The Food Byte: Play House Brunch at Swissotel Al Ghurair

Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's rare for a restaurant to focus their brunch around kids. I've been to several brunches where there's a small section for little humans and the rest is devoted for adults. The new Friday brunch, Play House at Swissotel, Al Ghurair Dubai specializes in keeping kids entertained during brunch.

What a novel idea! Kids get to don chef hats and indulge in a variety of activities and consume food much to the pleasure of the parents who don't quite have to go running after them.

I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped into Liwan, the restaurant hosting the brunch.

The Food Byte: Zaatar W Zeit, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Friday, August 17, 2018

To me, Zaatar W Zeit is pretty much like a friend's home I'd go hang out at. It's got the same friendly vibes, home food aroma wafting through and familiar faces. From "Hey, you want to go to Zaatar W Zeit?" after watching a movie to "I'm ordering from Zaatar. You want anything" at work, the Lebanese restaurant has become a staple in my life.

These days whenever I'm in Abu Dhabi, a quick lunch is always at Zaatar W Zeit (also known as ZwZ). On that note, there's nothing 'quick' about the lunch. We usually take an hour and 45 mins to eat our way through and have a good conversation. 

The food at ZwZ never gets old. Everyone I know has a special love for that one item off the menu. I have several favorites (featured here is the one that tops my list!) and I had them again when I visited the new branch at Palm Jumeirah. 

The Food Byte: Cucina Mia Ristorante, JBR, Dubai

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The last time I planned a Euro trip, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland all got left out of the travel itinerary due to insufficient days off from work. Never got to savor the taste of authentic Italian cuisine. The dream of sinking my teeth into melting buffalo mozzerella cheese topped with the finest tomato sauce, zucchini and the likes, pretty much remained a dream.

Fast forward to 2018, I've had my fair share of Italian cuisine in Dubai but you have to go to a restaurant/cafe that hosts an Italian chef to really savor this cuisine. I recently paid a visit to Cucina Mia Ristorante.

Nestled in JBR, this little Italian gem is not hard to miss. With the interiors giving off an air of Italian streets, Cucina Mia is a quaint restaurant with a menu that excels in variety. The chef, Matteo Bissante takes great pride in his craft and the food served on the table is a result of that passion.

The Food Byte: Iftar at Kalea, Lapital Hotel, Dubai

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

There's always a first time for trying out new things, right? Ramadan is one of those times when I am more receptive to trying out different cuisines.

Nestled in Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks & Resorts, lies a Polynesian inspired restaurant named Kalea. With visually appealing interiors the hotel and restaurant both, take you straight into the likes of native Hawaii and the likes. You want to put on a floral headband and make your way through on a boat.

The Food Byte: Iftar At Barbecue Delights, Downtown Dubai

Monday, May 28, 2018

When a restaurant states they serve a specific cuisine, you will always find a little deviance from it if you are...well, an eagle eye foodie. I say this because I've experienced it time and time again- a restaurant boasts of serving a particular cuisine, you go there are excited because it's your first gastronomical adventure, you open the menu and you have no choice but to raise your eyebrows at what the chef calls a medley of different cuisines wrapped into the main cuisine.

However, there are more than a handful of restaurants that never disappoint. One of them is Barbecue Delights located in Downtown Dubai. Playing host to Afghani, Pakistani and Indian cuisine, the dining experience at the restaurant is truly a delight. I've been to the venue several times especially when in the area and I always leave the place content.

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