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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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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Carnival By Tresind Season 3 Review

Carnival By Tresind is only getting better every season. For starters they have introduced a new section small plates. While other fine dining restaurants have increased the costs, Carnival has bought them down by reducing the portion sizes.
The amuse bouche for season three was the truffle bun. So delicious that I would gobble more than one of these.
We tried the chef’s tasting menu and every dish he we tried was really interesting. Especially their version of P,B & J which has slabs of paneer stacked together served with berry jam.
My only dislike from the entire set courses that I tried was the Gatte Ki Sabzi which didn’t taste anything interesting.
This season Carnival has upped their cocktail game with crazy cocktails like the grenade, Toddy which was actually served with a toddy field presentation. The eye of the tiger which was presented beautifully & my favorite the Irish Bar.
From the desserts, I would highly recommend the Palang Tod ( breaking the bed would be a literal translation). Cooked milk resembling like crumbles
topped with nuts. This dish is decadent! We also tried the gems ( M & Ms of INDIA) inspired dessert that was stuffed with mango puree. This dessert was a good too but for me the former one was the winner!
Overall, Carnival By Tresind’s menu is always exciting that this time around they have left no stone unturned. Quirky concepts and interesting dinnerware used throughout our courses definitely left a huge impact! No wonder why the celebrities choose to dine here.
Full Bar Available
Brunch
Wifi
Luxury Dining
Valet Parking Available
Kid Friendly
Contact 04 4573732 for reservations

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Fine Dine In Jumeirah- The Vintage Room

The vintage room at Jumeirah 1 is a fairly new one. Located right next to the McDonald’s drive thru, this place offers you a unique dine in experience. Cuisines on offer are Indian & Italian my two most favorites.
We set to order our appetizers, I chose the vegetarian platter while my guest opted for Crostone Caprese. Unfortunately as burrata wasn’t available we had to settle down for patate all aribiatta. My vegetarian kabab platter was choice of any four kababs from their menu. The most interesting one was nadru makhne ke kabab which is essentially lotus stem kababs. This dish was recommended to me by their manager and it is worth a try! My guest’s dish was a hearty portion of baked potatoes with rosemary which were just fine.
For our mains I thought of twisting it around and opting for Italian. I opted for vegetariana pizza, ravioli in alfredo sauce and penne in alfredo sauce. One bite was all it took for me to realise that this was the authentic stuff! The dishes tasted really good and the pasta were perfectly al dante! Not a lot of restaurants that offer Indian cuisine cook pasta correctly so this was a first for me. The ravioli too was stuffed perfectly! Upon inquiring I was been informed that they have an Italian chef who prepares all of the dishes and pasta are made fresh!
We were really stuffed but had to try out their red velvet kulfi which is highly talked of in social media. Also we tried out the tiramisu. The former was a great dish, light and creamy. Melt in mouth texture of the kulfi was a perfect end to our decadent meal. On the other hand, the tiramisu was not so exciting. What put me off was the use of sweetened cocoa powder that topped the tiramisu. It gave the dish that unnecessary sweetness.
The highlight of our meal was when their pianist played some lovely soothing music. We loved her performance and enjoyed our lunch in peace. Concerns were a bit on the service as it was slower than expected but as the food was served fresh I think it deserves time to be prepared.
Thanks to The vintage room team for the lovely invite.
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • vegan friendly
  • Live Music
  • Breakfast available
  • Family style dine in area

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Best Of Both Worlds At Scoozi Dubai

Dubai Mall is my absolute favorite place to be as I do my cardio here.. I mean my shopping . Along with plethora of brands and stores popping in there is a wide variety of dining options available too!

Spotted Scoozi in Dubai Mall that serves the two most popular cuisines, Japanese and Italian. At first I was wondering which cuisine to choose but since there was large variety my guests and I decided to order the best from both.

They have fantastic selection of coolers to begin with. My favorite of all was the strawberry cooler, so refreshing & the fruit flavor bursts out making even the most warmest days go cool. For appetizers my guests & I selected mozzarella crocante, vegetable spring rolls, Tricolore (burrata dish) and avocado maki. Surprisingly everyone voted for avocado maki & crocante to be the favorites from this set of courses. Rest of the dishes werent less delicious but these two were just perfect!

 

For mains we all went italian as vegetarian selections were not too many in japanese. We ordered a Margarita pizza, gnocchi quattro formaggi, ravioli & Farfelle Al Funghi.  Our favorite was definitely the gnocchi quattro formaggi as it was so creamy & so rich! All their dishes are well portioned and their pasta are all fresh! My guests were truly impressed with the main courses & so was I.

For desserts we opted for Chocolate fondant & Flourless chocolate cake. Both of them rich, chocolaty and simply superb! Lacked a bit in presentation but overall tasted really good!

My only concern was the service as it was a bit slow post the appetizers and the staff were hesitant to give their suggestions on the dishes. Also they weren’t attentive enough as many a times I had to repeat my queries.

Pro tip: If you ask for a table towards the fountains you get the perfect view without having to stand in crowds or even in heat for that matter of fact. Paired with delicious food, Scoozi makes the perfect place to dine in.

contact: 04 3399406 or 800726694 for reservations. 

Scoozi has two branches JBR & Dubai Mall.

  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • vegan friendly
  • takeaway available
  • Salad Bar available
  • Family style dine in area
  • Sushi Conveyor belt

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