Geordie Armani is the food-loving alter ego of myself, a long time Dubai resident.I usually write about affordable restaurants and cafes, not the fancy high end places that are out of many people’s budgets, so the blog resonates with the majority of Dubai residents. I love to explore new openings and areas that are up and coming in terms of dining
Some of you may have been wondering where I have been recently. I decided to take a bit of a break from blogging last year, my heart wasn’t in it any more so I thought a break from the screen would do me good. I had some horrific computer issues involving a new iPhone and passwords, and an email account that was hacked. The invitations to events stopped as I was no longer on the PR merry-go-round, and life was altogether less stressful.
After taking some time away from the food scene (I didn’t stop eating I just stopped writing about it), I decided to set up a group with a friend about saving money in the UAE. It had been something I had wanted to do for a long time but just never got round to it. The introduction of VAT in the UAE basically made me more determined to make my dirham go further. A push in the right direction from a tight Jock and Shop Well for Less UAE was born.
The most discussed topic currently is the MyCLUB Card at Carrefour. Everyone is after those elusive points so they can receive their discount vouchers. No one will ever know exactly how the system works but I have great success and manage to get back a few vouchers each month.
Here is how I do it –
Firstly download the app, its a must. You can use your card and the app similtaneously. The advantage of having the app is that you are awarded vouchers for points discount that aren’t available in paper form. How the system works is not by rewarding you on what you spend but by rewarding you on what THEY want you to spend. Big Brother is alive in kicking in Carrefour and it knows what you are eating, drinking and buying. It knows when you haven’t visited the store, it knows when you have been loyal to the store and it will reward you accordingly, with more vouchers and more chances to earn points.
When you open the app you will find a section called MyCLUB Offers, these are offers that give 15% back in points, these offers change every 10 days. The best thing to do before you shop in Carrefour is to check these offers and see if any of the products feature in your weekly shop. Sometimes these offers are marked in store but not always.
In the discounts and coupons section are the coupons that offer points back and are current, with their expiry dates marked clearly. These are only redeemable once but they don’t disappear from the app until day of expiry, which is my opinion is a flaw in the app. Once they have been redeemed they should be removed. Use this vouchers wisely to get your maximum points returned. For example, get 15% discount on pasta, seeing as pasta is a non perishable store item, and if itis an item you use, then stock up!!!
In store keep your eyes open for special deals on MyCLUB offers, they are clearly marked on the shelves, or on the floor near to the product. If the product has vouchers displayed in front of it, take the voucher to give to the cashier or you won’t get the points. If you receive the Butchery and Fishmonger voucher its a good time to stock the freezer and get some points, I received 223 points today. This receipt was for a 400 AED spend.
Please don’t fall into a trap of buying just to get points, only buy what you know you will use. We did a recent survery of staple goods from Lulu, Carrefour and Choithrams and Carrefour came out top. So even if you don’t receive a single point, don’t worry you are getting good value for money.
If you want to join SHOP WELL FOR LESS UAE, hit this link.
As I sit down to write this restaurant review, I never in my life time thought that I would say the following words … Jadaf has a hidden gem. Yes you heard right, the industrial area of Jadaf has got itself an absolute gem of a restaurant quietly hidden in the JW Marriott Hotel. Hidden gems crop up everywhere these days, I remember a few years ago when I wrote about Tom & Serg in Al Quoz, never did I think I would be talking about Jadaf of all places.
People who like food love restaurants, it’s the highlight of their day when they enter a new one. The buzz of expectation is always there for me. What will it look like, what will the menu be like, how good will the food be? Its food lovers adrenalin. When you know the Chef in charge of the kitchen your adrenalin truly hits overload. I am a long time fan of Chef Glady who I originally met when he was working at Per Te in Jumeirah. Chef Glady honed his skills with the great Italian Masterchef, Antonio Carluccio.
The restaurant is a good size and very tastefully decorated though I do feel it could do with more light. There is a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa, which I wasn’t expecting. Once we were seated along came the menu’s, my heart sank, they were on iPads. Regular readers will know I am not a huge fan of iPad menus. However on this occasion I became quite addicted, there was a little video of every single dish on the menu, I quite happily played them all! The menu is split into easy navigable sections with good clear descriptions and as I mentioned little videos of each dish. In case you didn’t know 24 Karat is an Italian Restaurant.
It was no surprise that I was drawn immediately to the lemon scialatelli fruitti de mare; lemon scialatelli pasta with mixed seafood with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and basil. Italian restaurants are not always the easiest ones for Mr GA as he is not a lover of cheese at the best of times. Chef Glady was on hand to suggest the roasted lamb chops; roasted lamb chops with tagliotini truffle, roasted la ratte potatoes and balsamic shallots. Before our dishes arrived we shared some absolutely amazing starter dishes, the fresh tuna with caviar and grapefruit was outstandingly good as was the beef carpaccio.
Lemon Scialatelli Fruitti de Mare
Even thought I had watched the video (many times) for my choice of main course, I was truly shocked at how big it was when it arrived. Crammed full of prawns, calamari, mussels, clams and king prawns, all served on a bed of the most amazing rich tomato and basil scialatelli pasta. Truly the best plate of food I have eaten in as long as I can remember. Mr GA tells me the lamb chops were perfect, tender and cooked to perfection.
Miss GA however had already seen many photographs of Chef Glady’s dessert and she knows that he keeps the best til last. We couldn’t resist heading into the kitchen (always my favourite place) to watch Chef assemble her golden bomb; a golden chocolate bomb surrounded by an edible forest. Slowly it all came together, each and every Chef being involved in creating what can only be described as the most amazing dessert we have ever seen. A chocolate bomb packed with all things delicious and then wrapped in a spun sugar nest. The hot white chocolate sauce was poured over the bomb, we sat in silence and watched it melt before our eyes. Absolutely unbelievable.
The Golden Bomb
24 Karat was an absolutely amazing dining experience and I can’t recommend the restaurant enough. I want to wish Chef Glady and his team all the best for future servings, and thank you for inviting us not only into your restaurant but into your kitchen too. It was a truly memorable experience. (The outlet is currently unlicensed).
Are we starting to experience supermarket wars here in the UAE?
Do you remember a time when you headed down to the High Street to do your weekly shop? When you popped into the individually owned fruit n veg shop, the local butcher, the friendly baker? I do, clearly though I am guessing many of you who are reading this really are the generation of supermarket shoppers, who never got to know the family owned local shops. Many of these shops had been owned by the same families for generations. Recently everyone I speak to has commented about how expensive it is to live here in Dubai, this time the topic of conversation though is the supermarkets not the rents.
For many years I used to hop into my car and head to Spinneys to do my weekly shop. I have no recollection of checking the prices of any items that ended up in the trolley, nor do I recall having conversations with people about how much I had spent that week on grocery shopping. That is all different today, what you spend on shopping and how you can save on your weekly shopping bill has become a hot topic. So much so that I feel a shift in the attitude of the major supermarkets here in the UAE.
The Union Co-Op
Its been around forever and has always been a firm favourite with our Emirati friends. Earlier this year all of their Tamayaz card holders were informed of a 50% sale on all toiletries, for one day only. This was subsequently followed by 50% off all their fresh chicken products. You don’t have to be a Tamayaz card holder to avail these special discounts. It was the first time I had ever heard of a promotion of this nature ever. Information can be found about the Tamayaz card via this link.
I knew it wouldn’t belong before Carrefour retaliated to the one day discount days at the Co-Op. We didn’t have to wait long to see them also offering 50% off all toiletries, but they took it one step further and offered 50% of all their cosmetics too. The Carrefour loyalty card, the Club Card I am guessing the probably the most popular card among shoppers in the UAE.
The more points you rack up on your card, the more rewards you get. There are regular promotions in store offering you extra club points for buying certain products. Shopping is a real science these days at the people at Carrefour are taking it all rather seriously. One week I bought no fruit and vegetables at all, when I paid for trolley of shopping the till generated a voucher enticing me to spend 80 AED on fruit and vegetables, to receive 200 Club points. Anyone in the know with Carrefour knows that 500 points results in a 50 AED voucher to spend in store, clever? very. The message is clear, if you are loyal to them, then they will reward you. Details about the Club Card and its benefits can be found here.
Geant are regularly holding huge discount sales, mainly on electrical items. They have also launched an app which offers benefits to its shoppers. Personally I feel it doesn’t give as much in terms of benefits as Carrefour does. Their HappyMe app can be found in the app store, its worth downloading if you are regular shopper at Geant.
If I had a dirham from every person who had recently told me how expensive Spinneys had become, I would be a rich woman. My relationship with Spinneys ended a long long time ago. I do pop in occasionally but in terms of a shopper it gives nothing back. They hold Monday Market days where selected items are offered at a reduced rate. No loyalty card to encourage you to part with your hard earned cash. No point. However they do offer Air Miles to shoppers, which I am guessing appeals to some people.
With all this talk of supermarket wars I didn’t find it surprising when out of the blue two weeks ago Choithrams launched Twos’day Tuesdays. One day only event where selected items are slashed by 50% and other items are buy one get one free. I have visited on both Tuesdays and picked up some great bargains. You can register your telephone number in any store to receive whatsapp updates on their promotions. No loyalty card yet but trust me all of the supermarkets not offering loyalty cards will be looking into their options.
I used to do all my shopping in Lulu (not meat though), but in the last year I have jumped ship to Carrefour. The prices in Lulu in my opinion have slow crept up and up. The fruit and vegetable section will always be fresh and second to none as I think the majority of their customers are vegetarian which explains why their Butchery is not the best. Another big player that I reckon will be introducing a loyalty card in the not too distant future. Watch this space!!
I could write about many other supermarkets who are all enticing us to spend our money with them, but I think the main players above are enough for now. A couple of years ago I wrote a piece about Grocery Shopping on a Budget, many of my comments still stand. You can find a copy of that here.
To summarise my first paragraph about shopping being done in different shops, I think there is a shift in how we shop these days. I think people will shop around and visit more than one supermarket to make sure they get the best deals. I know it isn’t always easy with the busy lives we lead but if you can you should keep an eye on what ALL the supermarkets have on offer. This should make your dirham go that little further.
There are plenty of places open for lunch and breakfast too …
As we head towards the Holy Month of Ramadan in the UAE, Foodiva and I have put our heads together and yet again bring to you a list of independent eateries that we know are open during the day. This list has been painstakingly researched and many hours have been spent ensuring that the information is correct. However we know that things change all the time so we recommend that you call ahead to confirm. If you hear of any other independent eateries that are open during the day, please let us know. By Law all hotels must have one outlet open, these do not feature on our lists. The outlets highlighted in red are the ones that have adult drinks available. You can find Foodiva’s Dubai list here and her list of outlets open in Abu Dhabi here. For those of you who are particularly interested in Jumeirah Lake Towers then check out JLT Dining.
ABYAT – Club Vista Mare – T 04 558 8428 – open 12 pm til 2 am
ACADEMY CAFE – Dubai Creek, Yacht and Golf Club, T 04 416 1800 – open 6.30 am til 3 pm
Al BADIA GOLF CLUB – Festival City, T 04 601 0101 – opens 7 am
Al MANDALOUN – DIFC – T 04 3637474 – open daily 8 am – 10 pm
APPETITE – Al Mas Tower, JLT – 8 am til 4.30 pm – T – 600 546654
APRES – Mall of the Emirates – T 04 341 2575 – open from 12 Noon
ARABIAN RANCHES GOLF CLUB – Arabian Ranches, T 04 3663000 – open 6 am daily
ASHA’S – Wafi Pyramids, T 3244100 – from 12 noon
AVEC – Dubai Media City, Al Thuraya Tower 2. T 04 4303700 open daily 8 am til 3 pm
AYUBOWAN – Cluster N, JLT – T 04 452 1007 – open from 11 am until 11 pm
BAKER AND SPICE – Town Centre, Jumeirah – open from 7 am until 11 pm
BAKER AND SPICE – Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina – T 04 3624686 – open daily from 8 am
BAKER AND SPICE – Gold and Diamond Park – T 04 887 7086 – open from 7 am until 7 pm
BAKER AND SPICE – Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai – T 04 425 2240 – open from 8 am until 11 pm
BAKER AND SPICE – Souk Al Manzil, Near Spinneys – T 04 427 9856 – open from 7 am until 11 pm
BAKER AND SPICE – Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina – T 04 362 4686 – open daily 8 am until 11 pm
BARREL 12 – Palm Jumeirah – T 04 552 4000 open from 4 pm – 12 am weekdays, and 12 Noon til 12 am weekends.
BALDWIN CAFE – JLT, Cluster V, Gold Crest Views . T 04 4477024 – open daily 10 am – midnight.
BATEEL – DIFC – T 04 3700404. Open weekdays 7.30 am – 8.30 pm and weekends 9 am – 5.30 pm
BAZXAR – Gate Precinct, Building 4, DIFC T 04 355 1111 – open from 7 am
BERTIN BISTRO – Al Manara – T 04 3219239 – open daily from 12 Noon *no children allowed until iftar*
BESH – Sheraton Hotel, Mall of Emirates (added as it’s handy for shoppers), T 04 377 2353 – breakfast and lunch
BIANCA THE BEACH – The Beach Mall, JBR – open 10 am until midnight – T 04 554 9459
BIDI BONDAI – Building 3, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Island, T 04 427 0515 – open from 12 Noon weekdays, 10 am weekends
BOCA – DIFC, T 04 3231833. Open daily – 12 noon – 1 am.
BOARDWALK – Dubai Creek, Yacht and Golf Club, T 04 416 1800 – open 12 noon til 4 pm
BREEZE BEACH GRILL – Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah – T 04 568 3000 – open from 11 am
BURGER AND LOBSTER – Burj Daman T 04 514 8838, open from 12 – midnight
CAFE BATEEL – Business Central Towers, Media City – t 04 449 4010 – open 7.30 am til 9 pm
CAFE ISAN – JLT, Cluster M. T – 04 5135289. Open 9 am – midnight
CAFE LE FLAIR – JLT Cluster G Opening Hours Daily from 7 am to 9 pm – T 04 4278629
CAFE MARTINEZ – Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City, 8 am to 2 am daily, 04 442 87 60
CARNIVAL BY TRESIND – Burj Daman. T – 04 4218665. Open daily 12 – 3.30 pm.
CAPORILLI’S – Studio City – open from 8 am til 4 pm – T – 055 237 7344
CARIBOU COFFEE – The Greens, T 04 422 4206 – open from 8 am
CARTERS – Wafi Pyramids, T 3244100 – 12 – 3 pm
CEVICHE – Emirates Financial Towers – T 04 3266333. Open daily 11.30 am to 10 pm and on Thursday/ Friday until 11 pm
CHEZ CHARLES – D3 T 04 5122444. Open daily 12 – 2.30 pm.
CIPRIANI – DIFC – T 04 3470003. Open daily 12 noon – 2 am
CIRCLE CAFE – CNN Building, Media City, T 04 391 5171 – opens 7 am
CIRCLE CAFE – Ground Floor EIT Building No 2, Studio City, T 04 276 6283 – 10 am til 7 pm
CLINTON STREET BAKING – City Walk and Downtown both open from 10 am til 1 am – T 04 4281331
COCKTAIL KITCHEN – JLT, Cluster P, Armada Bluebay, T 056 828 0727 – open daily 5 pm – 2 am week days, 2 pm til 2 am weekends
COSTA COFFEE – DNATA Building
COUQLEY FRENCH BISTRO – Cluster A, JLT – T 04 514 9339 – open from 12 pm until 1 am
CRAFT CAFE – Building 10, Dubai Design District Road – T 04 514 9032 – open from 8 am to 4 pm
DINAMICO RESTAURANT – DIFC – T 04 514 9899 – open 11 am til 11 pm
DONER KEBAB – Cluster W, JLT, T 04 454 9522
DUBAI MALL – Food Court near to Ice Rink – open from 12 Noon (UNCONFIRMED AS YET)
DUBAI OFFSHORE SAILING CLUB – Beach Road, Jumeirah, T 04 3941669 – lunch and breakfast need to be signed in by a Member
DUBAI LADIES CLUB – Remaliya – open 10 am until 10 pm
DUSTY’S – Al Fattan Currency House, T 04 3545435. Open daily from 7.30 am til late
EGGSPECTATION – The Beach – will be open for daytime dining from 12 pm onwards – T 04 430 7752
EPONA – Dubai Polo and Equestrian Centre, T 04 3618111 – open from 8 am
ET SUSHI – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, T 04 3198088 – open 12 noon
FIBBER MAGEE’S – Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road – T 04 3322400 – open daily from 8 am
FLOW CAFE – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard.T 055 2934430. Open daily 8 am – 4 pm
FRAICHE CAFE – Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT T 050 880 5467 – open from 8 am
FRENCH BAKERY – Office Park, Internet City – T 04 430 7261 – open from 7 am
FRIENDS AVENUE CAFE – Cluster T, JLT, T 04 554 5813 – 8 am til 6 pm
FUKUROU HOUSE – Ground Floor DIFC, T 04 552 1540 – from 12 Noon
FUME – Pier 7, Level 1. T 04 4215669. Open daily 12 Noon
G’s BAKERY AND CAFE – Promenade Level, Cluster F, Jumeirah Lake Towers, T 04 391 8841 – 7 am to 9 pm
GAUCHO – Dubai International Finance Centre, T 04 4227898 – open from 9.30 am weekdays and 12 noon weekends
GOLOSITALIA – Cluster C, JLT – 056 350 4662 – open from 7 am until 11 pm
GRAMERCY – DIFC, T 04 4377511 – 8,30 am weekdays, 4 pm weekends
HANOI – Gold Crest Building, Cluster C, JLT, T 04 431 3099 – open from 12 Noon onwards
HAPPY EGG – 32 Umm Al Sheif Street (same strip as Maria Bonita). T 04 3944729. Open daily 8 am – 5 pm.
HARD ROCK CAFE – Dubai Festival City, T 04 232 8900 – 12 Noon until 2 am
IL FARO – Azure Residences, Palm Jumeirah – T 04 568 3137 – open from 12 Noon
INDIE – Gate Village 5, DIFC – T 055 455 6106 – open from 4 pm daily
INTERSECT BY LEXUS – DIFC – T 04 3559524. Open weekdays 8-11 am and 12-3 pm.
JAZZ@PIZZAEXPRESS – JLT, T 04 441 6342 – open from 12 Noon
JEBEL ALI CLUB – Jebel Ali, T 04 884 6628 – opens 7 am
JUST SALAD – Indigo Tower, JLT, T 04 04 365 2222 – open from 11 am
JUST SALAD – Dubai Internet City – open from 11 am til 10 pm – 04 365 2222
JUMEIRAH ISLANDS CLUB – Cluster 24, Jumeirah Islands, T 04 3601880 – open 7 am
JUST SALAD – Indigo Tower, Cluster D, T – 04 365 2222
KARAM BEIRUT – Mall of Emirates – T – 04 341 2202 – open from 12 Noon
KEBAB SHOP – Dubai Media City, T 04 4538108 – open from 12 Noon
KITCHEN NATION – Lakeshore Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lake Towers – open 24 hours – T 055 770 2712
KPOP CHICKEN – JLT Cluster F Daily from 11 am to 11 pm – T 04 4340096
KTEER TAYYEB – JLT, Cluster C. T 04 4338384. Open daily 9 am – 1 am.
LA BRIOCHE – Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqueim. T – 04 3387110.
LA CANTINE DU FAUBOURG – Emirates Towers Boulevard – T 04 3527105 – From noon to 2 am on weekdays and noon to 3 am on weekends
LAKEVIEW – Dubai Creek, Yacht and Golf Club, T 04 416 1800 – open 6.30 am til 3 pm
LALUZ – DIFC T 04 3597777. Open daily 12 – 2pm and 7 – 10.30 pm.
LA PETITE MAISON – Dubai International Finance Centre, T 04 439 0505 – 12 – 3.30 pm & 7 pm – 11.30 pm
LA PORTE DE INDES – Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, T 04 4388610
LA TERRAZZA – Almas Tower, JLT, T – 04 457 7033 – open from 8 am daily
LE CLASSIQUE , Emirates Golf Club – T 04 417 9999 – Noon til 3 pm
LEOPOLD’S OF LONDON – The Beach, JBR, T – 04 430 6841 – open from 12 Noon
CAFE AT LIFE’NONE – Jumeirah Beach Road. T – 04 3436676. Open daily 7 am – 5 pm.
LITTLE BANGKOK – Lake Front, Platinum Tower, Cluster 1, JLT – open from 12 Noon
LITTLE BANGKOK – Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City – open from 12 Noon
LITTLE MORE – Business Central Towers – T 04 420 0100 – Weekdays 8 am til 9 pm, weekends 9 am til 7 pm, Friday
LITTLE MORE – DAFZA – T – 04 297 7550 – Weekdays 8 am til 6 pm, weekends 9 am til 6 pm
LOUNGE CAFE ITALIANO – Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City – T 04 453 3318 – open daily from 8 am
MAISON MATHIS – Arabian Ranches, T 04 450 1313 – open 7 am til 2 am
MALL OF THE EMIRATES – Both food courts open from 8 am (UNCONFIRMED AS YET)
MAMBO GOURMET PIZZA – JLT – open from 11.30 am til 11.30 pm
McGETTIGAN’S – Bonnington Tower, JLT, T 04 378 0800, open from 12 Noon
Al MANDALOUN – DIFC – T 04 3637474, Open daily 8 am – 10 pm
MERCATO- DIFC – t 04 3205207. Open weekdays 7 am – 6 pm and weekends 9 am – 6 pm.
MEZZA LEBANESE KITCHEN – JLT, Cluster Y, Lake Shore Tower. T 04 5545872 – Open daily 11 am – 10 pm.
MINT LEAF OF LONDON – DIFC, T 04 706 0900 – 12 Noon til 2 am
MIRDIFF CITY CENTRE – Food Court is open near Cinema (UNCONFIRMED AS YET)
MOLECULE – Dubai Design District 3 Building 6, T 04 245 4700 – open 12 noon til 2 am
MONTGOMERIE GOLF CLUB – The Springs, Monty’s Bar, T 04 3905600 – open from 6.30 am
MYTHOS KOUZINE AND GRILL – Cluster P, JLT – openfrom noon to 5:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
NAIS ITALIAN KITCHEN – JLT, Cluster F, HDS Tower, T 04 4529991 -Open daily 11 am – 9 pm
NOLA EATERY AND SOCIAL HOUSE – Cluster P, JLT – open from noon to 2 am – T 04 399 8155
NOODLE HOUSE – Dubai International Finance Centre, T 800 666353 – 12 noon til 11 pm
NOODLE HOUSE – Dubai Media City, Gloria Hotel, T 04 3818065
ONE LIFE – D3 Design District – T 04 5134727 – Open daily 8 am – 10 pm
OREGANO – Dubai Media City, T 04 4343010 – 12 Noon
OWN CAFE – Gold Tower JLT, open from 10 am til 4 pm – T 04 4413519
PERRY AND BLACKWELDER – Souk Madinat Jumeirah. T 04 3666197 – open daily 12 noon – 2 am.
PANIFICO – DIFC 04 3510131. Open Sunday – Thursday 7.30 am – 7.30 pm
PASCAL TEPPER – Media City, T 04 454 2408 – open from 7 am – 9 pm
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS – Al Mas Tower, JLT, T 054 402 4660 – open from 8.30 am – 11 pm
PRESSMANS – Saba Tower, Cluster E, JLT – T 04 430 8282 – open from 7.30 am daily
PRET TO GO – DIFC – T 04 355 6688 – open 7 am til 5 pm
PRET TO GO – U Energy DIFC – T 04 422 8721 – open 7 am til 9 pm
PRET TO GO – Dubai Media City – 04 434 3427 – open 8 am til 6 pm
PRET TO GO – Dubai Airport Freezone – 04 256 6949 – open 8 am til 6 pm
PUBLIC CAFE – Lake Plaza Tower, Cluster T, JLT, T 04 451 9670 – open 8 am, closed on Fridays
RIVA BEACH – Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, T 04 430 9466 – open from 7 am
ROBERTO’S – DIFC , Sunday to Thursday: 12 pm – 4 pm / 8 pm – 2 am Friday & Saturday: 8 pm-2 am , 04 3860066
ROSSOVIVO – Dubai Internet City, Office Park, T – 04 4272477 – open daily 11.30 am – 11.30 pm.
ROYAL CHINA – Dubai International Finance Centre, T 04 354 5543 – open from 11.30 am
REFORM SOCIAL AND GRILL – The Lakes, T 04 454 2638 – open from 7 am until 12 Midnight
RICHY’S – HDS Tower, Cluster F, T 04 800 742497 open from 11 am
ROLLING PIN – Location JLT Cluster G – Daily from 9 am to 10 pm – T 04 4483335
SALMONTINI – Mall of Emirates, T 04 3410222 – open from 12 noon
SCAFA – Promenade Level, Cluster I, Jumeirah Lake Towers, T 04-3794044 – open 11 am til 3 pm
SCOTTA ESPRESSO BAR – Burj Daman, DIFC. T 04 5587090. Open daily 7 am – 10 pm and from 9 am on weekends.
SEATTLES BEST COFFEE – Grosvenor Business Tower, ground floor (opposite Media Rotana). T 04 4359555
SENARA – Palm View West, Palm Jumeirah – T 04 451 6460 – open from 12 Noon
SHAWARMA FACTORY – Platinum Tower, Cluster I, JLT – T 04 554 7318 – open from 11 am til 10 pm
SHAKESPEARE & CO – Souk Al Baher, Emirates Hills and The Golden Mile, all open from 10 am til midnight
SIMPLY ITALIAN – Club Vista Mare – T 04 558 8354 – open from 12 pm til 2 am
SHEIKH & SHAKE – MAG 214 Tower – R Cluster, Jumeirah Lake Towers, T 800 123456 – from 11 am
SOHO CAFE – Gold & Diamond Park, Building 4. T 04 3415335. Open daily 7 am – 10 pm and on Friday from 12 noon.
SOPHIE’S GASTRO CAFE – Palm Jumeirah, Shoreline Building 8, T 04 4515982 – open from 7 am
SPICEKRAFT JLT – Platinum Tower, Cluster I – open from 8.30 am
ST TROPEZ – Kempinski Hotel end, Mall of Emirates, T 04 341 3415, open from 9 am every day
STARFISH – Cluster Q, Dubai Gate One, T 04 434 0543 – open 10.30 am – 3 am
SUMO SUSHI & BENTO – Dubai Media City, Building 10 (BBC). T; 800 7866. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.
SUMO SUSHI & BENTO – Dubai Healthcare City, Building 49. T; 800 7866. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.
SUN& – Palm Views, Palm Island – T 04 375 9333 – open from 4 pm – 12 am weekdays, and 12 Noon til 12 am weekends
SUSHI COUNTER – Media City, CNBC Building, T 04 3751096 – 11 am
SUSHI ART – Dubai International Finance Centre, T 800 220 – 11 am til 11 pm
TAQADO MEXICAN KITCHEN – Dubai International Finance Centre – T 04 3515210 – open from 7 am
TAQADO MEXICAN KITCHEN – Dubai Media City Building 10 – weekdays only 8 am – 10 pm
TAQADO MEXICAN KITCHEN – Dubai Media City Building 7 – 8 am til 12 pm daily
TAQADO MEXICAN KITCHEN – Limitless, Downtown Jebel Ali – T 04 885 1650 – open from 10 am Sun – Thursday
THE CROFT – Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel – T 04 319 4794 – open Fridays (fabulous home grown dishes – 2 courses 99 AED, 3 courses 129 AED)
THE GRAMERCY – DIFC – T 04 437 7511 – open from 9 am
THE LIGHTHOUSE – D3 – T 04 4226024. Open daily from 8 am, closing at 11 pm from Sunday to Wednesday, at midnight on Thursday/ Friday and at 6 pm on Saturday.
THAI CHAI – Wafi Pyramids – T 3244100 – 12 Noon til 3 pm
THE GOURMET DELI COMPANY 1762 – DIFC, T 800 1762 (weekdays only) – 8 am – 4.30 pm
THE GOURMET DELI COMPANY 1762 – The Galleries, Jebel Ali, T 800 1762 (weekdays only) – 8 am – 4.30 pm
THE GOURMET DELI COMPANY 1762 – Media City, OMD Building, T 800 1762 (weekdays only) – 8 am – 4.30 pm
1762 STRIPPED – One Building, JLT – T 8001762 open 8 am – 4 .30 pm daily
THE LUNCHBOX – Cluster Y, JLT – open 11 am til 9 pm – T 800 LUNCH
THE MEAT COMPANY – Souk Jumeirah Madinat – T 04 368 6040 – open from 12 Noon
THE PAVILION DOWNTOWN – Emaar Boulevard , T 04 4477025 – from 10 am
THE SCENE – Pier 7, Level 4, Marina Mall, T 04 422 2328 – open from 12 Noon til 2 am
TING IRIE – Souk Al Manzil, Downtown, T 04 557 5601 – open from 12 Noon til 2 am
TRATTORIA TOSCANA – Souk Madinat Jumeirah. T 04 3666318. Open daily 12 noon – midnight.
THE ORIENTAL CHEF – Silicone Oasis Shopping Centre, T 04 3423555 – from 12 Noon
UNDER 500 – JBR, Dubai Marina and Business Bay – T 800 86337 500 – open 10 am til 1 am
URBAN BISTRO – Dubai Media City, CNN Building, T 04 3624330 – 9.30 – 6 pm
TOKYO@THETOWERS – Emirates Towers, T 04 3198088 – open 12 Noon
TRADER VICS – Souk Al Madinat, open from 12 Noon
VAPIANO – Ground Floor, Thuraya Tower, Media City. T 04 4370786 – open from 8 am weekdays, 11 am weekends
WAGAMAMA – Al Fattan Tower, open from 12 Noon til midnight
WHITE AMBIENT RESTAURANT – Saba Tower 1, JLT, T 04 514 7977 – open from 10 am until 10 pm daily
WILD WADI – Business as usual (technically part of a hotel but who cares )
XVA Gallery Cafe in Bastakiya – T 04 3535383. Open daily 7 am – 10 pm
ZUMA – Gate Village, DIFC – T 04 425 5660. Open 12 – 3.30 pm
77 VEGGIE BOUTIQUE – Tiffany Tower, Cluster W, JLT – T 04 4224116 – 9 am til 10 pm
800 THALI – Cluster B, JLT – T 04 3659959 – open 12 pm til 11 pm
Doner Deli, do they serve a good German Doner Kebab?
I was recently invited to the opening of new Doner Deli store, but I rarely attend press events these days. You don’t get a real feel for the place and the food is always good. However the invitation did remind me about their branch in Al Barsha, which I had driven past many times. We love nothing more than a good doner kebab, so off we went today to check out Doner Deli.
The outlet in Al Barsha is small, clean and modern with about 7 or 8 tables. The outlet was empty when we arrived but I could see a good amount of deliveries were being prepared. I hate it when a restaurant is empty, it always makes me feel uneasy. I was starting to think that maybe we hadn’t made the right decision in choosing Doner Deli.
The Doner Deli menu is split into easy to navigate sections, wraps, durum rolls, kebab boxes, specials, salads and sides and of course something sweet. All their ingredients are grown locally but their meat (veal and chicken) is sourced in Europe and is 100% halal. Today we ordered a classic pita; chicken, served with fresh onion, lettuce, red cabbage and tomato which came with garlic mayo, deli tomato and yogurt sauce. We also ordered the chili pita with jalapeno peppers and the Health in a Box (doner meat and salad without the carb). First of all I have to say we were absolutely blown away with the size of the portions, huge!! The food was excellent, by far one of the best doner kebabs I have had here in Dubai. We were all suitably impressed. I rarely grab a delivery menu when we are dining out, but I can assure you my Doner Deli one is very happily ensconced into my delivery folder. Excellent.
There are 4 Deli Doner outlets open around the UAE, you can find more information and their full menu via their website. I noted that Doner Deli are offering an express lunch deal at just 29 AED, available 7 days a week. Today I am happy to report that not only did we really enjoy our food our total spend only came to 88 AED, thanks to my faithful Entertainer app.
Move over PF Changs, there’s a new kid on the block ….
Its Saturday morning, the sun is shining and people are talking about John Lewis opening in Dubai Festival City. Dubai Festival City is the opposite side of town for us but in less than half an hour we found ourselves in the new swish extension. Very impressive and worth a visit I have to say. However what impressed me more was all the new food openings!! This is where I found new kid on the block Mama Fu’s Asian House. Asian food has to be one of our all time favourite cuisines.
Mama Fu’s has a warm welcoming feel to it, probably because their corporate colour is red. The outlet isn’t huge, but it does occupy a corner spot, making it feel larger than it actually is. The menu is inspired by the cuisines of Vietnam, Korea, China, Japan and Thailand. The comprehensive menu boasts a good selection of appetizers, soups and salads, and main courses with a few rather nice looking desserts.
After a lot of deliberation and discussion I decided to order the Thai dynamite shrimp salad; crispy shrimp glazed in a spicy dynamite sauce, served over mixed greens tossed with red bell peppers, white mushrooms, bean sprouts with a citrus ponzu dressing on the side. The child ordered her favourite Sichuan kung pao beef; fiery kung pao sauce tossed with celery, water chestnuts, red bell pepper, onions, peanuts and chili peppers. The husband opted for the Thai fire chicken red curry; a red hot coconut sauce simmered with lemongrass, onion, bok choy, carrots and bean sprouts.
Dynamite Shrimp Salad
All the food we had today was outstandingly good but the winning dish for us was very definitely the Sichuan kung pao. It was absolutely spot on and tasted divine. The other two dishes were both superb too, my dynamite shrimp salad was huge and served on an amazingly fresh bed of mixed salad.
Kung Pao Beef
Mama Fu’s can be found on the ground floor at Dubai Festival City, they also have a branch in Abu Dhabi. Today we used our Entertainer app and our total spend came to 119 AED, excellent value for money, with unlimited refills on soda drinks too. Well done Mama Fu’s, we will be back!!
A few years ago I was listening to the radio, I had tuned in half way through a show and picked up the tail end of an interview about Famous Dave’s coming the UAE. Dave was obviously very famous in America for his smoked BBQ restaurants and I was desperate to pay the outlet a visit. However, they were opening in Abu Dhabi and I rarely visit Abu Dhabi these days. I felt a pan of disappointment at this news. We recently paid a visit up to Riverland at Dubai Parks and Resorts and I can’t tell you how happy I was to see Famous Dave’s had opened there!
Everyone who works at Famous Dave’s is famous for something, our waiter enthusiastically told us that he was famous for playing Chess at an International level in his home country. Before we had even ordered our food I knew we were on a winner. The menu is extensive, but all BBQ based and all the beef is smoked, a special recipe from Dave. We thought the best thing we could do was to order one of the famous feast sharing platters, that way we could try a bit of everything. We ordered a famous feast to share for 2 -3 people. Our feast arrived and contained beef back ribs, country roasted chicken and Texas beef brisket, creamy coleslaw, baked beans, famous fries and sweet corn and corn bread muffins. Amazing!! I can’t recommend Famous Dave’s enough and I hope and pray that they open an outlet in one of the main Malls in Dubai. Riverland in my opinion is not going to be a good location for any restaurants.
A great time was had by all and the food was second to none. We will be returning, but unless it rains in the next few weekends it won’t be until the winter months. You can find more information about Famous Dave’s and their amazing menuon theirwebsite.
For many years now I have watched every program on the TV that is about healthy eating, lifestyle and dieting. Nine times out of ten the biggest complaint is that people can’t afford to buy healthy food. I am not going to say that all health foods are affordable as clearly not all of are, but the basics to our diet are more than affordable.
When I was growing up (I am probably older than most of you reading this), I didn’t know anyone that was over weight. Slimming Clubs and Gyms didn’t exist in memories of my childhood. In those days we ate meat and vegetables, that was it. The most adventurous dish I remember was cauliflower cheese and that was only on special occasions. Looking back at old photographs I see fit, healthy people of an average weight. In those days people walked to their jobs and schools, in those days people ate food cooked from scratch, in those days obesity wasn’t an issue.
Writing this post has been on my mind for some time, yesterday I decided to do a bit of research on my own that I could share with you. I headed into Carrefour this morning (cheapest place to source the ingredients I needed). I do prefer the Farmers’ Market on the Terrace which would have yielded all the ingredients at a slight higher price but I can assure you this salad would have tasted better. Work constraints restricted me from visiting this week. Back to the matter in hand, I decided to make a mixed salad containing, mache leaves, spring onions, cucumber, celery, cherry tomato, green pepper and sweetcorn. My total spend came to 16 AED, preparation of this salad took me 10 minutes. Time constraints is another excuse people are using to not be able to eat healthily. This salad will last us two days, this evening it will be served with herbed papilloute Nile perch. Tomorrow it will be served with marinated chicken thighs.
The receipt to prove it
You can find more information about The Farmers’ Market on the Terrace via their Facebook page. Remember, it doesn’t always break the bank to be able to prepare and eat a healthy meal.
Last year for the first time in my life I very anxiously boarded a cruise ship. It was a strange feeling as I actually love all those little boat trips that are available to us here in Dubai. This was a whole different ball game, this was huge and it was going to be home for the following 5 nights. To say I was anxious was an understatement. Well it turned out to be that good that I did that cruise not once but twice last year!!
It was half-term last week so we booked up another cruise, this time we boarded the Costa NeoRiviera at Port Rashid. The embarkation process took about 15 minutes and in no time at all we found our cabin, had unpacked and were happily enjoying breakfast on the top deck. It wasn’t long before everyone was on board and we were sailing out of Dubai on the first leg of our journey. We woke up the following morning to find ourselves in Oman. The weather was fabulous we disembarked and took a walk around the stunning little bay.The following day we set sail again this time we were heading in the direction of Sir Baniyas Island. Sadly however this was cancelled and the NeoRiviera made her way into the port of Abu Dhabi. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by this, but there was nothing we could do about it. Instead we spent the day at Yas Mall. All in all a very relaxing 5 days.
Oman by Day
The Costa NeoRiviera had recently had a re-fit so everything on board was very new. There were two main restaurants that served food from an al acarte menu, food was good, nothing to complain about but nothing to shout about either. We also had the choice to eat in the all day dining buffet style restaurant, which is where breakfast was served each day. This restaurant got pretty busy as you can imagine, there were nearly 2000 passengers on board!! Every day was filled with fun things to do, and each evening there was a fabulous show to watch. I can’t recommend taking this cruise enough, there is something for everyone and it is suitable for all age groups.
Sunset in Oman
We booked our cruise via Imagine Cruising which is part of DNATA Travel. The staff are helpful and the whole procedure is done over the telephone and takes approximately 15 minutes. The total cost of the cruise for two adults and 1 child was approx 5000 AED, this includes all your food. We did buy a drinks package separately which cost approx 100 AED per day which included unlimited alcohol, soft drinks, teas and coffees etc. You can find more photographs on my Facebook page.
Ten days, fifteen restaurants, Miele Dubai Restaurant Week
The Dubai Food Festival is taking place this February, with various food related events taking place from the 23rd of February until the 11th of March. This annual event culminates with Taste of Dubai which is taking place on the 10th and 11th of March at Media City. This annual gastronomic event is one of the highlights of the food calendar here in the UAE. However for me the main highlight of the Festival is the Miele Dubai Restaurant Week.
The Miele Dubai Restaurant week isn’t actually a week-long experience, it is in fact 10 days. Ten glorious days that you will be able to dine in 15 of Dubai’s top restaurants at a hugely discounted price. You heard right, three divine courses of amazing food for just 199 AED per person. All the restaurants have set menus to choose from, I have read them all and trust me you have some big food decisions to make. You can always do what I do if I can’t make my mind up, I make my other half choose what would have been my second choice.
Here is a list of the 15 restaurants who are participating –
Mayta – Peruvian at The Capital Club DIFC
Pai Thai – Thai at Dar Al Masyaf Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Pier Chic – Seafood, at the end of the Pier at Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Namu – Asian, W Hotel, Al Habtoor City
Bread Street Kitchen and Bar by Gordon Ramsay – British, Atlantis the Palm
Social by Heinz Beck – Italian, The Waldorf Astoria, Palm Island
Rhodes W1 – British, Grosvenor House Hotel, The Marina
Sea Fu – Pan Asian Seafood, The Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah
Al Nafoorah – Arabic, Zabeel Zaray, Palm Island
OKKU – Japanese, The H Dubai, Sheik Zayed Road
The Rib Room – Steakhouse, Emirates Towers
Scape Restaurant and Bar – Burj Al Arab
Marina Social – British/Mediterranean, The Intertcontinental Hotel, Dubai Marina
Gaucho – Steakhouse, DIFC
Rang Mahal by Atul Kocchar – Indian, The Marriot Marquis, Sheik Zayed Road
As you can see from this list there is a good selection of venues and cuisines to choose from. I know from previous Restaurant Week events that many outlets are booked out very quickly, so if you are fancying a restaurant with a view at the Burj Al Arab then I suggest you get it booked quickly!!!
Scape Restaurant and Bar, Burj Al Arab
To make things really easy this year, all the restaurants, with all their menus are available for you to see on the ROUNDMENU website (hit the link). You can also make your reservation via their website too, happy eating!!!