoes. Pro tip: The mains are quite big, so keep the bread intake to a minimum.
Shortly followed by our drinks. I ordered the African sunset mocktail however they must of been out of fresh passionfruit as disappointingly there was none in my drink.
I loved the decor especially the wicker basket lamp shades and colorful walls. The waitresses wore these cute printed dresses, whilst the guys outfits were very bright and colorful.
We shared the beetroot and avocado salad as a starter. It was light and fresh and I especially loved the garnish of roasted garlic slices.
For me the crunchy prawn and avocado dish had the potential to be a nice dish but the prawns weren’t as fresh as one would of liked.
When our mains arrived my steak was cooked excatly to my specification and beautifully charred. Unfortunately the corn wasn’t straight off a cob and tasted a little more tinned than fresh and the sweet potato was the yellow variety so not as sweet as the orange type.
Dessert was not required but insisted upon us, so we agreed to share the melting caramel malva cake which is a hefty slice of date cake with a burnt caramel cream on top. Indulgent to say the least!
If you’re celebrating a birthday don’t forget to mention it to the staff as you will be entertained with the African drums, singing and dancing which will have you smiling from ear to ear.
The first hotel to hit City Walk, Al Safa is La Ville, a boutique hotel under the Marriott groups Autograph collection boasting a refreshing modern but minimalistic edge and consisting of around eighty guest rooms and five F&B outlets, three of which I got to experience recently.
We experienced a Culinary Immersion evening organised by Monica at DoinDubai. Starting with Look Up Bar. Make sure you do, as I nearly didn’t notice the sky above me as I was too fixated with the view of the Burj Khalifa over the infinity pool.
This rooftop bar situated on Level 5, serves up your regular cocktail options as well as some signatures using the hotels own mix of beauty elixirs. Cocktail with beauty benefits? Sign. Me. Up! As well as a variety of other drinks they also have a light bites menu. Some of the options include some rather large jalepenos stuffed with feta cheese, homemade marinated mixed olives and artisan vegetable chips. Think purple potato, beetroot and yuca all served with a tasty onion dip.
Chival Global Social is the hotels all day dining restaurant focusing on healthy food. The restaurant opens out onto a terrace and even has a private dining area good for 8-10 guests. This room is gorgeously decorated with leafy green plants and quotes on the walls. The overhead lamps add ample light and I almost forgot what it’s like to dine in a restaurant that isn’t dimly lit.
We enjoyed a range of appetizers including a beet & lentil salad, a spiced cauliflower and freekeh mix as well as my favorite dish a Tuna Tataki and Cucumber Salad with glass noodles, edamame and a miso vinaigrette, followed by mains consisting of Island Prawns, a rather greasy Prime Burger served in a pretzel bun and the hard to pronounce agnolotti pasta, pockets of pasta squares cooked al dente and stuffed with ricotta and spinach, the latter of which we ordered a second plate.
The third F&B outlet on the culinary immersion tour was Graze gastro grill. It’s a hip venue playing some upbeat tunes with an impressive ceiling. Another reason for you to Look Up. This was the location for our final stop on the culinary immersion and we enjoyed dinner over this gorgeously lit table.
First up we had a pre dessert made up of a blueberry and balsamic sorbet topped with a virgin mojito cream and a sprig of mint. A tangy palette cleanser that wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Followed by a smoked vanilla ice cream, a Japanese cotton cheesecake, a dark chocolate missipi pie and a white chocolate zabaglione. My favorite out of all the desserts by far was the Japanese cotton cheesecake. It was fluffy and light served with a sour wild berry coulis.
The hotel is still in soft opening but you can expect a grand opening next month. I’m looking forward to my next visit and trying out the Grape Skin Wine Bar which will be starting Ladies nights soon.
As always it was a pleasure dining with my fellow foodies Monica, Nairuz, Rachel, Meghana, Javeria, Mark and Rohit.
Next time you’re in the area, don’t forget to pay La Ville a visit. There’s plenty of options which are sure to tickle your tastebuds.
I don’t know about you but I can’t help but sing Bruno Mars 24K every time I hear the restaurant name 24 Karat. This newly opened Italian fine dining restaurant headed up but none other than Chef Glady (which many of you may remember from Per Te) calls the Marriott Al Jaddaf it’s home. Replacing a Japanese restaurant which never eventuated, the kitchen was changed, as was the decor to give this spacious restaurant, the midas touch.
The gold theme touches everything from the cutlery to your plate or even into your glass. Their menu’s are on iPads and offers a video preview of almost every dish hence it does take a little while to go through the entire menu. Luckily the attentive staff are on hand to give you some suggestions. I’m sat on a wide, plush, subtly golden chair which is so comfortable it doesn’t feel like I should be eating on it, rather be watching TV in someone’s living room.
For starters we ordered the 24 Karat burrata; served with 3 way cherry tomatoes, poached, cherry and sun dried, drizzled with basil dressing and creamy balsamic truffle flavored gold flakes! Two of my favorite foods together, what’s not to love?
As well as the seared scallops with creamy saffron, exquisitely made squid ink crackers, shimeji mushrooms and a cauliflower puree. Perfectly cooked and presented.
Not to mention the beef carpaccio; thinly sliced rare beef garnished with pears, pistachio, circles of parmesan cheese, sprinkles of black Hawaiin salt and slices of fresh truffle. Each ingredient playing a key part to balance out this dish.
Whilst we wait a slate board of freshly baked chilli and garlic crisp bread arrive made in house. It’s decorated with stracciatella cheese and olive oil with fresh sprigs of herbs.
Chef Glady also bought us a sample of the Japanese wagyu. A grade 9 marbled steak cut into slices and served upon a bed of truffle mash. The steak melts at 29 degrees and your mouth is generally around 34 degrees. So this piece of meat literally does melt in your mouth. If you wanted to order this in the restaurant be prepared to cough up 790 dirhams for a 350gram serving. However the quality of the meat is that good, it’s worth every dirham.
For mains we tried the paccheri Lobster and Crab pasta and the slow cooked and braised veal ossobucco milanese, the latter atop of a brightly colored saffron risotto.
The pasta was cooked very al dente. The large tubed pasta shells engulf the Canadan losbter pieces in the crab sauce that each bite is seafood heaven.
Last but never least order the golden bomb and tiramisu for dessert. The golden bomb is the highlight for sure. A chocolate sphere surrounded by a an edible forest; a nest of woven sugar which is drowned in hot white chocolate sauce until it melts leaving a mix of chocolate and berries on a bed of crumbled chocolate brownie. Just wow!
Before leaving we take a tour of the restaurant which has 3 private dining areas, a huge al fresco dining terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa in the distance. They plan to install an outdoor pizza oven too. My mouth is already watering.
At the moment the restaurant does not have their alcohol license but that could change in the future. They do however have a quite a range of soft beverages including Dubai cola, (a cola drink mixed with dates and honey which is very sweet) and lots of fancy non alcoholic wines with plenty of sparkles inside.
24 Karat fits perfectly into the Dubai brand with gold flakes and truffle ringing through their menu. However it’s the quality of their ingredients and the way they wow their customers with attention to detail which is why this Italian restaurant is set for success.
It’s not just in the presentation but with the execution of each dish. The passion for food really shines through. You’ll be hard pressed trying to find a dish that isn’t delicious or “grammable“.
A taxi trip drops us at Al Murooj Rotana, perhaps in the wrong spot, as we find ourselves walking through a car park, down some stairs, then through an outdoor garden setting before finally reaching Jodhpur. Flustered, we enter the premises and have time to cool down and start to relax as we walk down the spiral staircase to our table.
The interiors are lavish although possibly a little out dated, however the service we received from start to finish made us feel like royalty.
We were lucky enough to try 14 dishes from the menu and you can tell every dish was made with passion. The chaat macaron was such an incredible amuse-bouche touching on each of the five taste sensations and every dish following came with a story.
This fruit cocktail we were served had hints of aniseed which I’m not a huge fan of but it sure does look pretty.
I couldn’t choose my favorite from the 3 starters as they are all different and unique in their own way. Though being a carnivore and a sucker for tamarind sauce the short beef rib does lead the way.
There’s a decent break between each dish until you reach the mains which is when the portion sizes defeat us. Between two, we are already struggling. We jumped up to watch how the chef’s prepare the chicken & chestnut kulcha (pictured above).
This is when our dining experience was briefly interrupted by famous Dubai Vlogger Mo who looks like he might of been lost and rolled through the restaurant with his entourage.
This mango, cranberry and kaffir lime sorbet palette cleanser was the perfect size and served in miniature pressure cookers, cute!
The mains arrive and we are flabbergasted by how much food there is. The faux dal makhni substituted with moong dal was too hard to resist dipping the chur-chur kulcha in. Loved the mini garlic paos that come skewered on top of the batata vada too.
Not one but 3 desserts came out sometime after we’d managed to make a dent into our main courses. The kesar malai kulfi, comes served as one giant popsicle and garnished with crushed nuts and freeze dried raspberries.
The rasmalai was one of the best I’ve tasted in Dubai and for sure is my favorite Indian dessert. Irresistibly smooth, but also crunchy.
The jalebi’s come hung on a tree and are too many for us to finish despite their light airy texture so the rest are packed away for us to take home.
Chef Pradeep Khullar has created something unique, with the modern take on his childhood classics, that you too are taken on his nostalgic culinary journey.
Whatever you decide choose at Jodhpur, you won’t be disappointed.
O’Learys hails from Boston, MA, U.S.A and is a sports restaurant loaded with sports memorabilia all over the walls as well as loads of screens to catch the latest games. The venue itself gives off that Boston vibe, the type you see on a lot of American sitcoms. From the green seats and the polished brass finishings along with the green and white checkered table clothes, it could of easily been a film set for an episode of Cheers.Speaking of games, this place is not just for the adults. It caters for all ages with the addition of a foosball table, air hockey table, retro arcade games, pinball and an addictive basketball hoop where you can challenge your friend at who’s the better hoop sinker.You can purchase tokens from the bar and play while you wait for your food arrive. Sticking to it’s theme it serves typically American bar grub, including chicken wings and burgers through to pastas and salads. They have an impressive drink menu which unfortunately for some is only non-alcoholic. Something they aren’t looking to change in the future.
Our waitress for the day was cheerful and pro active anticipating our needs. Due to the soft launch they didn’t have one of the ingredients to make the drink we were after so we settle with a vanilla iced latte. Served tall with plenty of ice cream on top it was that perfect combination of coffee and milk. Not too sweet at all.My friend and I shared their chicken quesadilla as well as the Buffalo Chicken Wings for starters along with a side of Potato Gratin. The filling of the quesadillas weren’t bad but they use bottled guacamole on the side. Fresh guacamole would of been much better. The chicken wings weren’t hot at all for buffalo wings, with more of a sweeter taste similar to that of sweet chilli. They make their own buffalo sauce in house. Next time I’d opt for the parmesan garlic flavour.
Starters done and off we were again this time shooting hoops. We were having so much fun we didn’t realise that our mains had started to arrive. Feeling parched we quickly order some iced berry drinks to cool us down.This time we shared the Boston Burger and the rib eye steak. The steak is chargrilled and served with a cob of corn and half a tomato which had also been grilled and garnished with some lemon. The Boston burger comes served in a basket with fries and even though it looked quite small had quite a thick bun and a patty with melted cheese, two types of sauce, as well as tomatoes and onion. The bread was a little dry but the patty was juicy. The two sauce combination didn’t seem to match and we would of preferred your regular tomato and mustard combo. The fries were cooked to perfection and salted just right. The steak comes served with your choice of sauce and the mushroom sauce was thick and creamy. A nice addition.I spent too long photographing the Mexican donut that when I eventually open it the ice cream inside runs out like a milky river. The combination of the thick crusted donut with the cold runny insides is delicious and I wish I tucked into it earlier.My friend goes for the banana split which is heaped with two different flavours of ice cream and lashings of cream and chocolate sauce. It’s enjoyable and demolished within a few minutes.Too full to even move at this stage we sit back and let the food digest a little before gathering for a group photo. So much fun was had that we leave on a high of sugar and adrenalin. A great place for all ages.
There’s an abundance of Peruvian restaurants popping up in Dubai lately. A welcome invite saw myself and a guest have the privilege of dining at the newly opened Totora Cebicheria Peruana which calls Gate 7 in DIFC home.
I’m wowed as soon as I walk in, the floating bridge they’ve created for their entrance makes me feel like I’m deep in the Amazon. Lions and monkeys aside, the well mannered staff greet us on the other side and one kindly escorts us to our table upstairs in the main dining area. The pops of aqua green and cleverly hidden lights add a chic feeling while the music is a mix of Spanish infused house which is heard from the live DJ in the bar/lounge below.
Ronaldo is our server for the evening and passes by with a set menu for the evening. It includes three different types of cebiches. 2 years ago I would of never thought I’d be eating raw fish and here I am, fighting for the last bits of the Tuna cebiche, soaked in a salty but Asian inspired sesame dressing. Although we both agreed the mushroom cebiche is also outstanding and we’d definitely order this dish again.
We are offered a pisco sour, a traditional cocktail of Peru made with you guessed it, Pisco which is a brandy base originating from South America; mixed with egg whites, bitters and citrus juice.
Post starters Ronaldo serves us with another cocktail, this time it’s a Chilcano, which again uses pisco as it’s base but this time has a refreshing sparkling of ginger ale with fresh lime juice and a dash of bitters.
The next round of small bites include a maki roll topped with quinoa and a Peruvian sauce, some beef empanadas de carne as well as some anticuchos which are grilled chicken skewers. For me the sushi and chicken skewers were a little bland and something I would not order next time. I was happy to know that we knew exactly how to eat the empanadas with Ronaldo chirping in as we did. “Ahh you know how to eat them”. Apparently cutting them in half first then squeezing the lime in the center before taking a bite is the correct way. A good guess by us!
Next we rolled onto the mains which included a braised lamb leg perched on top of a bed of Peruvian squash, a quinoa salad with truffle oil, white wine, mushrooms and parmesan and last but not least duck on a bed of risotto style beer flavored rice. Not being a fan of truffle oil, the quinotta was the least favorite for me. Although it’s the most bland of the 3 the lamb was my favorite as it’s a comforting dish of slow cooked fall apart lamb in a warm gravy and whilst the duck meat was also very good I wasn’t a fan of the rice base so overall for me it the duck dish didn’t hit the spot.
The dessert comes later with two on offer – their Clasico Peruano a classic rice pudding with crumbled pieces of chewy fig and a traditional purple corn sorbet. As much as I appreciate the combination of flavors and textures the Tres Leches is right up my alley. A little annoyed I didn’t have time to take a “before” picture as Ronaldo starts pouring the condensed milk straight over the thick but fluffy wedge of cake which then makes the whipped cream peaks slide off the cake making for an “after” photo like the one below.
If I didn’t have a pending vacation I would of gobbled all of the Tres Leches down to myself as my guest preferred the rice pudding. Although I must admit I had troubles putting the spoon down.
As you can see the kitchen has a special eye for attention to detail and if you’re after a lot of fresh ingredients with ample flavor then Totora is for you.
Let’s just be honest. I’ve never been a fan of peanut butter in saying that though I don’t mind the odd peanut here or there. However walnuts and almonds are my favorite nut these days. So having a Choithrams down the road from me which sells freshly made almond butter from raw almonds has definitely changed the way I look at nut butters. Although I’m still not into slathering nut butters on to toast as I find the sensation of having a thick paste stuck to the roof of your mouth unpleasant, I don’t mind dipping sliced red gala apple pieces into a container of almond butter. Delish!
Below is a recipe I used to make back in Sydney and is borrowed from The Balanced Blonde.
I recommend finding and buying yourself some mini silicone cups. These will make your life a hell of a lot easier.
Firstly, for the nutty layer, mix in a bowl 1/2 a cup of natural peanut butter and 1/2 cup of raw almond butter, along with 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and a tablespoon of agave or maple syrup. I’ve decided to use this which is the best of both worlds.
Mix well then spoon the mixture into the mini silicone cups until 3/4 of the way full. Transfer them into the freezer to set. (Approx 15 mins).While the base is setting, in a new bowl, mix up 1/2 a cup of raw cacao powder, one tablespoon of the agave/maple syrup with a 1/3 of a cup of coconut oil until completely mixed in and entirely smooth.
Remove the cups from the freezer and top with the chocolate mixture and return to the freezer for setting. (Approx 15 minutes).
And voila! There you have it. Bite size raw treats that everyone will love and a healthy alternative to Reeses.The best part is you can leave them in the freezer for as long as you want and just grab one anytime you feel like a chocolaty nutty treat!
If you’ve heard about Swaadish then you probably know about their specialty. A Nutella Samosa which oozes with so much Nutella one would think a whole jar was inside. The twist is that the pastry outside is dry and not oily and also contains a dusting of spice which is unusually different but immensely enjoyable. Avoid wearing white when visiting.
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Enough of the warnings though. If you haven’t heard about or seen the new mall, confusingly called “The Mall” in Jumeirah 3, then add it into your GPS as this is the place you need to visit as it’s cute little food court is home to Swaadish. The mall is brand spanking new. It’s a quiet mall which means the parking is plentiful and the experience, peaceful.The owner Raza greets us as he is one of the staff behind the counter, and he works around the clock to ensure the smooth running of this newly opened Pakistani fast food restaurant, a rarity to find inside a mall. Their delivery side of the business is the most popular with them covering Dubai Media City all the way up to J3.
The produce is all supplied by 3 local vendors and the owner Raza himself is previously a Thai trained Chef but decided to stick to his roots and open up this subcontinental kitchen.
As it was Ramadan when we visited they provided dates, a fruit salad and a sweet Rooh Afza (Strawberry flavored) Non-Alcoholic Margarita to help my friends break their fast.
We started with some traditional Dahi Bharray, a cool yoghurt mixture topped with crunchy salad slices and spices.We then munched on these crunchy pakoras; battered and deep fried onions with a mixture of herbs and spices.We then moved onto the mains with a Butter Chicken, a Daal Bukhara and a Mutton Peshawari, all rich in flavor but with their own identities, with the Mutton being a favorite among us.There’s nothing quite like a large, thick and fluffy buttery, garlic naan to soak up your curries with, so fresh n hot out the kitchen that R. Kelly would be jelly.We also tried Swaadish’s Chicken Tikka Biryani which was a little dry for me and personally I would of preferred chicken pieces rather than bone is as it makes it easier for eating and especially sharing.The Chicken Gola Kabab which I foolishly thought was “cola” kabab due to my poor eyesight was perfectly browned minced chicken pieces blended with a mixture of spices and yoghurt and served with magical Masala Fries.I say the fries are magical because they transport me to another place. They create an addiction like no other and I just can’t get enough that I have to order more.
But it’s not all about fried foods, for the health conscious they also have a fresh salad bar.And serve freshly squeezed OJ out of this cool contraption.So it’s safe to say I’ll be going back again to Swaadish as I HAVE to try the Doritos Chaana Chat and for more of these deliciously magically addictive Masala Fries.
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).There 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.Freshly 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.Not to forget the always delicious and traditional Arabic baked lamb ouzi.They also have a live pasta station where they add blue cheese & walnuts. Mmmm.I 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.Turkish ice cream stand provides entertainment for all the onlookers. There was even a Turkish sweet stand outside.The 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.Fresh fruit stands line the outdoor seating area for guests to help them selves to.Turkish 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.