Last weekend, my baby girl Farasha and I headed out to spend a weekend of leisure, pool time and great food at newly opened Hyatt Place, Wasl District Dubai.
Being over-confident with directions and over-trusting Google
Maps, I ended up at Hyatt Place Jumeirah instead! I was assuming ‘Wasl District’
was in Jumeirah, but it turns out this branch is bang opposite Al Ghurair Centre
in the heart of busy, bustling Deira, Dubai.
Taking inspiration from the beauty of Islamic art and calligraphy,
the beautiful interiors of Bab Al Mansour transports its diners to an exotic palatial
setting in faraway Morocco.
Located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in downtown
Dubai, opposite the Dubai Opera, the restaurant specializes in both Moroccan
and Turkish cuisines and all the ingredients used are sourced from
organic-certified farms of Morocco.
We stepped into the gilded doors of Bab Al Mansour a few weeks
back, and were greeted by a young man in a deep blue ethnic robe with a warm
smile and hot cups of sweet Moroccan tea.
Dining at Wok & Co at Ibis Central is nothing short of
magical. Apart from my love for their wide range of Pan-Asian favorites, the
interiors of this restaurant are absolutely spectacular. I’ve dined here a
number of times for dinner, and love their cozy, dimly lit booths that make for
a perfect date night setting, and I was recently back for a lunch catchup with
a friend. The place takes on a different beauty flooded in the sunlight.
“Legend has it that many years ago there was a hospital for the visually impaired on the current grounds of Fairmont Dubai. According to the local legend, patients started disappearing mysteriously at the hospital some 55 years ago, eventually forcing its closure. Amongst them, a young dark-haired woman, dressed in white, who can every now and then be seen wandering around the floors of the hotel.”
– Noire (Fairmont Dubai)
This October, multi-award-winning ‘dine in the dark’ restaurant Noire at Fairmont (Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai) takes on a spine-chilling persona in the spirit of Halloween.
Planning a night out with the
girls, but looking for something far more sophisticated than a smoked up, dimly
lit bar with diluted drinks? I’ve got the perfect deal for you!
Newly renovated Mina’s
Kitchen at the Westin, Mina Seyahi has launched the Glamour-Us Ladies Night.
Happening every Wednesday from 7pm till midnight, ladies get to enjoy 4
complimentary drinks and 50% off an elaborate international buffet. Gents can
join in too, and get 25% off the buffet, and happy hours are extended all night
long for all.
Ever-popular Purani Dilli at Mankhool Dubai has recently
opened a brand-new branch in centrally located 4 Points by Sheraton on Sheikh
Although our city offers an endless lineup of Indian
restaurants, the success of Purani Dilli has been their ability to stay true to
their name. The menu is unashamedly ‘Old Delhi’, the capital of authentic North
Indian Mughlai cuisine sans any frills or new-age tricks.
The ‘new’ Purani Dilli offers the exact same, much-loved
menu but in swanky new interiors. The Sheikh Zayed branch is smaller and cozier
than its earlier counterpart and boasts of shabby chic inspired décor amalgamated
with kitsch Indian finds.
A few weeks back, we dined at the vibrantly inviting Desi
Village. Located in the heart of Garhoud near the Emirates Aviation College,
this spacious, beautifully decorated restaurant offers Indian, Arabic and
The head chef and most of the staff are from the North
Indian state of Lucknow, the capital for Mughlai cuisine and kebabs, and we
therefore indulged in a gastronomy of North Indian delicacies.
Looking for a cozy lunch spot? Have I got a bargain deal for
you! Enjoy the enchanted interiors of Indian fine-dining restaurant Bombay
Bungalow, and treat yourself to a set lunch menu for as low as AED 79 per head!
Your lunching companions will thank you for it.
Last weekend, I caught up with my childhood friend Sara and her gorgeous little girls at Moombai & Co at H Hotel, Dubai. The retro-style Bollywood inspired venue had me awestruck the very first time we visited, and still holds its magic every time I’ve visited since.
Adding to the gastronomic charm of the place is the headline
news that Moombai & Co has now been taken over by celebrity chef and
restauranteur Hari Nayak. Chef Hari Nayak is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has
worked across the United States, the UK and Paris reintroducing the culinary
art of Indian cuisine in a more simplistic, globally viable format.
Love Indo Chinese? I recently discovered a hidden gem for really
good Indian and Indo-Chinese food. Located in the heart of the residential area
on Amman Street in Al Nahda 2 Dubai, Masala Wok was founded by Mr. Shareef,
a diehard foodie and experimental home cook who decided to try his luck at
becoming a restauranteur.
The restaurant has been running for 2 years now, and Mr.
Shareef and his team and astounded by its phenomenal success. Despite being
tucked away in a quiet residential area, the restaurant boasts of having the
highest rating on Zomato in the Al Nahda area and has been drawing in the crowds
from as far and wide as Marina, Sheikh Zayed and even Fujairah.