- Vegan friendly
- Vegetarian friendly
- Takeaway options
- Quick delivery
- healthy eats
Call 04 3425755 or visit Freedom Pizza Website for orders.
- Kids friendly
- Wheelchair friendly
- Complimentary WIFI
- Vegan friendly
- Vegetarian friendly
- Helpful staff
Burgers are a always a huge hit with everyone. Be it kids or adults everyone seems to enjoy these handheld sandwiches bursting with flavors. By burgers I don’t mean those sold by corporate giants such as Mcds and KFCs, I was never into those anyways because they are so sub standard (in my opinion). If you want to have real burgers you’ve got to find hidden gems in your city. One such hidden gem I discovered is Smokin 9, JLT.
The whole concept of Smokin 9 revolves around the 9 mini burgers. You can order a mix of all flavors in one box or opt for your favorites. Each priced very reasonably.
Since my friend & I are both vegetarians we opted for Kenny which comes with quinoa patty & Mozzar which is fried Mozzarella cheese slab. Both comes with their own sauces all made fresh in house! Also the buns are custom made for Smokin 9, they are soft and perfect to hold the contents.
What surprised me was the fact that these burgers look really small but are packed with strong flavors and are really unique. Kenny, the quinoa burger can surely change opinions of those who aren’t fond of its texture. The patty was really firm and light and complimented the roccoto marmalade sauce and my favorite avocado. I have tried making quinoa burgers at home but never are they so perfect. Upon inquiring the restaurant manager explains that it is a secret recipe that they wont part with. Of course they don’t have to share it, I can always satisfy my cravings at Smokin 9.
The Mozzar on the other hand is a cheese lovers paradise. With fried Mozzarella cheese slab stuffed in the mini burger alongside some sun dried tomatoes and basil. Light, fresh and classic! My guest is a true cheese fan and he enjoyed this version more than any.
For sides, smokin 9 offers Hand cut skin on fries & sweet potato fries. In all honestly I have tasted better fries than what are served here. I was super impressed by the homemade dips which are served alongside the fries & burgers. I particularly enjoyed the taste of roasted vegetables & curry dip paired with my sweet potato fries. For drinks they have the regular soft drinks & sparkling water. I felt they could add a bit more to that like my favorite avo + agave milkshake or just some fresh juices to complete the portion of balanced meal.
Smokin 9 is a place I would love to be for casual meet ups. As the restaurant manager Mr Amjad explains to me, they will be soon adding games section to their store wherein you could challenge your friends to a round of monopoly. The decor is minimalistic with metal caged work at the counter and fresh plants that give that green pop. In winters there will be more fun as they will be opening up to the gorgeous water view of JLT.
Overall, smokin 9 is the new place where friends meet. They do offer super quick deliveries and cater for parties as well. A clear concept & executed with perfection! Indeed intense & mouthwatering little treats.
Ps: On my interaction with one of their regular customers, I was been informed that I can have at least five burgers in one sitting. Thought that was an easy task considering my large appetite but I could only finish three. These burgers look mini but are really heavy.
More images from tasting session will be available on Zomato.
Contact Smokin 9 at 8006464, JLT Cluster U, Seef tower 2.
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You can also order online through Deliveroo App & Zomato.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say healthy food? SALADS? QUINOA? KALE?WATERMELON? BOILED BLAND FOOD? These are most common thoughts any average social media user would have. Its actually kind of true in a way because most people either stick to salads or go juicing in bid to become more healthier and leaner.
When Skinny Genie first approached me to review their offerings, I wasn’t too sure why they kept saying they offer healthy food. I mean they have pizza on their menu, there is pasta as well and a lot of other delicious dishes (I insta stalk all food related accounts). Pfft what?.. pizza isn’t healthy.everyone knows that.. Pizza completes the triangle of junk food pyramid! However I was proven so wrong because when they sent me the calorie count for it I was surprised ! I will reveal the calorie count for each of dishes in the end. Till then I would like you to guess the calories.
I was sent these vegetarian dishes for my review. A veggie pizza, Quinoas And Colors Salad, Multigrain Veggie Sandwich, Fresh Gnocchi Pesto & assorted Muffins.
Quinoas And Colors Salad: Its filled with lovely gems such as Red and white quinoa, chickpeas, cherry tomato, grilled zucchini, goji berry, dried apricot, parsley, mixed leaves, flaxseeds. The quantity is so much that it can keep you filled all day! I love how the dressing is kept really simple with just olive oil & lemon juice. The dressing enhances the delicate flavors of apricot, goji berries and tomatoes.
veggie pizza : It looked so inviting! Can you believe it that this pizza is gluten free? The base was a bit crispier than your usual thin crust that is because they have a special blend of gluten free flours such as tapioca, corn and rice. The toppings are great too with generous spread of their classic tomato base sauce , simple but flavorful mozzarella and my favorite broccoli. The portion served (30cm) is good for two and generally I have a good appetite but this pizza, I couldn’t have more than two slices.
Fresh Gnocchi Pesto: This was my most favorite dish! There is so much going on in it. The delicious pesto sauce, the pillowy gnocchi and the pine nuts for texture.. it is a classic with lower calories. Their pasta are all homemade and fresh which you can literally taste. These are a must try and again a good portion PLUS guilt free! I am actually salivating while writing this.. cuz these were so so good!
Multigrain Veggie Sandwich: A pretty pink package full of goodness.. this sandwich is another hit with me. There is Kale, sundried tomato, baby mozzarella, red cabbage, pomegranate, sesame seeds & homemade pesto all on freshly baked multigrain baguette. The ingredients are so thoughtfully paired for the sandwich. In one bite you can taste all the goodness and the fresh baby mozzarella is cherry on the top. The calories are even lower than that of a salad and I would prefer this any day!
Assorted Muffins: There are some killer combinations in their assorted muffin box. As you can see above there is Hazelnut and nutella , raspberries and dark chocolate, Apricot & chocolate chip, Apple, cinnamon & chia and banana & oat flakes. I felt the hazelnut & nutella cupcake was a bit of a let down as it was dry, however the same dryness did not run through all the muffins but only some.
I am now revealing the calories for each dish and trust me there are some huge shockers here.
Quinoas And Colors Salad – 532 calories
veggie pizza- 970 calories ( no its not the calories of a slice.. its the whole 30cm pizza!)
Fresh Gnocchi Pesto – 318 calories ( jaw drops.. what??? so low!)
Multigrain Veggie Sandwich – 265 calories (gimme that everyday!)
Assorted Muffins – 90 Calories per 100grms ❤ ❤
Overall the creators of Skinny Genie menu have carefully prepared the classic in the smartest way possible. All their dishes are Gluten free and Low in fat content, they do have vegan dishes as well. Thier dishes are super reasonable and the delivery service is accurate as per website . Only wish they had the green curry vegetarian version too.. I would love ordering that someday (i get major rice cravings sometimes)
Visit http://www.skinny-genie.com/online-ordering or call 800 Skinny for placing orders