Breakfast Stories At Feast, Sheraton Grand

There is a saying that goes like ” have breakfast like a king, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper”. That’s actually quite right because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What’s better than starting your day at Sheraton Grand’s breakfast buffet?
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A blogger friend ( check out Nikki’s blog Gooodcarbs) invited me for this tasting session. At first I was regretting waking up because it was the weekend and it was drizzling too. Parting with my bed was a difficult task but somehow I convinced myself as covering new places excites me.
Sheraton’s grand breakfast is like none other. They have live counters for pancakes your way, waffles and even stir fried noodles! All made fresh! The super sweet manager gave us a detailed tour of the entire spread! They had more variety than even some of buffets around the town.
For the health freaks there is also a gluten free and fat free option and no this was not on request, they always have these available considering the soaring demand. There is also a wide selection of fresh juices and smoothies for all.
My only dislike from the the range was Indian section as I felt better choice of dishes would have done justice to the cuisine. Nevertheless there were so many options that If you miss out on out section it shouldn’t be a big deal. Absolutely love the addition of ice cream to the breakfast buffet. Yes you read it right! They have delicious variety of ice creams ranging from sorbets to classics like chocolate.

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If you are a UAE resident then you can get enjoy this grand breakfast treat for a little as Aed 69 by presenting your emirates ID.
Thanking Grand Sheraton always smiling staff for being so cooperative and letting us take delicious images of their stunning dishes. Everything is made in house freshly except the gluten free products which are sourced from trusted bakeries. Our server Viktor, an energetic chap was full of information about the buffet and did brief us on many of details.
Overall, Sheraton Grand’s breakfast buffet is a steal deal! Not saying this just because I was invited but because I have attended many corporate breakfasts at grandest of hotels. Either the prices are higher for the ones that offer everything like Feast restaurant does or there are limited vegetarian options. I am definitely going back especially for their bakery items such as tarts and croissants( I hope they start retailing them ’cause so good mmm..)
Grand Breakfast buffet deal is available at Feast restaurant. Visit Sheraton website ,  call +97145034444 for reservations or visit Feast - Sheraton Grand Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  for menu
  • Kids friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Vegan friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Helpful staff
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Restaurant Review: Bringing Back the 60’s with Ayam Elezz

The cuisine at Ayam Elezz showcases the golden era of Lebanon which was the 60s. This era bought major changes to culture of the country and the cuisine. Freshest fruits, vegetables and nuts are used in preparation of dishes which are pleasing to the eye and palate. A treat for vegetarians await at Ayam Elezz, keep reading to find out more..

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Located at The Mall Jumeirah, this restaurant has the quirkiest decors I have come across. Designed as if you are entering a Lebanese house in the 60’s. The wall outside the restaurant has become a favorite for everyone to pose on, while the suitcase that serves as the doorstop makes you chuckle. There are also items like the old TV cabinet, typewriter and wallpapers which again make you feel like you are invited to a Lebanese home.

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We were given an option to be seated outside which is again aircon area but for shisha smokers. We chose to sit inside as even the the view is fabulous as you can view the wild wadi and Burj Al Arab but we didn’t want to be in the shisha area.

Coming to the dishes, a wide spread was laid out in front of us and I was startled on where to begin. The complimentary lebneh and brioche bread were delicious and along with that some tabbouleh that was hand chopped and blended with sumac.

We were offered array of mezzes right from hummus to mhammara which were all delicious but the two must try dishes are the kibbeh lentil & Fattet Bateinjein. The kibbeh lentil is a vegetarian twist to the meat kibbeh. It’s a Gluten free and healthy option for those on diet. As far as the Fattet Bateinjein is concerned, it’s eggplant in yogurt and its delicious! Also you need to try the halloumi cheese that is prepared so deliciously, served with fresh pita bread and slices of tomato. Halloumi is pure heaven!

They do offer a wide range of grills as well, however since my guest and I are both vegetarians we opted for manakish to try instead. We tried the zaatar and cheese and Zaatar Jabali which were both hot and fresh!

For drinks we tried the Ayam Ellez cocktail that is a meal in itself, it is topped with fresh ashta cream and nuts. It’s basically a cocktail of the 60’s in Lebanon. We also tried the lemonade which is made by hand squeezed lemons and also the the pomegranate juice which was perfectly sweet and had no sugar added to it. I highly recommend these three drinks because they were very refreshing and all are squeezed by hand.

Our desserts were an absolute treat. We tried the kunefe and halwat al jibn. I wasn’t to happy with the kunefe served here as I like the vermicelli one more than the semolina topped one but it was cheesy goodness. The halwat al jibn was my favorite, stuffed with fresh cheese this milk pancakes are almost like the Indian Malai sandwich. Would recommend to cut down on the sugar syrup served alongside the desserts as it overpowers the dishes.

Overall,  the food is fresh, made with love and I adore the decor so much! It’s really not like a typical order and go mall restaurant but there is a lot if thought put into it. Besides that the prices are reasonable and the service is prompt. They have also introduced platters for lunch and breakfast which look so tempting and I will be back to try them soon.

Thanks to the manager, Ms Rana for the hospitality and invite.

Contact Ayam Elezz at 04 4376069

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Weekly Photo Challenge- Today Was A Good Day!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Yesterday I had a fab fab day! I got a surprise off from work as our servers had issue, my bestie came back from her Europe trip and bought some delicious chocolates. Also we ended up making profitroles, something that I could not make alone.The choux pastry is my weakness but she has mastered the art.. So here it is the fruit of our four hour labor..Pretzel Chocolate Profitroles.

Hope you liked my interpretation of a good day. Follow me on Instagram for more amazing images.

Summer Special Recipe – Rustic Peach Tart

A while back I posted a picture of this delicious dish on one of my social media channels. Many had requested the recipe but I was still trying to get a hang of the technique to make the perfect Pâte Brisée pastry (French Shortcrust pastry). Finally I feel I have found the perfect ratio of ingredients. Peaches are best available in Summers and are absolutely delicious on their own but combined with Pâte Brisée pastry they taste heavenly!

Pâte Brisée Pastry:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 4 tsp Ice Cold Water
  • 80grms Chilled salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar

For Peach filling:

  • 2 Peaches thinly Sliced
  • 1 tbsp Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cinnamon powder

Combine the dry ingredients together and set aside. Chop the butter into small cubes and ensure it is kept in chilled area. With back of a spoon, slowly combine the butter and the dry ingredients. The mix should be course and should resemble like biscuit crumbs. Add chilled water and quickly combine the mixture. Wrap the mix in a cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

In a bowl, combine grated nutmeg, cinnamon powder and condensed milk. Add Sliced and de-stoned peaches along with the condensed milk mix.

After the pastry has been chilled for an hour, remove from the refrigerator. Roll out the pastry into a rough round on lightly floured surface. Pastry should be around 1/5 inch thick to hold the fruit’s juices. Transfer the pastry onto a baking sheet that should be lined with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper at home, you can line with butter and sprinkle flour on it. This will avoid the pastry to stick on the baking sheet.

With a fork, create small holes in the pastry all around. This will allow the pastry to cook well. Leaving two inches border, you can start arranging the peaches as you like. I love creating layers so I lined them in layers, fold the borders to give look of a basket. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and bake it in a pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes on 220c. Remove from oven once golden brown.

Makes around four 10 inch tarts

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Serve warm with a dollop of fresh cream or some quenelled vanilla Ice cream and a sprig of mint. 

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Summer colors everywhere.. love this dish! 

Tips and Tricks:

  • Vegans can try the dish with Almond meal and bind with banana and chilled almond milk.
  • You can avoid condensed milk, I added the same to bring shine to the peaches.
  • Pâte Brisée pastry can be used for savory tarts as well. Common ingredients like cheese, baby tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli and many more can be used for savory tarts.

Have a variation to the recipe? Any suggestions? Did you try it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Iftar Review – AB’s Absolute Barbeques

 I was having one of those days where everything goes wrong. Starting with a fine early morning by Dubai Police to various other things that made me wish the day didn’t exist! By evening I wasn’t even in a state of cooking anything and was expecting some guests for iftar. Quickly logged on to zomato and checked the best rated places. AB’s seemed like a fine option and plus these all these great reviews here made it easier for me to choose.

Moving on to the iftar buffet, fighting the slow moving weekend traffic we finally reached our destination. The moment we entered, all I could see was food everywhere and obviously loads of people too. The servers were polite and kept talking about the restaurant and the kind of food they serve while walking us to our table. Also a point goes to the server for checking with each and every guest for their preference (veg/ non veg). To begin with.. we were served fresh fruit juices along with mini samosas/spring rolls and various other assortments. I didn’t eat much of those.. I was waiting for the real deal..the grilling to begin.

The grilled starters that I had were absolutely delicious.. I wanted to try the entire range but I couldn’t. We had paneer tikka,

abgrill honey glazed pineapple churassco, humble cheesy potatoes (because po-ta-tos😍 ), crispy corn, Caribbean chicken jerk, shish tawook, lahori fish which were set on the grill at our table. The DIY grill option is the highlight of this buffet. I was salivating looking at our food getting those char-ry marks. Also the aroma of the spices, a bit sweet, a bit warm was magical.The succulent chicken, soft paneer, tangy pineapple, crispy corn & my potatoes all were gobbled up in no time.

We were then been given an option of wish grill. This concept is popular at Indian weddings, wherein you instruct the chef of the ingredients, the spices and he grills it for you. There was also a chat station, salad bar and the usual cold mezze items.

By the time we reached the main courses, I felt like running away. Still for

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the sake of reviewing I tried some dishes such as Dalcha, mirch ka Salan,Special Dal, Baked Vegetable Princess. They were just passable.. I mean I could have totally skipped that part out.If you are someone who isn’t into grilled food then the main courses are perfect for you. My guests were all gaga about the main courses too.

Coming to my favorite section, the desserts. Loved the Umm Ali, Shahi Tukda, Rabdi with Ghewars, the heavenly jalebis, mini gulab jamuns. The coldstone make your own ice cream was cherry on the top! I opted for white and milk chocolate chips, mixed with brownie pieces, nuts and oreo topped with chocolate sauce.The ninja chef quickly created the mix for me. Sister’s mix included fruits and vanilla ice cream( how not innovative!)

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Chef creating my dessert mix 🙂

Worth the money? Yes! Absolutely! AED 88 p.p including soft drinks was a great deal considering the amount of food we had. The ingredients were fresh and were prepared with great care.Different? Yes! My guests enjoyed the busy place & the hospitality. They have been to Dubai several times but had never enjoyed their iftar meals so much.

Food ? Great variety, at a point I was confused of what to have and what to skip. I think they could trim down on the mezzes and the fried starters. They have a good balance of both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes.
Service? Polite staff, very courteous but during the end of our grill session, the service went a bit slow. However they gained points for the hygiene routine followed. Disposable Gloves were used during handling the food at all times.

Ambience? Comfortable, cozy and soft lighting.

Rating: 4/5

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Overall, this is a perfect buffet where you can leave your shyness behind and eat as much as you want. My guests had no idea about the DIY grills and what the restaurant has to offer so this was like a surprise for them. I would suggest this place for first dates as it increases the interaction.

A good end to a what would have been a horrible day.

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Recipe: Eggless Peanut Butter Brownies

Weekend baking time! My niece like me has a sweet tooth but unfortunately she can’t have many of the desserts as they contain egg. She is allergic to egg and most of the recipes that I know need egg for binding. After many experiments and pairings, I came up with this easy recipe that I am sharing with you all today. Do give it a try and let me know if your attempt was successful.

Eggless Peanut Butter Brownies

(makes 8 pieces)

You need:

1 cup all purpose flour

1 packet chopped reese’s peanut butter cup chocolate

3/4 tin condensed milk

3 tsp milk

1tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp Chunky peanut butter

2 tsp butter

1/2 cup unsweetened dark chocolate chips

Parchment paper for lining

Method:

Preheat oven at 325 degrees

In a pan, heat condensed milk on low heat, add peanut butter and milk. Mix well and set aside.

In a bowl sieve all the dry ingredients together and mix well. Create a well in between and slowly incorporate the wet mix that we made earlier. Keep mixing till a smooth batter is formed. Add chopped reese’s cup chocolate to the batter and give it a final mix.

Line the baking pan with butter and parchment paper. Allow the paper to be two inches above the tin so that its easier to removed the baked brownie.

Add the batter to the lined pan and bake for 35 minutes. Keep poking toothpick to check if the brownie is cooked thoroughly.

Once baked, remove from oven and leave it to cool for 15 minutes. Cut into desired shapes.

For chocolate drizzle, take a microwave bowl, add unsweetened chocolate chips and 1 tsp butter. Microwave it for exactly 30secs on med. high heat. Mix the melted chocolate well. Quickly take the cooled brownie pieces and drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle some brown sugar for a bit of added sweetness.

Have it hot with ice cream, have it cold with coffee. ❤

These will last upto 5 days in a airtight container.

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Recipe – Burhani Raita (Yogurt based sauce)

I recently asked my fans to send me their queries that they would have in regards to beauty, food, fashion or any DIY tricks. All you need is a platform to ask something and you never know the answer could be a very simple one.

So one of my fans on Pink Asfoura Blog facebook page asked me a query related to food. She wanted to know if there are any simple accompaniments/sauces that can be served with Biryanis/Spiced rice.

I would suggest something very simple but a sauce that brings out the flavor of your rice dish.

Burhani Raita is a very famous accompaniment with Hyderabadi rice dishes. Generally the Hyderabadi biryani/rice dishes are spicy, tangy and lipsmacking delicious. However folks like me can’t take in too much spicy food. That is where accompaniment or sauce served with rice plays a big part. The sauce should help you cut down the spices and bring out the bold flavors of the biryani/spicy rice dish.

You need:

4-5 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

2 tsp chopped fresh coriander

1 tsp clarified butter

1 cup hung yogurt

2-4 tsp cold water

1 tsp pepper

Salt to taste

Method:

Take a fork and pierce 3 garlic cloves on all sides. Dip each of pierced clove in clarified butter and place the clove on a small piece of foil. Cover the three cloves individually with foil wrapper and place them in oven at medium heat 200’c for 7 minutes.

Slice the remaining cloves thinly and coat a tray with some clarified butter and place the slices carefully. Place the tray in oven too. This will create lovely garlic chips which will give a beautiful texture to the sauce.

While your foil covered cloves are softening and garlic chips are crisping up.. take a bowl in which whisk the hung yogurt until it is light and creamy. Add 2-4 tsp water to it and beat well. Now add the cumin powder, chopped coriander, pepper powder, coriander powder, salt and mix well.

The garlic cloves in foil would have soften up by the end of 7 minutes. Remove from foil, add the three cloves in a bowl and mash them until creamy. Add this mixture to your yogurt sauce prepared earlier.

This dish can be prepared in advance and can be stored for a day in refrigerator.  When serving, top with garlic chips and impress your family with this new recipe! This portion serves 2 adults.

Here is image of what I made today afternoon to serve with my mutton biryani.

Thanks to some of my Facebook fans who commented with their suggestions.

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Have you tried this recipe before? Did you try it out now? Let me know your thoughts in comments below.