New Launches at Seattle’s Best Coffee

World famous Seattle’s best coffee is a familiar spot for many.  Their freshly brewed coffee and baked goodies have been my favorite for years.

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I was invited to try out their newly launched light meals menu and I must say it’s definitely worth a try!

Giving middle eastern touch to the menu is the zaater lebneh dip & beetroot hummus. Both of them are great to go snacks and not to forget how healthy they are. They do have soups and salads which are great for light lunch. My greek salad was a really hearty portion and love the dressing with it.  SBC has also introduced wide range of reasonably priced wraps, I went for the veggie wrap and my guest opted for halloumi pesto sandwich. Clear winner from the two would be the latter one as it was moist and perfect! We would have loved it more if it were in multigrain bread.

To cool ourselves off, we tried the deliciously thick chocolate milkshake which was  perfect to wash down all the dishes we tried. The waft of freshly baked cinnabon was irresistible so we skipped desserts and went for a chocobon & pecanbon. Needless to say, both were amazing and possibly the freshest of all the branch I have had at. You can watch them make it fresh!

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Great little spot for casual meetings and some hot cinnabons!

Location: Next to Hyper Panda, Level 1, Dubai Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City, Dubai

They do deliver as well. Contact 600522273 for more info

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Authentic Turkish Cuisine At BABAJI

I never really got why my best friend is obsessed with Turkish cuisine. That was until I tried Babaji!
Located in Citywalk 2, Babaji offers Turkish dishes that are authentic & are made from scratch. My friend has been raving about them as she tried their branch in London. The staff were courteous & helped us suggesting dishes. We settled down for tomato & pomegranate salad, hummus, cheese Burek, four cheese pide, lamb kofta & chicken pide.
To be honest, all our dishes were so good that we enjoyed all. Especially the four cheese pide, it was fresh out of the stone oven and you can even request the chef to show you how its made. The soft breads, light turkish music in backdrop.. everything added to our lunch experience. Those who are new to this cuisine should also try burek that was stuffed with cheese under several layers of flaky pastry.
To end our meal we tried our three desserts! The kunafa, burma kadiyaf baklava & chocolate cake. Of the three my favorite was the baklava because it was Not too sweet but just perfect! My guest on other hand loved the kunafa. We unanimously voted the chocolate dish to be the weaker one in terms of taste.
Our food was presented in gorgeous white plates with blue motifs. The service was spot on right from the restaurant manager to our server Humaira who took care of all our needs.
Babaji is a must visit for those who want to try authentic turkish dishes!
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wifi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Kid Friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Weekend brunches

contact: 04 3854605

Location: City Walk, Al Safa Street, Al Wasl Area, Dubai

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Sushi Burrito – Where Japan Meets Mexico

Sushi Burrito is one of those fusion restaurants that offer you a unique combination of Mexican and Japanese.
We visited the emirates towers branch at DIFC that also offers complimentary valet parking( 2 hours )for the diners.
our choices consisted of DIY burrito which wasn’t the best I have had but fresh. The vegetarian sushi was passable too as it wasn’t prepared well. By that I mean the rolls were tied loosely. While few dishes mentioned earlier were a miss, what we really loved was the spicy edmame. The sauce on the edmame was fresh and lip smacking! My vegetarian poke is worth a mention too! Fresh vegetables and crunch from the nuts! I will definitely be ordering the same again.
My guest tried prawn tempura sushi which she loved! She also recommends the chicken katsu poke which was one of her favorites. For sweet endings, we tried the delicious mochi in mango & matcha, both were refreshing!
Overall, Sushiburrito is a great meal spot to try. The service is a bit slow but otherwise really friendly staff. I loved the decor & the long table dining option that is perfect for large families.

They have specials everyday of the week highlighting best dishes from Mexican & Japanese cuisine.

 

contact: 04 3798999

Address: Ground Level, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai

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Spanish Food Affair With Espana Dubai

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.
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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
Restaurant features:
Wheelchair Accessible

Full Bar Available

Brunch

Nightlife

Valet Parking Available

Outdoor Seating

Private Dining Area Available

Wifi

Free Parking

Live Music

Espana - Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sushi Stories At Sumo Sushi & Bento

As you may have read before, I wasn’t particularly fond of sushi earlier because I always thought it would contain fish. I am not a seafood person at all so that was no-no zone for me. However ever since I have started blogging about my conversion to vegetarianism I have discovered many restaurants that offer sushi dishes that are vegetarian. When I got an invite from Sumo Sushi & Bento to try out their vegetarian menu I was surprised to see that actually have a detailed two page menu for folks like me!
Definitely I squealed in joy because finally there is a restaurant who wants to do something for those who don’t prefer seafood.
We started off with vegetable Harumaki, Tofu steak, Avocado rolls, vegetable gyozas,  delicious sparklers such as sumojito & a berry drink. Honestly there was literally no dish that we didn’t like! My guest and I savoured it all and we tried more.
Our mains included veggie vietnam, veggie ramen, forbidden rolls, futomaki & tempura rolls. I know it’s a lot but honestly I wanted to try all of these so that I can find my favorites. Little did I know I will fall in love with all that I tried. All sushi dishes were prepared skillfully and no two dishes despite similar ingredients tasted the same.
Coming to our desserts, weopted for the green matcha roll, fried tempura ice cream and Kasutera lotus cake. I loved all three but my favorite has to be the tempura ice cream that was hot on the outside and warm inside ❤
The service throughout was fantastic! Special thanks to our friendly servers, Ms Ebeth & Mr Bishnu for being so patient with our orders and explaining every dish that was served. The ever smiling staff are backed by super sweet area manager Ms Rachel.
Overall, if you are looking to try some delicious Japanese fusion dishes and sushi, you must visit Sumo Sushi and Bento! They also have a rewards card where you can earn rewards in form discounts which is absolutely great! The prices anyways are very reasonable with dishes starting from AED20, this could be a fabulous place for lunch dates!
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Fancy making your own sushi? Try out their masterclass at Town Center Mall Jumeirah.
Rating them a solid FIVE on FIVE for flavours, pricing and service.
  • Kids friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Shareable portions
  • Wifi Available
  • Takeaway Available
  • Lunch Views

Contact: 04 4560797 for inquiries

Sumo Sushi & Bento Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Twist Of Taste At PepperMill Restaurant

I am a confessed shopaholic, browsing stores is my hobby! While doing all that hard work I keep searching for good places to eat within the malls. I have decided on my favorites in every mall and my latest addition to favorites list is Peppermill restaurant at Dubai Festival City Mall.
This restaurant is waterfront facing which gives a beautiful view for lunches and great for enjoying cool breeze in evening. We were provided chef’s specials for reviewing. We begain our courses with soups, presentation was spot on! Tomato Shorba the soup was delicious and a hearty bowl is sufficient for my lunch. Also we tried the lentil shorba which was delicious too but I would still prefer the former.
 For starters we were offered sukha bhel ( dry savouries), palak chaat and chaat platter(samosa, pani puri, Palak chaat, fried potatoes). We were so full by the end of our appetizers.. however there was still the platter for grills and our mains and dessert too!
The tandoori platter consists of soya chaap (cutlets), assorted mushrooms, Portuguese potatoes & marinated cottage cheese cubes. The quantity of the platters is again huge! These platter both are easily sharable between a family of four to six. A very generous portion is indeed enjoyable!
Our mains consisted of vegetarian Biryani, broccoli & zucchini musallam, mutter paneer and cheese naans( baked flat breads). The most delicious was the broccoli and zucchini mussalam! Served in makhani sauce this dish is one I will never forget. It’s decadent and presented gorgeously! The mutter paneer is essentially hollowed cottage cheese chunk stuffed with mashed and spiced peas topped with a rich gravy. Again spot on with presentation and taste!
To end our meal we tried our coconut cream pannacota which was topped with sorbet, candied fennel seeds. The dish was refreshing and light. A portion again is easily shareable by two.
I felt the service was a bit off as it was late in the evening. However throughout the courses the team served with a smile which is something very important. In was pretty late and yet there were customers flocking in to enjoy the twist to humble Indian dishes. I was surprised to see that apart from Asians, there were a lot of locals as well who were clearly enjoying their time.
Overall, if you are looking to try interesting twists to Indian cuisine then you must note down peppermill in your list!
  • Kids friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Vegan friendly ( advance notification required to restaurant)
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Shareable portions

Contact : 04 2881587 (DFC mall), 02 6225586 (Al Wahda Abu Dhabi)

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Best Of Both Worlds At Scoozi Dubai

Dubai Mall is my absolute favorite place to be as I do my cardio here.. I mean my shopping . Along with plethora of brands and stores popping in there is a wide variety of dining options available too!

Spotted Scoozi in Dubai Mall that serves the two most popular cuisines, Japanese and Italian. At first I was wondering which cuisine to choose but since there was large variety my guests and I decided to order the best from both.

They have fantastic selection of coolers to begin with. My favorite of all was the strawberry cooler, so refreshing & the fruit flavor bursts out making even the most warmest days go cool. For appetizers my guests & I selected mozzarella crocante, vegetable spring rolls, Tricolore (burrata dish) and avocado maki. Surprisingly everyone voted for avocado maki & crocante to be the favorites from this set of courses. Rest of the dishes werent less delicious but these two were just perfect!

 

For mains we all went italian as vegetarian selections were not too many in japanese. We ordered a Margarita pizza, gnocchi quattro formaggi, ravioli & Farfelle Al Funghi.  Our favorite was definitely the gnocchi quattro formaggi as it was so creamy & so rich! All their dishes are well portioned and their pasta are all fresh! My guests were truly impressed with the main courses & so was I.

For desserts we opted for Chocolate fondant & Flourless chocolate cake. Both of them rich, chocolaty and simply superb! Lacked a bit in presentation but overall tasted really good!

My only concern was the service as it was a bit slow post the appetizers and the staff were hesitant to give their suggestions on the dishes. Also they weren’t attentive enough as many a times I had to repeat my queries.

Pro tip: If you ask for a table towards the fountains you get the perfect view without having to stand in crowds or even in heat for that matter of fact. Paired with delicious food, Scoozi makes the perfect place to dine in.

contact: 04 3399406 or 800726694 for reservations. 

Scoozi has two branches JBR & Dubai Mall.

  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • vegan friendly
  • takeaway available
  • Salad Bar available
  • Family style dine in area
  • Sushi Conveyor belt

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