Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery JBR

Bouchon bakery is a brainchild of famous 7 star Michelin chef Thomas Keller. Post the launch of Bouchon Bistro & The French Laundry, the chef decided to try out bakery options for everyone in form of Bouchon. The bakery quickly blossomed into a full grown establishment. When I was in Vegas, I wanted to try out Bouchon Bakery but I couldn’t due to lack of time. Who knew four years later I would be sitting in this very establishment sipping delicious coffee and snacking on some of finest pastries. Lucky me!
Bouchon bakery is open from breakfast to dinner. Located at JBR, this bakery offers beautiful views! I visited here for dinner but definitely will be back for breakfast. Here’s all we tried.
Monkey bread: Cinammon-ney goodness and fresh bread that is perfect accompaniment to coffee.
Cream Cheese Danish: I want to wake up to this everyday!!!
Almond croissant: okay, one cream cheese danish and one almond croissant everyday!!
White bean soup: not a fan of this one as I felt the piquillo pepper vinaigrette was a bit too strong.
Quiche Forestier: my guest tried this one. His experienced palate has never tried something like this before. In another words, he loved it! In fact he went back to try it again!
Grilled Cheese Sandwich: I could taste the mature cheddar and the fontina too. The bread was fresh!
Secret sandwich: that’s not on the menu but as they didn’t not have a vegetarian sandwich available. I requested if anything can be done about that and the manager instucted his staff to whip up a special one just for us! It was a version of their roasted mushroom sandwich and as per my suggestion it was served in walnut bread. That bread was super moist, I could taste how fresh it was and also how pairing it with roasted mushrooms made it even better. Both walnuts and mushrooms complimenting textures and earthy flavors.
We moved on to desserts. I was overwhelmed as the there was so much to try. However I opted for some of the best ones I have read about earlier.
Famous TKO- Thomas Keller Oreo, dark chocolate biscuit with white chocolate ganache filling. Classic and better than any oreo any day! This tribute to oreo is a hit!
Macrons: assorted macrons, each flavorful and delicious! My favorite was saffron & coconut ❤
Paris Brest: I don’t know where to to begin with this dessert. It’s more like a dream! Raspberries, pistachio, lightly rose flavored cream and raspberry jam sandwiched between choux pastry.
Chocolate eclair: do I have anything to compare this on? Really not because this is another dreamy pastry I would give up my entire meal for. It’s filled with just perfect amount of cream and chocolate. Topped with 22 carat gold leaf this delight is perfect for Dubai-ites!
OH OH! – I was wondering why it’s named as such but then I tried out the pastry. My expressions were exactly OH OH! Covered in thick chocolate shell is a delicious chocolate swiss roll.
The food is undoubtedly delicious! There is no fussy presentation. It’s simple, the flavors and freshness of ingredients are inviting enough. The manager Mr. Alex was very kind to suggest us few dishes to try. He also informed us that everything in the bakery is made from scratch with the finest ingredients and secret recipes that only few know. Freshness is emphasized here as they bake their breads and other viennoiseries as early as 4am!
At the beginning of the session, our service was a bit slower and we had to repeat orders twice to our server. As the evening progressed, the service gradually improved.
Overall, bouchon Bakery’s dishes are simply delicious! This is one place you must not miss! Perfect for breakfast dates! Their coffee is sourced from Ghana and it’s strong and the fragrance is really inviting! The viennoiseries  are flaky, buttery and simply divine!
Bouchon Bakery validates parking at any spends more than AED75. Valet service is available as well.
Contact : 04 4190772 for reservations.
  • Walk ins welcomed
  • Wifi not yet added
  • Valet Services
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Breakfast spots
  • Fresh bakery items

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Sushi Stories At Sumo Sushi & Bento

As you may have read before, I wasn’t particularly fond of sushi earlier because I always thought it would contain fish. I am not a seafood person at all so that was no-no zone for me. However ever since I have started blogging about my conversion to vegetarianism I have discovered many restaurants that offer sushi dishes that are vegetarian. When I got an invite from Sumo Sushi & Bento to try out their vegetarian menu I was surprised to see that actually have a detailed two page menu for folks like me!
Definitely I squealed in joy because finally there is a restaurant who wants to do something for those who don’t prefer seafood.
We started off with vegetable Harumaki, Tofu steak, Avocado rolls, vegetable gyozas,  delicious sparklers such as sumojito & a berry drink. Honestly there was literally no dish that we didn’t like! My guest and I savoured it all and we tried more.
Our mains included veggie vietnam, veggie ramen, forbidden rolls, futomaki & tempura rolls. I know it’s a lot but honestly I wanted to try all of these so that I can find my favorites. Little did I know I will fall in love with all that I tried. All sushi dishes were prepared skillfully and no two dishes despite similar ingredients tasted the same.
Coming to our desserts, weopted for the green matcha roll, fried tempura ice cream and Kasutera lotus cake. I loved all three but my favorite has to be the tempura ice cream that was hot on the outside and warm inside ❤
The service throughout was fantastic! Special thanks to our friendly servers, Ms Ebeth & Mr Bishnu for being so patient with our orders and explaining every dish that was served. The ever smiling staff are backed by super sweet area manager Ms Rachel.
Overall, if you are looking to try some delicious Japanese fusion dishes and sushi, you must visit Sumo Sushi and Bento! They also have a rewards card where you can earn rewards in form discounts which is absolutely great! The prices anyways are very reasonable with dishes starting from AED20, this could be a fabulous place for lunch dates!
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Fancy making your own sushi? Try out their masterclass at Town Center Mall Jumeirah.
Rating them a solid FIVE on FIVE for flavours, pricing and service.
  • Kids friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Shareable portions
  • Wifi Available
  • Takeaway Available
  • Lunch Views

Contact: 04 4560797 for inquiries

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Spreading Unicorn Fever – Unicorn Vibes Sweets

Unicorn trend is just setting in UAE. At first it was the unicorn latte from various places and now an entire cafe is themed around the same. Unicorn vibes sweets is located in business bay and offers variety of homemade ice cream flavors like cookie monster, peanut butter and many more. They also have ice cream sandwiches, cookies, unicorn water, flavoured water, lattes.
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Definitely the cafe is trending all over social media especially Instagram. The cafe is actually smaller in size and can accommodate around maximum 12 people. When I had visited it was crowded with families & teenagers of course all had come around to try the unicorn delights!
In terms of taste, we tried all the flavours and peanut butter was my favorite. You can choose to have in a cup or cone and every serving comes with two free toppings. Was the taste worth a drive? I am not so sure in that aspect as the flavors need major improvement. The ice cream is not creamier as one would expect and also the flavors do not stand out. The unicorn water is a strawberry flavored water which is just about fine. The cookie sandwich is something one should try!  I also happened to try milkshake which was refreshing.
Overall, ice cream flavours & the service needs to improve massively. The cafe is a hit already and if these elements are taken care of then they would definitely rock! With is h cute quotes, glitter wall, unicorn toys and an entire wall poster with wings where one can stand and take an “angelic” shot of themselves this cafe is totally Insta Worthy!
  • Instagrammable Cafe
  • Perfect for kids
  • Walk in only
  • Wheelchair freindly
  • Fresh Cookies & cones
  • Ample parking available
Location: Near Bridge City Minimart, Business Bay, Dubai

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Twist Of Taste At PepperMill Restaurant

I am a confessed shopaholic, browsing stores is my hobby! While doing all that hard work I keep searching for good places to eat within the malls. I have decided on my favorites in every mall and my latest addition to favorites list is Peppermill restaurant at Dubai Festival City Mall.
This restaurant is waterfront facing which gives a beautiful view for lunches and great for enjoying cool breeze in evening. We were provided chef’s specials for reviewing. We begain our courses with soups, presentation was spot on! Tomato Shorba the soup was delicious and a hearty bowl is sufficient for my lunch. Also we tried the lentil shorba which was delicious too but I would still prefer the former.
 For starters we were offered sukha bhel ( dry savouries), palak chaat and chaat platter(samosa, pani puri, Palak chaat, fried potatoes). We were so full by the end of our appetizers.. however there was still the platter for grills and our mains and dessert too!
The tandoori platter consists of soya chaap (cutlets), assorted mushrooms, Portuguese potatoes & marinated cottage cheese cubes. The quantity of the platters is again huge! These platter both are easily sharable between a family of four to six. A very generous portion is indeed enjoyable!
Our mains consisted of vegetarian Biryani, broccoli & zucchini musallam, mutter paneer and cheese naans( baked flat breads). The most delicious was the broccoli and zucchini mussalam! Served in makhani sauce this dish is one I will never forget. It’s decadent and presented gorgeously! The mutter paneer is essentially hollowed cottage cheese chunk stuffed with mashed and spiced peas topped with a rich gravy. Again spot on with presentation and taste!
To end our meal we tried our coconut cream pannacota which was topped with sorbet, candied fennel seeds. The dish was refreshing and light. A portion again is easily shareable by two.
I felt the service was a bit off as it was late in the evening. However throughout the courses the team served with a smile which is something very important. In was pretty late and yet there were customers flocking in to enjoy the twist to humble Indian dishes. I was surprised to see that apart from Asians, there were a lot of locals as well who were clearly enjoying their time.
Overall, if you are looking to try interesting twists to Indian cuisine then you must note down peppermill in your list!
  • Kids friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Vegan friendly ( advance notification required to restaurant)
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Shareable portions

Contact : 04 2881587 (DFC mall), 02 6225586 (Al Wahda Abu Dhabi)

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Cheese Dreams At Shami Gourmet

Do you crave middle eastern food when you travel outside the mid-east? I certainly get withdrawal symptoms and start frantic searches for places that serve my beloved manaoushe & falafel. The best of which you can find only in UAE. In UAE is the polar opposite as you will find every nook and corner restaurant serving felafels & Shawarma. Sorting out the best ones in my job.
I was invited to try out levantine vegetarian offerings at Shami Gourmet. They offer a wide range of dishes right from grills to gelatos. They do have decent vegetarian options for one to make a meal of. I tried,out the grilled halloumi, cold mezze platter, Arabic falafel, mix cheese manaoush and fatayer.
The food is excellent for the price they are offered on. Everything Is fairly reasonable and portions are good too! Open style kitchen gives you a glimpse of how you order is made. The staff at all times were wearing gloves and disposal head caps.
For desserts my guests and I opted for snickers gelato & berry cheesecake. The former was my favorite of the two as the gelato was creamy & absolutely on money. The generous staff let me try all the flavours they offer. Mango sorbet & ferrero rockers were my favorite of the lot. The cheesecake on the other hand was decent enough.
The day I visited they were facing some aircon issues. Despite that the staff were making a constant effort to keep all the customers satisfied. They are more popular for their deliveries as I sat there watching deliveries fly out constantly.
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Overall, Shami Gourmet is a good option to try. Their prices are reasonable and the dishes are fresh & delicious! Special thanks to chef and team for taking care of all our requirements.
  • Breakfast
  • Home Delivery
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Kid Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly

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Sbarro’s Pizza Experience

Sbarros is a popular brand with many branches in US. They do have branches in Dubai too.
I tried takeaway from this place when I was at my JLT office. My order consisted of Peri Peri Paneer & Classic Veggie. Both sadly were a disappointment. I know that pizza even bad can taste good but unfortunately nothing could save these. There was lack of salt and the seasonings were way off! To top that off the service was slow too! It took them 45minutes to prepare my order.
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I had initially ordered pasta as well but looking at their pace I cancelled my additional orders and bid them goodbye!  The only good thing about the pizza was the crust as it was well cooked. Such a shame that they couldn’t offer a decent pizza flavor if nothing fancy.

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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

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