Friday, September 16, 2016

Carnival by Tresind, the new talk of the town!




We recently entered into a space that solely took us back to India, it was the decor or the staff, no at Carnival by Tresind, it was solely the food that took us back to our days in India. 


Since we went for the pre - opening a few dishes that we tried here maybe tweaked and more dishes maybe added as well. 


To begin with and still one of my favorites was the pumpkin kulcha, I didn't know what to expect from this dish but the kulcha was so soft and the pumpkin mashed as well it was a total win.



Another dish we can't stop raving about is the makhan phal - the avacado and lime cream just melt in your mouth and it's only something that can be experienced and not really described (much similiar in experience to the pani puri from Tresind) 

As soon as we got the next dish we thought it was some sort of plate cleanser, believe it or not this is the Indian fried chicken and we could have eaten a plate of these! 



For the vegetarians, there are the cauliflower florets which are hot, crisp and go well with the chilli and coconut chutney.  


The pullinji which is a dish of the south Indian version of prawn was phenomenal, an absolute must try.  The leaf on top was too crisp and had a bit of a pungent (spicy) taste to it. 


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Another hit was the dish called games of corns, which was a corn curd and coconut cutlet with a side of sweet corn's. 



 

Chef Himanshu came over to prepare the next dish vada pav service which J absolutely loved, the thing is I've never been a vada pav so I passed on trying but J would recommend this dish to even all the non-vegetarians! 

The utterly butterly and see food (no that isn't a typo) were both amazing, though my personal favorite was the utterly butterly since the Amul butter added a lot of flavour to the meat. 



 

The next dish was actually our favourite of the night: mutton dressed as lamb - the idea of creating a lamb jus nihari was just brilliant and the taste was outstanding! You should not leave here without trying this dish, it may not be great on presentation as the others but it's good good service and isn't that why you've come here? 


And for the finale we tried the dal phulkha with fresh truffle ghee that added a very different and unique taste to the dish. 


For the desserts we would highly recommend the go banana (pictured hereunder) and the kappi.  


 

 

Since we were invited to the pre-opening we don't have the prices as yet but rest assured we will be back soon to try out their cocktails as well! 



Friday, August 26, 2016

Dinner at Kris with a view, a fantastic view!



We were recently invited to Kris with a view to try out their theme nights, we opted to head there on a Wednesday which is also their seafood night.



 


We entered to a dim light restaurant showcasing the entire view of Dubai, truth be told I didn't expect the view to be as magnificent as it was. None of the pictures captured do it justice so that just mean you have to head there to check it out! 




Their menu is quite extensive and covers a huge variety of asian dishes, what I enjoyed about the restaurant is that the main dishes aren't pre-cooked and so you choose your seafood item (we opted for the scallops and prawns) - the way its cooked - we opted for pan seared and grilled and the type of sauce.


 



The prawns were magnificent with the green curry sauce and with a serving of rice as well, it was quite a whole dish.

The salad selection kept us company till our mains arrived and my favourite was the red snapper salad and the egg noodles.







For the dessert, I loved the smaller portions which meant there wasn't too much wastage!
The pistachio cake for me was a muss but we loved the chocolate tart, the selection of arabic sweet and the coke jelly!

                                     

                                     

 
 
The random loves: 
1. The scallops - pan seared                                                        2. The egg noodle salad
3. The chocolate tart                                                                   4. The prawns with green curry

                                          

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thursday night live at Mistral, Movenpick IBN Battuta Gate hotel


 

A few weeks back, J and I were invited to try out the "Thursday night live brunch" at Mistral, we've previously dined at Mistral and love their theme nights. 

The restaurant boasts of a very wide selection of salad's, not your basic salad's tossed together but mixes of apple jelly, pureed pumpkin and a sushi counter. 

 


One thing we've enjoyed most about dining at Mistral is that besides the selection of rice and curries, all the food is grilled infront of you so it's all very fresh and healthy too, reminds of The Collective

The selection of seafood and meat is quite extensive covering lamb, chicken, prawns, mussels, etc. 

 

We ended our meal at the dessert section which covered a variety of ice-creams and churros and even freshly made pizza's. I've always loved the Movenpick ice-cream especially their sorbet's, we loved their sherry trifle as well which was quite unique and outstanding in my opinion.  
Here's some more to tease you! 









 





 

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Iftar at Tresind, Nassima Royal Hotel




Ofcourse a dinner at Tresind would begin like this, we'd been to Tresind last year too during Ramadan and it's a place I'd always suggest to others to try especially if they are looking for a dining experience rather than just a dinner. 


The amuse bouche is really a teaser from what you can expect from Tresind, dates with popping candy, crudites with a parmesan cheese style hummus, zaatar edamame and a very refreshing saffron almond milk. I didn't really enjoy the edamame (but I've never been a fan of edamame) but the crudites were amazing! 



 



Although this isn't part of the ramadan menu, the chef also sent us a plate of the pomelo and chestnut salad which was sweet and spicy, and we loved the burst of the sweet tamarind when biting into the pomelo.






 

The lava lamp drink is extremely unique, espicailly with its extra bubbly character but it isn't something I can explain well, it really is something that has to be experienced! 




The sides were really like mains, since each person can choose 2 starters, we were stuffed before the mains even arrived, but the creamed mushroom and the lamb kofta were my favourite. The mongolian beef had a crisp exterior and reminded me of a beef crispy from a Chinese restaurant - I loved the texture of the meat, I would have this dish as a main <3 p="">


For the mains we opted for all things prawn! The malabar prawn curry is something YOU HAVE TO order, the gravy was rich and went so well with the buttered naan. 





                                      Here's a closer (zoomed in) look at the dishes too :



Malabar prawn curry - was my personal favourite, a bit tangy and so rich. 

Tandoori prawns - were gigantic! 


Roast lamb chops - tender meat and I love the roasted potatoes which had a chatpatta tsate to it. 

The lamb nihari portion is quite huge and the meat was so tender and the portion was easily enough for 3 people. 

The prawn biryani and the waygu beef biryani 


The prawn biryani and the waygu beef biryani were so aromatic as soon as we opened the lid the aroma took over the table. We loved how tender the meat was - mixed with the Indian spices this was definitely a dish we enjoyed Tresind's take on. 

For the desserts as always, Tresind's always shines, from this plate we really enjoyed their version of the churros. 




Because of all the other desserts we got to try I couldn't really try all the items on this plate but I would recommend to go al a carte also and try their famous paan cotton candy and the dalut ki chaat. 

The chef even assembled for us the deconstructed black forest cake and I loved the gooey salted caramel addition, the brownies this time around were much more moist as well. 





Another must try as well is the paan cotton candy, even if you aren't a fan of paan - try this you won't regret it! 

 


Since J hadn't tried their version of the pani-puri , Chef Paritosh was even nice enough to get a tray for J to try it - ofcourse it was amazing - still for me the highlight dish of Tresind. 

Also, I was so excited when Chef explained that they will be launching a new restaurant soon called Carnival by tresind  located in DIFC,  I guess we'll all have to sit on seat end's till we know more...