Chili’s, the iconic Tex-Mex casual dining chain, needs no introduction. The brand has a global fan following with over 1,500 chains in 33 countries, and has been listed as a UAE ‘Superbrand’ for 8 years running.

Chili’s recent ‘Chef Cuts’ campaign has splashed across outdoor media around the UAE. I first spotted their enticing advertising on a lamppost whilst stuck in traffic, and made a mental note to visit them soon.

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When it comes to risotto, the Italians turn into perfectionists. After rigorous training under some of the world’s best Italian chefs, Per Te’s Executive Chef, Gladwin Anton (fondly known as Chef Glady) has mastered the fine art of Italian cooking, a mean feat given he hails from a vastly different ethnic background (Chef Glady is an Indian national).

Being able to cook the perfect risotto elevates you to the status of a well-respected Italian chef, and Chef Glady has built a reputation around his very own risotto creations.

Today Chef Glady has generously agreed to share a very special risotto recipe with us:

Selvatici Risotto ai Funghi al Tartufo (Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffles).

recipe selvatici risotto ai funghi al tartufo italian cooking wild mushroom risotto with truffles

Every Saturday from 7 pm onwards, the space before the entrance of Gharana (the Indian restaurant in Holiday Inn, Barsha – Dubai) is transformed into a quaint Indian bazaar. Saturdays bring in ‘Street Food Night’, an ode to the delicacies sold by street vendors across India.

We dined at Gharana last night, and were transported to an exotically colorful world of Indian cuisine and music, a heady mix reminiscent of novels by Jhabvala.

The interiors are styled to resemble a Mughul Emperor’s courtyard. Marbled arches, bejeweled seating, complete with a plush silver swing right at the entrance.

gharana dubai interiors swing

Fridays are the laziest days of the week in our household. We rise just before noon, brunch, watch some telly and fall into a deep siesta all over again. The idea of an evening brunch on a Friday therefore sounded very appealing to our rewired internal weekend clocks.

Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is open for buffet brunch from 7 pm to 10.30 pm every Friday. We were there last Friday, and are still recovering from the gastronomic overload.

latest recipe le meridien review restaurant interiors

Nando’s has long been a family favorite. We love our spicy food, and given its budget-friendly menu offerings, their flavorful fire-grilled chicken makes a far healthier alternative over regular junkfood. *Colonel Saunders heaves a heavy cholesterol-laden sigh*.

Last weekend, we drove up to Al Qasba, Sharjah and ended up having dinner at the Nando’s branch there.

nando's qanat al qasba sharjah review

Let them eat cake! – Marie Antoinette.

These infamous words by Marie Antoinette always fascinated the foodie in me. Being the Queen of France, surely she had the best of desserts at her disposal.

Enter Dalloyau, Dubai’s latest addition to the Parisian fine-dining scene, and my taste-buds were sent on a gastronomic journey into history dating back to the grandeur and royalty of Versailles.

Happy Songkran!

The Songkran festival marks the beginning of the Thai New Year, and like most cultures the world over, the celebration is marked with a feast of traditional dishes.

Chef Sanya from The Royal Budha restaurant has a special Songkran gift for us. He has agreed to share his award-winning Chili Prawns recipe!Chef sanyaThe Royal Budha’s Wok Fried Chili Prawns is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. The dish is a play of authentic Thai flavors married in with chili oil and turmeric.

Try Chef Sanya’s recipe in your own kitchen, and invite a taste of Thailand to your table!

Nischay Kaul shared an authentic Kashmiri recipe for Rogan Josh with The Tezzy Files, and today he is back with yet another scrumptious treat from the Northern-most tip of India; Kabargah.

kabargah kashmiri recipe

Kabargah is a traditional Kashmiri preparation of meat ribs. Ribs of young lamb or goat is cooked in a special blend of milk and spices, and then fried in ghee (clarified butter).

In Italian, ‘Per Te’ translates to ‘for you’, an apt name for Jumeirah’s newest Italian restaurant located in Jumeirah 1 (right behind Jumeirah Plaza, Beach Road, Dubai).

per te dubai review

Hubby was skeptical about dining here. In his opinion, Italian cooking is overrated and simply involves massive overdoses of pasta sauce and cheese. Our dinner at Per Te last Friday managed to make him a convert, and he’s been raving about the restaurant all week!