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
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Tasty Thai @ Fuchsia, Bay Square

There’s no other dates I love than ones that involve catching up with a friend over delicious food. That’s exactly what we did at Fuchsia, a funky Thai joint in the middle of Bay Square.

Once you find building C you can take the elevator to Podium level where you’ll see Fuchsia right in front of you.


The restaurant has a lot of outdoor and indoor seating but due to it being in a business tower tends to be a little quieter on the weekends.

Due to the humidity we take a seat inside under the table with the brightest lights and glaze our eyes over the menu. It includes a monthly special menu which has some tantiliaing options including a lamb shank curry which we later order.


To quench my thirst I opt for the fresh coconut water which comes complete with a straw and a spoon for eating the flesh after the drink is finished. I like how they are already planning ahead. 😏


Our server for the evening assists us in choosing our appetizers, recommending the prawn cakes, the lemongrass chicken wings, the papaya salad and some dim sums. Prawn hargao is one of my all time favorites so I insisted that we try them and we weren’t disappointed. I could tell by the freshness that they were made in house and not just store bought frozen variety as I’ve tasted in other places.


Personally I thought the chicken wings were a little chewy but the seasoning was good. The prawn papaya salad had a nice kick thanks to the fresh chili slices but was light enough to eat a lot of. The prawn cakes were so compact and nothing like I was expecting. I think I’m more used to prawn toast.

As mentioned earlier for mains we opted for the monthly special, a very tender and very hearty lamb shank curry in a red sauce with chunks of potato and a side of brown rice which is actually black wild rice which looks purple. It comes served a little sticky which I love. 💜


We also tried the stir fry scallops which come served with a heap of veggies and scallops that are cut up rather than served whole, as well as a pad Thai which we ordered as chicken but gets served as prawn instead, both of which are so spicy for me I can feel steam coming out of my ears like in the cartoons.

My favorite main though was the lamb chops, which come topped with Thai herbs and spices and potatoes wedges which have a citrus kick which make my mouth water. Such a delectable dish and one I’d order again.

Too full for any dessert we sit and relax and let our food digest before moving on. I can now understand why Fuchsia is already a favorite amongst friends who live in the Business Bay Area.


Luckily for me there’s a branch in Barsha should I need my Thai fix.

Phone: 04 453 5403
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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.

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La Ville – Exactly like nothing else

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Modern Thai Cuisine @ Busaba Eathai

If you’ve been to the U.K or more specifically London you might of seen one of the 16 branches of Busaba Eathai. Dubai is lucky enough to have it’s own branch situated at JBR with an al fresco dining rooftop boasting view of JBR beach.

This casual dining establishment, has in fact two levels with the ground floor looking into the semi open style kitchen. Upon entering you will notice a buddha statue behind the reception desk and the calming scent of burning incense, almost like you’ve stepped into a Thai massage centre. The dimmed lights and dark wood add to the setting.

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Chilli prawn – A Busaba All Time Favorite

Upstairs inside is a sharing table concept with wooden benches for seating. This is where we spent the evening sampling some  of Busaba’s classics as well as some new addition menu items.

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The classic Phad Thai with prawns

Being close to home, I’ve visited Busaba before so already have my personal favorites (which funnily enough are also the Busbaba all time favorites) including the Goong Tohd, a golden breaded butterfly prawn deep fried to perfection served with a to die for chilli and lime dipping sauce. So good, I could drink this from the saucer if no was was watching.

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Not to mention the Thai Calamari which is such a popular dish in London that they literally sell it by the tonnes every year! I love the seasoning so much that when I dine in, I make sure to ask for extra. #protip

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The Yum Sam Som salad made of pomelo and blood orange is so light and fresh with a sharp kick of red chilli. If you can handle spice then you’ll love this dish.

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From the new menu we tried…

  • The duck buns. A bit too doughy and filling for my liking and the bun to filling ratio was a little off.img_4530
  • I’m not a huge mushroom fan but the Tom Kha Mushroom soup, well the broth that I tried was excellent, not too thick but creamy thanks to the coconut milk.img_4535
  • In addition to the starters they have added 3 new grilled items including lamb chops, beef ribs and humungous king sized prawns. All 3 were excellent but if I had to choose a favorite I’d say the lamp chops as they were succulent and juicy bursting with so much flavor.
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The brilliant part about Busaba is they always use the freshest ingredients to create the most flavorsome tasting dishes. Plus Umit the restaurant manager and his staff are always provide fantastic customer service.

Busaba is the perfect casual dining restaurant within walking distance from the beach. Bookings not essential.

Want to try Busaba Eathai at home? Download the Deliveroo app & use code sarahn for 50AED credit. Or click this link https://roo.it/sarahn

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O’Learys – Not your average sports bar

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.img_4035img_4034Speaking 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.img_4066You 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.img_4045My 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.img_4061This 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.img_4056img_4052I 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.img_4069My 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.img_4073Too 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.

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Better Greek food than Greece?

You might of seen Eat Greek Kouzina around town as they have 3 very convenient locations; Mall of The Emirates, Dubai Mall and of course the original at JBR.

Although if you haven’t been there yet, there is a new reason to – cue the newly launched Mezze lunch menu. A mixture of hot and cold mezze, 10 to be exact, which make up this new menu.

We chose to visit the JBR branch as it’s close to home. It was still rather to hot to walk down there though so we took a cab and when we arrived we also chose a seat inside (as did every other smart person there) although they do have a lovely al fresco dining area facing the beach, which is beautiful and busy in the cooler Dubai months.

After spending a week in Greece I had reservations whether Eat Greek could live up to my expectations, especially that of the cheese. The presentation alone was enough to impress. After all, a well presented meal can make all the difference to your overall dining experience.

The seafood we ate included some rather large octopus tentacles, fried calamari and vermicelli wrapped fried prawns with a light pink strawberry balsamic sauce sitting on a fruit salsa. I was simply blown away. We were in awe at how good the food quality and taste was compared to the seafood we had eaten in Greece itself! The octopus was tender with a lovely charred grill flavor compared to some of the chewy, tough versions I ate in the Greek Islands.img_3471In my opinion the only dish lacking a lot of flavor was the Greek salad. Not sure what was missing but it just wasn’t very flavorsome compared to the rest of the dishes and we could of gone without.img_3465

From the cold mezze the beetroot salad and tzatziki were impressive. The Greek style bruschetta was enjoyable served on a warm pita with grilled capsicums, onions, and feta. This could also be called a Bruschetta Gyros.

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The moussaka was a hefty slab of well layered mince and eggplant base with a thick white sauce, sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg, straight out of the oven with a side salad of mixed leafs. Definitely a comfort food that I’d come back again for.

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Most people wouldn’t know what Orzo is but my eyes lit up with delight when I saw it arrive to our table. The rice look a like is actually a type of pasta. EGK serve this dish with feta which is melted throughout adding a rich and creamy aspect against the soft grilled vegetables. So comforting.

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This time we had absolutely zero space for dessert so we went without. Although if you have room or if you’re swinging by and are just after a quick sugar fix then their Nutella Spartan is not to be missed.

 

They’ve also just launched a range of retail products like Honey, Preserved Fruits and Balsamic Vinegars imported directly from Greece which are available to purchase from MOE and JBR locations.
 Photo courtesy of The Beach.ae 

I made sure to call over the Restaurant Managers over after our meal to express our positive feedback and to give props to the Chefs. Overall they’ve definitely nailed the authentic Greek taste and in my opinion do most dishes better than the motherland. Being Greek themselves this made them blush with pride. So next time you’re hungry, why not Eat Greek? 😉

Eat Greek Kouzina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Freedom- Feel good Pizza

There’s a reason why people keep ordering from Freedom. I myself have a few reasons. Firstly I can finish half (if large) or a full one (if small) and remain content without all the bloating and worries like OMG I just ate a whole pizza to myself and secondly not having to worry that it was full of all nasty ingredients.

Freedom Pizza prides itself on using the freshest, locally sourced and organic ingredients (where possible). It’s one of the very few places here in Dubai that offer gluten free pizzas and also has a break down of the nutrition and allergen of each product on their website.

It’s so easy to order, either via their website, phone or multiple delivery apps and they cover Dubai Marina, Dubailand, Al Barsha, Mirdif and Downtown Dubai. You will see their bikes on the road and I must say the message they construe is the best in the business with their delivery guys always riding sensibly. Watch it here.

And if you don’t like any of their ready made pizzas (how could you not???) you are also free to create your own.

If you didn’t know they also serve a range of healthy & delicious salads perfect as a side or on their own.IMG_3117IMG_3118IMG_3119My favorite side has to be their natural chicken tenders which are hormone free. I still can’t believe being such a big wings fan that I have never tried their chicken wings. However next time I order I will for sure.IMG_3968Freedom also serve vegan desserts. I was lucky enough to try their mango pasho vegan and their strawberry vegan cheesecakes. Sweet and fruity without all the nasty preservatives. It’s hard to believe that healthy desserts can taste this good! But you better believe it.IMG_3126Their latest addition to the menu, Saatchi& is a spicy offering featuring buffalo chicken and buffalo sauce for that extra zing, a winning creation by the guys at Saatchi & Saatchi.IMG_5952My personal favorite though is the Roma featuring green olives, boccocini and artichokes that is transports me back to a little pizza joint outside the Colleseum. Bellasimo!IMG_3970What are you waiting for? Get ordering. https://freedompizza.ae/en

Freedom Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What to eat when you visit Sydney

The top 10 things to eat when in Sydney, Australia.

  1. Yum Cha aka Dim Sum. Recommended location: Cabramatta, this is where you’ll find the most authentic tasting dishes.

2. If you’re a fan of My Kitchen Rules then you must pay a visit to Kin By Us in Macquarie Park. The duo serve up some Asian inspired fusion dishes which are not to be missed.

3. Bao’s are all the rage. You can find these soft and squishy buns at Belly Bao or alternatively Mr. Bao or Bao Stop.

4. Who doesn’t love a soda float? Especially when said soda float contains alcohol. Find them from none other than The Soda Factory, in Surry Hills.

5. Fancy AF ice creams. I mean look at my ice cream. It’s floating in a cloud. Create your own at Aqua S.

6. If you’re lucky enough to have family or friends in Oz then there’s nothing like a home cooked meal prepared on the BBQ along with some fresh seafood. Check out my Xmas spread below.

7. Everyone’s always looking for the best gelato in Sydney. I can tell you now that N2 extreme rocked my socks off. I prefer it over Messina.

8. A freak shake. Canberra started the craze and the rest of Oz followed. Check out The Missing Piece in Macquarie Centre for your fix.

9. A pork sausage roll with tomato sauce. Nuff said.

10. Last but not least, a chicken schnitzel or schnitty as us Aussie like to call them.
Most pubs and RSL clubs serve up a decent schnitty and I couldn’t leave Sydney again without smashing one down. Don’t forget to ask for chicken salt on your chips and your choice of gravy.

Gourmet by Kcal – A gluten free restaurant

The 18th May 2016, saw  Gourmet by Kcal open it’s doors to the public inside the well known Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel in Dubai Marina. It replaces a Japanese restaurant and has been totally transformed with a new earthy look with a full sized 70 year old olive tree taking centre stage, as well as the use of recycled coffee sacks which is used to upholster the furniture and not to mention the potted herbs lining the entrance.IMG_8674Gourmet was a collaboration between the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and the Kcal brand which brings together a more upscale dining experience rather than your regular Kcal takeaway which you might find in a shopping centre food court. Head Chef Aung Kyaw Swar has come up with an impressive guilt free menu.IMG_8662Their kitchen and menu is completely gluten free and preservative free. Not many Dubai establishments can say that. They use mostly organic ingredients where possible and all of their fruits, vegetables and honey are sourced locally provided by Ripe Market. They use Raw Coffee which is a fair trade coffee company with beans from Columbia and Ethiopia. IMG_8668There’s a separate bar area for that after work tipple or a fresh juice or smoothie and for those wondering, yes they are fully licensed with some organic wine options also on the beverage list.IMG_8664Our BME evening started with some smoothie shots, beach bliss (pineapple, mango,coconut water and grated ginger) and a super greens smoothie (green apple, fresh spinach, lemon, mint, cucumber, celery, kiwi and organic honey). Both tasty in their own right with the former surprisingly containing less calories, fat, and carbs per serving.IMG_8677This was followed by some healthier style spring rolls, the Vietnamese kind, not the deep fried, soggy with oil you might find at a Chinese take-away shop. This means you can enjoy them without any guilt. They serve prawn, chicken, beef and vegetarian options.IMG_8683The carrot cups below were also a hit with the bloggers. Each carrot cup was crunchy with a warm filling of spinach and roasted balsamic onions sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

You can see first hand a range of the fresh ingredients they use to make the dishes. IMG_8659The menu is brilliant for those counting calories as it has the breakdown on each meal as well as the macros. It even includes some very healthy and vegetarian style pizzas made with a dough free base made from carrots. Perfect for those gluten free people who struggle to find places to eat pizza.IMG_8692This version below of a chicken biryani contains less calories than one you might find from an Indian restaurant but still has as much flavor. It’s served here with black and brown rice and has yoghurt marinated smoked chicken.IMG_8697My favorite main from the evening had to be the chilli con carne without a doubt. It’s completely vegetarian with slow cooked Mexican beans and quinoa so it’s packed full of protein and it’s served with crispy polenta chips. Only 235.4 Kcal. Winning!IMG_8699

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Havanna Chicken

We tried a few of their desserts with my two favorites being the ones pictured below. A coconut caramel cheesecake as well as a caramel almond tart made from 85% dark chocolate. Guilt free dessert has never tasted better!IMG_8708I’ve been told their apple crumble cup is just as good, if not better! I’ll be trying that next time.

They are soon to start a breakfast service too from the 10th June so for those who aren’t fasting it might be worth the visit if you fancy a healthy start.

Many thanks to Monica from Do in Dubai for hosting this BME event and also to my lovely dining companions Dubai Food Diaries Baggage and Dish  The Tezzy Files Megs Blogged Dine Out Dubai

NB: This blog post was sponsored by Doindubai.

Location: Ground Floor, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina

Phone: 045117139

Website: Gourmet by Kcal

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