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.

Tacos To Churros, All At Tortilla

When we talk about Mexican cuisine, first thing that comes to our mind is TORTILLAS. Oh aren’t they just yum? That’s exactly what the owner for franchise name Tortilla thought. The name explains the cuisine but does this new franchise live up to the hype? Read along to know more..

Tortilla is a brand from UK and they have opened their first branch at Dubai Festival City center. Located at the food court, this casual dining restaurant is very vibrant and they have tried to retain the Cali feel for their customers.
My guest and I tried many dishes. Trio of Tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fajita rice bowl and to wash all that down we had the frozen lime margarita. All the dishes are prepared right in front of you and everything can be converted to vegetarian/vegan.
Highlights of our meal was the big fat burrito, all stuffed with rice, vegetables, salsa, beans & cheese. We loved it! Though I found it a bit bland ( my indian-ness is coming around) so I added a good squeeze of sirarcha on it and it was perfect! Another dish to try is the fajita bowl (minus the meat for me) I loved how the subtle flavours of rice and roasted bell peppers were paired. All the dishes are good for two and pricing is pretty reasonable considering the quality offered.
The manager was informing me that they replace the vegetables/salsa within every few hours so that the customers can enjoy fresh dishes without worrying about quality. All the staff handing food are seen with disposable gloves which are changed often too.
coming to the drinks, they offer the local Mexican sodas which are known as Jarritos. At one point of time I was crazy about this soda brand and tried all flavours including the hibiscus one. So instead I opted for the frozen magarita & it needs a special mention. with hot, spicy and delicious food this drink provides refreshment.
We were really stuffed but the staff insisted us to try their newly launched desserts. The option was between nutella & banana quesadilla and churros. We opted for the latter because who can say no to churros ever? These churros are to die for. Crunchy bits outside and soft inside, they are fat little fried doughnuts! Served with chocolate and toffee sauce it is a delicious treat. It was so good that now whenever I go for movies to dfc I buy these and happily munched on them (no I dont share it 😛) The chocolate sauce is created from authentic mexican cacao and is not overtly sweet but perfect!
Overall, I love the concept of fresh food prepared right in front of you and the fact that they are adding dishes as per market demands like the churros weren’t initially the part of menu and later added as many customers asked for it. Lovely decor and a fun place to visit. Also the staff is courteous and advise you in advance for spice levels of the sauces. Probably the only thing I want to point out is that their tortillas for the wraps are prepackaged ones and not fresh. Also the quesadillas need to be a bit more cheesier.
P.s: a bit messy to have tacos and burritos by hand but that’s how it to be eaten and trust me you will love it!
  • Kids Friendly
  • Casual dine in/takeaway
  • Fast Service
  • Reasonable prices

Walk ins are accepted. Contact 04 4376062 for more info or visit  Tortilla Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review: Prax’s

Jumeirah has always been my favorite late night hang out spot since childhood. The joys of having cheese regag from Labeeb grocery to Jabal Al Noor sandwiches and fruit cocktails, everything has its own beauty. My list of hangout spots in this area is increasing day by day and in my top five the latest addition is Prax’s.

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I was introduced to Prax’s when their lovely PR invited me for a dinner experience, had an option to choose from dine in/takeout or delivery. Opted for a takeout experience as I wanted to take a few shots of the restaurant as well.

To begin with I tried their Papaya salad and that really got me salivating. The freshness of the papaya , the crunchiness of peanuts, hint of spice from finely sliced chilies alongside the sweet cherry tomatoes is exactly what you look for in a traditional papaya salad (minus the oyster sauce) and Prax’s delivered to the taste!

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For a picky eater like me, the freestyle option on the menu of mains is the best thing that could have happened because there are loads of options to choose from and you can do as many additions as you want. I chose the following:

Freestyle option 1

Jasmine Rice – Tofu – green curry sauce – mushrooms- baby corn – broccoli – peas. Topped with coriander

When we imagine a traditional green curry, its always this bright and beautiful green sauce along with seasonal vegetables and proteins. However at Prax’s they have given a twist to the traditional curry and made it a sauce base and the same is mixed in with subtly perfumed jasmine rice. I really like this version a lot because its perfect for busy times like in office when most of us are hurrying through our lunches. There is no spilling that will happen on your clothes and no need to transfer onto plates as you can eat out of box directly. The taste differs from the traditional thai green curry in obvious senses because here the sauce is absorbed by the rice already but it still manages to hit the right flavors. The portion is generous and so are the fried tofu pieces.

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Freestyle option 2

Soba noodles – Tofu – chili Basil sauce- snow peas- Broccoli – bok choy – topped with spring onions

My friend and I were literally having a chopstick war over the last bits of this dish. That chili basil sauce is like crazy good! The dish is very mildly spicy and so flavorful! There is a certain smokey flavor profile to the dish, its perfect to compliment the soba noodles and the greens I had opted. Again generous with the tofu and the veggies. Highly recommending this combination.

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Freestyle option 3

 soba noodles – Tofu – sweet and sour – pineapple – mixed peppers- mushrooms – topped with cashews and prax chilli paste

The yingyang chinese concept is very important for the dishes. The sweetness balanced with the sourness of the dish brings out the flavors well. While my friend did not enjoy this dish as the other two, I loved it. Also addition of pineapple made it a bit sweeter but I like it that way and the chili jam was cutting through the sweetness very well.

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To end our meal, I tried out the Date & Caramel Panna Cotta. Had a bit of issue there as the my panna cotta was packed alongside all the hot boxes. By the time I reached home which is about 30 minutes away, the dessert had melted out from the bottom.I tried to set it back by keeping it in the chiller for a while. The taste was amazing though. Loved every bit of it and it was so light and had strong caramel taste to it.

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In all honesty, I never thought these takeout boxes could have such a generous portion but I was so wrong. Each neon printed takeout box is filled sufficiently and they look so cute just like seen in american sitcoms. The boxes are clearly marked with the contents it carries so that orders dont get mixed up.

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The open kitchen concept gives you a chance to look at your dishes being prepared. The jumeirah branch has seating arrangement in form of bar stools and airconditioned outdoor space. They have also opened a new and larger outlet at Barsha Heights which is quickly gaining popularity among many. The dishes are priced reasonably and they do offer combos as well.

Next time you are in Jumeirah/Barsha Heights hunting for a place that offers amazing food and value for money I would highly recommend Prax’s for their chinese and thai style dishes. That’s why I am crowning them the best takeout joint in Jumeirah 1!

Jumeirah Branch is open until 3am on the weekends & Barsha Heights is until 1AM for dine in and deliveries.

Prax’s certainly lives upto their slogan ” Hot on taste, big on flavors” I am totally imPraxed!!

Contact : 80077297

Check out their menu on Zomato.

Prax's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato