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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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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The Californian, Dusit Thani

I was truly overwhelmed when I got the opportunity to dine in at the cozy and beautiful restaurant ‘The Californian’ at Dusit Thani , Dubai . They have an awesome view overlooking Burj Khalifa from the 24th floor with a spacious dining area.


On Fridays the theme for the buffet is ‘Around the world’ with some drool worthy dishes from different parts of the world. We called for some fresh juices to start with. Ordered pineapple, orange and watermelon and all were absolutely fresh.
We started off with the salad section and the variety they have is mind blowing. I tried the minced chicken salad which is a simple yet delicious salad for people who love to add an extra element. Another interesting salad was fried fish and onion salad!!


Yes they had that too. The flavors were on point and it is one of a kind salad for seafood lovers. Other interesting ones were crab sticks, octopus cubes etc.
A special mention about the live grill table where we could choose different fresh steak, chicken, sausage and seafood like squids, prawns etc to grill and I must say it was absolutely divine. The flavors were subtle and suiting our taste.

Among the main course, the options we had were quite plenty indeed. I tried the prawns Biryani which was done in Indian style. A must try here at The Californian. Next I went on to try the grilled fish in a tangy sauce. It was very tender and soft and the aroma of it made me go for it again. Barbeque chicken drumstick was another one worth the try. The pieces were properly cooked and tossed in barbeque sauce. I also tried the penne arrabiata which is penne pasta prepared in tangy tomato and bell pepper based sauce. A good one.
Other dishes in the row were tossed veggies, wagyu beef, potato jack , lamb curry etc.
Next was the most exciting part of any meal, the desserts. They did not let us down here either. Most favorites among them were crème brule, cheesecake, chocolate tart, tiramisu and chocolate pastry. A true heaven for the dessert lovers. Freshly cut fruits were also among them.


Definitely visiting again to try other themed buffets like Sundays: Tandoori, Mondays: Mexican , Tuesdays: New Orleans BBQ , Wednesdays: South East Asian and Thursdays: Seafood .
Verdict: A restaurant to enjoy a great view along with some drool worthy dishes.

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Biryani Street, Palm Jumeirah

Biryani Street was opened to the public few days back and it has already become the talk of the town. I was invited for a food tasting session to try out some of their specialties last week along with few other bloggers and was pretty impressed with what they have in store. The interiors are done in a desi style with a very thoughtful décor by means of wall art and theme based accessories. We also get a view of the kitchen through a small window. Mr Jai was there to greet us and tell us the story of Biryani street and the way it functions. To start with, we called for some fresh juices and mojitos. The strawberry and mango mojitos were pretty cooling and comes in attractive glass containers and also fresh juices like orange, watermelon and lemon mint.


Moving on to the starters, we got to try the dish of the day which is the fish cake. The flavors were really subtle and it could not have been done any better. I would go back just to have this alone. Another one was a mela seekh kebab patter with a mix of non-veg items. Out of which I loved the fish and prawns. The meat kebab could have been done better.


Lentil shorba was the next to arrive at our table. It was a lentil based soup and with some mild spices made it extra special. Perfect for the climate.
Moving on to the main course, one of the must try here will definitely be biryani and they did not let us down either. We ordered a hyderabadi chicken biryani and a prawns biryani. I personally prefer the prawns as it was more suiting my taste with the right amount of masala.

Next one was another dish of the day which is jumbo prawns in cream sauce. Though I loved the sauce, the prawns should have been little more cooked.
Next we ordered the dal tadka, bhuna gosht, kheema mutter masala, along with some assortment of breads. The bhuna gosht was the star among all with the tender soft mutton pieces in rich gravy. Dal tadka was the next which had the subtle desi flavor. Kheema mutter masala was good as well.


At last we ordered our desserts. Kulfi and gulab jamun were the ones to arrive at our table. It was one of the best kulfi I had ever. Gulab jamun as usual was yummy . To conclude our dinner, we called for Karak chai and man it was mindblowing indeed.Strong flavor of chai will be anyone’s favorite and you will not be disappointed.

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Verdict: Dubai’s desi dining scene is expanding day by day and Biryani Street is another promising outlet to satisfy our Desi food cravings.

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Pescado, Ultimate destination for seafood lovers

Pescado restaurant is a result of a few ambitious friends who wished to do something innovative and different from the conventional restaurant ideologies and didn’t want to stick to the mainstream. They essentially specialized in seafood cooked in Arabic, continental and the Pescado style. In order to accomplish that, they have appointed different chefs who got experience in these special cuisines. Mr Sunil who was also the chef at Kadavu restaurant, Calicut, India and Mr Rasheed are accountable for their special marinations and recipes.


The dining area is quite spacious spread in two floors with some interesting and chic décor. The staffs were courteous too. We asked them to suggest the crowd’s favorite dishes from the menu.
Started off with the special seafood soup .It had a mixed flavor of clams, squid, crabs and lot more. A true seafood lover will definitely like it. Next one to reach our table was a traditional tabouleh . The herbs used were quite fresh. Fattoush with crisp pita bread was done with the perfect dressing.


Hamour fillet – A chef’s special fillet in a mild spicy marination. It is one of the best dish we had here with soft texture inside and crispy outside.
Crab cooked in spinach and special Pescado secret ingredients. A must try if you are a crab lover. The flavor and color of spinach looked quite appealing as well.


Machboos rice – It was rather very aromatic and rich in flavors that we could have it all alone. I loved it a lot.
Pescado special rice – Rice cooked in generous amount of spinach and seafood. Use of spinach in their dishes gives it a healthy twist. It was different and undeniably worth another visit.17453477_10210264581103408_1255087548_o
Moving on, the most awaited seafood platter in which mussels marinated in special Pescado spices and Shrimps, Sand lobster, Calamari grilled in continental style. The mussels in their special marination was grilled just perfectly. It’s worth every penny. Next, the sand lobster which was grilled and glazed with a mustard sauce. The soft meat inside was infused with these flavors. Calamari and shrimps were pretty crispy and was well done too.17407770_10210264581303413_1061009528_o.jpg
They also had a fresh juice selection. Pomegranates, Apple, Pineapple were the ones we chose. It was made according to our sweetness level and without ice.
Thanks to the whole management for the breathtaking experience.17453263_10210264581703423_1335644219_o

Verdict: Within 2 months of opening, It has been already predicted as an ultimate destination for seafood lovers owing to the use of fresh seafood and their own secret ingredients equally good for spicy and non-spicy lovers.

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800 Degrees Neapolitans Pizzeria, DCC

800 degrees Neapolitan s pizzeria – I attended a bloggers event last Saturday for a tasting session of some of the signature Italian delicacies here. Thanks to my friend Reshma( Gemini girl blog) for organizing such an amazing event and a meet up with some vibrant bloggers in town. The outlet is well lit and pretty airy with comfortable seating arrangements for large and smaller groups. Special mention about the service of each and everyone from staffs to the Manager.
They were having a set menu for the event for us to choose from. We decided to start with the drinks. I got to try the passion fruit iced tea. It was a pretty energizing drink and a good start to the event. . I also had a limonata which is canned lemonade. It was quite good though but I prefer the former.


For the soups and salads, We decided to go with Brodo di pollo which is a clear chicken soup . It was pretty rich in flavors. Next was Zuppa di pomodoro which is a thick tomato soup. Tomato soup with some added spices was so yum. Chicken Caesars salad and Cherry Tomato pesto & burrata were the selected salads .The burrata was really soft and succulent well suiting with the tomato-pesto. Chicken caesars salad was a bit low because of the dressing.


Among starters My favorite was fire feta cheese bread. The bread was soft and the topping was spicy as well. Another one was potato al forno topped with Italian spices.We also got to try ricotta cheese bread filled with cheese and sundried tomatoes & spices.


For the main course we had different pizzas and pastas to choose from. I got to try Frutti di marri spaghetti which is spicy seafood based spaghetti and it was really delicious. Generous amount of shrimps, clams, squid and sauce made it extra special. Next I went on to try chicken tikka pizza which was topped with well marinated chicken cubes, One of the best pizza during the event. Another variant was pepperoni pizza topped with burrata and pepperoni. It was quite good though.


Moving on to the desserts, I can keep on talking about how good it was especially the Tiramisu which was soft and meltin-mouth texture. Another one was a nutella pizza which was pretty light and the bread was not chewy.Dark chocolate gelato was also among desserts we got to put our hands on.Altogether it was a chocolate feast.

Verdict: A place to enjoy with family and friends to enjoy some Italian delicacies at a quite reasonable price.

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