La Maison du Cafe Najjar – great food & lively ambience

Every now and then you stumble across a hidden gem, which is sometimes not so hidden, but just hasn’t received the spotlight it deserves. One such place is La Maison du Cafe Najjar. Located right opposite to Dubai Mall, and towered by the mighty Burj Khalifa, La Maison du Cafe Najjar is a stylish restaurant and cafe that serves a mix of Arabic and Lebanese specialities, drinks and juices, an extensive coffee selection and sheesha flavors – all with a touch a continental appeal.

la maison du cafe najjar
Some of the bestselling features include live music, terrace seating, ladies night with free sheesha for the girls and a very happening NYE package. Read on to find out more.

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An idealistic city-cation at Centro Barsha

I might have made up the word city-cation by myself, but honestly I believe its a thing. And don’t we all feel the need to get away from home once in a while, sit back and relax amidst the comforts of a hotel room and come back all refreshed and ready for the week? I made that choice by booking a weekend stay at Centro Barsha.

centro barsha review

Read on to find out what made my stay at Centro Barsha so relaxing.

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C.Taste – Centro’s ideal brunch & breakfast spot

Whenever we decide to staycay, brunch and breakfasts make an integral part of our experience. In fact, I am so particular about trying the restaurants located inside hotels, I almost don’t mind risking not stepping out of the property at all, just so I can make the most of its dining options. On our city-cation at Centro Barsha, we decided to try their in-house restaurants – c.taste and c.mondo.

centro barsha review c.taste

Read on to know more about our brunch, drinks and breakfast experience.

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Delicious & surprisingly affordable fare at Nayaab Haandi

Not very long ago, the Pakistani fine dining scene in Dubai wasn’t quite prevalent. The cuisine was rather limited to male dominant corner shops (often with an exclusive family room) covered in aroma of nihari and kadai laden with oil. But while they still exist in every other street in this city, Pakistani cuisine has also opened up to the idea of an elegant ambience, where families, friends and groups can dine alike, all in a comfortable, relaxed and comparatively luxurious setting. Nayaab Haandi is rightfully leading that revolution.

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With big spacious interiors that house a few private dining amenities, as well as cosy corners for big groups, the restaurant offers best-in-class Pakistani cuisine at affordable prices.

Giving you a choice between ala carte and buffet, their menu spans across mixed grills, classic naans, a variety of curries, and of course their signature handi. Needless to say, they pride on their selection of different biryani and pulav preparations, and their buffet menu also showcases quite a few Chinese inclusions like noodles and fried rice.

If you aren’t already tempted, read on as I take you through my experience at this classy restaurant.

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Saturday Bench Breakfast at Nezesaussi Grill

Ruck. Maul. Bench.Have you tried the Bench Breakfast at Nezesaussi Grill in Souk Manzil?

If not, then I highly recommend you should.
Sticking to the resto-pub’s sporty vibes, this Saturday breakfast is a good choice for early birds, those looking for some much needed weekend hangover cure and even almost brunchers.

nezesaussi downtown breakfast

It starts at 930 in the morning and goes on until 12 noon, so you can sit back, relax and fill up on a mix of healthy and indulgent brekky offerings.

And if plans align, you could be watching your favorite sports team battle it out in the court while relishing those lovely eggs or waffles.

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Sumptuous delivery just in time from The Spice Trail

Weeknight dinners are always a challenge, especially on Sunday nights (Sunday being the first day of the week in this part of the world). Which is why last Sunday we decided to go all out and got a sumptuous four course meal delivered from The Spice Trail.

spice trail dubai silicon oasis indian

Located in Dubai Silicon Oasis, these guys do Indian food so well, you’ll end up licking your fingers after every course, wishing you could have had a little more of that. And since I’m working hard on stepping out of the paranoia that’s associated with getting food delivered, this was a really pleasant surprise.

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Restaurant within a Restaurant – Hitchki x Baxzar

How about a restaurant in a restaurant? That’s what the newest concept in town – Hitchki – is all about.

Hindi for hiccups, Hitchki offers a quirky and nostalgic take on Indian street food and cocktails. Famed as Mumbai’s hottest resto-bar, Hitchki has just made it’s international debut with an exclusive concept experience within Bazxar in DIFC.

hitchki bazxar difc review

We were at this cool spot last night for an exclusive tasting preview organized by White Label, and we were impressed to say the least. From funky names to retro props, it’s got everything you would want for an Insta-worthy night out.

Read on for more pictures and a review of our experience at Hitchki.

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Chef Pradeep Khullar’s culinary magic at Mint Leaf of London

The beauty of Mint Leaf of London cannot be described in words. You really have to dine there yourself to truly experience the immaculate hospitality, mesmerizing ambience and luxury fine dining it offers. I will however give you a glimpse into this jewel that definitely deserves a spot in Dubai’s nightlife crown.

mint leaf of london chef pradeep khullar

I have been going to a lot of date-night worthy restaurants lately, and I might as well start a hashtag on those lines, but to be very honest, somewhere we all know that luxury and romance make a stunning pair. Which is why, along with delectable food, Mint Leaf of London ups its appeal quotient with a romantic ambience – think dim lights, candlelit tables and French windows that offer spectacular views of Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown and Burj Khalifa.

Nestled on the 15th floor of Emirates Financial Towers in DIFC, this restaurant has achieved a remarkable feat in the form of its new Executive Chef – Pradeep Khullar (of Food Shala fame). Bringing in his wealth of expertise in Indian fine dining and fusion culinary skills to the Mint Leaf of London’s kitchen, Pradeep has curated a brand new menu for the restaurant that offers globally influenced signature Indian dishes, and plays around with a touch of molecular theatrics.

Read on as I take you through my 12-course tasting session at Mint Leaf of London.

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Cruisin’ with the Crustaceans at Benjarong

Paired with the exquisites of a royal ambience, dim lighting and soothing music, Benjarong spells romantic from the minute you step in. I don’t know why, but I have somehow always associated romantic dinners to Thai cuisine. And honestly, two out of three times that I have been out on date nights of late, have been Thai restaurants, with the next one already on my wishlist.

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So let’s just say this: Benjarong lived up to my expectations of being an ideal spot to ignite that spark. Did I mention there were Thai strings being played while we dined? Yes. And the performer playing that instrument was oh so sweet. So were all their staff. Well, the Thai are known for their hospitality, and at Benjarong, they keep up to that level with their smiling faces and humble tones. I would make a special mention here about David, who assisted us with our food and drink choices throughout the evening, and made sure we were well taken care of. And look at that menu. Back home, it would almost be mistaken for a wedding album. So unique, so elite.

Benjarong Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Make you Friday a lively one – Brunch at Kris With a View

Working so closely with one of the largest communities in this city, makes you want to explore their culture, lifestyle, and most importantly cuisine.
This is what motivated us to try out the Filipino brunch at Kris with a View.

Based in the centrally located Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, this stylish restaurant, perched at the 19th floor, offers breathtaking views of both old & new Dubai.

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The brunch is perfectly Asian. From the favorites of Filipino and Thai cuisines, to sushi, dim sums and regional desserts, it’s the melting pot of all South East Asian flavors in one place.

Kris With A View - Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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