Mama Rouz, Hor Al Anz, Dubai

I came across Mama rouz a while back and glad to be dined in with family in a very homely atmosphere with courteous staffs. They have a versatile menu featuring Arabic, Indian , Chinese and much more. The dining area is quite spacious as well with some private cabins for families. We started off with the drinks and chose to have virgin pina colada. It was refreshing and quite different from what we had before.

Then came our tom yum soup. We decided to go with the seafood one. I certainly loved the flavours though it looked not so attractive at first.
Arabic mezze ( hummus, spicy salad and tabouleh) It had an Indian touch to it with little bit of spiciness. Hummus was fresh and went well with the pita bread.


Among starters we got to try the Chicken in chilli bean sauce. It was quite appealing and tasted as good as it looked.

Moving on to the main course,
Stir fried noodles was the first to arrive. It was evident that they have not used any artificial flavours to enhance the taste. I really loved the preparation.
The most awaited one was the Mama rouz mutton biryani. Like many who have reviewed before, it is a healthy home made biryani with minimum oil and it taste just like how our mother makes at home. I would definitely go back to have it again . It was seriously yum.

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Sizzling brownie – After our heartful meal, we got our hands on the sizzling brownie. It came slightly burnt at first, but when we notified they immediately replaced it with a fresh one. It was pretty delicious.

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Finally a mint tea to end our journey here at Mama Rouz.

Verdict: Still a lot of scope for improvement but the Mama Rouz mutton biryani definitely stole my heart.

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Barbeque Nation, Al Barsha

Barbeque Nation is a well established restaurant chain India and they opened their outlet in Dubai for all their loyal fans in here. The concept is having live grill table where we can grill non-veg and veg skewers right in front of us. Also they have various live counters for chaats, noodles, soups and a decent buffet spread.Though we went on a weekend , the customer service was pleasing even after being a bit crowded.

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We started off with  our drinks and we opted for pacific blue. It was quite a refreshing one and I bet its good for the scorching summer season. They introduce different themes throughout the year and it was mango fest when we dined in there.

Among grills, I loved the shrimps which was perfectly marinated and cooked and also the  mushrooms. They also serve some starters like chicken wings, kebabs and cheesy potatoes to our table. The cheesy potatoes is one of the favorite starter with a twist of spiciness and crunchiness together.18236103_10210652397398573_791692393_o(1)

One of the unique station in here was customized soup station were we could choose our ingredients and make the soup to our liking.  Similarly a live counter for noodles too. Another live station worth mentioning is the keema pav station. It really gave us some nostalgic memories

Moving on to the main course, We were almost full by the time we reached here after all the grills, starters and  live counters for noodles and soups. I tried out the mutton biryani here. It was super yum with mutton cooked to perfection.

They did not let us down even at the dessert counter. The gulab jamuns here is highly recommended and not to be missed at all. It is so delectable. I also loved the shahi tukdas. Thanks Barbeque nation and Ms Nihara for a wonderful weekend dinner.

Verdict: A pocket friendly buffet and grill restaurant which serves yummy food at the same time.

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Jodhpur , Journey through a royal path

I love to call Jodhpur, a ‘fine-dining Family’ restaurant rather than just fine dining. It is quite conveniently nestled in Roda Al murooj, a beautiful property in Downtown Dubai. The Charioteer ‘Chef Pradeep Khullar’ with his own gastronomic techniques and skills has created some amazing dishes and we were completely carried away by it. Last Friday afternoon, we decided to dine in there with family and to check out what they had in store.


Surprisingly we met Chef on our walk to Jodhpur and he welcomed us to his empire. It has two levels of dining area with cozy and comfortable seating. The staffs were friendly too. It was almost packed when we entered.
As PRE-STARTER we got Jeera Khari with Herb Yoghurt- An Indian version of mini puffs which was served with a herb yoghurt dip. It was quite crispy and the dip well complemented it.18159995_10158563075695405_1351045494_o
Tiny little Macaron chaats were served as amuse bouche which gave us a package of all the elements like sweet, sour, crunchy, chewy- All in one. No wonder it has become the crowd’s favorite. For our son we got a chocolate filled macaron.18175796_10158563075475405_995380915_o(1)
They do have some interesting mock tail mixes, and we got to have raspberry mojito and lemon-mint mojito. Loved the way it was served in a tray of bubbles and smokes.


Moving on, an array of cold and hot starters arrived one by one and we started off with
Beef Short Ribs with Aam Papad Glaze. An unexpected combination of tanginess and crispiness on the outer and soft perfectly cooked meat inside was a perfect win.


Nimbu Jhinga, Pan Grilled, Beet Carpaccio – Again a well presented dish with Pan grilled tiger prawns marinated in lemon pickle marinade & served with beetroot carpaccio. The prawns were perfectly cooked though I felt the marination was little overpowering the flavor of prawns. But my husband liked it.
Chicken & Chestnut Kulcha with Sumac Laban- Chef described how those delectable kulchas are made with melt-in-mouth chicken and water chestnut filling and carefully cooked in tandoor. Another highly recommended dish here at Jodhpur. I can’t wait to try it again.


Kale Patta Chaat with Chatpata Tarbooz and Feta Curd- Flash fried kale leaves served in a watermelon and feta salad. The curd was frozen using liquid nitrogen and it looked quite appealing.
PALATE CLEANSER
Mango, Cranberry & Kaffir Lime Sorbet – This sorbet served in toy pressure cooker made with Fresh Alphonso puree spiked with kaffir lime leaves & de-hydrated cranberries. We were ready to have the main course after this amazing palate cleanser18120193_10158563073425405_1966859920_o
MAIN COURSE
Keema ‘Pygmy’ Pao with masala Hari Mirch- The mutton keema was done so well with butter and masalas that even after finishing the pao, I could not stop having the keema.
Faux Dal Makhni- Here the moong Dal is replaced with Black Urad & cooked exactly the same way Dal makhni is made so that the taste is not compromised. It was thick and creamy but we did not feel bloated after eating since the black urad was used.


Chur chur kulcha- Crispy kulchas stuffed with paneer and other masalas were a good combination with dal makhni.
The most awaited part, Desserts. I have heard a lot about the desserts and the drool worthy pics my foodie friends have posted and was eagerly waiting to try it out.
Lotus Treacle Tart, Salted Butter Scotch Ice Cream- I am a die-hard fan of anything lotus and I can’t ask for something better than this. Even after these many days I am still dreaming of this particular dessert and I highly recommend you all to try this out.


Saffron Jalebi, Mascarpone Rabdi- Another impressively presented one with jalebis hanging in metal tree. Well after having my lotus tart, this tiny little jalebis gave a twist in flavors.
Thanks Chef Pradeep Khullar for this amazing experience and most significantly the warm hospitality and giving importance to customer satisfaction.
Verdict: A great place to visit on all your special occasions and enjoy the delicious masterpieces they offer.

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The Grub house, International city- Dubai

The Grub House is one of the restaurant in International city with a decent ambience and a good place to dine in with family. We went here for a blogger’s session put together by NNK. We were greeted by Ms Risha who is also the owner of the restaurant and she did explain to us in detail about the place. They specialize in north Indian and Indo chinese cuisine too.


We called for lemon mint to start with. It was pretty refreshing.
Moving on to the starters, we were served some of the signature platters as suggested by Ms Risha.
Salim ki pasand- It was a mixed platter with several non-veg kebabs. Being a hardcore carnivore , I quite loved it.
Anarkali ki pasand- The names were quite interesting! This is a mixed kebab platter with an assortment of paneer, baby potatoes etc.


Next was my favorite Sagar-E-Sultan which was a seafood platter of prawns, fish etc. The prawns were cooked to perfection with the right spices.
Among chinese starter , we got to try schezwan chicken which was pretty good too.
Tandoori chicken- Another favorite starter with soft pieces of chicken perfectly marinated and grilled. The spice level was also right.

Moving on to the main course, we tried Matka chicken, Tangdi kebab lababdar,sunheri chicken, Chicken masala bombay biryani.
We quite enjoyed the biryani which was done pretty well.
Schezwan noodles was a bit let down as it was lacking some flavors.

The most exciting part,Desserts!! We tried both Gulab jamun and Ras malai. They were made in-house and was really delicious and we did enjoy.

Verdict: A decent family restaurant with courteous staffs, delicious food and great offers for university students as well.

 

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Biryani Khaas at India Palace

India palace has  been celebrating Mughal heritage for nearly two decades through its traditional cuisine , intricate decor and award winning hospitality.India Palace as a brand echoes the tradition and cultural heritage of India adorned by the royalty, richness and diversity of flavors found across the country. Biryani-e-Khaas is an extension of their commitment of introducing the flavors of India, in all its glory to the residents of UAE.17837478_10158461263770405_1516277874_o.jpg

They launched an event called Biryani-Khaas, the gala of authentic heritage biryanis on the 6th of March 2017 where a special menu was specifically designed to highlight the flavors and variety of biryanis found across the different regions; each packed with its own spices and flavor profile. The menu boasts four outstanding biryanis and select desserts that complement one another and pleases the palate.
The menu includes:
1) Noor Mahal Biryani:It was indeed a treat for the eyes; one of my favorite among all with stuffed chicken koftas tossed in aromatic sauce. The flavors were so rich .
2) Murgh Coorgi Biryani: Each biryani was quite different from each other.This was quite unique well prepared with juicy chicken & freshly grinded whole spices.

3) Bohri Chaamp Biryani: This splendid dish is prepared with spicy Bohri Masala blended with mutton chops & marinated for a whole day. The meat was tender soft and was delightful to our tummies.
4) Subz Qabuli Pulao: This renowned Afghani delicacy is a mix of rice, warm spices & Chana dal, decorated with caramelized fruits & vegetables. A good option for the vegetarians out there.


We ended our dinner with a traditional Indian falooda with kulfi icecream, vermicelli, dried fruits and nuts.17797145_10158461262715405_1706628634_o.jpg

The selection of the biryanis included in the special menu for Biryani-e-Khaas took months of research in finalizing the four that we had that day. Each dish speaks of the region it represents, the diversity in the spices used and the type of rice and meat used.
Verdict: All the four varieties specially the Noor Mahal and the Bohri chaamp biryani had the richness of flavors and a royal touch of those particular regions.

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The Tap house, Club Vista Mare

Another new restaurant in Dubai which offers amazing view with some mouthwatering International delicacies. We dined here last day  at the Tap house which is located in Club Vista Mare which has a spacious indoor dining area and an outdoor seating facility where we can still enjoy the current Dubai weather. They have a large screen for watching your favorite games and munch on some delicious Tap house specialties. The interiors are done quite interestingly with exposed bricks and rough wooden furniture.

We started off with two non-alcoholic drinks; Pineapple mojito and Strawberry margherita..Both were super cooling and in fact a good start to our dinner.

From the kids menu, we got to order the penne arabiatta which was made of a rich  tomato based sauce and my son instantly became a fan of it.

Moving on to the starters, we chose to have Tap house Caesar’s salad with grilled chicken . The dressing was pretty good and the fresh lettuce and grilled chicken very much complimented it.

Wasabi prawns was the next to arrive. It would have been better if it was a bit more crispier.

Among main course, as suggested we decided to have the Tap house burger with mushroom and swiss. The whole presentation is quite tempting with a stack of onion rings on top. The beef patty was well done and we did enjoy a lot. It was quite filling too. Another dish we thought of trying is the orange- glazed Back rib which is slow cooked for 9 hours and served along with baby potatoes. The meat was tender soft and the flavors were infused in it . I will go back to have more of this dish.

For the desserts, we decided to have the Cheeton mess which is raspberry cheesecake covered in a meringue dome. Though it looked a lot from the first sight,we finished it in a jiff.  We wanted to try the Belgian waffles,but it was not available, so we went on to try the Banoffee jar which was made of banana and toffee. It was freshly made in-house and that made all the difference.

Verdict : Yet another spot added to the Dubai dining scenes for a casual meet up and watch your favorite games along with some delicious food and refreshing drinks.

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Egg Dhaba, JLT

If you are looking for a pocket friendly, healthy and authentic punjabi cuisine in JLT area, Egg dhaba is the best option I can suggest you. Not all the dishes they serve are egg based, they do have other vegetarian and non veg dishes as well.
We decided to dine in on a saturday for lunch. They have a spacious indoor dining area as well as outdoor area facing the lake.
The staffs and the manager were quite friendly and suggested us the specialties that they have.
Called for a mango lassi and nimbu pani to start with. The lassi was creamy and smooth and loved the flavor of mango in it. Nimbu pani was quite refreshing.


Maska bun omelette was the one we chose among starters. It was a different omelette than we see normally with buns stuffed inside the omelette. The omelette was fluffy and soft and it was pretty good.
Next was the dish of the day which was Amritsari Kulcha with channa. The kulcha was stuffed with paneer, chilli , potato and it was a good combination with channa curry.
We went on to try the chicken tikka since we thought of trying something in non-veg. It was cooked well and the marination was done properly.


We also got to try the masala omelette curry which is prepared using strips of omelette in a spicy thick gravy. Another specialty dish of Egg Dhaba and it did not disappoint us either.17968717_10158514924785405_1049355682_o - Copy

To end our lunch, A ginger-karak tea is a must try here and is served with namak pare. The karak tea was the best I had in for a while and the namak pare along with it is just pure happiness.

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Verdict: There are several reasons for us to go back here again when in JLT, one good reason is the Karak tea, masala omelette curry and various other dishes in the menu which we did not try.

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Avocado- quinoa salad

 

In my last post, I have shared a recipe of breakfast bowl using quinoa. Now I’m sharing with you another recipe Avocado-quinoa salad which is very easy to make.
We can always keep cooked quinoa and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days and use it for different recipes.

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  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or any herb of choice)
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa-(used here is Indiagate brand)
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • A drizzle of olive oil (I used about a tablespoon)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt + pepper to taste

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and add lemon juice, olive oil and enough amount of salt and pepper and set aside. Serve after 30 minutes.

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Breakfast bowl with quinoa

Why quinoa is a good substitute for rice and other cereals? Its because it is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.

It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.

The cooking process is also quite easy as it requires the cooking of quinoa in boiling water for 12 to 15 minutes.

Here I’m sharing an easy recipe which is good for breakfast which will keep you energized throughout the day.

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INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup cooked quinoa ( used here is Indiagate brand)
• (1/2 cup) natural yoghurt
• 1 apple, coarsely grated
• (1/2 cup) milk (used here is cow’s milk but almond milk or soy milk can also be used)
• 1 tablespoon sunflower seed kernels
• 2 teaspoons chia seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 cup fresh mixed berries (here I have used blackberries and blue berries).

METHOD

Combine the quinoa , yoghurt, apple, milk, sunflower seed kernels, chia seeds, berries and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to soften. Serve topped with berries and slices of apple.

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So South, JLT

So south as the name implies is a restaurant serving South Indian cuisine. They serve all day breakfast with some specialties from the state of Andhra Pradesh. One fine Friday, we decided to have our breakfast from there. Its located in JLT cluster C which is easily accessible with an awesome Lakeview. We started off with two filter coffees and ginger tea. Quite refreshing I would say.


Moving on we started ordering the dosas, First was the gunpowder dosa which has a spicy powder filling. It was crispy but spiciness was bit too much for me.
Next we went on to order Paneer dosa and Mushroom dosa. I loved both of them and the filling was sufficient too.


Another dosa which our friend suggested was chilli mozzarella dosa which had a generous amount of cheese and chilli and it was quite yum when served hot.
For desserts, they have a different variety of dosas with Nutella, hersheys, banana , nuts etc. We tried the Nutella one and it was really crispy, an Indian version of crepe. A must try here.

For takeaways, there is a package exclusively for dosas to keep it hot and crisp and the same one can be unfolded and used for having the dosa.
Though they took a lot of time to serve our food as the crowd was unexpected, It was served hot and taste was not bad at all.

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