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Dear Diary, I’m familiar with the Arabic lugaimat and the Greek loukoumádes but I never really thought about the fact that this humble doughnut ball is popular in Turkey too. The Turkish version is called lokma and it’s a traditional…
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Dear Diary, Forget the weird name. Sorp Business Cafe is a great place to get a specialty coffee (from one of my faves, Seven Fortunes Coffee Roasters) and some delicious Russian fare. It even has a conference room that you…
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Dear Diary, I’m writing this on a Thursday night – sticky and hot eating Thai red curry and laksa at an indoor Asian food hall, cooled only by the breeze of several fan units. Nope, we’re not in Thailand. We’re…
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Dear Diary, There’s a new neighbourhood Italian joint in JLT called Cibo Italiano that opened about a month ago in JLT’s foodiest Cluster (D). The interiors are bright and feature an open kitchen where Chef Giuseppe is waiting to carb…
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Dear Diary, Betawi is run by a husband-and-wife team and has been around for yonks – since 2015 in JLT and even longer in Karama. Even more impressive, both outlets have a 4.1 rating on Zomato. But despite being an…
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Dear Diary, I love the success story behind Vietnamese Foodies, the homegrown restaurant that filled a niche for simple, good quality, reasonably priced Vietnamese food in Dubai. They’ve been delighting diners in JLT since January 2018 and have recently opened…
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Dear Diary, There’s a new must-try restaurant in town. I mean, if Reif Othman is recommending it on his social feeds, then you know it’s gotta be good. LOWE is the brainchild of two Antipodean chefs who bring their modern…
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Dear Diary, When you feel like grazing on unlimited tapas accompanied by bottomless sangria, El Sur’s got you covered every Friday and Saturday brunchtime. There are no unsightly chafing dishes here. Whether you’re into paella, gazpacho, gambas, tortilla, patatas bravas,…
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Dear Diary, The latest hip and healthy spot in town has taken the place of Gourmet by KCal at the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, and the curious name and Instagrammable interiors are already far more appealing to think about than…
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Dear Diary, Pierre’s Bar and Bistro has a ladies night that’s seriously lit. I mean, you don’t often get to watch a fire breather perform for you while you’re enjoying unlimited free drinks. The ladies’ night at Pierre’s takes place…

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