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.
Last week, we spent a whimsical afternoon at newly opened Kulture House Dubai. Part café, part art house, part florist and fashion haven, this lifestyle hub is a unique homegrown concept that got us click-happy as soon as we set foot inside.
Taking inspiration from an amalgamation of world cultures
including Russia, South America, Morocco, Africa and the Middle East, the
interiors here are absolutely magical.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
restaurant Tresind is an institution of sorts. Unarguably the pioneers in
molecular gastronomy in Dubai, Tresind continues to surprise their diners with
their sheer creativity that never compromises on taste. Tresind lives true to
its French-inspired name; they take inspiration from global cuisines and source
global ingredients, but at the heart of it all, their dishes remain true to
Indian culinary sensibilities. Très Indian all the way.
Every Ramadan, we really
look forward to our Iftar at Tresind. This year, the iftar theme at Tresind was
‘Indian Steakhouse’, a three-course menu that’s priced a very reasonable AED
179 per person.
Indo Chinese cuisine, a mashup of Chinese stir-frying
techniques spiced up with the heat of an Indian palate, deserves to gain more
attention on an international scale. It’s flavors and techniques are advanced
enough to discriminate it from both origins.
Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a feast
of a lunch at newly opened China Bistro. Located in the foodie hub of Karama
bang opposite Spinneys and adjacent to Regis hotel, China Bistro is owned and
operated by Foodlink India.
The restaurant chain has been a big hit across Indian
metropolitan cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Dubai opening
is the brand’s very first venture outside the home-ground.
There seems to be a raise of a new genre of Indian dining in Dubai. Taking cues from the Insta-friendly requirements of millennials and combining it with the nostalgic vibes of Bollywood that transcends generations, we have a brand-new dining destination for Indian funk, fusion food and live entertainment.
Located on the lobby level of Grand Millennium Dubai (Barsha Heights) is Hitchki, which is Hindi for ‘hiccup’. Urban legend has it that when you hiccup, someone who loves you is remembering you. Hitchki is about all things nostalgic, yet quirky enough to have a name that resonates as ‘new age’.
I’m missing the gloomy grey weather already. Last week was surely the last of the UAE winter, and we made good use of it over the weekend by treating ourselves to a soulfully good pan-Asian dinner. We headed to the newest hotel establishment in Sharjah. Yes, Four Points by Sheraton now has a branch in the heart of Sharjah, right off the busy, bustling King Faisal Road.
We were here to try out the recently launched pan-Asian restaurant Cheeky Chan. Don’t you just love the cheeky name?!