I fondly remember my days as a university student. Blessed with the quirkiest of friends, some of the best times we’ve had together was in the kitchen where we cooked up weird and wonderful creations. My bestie made the meanest, richest cauliflower curry and the secret behind its success was a generous helping of cheddar cheese (yup! Indian spices with cheese!). It took a fairly broadminded palette to digest, and in the here and now, he has nothing to do with the food industry.

The story reads quite differently for Dubai-born Rahul Sajnani. When Rahul left home for the UK to do a management degree, he found his passion for fusion cooking when living with a bunch of culturally diverse flatmates. In the UK, Rahul also developed a taste for sushi and momos, and improved on his chopstick skills. He was therefore quite astonished to find that the humble, student-budget-friendly momo-sushi combo he was having in the UK was more of an upmarket, wallet cringing treat in the UAE.

With a new-found love for fusion cooking and an insatiable desire to reintroduce momos and sushi to the UAE, Rahul created Moshi.

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One of the most scenic places to lunch in the Emirate of Sharjah has to be at the strip of restaurants along the Al Majaz Waterfront.

Elevation Burger is the newest addition to the Al Majaz neighbourhood of eateries, and we lunched there this week courtesy Zomato.

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The restaurant is clean, spacious and airy, and the floor-to-ceiling glass paneling across the space takes full advantage of the breathtaking splendor of the Al Majaz waterfront view.

This was our second visit to Flavours on Two, the buffet-style restaurant that offers different cuisine themes on a daily basis. Over a month ago, we were at their Asian Twist Night, and were mighty impressed with their value-for-money spread that includes both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.

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Last weekend, we decided to give their Friday Brunch a try and although we are huge fans of Asian cuisine, this international spread surpassed our previous visit, hands down!

When Vikas Khanna, ‘The Hottest Chef of America’, opens a branch of his Michelin Star awarded restaurant in Dubai, it is bound to make headlines. One of New York’s most sought after Michelin Star Indian restaurants, Junoon opened a branch in Shangri La Dubai just under a year ago, and I had the pleasure of trying out a range of their signature dishes this week.

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Created and conceptualized by restauranteur Rajesh Bhardwaj, the  kitchen of Junoon is headed by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna was also listed under ‘Sexiest Men Alive’ by People magazine in 2011. Blessed with fine, aristocratic features, Chef Vikas Khanna could have easily made a living out of his good looks but destiny had greater things in store for him.

I met the absolutely delightful Melanie Smith, Global Pastry Chef at FFI (Food Fund International) at the Pink Truffle Making Class at The Meat Co (read all about it here). global pastry chef melanie food fund international ffi

Chef Melanie arguably has the sweetest job in the world! As the Global Pastry Chef for all the restaurant brands under the FFI umbrella, Melanie has a tightly packed schedule involving travelling countries and cooking up dessert masterpieces with her team.

Read on about Chef Melanie’s enviably sweet journey (and she has even shared a very special recipe for Mulled Wine with us for Christmas!).

Happy National Day! I hope you are having a lovely Wednesday, and looking forward to the patriotic festivities of this lovely, breezy long weekend.

A big ‘thank-you’ to all of you who took part in the Seven Sands contest. I wish I could take you all to this stunning new Emirati restaurant, but there can only be one winner. Congratulations once again @tulip_dsilva I hope you enjoy Seven Sands as much as I did.

For those of you who want to try out Seven Sands, look up their details on my previous post and give them a visit. Or you can try recreating two of their star dishes all by yourself!

Seven Sands has generously shared their prized recipes for Humeidh with Green Mango Salad and Maleh Korse (baked Emirati fish parcels). What better way to spend the National Day weekend than creating a bit of Emirati goodness in your very own kitchen? 🙂

Yay for the long weekend! The UAE celebrates its 44th National Day tomorrow, and we get two days off. Add the mandatory weekend of Friday and Saturday, and we’ll be out of the office for 4 days flat 🙂

What are your long weekend plans? I bet eating good grub is one of them! Why not whip up a wonderfully simple yet spot-on delicious sweet treat right in the comfort of your very own kitchen? With Nutella as the main ingredient, you know its going to be sinfully good!

The folks at The Meat Co have very generously shared their recipe for Nutella Cheesecake. Do give it a go!

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Saray Sultan (or ‘Palace of the King’) is one of the newest restaurants on the Jumeirah Beach Road strip. Serving an extensive menu of authentic Turkish dishes, the restaurant boasts of an open terrace area that is ideal for lounging given the gorgeous weather we are enjoying this month.

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Saray Sultan is located off Jumeirah Beach Road, in the Jumeirah 3 area. It is on the top floor of Reem Mall.

Wagamama, the British pan-Asian restaurant chain, has recently opened its fourth branch in Dubai. The newest addition is located in Palm Jumeirah’s underground mall, Golden Mile Galleria and we had the pleasure of being invited there for a review this week.

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Styled with the looks of a modern Japanese ramen bar, the funky open-spaced dining area of the restaurant is invitingly casual and perfect for a long-winded meal with the family.