New Launches at Seattle’s Best Coffee

World famous Seattle’s best coffee is a familiar spot for many.  Their freshly brewed coffee and baked goodies have been my favorite for years.

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I was invited to try out their newly launched light meals menu and I must say it’s definitely worth a try!

Giving middle eastern touch to the menu is the zaater lebneh dip & beetroot hummus. Both of them are great to go snacks and not to forget how healthy they are. They do have soups and salads which are great for light lunch. My greek salad was a really hearty portion and love the dressing with it.  SBC has also introduced wide range of reasonably priced wraps, I went for the veggie wrap and my guest opted for halloumi pesto sandwich. Clear winner from the two would be the latter one as it was moist and perfect! We would have loved it more if it were in multigrain bread.

To cool ourselves off, we tried the deliciously thick chocolate milkshake which was  perfect to wash down all the dishes we tried. The waft of freshly baked cinnabon was irresistible so we skipped desserts and went for a chocobon & pecanbon. Needless to say, both were amazing and possibly the freshest of all the branch I have had at. You can watch them make it fresh!

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Great little spot for casual meetings and some hot cinnabons!

Location: Next to Hyper Panda, Level 1, Dubai Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City, Dubai

They do deliver as well. Contact 600522273 for more info

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Momo Magic At Real Momos

Karama’s hidden gem and loved by all, Real momos is truly unbeatable! I always tried their takeaway and when given am opportunity to review them, I chose to dine in!
It’s a small cafeteria with basic tables & chairs. The place has quickly caught up the attention of the youth as many were found hanging around and ordering takeaways.Our order consisted of steamed veggie momos, tandoori paneer momos ( yes you read it right T A N D O O R I), Chinese bhel & soft drinks . Now the concept of tandoori momos, I hadn’t heard of them before so I was very excited to dig into the gorgeous orange momos & see how they have developed the required flavor.

The tandoor flavor is there. I felt the filling was a bit under in terms of flavor & quantity for the paneer momos. The steamed veggie momos were nice and moist. Served with tangy chilli sauce, the taste reminded me of road side eateries in Delhi/Mumbai. What’s interesting is that even though the momos are been steamed/ fried/ tandoori-fied the outter layer is delicate & perfectly carries the filling. The Chinese bhel was flavorful and a party in my mouth. Sweet, tangy, sour paired with crunchy lightly sauteed vegetables.

Overall I felt this place is really for those people who crave desi Chinese flavors which we would generally find around India. A clean & budget friendly joint for casual hangouts. I did love their version of thai green curry and would have loved more if they served it with Jasmine rice. Nevertheless our vegetarian noodles went well too! They do prepare the sauces and mixes by themselves. I love how passionate they are about bringing authentic flavors to diners.
Contact: 04 3411379
05 29358414
 Address: Shop 2, Art Court Building, Near Rose Studio, Westzone Supermarket, Al Karama, Dubai

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Spanish Food Affair With Espana Dubai

Espana has been voted as the chefs choice of restaurant recently. So when I got the invite, I was certainly excited to try out the same. I must admit though, I generally prefer tapas because not at every place you get vegetarian options especially the paella. So I brought along a friend who is a Spanish food expert.
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We started off our evening with some delicious sangria, an entire pitcher fell short to us! It was delicate and I would definitely prefer to cool off with it in summers. We Also enjoyed some scrumptious tapas, namely stuffed potatoes with mushrooms & goat’s cheese crouquetas. My guest enjoyed her chicken skewers dish.
The tapas are priced well for the portions served. It’s not to tiny and perfect for a light bite. Following our tapas experience we had vegetarian paella & my guest had seafood one. I have had a chance try vegetarian paella only twice. Once in Casa De Tapas & once here. I was surely surprised by the variety offered for vegetarians which definitely makes a decent meal. My guest’s seafood paella was filled with mussels, octopus & prawns all cooked to perfection(guest opinion)!
We ended our meal with delicious churros that were served with chocolate chilli sauce & carrot cheesecake. The former was a standout while the latter dessert was not really impressive. We paired our churros with Macchiato Martini which was a strong choice of drink but went really well with the desserts.
Overall, it was fun night at Espana and I will certainly be visiting the place again for ladies night. We loved the live music feature. Unsure of what is the exact decor inspiration however its quirky and attractive!
Contact: 04 4551652 for reservations or visit Espana.ae
Address: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Near Century Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai
Restaurant features:
Wheelchair Accessible

Full Bar Available

Brunch

Nightlife

Valet Parking Available

Outdoor Seating

Private Dining Area Available

Wifi

Free Parking

Live Music

Espana - Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Farzified At Farzi Cafe Dubai!

Why Farzi? Because Farzi means creating an illusion. What you see is not what you always taste! That is the success mantra of Farzi cafe, a modern spice bistro by Zorawar Kalra.
Farzi cafe changed the scene of Indian cafes. New experiences and exquisite ingredients excite the diners. After gaining huge popularity in India, Farzi cafe opened its doors in Dubai.
I have tried the food at Farzi Cafe Mumbai and our experience earlier had been fabulous! Does the Dubai branch match the expectations? Read on to know.
My guest and I visited on a very busy Friday. The restaurant was packed with diners and not a single table was left empty for long. Looking at this it definitely did increase our expectations. For appetizers we were provided, tandoori wild mushrooms, walnut with truffle haze, Tandoori chilli cheese kulchas, daal aranchini & Chaat puffs. We were also served drinks such as chai soda & Pinacolada both with quirky presentation! Of all the dishes,my guest and I loved the tandoori mushrooms & paneer kulchas.
Coming to our mains, we tried Chermoula Crusted Paneer Tikka & vegetarian potato burger. Both delicious on their own way!
To end our meal we tried two stunning desserts. One named the dirt pile and other was a version of gulab jamun and rabri. The desserts impressed us massively! The deconstructed mud cake also known as THE DIRT PILE is Cleverly disguised as mud, the crumbles of cake are moist. The dish comes complete with a spade so that you can dig out some delicious elements such as fennel crumble, nuts, berries, chocolate truffles and even ice cream!
The service is quick and despite the crowd, the staff were very attentive.  Special thanks to the Manager Mr Manish for taking care of all our needs.
We were totally Farzified by the food and its presentation. The dishes are worth the wait and price wise everything on menu is reasonable. We are definitely going back to try more dishes!
Contact: 04 3942556/ 0526892012 for reservations. 
Location: CITY WALK, Al Safa & Al Wasl Road Intersection, Al Safa, Dubai
– free wifi
– reservations recommended
– wheelchair friendly
– kids friendly
– vegan/vegetarian dishes available
– outdoor seating available

Farzi Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fresh & Hot! Zpizza

am a pizza maniac, I can eat it any time of the day! So it’s obvious that I keep discovering new places and telling you folks about the same.
Glad that restaurants are taking the concept of healthy eating seriously and so following that is Zpizza. They use GMO free flour and do offer gluten free options.
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I tried their meal for four option which includes two salads, two medium pizzas, coke & six pieces of their garlic breads served with marinara sauce. My choice of pizzas included, spinach & mushroom which has white sauce base & California Veggie, filled with all the possible veggies. Whoever said pizzas are unhealthy are really wrong, just look at those veggies man! For salads I tried Greek salad & California salad, both were delicious & hearty portions. The garlic bread sticks were a bit tough to chew on but i am assuming that’s because i consumed it while it was cold.
Can’t wait for Zpizza business Bay branch to open up! It’s going to be near from my office which only means one thing.. more pizza lunches!
Please note: I was sent the meal as I had won their giveaway. I was not asked to review them but they do offer genuinely good food so do check them out!
 Contact them on 04 4371644 for orders

ZPizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review – Barbeque Nation

A concept which allows you to DIY bbq and enjoy other treats is not new to Dubai but certainly is for Barsha residents.
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BBQ nation is a well known franchise from India with outlets in almost every city. Their specialty is grill as per your liking on the table, besides that they also have wide variety of counters where you are served soups, mains, rice, accompaniments, wraps and even your own mix of noodles.
I personally found the DIY grill part to be a bit slow because it takes a lot of time to get the perfect char on my paneer and vegetable skewers. The taste was spot on though. These skewers are partially cooked and served on table unlimited number of times. Once you want to stop the server from adding grills, all you need to do is put down the sign that says ” I give up”. Wait.. that doesn’t really mean you give up. You actually are just ready to proceed to main courses. I did enjoy those as there is a good variety for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. My eyes were fixated on the wrap and rolls counter, basically a paratha and you can add mix of vegetables, paneer and sauces. It was delicious and fun to watch.
The staff were super friendly throughout the service, encouraging my guest and I to try out everything. It was a wide buffet so trying out each and every item is a task but we managed it.
Towards the end of our meal I was too stuffed to try the desserts. However when I was been informed of kulfi counter I was thrilled to try! They have a great variety of all in-house made kulfis with flavors like chocolate to saffron. Eat the kulfi plain or get it topped with variety of toppings like nuts, cookies, wafer biscuits, smarties and many more. The desserts apart from kulfi ice creams were passable because they weren’t that great. I felt there is a bit more work required at that end since especially the cakes which I found a bit too dry.
Overall, BBQ nation is a great option and a good place to visit with your foodie friends. A word of caution though, make sure you are really hungry else you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the variety. The thing with buffets is that everyone finds their own liking some may love the grills while some may enjoy something else so it’s always a win win situation.
Decor-wise, the restaurant has wide wooden tables and faux bar area at the end(because they don’t serve alcohol). There is a lot of seating area and great for parties. They do have live music in evenings and offer catering to events as well.
I also had brief chat with Mr Dipak, the manager of the branch. I am informed that soon there will be a chaat corner added to the already wide buffet. Due to popular demand a branch in Karama will be launched too.
  • Buffet
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Kids Friendly
  • Wifi
 Visit Barbeque Nation Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu and more images from my tasting
Contact  04 4376096 for reservations

New Restaurant On The Block – Spiceklub

When I first heard about Spiceklub I was super excited because this place is just few minutes away from my home. Also that it’s a all vegetarian franchise from Mumbai that claims to offer diners a molecular gastronomy experience at reasonable prices. I have literally grown up watching Heston Blumenthal series on food and science so it was interesting to see how far can Spiceklub replicate similar experience to their diners.
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My guest and I were invited for the preview on weekday dinner service. At first sight the restaurant is already filled with a lot of customers, mostly families which is a good sign because that means the restaurant is running well in its first week.
Since this was a blogger invite, the chef had already selected the dishes and the same were presented to us. For appetizers, we tried the dahi Wada, masala makai seekh, naanza & hara bhara kabab. Unlike other restaurants, Spiceklub offers you a wide selection of accompaniments with your appetizers a total of 8 in cute cutting chai glasses. We loved the Naanza (don’t have it cold though as it goes chewy) and surprisingly the dahi Wada which was presented in spherical blobs on tasting spoon with bondi (besan fritters) and chutneys. It was a very interesting dish and I wasn’t initially keen on trying it but once I had, I couldn’t stop! The other two appetizers were passable.
Of the drinks we tried, the fruit lassi topped with rabri foam which definitely stood out. These were more of eating dish rather than drinking. The other drink was kokum based, a bit like sweet and sour mix which was alright.
For the main courses, we had paneer dish and a dal dish. Both of which were simple, no fuss dishes perfect for someone who doesn’t want to experiment much. For breads we had the missi roti and the garlic cheese naan. The missi roti was too hard to chew on and not a match with the main courses.The naan on the other hand was moist and perfect. Apart from this we also tried the vegetable dum biryani and anaar raita which were simple again but flavorful.
The desserts we tried were paan mousse, flowerpot and old school lollies. All three dishes were interactive and fun! The ice lollies taste wise were not the best but gains points for the fun element. The flower pot was delicious with lightly sweetened mousse with rasmalai at the bottom, chocolate soil at the top all created with Belgium chocolate. It was the best dessert of the three. Besides this we also tried the pan mousse which is presented on the table which nitrogen liquid poured over the top, it freezes the mousse which is on base of a rose petal. Now I am not a fan of rose petals or paan actually so I wasn’t impressed with the dish but my guest found it interesting and he enjoyed it. We ended our meal with gulkand chocolates which were bursting with flavor.

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 The food is definitely not the issue at Spiceklub because you certainly get your money’s worth both flavor-wise and quantity wise. The issue is the service which I found a bit slow before, during our mains and towards the end as well. I did ask for the drinks menu several times to try out something else but that never came instead the desserts arrived. I felt the staff do require a bit of additional training so that they can improve upon minor details like prompting guests in timely manner for any additional requirements.
Decor-wise, the restaurant is very trendy and colorful. With quirky lighting and pillows that quote famous Bollywood dialogues this place is casual and appealing. I loved the addition of colors through the rangoli wall.
Overall, Spiceklub is a good option to try for vegetarians. It’s different, it’s interesting and curiosity is certainly attracting many to try out this place. There are few hits and few misses from the selection of dishes we tried. The staff is courteous throughout the service, they do help with suggestions too. Service though is bit of a concern which hopefully will improve with time.
  • Kids friendly
  • Party/Events
  • All Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Jain options available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Reservation recommended

contact 04 3931233, visit SpiceKlub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu and more images from my tasting 🙂