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
I’m probably going to receive some backlash for being an absolute “fun-sponge”, but oh my word Dubai, can we cut the crap with the dry ice on everything already?! Heston Blumenthal was arguably the man that brought this into the public’s eye about 10 years ago – in his case, genuinely bringing a multi-sensory experience to a dish by dispersing the aromas of oak moss … Continue reading The EmiRANT Pt. 5 – Dry Ice.
A colleague and I had just finished a meeting in the area, so we thought we’d swing by The Black Lion in the H Hotel (SZR) to test out their new menu. The first thing you’ll notice about the Black Lion when you walk in, is how gosh-darn smoky it is. As a non-smoker, I found it really off-putting and almost walked out, but we … Continue reading The Black Lion – H Hotel, 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
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
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
An epidemic that seems to be sweeping the nation is an unfathomable, lackadaisical approach to diners with food allergies. Luckily for me, I have yet to find anything that I’m allergic to, but some of my best friends are allergic to seafood, my father is a coeliac (so can’t eat gluten) and I recently dined with somebody with a lactose, nut and wheat allergy. In … Continue reading The EmiRANT Pt. 4 – Food Allergies.
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
Sorry for being rubbish this week. I completely revamped the website last weekend, broke all the images and had to patiently wait for someone who actually knows what they’re doing to fix it. Then I got iller than I’ve ever been in my life, so I haven’t been out reviewing anywhere. Thankfully, I’m over the worst of it, have a rip-roaring review of The Meat … Continue reading Takeaway Thursdays: Fuchsia Urban Thai, TECOM, Dubai
Thursdays are the days for me where I’m least arsed to cook, so after popular (well – some) demand, I’m going to start covering a takeaway a week and hopefully give you all some new ideas about where to order from, whilst you sit home, binge-watching Ozark. First up to the chopping block is Smith’s; based out of Kitchen Nation (a multiple kitchen set-up, allowing several restaurants … Continue reading Takeaway Thursdays: Smith’s – JLT, Dubai