I was at the launch of the very first Pancake House in the UAE at Burjuman in October last year, and have since found my favorite spot in the city for the fluffiest, dreamy-delicious pancakes (yes, they really do live up to their name!).
The Filipino chain has since opened shop in the eclectic food-court of The Dubai Mall with a restaurant space of their own. I was at the mall a week ago, straight out of work with my work-mates. Having had an extremely busy day and famished from skipping lunch, I suggested we try out the new branch… we were in that peckish zone where we wanted something decadent, yet not as full-on as mainstream lunch or dinner.
I’ve lived in the UAE for over a decade now, and in my time here I have made quite a few Filipino friends. Despite the large population of ‘Kabayan’ in our city, there seems to be a dearth of restaurants that serve up a good, authentic Filipino meal. The last time I dined Filipino was at Little Manila, and I still rave about their Boodle Fight!
We recently got invited to Skye & Walker for their ‘Fiesta Filipino’ dinner, and happily accepted. Skye & Walker is located on the ground floor of Marriot Executive Hotel Apartments, near Clock Tower Deira.
The Filipino community take up a large percentage of the expat population in the UAE, and it is heartening to see we finally have a little piece of the Philippines right in the commercial nook of Deira, Dubai catering for the authentic cuisines our Filipino brethren have been missing from back home. Little Manila is not a restaurant; it is a whole food-court of well-loved foodie brands hailing from the Philippines. I had the pleasure of attending their opening in September (read all about it here), and then I got invited for a ‘Boodle Fight’!