Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LaLuz Rumba nights: starting the weekend early!

Recently Monica from DoinDubai invited a few bloggers for a Rumba night at the pristine Four Seasons, DIFC, although the restaurant isn't associated with the hotel, the hotel staff is more than happy to accommodate you and you can even use the hotel's valet service.


We were invited to get a feel of their newly launched Wednesday's Rumba nights which takes place from 7.00 to 11:30pm and priced at AED 275.00 which includes all of the items listed in the review (except the desserts but they do offer something sweet and tea or coffee)

 Post 9 pm once the music begins you'll notice the change in vibe of the evening and every corner of the restaurant turns into a dance floor! Also if music isn't your thing the left of the restaurant has a completely different setup which is even quite romantic and much more sobered down.


We started the evening with an explosion of flavour with Chef Alain's spherical olives, as soon as you bite into this the refreshing flavour of olives just bursts, it reminded me a lot of Tresind's version of a pani puri. 


One of the best pinchos we tried that night was the chicken croquettes, the chicken was so tender and had a cheesy after-taste, definitely one of the best dishes of the night we unanimously agreed.

The LALUZ tortilla is another must try just because you don't know what to expect, all we were told by the waiters was to start from the down-up! This not so little pincho took the table by storm, everyone loved it! It had a three layer confit onion, egg yolk and potato foam! A must try!



For the mains we got their version of a seafood and vegetable paella called the Laluz Catalan Arros (in which black rice was used instead)  both these dishes were delicious but I personally prefer the seafood one more.


For the desserts, the Chef surprised us with a variety my personal favorite was the Catalan cream mini "magnum" priced at AED 45.00. The texture of this ice cream was not too rich and just perfect, esp. in the summer this dessert would be a treat!

We were also served the 3 textures of chocolate with passion fruit granita (AED 72.00), goat's cheesecake, cream ice-cream, beetroot and raspberry (AED 45.00) and the torrija with yeast ice cream, torrija con helado de levadura which was almost like a french toast, slightly toasty on the outside but
so moist on the inside give this a try a well, you won't be dis-appointed!


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. 


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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