Moombai & Co. – The H Hotel, SZR, Dubai

Moombai & Co. has been doing the rounds lately, with the majority of the food influenzas (and a few legit friends!) flocking on down for some free food. I thought I’d give it a few weeks for the insta-hype to die down and took a new acquaintance along on a Monday night to see what the whole “Parsi” thing is all about. According to Wikipedia, … Continue reading Moombai & Co. – The H Hotel, SZR, Dubai

La Môme – Nassima Royal Hotel, SZR, Dubai

After coming off the back of writing a review on one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a while (TOMO), it is with regret that I now have to write a critique on one of the most dreadful eateries I’ve ever had the displeasure of eating in. Let’s wind things back a few weeks and I’ll tell you an interesting (subject to debate) … Continue reading La Môme – Nassima Royal Hotel, SZR, Dubai

Ibn AlBahr – Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeriah

Club Vista Mare is one of my favourites of the newer developments in Dubai. A waterfront, promenade-like row of licensed restaurants spanning from Ethiopian cuisine to a traditional “Tap House”? What’s not to love? I’d been invited to go to Ibn AlBahr a few weeks ago, but it was one I wanted to save until the weather was better, so now that winter is upon … Continue reading Ibn AlBahr – Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeriah

Izakaya – JW Marquis Marriott, Dubai

Being happily married, starting work at 7:45am, living over in JVC and being a responsible dog owner has curtailed my Ladies Night activities over the past few months. However, in understanding that my readers would probably be interested to know about some of the less-known offerings out there, I thought I’d go check out Izakaya (JW Marquis Marriott’s casual Japanese restaurant) with a good friend … Continue reading Izakaya – JW Marquis Marriott, Dubai

Al Grissino – DIFC, Dubai

I get many invites to come review restaurants and to each place that invites me, they get the standard warning of, “Look, if I come to your restaurant: a) I want to experience a regular dining service – no “special” dishes that I can’t order off the menu. b) I will be honest in my critique – just because I’m invited, don’t expect my review … Continue reading Al Grissino – DIFC, Dubai

Arjee Bhajee – The Palm, Dubai

When I heard there was going to be a licensed, British curryhouse opening soon, I knew I had to go check it out, so I headed down to the Palm with a buddy, to see if Arjee Bhajee (oh, the hilarity!) could deliver on its promise to bring an authentic experience. It wasn’t what I was expecting inside at all. It looked quite bare, the … Continue reading Arjee Bhajee – The Palm, Dubai

The Meat Co. – Souk al Bahar, Dubai

The Meat Co. has been around longer than I can remember and with two of the best sites in Dubai (Souk al Bahar and the Madinat Jumeirah), they’re obviously doing something right to stand the test of time. I went along with a buddy to try the new menu and see if they could compare to the likes of Prime 68 in the “premium” category … Continue reading The Meat Co. – Souk al Bahar, Dubai

Din Tai Fung – Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

A few weeks ago, I had a dig at this place whilst making a point about restaurants in MoE. To be fair, when I did visit, I had a pretty disappointing experience but the backlash I received was devastating – three of my favourite food writers; Courtney (atozaatar), Zoe (theluxeologist) and Haiya (passmethedimsum) all individually had a go at me and told me I was … Continue reading Din Tai Fung – Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Benjarong – Dusit Thani, SZR, Dubai

I’m a little bit dubious when it comes to the overall concept of a “high-end” Thai restaurant. The cuisine doesn’t tend to require ‘fancy’ methods of cooking and most dishes are made beautiful by utilizing affordable ingredients like chili, garlic, lime, onion, galangal and fish sauce to gain tasty balances of sweetness, sourness and spice. One of the best Thai dishes I’ve ever eaten was … Continue reading Benjarong – Dusit Thani, SZR, Dubai