Restaurant Review: Bombay Chowpatty

Hey everyone! Apologies for the long blogging hiatus, I have been travelling, running around for my brother’s wedding preps and now back to base loaded with work.

Today I am talking about a fast food restaurant that is way popular and almost available in malls around. If you are looking for inexpensive quality Indian meal, check out Bombay Chowpatty!

Over the years, I have tried many of their dishes. My favorite always being the spring dosa. Its not only south indian, they do have some good options for those who love having full north indian meals. Almost all the dishes are below AED30 which makes it a great dining/delivery option. Their deliveries do need improvement due to delays but otherwise a decent restaurant option to try.

Location: Food Court, Level 1, City Centre Al Shindagha, Meena Bazaar, Dubai

Contact: 04 3596461

Bombay Chowpatty Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Review: Healthy Little Secrets Cafe

Healthy little secrets is a quaint cafe with some very delicious goodies! 
Most of their menu is based on salads or sandwiches. We opted for organic sprouted quinoa salad, pulled chicken sandwich, classic avocado toast. We absolutely loved and devoured the huge salad portion that came with lime and coriander dressing. My guest loved his pulled chicken sandwich as well. Our desserts were khasha cream & carrot cake. While we did not enjoy the khasha as none of us are buckwheat fans, we loved the healthy version of carrot cake and would mind going back for the same.
For a drinks, my guest opted for whey protein shake in almond milk & I opted for pink Pitaya smoothie in regular milk. Both were decent enough in taste. We loved the chocolate chai bubble tea that we had with our desserts.
Overall, HSL is a great cafe option for deliveries & takeaways. The prices are tad higher than usual but considering the fact that they have completely organic ingredients one wouldn’t mind paying additional.
location: Shop G09, Ground Floor, The One by Omniyat, Business Bay, Dubai
Contact: 04 4306820

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Healthy Little Secrets Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Al Seef’s Gem- KP Vibes

Kailash Parbat, a well known vegetarian restaurant brand that has branches across the globe has launched a new concept restaurant known as KP Vibes

Located at Al Seef Dubai, this licensed restaurant offers interesting twist to Indian cuisine.
We tried their famous dishes from menu, pav bhaji fondue, paneer chow chow, paneer tikka pizza, thai green curry, vegetarian chowmein & paneer sizzler. All the dishes are great quantity wise & quality wise. We loved the chowmein noodles & the sizzler too. However the pav bhaji fondue could have been accompanied better with soft pav rather than croutons. The pizza had great flavor but the crust was overcooked and hadn’t risen well. We loved our desserts, the malai kulfi was delicious & jalebi rabri too.
If you are seated at the terrace you can also enjoy drinks from the bar that opens 2pm onward. Absolutely stunning views and you can also choose to be seated indoors where they have live music bands and shows. They do have a good range of non alcoholic drinks as well.
With stunning bar settings, killer drinks & gorgeous views Kp Vibes nails the ambiance quotient. They do have a kids play area as well which is free for diners. The restaurant is family friendly & wheelchair friendly as well. They have a elevator for those who wish to visit the bar area.

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Where?: Kailash Parbat, Al Seef, Al Seef Street, Umm Hurair, Dubai
Contact:04 3492771

KP Vibes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Izu Bakery – Dubai Mall

Tucked in the corner of grand Galleries Lafayette, Dubai mall is Izu Bakery.
Chef Izu Ani famous for his restaurant concepts has designed a concise menu for Izu Bakery. They offer all day breakfast, salad & burger options.
We tried the fried egg with avocado for guest, avocado toast with labneh for myself & special tomato & Goat’s cheese salad. For viennoiseries we tried cheese croissant & almond chocolate croissant. To end our meal we had French toast.

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Whatever we ordered sounds so simple, however simplest dishes are the most complex to master. We loved the goats cheese & tomato salad and also the French toast which is the best one I have had till date.
If you haven’t already, do visit this delicious bakery & try out their dishes. Service was spot on & the woodworks decor adds a nice touch.
Where? Galleries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Contact: 04 3399933 (10-6pm)

Izu Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thela Brunch At Bar Baar

I am generally not a fan of Indian brunches. To be honest I can only count a few handful of restaurants that do justice to the food. Bar baar was an exception to the same. With more than 65 dishes on offer, some are served on the Thelas ( carts) while some served on order.
The cuisine on offer is Bar Baar’s own take on Indian street food. We loved the different chaats served, the pav bhaji & the practically everything served from the thelas. While the starters offered apart from street food can totally be skipped as they weren’t that flavorful.
Moving to the main courses, there is ample choice for vegetarians and non vegetarians. I opted for desi chowmein whilst my guest opted for butter chicken with cheese naans. My vegetarian chowmein was bang on the buck and reminded me of Mumbai street eateries where desi chinese is a popular choice. My guest loved their butter chicken too!
For desserts they had many options. However we opted only for a selected few namely karak ice cream, baileys lollipop, kulfi falooda and gajar ka halwa cheesecake. We loved the cheesecake and the lollipop. The kulfi falooda was super creamy & delicious! This one is a must try!
Overall, recommending Thela brunch for two major reasons, the delicious food & super reasonable pricing! Service was a bit slow especially during the desserts but it was totally fine as we got more time to enjoy live music & some superb cocktails.

Cost:

AED 99 (Non Alcoholic Beverages)
AED 199 (Regular House Beverages)
AED 250 (Premium Beverages)

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Location: Majestic City Retreat Hotel, Mankhool Road, Mankhool, Dubai
Contact: 04 5269199

Bar Baar - Majestic City Retreat Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday Brunch At Nara Pan Asian

I love brunches as they are the best way to unwind on weekend. This week it was Nara that serves Pan asian cuisine.
What attracted me towards this brunch is the fact that every section of the brunch had choices for vegetarians. At this day and age where vegetarianism is a popular lifestyle choice, some brunch spots still disappoint by providing only salads! At Nara, things are different. There are multiple choices for vegetarians and non vegetarians to enjoy.
We started off with some delicious appetizers. Mine was the papaya salad which they absolutely nailed! Also the other dish, dynamite broccoli was so so good! I was only wishing the portion of these was larger..but well we had to move to the next course.
We tried out the unlimited dimsums from which my edamame truffle dimsum was heavenly! My guest opted for chicken ones which he liked as well.
Our next course was the sushi. I tried the veggie ones which were pretty average.
Moving to our mains, I went for the classic green curry with stir fried noodles whilst my guest opted for chicken katsu. My green curry was absolutely perfect! Creamy, slight heat from the red chilies and the fragrance of Thai basil. This green curry quickly climbed to my favorites list!
For the desserts we had a trio platter to share. Exotic fruit skewers (thai mango & dragon fruit), a pot of creme brulee & yuzu ice cream. I would happily skip these for another round of their delicious dimsums.
Our server was super friendly & great at suggestions! Everything from bao buns to dimsums is handmade by a chef of Asian ethnicity.
If you are looking to try out some delicious Asian cuisine, I highly recommend Nara to you.

 

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Brunch prices:
AED 199 (Inclusive of Soft Drinks)
AED 299 (Inclusive of House Beverages)
Reservations recommended.
Contact: 055 8390110
Location: Lake Level, Near Movenpick Hotel, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai

NARA Pan Asian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bollywood Dreams At Bol Gappa Restaurant

After a fun filled day at Bollywood parks & Motiongate, my family and I headed to Bol Gappa.  We were famished and ready to devour anything that was bought to us! Coming back the the restaurant, I really loved the décor done, movie posters, dialogues on the wall and such. Does the food do justice? Read further to know.

We started off with Mango lassi, Berry Mojito and Lemon Mint and for starters we were suggested Mexican bhel, paneer diljale and pot pataka. Of the three we unanimously selected pot pataka because it wasn’t spicy and perfect little dumplings were delicious to enjoy!

Our mains consisted of penne pasta in creamy mushroom sauce, vegetable biryani and paneer tikka wrap. All the three were too good in terms of taste and pricing. The mains are portioned heartily! I have never seen a huge bowl of pasta been served for a price as little as AED39. Our jolly server Mr. Raj was a fun person to interact with. His suggestions were spot on and were almost winners (except Mexican bhel which is a spicy affair!)

For desserts we opted for gajar ka halwa spring rolls & banoffee pie.  The banoffee pie presentation would put cafes to shame. Spun sugar works and berries! With only a glitch that this pie lacked the rich cream topping one would generally expect in a regular banoffee pie. Nevertheless it was delicious! Another beauty was the gajar ka halwa spring rolls which were mindblowing. That is the exact word that comes to my mind when I think of this dessert. Taste was almost as good as churros and serving it with vanilla ice cream.. Hallelujah!

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location: Outside Bollywood Park, India Gate, Riverland, Dubai Park & Resorts, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai

Bol Gappa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato