VaKaVa – Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Mexican chef, Richard Sandoval – most famous for his Latin-American cuisine hosted at venues Toro Toro and Maya across the Emirates, has returned to the capital, after Toro Toro in Abu Dhabi closed its doors earlier this year. “VaKaVa”, promising, “vibe and flavour” coming together “to set your soul on fire”, sounded intriguing and well worth the drive over from Dubai, so the wife and … Continue reading VaKaVa – Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Oni – Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

With a restaurant adorned with cherry blossom trees and a private sake bar hidden in the back, newly-opened Japanese eatery Oni, seems to be establishing itself as another strong addition to the SZR nightlife scene. A few friends have been and enjoyed, so what better way to see what the hype is, than heading down with my trusty wife to check it out! We arrived … Continue reading Oni – Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Miss Tess – Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

As per the blurb on their website, “Miss Tess is a street-food restaurant inspired by a story. A story of an Asian woman who grew up on the streets of her continent, learning what they offer best and turning this knowledge into a fully Asian gastronomical experience”. Sounds exciting, huh? It was Thursday night, the wife and I were hungry for some authentic Asian street … Continue reading Miss Tess – Taj Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

Mama Zonia – Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Once home to the Mexican restaurant, “O Cacti”, level 2 of the ever-popular Pier 7 has over the summer, been transformed into jungle-themed, South American/Indonesian/Japanese restaurant, Mama Zonia. I headed down with good friends atozaatar and husband to check it out! The entrance to the restaurant is rather striking, adorned with a huge birdcage, jungle flora and Aztec tiles, you really know you’ve entered the … Continue reading Mama Zonia – Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Loca – Dubai Marine Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai

Once a notorious expat pub called The Alamo, Loca has evolved in its years to become one of the restaurants synonymous with good Mexican food and a lively atmosphere in the Dubai food scene. The wife and I headed down on Sunday night to try out a few dishes from its new menu. Firstly, don’t come to Loca expecting a fine-dining setting (although if you … Continue reading Loca – Dubai Marine Resort, Jumeirah, Dubai

Takeaway Thursdays: Tomato & Basilico, Motor City, Dubai

Last Thursday night was a hectic one, so after doing a bit of after-work furniture shopping , I couldn’t be bothered entertaining the idea of cooking and wash-up, so I thought I’d treat the wife and I to a takeaway. We don’t usually order Italian food as we cook a lot of it at home, but Tomato & Basilico had popped up a few times … Continue reading Takeaway Thursdays: Tomato & Basilico, Motor City, Dubai

Blacksmith – Wyndham Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai

There’s a relatively new smokehouse in town! Since purchasing a kamado BBQ, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the art of smoking meat so I was extremely excited when I received an invite to review Blacksmith at the new Wyndham, Dubai Marina. The wife and I headed down to check out the self-proclaimed, “Dubai’s First Real Smoke House!” to see if they could top the reverse-seared … Continue reading Blacksmith – Wyndham Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai

Jebel Ali Recreation Club is one of the oldest institutions in “expat-Dubai” and recently underwent a huge facelift – the old clubhouse (think typical, dirty, smoky working men’s club-but charming) demolished, to make way for a behemoth of a venue, that kinda looks like half of a football stadium from above. The businessman in me questions whether the venue is fully fit-for-purpose, as it’s not located … Continue reading Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai

Ravioli&Co. – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Ravioli&Co is one of the newest restaurants in town, situated directly opposite ‘The Artisan’ (arguably the best Italian in town……..so I hear). An interesting choice of location! The wife and I dropped by for a Thursday night after-work dinner to see if it hit the mark. The first thing you’ll notice about the restaurant is its size. It’s tiny! It makes for a warm, romantic … Continue reading Ravioli&Co. – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Bleu Blanc – The Renaissance Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

It was Thursday, it had been a tough week at work for the missus, so I decided to take her out for date night. The brief was “somebody where all the influenzas in Dubai aren’t invited to, that is new and hot” so my good friend Zoe (The Luxeologist) advised I give David Myers’ new French Farmhouse-style restaurant in the Renaissance a go. Apologies for the … Continue reading Bleu Blanc – The Renaissance Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai