SMK (Smoked Meat Kitchen – La Mer Dubai

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SMK (Smoked Meat Kitchen) recently opened its doors for those very fond of eating meat with a distinction in cooking style. At Jumeirah’s La Mer this month, this beach-side dining destination features a menu of smoked meat, created by UK Smoke Master, Luke Tully. From ribs to brisket, using the very best halal certified beef in the market.
This destination La Mer has a distinction when it comes to leisure attractions, integrated outdoor living environment and engaging beach activities, and above all food outlets.

We enjoyed our delicious menu sitting by the beach side & views of festive La Mer. My glass of Bluberry drink was a great delight on that sunny but breezy afternoon. So was the Orange & Mango drink , enjoyed sipping the mix fruity flavors and as you pair it with Brisket BBQ chips topped with ja;apenos, red chillies & delightful sauce.


SMK serves up slow-cooked meat smoked over English oak and topped off with homemade rubs to season the cuts. The cooking process is by smoking, rather than direct grilling, which allows the meat to become tender and succulent.

Smoked Brisket Bun/ Red Pickled Chilli & SMK BBQ Sauce …… The signature dish from SMK is their star item …… the Brisket Bun, served with pickled red chilli, which adds a fruity heat to the tender brisket, served in a specially baked bun, while those that prefer a little more meat, can opt for the dry aged beef ribs, topped off with pickled red chilli.
Well I had the most indulging time while sinking my teeth into those meat bites, reminds me of our special Occasion Eid Al Adha, the three days Religious festival & feast each year & we enjoy a lot of meat dishes. So those of you who are very fond of meat bites with fats intact and shreds of juicy , tastier & rich stuffings of meat in a bun, then this is the place for you .

Smoked Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip …… very well immersed in flavors and all thumbs up for these wings, I personally do not like BBQ flavor, but these chicken wings are not the ones done typically by coating it all over with the sauce. My experience …. The wings are perfectly prepared & bites are worth trying!

Smoked Chicken Bun ….. this is another item in their brief menu card, but all what is served is cooked to perfection.
The space at La Mer will has an inviting outdoor seating area, through a smart and simple design space, taking elements of the smoker train as its influence. The natural and minimal interior allows the food to take centre stage, while furnishings are simplistic and urban in look and feel.

The uncomplicated menu prices start from AED 35, for BBQ glazed smoked chicken wings with a blue cheese dip and just AED 90 for a smoked beef rib with celery coleslaw. Smoked Brisket Bun is AED 50.
SMK Dubai is open seven days a week from 12pm to 12am. Reservations are not required, and diners can enquire about SMK’s Cater and Carve concept for home entertainment by contacting or calling 050 7032915.

PULLMAN Partners with pret a cover™ buyers lane LAUNCHed “ARTIST PLAYGROUND” REAFFIRMing its’ COMMITMENT TO the ARTs

Pullman, the in-style upper upscale brand of AccorHotels, reaffirms its commitment to the arts with the launch of Artist Playground galleries in partnership with Islamic Fashion & Design Council (IFDC) in an official launch of the week-long event until April 2nd, 2018 at Pret A Cover Buyers Lane, City Walk, Dubai.

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Pullman, in support of the global art and design community, raises its commitment to the arts through their own galleries called Artist Playground in collaboration with IFDC, the world’s leading modest fashion and arts organization. Unique art galleries built in the hotel lobbies allow art enthusiasts to enjoy daily social connections as the new galleries promise a creative calendar filled with exhibits, showcase series, and intriguing guest appearances. This is also designed to yield strong business development opportunities for the diverse creative talent which is growing in the Middle East region. This creative initiative accurately and consistently reflects the world of the Pullman brand and its “Our World is your Playground” philosophy.

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The hotel group’s event partnership with Pret-A-Cover™ Buyers Lane brings new possibilities to artists who were selected to showcase at the event’s official launch of the galleries as well as a replication of the galleries within the hotel lobbies. These installations  has drawn the interests of creatives, art enthusiasts and aficionado’s as a prelude to the exciting opportunities which  continues through this unique ongoing initiative.

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“The partnership with IFDC is meaningful in that we are jointly focused on the development and success of creative talent. Artist Playground will be positioned as a special set of galleries where progress will be defined by effective strategies and immersive showcases. The innovative vision shared with IFDC and reflected in the upcoming revolutionary Pret-A-Cover™ Buyers Lane event is the direction we hope to inspire in all”, said Lilian Roten, Vice President, Brand Management, Pullman.

“We are proud of the role we play in the Artists Playground partnership, which spans to a few areas, and includes seeking and nurturing design talent from the region, who we will invest in to develop greater opportunities for. This applies to artists and extends to designers, who we believe can work closely with artists to develop powerful creative work which we can support in positioning with effective business outcomes”, said Alia Khan, Chairwoman of IFDC.

Stradivarius relocates its boutique in Dubai Mall

Spanish apparel and accessories label shifts its flagship store in Dubai Mall

Instantly recognizable for its iconic treble clef logo, the brand Stradivarius  expands  into a more spacious boutique within The Dubai Mall.


Stradivarius’ impact goes above and beyond the closet. On a mission to empower women using the universal language of fashion, it caters to a wide range of aesthetics – making sure every outfit sings your personal brand loud and proud.


The 25-year-old brand has evolved over the decades and now caters to a modern millennial demographic. Its designs pay homage to a stylish blend of progressive design and vintage nostalgia. Serving up fresh and fashionable pieces, Stradivarius’ products are always on trend with an ethereal touch of fantasy.

Its racks boast bursts of vibrance, quirk, and personality. Stradivarius’ pieces are tailored to complement each other, making it the go-to destination for anything from a monthly wardrobe refresh to a last-minute ensemble hunt.


With the aim of maintaining its unique essence, this new image has been achieved by the presence of materials such as natural wood in contrast with white and cement elements. Vegetation and light become very important in this new concept, as it gives a feeling of freshness, clarity and dynamism. The LED illumination follows the eco-efficient criteria of the group.

Currently promoting its spring collection SS18 – indulge in a striking array of floral themes, avant-garde designs, and retro numbers. Stradivarius’ outlet in Dubai Mall will be the brand’s flagship store in the UAE, spanning a spacious 4500 square feet.




Dillicious – Al Karama, Dubai

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I recently tried another new restaurant serving North Indian Cuisine. Although not from India, but UAE’s food market has made it possible for all of us to enjoy flavors from different parts of the world. You can have any cuisine on your table if you are in UAE.

With traditional décor & music , this newly opened restaurant in Karama is gaining popularity for its authentic dishes. Indulge in spicy , tangy chutneys, chaats, tikkas, curries, biryani a lot of vegetarian & non veg options and enjoy while listening to Punjabi tunes. The interesting décor is surely to take you back to the streets back home.


We were well attended by the hospitable staff , a small serving of Papad Chat with two kind s of chutneys was served, while our order was getting ready.

Our drinks were amazing refreshing blends of fresh fruits, Strawberry Mojito & Pineapple Orange Greentini. Freshly sliced fruits inside the drinks & combinations were perfect!

In starters we had the mouthwatering serving of Dahi Papdi Chaat. Fresh ingredients, papdi, heavily drizzled with yogurt, chutneys, freshly chopped tomatoes, onions & garnished with coriander.

Murgh Lasooni Kebab ..…. this sizzling hot platter of boneless chicken pieces was great. Do ask for this dish.


Nalli Gosht …… enjoyed this lamb in thick gravy and special spices alongwith hot freshly made tandoori rotis.
Nizami Gosht Biryani …… served in clay pots soft well immersed flavors ,juicy lamb & as you tear open the bread dough covering the aroma delights your senses.


Desserst: where they have mastered in serving authentic dishes so is the case in desserts here …… the scrummy treat to end up our dinner was the special Mango Kulfi, do try this as well to enjoy pure mango chunks & kulfi bites.


Doner Deli Dubai Marina

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I have an earlier dining experience at Doner Deli, this time I got the chance to try their Marina outlet. With beautiful Marina views and walk way this small outlet attracts a good crowd, not only because of its ideal location but the richly stuffed flavorful doners, healthy salad bowls, drinks and delectable desserts are all not to be missed.

Their products as explained to us, are sourced directly from Germany to ensure the quality & to match with authentic German Doners. The menu has options for veg & non-veg.
Presently they are serving these delicious doners in four locations in Dubai, two in Abu Dhabi & one in KSA & with their future plans to spread it further.

Doner Salads…. They offer different flavors in salads like chicken, honey , Mediterranean spice & pomegranate. We opted for Pomegranate Salad …. A heaped bowl of healthy ingredients with a choice of veal , chicken or mixed doner, lettuce, red cabbage, white onion & fresh pomegranate with a drizzle of tangy pomegranate vinaigrette. We had it with mixed doner & enjoyed till the last bite.

Fiery Durum …. As I mentioned earlier about the new addition,the menu has the hot & spicy roll with chicken , sauces, & some Cheetos to add crunch. I am sure will be a great hit! We liked it too.

Classic Pita …. Again the same option goes for this, you can get it stuff with meat of your choice, we had it in veal, very soft delicious flakes of veal with red cabbage, fresh onion , lettuce & tomato, with garlic mayo, yogurt sauce & deli tomato.

Their Deli signature drinks include, Strawberry, Oreo & Mango shakes, refreshing drinks are Lemon Mint, Electric Green & Ayran. We enjoyed sipping on our selection of Lemon Mint.

Desserts….. The menu has Cheese, Cake, Choco Hazlenut Cake & Brownie Bites. We had soft & tasty mini squares of brownie.
They also offer home deliveries. And keep updating their menu as well, with the upcoming month of Holy Ramadan, they have a plan to offer Ramadan pack so finger crossed!!

Hook & Cook The Sustainable City Dubai

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Any development soon after its existence in UAE suddenly hypes & becomes a popular hub for shoppers & foodies. The Sustainable City situated on Al Qudra Road is also home to many eateries.
Last Friday, our visit to The Sustainable City made our day, we spent our lunch hours at one of the best seafood spots in UAE.
You need to try Hook & Cook for its most delectable seafood dishes, the skillful ideas & cooking techniques with emalgamation of flavors have been done in different recipes which has proved to be so successful & a hit amongst the myriad of customers. The expert behind the kitchen, the restaurant owner herself has made it possible to bring the most exceptional menu to satisfy the customers with multiple cultures in the region.

We were warmly welcomed and explained about the concept used in their recipes. At Hook & Cook, they create recipes by mixing different spices but at the same time keeping the flavors intact.
If you are looking for unique seafood dishes & best value for money, I would recommend to try their Salmon Lasagne, Fish Biryani , Crab Cakes , Cajun Garlic Shrimps & a lot more.

Below is the description of the dishes which all we tried.
The restaurant has been done with an interesting traditional décor. Keeping in mind the history of UAE which relates very much with fishing. The wooden boats and fishing concepts have been added in décor.

Mojitos: We really needed those refreshing mojitos on a warm sunny day , but it was a bit more interesting.
Sangria ……. this clear drink , sangria syrup was filled in with chopped fresh fruits, a dash of cinnamon & ginger ale.
Blue Mojito ….. mix of blue curacao ( non – alcoholic), lemon, mint leaves, lime soda.

Rocca Salad …. I enjoyed the combinations , this light & healthy bowl consists of rocca leaves, tomatoes, mushrooms, walnut, shaved parmesan in vinaigrette.

Starters :
Hook & Cook Sampler ….. you can have any three starters of your choice in one platter along with celery, carrots & dipping sauces.
We had Crab cakes, Fish Croquettes & Bang Bang Shrimps.
Crab Cakes taste amazing & make it more indulgent when you dip it in tartar sauce.
Fish Croquettes …. As I took a bite, it reminds me of Indian spices, so if you are a fan of Indian flavor you will like it.

Bang Bang Shrimps …. Some what similar to dynamite shrimps, crispy battered shrimps in a very delicious sauce. Great taste!

Mains: Seafood Fresh off the Hook
Salmon Lasagne …. Again salmon comes in a unique form, creamy lasagne with dill sauce, every bite is so delightful with flaky salmon layered in creamy lasagne.

Grilled Cajun & Garlic Shrimps …… Cajun spiced skewerd shrimps served with garlic butter sauce. All thumbs up, enjoyed the soft juicy skewers, do ask for this dish from the menu.

Fish Biryani … not at all like a typical biryani , but very delicious & mildly flavored rice and soft fish cubes.

Warm Apple Pie ….. cut open the warm , sweet & slightly sour very delightful apple pie, combine with the scoop of ice cream and voila!


Sticky Date Pudding with ice- cream ……. At such reasonable rates you get to try such mind -blowing desserts, yes, that’s true date pudding is at the top.

I will highly recommend all the above spread served to us, as I did not feel like getting my hands off from any of these items.

Domino’s Pizza opens its Flagship Store in Dubai Marina

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Domino’s Pizza, one of the most popular chains in the world, has recently opened its flagship store in Dubai Marina.
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The new store, located in a high visibility area buzzing with residents and tourists, is expected to cater to the demands of great tasting, high quality Pizzas in and around the Dubai Marina area.

The store is in close proximity to Dubai Marina metro station and has an outdoor seating. Domino’s Pizza is well known for its freshness and quality of the Pizza, in addition to offering best value. This was obvious while we were there for the launch event. The expert staff/chefs were seen busy preparing fresh hand tossed dough and deliver fresh product in front of customers. The process of layering the pizza with mouth-watering sauces, cheese & toppings is all done in front of you.

The staff with its vibrant serving styles & quick service is surely to entice a huge clientele in its area & beyond.

We had a great tasting session of Pizzas, & were offered almost all flavors. Some of those like Pepperoni, Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Legend, Hawaian, Tex-Mex etc. I am going to plan my next visit soon to try the juicy soft & flavorful pizzas and beautiful Marina views.

The flagship store features a refreshing design concept in the region, along with a unique theatre concept design to give customers a candid view of their orders being prepared. Every aspect of the store, including the interiors and colors is in line with a vibrant theme, complementing customers’ taste and preference.

Talking about the growth and expansion plans, Shobhit Tandon, Chief Operating Officer of Alamar Foods, which is the Master Franchisee of Domino’s Pizza in MENAP Region said: “Alamar foods is committed to bringing the best quality pizzas at great value to the region. We are looking to expand our existing presence to ensure that the people of UAE are never too far from a delightful experience.”
Well known for serving a wide range of supreme quality delicious pizzas, breads and chicken delights, Domino’s Pizza is certain to grow much faster by carving its place in the hearts of pizza lovers across the UAE.


Revolutionary Southeast Asian Omni-Channel Retailer, FashionValet Launches in the Middle East

FashionValet, one of the fastest growing online retailers in modest fashion from Southeast Asia, have expanded their extensive network of brands to the Middle East. With over 300 carefully curated fashion brands, FashionValet is dedicated to delivering exquisite and on-trend products to its customers all around the globe. Each week new styles go live ensuring great fashion is available to everyone. Now, with the much-awaited launch into the region, they are bringing these brands exclusively to the Middle East, with free delivery for customers in Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.


FashionValet is poised to offer the Middle Eastern market a whole new segment of creativity and fashion from this rapidly developing territory. Co-founded by one of Malaysia’s most prominent fashion icons and social media celebrity Vivy Yusof, FashionValet has grown their online presence across Southeast Asia with over 300 up-and-coming designers and local brands, all meticulously chosen and carefully selected to join the FashionValet modest movement.

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Their strength as the leading mid to premium platform showcases the very best of trending fashion from the Orient, bringing Middle Eastern consumers access to the overwhelming array of styles and exquisite products available from Asia right to their front door. As a premium platform that chooses not to rely heavily on discounts and promotions, a core aspect to the growth and success of FashionValet is their collaborative campaigns with social media influencers and other publicity Revolutionary Southeast Asian Omni-Channel Retailer, FashionValet Launches in the Middle East 2 partnerships with regional celebrities from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Previous celebrity collaborations include Nora Danish, Noor Neelofa and Scha Alyahya amongst many others and this model hopes to be replicated in the Middle Eastern market with local brands, influencers and the who’s who and game changers, recognised for their own creative vision within the region.

“We are so excited to be launching FashionValet in Dubai for the region, and to be bringing the wonderful talent of our local designers and brands to this region. We have many customers here and have always been strong admirers of the local fashion industry in the Middle East and have wanted to have a presence here for the longest time. We are so glad it’s being put into fruition and look forward to building relationships between FashionValet and the local fashion community,” says FashionValet Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Vivy Yusof.


FashionValet offers a wide range of ready-to-wear garments for women, from abayas to more contemporary/modern styles, as well as accessories, handbags and scarves from chic classics to edgy statement pieces. They also offer beauty, kidswear and menswear. Currently offering their service in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, their philosophy is hinged on having fun with fashion and creating a lifestyle of convenience by simplifying the shopping experience with a fresh new look and dedicated customer service team, available to offer support with online shopping dilemmas

The LuLu Food Expo 2018

The Food Expo 2018 – Taste the best of the World- is a group wide event dedicated to promoting the impressive range of high-quality food items from around the world. It also creates an engaging shopping experience for the customers, while continuing to provide shoppers with the most competitive prices in the store and online.


As part of the Food Expo 2018, several food-related competitions including Cookery Contests, Junior Chef Contests, Family Cooking, Salads & Sandwich, Cake Icing, Fruit & Veg Carvings & Potato Peeling, as well as live-cooking demonstrations, are being held in the stores.


During the Food Expo 2018 shoppers can win Gold, Range Rover, FJ cruisers, Quadbikes, Gift Vouchers and more. For Lulu fans on social media, there is a game which can be played by adults and children alike to win prizes.

Facts about LuLu Kitchen:

They prepare over 20 different types of world cuisines from many  countries of the world. And import different types of spices – nearly 40 – from all over the world to complement  in-house produced quality foods. The  menus at Lulu change daily from breakfast to lunch and evening dinner by offering over 30 varieties of dishes per setting.

The 20 different types of biryanis  goes up with promotions or festivals.  They sell over 700,000 Shawarmas’ a year in Dubai & over 100 types of salads, and over 500,000 kilos of fruits.





Facts about LuLu Meat Section

The meat is sourced from various countries around the world. Local meat, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Kenya, & Ethiopia. Most lamb, veal and beef are imported live processed locally in the slaughter houses certified by the Municipality.

The staff can help cutting the fresh meat in desired cuts on request- a free service.

All of the marinated lines  in the stores are produced by the staff in the stores with fresh ingredients from India and the UK.  Lulu produce their own burgers, sausage, kofta and kebabs within the stores giving  customers a great choice and value for money on these lines.


 Facts about LuLu Fish Section

Fresh fish is sourced from various parts of the world- Norway, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Kuwait and the UAE. They import smoked salmon from Norway and the UK again giving customers choice and variety whilst carrying out their daily, weekly or monthly shopping.

At Lulu, fish mongers are always there on hand to cut and clean the fresh fish. They can also give suggestions or ideas on which fish is best for their meal solution.


Facts about LuLu Bakery

Lulu import almost 100 different product ranges from various countries across the world, USA, UK, Spain, Italy, India, Canada France and the Philippine’s to sell in  bakeries in Dubai

Lulu offers many types of health-related ranges such as Organic and Vegan.

They make in house 60 specialty breads, 70 Arabic products and 21 specialist Filipino products. All  specialty bread, Arabic and French bread are vegan with no milk or eggs added so almost 100 breads fall into this category.




LuLu offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs of the consumers under one roof. Firmly following the tagline “LuLu, where the world comes to shop”, the Group has always tried to be a one stop shop for the multi-ethnic community of the region with an international mix of products as well as staff of different nationalities. The 500,000 plus shoppers who patronize LuLu daily are the true testament to the popularity of the LuLu brand.

In February 2017 Deloitte in Annual Global Retailers Report has ranked LuLu Group as the top retailer in the Middle East and 27th among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world.

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Sea Fu Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Dubai

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Four Seasons Resort, much sought after place in Jumeirah with variety of dining options, where restaurants offer different cuisines & visitors can enjoy beautiful sea views while they dine.

This is about Sea Fu restaurant where I visited earlier for an event. We had our lunch by the sea, as the restaurant has both indoor & outdoor seating. To approach the restaurant, as you walk through the pathways at Four Seasons the greenery, sea view and serenity is admirable.

For our lunch we had very delicious set menu.
Starters were Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab , Tuna Pizza with avocado & tomatoes on pita bread.
Salad was Beetroot Coriander Salad with Wasabi ice-cream.

Mains: Grilled Salmon with potato puree & Stir Fried Vegetables.


Desserts: Selection of desserts was very enticing and delicious . Passion Fruit Raspberry, with raspberry cream, sesame biscuits, passion fruit agar & sorbet.
The other dessert was Coconut Combava Mousse.
Enjoyed food & alfresco dining atmosphere.