I am a hardcore dessertarian which is why most of the time my instagram is filled with images of various desserts. When an invite from lovely lads at Sukkar popped up, I was super excited to visit them & try out their delicious offerings. Sukkar in Arabic means sugar & the name is apt for sweet treats they offer.
Located next to my favorite Logma, this place was once for brownie box. Same has been replaced with Sukkar. Whatever I tried, everything was proportionate to price & quantity. We tried, arabian affagato, rose kunefe cheesecake, pretzel brownie, massive snickers milkshake, nutella well, assorted puffs & rosemilk cheesecake.
My favorites will always be the nutella well & pistachio & rose milk cake. I have never had a more moist milk cake.
If you haven’t visited sukkar yet.. Do make sure to try out their desserts once. I would skip multiple meals to try out their sugary goodies
I will let the images talk to you & tempt you!
Location: BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, Dubai
Contact: 04 4376048
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Larte is the latest addition to dining options in D3. I personally love D3 but the road to that place is a mess even on Google maps. Anyhow my guest and I reached the place to try out some italian delights and did the food meet our expectations? Read to know…
Our appetizers consisted of burrata, truffle arancini & zucchini fritters . All three were superb! Our favorite was the fritters which were perfectly cooked.
For our mains we selected Truffle mushroom risotto which is their signature dish & my guest opted for Lobster linguine. The presentation was spot on.Generally I am not a risotto fan but this one I would certainly order again!
Our desserts were Larte special Bueno, Cannoli & deconstructed tiramisu. While the tiramisu sadly didn’t impress me, I was completely drawn towards the bueno which had elements of chocolate such as milk, mousse & even tempered. The cannoli dish was tad sweeter due to candied orange peels but we loved the citrusy twist to the dish.
La Arte is licensed restaurant & they have some killer cocktails which would be best with sundowner meals. They do have a good selection of mocktails as well.
Reservations recommended, contact 04 2400441
Ground Floor, Building 10, Dubai Design District, Dubai
Fresh organic produce is one thing I always stress on. I love the crunch of the vegetables, the colors and how gorgeous they look! One restaurant’s name that always pops up in my head is Baker & Spice. I have a lot of memories attached to this restaurant as it was my dad’s favorite. Right after shopping from farmer’s market, picking out fresh produce we (dad and I) use to head to baker & Spice souk Al Bahar for a slice of cake & coffee.
Recently, Baker & Spice invited me to try out their vegan/vegetarian options from the menu. A visit to their branch bought back all the memories. Did the food quality change? With time they have only improved upon the flavors, the textures and the techniques.
We started off with Avocado feta salad & Burrata. The avocado feta salad was just perfect with confit tomatoes cutting down the richness of the cheese. Our burrata was fantastic too! Fresh burrata with pesto & pinenuts a classic combination that never fails. To wash it down we had our charcoal lemonade & Apple mojito. Charcoal lemonade was tad sweet for my liking but I loved the presentation.
Our mains are something I cannot stop talking about. My beetroot bucatini was really impressive! A resident dish on the menu this is the kind of dish I expect for vegetarians. Served with organic spinach, chickpea curry and coconut, this dish was a hit. My guest’s main was squash tortellini with goat’s cheese. Now my guest is really fussy and not someone who experiments beyond basic vegetables and fruits. This dish was new to him too and the flavors were just perfect! This dish was one of specials of the day and kudos to the chef for such a creation. Both bucatini beetroot pasta and tortellini dish were handmade!
After delicious mains, we set off to try some desserts. Chocolate sundae was something that caught my eye and my guest opted for chocolate torte. The sundae consisted of their in house baked brownie. Both our desserts were heavenly as they are always at Baker & Spice. I have been ordering cookies and bakes from them for years so there is absolutely no doubt about the quality of their products.
With views of mighty Burj Khalifa & Dubai fountains, Souk Al Bahar branch is the best of all to visit.There are ample amount of dishes for both vegetarians & non vegetarians. All dishes are made with organic local produce that they have always been associated with. I reckon this place would be perfect for a lunch date! The ever smiling staff were friendly and helpful with menu options. They were even careful of allergies and suggested dishes as per our liking.
More vegan/vegetarian options are avavailable on Monday as they have Meatless Monday promotion.
Contact: 04 4252240, 04 4252241
Address: Level 2, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
- Wheelchair Accessible
- No Alcohol Available
- Outdoor Seating
- Desserts and Bakes
- Kid Friendly
- Vegan Friendly
- Organic Produce
Espana has been voted as the chefs choice of restaurant recently. So when I got the invite, I was certainly excited to try out the same. I must admit though, I generally prefer tapas because not at every place you get vegetarian options especially the paella. So I brought along a friend who is a Spanish food expert.
We started off our evening with some delicious sangria, an entire pitcher fell short to us! It was delicate and I would definitely prefer to cool off with it in summers. We Also enjoyed some scrumptious tapas, namely stuffed potatoes with mushrooms & goat’s cheese crouquetas. My guest enjoyed her chicken skewers dish.
The tapas are priced well for the portions served. It’s not to tiny and perfect for a light bite. Following our tapas experience we had vegetarian paella & my guest had seafood one. I have had a chance try vegetarian paella only twice. Once in Casa De Tapas & once here. I was surely surprised by the variety offered for vegetarians which definitely makes a decent meal. My guest’s seafood paella was filled with mussels, octopus & prawns all cooked to perfection(guest opinion)!
We ended our meal with delicious churros that were served with chocolate chilli sauce & carrot cheesecake. The former was a standout while the latter dessert was not really impressive. We paired our churros with Macchiato Martini which was a strong choice of drink but went really well with the desserts.
Overall, it was fun night at Espana and I will certainly be visiting the place again for ladies night. We loved the live music feature. Unsure of what is the exact decor inspiration however its quirky and attractive!
Contact: 04 4551652 for reservations or visit Espana.ae
Address: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Near Century Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai
Private Dining Area Available
Parlour boutique is a quaint cafe located next to iconic trade center. The venue is popular for road shows and also for business lunch spots.
The restaurant has tasteful decor and lovely patisserie on display. There is outdoor seating as well which is just perfect for this weather. We tried summer salad consisting of burrata, grilled peaches & red onions. The dish was just a perfect start to our meal. My guest opted for baked Camembert, warm & cheesy dish was paired with assorted jams & breads. We also happen to try the avocado toast with watermelon salsa, eggs Benedict palour style, grilled vegetable tartine & truffle scrambled eggs.
While I am not a fan of eggs in savory dishes, my guest relished the Benedict & scrambled eggs. My vegetarian tartine options were plated beautifully & tasted delicious too!
To end our meal we tried not one or two but five different desserts. Ranging from cakes to eclairs. Everything is really reasonable & tasted really good. The best part about all the dishes were that they were really fresh!
For drinks I opted for kale smoothie which I would highly recommend to try. Also their new edition November rain, full of berries is a delight to try!
All the dishes are totally instagrammable & the plating is minimalistic but gorgeous! Totally a feast for ones eyes!
The restaurant offers a complimentary valet service for diners & has recently introduced afternoon tea concept as well. If you are looking to impress a date or just a casual hangout, I strongly suggest to try this hidden gem out!
Location: Ground Floor, Unit 1, One Central Building, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Contact: 04 3865333
- Home Delivery
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Desserts and Bakes
Sheesha places have become popular amongst all in Dubai. Sheesha places that serve lovely dinner are much more appreciated. The Courtyard offers a vast menu, however not many for vegetarians. Our order consisted of burrata salad, halloumi salad, felafel, cheese saj & vegetarian pasta. The service is quick and they do offer suggestions. A word of caution though for those with children/ allergic to smoke as this place is not smoke-free. This licensed venue offer also a list of interesting cocktails and drinks. I opted for Zojito, Zaatar mojito which was refreshing and delicious! While my guest opted for berry concoction sans any alcohol and it was refreshing too.
To end our meal we had two delicious desserts, ashta and almond ice cream and sticky date cake. Both superb in their own way!
The restaurant has very dim lights, so much that even the menu reading is a bit of trouble. Otherwise this open restaurant located right in the middle of the hotel is spot on location for sheesha and dinner! The restaurant is generally completely occupied even on weekdays so its best to check if advance reservations can be made.
Location: Manzil Downtown, Ground Floor, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Contact: 04 5509331
A staycation is not complete without good food and Manzil Downtown offers a wide variety of restaurants like boulevard kitchen, via vineto and such. We chose to dine at boulevard kitchen for breakfast and brunch.
Boulevard kitchen served international cuisine ranging from authentic arabic/levant to Italian. I am dividing my review in two for clarity.
One word: Variety! There is a large variety of dishes on offer from various parts of the world. My favorite from all was the patisserie section that served some delicious and fresh croissant, muffins and cakes. They do offer eggs your way too which can be ordered once seated. My only concern with the buffet was the Asian dishes on offer. The dosa was tad to tough to eat and it was a struggle to have the same and the fried rice were overcooked. I have had better breakfast experiences at other hotels, this one was decent enough in comparison. There is something for everyone. You can choose to sit outdoors which I personally loved as early morning you can enjoy the downtown street views.
Levant Friday Brunch:
Wide variety of food with ranges from Arabic to Italian. I love that fact that they introduced a live pasta counter which was clearly most popular amongst people of all ages. The Arabic counter has a lot of meat based dishes and that was popular too. Our brunch package included cocktails which weren’t too strong but great presentation wise. Major attraction post brunch is the dessert counter that offers continental desserts and also arabic ones such as kunafah, Raha bil ashta, mamoul & many more.
The staff members are very friendly and upon our visit we were guided on the restaurant layout and offerings. Restaurant is great for family brunches.
Address: Manzil Downtown, Ground Floor, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Contact: 04 5509334