TOM&SERG – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I have tried Tom&Serg for multiple occasions.. Whether it was breakfast, lunch, coffee break or early dinner and I must say I was never disappointed. This post will be about the breakfast dishes I have tried. The waiting time for the food was between 5 – 10 minutes which is fast for the beautiful flavorful dishes they serve. The menu is just a single back to back menu, short and simple. The menu includes AM food, PM food, ALL day, desserts, coffee and milkshakes. A bottle of complimentary water is given each time. The atmosphere is casual, hip and contemparory. The waiters/resses are very friendly.

Here is what we ordered:

– Flat white ( 17 DHS ) :
Just what you would expect with any good flat white. No complaints.
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– Salted Caramel milkshake ( 23 DHS ) :
Which from the name you would think it would be heavy for breakfast but nope! It was light and enjoyable.
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– Shakshouka baked eggs ( 41 DHS ) :
Melted tomatoes, mozzarella, chilli, cumin, dukkah, toasted surdough. Comes with two slices of brown bread. I would recommend this if you want to try a breakfast dish at Tom&Serg.
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– Baghdad scramble ( 51 DHS ) :
Spicy lamb sausage, minted labneh, cauliflower florets, pine nuts, raisins, hummous, paratha.
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– Details
Website : http://www.tomandserg.com
Location : Al-Joud centre, Alquoz, near Ace Hardware on Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours : Weekdays ( 8.00AM – 4.00PM ) Weekends ( 8.00AM – 5.00PM)

HAPPY TASTING.
Alia x

ECLAIR – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Jumeira Lake Towers offers a variety of new cafés, patisseries, restaurants and many more start up companies! I really just want to spend a month there to try out all the new things!

Here is one of the new patisserie dedicated entirely to éclairs! The éclairs are high quality with fresh & fine ingredients. Though they need to be consumed in the next 24 hours after purchase to enjoy it (suggested by them) !

These mini éclairs are the perfect size for fancy gatherings or casual meetups with friends ! They are creamy and soft. Éclair offer 12 different flavors ranging from milk chocolate and passion fruit to Japanese green matcha tea.

Price: Each mini éclair is for 8.50 DHS while the regular is for 19 DHS.

Here is the box that we bought:
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Size of éclair:
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Inside of éclair:
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Details:
Location: Lake Shore Towers, Cluster Y, JLT, Dubai
Instagram: eclairium
Twitter: @eclairtweet
Phone Number: 04 – 4279901
Website: http://www.eclair.ae

HAPPY TASTING.
Alia x

KRUSH BURGER – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I think I am the last person in Dubai to try Krush Burger!

This joint has a short menu with 4 burger choices, french fries or sweet potato tots, milkshakes and soft drinks. You could order the two mini burgers as a combo with a side (46 DHS). And you can refill your soft drinks. The bill came out to be 104 DHS (for 2 people).

This was our meal, they would put everything in a tray but it looked SO good.
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French Fries & Sweet Potato Tots :
The french fries was crispy from the outside but soft from the inside, just how I like them! The sweet potato tots was something different than the usual. But I am not sure how well it goes with the burgers. Would definitely go for french fries only next time!
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Original & Philly :
The original consisted of grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, american cheese & house sauce. The Philly consisted of grilled mushrooms and onions, aged provolone, & red pepper aioli.
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Buffalo Chicken & Cowbell :
The Buffalo Chicken was by far my favorite. If you enjoy something spicy then this is the burger for you. Cowbell had beef bacon, crispy onions, smoked gouda & BBQ sauce.
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Personally, I would recommend a person to try the Buffalo Chicken & Cowbell with french fries. Things might get messy because their burgers are saucy.

Details :
Opening Hours : Sun-Sat 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Location : Between Murooj Rotana and Cafe2go, financial centre road.
Telephone : 04 388 77 44
Website : http://www.krushburger.com

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

SMASH BURGER – KSA

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Burger joints are popping out all around ! I for one judge a burger place by the quality of their bread, chicken/meat and fries! I tried this place called Smash Burger that opened up in Saudi Arabia. The bread was really good. The burgers were not heavy at all, and you can finish a whole burger without feeling bloated. The ingredients were fresh. You had to order everything individually.

Here is what we had:
(SR = Saudi Reyal)

SAUDI SMASH CHICKEN (32 SR)
This burger includes chedder cheese, tomato, red onion, leaf lettuce, pickles and garlic sauce on egg bread.
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CLASSIC W/ CHEESE ( 28 SR )
This burger includes american cheese, ketchup, leaf lettuce, tomato slices, red onion, pickles and smash sauce on egg bun.
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BBQ, CRISPY BEEF, CHEDDAR ( 32 SR )
This burger includes bbq sauce, crispy beef, cheddar cheese and haystack onions on egg bun.
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SWEET POTATO SMASHFRIES ( 10 SR )
Which was deep fried (defies the reason why people order it in the first place!) But was good!
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Details
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smashburger-Saudi-Arabia

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

CHIKALICIOUS – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Today I visited the newly opened! Award winning! Dessert club! All the way from New York! In Dubai! EXCUSE THE SUGAR RUSH. After the waiter/ress hands you the menu, you are then greeted by Chef David, which may I add is the nicest and funniest Chef I have ever met! Just one of those people you instantly love.

ChikaLicious is located in The Village Mall at Jumeirah Road. They offer a variety of cakes, e-clairs, doughssants, cookies and many more. You can choose to experience to sample three desserts at The Dessert Bar. Here is what I ordered:

– Orea Doughssant (25 AED):
Surrounded by sugar and a crunchy croissant from the outside, as soon as you break in oreo mousse is squeezed out.
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– Vanilla Milk Crepe Cake (35 AED):
This cake is not as heavy as it looks. It was really light and soft. It delivers exactly what you expect when you see it.
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– Rose Doughssant (25 AED):
Save the best for last! Just so good… Might look “average” but as soon as you break in the doughssant, its like a waterfall! It just oozes out custard goodness!
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This place is A MUST visit if you want to be served some heavenly desserts!

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

A DAY IN KUWAIT

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I thought it would be a good idea to do a post about restaurants a person should visit if they had “one day” to spend in a country. Kuwait is the first of this kind of a series. Kuwait offers a variety of options to explore. This post would include a place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For breakfast we visited a place called “Cocoa Room” which will soon be opened in Dubai (The Galleria). Be careful because it is only open from 8AM to 12PM.

– Caramelized Hot Chocolate with lots and lots of marshmallow:
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– Banoffee pancake with vanilla ice-cream:
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– Oreo pancake with chocolate ice-cream:
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For lunch we visited “Pizzetta” which is located next to Cocoa Room. They offer unique types of pizza that you would not find anywhere! We were seated outside while it was nice and sunny.

– Burratta (4.500 KD):
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– Mexicano Pizza (4.500 KD):
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– Cheese Burger Pizza (5.950 KD):
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For dinner we headed over 360 Mall and ate in “B+F Open Fire Grill”. As you enter the restaurant, it is dark with loud music. Since we were a very big group, we were seated in a place that is almost covered. You are then greeted with a complimentary drink (apple juice) and menu.

– Tokyo Salad (4 KD):
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– Black Pepper Tenderloin Lollipops (4.5 KD):
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– Roma (9 KD):
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– Choco Berry Volcano (4 KD):
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HAPPY TASTING.
Alia x

SMILING BKK – DUBAI

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One of the famous affordable Thai restaurants in Dubai. Known for its funny menu, unique atmosphere and good food! Smiling BKK is definitely one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Dubai.

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When entering the restaurant the only thing you wanted to do is just look around. There are so many things hung on the wall, mostly funny Mona Lisa portraits! As soon as you enter you are greeted and given the HUGE menu with a toy gun. YES A TOY GUN. This toy gun is used to call your waiter/ress so you do not look stupid just raising your hand and no one is looking at you. Everyone hates just waving at a waiter/ress and them not looking at you. The restaurant is fairly darker than any usual restaurant.

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Here are pictures of the variety of the things we ordered, that I would also recommend you trying. You can choose the “percentage” of how spicy you would like your food to be. We usually say “50%”. The bill came out to be 225 Dirhams.

– Som Tum on the right, Laab Gai / Nuea on the left.
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– Nuea Yang
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– Chicken Green Curry with jasmine rice
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– Pad Si Ew (Seafood)
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– Mango with coconut sticky rice
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Why we keep going back? The food is authentic Thai food that is very flavorful and cooked well! I never went there and was disappointed by the food or the service.

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

ASHUK ICE CREAM – RAK

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What other great way to beat the summer heat here in the UAE other than some ice cream. I have heard A LOT about this place in Ras Al Khaimah called Ashuk Ice Cream. Since as a family we had a weekend getaway their, we decided that we would not get a better opportunity to try this ice cream.
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I think I was too excited and in the beginning had a full spoon which of course led to a very bad brain freeze! Eeekk … Anyways after awhile, eating more and more I started to realize how unique that ice cream was! It was the perfect combination of ingredients: vanilla, mango, pineapple, pistachio, pomegranate and more! I do not know how the person that invented this ice cream made it work but it did! It is not like anything else I have tried … Every spoon consisted of soft texture from the ice-cream and crunchy parts by the pistachios etc …

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I finished the medium cup all by myself, but there was enough for two to share. There was three different sizes and the prices ranged from 6/8/10 dirhams. Personally, I would not go from Dubai to RAK for an ice cream because it is way too far for my liking ! But if I ever go back for a little getaway I would definitely revisit the place. I would recommend anyone around that area to give it a go.

HAPPY TASTING.

Alia x

TOP 3 FLAT WHITES IN DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

As we all know, the world we live in has been OBSESSED lately with coffee. COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. It seems like some of us can not function without our daily dose of coffee. And who can blame us? I mean have you tried it? IT IS DELICIOUS. Oh the things it does to you! Let alone the beautiful coffee art that is made when you order a coffee.

In this post, I would like to share with you some of my favorite places to get my daily dose of flat whites. And ( ان شاء الله ) if it becomes a success, I will share more places that serve good flat whites. Because who can have enough? Am I Right? Right? RIGHT?

Let us get started with a place I recently visited.

CAFE RIDER

This flat white was from a new cafe located in Umm Suqeim Road. Cafe Rider had a unique atmosphere and concept. You are surrounded by motorcycles while enjoying your cup of flat white.

Find Cafe Rider:
– Instagram : @caferiderme
– Website : www. cafe-rider.com

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RAW COFFEE COMPANY

Who would not want to try the flat white at one of main coffee distributors? If you want to try one good flat white, this place should be it. I mean, if they roast their own organic coffee! The owners are just the loveliest people you’ll meet. They are located in Al Qouz.

Find Raw Coffee Company:
– Instagram : @RawCoffeeCompany
– Website: http://www.rawcoffeecompany.com

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SPILL THE BEAN

If you are in the mood for a quiet place that looks out on Jumeira Road, with couches and chairs then Spill The Bean is definitely for you. The few times I have visited this place, it had a couple of customers but was very quiet and relaxing. You can find it in Sunset Mall.

Find Spill The Bean:

– Instagram : @SpillTheBeanCoffee

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I hope you have enjoyed this post and found it useful.

HAPPY SIPPING.

Alia x

FOOD IN AND AROUND DUBAI

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LET US DIVE RIGHT IN

I am a 23 year old female Emirati that LOVES checking out new restaurants/cafe in and around Dubai. With the many different places I have been visiting recently I thought to myself “HEY! Why not make a blog and share my experience with everyone?!?!?!” …

As we all might have been witnessing or heard, Dubai is quickly growing into becoming one of the busiest cities ! (الحمدلله) And if you haven’t heard that yet then here I am to inform you ! Trust me …… With so many different restaurants opening in malls, streets, hotels etc, it is hard to keep up ! Everyday something pops up around the corner and you are not sure whether to give up and join the hype of trying out “THE BEST NEW COFFEE SHOP” or “DESSERTS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER TASTED BEFORE” or just stick to what you are familiar with.

What I hope to accomplish in this blog is to help anyone trying to find either a new or an old place that they have not tried yet .. Even to remind them perhaps of a place that they have forgotten about. Whether this person lives in Dubai, is visiting it soon or is just even interested in knowing about the different types of cuisines that Dubai has to offer.

HAPPY TASTING.
Alia x