The latest on Dubai's Dining Scene
Radio Show February 21st 2017 New LOCAL FLAVOURS this month
FAB NEW BREAKFAST AT FARZI
Farzi Cafe in City Walk is now serving Portobello Poha! A traditional, lightly spiced flaked rice dish very commonly had at breakfast time! Just one of the items from it's new breakfast menu, just introduced 2 weeks ago. Great vibe, cool, relaxed and contemporary mix of Indian fusion, but this dish was exactly as you'd find in any Indian home! Farzi really is fab! Try Farzi's French Toast, but you must like Nutella!
TRUMP GOLF COURSE NOW OPEN BUT WHATS THE FOOD LIKE
We tried the food at one of the 6 dining spots at the new Trump International golf course in Damac Hills near the Arabian Ranches last week. We ate at the Members Bar, open to all after 6pm and quite liked the Mediterranean/Italian food on offer, stylish crockery and general set up . Try the parmigiana or the very good tortellini "plin" style with burrata cheese and artichokes. AED 95 but I think we got a smaller portion as it was a tasting menu. The club has a very impressive entrance, more like a luxury boutique hotel, when you eventually find the place. Definitely worth having a coffee and maybe some breakfast one morning to take in the views and to check out the spaces. I'd like the sound of the infinity pool overlooking the golf course, where you can also order snacks. Open to the public from Sunday 19th February, cappucinos only AED 18.
KOSHARI IS COOL BUT WHERE DID THE WORD COME FROM
I had no idea how popular Koshari was here in Dubai! Koshari Point is serving Koshari in a new way with it's addition of butter chicken! So a real fusion of flavours going on here. Koshari comes from the word Kicheree which is a blend of rice and lentils cooked together. The British brought it with them to Egypt from India, the Italians added pasta and Koshari was born! Koshari Point in al Barsha is one of those hidden gems serving contemporary Egyptian street food. They've very recently added the butter chicken and labneh to their Koshari. And it's cheap as chips only better for you. Here's Mustafa, one of the owner's of Koshari Point telling us a bit more about how it came about and butter chicken koshari.
TASTY TUSCAN BY THE TURTLE LAGOON WHATS IT LIKE
Italian food in a modern, but comfortable setting by the turtle lagoon. Those window tables will be hugely popular. A nice buzz on a Thursday lunchtime despite the weather, try the artichoke salad and fried calamari to start with. Then maybe a pasta, we liked the lamb shank sauce on a spinach pasta. Excellent creme brulee, full of vanilla pods then just a short walk away from the beach side at the Burj al Arab for more pictures, set in the very new Al Naseem hotel between the Mina A Salam and the Burj Al Arab Il Borro Tuscan Bistro from Tuscany. We spoke about this one on last week's Food News and Reviews February 7th 2017 AED 65 for a calamari and prawn starter, AED 115 for my pumpkin tortellini with truffles. But the Margherita pizza is only AED 50!
STYLISH SIKKA NOW AT CITY WALK
This is definitely one for bringing visitors to as it's draws on the heritage of what the UAE is all about. Opened in the very modern City Walk area of Dubai, the very stylish Sikka Cafe serves food from a mix of Emirati, Indian and Iranian cuisines, and a few bits of fusion too! I loved the vibe here, the design of the interiors, the floor tiles, it has a real identity and there's always something to look at. Brownie points for serving real sugar cubes too! Choose between Karak Chai or a decaff cappucino, but do try the labneh cheesecake. I also recommend the halloumi sandwiches too. I'll be back to try the breakfast here. But perhaps head to Ostadi for more authentic biriyani...