Restaurant Review: Caliburger

Caliburger a well known establishment from the golden state (California) has opened their stores in Dubai and are soon expanding to other Emirates. The decor is super trendy and casual. I loved the outdoor seating but since it was sunny that day we choose to dine inside.
When I checked the menu, we were been informed that their halloumi sandwich is only available during breakfast (until 11a.m) now as I am a vegetarian, I cannot try their other burgers. I inquired the staff if any exceptions can be made. At first I was been declined and then after a bit of inquiring I was been informed that lettuce wrap is what I can get. I wasn’t too keen on trying that and inquired if it can be given in a bun at least. The staff agreed and prepared a grilled cheese sandwich for us. We also tried the wild fries, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. These were saviors of our lunch and my guest and I enjoyed the same. The mozzarella sticks were stringy and the cheese was oozing out! Along with this we had lotus milkshake each, it was a bit runny for a milkshake but good on flavor.
Coming to the desserts, we tried the Apple pie with ice cream and Brownie sundae. Now I don’t understand the obsession with lotus because both of desserts had lotus and caramel sauce. The piping hot Apple pie with vanilla ice cream was delicious! On the other hand the brownie sundae was no less!
Overall, we enjoyed the sides and desserts but definitely I couldn’t try the burgers. The staff in the beginning were very flustered as they mentioned that they weren’t aware of my visit. After about ten minutes I was been informed that it’s ok to dine . The menu doesn’t mention that breakfast items are available until 11am so I couldn’t try the halloumi sandwich which I was intending to. I will definitely go back to try it.
The place is a self/semi self service one wherein you order and once the tracker rings you can pick it up which is something common in US and majority of fast food joints across UAE.
What’s interesting is that they also had a gemjump challenge for their diners. I hope they do introduce that again because it was an amazing challenge where you could win prizes up to 10000$, ipads, burgers and many more things.

Home Delivery
Wheelchair friendly

Kid Friendly

Outdoor Seating

Contact : 8002254 for orders
Address: Opposite Mashreq Bank, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
For menu and more images visit  CaliBurger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tacos To Churros, All At Tortilla

When we talk about Mexican cuisine, first thing that comes to our mind is TORTILLAS. Oh aren’t they just yum? That’s exactly what the owner for franchise name Tortilla thought. The name explains the cuisine but does this new franchise live up to the hype? Read along to know more..

Tortilla is a brand from UK and they have opened their first branch at Dubai Festival City center. Located at the food court, this casual dining restaurant is very vibrant and they have tried to retain the Cali feel for their customers.
My guest and I tried many dishes. Trio of Tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fajita rice bowl and to wash all that down we had the frozen lime margarita. All the dishes are prepared right in front of you and everything can be converted to vegetarian/vegan.
Highlights of our meal was the big fat burrito, all stuffed with rice, vegetables, salsa, beans & cheese. We loved it! Though I found it a bit bland ( my indian-ness is coming around) so I added a good squeeze of sirarcha on it and it was perfect! Another dish to try is the fajita bowl (minus the meat for me) I loved how the subtle flavours of rice and roasted bell peppers were paired. All the dishes are good for two and pricing is pretty reasonable considering the quality offered.
The manager was informing me that they replace the vegetables/salsa within every few hours so that the customers can enjoy fresh dishes without worrying about quality. All the staff handing food are seen with disposable gloves which are changed often too.
coming to the drinks, they offer the local Mexican sodas which are known as Jarritos. At one point of time I was crazy about this soda brand and tried all flavours including the hibiscus one. So instead I opted for the frozen magarita & it needs a special mention. with hot, spicy and delicious food this drink provides refreshment.
We were really stuffed but the staff insisted us to try their newly launched desserts. The option was between nutella & banana quesadilla and churros. We opted for the latter because who can say no to churros ever? These churros are to die for. Crunchy bits outside and soft inside, they are fat little fried doughnuts! Served with chocolate and toffee sauce it is a delicious treat. It was so good that now whenever I go for movies to dfc I buy these and happily munched on them (no I dont share it 😛) The chocolate sauce is created from authentic mexican cacao and is not overtly sweet but perfect!
Overall, I love the concept of fresh food prepared right in front of you and the fact that they are adding dishes as per market demands like the churros weren’t initially the part of menu and later added as many customers asked for it. Lovely decor and a fun place to visit. Also the staff is courteous and advise you in advance for spice levels of the sauces. Probably the only thing I want to point out is that their tortillas for the wraps are prepackaged ones and not fresh. Also the quesadillas need to be a bit more cheesier.
P.s: a bit messy to have tacos and burritos by hand but that’s how it to be eaten and trust me you will love it!
  • Kids Friendly
  • Casual dine in/takeaway
  • Fast Service
  • Reasonable prices

Walk ins are accepted. Contact 04 4376062 for more info or visit  Tortilla Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato