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

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.

O'Learys 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.

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Asian fusion @ Shanghai Chic

Tucked away in the beautifully stunning Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, is the super chic Asian fusion restaurant aptly named Shanghai Chic. It’s one of eight restaurants which can be found inside the 5 star hotel.

Cherrie the restaurant manager greeted us upon arrival and was expecting our visit. The restaurant is made up of half moon booths as well as tables for larger groups. We were led to our seats where we were handed the menus and given a brief overview of how it works.

There are two options to choose from. You can chose to eat a la carte or go for the unlimited tasting menu for 199AED with soft drinks or 299AED with house beverages. Like hello? Who wouldn’t want to choose the unlimited tasting menu which means you can try as many items off the menu (in smaller portions) until you find what you like and then order it again. Or at least that’s what I thought I would do.

We place our first round order of food as well as some fresh pineapple juice for drinks. While we wait they bring us some appetizers of prawn crackers, roasted almonds and spicy cucumbers, although I tried not to waste too much space on these. The oriental music in the background is very fitting to the restaurant theme as is the large dragon painting which lines the main wall.

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Prawn crackers, roasted nuts and spicy cucumbers

The chef surprised us with a special dish aptly named the “Swimmer Crab”. A deep fried crab cake topped with mayonnaise, fish roe and surrounded with segments of pomelo and spanish onions among other ingredients sitting perched on the top of a black pebble stone.  A masterpiece that I didn’t want to eat or ruin, but I was so glad I did. The different textures and flavors made a harmonious delight on my palette. My tastebuds danced for joy. *Note to readers: you cannot eat the stone*

We thought the Swimmer Crab was impressive. Then came the various starters with the duck cigars causing the biggest stir. The details in this dish were just incredible. Served in a cigar box complete with faux ash. The crunchy crispy coating of the cigar was then filled with a marinated duck filling. Superb. I couldn’t help but hold it like a cigar while I ate it. I enjoyed mostly all of the starters we received although the steamed dumplings could of benefited from being a little warmer in terms of temperature.

How is this for presentation? The duck cigars WOW’ed us. Not only in presentation but in taste as well.

The head chef is as humble as he is talented. Coming to greet us and introduce himself we were in awe of his creativeness. Chef Pallay loves to bring something fresh to the table which shows not only through his food presentation but also with the ever changing menu which is updated every 3 months. They believe this keeps the regular clientele happy.

The kunafa prawns and foie gras gyoza showcased a nice mix of fusion cuisine. It definitely keeps the menu interesting.

Ok, so maybe we might of over ordered, but we tried everything that was brought to our table. Don’t let the small portion sizes fool you, you will get full. They also have multiple pork options on the menu too.  I loved the addition of pomegranates on the sweet n sour pork, although my favorite and the most flavorsome had to be the pork belly as it was super tender and fatty. I would of ordered another round but we still had desserts to come.

We chose 3 out of the 5 dessert options to share including a so so mango pudding, indulgent banana fritters with a thick toffee sauce and a mini chocolate freak shake which was surprisingly good and our favorite of the 3.

Every dish which arrived throughout the evening was made with such love and attention while the service was friendly, personable and memorable.

I was so impressed with Shanghai Chic overall that I’ll be taking my visitors back for a dinner that I know will impress.

 

If you can’t make it for dinner one evening then Shanghai Chic also joins forces with some of the hotel restaurants to host a weekly Friday brunch as well.

Location: Ground floor, Movenpick Hotel, Ibn Battuta Gate

Phone: 04 5509252

Shanghai Chic - Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Like a kid in a candy shop @ Serendipity 3

The only thing missing from this Zomato meet up were the Oompa-Loompas and Willy Wonka himself. Serendipity 3 is like Will Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, except I didn’t need a golden ticket to attend. Zomato invited myself and around 29 other foodies for the biggest Zomato meet up to date.

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After saying hello’s we were seated and given the chance to place our orders for the signature frrrozen hot chocolate drinks in flavors, double chocolate, peanut butter or Oreo. The latter is what I opted for. To me a frrrozen hot chocolate doesn’t make sense. It’s an oxy moron. Then I later realized, it doesn’t have to because it’s scrumdiddlyumptious!

For those who don’t know the first Serendipity 3 store opened in New York and there are also branches in Vegas (Ceasars) and Florida. The NY location is popular among the stars and there’s a large mirror at the entrance of the restaurant here in Dubai showing the regular ‘famous’ diners.  Even Marilyn Monroe was a regular patron back in the day! The wait staff here are super knowledgeable and friendly and I loved the retro music being played in the background.

 

The starters arrived and the foodies got busy snapping away and trying what was on offer.

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A fav of mine was the nacho trio and crispy breaded onion rings. The sliders and potato skins also get a honorable mention.

The mains arrived consisting of 2 types of hot dogs, a BBQ chicken pizza, the cedar plank salmon, and truffle mac & cheese, none of which I was too fond of.

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The sauerkraut hot dog was a bit bland but I didn’t have a chance the room to try the other flavor as I was saving myself for the desserts. And if you thought sweet potato fries weren’t already sweet enough, at Serendipity 3 they add icing sugar to theirs! I think next time I dine I’d opt for the dinosaur ribs which I saw another diner with. They looked and smelt amazing.

Foodies had an opportunity to create your own candy floss too with a candy floss machine. Serendipity 3 also sell items like mugs, dessert glasses and t-shirts.

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One by one the desserts start arriving. Carrot cake, Red Velvet and the Outrageous Banana split. Each as jaw dropping as the next. Until the treasure chest arrived. It received a round of applause.

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The foodies went bonkers over the treasure chest dessert. It was like an endangered species at the zoo. I barely caught a glimpse of it for at least the first 5 minutes as swarms of paparazzi surrounded it. After the flashes died down I managed to grab a deep fried Oreo. YUM!

For only being open in Dubai for a few weeks this place was rammed with customers. The premises itself has a large number of seating so can easily accommodate for small and large groups. They are also set to open a terrace with over water views of the Burj Khalifa.

So if you’re a fan of American food then head to Serendipity where the portion sizes are larger than life and the sugar cravings will surely be satisfied.

Opening hours: 9am til midnight

Location: Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall

Serendipity 3 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Hot Dog Stand – Quality gourmet hot dogs

The Hot Dog Stand was an idea brought to life by owners Mary and Ibrahim through Ibrahim’s love of hot dogs. Along with the obvious gap in the market, it was this idea which has them opening Dubai’s first ever gourmet hot dog stand.

Located in Dubai Marina, THDS serves not only hot dogs but bite size appetizers, Cincinnati style pasta, 3 types of fries, sides, desserts and soon to come, milkshakes. They have a lovely outdoor grassy seating area with picnic tables for dining outside and a few higher tables inside with very cool lights made out of mason jars suspended from the high ceiling.

I was lucky enough to be able sample the existing menu as well as the new additions.

From the starters we tried the jalapeno poppers and mini cheese bites. The mini cheese bites were the winner for me with a flavorsome crunchy coating and gooey cheese center.

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We got to try their soon to be added milkshakes in flavors chocolate and banana and Oreo which are served in glass mason jars with handles. The Oreo was the most delicious rivaling the Oreo shakes in most burger joints here in Dubai.

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For mains we tried the Cheese Coney and the Mexican Hot Dog. The Cheese Coney was my favorite due to the soft texture and chili cheese flavor.

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You can choose to make your hot dog into a meal with either a freshly made bean salad or homemade coleslaw in a cute little jar with fries & drink.

We also got to try two new flavors of hot dogs which are yet to be released. A buffalo flavored hot dog with buffalo sauce, celery and ranch sauce and a NY style hot dog with BBQ sauce, onions and bacon. I’m a big buffalo wings fan so the Buffalo dog won this round. The celery adds a nice crunch and the sauce itself had me questioning whether I was actually eating buffalo wings or a hot dog. So unique and creative.

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We got to sample the Cincinnati style pasta which is a secret recipe chili on top of spaghetti with two types of cheese, mature and cheddar. If you’re craving home style comfort food then this is for you. I enjoyed mixing the cheese through the pasta so it melted.

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Last but not least somehow we managed to fit in dessert! But seriously how could one say no to Churros? Freshly cooked doughnut sticks served with chocolate and caramel sauce was the perfectly sweet ending to a variety filled meal.

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THDS also provide delivery service and are open until 1am on the weekends and will be offering valet parking for those that commute by car.

Keep an eye on their social media pages for the new menu additions and limited time specials from this innovative couple.

The Hot Dog Stand Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lunching @ Tom&Serg

I popped into Tom&Serg for lunch one weekend with a friend. The place is still busy regardless of the two new ventures which are now open; The Sum of Us in Trade Centre area and the newly opened Common Grounds in Mall of the Emirates. The decor has the same industrial feel with a touch of greenery across all 3 branches with the addition of lush floral arrangements for sale at the front of the cafe.IMG_9101Besides their short menu, they also serve a variety of cakes and pastries to tempt you, including the Aussie tradition of Lamingtons.IMG_9099I think they were a little understaffed as they weren’t very attentive and it took a good while to be seated and passed some menus. As the menu is not overly extensive we chose quite quickly and likewise the food arrived in a jiffy (bearing in mind we only had salads).

The presentation was lacking as it looked like it had been thrown onto the plate. However that being said the Moroccan chicken salad was full of flavor and very satisfying. The iced latte I ordered was also particularly good with no need to add any sugar.IMG_9096

IMG_9095My friend however didn’t enjoy her super-food salad as much calling it “bland and boring” as it didn’t quite hit the spot.IMG_9098Due to the concrete floors it does get quite noisy in here and with every table full the chatter buzz is quite loud so don’t go expecting to get any work done. Go for the brunch vibe without the alcohol of course.

Tom&Serg is located at 15A Street, Al Quoz.

04 4498579

Tom&Serg Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My top ten milkshakes in Dubai

Although Dubai might be a little behind in terms of the milkshake craze which has been made famous by the capital of Australia, (cue below image courtesy of Patissez)…

…you don’t need all the exaggerated toppings to be able to find and enjoy a delicious tasting shake. (Although it does add to the excitement)

I went on the hunt to try some of the popular ones around town. Below are my findings in no particular order…

  • 1. Wingsters – Ordered the Nutella milkshake and boy was I impressed. So smooth, so creamy and a delightful aftertaste of that hazlenut chocolately goodness. 27dhs but worth every dirham.
  • 2. Five Guys – I ordered a mix of Chocolate & Oreo. Just divine. Thick, creamy and a scrumptious chocolate flavor. For 25dhs you can mix in as little or as many add ins as you want.

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  • 3. Clinton Street Bakery – I went for the coffee flavored shake. Super thick and creamy with a nice caffeine hit. 34dhs.
  • 4. The Counter Burger – Nutella & Salted Pretzel Shake – The beauty of counter is coming up with your own creations. Made with loads of ice cream and love. 29dhs

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  • 5. Tasha’s – I’ve tried the Coffee shake. It was nice and thick with loads of icecream. 37dhs

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  • 6. Cold Stone Creamery – Classic shake – Milk and Cookies flavor. This shake was impressive but also very sickening sweet. Would recommend sticking to the like it size. 18dhs
  • 7. Slider Station – I ordered the Nutella thin shake. It’s served in a cute milk bottle with drizzles of Nutella rolled around the bottle. I would of preferred more ice cream to be blended in. The size was quite small for the price. 28dhs

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  • 8. Yalla Momos –  I had the Oreo Shake. A steal at only 10dhs and the perfect thick consistency with chunky pieces of Oreo blended throughout.

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  • 9. The Hot Dog Stand – I had the Oreo shake from The Hot Dog Stand was very impressive. Served in a cute glass mason jar the shake was thick, creamy and chocolatey. Everything you want in a milkshake & more.

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  • 10. Eat Greek Kouzina – The Nutella Spartan is the king of all milkshakes, served in a carafe with chocolate oozing down the sides of the bottle, it is also topped with a rather large Nutella filled cinnamon donut which is then pierced with your straw. 30dhs

Let me know if there’s any others I’m missing out on in the comments section below!

Nossy x