If you have been to Vegas, live shows and dinner would be a familiar concept for you. However for those who haven’t, you can try this experience out right in the heart of Dubai! Maison Rouge offers a unique and thrilling experience to all. Performances for dance, live singing and magic and weaved into one beautiful story.
Besides the performances we tried some really good food. Flawless is probably the word I would use. Decadence, flavorful and exciting! We tried Georgian Kachapuri which was even better than the traditional version of it. Alongside, we also tried Pesto Burrata salad which was delicious as well. Since it was a dry night for me, I opted for cranberry mocktail which was refreshing and perfect to pair with my appetizers.
For our mains we opted for Chicken Roulade, Black & Truffle pasta. My guest enjoyed his chicken dish and even stated that he has never had a dish as unique as this. My truffle pasta was another hit! A perfect dish for vegetarians. I love truffle and this was the perfect amount in the dish.
For our desserts, we opted for three. Yup, it was my guest who wanted to try all out. We opted for Matcha tiramisu, white chocolate cheesecake & honey cake with berries. All three were delicious and our plates were swiped clean!
Service-wise, our lovely server Agnes was helpful and informative with the suggestions.
Overall, Maison Rouge is highly recommended for those who love to dine in style. This unique fine dining restaurant is one of a kind and great to celebrate special occasions. They have a good selection of drinks both alcoholic & not alcoholic to pair with some delicious dishes. The performances are from 8pm -10pm and 10-12am everyday.
- Full Bar Available
- Valet Parking Available
- Live Music
- Drinking Age Applicable
- Table booking recommended
- Accepts Zomato Gold
Contact: 04 3528169 for reservations
Address: Mezzanine floor, Conrad hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Lately, many cafes have sprouted around Dubai that offer crepes, ice creams, desserts of various kinds. These type of cafes make perfect hangout those like me who love sweet dishes.
My quest to find some delicious desserts lead me to Choco monarch. Located in Al Ghurair, this store offers chocolate based desserts and shakes. My guests and me tried various dishes. Starting from chocolate fondue to pancakes to lava cake. The best part about their dishes is the generous use of good quality chocolate, both dark & milk. The service is quick and place is always packed with crowd of various ages because everyone loves chocolate!
Choco monarch keeps offering various discounts & also special rates for students. Otherwise too their prices are pretty reasonable. Do check them out and let me know if you liked my suggestion
Location: 2nd Floor, Al Ghurair Center, Al Rigga, Dubai
Contact: 04 2551183
Kava & Chai is hugely popular in emirate of Sharjah. I have been to their university city branch and it’s a perfect grab and go outlet.
They recently have opened up at Al Seef Dubai. A larger branch, gorgeous views of creek. I can totally vision myself visiting here more in winters. Enjoying a great cuppa along with some snacks. On my recent visit to this branch I was forced to sit inside because it was so humid in the afternoon. However once inside I was enjoying my delicious detox drink called green veggie blend. Kale, green apples and baby spinach have never tasted so good!
My guest loved his signature chai latte, it was strong and perfect accompaniment to his chicken ceasar salad. I tried out the cauliflower & quinoa salad which was a great portion for the price and tasted so good. We also tried out the halloumi sandwich, pistachios and halloumi a match made in heaven!
Coming to desserts, we tried the oreo red velvet cake. The looks of this one are clearly deceiving. It was moist, the gooey chocolate center and perfectly sweet! this dish was a treat. Our second dessert, the carrot cake was again delicious and lovely!
Kava & chai has range of teas to try from. Their staff members are well aware about the infusions offered and they are more than willing to educate guests of the blends on offer. I would have loved to try these but since I am off caffeine, I couldn’t really taste their lovely selection.
Visit for great views, especially during sunsets and fabulous selection of hot beverages.
contact: 04 3941201
Location: S 26, Al Seef, Al Seef Street, Umm Hurair, Dubai
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
- Outdoor Seating
- Kid Friendly
- Vegetarian friendly
- Weekend brunches
contact: 04 3854605
Location: City Walk, Al Safa Street, Al Wasl Area, Dubai
Moombai & co. Is the latest addition to H Hotel’s array of dining options. Inspired by Bollywood songs & movies, the bar-resto offers indian cuisine with their own twist.
Some dishes in the menu are of Irani-Parsi origin.The decor of this bar restaurant is very kitchsy with movie posters and famous dialogues framed. The lights are dim so photography was an issue here.
We set to order from the menu provided, I opted for paneer achari tikka and Bombay grill sandwich. The paneer dish was good but the grill sandwich was a tad undercooked. It surely wasn’t grilled perfectly but tasted fine. My guest’s Akuri egg cheese toast too came with slight burn on top which indicated that it was overcooked.
Our mains arrived, the paneer kurchan & daal both were delicious! These are simple dishes and familiar tastes. The apricot biryani was good too! We paired our daal dish with cheese & garlic naan that was flaky and oozing with butter( weight watchers, strictly avoid!)
My guests has savory lassi and I had two very interesting cocktails. One was saffron based and the other was Baba Bhudan Martini both were strong and bang on the buck!
Our desserts were a huge disappointment with falooda being too damn icy to the chocolate pudding being undercooked which left a really bad aftertaste. Not only that, the dish took a long while to arrive, even longer than the mains! The same had been highlighted to management post my visit.
The service was a concern for me. Since it was a busy Friday, the restaurant was full and there were only 1-2 servers in the area we were seated in. I am unsure If our server was nervous or wasn’t able to comprehend with the feedback given to him. The manager too was constantly trying to justify the delay and the taste of the dessert stating that that’s exactly how the dish is served.
Overall, Moombai & Co. Is great for casual drinks hangout and I will be definitely back for those. Especially the boozy golas! I really liked the interiors and the way its been designed. The restaurant looks smaller but is quite spacious. They need to work on menu execution though as I feel the dishes can taste much better if the ingredients are treated correctly.
Contact: 04 5018607 for reservations
Location: The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
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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