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March 2019

Feeling Hungry? Here’s Where to tuck in during Dubai Food Festival

The essential places to dine with friends and family during the big foodie event.

Dubai Food Festival dining deals and offers

The best Dubai Food Festival dining deals, experiences and offers  


Round up your friends and family for the ultimate culinary adventure with our guide on where to eat and what to see during Dubai Food Festival, running until 9 March. 

Join The Club 

Delicious places to dine at Mall of The Emirates 

Expand your taste repertoire with a trip to MOE Clubhouse, a brand new culinary concept inside Mall of the Emirates on Level 1, near H&M and the West Food Court. 

From experimental 3D printed dishes to light bites with a unique twist, the New-England style space gives diners the chance to indulge in a wide variety of tasty bites from the likes of Acai Shack, The Salad Jar, Pastel Cakes, Poke and Co., Blacksmith Coffee and Daily Prep Co. Following our own recent trip here, we can vouch that your meal will be a serious treat for the senses!

After your feast, go to the games room where you can play a few rounds of football, billiards, air-hockey and mini-golf. 

There’s also a Mini MOE Clubhouse for the little ones, where they can meet new friends in a creative setting, with a programme of daily activities and kids’ games – from cupcake decorating to pasta art – to keep them entertained. Older kids and teens can relax in the reading corner or Playstation area. 

Culinary Surprises 

Healthy food at Zaatar W Zeit in Mall of the Emirates food court

Tasty international bites at the food court in Mall of the Emirates  

We all know the struggle of trying to settle on a restaurant when eating out with a group. But whether you’re in the mood for noodles, your friend fancies Arabic food or perhaps the kids are craving pizza, the food courts in Mall of the Emirates have it all and will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds in one convenient space.  

At the West Food Court (located just above Ski Dubai where you can go to the slopes for an indoor skiing session), you’ll find interactive installations so you can dine family-style while being entertained throughout DFF. 

There’s also a daily ‘Happy Hour’ with plenty of surprises including complimentary tastings and roaming entertainment with musicians, magicians and dancing waiters. 

Head Outside 

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif 

If street food, games and free entertainment in an Instagram-worthy setting sounds like your kind of vibe then stop by Outdoors, a cool foodie concept at City Centre Mirdif. Located by the main entrance of the mall (where you can sneak in a bit of retail therapy pre- or post-meal), the venue ticks all the boxes for a chilled day out with family and friends. 

You’ll find lots to see and do aside from working your way around the many mouth-watering kiosks, including daily movie nights under the stars, arcade games, obstacle courses, a jungle-themed kids’ area and even an ice-skating rink. 

Foodie Hour   

DFF dining deals at City Centre Mirdif

Dubai Food Festival dining deals at City Centre Mirdif 

To further celebrate DFF, a number of restaurants at City Centre Mirdif, including Super Chix, Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, are offering a ‘Foodie Hour’ where you can buy one, get one free on select dishes on the menu, during weekdays, from 3pm to 5pm. 

Over at City Centre Me’aisem’s Outdoors, visitors can meet adorable animals at a petting zoo, every Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm. 

The DFF Social Hub  

City Centre Deira, meanwhile, has transformed its West Food Court into a gastronomic DFF Social Hub, with must-try foodie concepts and dish decorating activities. 

There are also lots of games for all ages, such as table footie, ball pools and maze-like installations, plus creative arts and crafts workshops for the little ones. 

Win Up To AED25,000! 

You could be in with a chance at winning amazing prizes, gift cards, cash and even a car during DFF.

Mall of the Emirates

Spent AED350 to enter a draw to win AED5,000 worth of Mall GiftCards, which can be redeemed at hundreds of shops and restaurants inside Mall of the Emirates.

City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira is giving back to those in need throughout Dubai Food Festival by inviting customers to donate canned food (bought from Carrefour) that will then be distributed to disadvantaged residents across the UAE. Every time you donate, you’ll be entered into a competition to bag a AED2,000 City Centre Gift Card. 
It’s just one of many opportunities to win cash prizes during DFF at City Centre Deira. 

City Centre Mirdif

Each day during DFF, snap your meal in the mall and share on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #CCMiFoodie for your chance to win an AED500 Mall GiftCard. There’s a AED10,000 GiftCard up for grabs for the best pic of the competition. 

What’s more, spend AED200 or more at any stores in the mall during DFF to enter a prize draw to snag a cool AED25,000. Spend the same amount on food and beverages at the mall and have your chance of winning multiplied fivefold.

City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Al Shindagha

Both malls have teamed up with Dubai Food Festival and Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) to give away a brand-new Nissan Patrol car! Simply spend over AED50 dining at any food outlets in the malls to enter this amazing prize draw.


February 2019

We Have Just Revealed the Definitive List of Healthy Asian Restaurants in Dubai

Are you craving Asian cuisine? Here’s where to go for the best bites in the city.

The best restaurants in Dubai for Asian food

The best restaurants in Dubai for Asian food

From a Chinese gastropub to low-calorie Japanese grills and sushi with an artisan French twist, the new wave of Asian restaurants in Dubai are anything but ordinary.

We’ve narrowed it down to our top three picks and selected the most nutritious dishes on each menu – meaning you can still dine out while sticking to that New Year health kick.

Han Shi Fu

Han Shi Fu in Dubai

Han Shi Fu in Dubai

Brought to you by the team behind the wildly popular Din Tai Fung located in Mall of the Emirates, this new brand culinary opening certainly lives up to the hype.

Tagging itself as “a modern Chinese and Asian fusion gastropub and restaurant”, Han Shi Fu can be found inside Aloft City Centre Deira, a hip movie-themed hotel on Dubai Creek. 
Insta-snappers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the interiors – think vibrant neon-toned lighting, oversized Chinese scrolls hanging from the ceiling and an entire wall splashed with cool ceramics. 

A fusion of bold flavours, the menu is just as playful as the décor, taking inspiration from trendy street food favourites found across the world, from Taipei to Hong Kong, Shanghai and even New York.
Our highlights included the spicy beef sirloin hot pot and matcha green tea velvet cake, washed down with an array of quirky colourful cocktails. 

The healthy-minded can opt for the chicken lettuce wraps, wok-charred fresh cauliflower and roasted wild mushroom with yuba – all of which are on the lower end of the calorie-spectrum but still brimming with taste. 

Teriyaki Experience

 Teriyaki Experience in Dubai

Teriyaki Experience in Dubai

Recently opened inside Mall of the Emirates close by to Carrefour Dubai, this restaurant chain has something of a cult following thanks to its mouth-watering Japanese grills, which you can have served with proteins, tofu or veggies. 

One of the healthiest options among the food court’s wide offering, there are plenty of light options on the menu for the whole family to enjoy. 

Prepared fast and fresh, standout dishes include the super grains vedge bowl, build-your-own noodle bowls, miso soup and lots more. 


SushiArt in City Centre Mirdif, Dubai

SushiArt in Dubai

Tuck into tasty platters of sustainably sourced sushi, sashimi and maki at SushiArt, a contemporary concept eatery serving up imaginative Japanese fare. 

Created by award-winning chef Thierry Marx, the dishes at SushiArt almost look too pretty to eat (get that Instagram snap in quickly), but you’ll soon end up devouring the lot.

The avocado spring rolls, salmon tartare and citrus seabream poke bowl are just a few of our menu favourites. 

February 2019

3 Instagrammable Venues for Cocktails with a View in Dubai

Trust us, these sundowner spots will become your new favourites. 

Cocktail bars with a view in Dubai

Rooftop cocktail bars to try in Dubai 

As the weekend rolls in making the most of the cooler temperatures by joining us at one of these laidback cocktail spots in Dubai, where you can enjoy a happy hour apéritif while soaking up the city skyline in all its glittering glory.


Vantage Bar in Dubai

Vantage Bar in Dubai

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spot for sundowners with a view in central Dubai than at Vantage. This rooftop cocktail bar inside Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel boasts a wide vista of the emirate’s iconic skyline.

Grab a stool inside at the bar to catch the mixologists in action or take to a comfy sofa on the al-fresco terrace where you can smoke shisha as the sun sets.

You’ll find all of the classic cocktails listed on the menu, along with more different pours and fine grapes. If you get peckish, nibble on a plate of delicious light bites, such as the tempura prawns or chicken tikka sliders.


W XYZ Bar in Dubai at City Centre Deira

W XYZ Bar in Dubai at City Centre Deira 

Set inside Aloft City Centre Deira, a new design-led hotel, W XYZ Bar is one of the region’s top hangouts in Old Dubai, largely thanks to the generous daily drinks deals and incredible panoramic view of the city, which spans from Downtown Dubai’s towering skyscrapers to the Creek.

Grab a seat on the terrace to make the most of the views and unwind to the beat of smooth tunes from the in-house DJ every Wednesday, or catch the live band on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Azure Pool Lounge 

Azure Pool Lounge at the Pullman Deira City Centre

Azure Pool Lounge in Dubai 

Sitting high on the top floor of the Hotel Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Azure Pool Lounge is the perfect place to kick back and let the stress of week melt away.

As you sink into a plush cabana, sip on freshly-shaken cocktails and order sharing platters of tasty tapas, mezzeh and antipasti while taking in the expansive view of the city. 

December 2018

New Flavors In The Canteen

Today we are in the kitchen with the Chef Muhanad who looks after the kitchen of The Canteen, located in Aloft City Centre Deira, Dubai. Having just launched a new menu, Chef Muhanad takes us through the thought process and preparing some of the dishes.

While chef Muhanad is giving out instructions in the kitchen, the sounds of knifes cutting and the sizzles of the braided chicken on the extra virgin olive oil heaping through with the simmering paneer curry in the next work station. “I am thinking Arabic. Why not even Emirati. It’s called Chicken Tahta, which is an Emirati version of a biryani. It’s simple, it’s comforting, and most importantly, filled with flavor especially in the chicken. It’s all in the crispy skin which holds all the delicious juicy flavors in the dish.”

The Canteen at aloft Hotel City Centre Deira, Dubai

The Canteen serves approachable “bowl meals” for everyone and “bowl-sharing” for a crowd

Chef then adds:  “We want to add local flavours into our bowls. We also want to serve vegans bowls, which are our bigger focus nowadays. Our dishes promote different and unique flavours and are healthy, organic and authentic. We want to guide our guests around the world with our new variety of bowls.”

Here are the ingredients and the method to cook chicken Tahta for 4 servings:

1kg basmati rice, soaked
4 chicken breast 
5 black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cardamom pods
2 tbsp. ghee
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 green chili peppers (or to taste), chopped
2 tomatoes, quartered
1 tbsp. Emirati spices
4 loumi (dried lime), peeled and chopped
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. coriander powder
1 tbsp. cumin powder
1/2 tbsp. saffron 
1/2 tbsp. turmeric
Handful of mixed nuts for garnishing

Chicken Tahta Recipe (Emirati Version of biryani)

Chicken Tahta Recipe (Emirati Version of biryani)

1. Cook the soaked rice in boiling water with the black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds and a tablespoon of ghee, until the rice is 75% cooked. Drain and set aside, adding another tablespoon of ghee to prevent the rice from sticking together.

2. Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan, add the finely chopped onions, garlic and the chillies and cook over medium heat for 4-6 minutes, until softened but not coloured.

3. Add the tomatoes, Emirati spices, the loumi, tomato paste, cumin and coriander powder, saffron and approximately 50ml water. Stir well and cook for a couple of minutes.

4. Add the chicken to the pan, stirring gently and reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for a couple more minutes.

5. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add the turmeric and sauté after a minute.

6. Heat a final tablespoon of oil in a large casserole dish, and half the rice to the pan and spread out over the base of the pan. Add the chicken mixture and finish with a final layer of rice. Pour over the turmeric and oil mixture, cover with a lid and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes more, until the rice is fluffy.

The Canteen
Open Daily
12:30PM – 3:30PM
6:30PM – 11:00PM
Telephone – 042103333
Email –

December 2018

Jingle All The Way At Aloft

Mark your calendars to celebrate the season at Aloft City Centre Deira, Dubai. This fresh new hangout has a festive line up unlike any other you have seen. From jingle rock live music performances, a Christmas Day picnic brunch and a retro-inspired New Year’s Eve, the Hotel is gearing up for festive with a difference.

Get in the festive spirit throughout the month at WXYZ Bar and Lounge. Sit back and relax on the terrace with candy cane cocktails as seasonal tunes fill the space. Spread the festive spirit with a calendar that includes a Christmas Jumper night, an elf-tastic photo opportunity and generous competitions throughout the month. 

2019 Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations at aloft Hotel City Centre Deira, Dubai

2019 Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations at aloft Hotel City Centre Deira, Dubai


What better way to celebrate Christmas Day, than in the Hotel’s outdoor cinema with live music and festive movies playing on the big screen. Bring the family and relax with this picnic brunch featuring all the traditional favourites brought to you as you lounge in front of the movies. Not forgetting the little ones, Santa Claus and his gang will be making a special visit.

AED 180 with soft beverages
AED 90 with kids (6-12 years old)
25th December, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Kick start your new year with a bang at the retro-themed celebration at aloft. Groove to the 80’s/90’s beat with spectacular views of the Dubai skyline and city fireworks. Start your night with dinner in The Canteen followed by an after-party at WXYZ Bar and Lounge with live music and an electric atmosphere. Alternatively, head straight to the party and indulge in neon sippers and dance the year away as you welcome in 2019.

Dinner and After Party
AED 595 with soft beverages 
AED 696 with house beverages

After Party 
AED 494 with soft beverages
AED 595 with house beverages

We advise booking early to avoid disappointment, as these celebrations are set to be a popular option.

For more information and bookings, 
Call:  ++971 4 210 33 33
Follow the scene @aloftdubai

December 2018

Festive Turkey on a Picnic

It is the Christmas season, and we’re celebrating the holidays with a cosy family picnic with classic movies screened at VOX Cinemas OUTDOOR. Cushions, rugs and an easy picnic style Christmas buffet to set the tone for a festive and fun afternoon.

Christmas Brunch at VOX Cinemas OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira - Dubai

Christmas Brunch at VOX Cinemas OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira - Dubai


Chef Muhanad is set to amaze us with delicious holiday meals, getting the turkey ready to be roasted and stuffed with tasty bites.
“I’ve decided to make simple and original Christmas recipes because the festive season is all about joyful memories with the family and nostalgic moments.”  
Inspired by traditional home-made recipes, Chef Muhanad is sharing with us the classic roasted turkey with stuffing and the correct carving procedure.

Roasted- Honey Glazed Turkey

Roasted-Honey Glazed Turkey, Christmas Recipe 



1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 cups chopped onion
1-1/2 cups chopped celery
12 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes or dry bread cubes
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups boiling water


1. Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Bake at 325° for 2 hours.
2. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients; brush over turkey. Bake 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours longer or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh reads 170°-175°. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
3. For stuffing, in a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until tender. Add stuffing cubes and seasonings; toss to combine. Stir in enough boiling water to reach desired moistness; transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. Baking dish. Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
4. Remove turkey from oven; cover loosely with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. If desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey and stuffing.
5. The roasted turkey finally served with cranberry sauce and redcurrant.   

Method to carve a turkey:

Set up a carving station including carving board, knife, and a serving platter

Remove the leg and thigh from one side
Positioning the turkey's cavity to face you and slice through into half. Then grab the thigh and push down until the thigh joint releases and pops out. Cut the thigh off, then set the leg and thigh aside on the serving platter.

Remove the breast from that same side
Slice through the skin on the top of the turkey along the breastbone from the neck joint and the wishbone first. 

Remove the wing
Pull each back, as you did the legs, and cut at the joint. Set on the platter.

Slice up the breast and thigh pieces
Grab the thighs and cut the thigh meat off the bone and cut into smaller pieces, if desired. Finally, slice the breasts crosswise at a slight angle into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Repeat on the other half of the turkey


Date: December 25th, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM – 15:30 PM 

Booking for the promotion needs to be in advance, please refer to or email: or call us on +971521218716

December 2018

3 Brilliant Dining Options for a Festive Feast with Family and Friends

 Where to go to eat, drink and be merry in the Middle East this year.


The best restaurants in Dubai and the MENA region for Christmas

The ultimate places to celebrate Christmas in the UAE and Bahrain


To ring in the season of feasting, we’re counting down a few of our favourite spots for tucking into delicious festive food. From a ski lodge-inspired setting to the ultimate festive brunch and a family-friendly buffet, these are the definitive restaurants for a Christmas meal to remember across the region.



The best restaurants in Dubai and the MENA region for Christmas

Après overlooks a winter wonderland in Mall of the Emirates


Hot pots of cheese fondue, views of snowy slopes and chalet-chic – we’re not daydreaming of the Swiss Mountains but thinking of Après, an Alpine-themed restaurant overlooking Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. Expect comfortable chalet-like interiors, festive bites and crowd-pleasing beats to get you in the Christmas spirit.



The best restaurants in Dubai and the MENA region for Christmas

Baharat restaurant offers one of the best buffets in Bahrain  


One of the most popular restaurants in Bahrain, Baharat is well-loved in the city thanks to its sprawling buffet spread of both Arabic and international favourites. Located inside Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain, the sleek open-plan dining area and good cooking stations will make for a memorable meal with family and friends this year.



Medley restaurant at Hotel Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre offers a brilliant brunch deal


Anyone who has visited Medley restaurant will know that the venue hosts an epic Friday brunch, and their Christmas Day extravaganza is not to be missed if you’re a serious foodie. Go with a serious appetite and tuck into the vast array of indulgent dishes on offer.

November 2018

Now Open In Dubai: Funky Indoor Street Food Market

Foodies will be spoilt for choice at this cool pop-up concept. 

The best street food in Dubai

The best street food in Dubai


If you’ve yet to check out INDOORS at City Centre Deira push it straight to the top of your plans for this weekend and experience all that this innovative culinary concept has to offer. Think mouth-watering street food, live music, arcade games and even free movie screenings.

The ultimate spot for laidback social gatherings, the chilled setting comes complete with hanging string lights, vibrant colour-splashed murals, casual communal tables and slouchy bean bags – it’s easy to see why this new venue is already a hit. 


Expect epic street food at INDOORS in City Centre Deira

Expect epic street food at INDOORS in City Centre Deira


Go with an appetite, as there are 15 delicious food and beverage stalls to work your way around, ranging from innovative pasta dishes cooked in a wheel of parmesan to mini pancakes from Holland and fresh-as-you-can-get sushi. 

Further foodie highlights include juicy hotdogs from Smart Brat, loaded pies courtesy of Lucky’s Pizza and the meaty Asian bites cooked up at Taiwanese Chicken & Pancake kiosk. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to all the must-try menu hits on offer, you will find a handful of pop-up boutiques showcasing the region’s most stylish homegrown brands - the ideal opportunity to get a head-start on your festive gift shopping. 

Gaming fans will love the arcades at INDOORS in Dubai

Gaming fans will enjoy the arcades at INDOORS in Dubai


Already considered one of the best things to do in Dubai with kids, little ones are well looked after at the dedicated family entertainment area, which includes a karaoke corner, live band performances and special workshops, along with a carnival and arcade games powered by Magic Planet Dubai.  

Experience all that INDOORS has to offer this weekend

Experience all that INDOORS has to offer this weekend


The details: INDOORS, City Centre Deira, located on level 2 of the mall. Open from 10 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and until midnight on weekends.

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October 2018

Discover the UAE’s Best Burgers

Try these sizzling sliders at the best restaurants in Dubai  

The best burgers to try in Dubai

A definitive guide to the UAE’s best burgers


We try to follow a ‘clean’ diet most of the time, but after a week of low-calorie lunches, post-workout green juices and energy ball snacks, we’re craving a good ol’ juicy burger once the weekend hits. Well, life is all about balance, right? 
The real question is, where can one find the ultimate cheat day meal? While we’re all for feasting at classic fast food joints, we’ve recently stumbled across a few alternatives that offer a fresh take on our favourite indulgences. 
From loaded double patties to extra cheesy creations, our round-up of tasty stacked buns will satisfy all your carnivore cravings. We’ve also tracked down the best veggie burger the region has to offer for our plant-based diet pals.
Word of warning – this list will leave you feeling very hungry…

Brunswick Eastery.Bar.Terrace

Brunswick Eatery.Bar.Terrace in Dubai

Brunswick Eatery.Bar.Terrace in Dubai


Tucked away inside the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, this crowd-pleasing spot ticks all the right boxes for a casual feast with family or friends. 
The industrial-chic setting, seasonal fuss-free menu and live streaming of the biggest sports games have helped make this one of the most popular spots in town. After a recent revamp, there are now three different dynamics within the space – a cocktail bar, a main dining area and a pretty plant-filled terrace. 
We highly recommend ordering one of their delicious burgers, made using organic Australian minced beef. The Shopshire blue burger is guaranteed to impress, but our personal bun of choice is the excellent triple cream brie burger. 
Veggies are also catered for with a crispy grain burger that comes with a mix of Puy lentils, quinoa, mushrooms and buckwheat, topped with purple cabbage and vegan mayo – yum. 


Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai


Located inside City Centre Mirdif, GBK is a long-standing favourite among die-hard burger fans. 
The perfect pitstop for a speedy pre- or post-cinema bite, the grub is cooked and served quickly but is by no means fast food as you may know it. All dishes are crafted using top-notch ingredients, including 100% prime Australian Angus beef and farm fresh veggies. 
A few must-try buns include the hot smoked BBQ, the wagyu cheese with beef bacon (those with an appetite can make it a double-patty) or the trio of mini burgers if you fancy sampling three different varieties. Other menu highlights include the tasty Cajun chicken and lamb burgers.

T.G.I. Fridays

A family friendly meal choice at T.G.I. Fridays in the Middle East

T.G.I. Fridays is a delicious choice for the whole family   


One of the best places to eat out with kids, T.G.I. Fridays is a top pick for a family-friendly feast. The relaxed eatery has several outposts located across the region, including Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Deira and City Centre Bahrain.
The cowboy triple meat is the real deal when it comes to big burgers, and will arrive to your table topped with tender pieces of BBQ beef rib meat, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, melted cheddar cheese, roasted beef bacon, horseradish sauce and crispy frizzled onions. It’s well worth the meat sweats you’ll experience after munching your way through this colossal bun!

If you can’t decide between a plate of eggs or a bun, go for a dish that combines the two – the hangover burger. As the name suggests, it’s the ideal meal after a big one the night before.

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August 2018

The Best Restaurants in the Middle East for a Date Night

Win major brownie points by booking one of these romantic spots.

The most romantic restaurants in the Middle East

The most romantic restaurants in the Middle East


From rooftop cocktails to a Parisian-boudoir inspired lounge, these standout venues will set the tone for a truly memorable date night with that someone special. 

Vantage Lounge 

Rooftop views at Vantage Lounge in Dubai

Rooftop views at Vantage Lounge in Dubai 


Vantage is an all-round winner if you’re looking to seriously impress the loved one in your life. Found on the 5th floor of Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, the lounge and restaurant is the ideal spot to unwind under the stars with your other half. 

A night here includes hand-shaken specialty cocktails, gastropub bites and rooftop views of Dubai’s skyline.


Delicious cocktails at Boudoir bar and lounge in Bahrain

Cocktails in a glamorous setting at Boudoir bar and lounge in Bahrain 


Tucked away inside The Westin Bahrain City Centre, one of the leading hotels in Bahrain, Boudoir is an intimate venue serving up expert cocktails along with the finest cigars. The opulent interiors lend a Parisian vibe to the intimate space, with Art Deco-inspired curved ceilings, velvet banquet booths, black mirrored walls and ornate chandeliers. 

Once you’ve wet your whistle, head for a bite at Furn Bistro & Bakery next door for an authentic taste of Khaleeji cuisine. If you fancy something sweet to cap off the night, we can vouch for the mouthwatering pistachio katayef. 

Medley Restaurant

One of the best buffets in Dubai at Medley Restaurant

One of the best buffets in Dubai at Medley Restaurant


With its sprawling buffet selection of delicious dishes, Medley Restaurant caters for even the fussiest eaters (so you can avoid any awkward menu moments).

Situated inside Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, the relaxed eatery serves up an international selection of pasta, meats, seafood platters, salads, sandwiches and so much more, whipped up at live cooking stations where you can pile your plate high with whatever your heart desires. 


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June 2018

The Top Iftars and Suhoors to Try In Dubai Malls and Bahrain

Must-try feasts to break your fast during Ramadan this year.

The best Iftars for Ramadan 2018 UAE

The best Iftars for Ramadan 2018


With Ramadan in full swing, we’ve scoped out the best restaurants in Dubai and across the Middle East to find the perfect place to break your fast. 
A particular time for prayer, reflection and family, fasting is an essential part of the Holy Month and one of the five pillars of Islam. 
Here, we round up the ultimate spots to feast with family and friends during Ramadan. 


Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Olea Restaurant UAE

Olea Restaurant in Dubai 


Come sunset and Olea Restaurant puts on an elaborate buffet filled with a wide selection of Levantine classics, such as lamb okra, chicken maqlooba and shrimp mutaffa, plus plenty of delicious mezze favourites. 
Those dining with a big family or group can book a private Iftar experience held in one of the luxurious Aspen chalets with a chef, for AED650 per person.
Olea also hosts a daily Suhoor from 10 pm, which includes a set menu of Arabic salads, hummus, mezze and other tasty bites, along with live tunes from an oud player and shisha on the terrace. 

The details: Olea Restaurant, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, daily Iftar, from sunset to 9 pm, AED210; Suhoor from 10 pm to 2.30 am, AED90 per person. For reservations call +971 4341 0000.

The Westin Bahrain City Centre 

Furn Bistro & Bakery serves the best Iftar

Furn Bistro & Bakery in Bahrain


Looking for a family-friendly Iftar in Bahrain to suit all taste buds? Furn Bistro & Bakery is guaranteed to satisfy all of your culinary cravings. Located inside The Westin Bahrain City Centre, one of the leading hotels in Bahrain, the generous buffet spread includes a massive offering of Arabian dishes (think mezzes, mixed grills, salads and much more), in addition to a selection of international cooking stations serving pasta and seafood. 

The details: Furn Bistro & Bakery, The Westin Bahrain City Centre, daily Iftar, from sunset to 8.30 pm, 18BHD per adult and 9BHD for children. For reservations call +973 1717 1000

Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre 

Medley restaurant in UAE

Medley restaurant in Dubai


Head to Medley restaurant after sunset where Iftar features a sprawling Arabic and Moroccan-themed buffet with live cooking stations whipping up a never- ending array of fresh mezzes, chicken tagine, shawarmas, couscous, kebabs and so much more. 
The restaurant’s Suhoor is ideal for night owls with a light buffet spread and refreshments on offer late into the night. 

The details: Medley restaurant, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, daily Iftar, from sunset to 11 pm, 189AED for adults and AED49 for children; Suhoor from 1 am to 3 am, AED79 per person. For reservations call +971 4603 8201.

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April 2018

Foodie Edit: 3 Of The Best Pizza Places In The Middle East

These foodie spots challenge Italy in the pizza stakes.

Get the best pizza in Dubai

Where to get the best pizza in the Middle East


Whether you’re partial to a deep pan, Roman-style squares or you’re a loyal thin and crispy fan, most of us can I agree on one thing – a mutual love for pizza.

One of Italy’s most famous foodie exports, the humble pie’s roots date back to 1889 when the first pizza is said to have been made to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Consisting of baked dough garnished with tomatoes and basil to represent the colours of the Italian flag, this foodie favourite has undoubtedly come a long way since with limitless options.

From stuffed crusts filled with melted cheese to gluten-free bases and a seemingly never-ending variety of toppings, we have tried them all to report back on the top three places for pizza fans to try across the Middle East. 

California Pizza Kitchen 

Serving up some of the tastiest slices in town, California Pizza Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif is a relaxed spot for all to enjoy and one of the best restaurants in Dubai to take your children.

The casual eatery is well loved for its classic Margherita (take your pick from either hand-tossed original crust or thin and crispy), but delve further into the vast menu and try the spicy chipotle chicken and fire-roasted vegetable options.

The tastiest California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai

California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai


800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai

Whipped up fresh using high-quality ingredients shipped straight from Naples, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is one of the best places to grab an authentic slice of pie. 

Build your pizza from an extensive selection of toppings (think rosemary turkey and smoked provolone) or opt for baked pasta, burratas, salads or grilled meat mains. We’ve chomped our way through the entire menu, and we’re delighted customers!

Find 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza located in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Me'aisem.

Eat 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Dubai

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai in Mall of the Emirates


Pizza Hut

You just cannot go wrong with a round of pizzas at this ultimate cheat-day foodie spot. We are long-time lovers of the too-tasty-to-resist super supreme pizza – an indulgent doughy bite loaded with toppings and stuffed with a melted cheese crust. 

Pizza Hut is located in Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Deira, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

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February 2018

You Need To Try These Trending Foodie Favourites In Dubai

There’s a reason these favourite dishes are Insta-famous.

The best restaurants in Dubai

The best restaurants in Dubai


Thirty years ago there was just a handful of restaurants in Dubai. Fast-forward to 2018 and the culinary options are now endless and challenge any other major city on the foodie front.

We have taken on the task of working our way through all the best restaurants in Dubai to report back on the current top three meals you must try immediately. 

If you’re not hungry right now, you definitely will be after reading this.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung in Dubai

Din Tai Fung at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


One of Taiwan’s most famous restaurant chains, Din Tai Fung can now be found in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. There is a reason it was ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times – it does the most delicious dumplings we have ever tried. Also known for their out-of-this-world wontons and chow mein, a meal here will be one to remember. 

Menu must-try: Their famous XiaoLongBao, a chicken and crab dumpling. 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai

Gourmet Burger Kitchen at City Centre Mirdif, Dubai


Sometimes we all need to sit down and devour a well-earned cheat meal. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect feast-day meal, look no further than Gourmet Burger Kitchen in City Centre Mirdif. This foodie chain serves uploaded buns filled with top-quality meat and fresh toppings. GBK also offers plenty of tasty side dishes and appetisers, including halloumi bites, hot wings and chargrilled chicken skewers. 

Menu must-try: You cannot go wrong with the Jalapeno Overload Burger – it will be well worth every single minute spent working it off on the treadmill. 


Tribes restaurant in Dubai

Tribes restaurant at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


Tribes in Mall of the Emirates has become a firm favourite on the UAE foodie map. Expect exotic flavours and super fresh ingredients in the form of lavish meaty platters, fish skewers and curries. The African-themed restaurant also serves up yummy salads and sandwiches if you fancy a lighter bite.

Menu must-try: Do not leave without sampling the beef ribs. 


Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Dubai

Texas Roadhouse restaurant at City Centre Deira, Dubai


Expect all your meaty favourites at Texas Roadhouse in City Centre Deira. This child-friendly eatery offers up plates piled high with hand-cut steaks, juicy rib racks, oven roasted chicken and grilled shrimp. The casual Western-themed atmosphere combined with the mouth-watering BBQ dishes make this a real crowd-pleaser for the whole family. 

Menu must-try: The grilled to perfection New York Strip steak.


September 2017

Top 3 Kid-Friendly Places in Dubai

The little ones will love eating out at these fun and tasty venues.

The best restaurants for children

From Neapolitan-style pizzas to all-you-can-eat stacks of pancakes, we reveal the very best places to fill up hungry bellies at malls across Dubai and the wider Middle East.

Whether you’re looking for a quick pit stop to grab a bite on the go or a sit-down feast with the whole family, these venues offer something to suit all occasions and taste buds.

Bon appetite!

The Cheesecake Factory

This popular American important attracts the masses, and for good reason – The Cheesecake Factory Dubai’s menu is vast, as is the restaurant space, which overlooks the snowy slopes of Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates. Despite the sprawling size, the décor is warm and cosy with big banquet booths, amber lighting and more than enough seating options to suit your group.

Foodie highlights (and be prepared as portions are huge) include the spicy buffalo chicken bites, crispy crab wontons, California guacamole salad, and famous factory salad, while the little ones will love the roadside sliders and mini corn dogs from the children’s menu.

There is also a glass display cabinet by the entrance displaying a seemingly never-ending array of specialty cheesecakes, so don’t even think about not sneaking in a slice – it will be well worth the calories.

The Cheesecake Factory is located at Mall of the Emirates.
The Cheesecake Factory at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai

As the name would suggest the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is THE place to get a great stack of pancakes. Aside from golden pancakes topped with everything from blueberry compote to white chocolate chips, the casual eatery also serves up a broad selection of breakfast bites, juicy burgers, melted sandwiches and quesadillas. If you fancy taking the healthier route, opt for one of the fresh salads loaded with greens, grilled lean meats or the soup of the day.

While the menu is already super child-friendly, there is also a specialised kiddie section with create-a-face pancakes, mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken strips.

IHOP is located at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Bahrain.

IHOP serves some of the best pancakes in Dubai and Bahrain

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Chow down on some of the best slices in town at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Dubai. Soft, chewy and perfectly topped, the pizzas are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Take your pick from three different bases (thin crust, gluten-free or our pick – original Neapolitan) and load up the fresh ingredients, which includes beef carpaccio, classic pepperoni, gourmet ricotta, and over 20 different types of veggies.

You’ll also find plenty of other options aside from cheesy pies, such as tomato and pesto burrata, homemade pasta and lamb shank.

Kids’ meal deals ring in at just AED35 and include a choice of margarita pizza, creamy penne pasta or tomato spaghetti wash down with fresh orange juice and scoop of gelato to finish the feast.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is located at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Me’aisem, and City Centre Deira.

A kids’ meal at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

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