5 reasons why your next breakfast should be at The Claw


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.

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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.

Location: Level 2, Souk Al Bahar

Phone: 04 432 2300
Claw BBQ Crabshack & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluttonous at Gunaydin, Souk Al Bahar

The strangely named Gunaydin meaning Good Morning in Turkish, is the restaurants first foray into the UAE dining scene with a whopping 42 restaurants back in the motherland. Unusual meaning as they aren’t even open for breakfast.


Perfectly located opposite the Dubai Mall, it’s the first restaurant as you enter Souk Al Bahar on the right hand side and has prime positioning overlooking the Dubai Fountains with a long open air terrace.

Inside, you’ll find they have their own butcher when you can even purchase cuts of meat to take home with you. ​

​There’s also a bar inside (although they aren’t licensed), a counter of uncooked meats that you can choose from and an oven where they freshly cook all of their breads. Inside is spacious and modern with a pretty patterned floor and caters for groups of all sizes.


Not knowing what to order as the menu is bigger than I expected (and we were handed both an iPad and a standard printed menu) we ask for recommendations instead.

In no time at all out came a vast array of cold mezze, hot bread and salads arrive on the table.

The highlight for me and what I can’t wait to go back for is the panço cold mezze dip. A chunky dip consistency loaded with potatoes and eggplant and a thick white yoghurt with ample garlic. I pretty much wiped the plate clean.


Then came the kebabs. Oh the kebabs.


But it was the lamb kebab that blew my mind. Fresh off the grill the flavor was incredible. I haven’t tasted lamb this good since I lived in Australia. Ranging from 100dhs upwards for two skewers it’s definitely worth trying.


The staff at Gunaydin are mostly from Turkey and even though we may have struggled a little with language translation, they are super patient and polite.


The beef is sourced mainly from Australia whilst the lamb comes straight from Turkey. The Gunaydin specials are sliced tableside and then seared in a melting hot butter and seasoned with sea salt. Superb and a decent serving size for two.


The katmer was spot on. Flaky layers of pastry topped with sticky Turkish vanilla ice cream and a very generous serving of pistachios, it’s the perfect ending to the evening, especially if you’re a nut lover.


Traditionally Turkish Tea is consumed at the end of the meal to help aid digestion of what was for us, a meat heavy evening.

Having visited Nusret before, Gunaydin is definitely going to give them a run for it’s money. Especially as they tell me they will be opening a licensed steakhouse in the near future. Salt bae look out!

Good news is they will be open for Iftar during Ramadan. Make sure to secure your table. I definitely will be.

Location: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown

Bookings: 04 554 0700

Gunaydin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A piece of Africa in Dubai @ Tribes

If you managed to find the location of By Parkers then you would of seen Tribes on the opposite side of the mall.

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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.

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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. 

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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.IMG_7950

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

Tribes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mori-sh sushi?

It was a warm mid week evening when we set off Downtown to Mori Sushi, located on a quiet stretch of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd. For those who come by car parking is free in the car park behind the restaurant, with a validated token.

Mori sushi originated in Brazil, then opened a store in Egypt before finally landing in Dubai. It’s a fusion menu with inspiration coming from South America.

The staff greet us with a warm welcome and ask if we’d like to sit inside or out. We try outside firstly, but after noticing a mosquito bite or two, we swiftly change to an inside one. The decor screams modern industrial with steel beams, wooden finishings and an impressive light feature which hangs over a round sharing table.

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As we glazed over the extensive menu, we had Wizard on hand, our waiter for the evening as the menu itself is slightly overwhelming. Wizard was very knowledgable when it came to the menu and assisted us in placing our order. Wizard was also very entertaining and had a wicked sense of humor.

Our drinks arrive first, which come served in a carafe which is good for sharing between 2. The mojito passion was slighty sweet with a hint of sourness.

First out for the food was the jalapeño tempura prawn. It had a thick batter and strangely enough a non spicy sauce which was still very dry and left us a little underwhelmed.

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Not to worry as next to arrive was the avocado bowl. Half an avocado which is served warm and scored, topped with white fish, cashews and a ponzu sauce. It was creamy, with a hint of crunch from the nuts. Delicious!

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This was followed by a serving of chicken gyoza which we asked to be fried. A great juicy filling however the outside was a little too oily. Next time I’d choose steamed for sure. The dipping sauce was spot on. Although I couldn’t make out exactly what was in it.

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To try something other than the norm we went for a Halloween roll, however there was so many ingredients that once inside my mouth the flavors were mushed and nothing was distinct or stood out for me. All I know was that it was super crunchy.

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Gunkan is fusion created with rice, 3 types of herbs and pine nuts. From this section of the menu I opted for the Gunkan Fresh Crab. I found it a little on the dry side even with the fresh mango slices. As they are speciality sushi they are served in one piece only. Same with the Joey maki in which I chose the Salmon roll, this was a nice combination but a little too big to eat in one go but then too messy to take bites of.

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From the mains we had to try the black miso cod. It was flakey and flavorsome. A delight on the palette. Still not as good as OKKU but now i’m comparing fine dining to casual dining so for a casual dining restaurant Mori’s black cod is not bad at all.

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To wrap things up we finished with a sweet ending of banana croquettes. Deep fried chunky slices of banana served with a decent helping of vanilla ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce. Enough for one but also fine to share if you’re just wanting a few spoonfuls.

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If you’re looking for a quite spot for sushi with friends then Mori is for you. The hardest part will be choosing what to order.

Mori Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Churrasco nights @ Cabana, The Address Dubai Mall

Are you a carnivore? Do you enjoy live entertainment including singers and Brazillian dancers? Are you looking for an al fresco dining by a pool with a view of the Burj Khalifa? Cabana ticks all those boxes.

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Cabana, the pool side restaurant and bar inside The Address Dubai Mall hosts a Brazillian Churrasco evening every Thursday evening. Think unlimited grilled meats served at your table side, unlimited sides and desserts from quite a decent selection and not to mention unlimited drinks.

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There’s ample staff on site but once you flip your coin to green you might struggle to keep up with the flow of food. Juicy skewers of meat arrive at your table with your waiter kindly asking if you’d like to sample and explaining what each cut is. You grab the tiny tongs and hold on while the live carving happens at your table.

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Highlights include the garlic picanha, the lamb chops and my favorite – the grilled pineapple with cinnamon which actually helps to aid digestion as well with all the meat you consume! #funfact

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If you wanted to start or finish off with cheese & wine you could also with 4 types of imported European cheeses.

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There’s ample cold starters and some hot sides as well, including rice, creamed corn and fried bananas. Each table is dressed with 3 dipping sauces for the meats, including a flavorsome green chimichurri. Not that they were even needed. The way the meats are cooked on the skewers, they are all so juicy even though they have the charred grill marks. Perfecto!

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There’s also plenty of desserts to choose from fresh fruit to individual puddings and Brazillian delicacies brigadeiros – chocolate fudge balls rolled in chocolate sprinkles. A must try! The house wine included a white wine chardonnay as well as a medium bodied drop of cabernet merlot, which went down a little too easily. The waiters are generous at filling your glass and refills do not need to be asked for.

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There are plenty of staff on duty as well as the restaurant manager who does the rounds of checking on all the guests. A nice touch. We were enjoying ourselves so much we even got up for a dance (and a photo) with the Brazillian dancers.

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In conclusion the Churrasco evening at Cabana is a lovely place to chill after a long week at work and just sit back and have a relaxing dinner and perhaps enjoy some shisha afterwards.

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The restaurant closes up around 11:30pm, however you can continue to drink or smoke shisha until 1am.

I’ve yet to find a restaurant inside an Address Hotel which doesn’t provide quality food and service. 5 star all the way.

Prices start from 295AED including soft drinks, 385AED including house beverages.

Bookings essential. 04 888 3444

Cabana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A nostalgic trip with Chef Pradeep @ Jodhpur

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.
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The interiors are lavish although possibly a little out dated, however the service we received from start to finish made us feel like royalty.
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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.
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This fruit cocktail we were served had hints of aniseed which I’m not a huge fan of but it sure does look pretty.
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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.
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The unique laban & ricotta kabab
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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).
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.img_0246
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.

Jodhpur Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Armenian cuisine @ Mayrig

It was a warm Dubai evening. My friend and I took a short stroll along Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard from the parking in P1 to arrive at Mayrig restaurant. Mayrig claims to be the only Armenian restaurant in Dubai but who am I to disagree?

IMG_5871Boasting a fantastic al fresco dining area in the heart of the Downtown Dubai, the location is second to none. We were greeted by Aline, the owner of the restaurant. Aline’s energy and passion is almost infectious. Aline is proud of her Armenian background which is rich is culture, history and not to mention food.IMG_5873Mayrig, meaning mother is shown true through the recipes have been handed down from generation to generation with Aline’s grandma’s photograph even being featured on the menu and recipes.IMG_5875Our rather large table is a mix of cultures, with everyone here being invited to both dine and cook with Aline herself. We were handed 4 recipes cards and then we got to select which one we’d like to learn to cook then we were allowed to enter the kitchen (hair nets and all) to experience first hand Aline’s cooking demonstration.IMG_5881Our group learnt how to make the fishnah kebab (below). A mix of ground beef & lamb which is grilled and topped with a sour wild cherry compote which is slow cooked on fire with sugar and cinnamon. IMG_5912Once we were finished with the cooking class we returned to the table which had a spread of appetizers already waiting for us. Whats great at Mayrig is the selection of products they sell like the orange blossom and rose waters which are home made but also used to create some of their dishes.

I’ve only recently started eating olives and my favorite are the green ones so I was happy to see the Zeitoun salad as a starter. It’s a mix of green olives, walnuts and olive oil all tossed together as a salad with chopped tomatoes and herbs creating various textures.

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Zeitoun Salad

Also included in the starters with the hommos soujouk which is topped with Armenian smoked beef.

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Hommos Soujouk

Itch is an Armenian styled tabbouleh which has a tomato paste as a base along with bulgar wheat, onions, peppers, parsley and scallions. A refreshing take on the norm.

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Itch or Eech is an Armenian style tabbouleh

The Mayrig selection was so impressive, served on a large plate with each kebbe vibrant on it’s own and also accompanied by it’s own sauce or topping if you wish. There were a few of the non vegetarians who were hesitant to taste the raw meat kebbe. Not me, I was keen as mustard. There’s a method to the madness with each piece of kebbe squished on your plate with your fork before adding the coinciding topping. I picked up some bread, grabbed the meat and sauce combo between my fingers and down it went. It was a smooth and spicy filling and actually quite enjoyable. The others don’t know what they’re missing out on.

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Mayrig SelectionLentil Kebbe, Potato Kebbe and Raw Meat Kebbe
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Left to Right: Lahme Beajine, Fishna Keufteh and Sou Beureg

The mante I was super keen to try as I’ve heard this is their most popular dish. It’s basically hand made mini minced meat dumplings served with a tomato sauce and yoghurt which is poured over them to enjoy. They also serve them in spinach too should anyone be vegetarian in your group. The spicy potatoes were also a favorite among the veg & non-veg diners.

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ManteMinced meat dumplings

Before we even had enough time to digest the mains the desserts started to arrive. A cheesey maamoul…IMG_5921Sare Bourma, an Armenian style pakhlava. (A bit hard on the old teeth)IMG_5920And last but not least a selection of ice cream and the the dish everyone wooed over Moussa Ler. The fluffy cotton candy topped ashta ice cream with a sprinkling of crushed pistachios. It was every bit delicious as it looks.IMG_5917Having never tried Armenian food before I was so impressed by the flavors and dishes. There is a strong Middle Eastern influence that is seen through the menu and I actually struggled to find things I didn’t like. Which is this case means I’ll be back again soon and this time with friends in tow.

Location: Opposite Al Manzil Hotel, Mohamad Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Phone: 04 4539945

Mayrig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hypnothaised @ Thiptara

Hypnothai brunch at Thiptara located inside the Palace Downtown is new to the brunch scene having only launched a few weeks earlier.IMG_4929IMG_4931Surrounded by water of the Dubai Fountains and most famously the Burj Khalifa the location is second to none. Some might even say it’s hypno-THAI-sing. 😛IMG_4938IMG_4952The resident DJ set’s the vibe for the day spinning house tunes all afternoon whilst the staff were a little MIA in terms of showing guests what’s on offer.

There’s around 40 of us dining as a big group courtesy of Zomato for another #ZomatoMeetup. Taking this into consideration the staff numbers should of matched the guest ratio. The food on offer is in just the one room and is Thai cuisine only.IMG_4933We start with a range of appetizers including scallops, chicken satay and dim sum as well as a fragrant chicken and coconut soup.

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Mains consisted of stir fry wagyu beef, green chicken curry and wok fried Canadian lobster, served with an endless offering of Jasmine steamed rice and a side of Phad Se Eiw Gai and some mixed stir fry vegetablesThe beef, chicken and lobster dishes were all executed very well with the juicy lobster pieces being my favorite in a black pepper and onion sauce. The Phad Se Eiw Gai was perfectly sticky however I didn’t like the sauce they used as it was too bland for my palette. I would of liked to of seen a Pad Thai option as well.

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There’s no denying the food quality is of a high standard, if only they had the service to match. I found throughout the duration of brunch there was a massive gap of at least a metre wide where no food was being put on our table. It was concentrated at the ends of the table which meant we (my friend and I) were missing out on trying some of the dishes. I had to ask and order this separately just so we could try some of them.

The Thai desserts were impressive both visually and taste wise with the highlight being the Khao Neaw Mamueng aka Mango sticky rice. There was also a lot of exotic Thai fruits on offer.

I’d love to go back again in a smaller group so I could taste the things I missed as even though the spread looks quite small there is quite a lot on offer. If you’re a Thai fan then you would definitely enjoy it.

Hypothai is a very affordable brunch at just 260dhs with soft beverages, 320dhs with house beverages and 390dhs with the bubbly package. Being a new brunch, I’ll let the service slide this time round and hopefully on my next visit it’s vastly improved.

Location: Palace Downtown

Dress code: Smart casual

Reservations are essential – call 04 2753077

Thiptara Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ladies night @ TOKO

Located in the Vida Hotel downtown TOKO has been on my list of places to eat for a long time and not just because Kim Kardashian ate there (although I may have tried to get a reservation to attend her dinner). Basically it’s a chic Japanese restaurant which has a good reputation.

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So what better way to celebrate a friends birthday than on ladies night at Temptation by TOKO. Ladies receive 4 free drinks and 30% off the total food bill.

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Sporting a contemporary Japanese design; separate dining and bar as well as an outdoor area complete with water features and floating umbrellas overhead. I didn’t see a DJ but I assume there was one, spinning some great deep house covers, creating an overall chic but lively atmosphere.

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We had a mix of starters…

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Spicy Edamame
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Soft Shell Crab
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Shrimps with dynamite sauce
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Prawn, avocado and chilli mayo sushi
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Chicken skewers
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Wagyu beef gyoza

All of which were enjoyable except the wagyu beef gyoza. I expect the filling to be super tender and the skin of the dumplings were a little tough and overall it was too oily. Probably wouldn’t order these again.

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The Wagyu Beef Gyoza – A little disappointing

But my favorite dish was definitely the pulled beef kamameshi that we had for a main. It comes with rice and is served with roast shallots and miso butter. It was so flavorsome. Highly recommended.

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Served in a cute hot pot and mixed at your table by your server
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Just delicious

After dwelling on the dessert menu for a long time, I opted for the chocolate hazelnut fondant with milk ice cream. I’m glad I did. I normally find an all chocolate fondant too rich for my liking but the hazelnut sauce inside this particular dessert was heavenly. Not too rich, a perfect combination. My friend opted for a mix of puddings & cheesecake.

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Chocolate fondant with a hazelnut sauce inside

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What’s better than mochi? Mochi ice cream of course. The chef was even nice enough to let me try a chocolate flavored one. The texture obviously changes as the outside skin is frozen but the chocolate and vanilla ice cream filling is smooth and creamy.

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In summary I would  highly recommend TOKO for a fun ladies night out with great food and a buzzing atmosphere.

TOKO: Vida Downtown Dubai

Reservations: 04 4428383

TOKO Dubai - Vida Downtown Dubai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Brasserie Quartier – A French fairy tale

Once upon a time in Downtown Dubai, way back in 2015, the grand manor that is the St. Regis was built. This brand new premises is spectacular by day but even more so if you arrive in the evening. The furnishings will speak for themselves, gorgeous marbled stairs, giant chandeliers; the St. Regis oozes luxury.

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Take the lift or the stairs to the first floor and you will find the new French restaurant ~ Brasserie Quartier.

An invite reached the hands of a few selected foodies to attend ‘Brunch at the Manor’ hosted by Zomato and St. Regis for another #ZomatoMeetup.

The stylish affair was kicked off with a welcome drink from the cart at the restaurant’s entrance.

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The live in house band started playing some jazz cover songs which added to the elegant ambiance of the brunch whilst the foodies sipped on some specialty cocktails.

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The Parisian Punch with Absyinthe has a nice kick to it

Unlike other brunches in Dubai, The BQ’s brunch offers a seated service where various courses are brought directly to your table. Although if you wish to leave your seat you can also help yourself from the various stations including seafood, cheese, bread and cold cuts.

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Cold cuts & foie gras

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A selection of canapes including snails beignet and croquette fingers
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The fresh seafood platter

The foie gras was by far the best I’ve ever tasted. Rich, creamy and moreish accompanied by a sweet homemade cranberry jam. Delicious!

Port & cheese pairing was provided by Chef Sofiane himself. Just mention what type of cheese you like and he’ll serve you up a generous plate full to try, along with a matching port.

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A selection of salads including a fabulous truffle labneh

I think by this stage and a few drinks later we forgot that we still had mains to come. The carving carts soon arrived at our table. The rib eye steak was seasoned perfectly and the roast duck breast was cooked just right. The creamy truffle mash was just divine.

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The carving station; Beef Rib Eye on the bone, Roast Chicken and Roast Duck Breast

We enjoyed a palate cleanser of lemon sorbet served with either vodka or bubbly before moving into the patisserie for dessert. This is where you can help yourself to the chocolate fountain, sweet display, fairy floss and popcorn cart whilst the staff are on hand waiting to serve you gelato with your choice of toppings or a variety of in house made chocolates, pastries and cakes.

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Dark, milk and white chocolate fountain

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Sweet corner
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A selection of treats

This is probably one of the best brunches I’ve been to in terms of the food quality. A commendable variety of well executed gourmet food on offer and a great selection of beverages too. I love the idea of the table side service which means you aren’t constantly up and down you can enjoy the live entertainment and be social rather than queuing in buffet lines. I’d also recommend dressing up for this one.

The non-alcoholic brunch is 450AED

Brunch with wines, beers and bubbly is 550AED

Bollinger brunch is 650AED

For bookings call – 04 4551614

Eat well,

Nossy x

Brasserie Quartier Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato