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

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

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

Street Gastrologue At Tableya

Use of Molecular gastronomy and dry ice in food presentation is the hottest trend of the town as it makes the food more ‘instagram-able’. Bringing in the twist to this concept are the new entrants Tableya
Tableya, a concept born and raised in Dubai promises fusion of Indian and middle Eastern cuisine along with gastronomy experience. Does it live up to the hype? Read along to know.
Located at properties of Bay Square, this restaurant accommodates both shisha smokers and non smokers. At first impression Tableya has interesting decor, bright turquoise sofas, metal light pieces and wooden tables that look gorgeous!
For food we were offered a whole lot of variety. Generally, I am not someone who eats a lot at one time as I simply cannot but the food was so good that I had to try all. The amuse Bouche, Kaitafi Chaat had a rather dramatic presentation and was bursting with flavors.  This,was just the teaser and what followed were just some more delicious dishes that I highly would recommend to try.
Our appetizers, katafi paneer, baba ganoush cornetto, granola chaat, pani puri shots,wadapops, channajor felafel and thepla quesadilla. They all needed to be mentioned as all were presented stunningly! The weak links from the appetizers I felt was the pani puri shots that were definitely good to share but tastewise were just about ok. Also the granola chat topped with dahi spheres was a tad too sweet for my liking.
Our main courses were winter vegetables, smoked daal and tiffin pav bhaji. These dishes maybe sounding simple but the taste was certainly not. Complex flavors blended so well with each other and tasted simply delicious! My favorite was the smoked daal that I had with assorted naans, it tasted absolutely fabulous! I am definitely going back for more of that daal and also the tiffin pav bhaji which evoked nostalgia and made me feel like I am back at Juhu beach trying out the Pav bhaji at stalls. Also the mini buns served along were super cute!
The chefs insisted that we try the desserts and were been sent coconut creme brulee and kunafa cheesecake. The former was light and perfect end to the meal, served with refreshing berry sorbet the contrast in flavours left one wanting for more. The latter was rich, essentially a tres leches kinds of cake topped with kunafa and served on a bed of saffron infused milk. Needless to say, both presented gorgeously!
Overall, Tableya is a casual dine in with some seriously good food and equally good shisha. Often shisha places are not known to have a wide variety of food but at Tableya things are done differently. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very hospitable. My visit was in the first week of restaurant’s opening and their team of professionals handled it well.
About chefs: Experienced chefs, Mr Manoj Radi and Mr Jeet Negi both are new to UAE and have promised to change the UAE food scene. Both of them have earlier worked with Indian Accent, a well known chain of restaurants owned by a popular chef in India. Head chef Mr Radi believes in creating food that is not only appealing to the eye but palate as well. Sous Chef Mr. Negi believes in giving a twist to the classic dishes which surprise the diners.
  • Fruit shisha and various more
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • budget friendly
  • outdoor seating
  • Equal variety for vegetarians and non vegetarians

Contact 04 4489044  or visit  Tableya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu and bookings

 

Japanese Food At Ichikura

I use to think Japanese food would never fit in a vegetarian’s diet but I am so glad to be proven wrong. Over the years I have started loving sushi and these quirky combinations for vegetarians make me crave them even more of it.
When Ichikura was launched at Ibn Batutta Mall, I had to make sure I try it out myself. Ramen noodles, dumplings, edmame, tempura and sushi! This little restaurant at the food court has more variety than even some of high end casual dining restaurants I know.
Don’t expect presentation because this a fast food so essentially their dealing is with customers who are finding good, hot and healthy fast food. Must trys from the menu would be the agedashi tofu, Vegetable Yakisoba and the Japanese curry rice. The prices are reasonable and they serve everything super quick! Their veggie uramaki sushi is fantastic too!
A bit if disappointment with the salad though. I would definitely expect my tofu salad to have more tofu than a few tiny pieces but the ponzu dressing was superb!
For drinks we were offered Calpis Japanese Soda which is opened on a very unique way.It was truly refreshing and great accompaniment to our hot food.
Overall, Ichikura has a good variety of vegetarian options and they have the famous Ramen noodles too. Though there were some misses here and there, the experience was decent enough.
They have special lunch deals and bento boxes. Contact 04 5509265 or refer  Ichikura Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu
Address: Metro Link, Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai

Bold Flavors At Chop Suey

I really do miss the authentic Chinese food that I use to get back in States. Especially from a tiny restaurant in Michigan, Dragon’s Treasure. When I moved back to Dubai, I realized I  Chinese takeaways weren’t in the food scene. Not anymore though, thanks to Dubaites being more adventurous with their food choices, we have almost all cuisines here.
One of most buzzing Chinese restaurant’s is Chop Suey in Jumeirah 2.
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I was been invited to review the place and as usual on a weekend I paid a visit. Tried out a some fabulous dishes right from the vegetable dumplings to the delicious toffee banana. The food is really flavorful and the portion sizes are share-able. Presentation wise the dishes were a bit weak but hey with food so good you’ve got to let go of fancy part. This is the kind of food that can make your day.
Must tries would be the vegetable spring rolls that are made from scratch, vegetable chopsuey, silken tofu with broccoli and shitake (Contains egg) and sesame toffee banana with ice cream.
Decor wise the restaurant has a sense of balance with colored wall at one end to wooden tables. Ambiance is very relaxing and dine in here can be fun. The restaurant manager has informed that most of their orders are takeaways but I would strongly suggest to visit the restaurant personally as its really cozy and calm.
The only problem with the restaurant is that it is located in jumeirah plaza that allows diners free parking for two hours only. So even if you are dining in one of restaurants at the plaza you will be required to pay post two hours . However there is a solution to that as you could park behind the plaza and pay hourly at the public parking area post two free hours.
Promotion: Yum Cha every Friday with unlimited dimsums! (they have killer dimsums)
  • Home Delivery
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Valet Parking Available
  • Wifi
  • Brunches
  • Organic Meat/Vegan requests fulfilled at extra cost

Location: Ground Level, Beach Park Plaza Centre, Next to Emirates Hospital, Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah 2, Dubai

Contact: 04 3442212

Visit Chop Suey Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato for menu and more images from my tasting.

Pasta Love At Barilla Restaurant

What do you recall when I talk about the brand Barilla? Do you recall the pasta, delicious bottled sauces? I have been using them for years. Did you know Barilla brand have restaurants too? They have various restaurants across USA and now have two in Dubai.
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Barilla has a very casual and open style restaurant at Dubai Festival City Mall. Wooden tables and comfortable seating is ideal for a restaurant located at the mall.
We tried the Panzanella salad that was served with creamy goats cheese. This was refreshing and a super healthy option. My guest opted for the classic burrata which was served with roma tomatoes and aragula leaves. Coming to the main courses, I opted for the tortellini stuffed with ricotta and spinach and my guest went for the pasta primavera. As a cheese lover, the tortellini dish is heavenly. I was in love and still am so much that I did order a takeaway of the same a while back. I love how delicate little parcels gave me so much happiness! Whether you are vegetarian or not, do not miss out on this stunning Alfredo tortellini dish. My guest’s pasta dish was simple, flavorful and wholesome as it had a lot of farm fresh vegetables. We did try the pizza as well. At Barilla, the pizza is served in rectangular shape, I wasn’t so much of a fan of the pizza. I just felt it needed a bit more flavoring from the tomato sauce at the base.
For drinks we opted the grapefruit fizz and the basil spritzer, both absolutely delicious! Stunning presentation and great to accompany the classic Italian meal. Though I always prefer wine with my Italian food but these drinks were a good non alcoholic option.
The desserts at Barilla are at display right near the entrance so the passerbys are definitely tempted to try them out. We took a lot of time contemplating on what to try and then finally settled for pistachio cake and chocolate mousse cake. This is the first time I have preferred the pistachio over chocolate, the cake was super moist and has this layer of wafer biscuit at the bottom which adds a crunchy element to the dish. The hazelnut chocolate crunch mousse cake was delicious and simple. There are other desserts too like the strawberry tart, tiramisu and many more that can be viewed at the display.
We ended our meal with some flavorful Lavazza coffee.
The staff at Barilla were a gem! Really helpful and always there to give suggestions and even help me pronounce some Italian terms. I did have a brief meet with the chef Rita Fegatilli and her team. A true Italian with passion for food and she was very excited to talk about the techniques and dishes prepared.
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If you are located near Dfc or are at the mall, Barilla is the place to try out. The food is take on classic Italian flavors. The dishes are your usual pasta and pizza but the treatment of freshest ingredients by the chef make all the difference to the dish.
Barilla will soon be introducing breakfast concept. They also have a branch at outlet village mall.
  • Kids friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • WiFi
  • Vegan friendly

for more images from my review, visit Barilla Restaurants 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