I have been a big fan of Kulcha King, Bur Dubai branch in particular. The reason why I like this branch is because they deliver quick and I love the Kulchas (Naan type flaky bread) here. My friends and I have dined on several occasions at the Nihal Hotel branch(Deira) but I really find the service there very slow and also the place is quite stuffy.
So recently I visited the place I have been ordering those delicious Kulchas from- The Bur Dubai Branch. It is the smallest one with five to six tables only. Also there is only one serving staff seen even on busier times. However the service was not at all slow(at the beginning). Everything we ordered was sent out on time, infact earlier then expected!
My order consisted of cheese kulcha, aloo kulcha, Paneer kulcha, bhindi masala and Paneer tikka masala with accompaniments and drinks. We got our order served within fifteen minutes which was fantastic. I am particularly fascinated by their cheese kulcha. Its rich, flaky and buttery served with Chole Masala and a sweet spicy sauce which becomes the perfect accompaniment to the dish. I think they used tea in the cooking of the chole dish as they were darker in color but maintained the great authentic taste of Punjab. When we think of Indian food, first thing that strikes us is spices. In Kulcha King, the spices are used to enhance the flavor and create a wonderful combinations. The food is not spicy, its not heavy and is presented well.
Though I did not try the carrot halwa on my last visit but I have tried that one few weeks back. For desserts, carrot halwa is a must have. Its warm, sweet, melt in your mouth dish that will break your diets! The experience was enjoyable except the service glitch. I hate ordering breads (rotis) especially tandoori ones in advance because once they cool down, they are chewy and difficult to bite. In midst of my meal, I ordered some extra breads and those took a very long time to arrive. I could see the server struggling with orders as all the tables were filled and everyone was waiting for their dishes to arrive. Besides the service and ambiance, everything is great with the Bur Dubai Branch. I think I will stick to ordering take outs from this branch rather than dine in. They serve some great variety of authentic Punjabi food which is lipsmackingly delicious! Rarely do you find a place that serves good food and the prices are a bargain. Kulcha King is one of those rare finds. Try it if you haven’t but as suggested, take-aways/ home deliveries are a better suited for this branch. Rating: Food 4/5 Service 3.5/5 Ambiance 3.5/5 (Extra half point for neat appearance ) Cost: AED100-150 for three Extra comments: – Inform the staff beforehand if you are on diet, you might want to avoid the dollops of butter on the kulchas and breads. – Order extra crispy cheese kulcha and you are not going to regret it! – No matter what you do, the staff will stick to conversing in English so even if you are saying ‘ No makhan’ do repeat that in English so its clear. – Bur Dubai Branch is closed from 4pm-7pm daily.
One of my friend’s invited me to this awesome place for dinner. We are regulars at the Qube Sports Bar but had never tried out any other restaurants in Meydan hotel.
The restaurant has a lovely view of the Meydan race course, the decor is very modern and the staff is very attentive. However what I did not like was the reservations as there is no direct number to the restaurant, one has to route through the reception to place a reservation. The day we were planning to visit, the reception line was down and the other restaurants could not connect us to the restaurant we wanted to dine in. So we took our chances without any reservation and luckily the staff arranged a table swiftly.
Moving to the food, Shiba Restaurant serves Asian cuisine..right from Indian to Japanese. Their menu is not vast but is fine for at least two to three visits. For starters we ordered vegetable spring rolls & Thai crab cakes, for mains we chose Vegetable Green Curry ,Fish Tikka, Egg fried rice and garlic naans. For sweet endings we ordered soft centered chocolate cake with coconut ice cream.
The spring rolls were not that great but the crab cakes were fantastic. The crabs were cooked to perfection and moist. I loved the Vegetable Green Curry, the vegetables were cooked but crunchy and fresh. Accompaniments were great too. The fish tikka is a great option for those who choose to be on low carb diet, its not spicy and prepared very well.
Overall, except the reservation part which was a slight glitch, everything went well. Food is always a great conversation starter and this place is great for a dinner date. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, they suggest the dishes to try as well.
Cost for two: 320Dhs including beverages
Its been a while I have reviewed restaurants, I like writing about food its my favorite thing to do.
Today I am reviewing Flippin Pizza Ibn Battuta Branch, a pizzeria in a mall that is worth a visit. I have been to this pizzeria on several occasions and ordered delivery as well. It all started when one of my friend’s visited the place and tweeted to me a picture of a screen showing scenes of New York . For those who don’t know, I am obsessed with NY City ❤ ! Flippin pizza has a large TV screen which looks like a window, the live scenes are of people walking by on NY streets, giving you a feel that you are seated in their New York pizzeria. Love the idea, very innovative.
Anyways so I was decided to check out the awesome place and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. The ambiance is very modern with wooden panels and comfy red seats. After you have placed the order, the server also places a complimentary basket of baby buns served with pizza sauce on your table. The buns were delicious, warm and fresh! I love this trend that is going on of placing bread basket for the diners, many restaurants are adopting it.
As I mentioned previously, I have tried Flippin pizza many times, most of which have been deliveries. Some dishes that you must try are:
Ricotta cheese Salad – the tang from the pomegranate goes so well with the soft and moist ricotta.
Chicken tenders- probably one of the most succulent and best in town.
Four cheese pizza- absolutely delightful dish, not only is it great for kids but adults will enjoy this tasty treat too!
Vegetarian Pizza- One of best tried for sure, lovely crust and generously topped.
Triboro pizza- I didn’t enjoy this one much but my friends do so here is the mention for it. I am not too much of a meat lover but those who do, will love this pizza.
Veggie Lasagne- YUM YUM YUM! Lip smacking, delicious and cheesy!
The base of the pizzas is very light, hand tossed and delicious.The menu mentions ‘Dough is made fresh daily with no added oil or sugar or no high fructose corn syrup’ gives one more reason to add pizza to your meal plan. 😉 Their largest 18′ pizza is good for upto four people. I couldn’t have more than two slices of the pizza. You can also request your pizza to be made in two different flavors (Eg: Brooklyn and Triboro)
The service is quick, time is stated when order is placed. A bit of disappointment when it comes to drinks as twice they arrived after the arrival of main courses. For delivery, it has been quick and within the stipulated time period (around 60 minutes).
I am very glad the restaurant owners take customer suggestions seriously. A while back, Flippin pizza did not have any regular sized pizzas. They served only 13′ and 18′ pizzas but after so many people including myself who requested ( on social media platforms) a smaller size of pizza, the same was introduced! Now only if they add a bit more varieties in pizza especially for the vegetarians, that would be great!
I wish Flippin pizza good luck with their new branch which has opened its doors this week on Jumeirah Beach Road. Can’t wait to check it out 🙂
Complimentary bread to tingle your taste buds 5/5 😉
A bit on pricier side, cost for two: 150-200AED.