Bvlgari Afternoon Tea at Palace Downtown – A fashionable affair

The Bvlgari afternoon tea is here to delight not just your senses but also your palate. The fragrances are Inspired by Bvlgari’s Eaux parfumee collection of various notes of tea, each fragrance having its own sense of individuality.

As we made our way to the lush gardens of the Palace downtown, what welcomed us was truly a sight to behold as well as heavenly music to our ears sets the scene, compliments of the harp being played by the beautiful harpist as she works wonders with her fingers. Aside from having mesmerizing views of the Burj Khalifa in juxtaposition, beautiful tea tables along with tiffany chairs lined the manicured garden and decorative bird cages hung loosely from the tree, making for a perfect intimate setting.

We sat down to be welcomed with a warm smile by the staff and decided to opt for the premium Laurent Perrier bubbly package but you can also choose the fragrant TWG tea package to your liking.

As we admired the splendid views, our three tier curate stand arrived, filled with culinary delights. The tier one contained mini finger sandwiches, one of my favorites being the avocado creamy tuna roll, which literally melts in your mouth and matches in unison with the Bulgaria Bleu fragrance as it contains embellished flavors of shiso and violet. Tier two boasted sweet treats and it was truly hard to pick a favorite considering the sweet tooth i have, The vert lemon bergamot meringue tart was a zesty palate pleaser and a perfect accompaniment for a lovely afternoon. Tier three contained varieties of scones and petit fours – the green tea scones were absolutely light and had hints of green tea flavor to match with the vert fragrance of Bvlgari , containing subtle notes of bergamot and green tea giving you a feeling of relaxation.The plus point to this luxurious afternoon tea is you can have your tier stand replenished with all these yummy and decadent treats.For final touches, we were presented with fruit skewers to be dipped in sinful chocolate fondue.


We decided to indulge in the finer flavors of tea, and my cult favorite was the pink flamingo tea, a graceful blend of green tea with crimson, hibiscus blossoms that will uplift your mood in seconds with its ever sweet smell as the tea is perfectly paired with the fragrances as well as the other exotic tea blends.

The Bvlgari afternoon tea only lasts for the month of March and takes place from 1 to 4 pm on every wednesday, friday and saturday of the month and is definite must visit as it makes for a cozy atmosphere and sweeping views of the Burj Khalifa while you and your loved ones tuck into some sweetness and fancy treats. This theme runs till march 31st, 2017.

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A stylish sports extravaganza at Nezesaussi Dubai Marina

A stylish downtown sports bar with large tv screens placed all around the area, Nezesaussi aims to please with its delicious and i must mention huge portions of dishes. If you are not much into watching matches, not to worry, this sports bar is also home to two pool tables, a foosball table in a designated area which makes for a perfect hangout with friends and family. The corner seats also have a tv screen, and the best part is you get to choose what you would like to watch.

For starters, my favorites were the delicious pulled beef sliders,the beef being so tender and soft and at the same time packed with a whole lot of flavor – i usually like my beef patties more on the thin side, so i was happy to see that the patties were nice and thin and placed in soft buttery buns and accompanied with some crispy fries on the side.

For the mains, the grilled tenderloin also termed a fillet mignon was a definite eye pleaser. The steak was juicy and succulent and packed with flavor, thanks to the pesto seasoning and some flavorful gravy. You can choose the steak as per your preference of weight and is a definite must have from the menu.

The pork ribs were ah- mazing and probably one of the best i have had in town, apart from being huge in size, the meat slides off so easily from the bone and is smothered with Jack Daniels barbecue sauce with extra on the side.What i loved was the smokey flavor with a glaze that will please your palate and be a feast for your eyes.

The sticky toffee nut pudding is sure to be a definite crowd pleaser as it looks and tastes so delectable and indulgent. A definite best version of this classic british dessert that i have tried. The dessert is great for sharing as it does get a little rich after few spoons but hey i am not complaining. With an added dollop of ice cream, it complements the pudding in a smooth and creamy manner.

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A falafel lunch at Operaton Falafel Boxpark

Falafel holds so many fond memories for me, first because it used to be our evening snack after school, as we used to shell out two dirhams from our pocket money to munch into the live falafels fried in deep hot oil in front of us as we licked our lips awaiting to devour these crunchy bites.

At Operation Falafel, the falafels come in a lot more fancier, in steel strainers, quite crunchy to the bite and with a well fried exterior and tender and smooth filling inside with a right amount of herby flavors, a blend of onions, a whole lot of pine seeds and a slight peppery taste.What i liked about the falafels were that they were light and not too heavy on the stuffing and they go extremely well with the Arabian sauce shatta, perfectly spiced with the right amount of zing from the jalapeños.


Operation falafel mind you is not just about falafels, they also have some great dishes on the menu like the sujuk sausages, which was a personal favorite for me as i love a hint of spice in all things nice. The sausages were nicely cooked and slightly tender to the touch but would recommend a sauce to go with it if you like a more saucy dip to accompany it. The alayat banadoura is a tomato based sauce that works like a charm for the sausages, perfect to dip into for added flavor.

The quinoa tabouleh is quite a light and refreshing change with a classic twist of quinoa added which is the perfect and healthier substitute for rice and also a great option for vegetarians with herbs that act as a flavor component to the dish.

For nutella fans like me, there is the manakeesh that definitely will stave off your chocolate cravings with a lavish spread of nuttella all over and a plentiful amount of pistachios and sliced bananas giving that delicious impact of flavor.

Operation falafel definitely acts as home sweet home to delicious street food giving you that right amount of comfort to your palate.

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Sushi Counter new branch in Bay Square


Dubai, UAE 21stMarch 2017 –Sushi Counter, popular amongst Dubai foodies for its innovative approach to serving superb sushi, has opened a new restaurant in Bay Square. This eighth Sushi Counter Dubai location gives diners a cool and casual dining experience like no other in the trendy and vibrant district of Business Bay.

Sushi Counter Bay Square is a breath of fresh air – with shiny white tiling contrasting the bright orange tables and chairs. A long counter is perfectly set up in the centre of the restaurant – where chefs expertly blend creativity with tradition, and prepare, roll and slice to order to ensure the freshest sushi experience.

Diners won’t just be talking about the cool restaurant design though, or the fast and fresh sushi. Sushi Counter has also introduced an amazing new street food menu which offers tempting interpretations of Japanese sushi with a trendy twist!

There’s the special Sushi Counter burger–with your choice of salmon, tuna, pulled beef or chicken fillings. But this isn’t your typical burger – as the buns are made from rice and dusted with cheetos to give the sushi a fun crunch factor!

The Sushi Counter nachos made with Doritos are perfect for sharing (or not!) – and are sure to go down a treat. The nachos are topped with salsa, cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream and the special ingredient – hijiki (hi-jee-kee); a type of seaweed grown on the coastlines of Japan, China and Korea and which elevates these nachos above the rest.

Then there’s the tasty tacos – made in-house and oh-so deliciously crunchy. Served with fillings of salmon, tuna and chicken packed with fresh and zesty flavours ceviche-style – you won’t be able to stop yourself from loading up another!

Last but by no means least, the Sushi Counter burritos are bursting with comfortingflavours. Using rice as a wrap and filled with salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi or slow cooked chicken – these burritos are for those that want it all. Sushi Counter even offers a special cheeto burrito where the rice wrap is dusted with Cheetos, adding another layer of flavor to the already enticing menu.

With a string of restaurants, shops and services in the vicinity – Bay Square is the place to hang out downtown and the Sushi Counter opening now puts it on the map as the spot to enjoy great food with friends and family.

For additional information on Sushi Counter’s latest restaurant and insta-worthy menu, please visit or call them on +971 (0) 4 375 1095.


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Sushi Counter was created in 2012 out of a need for fresh and fast sushi that was deliverable and price sensitive. Uncomplicated and modern in their interpretation of what Sushi should be Sushi Counter continued to expand and create dishes that pushed the boundaries and included season’s twists from the Middle East and further abroad. Made fresh everyday from sustainable fisheries Sushi Counter continues to strive in bringing only the best possible dishes and freshest fish available.


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Eshak: Middle Eastern Food Re-Imagined

Bulldozer Group’seclectic ‘Choyhona’ concept is now open in City Walk

Dubai, 20thh March 2017– The region’s Middle Eastern dining landscape is set to be transformed with the arrival of Eshak this month. Eshak takes a contemporary approach to Middle Eastern cuisine, putting a unique spin on the expected for a dining experience that is colourful, flavourful and full of laughter. Eshak is located in Al MustaqbalStreet,Citywalk 2, a few steps away from City Walk Mall, the dynamic dining and retail hub.It is operated by Bulldozer Group Worldwide, one of the best-respected names in global hospitality, representing its first foray into casual dining.

Diners at Eshak are invited toimmerse themselves in a unique ‘Choyhona’ concept that draws inspiration from the rich culture of the Silk Route, marked with homely touches, generous portions and friendly service.  Dive into a fusion menu that masterfully blends Uzbek, European and Middle Eastern tastes, re-imagining the traditional whilst staying loyal to authentic roots. Highlight dishes includeDaily Pilafs, Mantas, Khachapuris, as well as mouth-watering desserts fromBaklava to Chak-Chak and the famous Assal Cake.

Eshak was envisaged as a space where diners of all ages can meet and relax from morning until late any day of the week, with an inviting‘home away from home’ ambiance even offering a specially created ‘Kid’s Menu’ to ensure all the family are catered for.  The vibrant interior encapsulates the tranquil feel of a central Asian tearoom, with itseclectic mix of contemporary art-house interior fused with a cheerful range of traditional tapestries.

Located at Al MustaqbalStreet in City Walk 2and surrounded by lush landscaped spaces and walkways, the restaurant also offers a beautiful and comfortable outdoor terrace. This enchanting urban hideaway revealsexpansive views over Dubai’s metropolitan skyline, including the iconic Burj Khalifa. Tea Infusions and aShisha menuencourages social dining and shared experiences lasting deep into the night.

Speaking about the March launch, Alexander Orlov, President of Bulldozer Group said: “Eshak will offer a wide selection of distinctive fusion dishes, in a setting that has been carefully conceivedto offer diners the most memorable of experiences.The setting has all the feel and comforts of home, with the food reminiscent of a home-cooked Middle Eastern meal with an Uzbek twist. As a thoroughly international and cosmopolitan city, Dubai offers us the perfect opportunity to create a concept such as Eshak. We look forward to welcome guest to an experience like no other in Dubai.”

With a warm, welcoming ambience to all who walk through the doors, its generous attitude, home-cooked food and breath-taking setting, Eshak caters to Dubai diners looking to expand their horizons, capturing their imagination and feeding their soul.

The Bulldozer GroupWorldwide has more than 90 restaurants worldwide and is present in seven countries, including the UAE, USA, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Contact number – +9714 3855435

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Location Al MustaqbalStreet, CITY WALK 2, Dubai

About Eshak Restaurant:

Eshak offers Middle Eastern fusion cuisine catered towards Dubai’s diverse cosmopolitan community. The first UAE location for Eshak is Al Mustaqbal Street, Citywalk 2, in Dubai. With a unique ‘Choyhona’ experience, the restaurant offers a cheerful and electric ambiance featuring quirky rugs, art and contemporary music. Eshak’s kitchen offers generous portions and outstanding combinations, from a mixture of Uzbek, European and Middle Eastern flavours.

Eshak is brought to Dubai by the Bulldozer Group Worldwide, a successful food & beverage and leisure company that owns and operates more than 90 restaurants and is present in 7 countries: UAE, USA, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Russia and Kazakhstan.


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Bateel’s spring menu

When i hear the word bateel, the first word that pops to my mind is dates and all kinds of them, besotted with nuts and even chocolate enriched so knowing that they have a cafe that also offers a world of breakfast,lunch and dinner to add to its hat remaining true to its rich Arabian heritage in a relaxing and warm ambience.

For starters, we had the burrata pesto which makes for a very elegant appetizer and of course to satisfy my italian craving. Creamy burrata cheese with farro grains, artichoke, kale, jir air and the flavors of avocado meet each other in unison showered with a coriander pesto dressing which i thoroughly enjoyed with a chilled glass of sparkling date wine by my side. The burrata was so creamy and went seamlessly with the well flavored pesto.

My eyes loomed over the indulgent lamb confit as the main course which i could not help choose. The result- meltingly soft and braised lamb shoulder served with an amalgamation of umbrian farro grains for that arabic touch, chickpeas, chewy greek mushrooms and the sweetness of caramelized onions making for a fulfilling and wholesome meal.

Seafood always gets the best of me hence, we ordered the chilean sea bass fillet ,the flavor which was thoroughly pleasant as the fish had a nice and firm texture, and served on a bed of aubergine coulis with sautéed celeriac, heirloom carrots, parsnips, artichoke and the crunch of chestnuts.

Desserts were waiting for me and boy, was i spoilt for choice with the varieties available.The pear and chocolate cake was just what i dreamed it to be. A vision of a vanilla almond sponge topped with sweet pear compote, the sinfulness of rich chocolate mousse and chocolate cremeux. The first bite, and i could not resist having the second as the chocolate and pear so wonderfully work with each other in unison.

My soft corner for the desserts happens to be a very large corner as for seconds, we ordered the peanut delight which was so delightful in nature, as a light fluffy sponge meets our eyes with delectable layers of peanut streusel, peanut mousse and dulcey cream- Peanut lovers, you know what to choose, Though the peanut flavor was a little too rich for me, it does make for a heavenly dessert.

Cheesecake- i love everything about it, the creaminess, the biscuit crust and it was no surprise well to myself that i ordered the raspberry rose lychee cheesecake which comes with a crispy almond biscuit and vanilla sponge layered base topped with wait for it, raspberry and lychee jam- how to well describe this darling?Creamy, decadent and downright delicious!The strawberry tart is also a great choice to have if you are an avid fan of strawberries dolloped with pistachio cream, berry points for the presentation being on point.

You just cannot not have the coffees on offer at Bateel, so just to get a taste of it, i ordered and tried the layered signature coffee and to tag along with it are some of Bateel’s signature dates that are so soft, they melt in your mouth, a puff of richness.The latte has a surprise note in it, natural date syrup which might be a little overwhelming for some but nonetheless quite enriching to end your meal.

Cafe Bateel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chef Giorgio Diana Brings a Touch of Michelin Magic to L’Olivo Ristorante at Rixos the Palm Dubai

Dubai, 19 March2017: The Italian inspired L’Olivo Ristorante at Rixos The Palm Dubai will be hosting Chef Giorgio Diana from 22 – 30 March 2017, where he will be demonstrating his cooking techniques and dishes that earned him the highest culinary honor at the age of 24, making him the youngest chef leading a Michelin Star restaurant.

Chef Diana whose roots lie in Cagliari Italy has harbored a passion for the culinary arts from childhood. He chose to attend culinary school in Italy and devoted himself to the field of cooking as he traveled to Germany to develop his knowledge. Chef Diana blossomed as Chef de Cuisine in multiple world-class hotels and debuted on the world’s spotlight when he joined Shane’s Restaurant, Restaurant Acetaia and Restaurant Facile which are all Michelin Starestablishments.

Chef Diana has prepared an intimate 6-course dinner menu for both seafood lovers and meat lovers paired with 2 glasses of wine from our sommelier’s selection at just AED 250 per person. What’s more, guests staying at Rixos The Palm Dubai during this period get 10% discount while those working in the hotel industry receive 20% discount from the menu price.

With more than 17 years of experience, a world-renowned cooking school and winner of an extensive list of awards, Chef Diana is a visionary in the field of gastronomy and looks forward to bringing his mastery to Dubai.

“The exquisite science of cooking has always excited me. The Mediterranean flavors I was exposed to as a child have stuck with me to date. I also really enjoy molecular gastronomy and it gives me great delight to serve my guests with unique and revolutionary dishes.” said Chef Diana.

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About Rixos The Palm, Dubai

Rixos The Palm is the UAE’s only luxury multi-concept resort.

Located on an unrivalled spot on Palm Jumeirah’s Eastern Crescent, the resort boasts 230 guest rooms and suites, each commanding unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s panoramic skyline. Its collection of 11 restaurants and bars provide a dynamic dining and night-life experience whilst Anjana Spa provides a haven of serenity and relaxation. Its vast stretch of pristine white beach is reputed to be the best on the Palm Jumeirah, offering a wide selection of motorised and non-motorisedwatersports, a variety of beach and poolside lounging and a large temperature controlled swimming pool.

Characterised by modern interiors and renowned for its superb hospitality, the resort is a popular destination for families, couples and groups alike, offering a comprehensive programme of daily activities for guests as well as unique selection of venues for meetings and events.

The resort is 45 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport and can be accessed both via the road, by boat and by helicopter at the resort’s private jetty and helipad.

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About Rixos Hotels

Established in 2000, Rixos is one of the world’s fastest growing luxury hotel chains. Dedicated to providing unmatched hospitality amid luxurious surroundings, the international hotel employees over 8,000 members of staff worldwide, each dedicated to providing the best in hospitality whilst offering innovative guest experiences that perfectly blend the best of old and new.

At the heart of every Rixos hotel and resort is a revitalising wellness spa with an authentic Turkish Hammam, renowned for its unique selection of spa experiences. Each hotel offers a distinctive selection of restaurants and bars, an exciting entertainment schedule and a diverse range of opulently appointed rooms and suites.

Celebrated for its incredible hospitality, attentive personalised service and fine cuisine, the award-winning Rixos Hotels have received global recognition from distinguished professional bodies including the American Five Star Diamond Award, Conde Nast, World Travel Awards, Trip Advisor and Great Hotels of the World.

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Vanilla Salee – Movenpick JBR

My favorite go to ice cream? Vanilla with a hint of hot chocolate fudge so i was squealing with excitement when i heard that the soul restaurant at Movenpick restaurant, Jumeirah beach road, had a vanilla inspired menu which i knew i had to give a go at to tantalize my taste buds. Known as the Vanilla Salee, the menu had a little bit of savoriness and sweetness for a much enjoyable experience.

For the entrees, we indulged into finely cut tuna and salmon sashimi and grilled soft scallops accompanied with wakame , a drizzle of citrus vanilla vinaigrette and wasabi soya sauce giving this dish the right amount of magic it needs with a right amount of sweetness lent and a zesty flavor.

The goats cheese and fig salad definitely had a vibrant character of its own in terms of the taste as well as the exotic presentation. The dish is enriched with cubes of St Maure goat’s cheese, figs, nuts and orange vanilla dressing which acted as a perfect component for the cheese, figs and nuts.

The Nile perch definitely had to be a favorite as the fish was nicely grilled along with vanilla, white chicory, being quite a unique item,a healthy choice of black salsify mash and red grape essence. What i liked about this dish is how the chicory imparts flavor to the fish, making it nice and moist.

My favorite part was the chocolate fondant which can be easily shared by two as the quantity is huge but nevertheless, one of my favorite dishes, as the creamy vanilla and chocolate fondant make for a match made in heaven.The chocolate is not too strong and infuses a subtle flavor to the ice-cream.

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Wild & The Moon – Now Open in Dubai

100% organic | | Plant-based | Gluten-Free | Cold-pressed | Unpasteurized | Zero Additives

March, Dubai, UAE– Wild & The Moon is a lifestylemovementbased on the simple beliefthatfoodshouldbe good for you, good for the planet, and delicious. The Parisian outpost is now open in the burgeoning, creative hub of Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. With two recently opened branches in Paris – Wild Bar & Wild Lab – Wild & The Moonis a 100% organic, plant-based, gluten-free, eatery offering slow foodto enjoy in, or on thego.

Open for all-day breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks (8am-7pm), Wild & The Moon is a peaceful, relaxing haven -a true community space in the heart of the urban jungle. The super stylish destination was founded by a tribe of chefs, nutritionists, and naturopaths and is set to become Dubai’s new go-to for wild,local, ethically sourced, seasonal, and pureingredients.

Rocking a minimalist, pared-back interior, filled with hanging plants, reclaimed wood, and an abundance of concrete, this is a place to work, simply hang out or grab lunch on the fly.

The café useslocal suppliers and favoursbiodegradable packaging. Wild & The Moonare constantly striving for 0% waste – revitalizing, for example, the pulpfrom the juices and leftovernutsintoraw, gluten-free crackers.

Above all, Wild & The Moon ensuresthat their food is not only healthy,buthearty and delicious. Created by vegan experts and chefs, the processes used include,cold-pressing, dehydration, and soaking, to guarantee the vitality, nutrient content and taste of the end product.

With a Wild Lab’ on-site, Wild & The Moon offers cold-pressed juices,nutmilks, vitality shots, smoothies, salads, gluten-free foccacias, daily hot dishes, soups, desserts, healthy snacks and hot drinks.

Wild & The Moon’s extensive food menu – available all day – includes breakfast dishes, one of which is a clever twist on a perennial blogger favourite– Acai bowlAcai berries with homemade granola, coconut flakes and fresh bananas – a real antioxidant boost to start the day. ‘Wild Meals’ are available daily, with an ever-changing selection of: Japanese curries, Peruvian bowls, Wild tajines, Miso stews and Thaï curries.

Cold-pressed juices include: The Tiger, apple, orange, sweet potato, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom. Signature hot drinks include, Chocolate Chaga, raw cacao, chaga, coconut milk, sprouted almond milk, vanilla, coconut sugar, essential to protect your immune system, and Golden Latte, turmeric, sprouted
almond milk, coconut milk, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, maple syrup, a powerful  anti-inflammatory.

The café also offers carefully curated juice cleanse programs, featuring juices, nutmilks and elixirs which can serve to kick-start a detox, to allow you to take a break from processed foods, or simply to help you make the transition into a healthier lifestyle long-term.

Wild & The Moon was co-founded by Emmanuelle Sawko, curator, director and co-founder of chic lifestyle store and caféComptoir 102, arguably Dubai’s hottest healthy eating haunt.Realising the increasingly rapid growth of the clean eating movement in the region, Emma – always one step ahead of the competition – decided to launch Wild & The Moon with her partner HerveSawko. Former partner of Rothschild Investment Bank  and a passionateadvocate of veganfood, Hervestronglybelievesthatincreasedknowledge and educationaround plant-basedfood, fitness and healthy living has the power to positively change our society.

Wild & The Moon is located in unit H-77 Alserkal avenue
Al Quoz 1

Opening hours: 8am-7pm – everyday



Wild and The Moon’s delicacies can also be found at a host of cafes, stores and gyms around the UAE. Including: Surfhouse, Right Bite, Gravity Calisthenics Gym, Comptoir 102, Sharjah Ladies Club, One Life, Panifico, Ripe, FW, Warehouse Gym, Urban Yoga.


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