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.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Sephora Middle East Fall 2019 event and spent a great deal of time at the Kat Von D Beauty stall. Love this tattoo artist turned beauty mogul! I’m a sucker for art, great packaging and surreal shades of color, and Kat seems to effortlessly dish it all out time and time again.

Kat Von D Beauty has now come out with a brand new medium-coverage foundation range, and being a brand that values inclusion of all, the range is launching with 40 shades that cover very fair to very deep shades.

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.

Grayton Hotel, a 4-star boutique hotel for business and leisure, has opened its hospitable doors in the heart of the hustle bustle of Bur Dubai, and with it comes a culinary gem we’ve all been waiting for.

Award-wining Indian fine-dining restaurant Bukhara hailing from Delhi, the capital of India has a repute for its authentic North Indian fare inspired by the Silk Road of trade and culture that brought the Moghuls to India. I love the Bukhara branch in Ajman Hotel, and we’ve driven down for their delicious grub many a time.

Bukhara has finally opened in Dubai. Located on the first floor of Grayton Hotel, the interiors are a contemporary take on the rustic brass-infused look and feel of the branch in Ajman. With filigree walls, holistic Buddha décor and an open-plan kitchen facing the dining area, Bukhara Dubai is all at once cosy, classy and welcoming.

Eid is just around the corner. What are you planning to wear?! Fret not, I’ve got quite a few nifty tips and tricks that will have you sorted 🙂 And you won’t be spending a fortune either! Read my article in this month’s Masala magazine. Click on my Instagram post below for more.

Last Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of dining at the much talked about Masala Library. Founded by culinary legend Jiggs Kalra who is fondly referred to as the Czar of Indian cuisine, my expectations were literally sky-high.

Jiggs Kalra is a living Indian culinary legend who has penned 11 books including ‘Prashad’ which is considered to be a chef’s bible for Indian cuisine. He is credited for reviving several lost cooking styles of ancient India including the introduction of age-old kebab recipes that were prized within the royal kitchens of yesteryears.

Masala Library is an award-winning restaurant in Delhi, the capital of India. It has been an inspiration behind many a successful restaurant and has finally opened doors in JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

Inspired by the old-school luncheonettes of eighties America, Black Tap brings back the nostalgia of enjoying a cheeseburger and milkshake as a child, but prims it up to macho grownup standards.

The award-winning burger joint from NYC has quite a repute for its monster shakes. But there’s so much more than Inst-friendly sipping to be had here.

We headed to the Black Tap branch at Dubai Festival City last week and had the pleasure of trying out quite a few of their new-menu items.