A delicious take on the Indian Thali

One of the best ways to explore different dishes is having a Thali and if you translate it to a literal meaning, it means plate,on which different bowls of finger licking curries, a staple lentil dish along with a sweet is served. A thali for me means a feast, as you get to try different indian delicacies and they vary from different sectors of India, being poles apart, especially in Northern and Southern India.

I had the joys to indulge into a thali, at Antique bazaar in Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai, a palatial-esque restaurant that depicts royalty with ornate furniture, brass dining tables, drinks served in golden goblets making you feel like a princess. To enhance the experience, live ghazals are performed leaving you to enjoy your meal with soothing tunes.

 

You can opt for a non vegetarian thali (AED 35) or a vegetarian thali (AED 30), so to enjoy the flavors of both, we each tried out both the thalis. What was presented in my thali for starters was the chicken tikka, the meat being tender and moist, and just how i prefer it to be, on the bone, imparting the desired smoky flavor to the meat. With the starter finished in seconds, i was all geared up to start off on the main course, you can opt for either bread or rice. I usually enjoy gravies with breads, hence i chose butter naan. Four gravies were present on the plate, which included a yellow dal lentil , dhaba chicken, mutton roganghosh along with yoghurt to neutralize your meal if it has the spice factor. It was really hard for me to pick a favorite, but each dish stood out from the other in terms of flavor. The dal was light on the palate and had the fragrance of mustard seeds along with the spice of the red chili. The spices so gently permeate the dal hence providing that aroma and fragrance.

The dhaba chicken, a comfort food by its very own is one of my favorite foods to try in a dhaba,the cubes of chicken are simmered in a delicious gravy, a rustic chicken dish that hails from the city of Punjab,the gravy is nice and thick and can be thoroughly enjoyed with bread or rice. The mutton roganghosh was a fiery gravy combining various spices involving red chillies, cinnamon and cardamom with meat, so tender, that it easily imparts with the fork. A Indian meal is incomplete without a sweet, hence the gulab jamun was bought to our attention – deep fried balls of milk powder and cream of milk are dunked and soaked in sweet syrup. Though the sweetness was empowering for me, nevertheless the dessert is one not to miss.

The vegetarian thali consisted of the yellow dal lentil, a mixed vegetable curry and a cottage cheese jalfrezi. The hubby opted to go with steamed basmati rice, the vegetable curry had a delicious fragrance to it as a medley of mixed vegetables is cooked and simmered in special handi spices in a deep bottomed utensil with a nice smoky aroma emanating from this dish and the cottage cheese jalfrezi had me eyeballing the hubby to leave me atleast two bites, I love cottage cheese literally in any form- juliennes of fried cottage cheese and capsicum is cooked in a creamy tomato gravy flavored with the essence of cumin spice. The dish had a nice tangy flavor to it, thanks to the tomato ingredient and the sauce is slightly on the dry and thick side. The cheese crumbles with the fork and can be easily enjoyed with both rice and bread.

I honestly don’t know if she’s the Indian #monaLisa but let’s just assume she is. She tried indicating to me there’s something to the left (later I realized that she’s pointing me to the entrance) but I prefer my right so I got into a girlie fight. . . While I made my way into Antique Bazaar, the regal ambience and soothing tunes of the #sitar player got me all worked up for an authentic Indian culinary experience. For those that have been to this place before can vouch on the quality of the food. It’s finger licking good. . . I tried the veg and nonveg #thali which comes with unlimited refills. The items change everyday but the deliciousness doesn’t. It’s definitely worth trying for aed30 at @fpsburdubai #indianFood . . Happy Diwali to all those celebrating. Light up those firecrackers. #happyDiwali #diwaliDubai #curry #indianCurry #spicyfood

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Wavebreaker introduces healthier options to its delectable menu.

Enjoy guilt free meals all through the day

November 2017, Dubai: As the city is heading towards a fitter direction with the start of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, Wavebreaker Beach Bar and Grill has introduced healthier meal options to its newly revamped menu. As the weather gets cooler by the day, guests can now sit back, relax by the poolside and sink their teeth into tasty yet wholesome meals.

The highlights of the new menu include the delicious quinoa salad with fresh vegetables, tomatoes, rocket leaves and pomegranate dressing with options of including grilled halloumi cheese, grilled chicken or grilled shrimps. The tantalizing nicoise salad is garnished with fresh tuna, boiled eggs, potato, green beans, cherry tomatoes, olives, and lemon oil dressing. Last but not least, a mouthwatering tuna and avocado sandwich on rye bread. Dessert lovers are not left out, guests can now indulge in a guilt-free bowl of berries and yoghurt served with acacia honey.

Wavebreaker invites guests to have a great time with their best mates and bask under the sun by the pool with succulent meals and chilled drinks all at their fingertips.

About Wavebreaker:
Located at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Wavebreaker Beach Bar & Grill is the perfect place to relax beachside and enjoy a delicious range of BBQ grills.
Sip on a wide variety of handcrafted cocktails and refreshing beverages, while enjoying a lazy lunch with friends. For a special treat, sample the fresh Canadian lobster cooked straight from the tank.

Opening times: 10am to 11pm

For more information: visit www3.hilton.com or email fb.jumeirahreservations@hilton.com. For reservations, call +971 4 3182582

Michelin-starred Chef’s Bakery in JBR – Bouchon

Bring your sweet tooth over to Bouchon Bakery that promises you sweet treats, a warming cup of coffee and the the joys of a peaceful retreat. Sweet and enticing desserts await you at the counter along with handcrafted flavoured macaroons placed in  gift boxes perfect to be gifted to your loved ones for an occasion. Since 2003, Bouchon Bakery has been Thomas Keller’s unique take on a French boulangerie, offering artisanal breads,sandwiches, quiche, soups, and salads, and a range of artisanal viennoiserie, confections, pastries, tarts, and cookies both French and American in influence. With locations across the U.S. in Napa Valley, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and New York, Bouchon Bakery is open to guests in Kuwait, Dubai, and Qatar.

A warm green interior along with antique lamps, tihany chairs placed on wooden flooring and brass furnishings gives the restaurant a charming boulangerie vibe exuded with warmth and glow.

For starters we opted for the curried chicken soup, a light and heartwarming soup, perfect to take that nasty cold away as braised chicken cubes are placed in a creamy saffron broth accompanied with chickpeas and garnished with cilantro and lime.


A steak salad was next in line, with a pan roasted flat iron steak , served on a bed of slightly crunchy endives and refreshing watercress with dried cherries, toasted walnuts for that nice crunch, french cheese and a dash of walnut vinaigrette that provides a nice balance to the slight bitter taste of the vegetables.

We tried out the salmon salad next with a pan seared salmon sitting atop a bed of nutty quinoa, tossed with crispy mesclun greens, seasonable vegetables, crunchy hazelnuts with a dash of bouchon vinaigrette which makes for a nourishing salad with a nice nutty flavour.I love how the salmon meat falls apart with the touch of a fork.

The chicken salad on pretzel – roasted creamy yoghurt chicken cubes is placed between two slices of a buttery pretzel bun, accompanied with dried cherries, toasted peacan nuts, a garnish of lemon and herbs with bibb lettuce. Whoever came up with this combination was pure yummy, as i love the idea of using a pretzel instead of a simple slice bread or croissant.

The smoked salmon on brioche was up next containing delicate smoked salmon, cream cheese with capers and chives, watercress and red pickles on a brioche bun makes for a perfect brunch dish and a lovely appetizer. i love how the combination of smoked salmon and creamy cheese easily making it one of my favourites from my meal.

Time to indulge into some decadent treats and ofcourse we had to try the prettiest of them all, the rosewater paris brest, a sugary sensation, a delicate wheel of choux pastry, filled with rosewater cream, pistachio pastry cream and a sweet layer of raspberry jam, one to surely delight your tastebuds.

The blueberry religieuse, a double whammy as a double stacked choux puffs, filled with blueberry chantilly, vanilla diplomat cream and blueberry compote, a decadent treat pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds.

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