Hibachi at Roda Al Bustan is a Japanese eatery that was earlier marketed as a Teppanyaki joint.
As I entered Roda Al Bustan, the olfactory took me to old Dubai. What they say about scents and smells transporting you to a particularspace / place isn’t untrue.
Many memories of partying during college and hanging out with family at weddings at this hotel cropped up in my head. Walking over to Hibachi helped me re-live those memories, albeit for a few moments.
I was warmly welcomed by the hostess at the said restaurant who took us to our table after my friend arrived. We were offered drinks, some welcome startes by the Chef, after which we were asked to divulge into our menus.
What followed was a whole lot of sushi, tempuras, Teppinyakis and tofu.
A meal for two from the a la carte menu would be around AED 450- AED 500 including one alcoholic beverage. I definitely recommend going to Hibachi if you want to visit one of the older hotels in Dubai, for some decent Teppanyaki / modern Japanese food.
Cucina Mia, located right at the beginning of the JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) walk, opposite the Le Royal Meridien Hotel, is an Italian restaurant that prides itself on serving one of the best Pizzas in town. Available for delivery as well, Cucina Mia has various locations from JBR to the Greens to Dubai marina, JLT and more. To view a list of the locations, click here.
I had a chat with the Chef at Cucina Mia about what makes is pizzas so special. You can see what he says in his video below. It’s amazing to know though that the dough used for the pizza is 80 percent water, which is easier to digest than most other pizzas he says, is what makes it tastier too! Who knew right?
Coming to the food. So, as I always say, the thing about Italian food is that that starters is bread and yummy bread at that, like fresh from the oven, perfectly seasoned, with vinegar and olive oil. So how can you not STUFF UP? And then you are full after the starters! #thestruggleisreal
Anywho, we started with shrimps, potatoes and cheese rolls. That is it, we were already happy and good to go. Little did we know!
Then came in the yummiest Pizza I have had in a while, served with some 4 different kinds of sauces in Spaghetti, like 4 pastas servings / dishes. Different people, different tastes you know. We all dug into each other’s dishes and had a good feast.
After various burps and breaks, we finally got some of the stuff to go and decided to get some fresh fruits and a strawberry sorbet for dessert. We just had to skip the heavy choco desserts. It wasn’t possible to….
I particularly enjoyed the strawberry sorbet. I highly recommend along with Cucina Mia for it’s Pizzas.
A few things can beat having (any kind of) street food at a fancy restaurant. Imagine then how we felt having our favorite Indian street food chat, like Paani Puris, Bhel and Dosas delivered straight to our table served with some Cider!
That was at Makan restaurant at Roda Al Bustan. Wining and dining with an old friend over these yummy treats is what my kind of a weekend is made up of.
Thursdays at Makan opens up to it’s next door neighbor, Bambooda restaurant, which is a Thai restaurant. This eatery was previously called Bennihannas. Old Dubai-zens would know this. Hence, the theme Bombay to Bangkok. Sheer Delight! For me as I love both cuisines. My friend, however, gorgeed on the Indian delicacies.
We started off with Chaat (Indian street food) followed by Thai starters and finally finished with some Thai curries.
Dessert was ice cream and as always, by that time, we were bloating. The delights of buffets!
Do visit this place on a Thursday if you like Indian, Thai and Arabic cuisines (Cold Mezzehs which are pretty much available in most buffets in Dubai).
Makan Restaurant at Roda Al Bustan Dubai - YouTube