Levantine Cusine Love At Awani

One of the most popular attractions in Dubai is the Dubai mall. The largest mall in fact has a lot of variety of restaurants as well. One of latest restaurants happens to be Awani Levant.
Levantine cuisine is very vegetarian friendly. What I love about them is that they have equal proportions of vegetarian and meat options which helps in maintaining balanced diet. Awani levant is one such restaurant that offers a fusion to the otherwise known levantine cuisine
Upon arrival they serve not any drink but a complimentary pea and asparagus soup. So delicious and it whets the appetite making you all ready for the courses to come.
My selection of cold mezze was the beetroot mouttabel and the classic hummus. For hot mezze, I opted for spring roll falafel. It was really delicious and the tahina sauce complimented the dish well.
For Our mains I opted for freekeh bil Fukrah. It actually tastes like risotto and so so delicious that I will definitely be trying this dish again! My partner opted for cheese kaak and that was delicious too but I would prefer the freekeh bil fukrah over it any day!
For drinks, I opted for a refreshing basil lemonade, served in a gorgeous tall glass. My guest opted for chocolate milkshake which was very average.
For desserts, I stuck to just one. Chocolate surprise and thank God I did order only one as the dessert was a really large portion. Good for three actually! The addition of pouring hot chocolate over a chocolate ball is dramatic but taste widths dish was too sweet for my palate. Love the addition of maltesers but the gummy bears is something I am not fond of.
There were few glitches in the service, especially when we were looking for someone to serve us fresh bread and take additional orders. However I can understand the glitch because they had just opened up and the amount of diners rushing in to try this cuisine were far too many.
Decor wise the restaurant is beautiful use of colorful tiles, quirky decoratives such as bird cages and interesting warm lighting create a good atmosphere. The weather was humid on the day of my visit else I would have preferred to dine outdoors as the view of the mighty burj khalifa, Dubai fountains and downtown is a spectacular!
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  • Outdoor shisha options
  • Kids friendly
  • Vegan friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stunning outdoor views
  • Reasonable prices
  • Reservation Recommended

For reservations contact  04 2432758 or visit Awani Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu

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Talk Of The Town-Ramusake

eRamusake at first glance transportation you to a different world all together. The decor is impressive with Japanese paper lamps and trendy wall art showcasing the era of 1920s in Tokyo. It’s funky and its eye catching! This London brand by Piers Adams is now one of hottest restaurants in town!
The dishes are designed to carry the modern izakaya dining experience.Vegetarians at a Japanese restaurant are a bit of an odd pair but well the restaurant does have some good vegetarian options which work to a decent meal.
Every dish we tried packed a punch! Right from the signature Ramusake salad with wafu dressing to the desserts. Absolutely loved the fried truffle & cheese dumplings with ponzu so good that we had to ask for it twice! Some of other dishes we tried were sweet potato fries, Yasai Nigiri & Vegetable Futomaki. Since they did not have any main courses for vegetarians, we were served a repeat of previous courses and whipped potato with shiso butter which is a side.
For desserts, we tried the the green tea, chocolate and vanilla mochi, lemon cheesecake and assorted sorbets and ice creams. Absolutely loved the mochi and the house-made assorted ice creams were delicious too!
Fabulous food paired with some interesting cocktails and upbeat atmosphere. Ramusake impressed me in the first go! My favorite drink from the evening was Asahi.
Please note: This review is from the media night held at the restaurant’s launch in June 2016. Since I had lost my data, the same was not published in time. Luckily, I have recovered the data and am posting the detailed account written back then. Most of the dishes mentioned above are still on the menu. 
  • Full Bar Available
  • Wifi
  • Valet Parking Available
  • Live Music
  • Ladies nights on Wednesdays
Contact 04 5595300 for reservations, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai
Visit Ramusake Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu.

#ZomatoMeetUp – Discovering Hypno Thai Brunch

Sawadika (Hello) my readers…

A few weeks back I was invited to a fantastic Hypnothai-sing brunch by Zomato team at Thiptara – Palace Downtown Dubai. It is always fun to meet up fellow bloggers and writers who share similar interests (food first!).

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Overlooking Downtown Dubai & Burj Khalifa, Hypnothai brunch at Thiptara offers thai cuisine with a modern twist. I fell in love with the simplistic decor that incorporated statues of Lord Buddha and wooden panel work. The decor is perfect to compliment the crystal blue waters that the restaurant faces. The view is best enjoyable in the afternoons.

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I was a bit late for the meetup and couldn’t take picture of the dining hall for viewing neither could I try out all the vegetarian appetizers. However I have loads to share of decor as well as rest of dishes we tried out.

For appetizers I had to prompt the staff thrice and finally I was brought fried tofu & vegetarian dimsums. I had to ask staff for assistance as the dishes lined up at the buffet area were not labelled. The fried tofu was extremely bland & the dimsums were delicate and delicious.

There is also a live salad bar where you can request a salad to be created as per your liking. Unfortunately I couldn’t enjoy that as well as they did not have arrangements for vegetarians.Such a shame, would have loved a custom salad with my choice of ingredients. However the friendly server did direct me to the pre-prepared delicious Som Tam Thai salad that made me salivate and ready for the main courses. The combination of the tangy papaya & crunchiness from the cashews was just perfect.

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As soon as the main courses were announced, subtle aroma of jasmine rice filled the room and a server came with a basket full of them serving on each plate. The main courses though came a while after the rice. I felt the servers were a bit flustered as there was a major delay in serving main courses. Also I had to prompt them many times to get the right cutlery for the course. To be honest, the vegetarian choices in mains weren’t much. There was pad thai noodles & green curry. The pad thai noodles were quite dry & not exactly what I would expect in a restaurant specializing in South Asian cuisine. On the other hand the green curry was absolutely delicious! A bit sweeter than what traditional thai green curries are but it was beautifully perfumed and perfect accompaniment to the jasmine rice. The non vegetarians had a beautiful dish of lobster to look forward to and there was a beef dish as well. Both of which I was informed were delicious.(Watch slideshow below)

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There was a wide variety of drinks available both alcoholic & non alcoholic. I did not take a chance to try any as I was trying to recover from cold & flu issues. There was even fresh coconut water available and one of most interesting drinks was the cucumber soda. (Watch slideshow below)

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Coming to my favorite part, the desserts. There was a wide variety available and for a sweet tooth like me I was really glad that I tried most of them. The sticky rice pudding and the popping candy chocolate tart were two of my favorite amongst the range available. The presentation was spot on with edible flowers and petite tarts/ pastries the dessert table looked so inviting! Only dislikes were the taro cake & ripen banana fritters with chocolate sauce.

Verdict

Even though Hypnothai brunch doesn’t offer much of vegetarians options, I would definitely come back to enjoy the view, the thai green curry & desserts. The ingredients used were of high quality & that reflected in the dishes that were served.

Hoping the service improves and also they add labels to dishes which is one of my reasons for lower rating. The servers should ensure the diners are aware of the dish they are consuming, the same was not informed at any time unless prompted.

I would suggest this place for casual Friday dates where you can drink, dine & enjoy the Dubai fountain shows.

Cost per person:

AED 260 with soft beverages

Aed 320 with house beverages

Aed 390 with house beverages + bubbly

For more information click here or contact – 04 2753077

We were also introduced to smoke free shisha at Fai Bar & lounge which is interconnected to Thiptara. I shall cover that in the next post.

 

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