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... 









Friday, June 17, 2016

A truly molecular gastronomy evening at Tresind, Radisson Royal Hotel


At the beginning of this month I was invited by Zomato to try out the Ramadan Menu at Tresind, Radisson Royal Hotel. 

 

The ambiance of Tresind is that of sophistication and class. Walking in we knew the food too would be at par. 

There was one item on their menu I was very excited to try: the deconstructed pani puri. I'm a huge fan of pani puri, Pani puri over counters here in Dubai or from a street vendor in Mumbai. I simply love pani puri. 

Here however Pani Puri was served on a spoon, a bubble of coriander water topped with sweet tamarind gel and crunchy boondi. Afterall the restaurant is famous for their use of molecular gastronomy. I was amazed. The mini explosion of flavour that bursts as soon as you bite into it. Although this item isn't on their Ramadan Menu it's an absolute must try.

Deconstructed pani puri
 We then moved onto the date candy, the highlight: you could eat the wrapper too!    
                                   
                                
                                          

We then had the honour of having Chef Himanshu come to our table to show us how the modernist chaat trolley was arranged, this dish too isn't on the Ramadan menu but its a delight to see how this dish is platted up, the end result: crispy chaat packed with flavour.

  

 


Modernist chaat trolley

The sweet potato sambosak barrels, guava guacamole and crispy okra was absolutely delicious, not deep fried in oil like a usual samosa and a healthier alternative with sweet potato. The highlight for me was the crisp okra - so delicious!



A hit with all the meat lovers on the table was the tandoori lamg leg raan, although it was good, this one didn't stand out to me. I'm sure others on the table would dis-agree, they loved it. 


Tandoori lamb leg "raan"

Next up was the freshly baked Brazilian sfiha, spiced harees, topped with feta and arugula salad. The saltiness of the feta blended well with the spiced harees.


The palette cleanser served in between courses was divine. 
Palette cleanser: Khandvi sorbet

A different take on your general burger is the smoked squid ramen placed in a zatar pao and kimchi labneh. Different and very filling. 


Another twist on a general classic was the rice noddle chicken biryani served instead of a classic chicken biryani.  Although this was too spicy for me (the staff was even nice enough to offer me a replacement dish) the little I had of it was outstanding. Also did I mention it was served with Biryani papad! 


                                      We then moved onto our last course: desserts! 

We were served baked cheesecake topped with shredded baklava pastry, faluda with date cream and my personal favourite (which isn't on their Ramadan menu) the daulat ki chaat, sohn papdi crumble and 24 carat gold dust. 

Baked cheesecake topped with shredded baklava pastry

Faluda with date cream
daulat ki chaat, sohn papdi crumble and 24 carat gold dust.
This dish was a table favourite with the dessert just melting in our mouth's, hands down this was the dish that stole the show. 

Although this wasn't even part of our Zomato menu, Kevin from Tresind was nice enough to get us the famous paan cotton candy. Needless to say it was a crowd-pleaser and a must try! 



We ended the evening with Chef Tarun platting for us the deconstructed black forest cake. Taste wise it was just as good as a black forest cake but the platting up is great to see. Perfect for a birthday celebration as well. 

 

Deconstructed black forest cake
I think its fair to say the team at Tresind really spoilt us at this Zomato meet up, with Tresind showcasing all their show stoppers (Im sure there's still a few more hidden!) and making sure we were very well taken care of! 


All the bloggers with Chef Himanshu
Be sure to try their Ramadan menu and I would also suggest if your unsure what to order try the Chef's menu.