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

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

Traiteur (Brunch) – Park Hyatt, The Creek, Dubai

Long-standing “Best Brunch in Dubai”, Traiteur has undergone a huge facelift that has meant its hallowed doors have been closed for quite a while now. After several delays (one of which my family bore the brunt of when they weren’t ready to host their extremely expensive Christmas brunch), it’s finally opened, so I headed down courtesy of their lovely PR team, to check out their … Continue reading Traiteur (Brunch) – Park Hyatt, The Creek, 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

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

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

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

Toro + Ko – City Walk, Jumeirah, Dubai

Toro + Ko is New York City’s newest export to hit the UAE shores. Coming straight from the trendy Meatpacking District, their take on tapas is proving mighty popular over there and they’re hoping to replicate this success in the new, licensed section of City Walk. A To Za’atar and I took a leisurely lunch to find out how they fared. I didn’t really know … Continue reading Toro + Ko – City Walk, Jumeirah, Dubai