The Play House Brunch at Liwan Restaurant Swissotel Al Ghurair – The First Ultimate Kid’s Brunch in Town

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Bring your little ones to party at Swissotel at Al Ghurair’s first ultimate Kid’s Brunch, The Play House.

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The brunch season is full on in UAE, changing weather , outdoor dining, themed dining options, multiple cuisines all makes a perfect dining destination.

To double the brunch fun, many restaurants offer family attractions to cater the needs of each individual & specially where the kids are taken care of. I have come across many such attractive brunch venues. The latest one is the newly launched Play House Brunch at Swissotel.
They offer this vibrant & enticing Brunch at their wide spread Liwan Restaurant.
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The lively ambiance & its highlight is the Mini set up of Kid’s Buffet & live counters for these little ones, including a very well equipped Kid’s Nursery where they are busy for hours in their favorite tasks & useful activities.
As you walk in, kids buffet is lined up with kid’s snacks & meals, cotton candy machine, popcorns, Chocolate Fountain, drinks, smoothies etc.

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Nursery is in complete supervision by the staff & at the same time parents can have an eye on them while they spend their quality time.

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Other main attractions are the live cooking & grilling stations which are widely spread in this much spacious dining area that serve a number of cuisines.

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Salad counter offers all sorts of salads of your choice. Get you bowls done like Mexican salad or any kind of fresh salads are prepared at the spot.

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The Chilled seafood, mussels, fresh Sushi lies prominently for you to enjoy.

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And Arabic delicacies have Chicken Musakha, Mixed Stuffed Dolma, for those looking for cheesy meals they have Cheesy hot Pizza, Cheese Fondue. Bruscheta Station is another colorful spot.

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I took a whole round and found the most crowded counter & that was the Mongolian Counter where live grilling was in full swing by the expert chefs who were filling up plates with Grilled Seafood, Grilled Boneless Chicken, Lamb Chops Grilled Beef upon each request.
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Hot delicious Chicken Shawramas were also coming up fast at the Shawarma Station.
Missing Beef in the menu? Braised Beef Striploin with Jus is available here.

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While enjoying a lot kind of salads, and then switching to the grilled course & Shawarmas…..
To my huge delight was the Thai Curry station. So many cuisines at one brunch!

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Thai curries being cooked to enlighten your meal table. You can have your choice of Thai Curry.

And did I mention the very delectable Lamb Biryani? So if you still have more craving even after the above variety of menu, Lamb Biryani & Seekh Kebabs are another great addition.

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Desserts:
Assorted luscious pieces are displayed to make you crazy at dessert station Pastries, Cheese Cake, Tarts, Ice-cream, Crème Brulee , Fresh Fruits and much more.

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Fresh Juices, Mocktails & Hot Beverages are also available.

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Starting Price , AED 160 per person.
Children between ages 6 to 12 priced at AED 80 & ages 0 – 5 dine for free.

For inquiries call : 04 2933000
Email: foodandbeverage.alghurair@swissotel.com

Terms & Conditions:
Offer valid on every Friday from 12:30 pm to 4pm at Liwan Restaurant.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
For every two adults, maximum two kids ( below 5 years of Age)are on complimentary basis.
Others terms & conditions apply.

GHAYA GRAND HOTEL LAUNCHES AL MAWAL LOUNGE

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Dubai Sports City and neighbourhood’s newest backyard sports bistro is set to be the ultimate hangout place for sports enthusiast, couples, friends and families.
For the foodie community in search of good food & ambiance , my recent alfresco dining experience was at The versatile property Of Ghaya Grand Hotel.

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Al Mawal Lounge, a sports pub-meets-bistro medley of signature non-alcoholic beverages along with Mexican, Arabic, Italian and American delicacies, open its door this October 2018 at the Ghaya Grand Hotel, Dubai’s premier and ultimate urban oasis and modern hideaway. Complete with a vibrant al fresco seating, shisha al fresco and live sports big screen, The Al Mawal Lounge is the place to be with family and friends on any day of the week.
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The spacious lobby at Ghaya Grand Hotel and welcoming staff warmly greet you as you walk in the property.

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Ghaya Grand Hotel has many dining outlets on offer. They have recently launched their Lucky 7 Theme Nights at Al Mawal Terrace which consists of various cuisine offerings throughout the different days of week.
We were invited for the much popular Arabic Street Food Night . Why I am saying popular because, middle eastern cuisine is much in demand amongst the mixed culture of UAE .
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The mild flavors , varieties of hot & cold mezzes and concept of wide range of starters/salads before the main course are the attractions of Arabic cuisine.

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The rich Arabic Culture has a lot to offer in its Street Food. At Al Mawal Terrace, they have introduced this innovative Arabic Street Food Buffet set up.

Not only this, live grilling is done by the chef and brought to your table.

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Your food is paired very well in the open breezy atmosphere and Outdoor Cinema.
Sport enthusiasts can also watch their favorite games. Shisha lovers can spend quality time as the weather is going to be more ideal during winter.
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The old styled mobile carts / kiosks serve as live cooking stations. Brightly painted and depicts Arabic heritage. These are stations for Koshari , Falafel, Foul Madames, Karak Chai, Shawarma & Meat grilling.
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On one side Live counter for Karak Chai & another Arabic specialty clear hot vegetable soup is served. If you can handle spices, this is the best spicy extract from vegetable served warm which you can have as appetizer.

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So the chefs are seen busy showing their expertise to deliver fresh food. It was interesting to see Falafels getting fried in front of us and the making & layering of ingredients in Koshari.

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The good thing is the buffet menu is such a good value for money & the portions are served generously.

The service fast & staff is so courteous . We had our table filled with starters like Foul Madames & Falafel.

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In main course we had Koshari & Mixed Grilled Platter. Savored these delicacies while enjoying Shisha & Cinema.
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Fresh juices are also available.

Desserts:
The buffet offers Arabic sweets, Muhalabia, Umma Ali which was done to perfection I had my bowl refilled twice. So was Muhalabia!!

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Commenting on the launch, Mr. Olwin Desouza, General Manager, Ghaya Grand Hotel said, “The Al Mawal Lounge is set to be a singularly multifunctional space and a friendly, neighborhood chill-out place. From a pub night watching football games with friends to some quality time with family enjoying the sumptuous Arabic street-food buffet dinner, relaxing with co-workers in our al fresco shisha or movie date night with your special someone or the whole family – the space is inviting and has a relaxing yet vibrant vibe. We pride ourselves in offering the best in contemporary cuisine, as well as the best signature drinks. We are excited to launch this season with a one-of-a-kind theme nights and a vibe you can’t beat, making Al Mawal Lounge the ultimate urban neighborhood hangout place for friends and families.”

As a launch offer, Al Mawal Lounge have created a ‘Lucky 7 Theme-Nights’ for guests to enjoy the newest hang-out place any time of the week.

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday ‘Friends Night Out’ – sports enthusiasts can enjoy live football matches on the big screen together with friends, admission is free.

Wednesday ‘Movie Night Under the Stars’ – couples can enjoy a romantic date night under the stars and families can have a mid-week relaxing evening while watching action, romance or comedy flicks, admission and popcorn is free.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday ‘Yallah Habibi! Arabic Street Food Night’ – families and friends can enjoy a sumptuous and authentic Arabic street food buffet dinner with live cooking stations from 6pm to 11pm. Prices start from AED 30 per person.

Saturday ‘Kids Blow Out at Al Mawal Deck Lunch’ – Families can indulge in a festive lunch with live cooking stations with taco corner, crepes station, soda bar and other food stations designed for parents and kids. All kids are entertained with several activities such as magicians, face painting and spacious play area. Pool access is also included and available from 12pm-4pm.

Prices start from AED 65 per adult with soft beverages only, AED 35 per kids between 6-12 years old. Kids 5 and below will dine for free.

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REFERENCE: Ghaya Grand Hotel neighborhood districts
Jebel Ali District (Mena Jebel Ali, Jebel Ali 1-3, Jebel Ali Industrial 1-2, Me-aisem 1-2, Dubai Investment Park 1-2, International Media Production Zone)
Madinat Al Maktoum District (Madinat Al Mataar)
Dubai Land District (Al Hebiah 1-5, Al Yufrah 1-2, Al Yalayis 1-5, Umm Nahad 1-4, Wadi Al Safa 2, Wadi Al Safa 4-7, Dubai Sports City, Dubai Motor City)
Hadaeq Mohammad Bin Rashid District (Al Thaniya 1-5, Al Quoz 1-4, Al Barsha 1-3, Al Quoz Industrial 1-4, Al Merkadh, Al Barsha South 1-5, Hadaeq Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Nad Al Sheba 1, Sadi Al Safa 3, Jumeirah Village Circle)

For more information, visit http://www.ghayagrandhotel.com

The fashionably flavorful Boulevard Chic Brunch at Address Boulevard

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Amidst the charm & exquisite surroundings of Downtown along with the fabulous view of the iconic Burj Khalifa, lies The Address Boulevard. This marvelous structure is ideal for tourists, it also has easy approach to the world’s largest mall The Dubai Mall.
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Its stylish & vibrant interior is captivating too.
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The Restaurant at Address Boulevard has launched its latest sophisticated brunch, ‘Boulevard Chic Brunch’. Indulge in a sumptuous array of culinary delights from across the Middle East and Asia, combined with perfectly prepared beverages and upbeat music by the resident DJ.
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Spoil yourself with a distinctive dining experience at this unique apartment style dining option. As we walked in the restaurant, got fascinated by the comfortable & relaxed set up which reflects a real home & warm welcome by the entire staff is worth mentioning.

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The entire restaurant has been segmented into themed dining spaces which suits the mood of everyone & where you can savour at any of the exquisite modular dining spaces – The Collection Room, The Dressing Room, Library or The Kitchen, ideal for intimate meetings and socialising with work colleagues.
The Boutique Room is so vibrantly decorated with trendy clothes, in all these independent areas you can have an intimate dinner evening with groups of friends or families.
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Parents can have a relaxed time too as their little ones are well taken care of in a colorful & well equipped Kids Nursery along with the staff.

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The enchanting interior & upholstery is done with shades of pastels, cream & white.
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Inter-connected dining areas where some rooms are so well lit having clear glass windows, others have built – in book racks or in accordance to its theme.
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Outdoor Dining with Burj View
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You can have your choice of meals from set a la carte as well as outside counters serve cold seafood salad & live grilling of finest meat cuts, chicken, & vegetables etc gets in full swing throughout the brunch hours .
Chefs are seen busy to prepare your orders & while you get your grills done, get your plates ready from cold seafood interactive counter.

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The unlimited offerings from the live cooking counters and what we had from the set menu is as follows:

Chilled Live Stations:
The delicious selection includes Truffled Vichyssoise Shooter, Veracruz style Gambero Rosso Cocktail, Hamachi Nigiri with Sturia Caviar, Mediterranean Mussels with Ceviche Dressing, Oyster of the Day. Others are Asian style hand chopped Beef Tartare, Charentais Melon with Burrata & white Balsamico, Roasted Pickled Beetroot with Goat Cheese with Glazed Walnuts.

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Each of these above items with its distinctive flavors gives a kick & a good start to your meals.

Seasonal Young vegetable Crudite with Roasted Cauliflower hummus & Whipped Guacamole, House Made Sourdough, Simit Bread & Za’atar Grissini. Breads tasted very good with Guacamole & Hummus.

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From the Grill:
Korean BBQ Glazed Australian Lamb Chops.
Shawarma Marinated French Boneless Baby Chicken.
Spanish Octopus with Chimichurri & Piment d’ Espelette.

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Seasonal Vegetables Shish – Green Asparagus, Baby Corn, Datterino Tomato, Padron Pepper & Shiitake Mushroom.

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We tried all from the Grill Station, the aroma in atmosphere & irresistible grills attracts the crowd.

Family Style Casserole served on the table:
Acquerello Risotto with Seasonal Mushrooms, Green Asparagus & Truffle Essence. Risotto is done perfect as well.

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Desserts:
Mouth melting & enticing display of assorted Patisserie , tarts, cakes, & different sweets are lavishly displayed.

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Crepes are available at the live cooking station.
I would say a very delightful offer packed in this Boulevard Chic Brunch.
We ended up with our favorite hot beverages. I had camomile tea. You can also have your choice of mocktails & fresh juices with your meals.

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Timings: Every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm starting on 6 October 2018
Price: AED 345 with soft beverages, AED 445 with select house beverages, AED 545 with premium hard beverages
Location: Address Boulevard, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
For bookings please call (04) 8883444 or email dine@emaar.com

The World Trade Club – The Falcon Lounge Dubai

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Dubai World Trade Centre , one of Dubai’s oldest or you can say amongst the first structures which still stands tall & proud today in the amazing high rise clusters of Dubai. Till the time I was not invited at The World Trade Club Dubai, I thought it to be a business tower & yes it is still the same. But have you ever visited this landmark? If not, you need to gather your friends & make your dining plans at 33rd floor of Trade Centre. Dine & enjoy the panoramic Dubai City views. Not only this, there is a lot more on offer which you will come to know as I pen it down.
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And if you enjoy knowing about the UAE history , some rare collections and details in pictures & books are kept to read and gain information about UAE rich heritage and interesting past & present of Leaders of UAE.
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The club offers a range of unique spaces to compliment any event, be it the fine dining or to wind down in its spacious & classy Falcon Lounge for cocktails ,dining & quality time. The distinctive spaces are exotically themed & richly decorated with either contemporary or classic décor to create the perfect ambiance for all occasions.
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In Conference Room which can adjust a great number of guests along with a buffet set up, you can have private parties, wedding events, business lunches, ladies lunch gatherings and a lot more.
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Other smaller rooms are ideal for small private get togethers. The Executive BoardRoom is well equipped with e-connectivity to host business meetings. These different dining spaces at The World Trade Club are, The Falcon Lounge, The Majlis, The Mogul, The Windsor, The Executive BoardRoom, The Club Room, & The Pearl.

The Elegant Club Room
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The setting & interior at The club is so inspiring, French style & elegant . But at the same time the mesmerizing views from the clear glass windows & so well lit Falcon lounge is also not be missed. So for our lunch we opted for Falcon Lounge.
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Welcoming staff & spacious lounge is perfect wind down for hours.

We had our refreshing welcome drink Cinnamon Berry Mojito. Combination of cinnamon, black berries, lemon & mint.
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They have launched a distinguished set menu to suit the multi cultural crowd of foodies in UAE. The menu offer different cuisines well balanced in customized platters.
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Each dish is a very good value for money. Portion of dishes, presentation & taste all come alive here.

Starter: Grilled Meat Platter:
My full recommendations goes for this amazing platter. And I am going to visit again to try this.
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This is an ideal set platter for meat lovers. Sumptuous , filling and carries assorted meat cuts. These finest cuts from charcoal grill are served with either grilled veggies or mashed.

Grilled Chicken Breast ….. tender & deliciously done baby chicken is served in Alfredo Sauce & accompanied with steamed broccoli.

Grilled Salmon Fillet ….. Flaky & well immersed with flavors this fillet is another favorite, served with Caper Butter Sauce & accompanied with crushed Dil Potatoes.
BBQ Lamb Chops ….. perfectly marinated and soft juicy chops are a must try.

40z Minute Beef Steak ….. so soft and flavorful beef steaks with mushroom sauce.

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Indian Platter: The concept of traditional Indian Thali is introduced here with portions of veg & non-veg curries, starter, salad & rice.

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Indian Summer Salad … beautifully presented chopped pineapples, watermelons & mangoes with dash of Indian spices & drizzled with Tamarind sauce was a cool start.
Traditional Indian Fish Fry …. Enjoyed the Pomfret Fish here after a long time , so perfectly done paired with mint chutney & yogurt.
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Daal Makhni With Herb Rice ….. Irresistible daal makhni & herb rice is another great addition in the Indian Platter.
Butter Chicken & lachha paratha, this famous Indian butter chicken served in earthern pots was too good to try with parathas.
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Desserts Platter:
Again another customized platter very reasonably priced which consists of rich , enticing & mouth melting pieces of assorted desserts. Mix of Indian, Asian & middle eastern sweets. Do not miss this item once you are there for dining.
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A small bowl of spongy Ras Malai garnished with pistachios, a piece of exotic Cheese Cake done with tropical fruits, Pan Baked Brownie, Sicilian Cannoli stuffed with sheep’s milk cheese & topped with fruits, tantalizing Passion Fruit Sorbet, and on top of all was the most amazing & lip –smacking Signature Date Pudding dipped in toffee sauce & nuts.
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The Prestigious World Trade Club Dubai opened in 1989 under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum to mark the tenth anniversary of the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre Tower.
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For 20 years , The World Trade Club Dubai has remained the city’s best-kept secret among the elite business community & top socialites in UAE,From high level meetings in Executive Board Rooms, to Cocktail Parties & elaborate dinners in Lavish Falcon Lounge the club has entertained the most influential upper echelons of Dubai’s social & business community.

The World Trade Club offers personal, corporate & overseas memberships, each with its own set of select privileges.

If interested in membership,
Contact: The World Trade Club Dubai
Tel: +971(4) 3097979
Email: wtc@dwtc.com
Website: http://www.dwtc.com
Opening Hours: 9 am to 9pm.

Todd English Food Hall – Dubai Mall

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The Stunning Facade of the Todd English Food House At the Fashion Avenue Extension Dubai Mall.

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The great food news for the foodies is the opening of another interesting restaurant concept in Dubai. This is about New York’s popular Food Hall Concept, Todd English Food Hall. The Celebrity Chef Todd English himself is behind the idea of this entire culinary journey of delicious dining destinations.

The much expanded area covered by the restaurant offers 12 different cuisines in its 8 open kitchen restaurants. The whole restaurant has been interestingly designed accordingly, which has been segmented into different mini dining halls, you can take a tour around each open kitchen and get fascinated by the inviting food stuff, live cooking & aroma of the food all around.

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The menu card also provides details of each cuisine. Now if you are in a mood to enjoy multiple cuisines at one dinner night , or a family or group of friends with different eating choices & moods, then you are at the right place. Even your little ones are also happier here as the restaurant has something for everyone.

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If you are a pasta & Pizza lover satisfy your Italian food craving at Figs.

Kishmish is the banner which offers authentic Afghani cuisine, loved their mixed grills & can’t wait to go back again to try more from it.

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Simillarly your meat & seafood craving is well sorted here with some best meat cuts, burgers Steaks etc at Pound & Chop House.
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Try Blue Zoo for Sushi & seafood delights.
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I was also much excited to see the Levantine kitchen, couldn’t resist the hot & cold mezzes & some Arabic food.
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Moreover, ‘Asian’ is going to serve you Noodles & other favorite Chinese dishes from their menu.

To start your delicious culinary journey go through the ‘Greenery’ menu & have fresh bites of fresh green & mixed salads.
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We took a whole round of the extensive area, feels like walking in a Food Carnival with enormous food stalls.
Total Food Indulgence!!
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And moreover, the most important aspect of dining is its ambiance, here you can enjoy your meals with great view of Dubai Fountains & Downtown, specially during evening hours. Outdoor seating is also going to be perfect in coming days & this interesting restaurant concept is going to be a promising delight.

Families can also dine in private seating areas designed within the restaurant. We got our table just by the fountain view and kept enjoying the dancing fountains.
Big clear windows which are one my favourite in interior décor , offers a well lit restaurant atmosphere.

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We were warmly greeted by the most welcoming staff. Our welcome drink was Blue Ocean.
From ‘Greenery’ section we had the Quinoa Salad.

Before our food order arrives we got to try a number of dishes which the staff continued to serve us generously throughout the evening.
Some of those which we had were the mouth melting Sushi bites, Dumplings, Beef Sliders & crunchy Chicken Sliders. Beef Pepperoni Pizza was perfect too. Loved the flavorful bites of Stuffed Vine Leaves also.

But the irresistible aromatic atmosphere forced us to order some food of our choice as well.
Sushi:
Sushi & Shrimp Tempura Roll with avocado & spicy mayo.
Kishmish:
Afghani styled specially marinated Chicken Skewers served with chutney & Yogurt , you keep asking for it. It also goes best with freshly baked Afghani Tandoori Naan.
Blue Zoo:
Salmon Wild ( Scotland wild) very flaky and tasteful steak with veggies & Lemon Hollandaise & Citrus Chilli Vinaigrette.
Chop House:
Tenderloin (US Prime Corn-Fed) ……. Do try this from their meat menu, like all other dishes it is truly indulging as well.
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Desserts: Single visit is not enough for this Food Hall. We were stuffed eating our meals but how could the desserts be missed?
The gorgeous selection of desserts include many flavors in milk cake, great variety in cakes, Honey / Cheese cakes, tarts, sorbets, ice-creams etc.

The most appealing on the menu was their colorful Ice-Cream Pallete. An assortment of ice-creams stuffed in cones were delicately arranged upside down on a pallete. Enjoyed the varied flavors in a platter. It is actually a set of six cones, but we asked for three. Our flavors were Strawberry, Chocolate & Vanilla.
Milk Cake, I wanted to soak into the ultimate, soft, spongy my all time favorite Milk Cake. I had the Vanilla Milk Cake. Some desserts are truly unforgettable, Vanilla Milk Cake is one of them. Do try it here!
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STEP OUT IN STYLE IN SPRINGFIELD’S ALL-NEW AUTUMN 2018 COLLECTION

The iconic Spanish brand channels the latest autumn trends in their all-new collection bringing their classy yet casual DNA to the fore

THE SPRINGFIELD WOMAN

This season’s line for her carries the brand’s quintessential casual-yet-chic DNA. Formal garments like blazers in tweed fabric or wide leg jeans combine with Springfield’s iconic flower prints over autumn colour backgrounds to create looks that are feminine and relaxed yet stylish.

The colour palette is based on bottle green, maroon and indigo blue tones to create looks that are strong and feminine. Accessories in leather and tees with messages mix together to create an effortless yet powerful style statement.

As for the women’s daily wear, elements such as the houndsooth pattern and the combination of grey, black and electric blue colours unite to create the perfect everyday look. Sweaters with details in rhinestones, leather accessories and the first outerwear pieces in suede form the perfect complement. All the elements merge to create looks which feel comfortable, with a more formal spirit but without losing the brand’s much-loved casual DNA.

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THE SPRINGFIELD MAN

Springfield’s menswear range comes with a classy spirit that combines with varsity inspiration to create a set of looks where striped and checkered prints are the key protagonists.

An informal yet classy style is prevalent throughout the collection where checkered overshirts, sweaters with messages or striped polo shirts with rugby collars merge with plain garments like jackets and slim chino pants in blue and maroon tones that project an effortless yet sophisticated style.

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Meanwhile, men’s daily smart trends include tailored styled trousers in blue and grey tones, with plain patterns or checkered prints, as well as long-sleeved polo shirts. These can be worn with mustard and brown tones in sweaters or light jackets for a refined everyday look. Sneakers help add a fresh, sporty touch. All the men’s looks channel an air of sophistication while remaining effortless, representing the Springfield ethos of merging casual and classy style.

The new Autumn-Winter collection for him and her is available to shop across Springfield stores starting August 2018.

Some of the highlights of the Springfield 30th Anniversary & A/W 2018 Launch in Dubai Mall store.

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7 Top International Designers To Feature At Indigo Living’s New Dubai Store

The new 12,000 sq. ft. store features distinct styles of its own-brand and international designers; a kids space and design studio

 Indigo Living, an upscale home-furnishing retailer and interior design service provider  announced the opening of their 2nd and biggest store at Al Wasl, Dubai, UAE. This is the brand’s 12th store globally with Stores in Dubai, Riyadh, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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The 12,000 sq. ft. store with a two-storey exterior façade  showcases elegant and stylish seasonal interior trends from their own-collection; Indigo Kids furniture and accessories, as well as an Indigo Design Studio offering interior styling advice and consultation. The store also features seasonal designs from celebrated international interior designers, such as Kelly Hoppen, Thomas Bina, Maison 55, BOYD, Andrew Martin, Nellcote Studio and Coup & Co.

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The new Indigo Kids’ area has a vibrant collection, creating a perfect environment /space for kids to play, learn and grow. Indigo Living’s wide range of kids furniture includes bed and mattresses, wardrobes, table, chairs, toys, and gifts amongst others.

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With Indigo Living’s new design studio, a team of experienced in-house interior design experts will be available to offer advice and home-improvement solutions – from completely reimagining a space, to updating a look with new upholstery, wall art or accessories.

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“The decision to expand and open a much bigger store has been a direct result of a growing customer clientele in this region,” said Founder and Executive Chairman, John Mclennan. “For almost 40 years, Indigo Living has been trailblazing the world of interiors and inspiring each and every one of our customers to Live Beautifully. Our brand is known for is authentic, elegant and unique design philosophy and with this twelfth store across Asia and the Middle East, we want to continue to inspire our customers.” McClennan added.

Some of the highlights of the House Warming Party ……….

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The Indigo Living at Al Wasl is now open to customers with operating hours from 10am – 10pm.

women’secret Turned 25 on 25th of September

The pretty and comfortable  lingerie brand, women’secret, celebrated its 25th anniversary. The celebrations kicked off with the reveal of their pretty and comfortable collection.

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The ‘Pretty Collection’ that is currently in store embodies elegant pyjama sets in a combination of prints and plains. The collection includes animal prints, floral prints and tropical prints. It has something to suit everyone’s mood, whether it’s their wild side, pretty side or the fashionista in them. Keeping it classy, the pretty collection, holds its loyalty to the classic pjs, robes and nightgowns for a more relaxed and minimalistic look.

To show off your love for animations and comics – the ‘Comfortable Collection’ hosts your favourite cartoons characters like Beauty & the Beast, Snoopy and Pink Panther. This collection is made of cotton and jersey material tailored around comfort and style . The latest additions are woven fabric pyjama sets showcasing the Kitty Oriental and Harry Potter characters.

Awaken your inner goddess with the luxurious ‘Sense Collection’. The collection is made from delicate lace, rich satin and sheer fabrics which are sure to enhance your feminine flair. The dark sultry colours of this collection ensure it stands out amongst this seasons softer collections.

The collections are currently available in store in a variety of sizes, colours and styles to suit every preference. women’secret has 12 stores in the UAE and is represented by Dubai Holding Group, an energetic and fast-growing retail organization representing major fashion franchises in the Middle East.

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Bebabel, a Lebanese Chic Café Concept Debuts in Dubai Mall.

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Popular Lebanese brand Babel introduces new concept to the UAE

Lebanese casual chic café concept, Bebabel has now opened at The Dubai Mall, new fashion extension.
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Bebabel was developed as a modern, chic, innovative concept with emphasis on ‘living the moment’ through shared experiences. Originating from the grandiose of the award-winning Lebanese brand ‘Babel’, Bebabel is the ‘casual chic’ café version of Babel that offers a delicious Lebanese breakfast menu and an all-day dining menu, within strikingly elegant surroundings inspired by Lebanese culture.
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We experienced an extensive offering of their menu at lunch last week at their launch event. A huge selection of dishes were offered to us.

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The café serves mezzes, talatas , salads, grills and a variety of mouthwatering desserts along with its special breakfast menu. One can opt from a variety of Saletti – Bebabel’s healthier take on spaghetti, or choose from the shareable ‘Talatas’ that offers an appetizing choice of three hot or cold mezzes, or bite into a Tarha – a flatbread that comes in a comination of appetizing options.

Here is the detail of what all we had …… Each course is a very good value for money, not only taste but the portions served are just perfect.

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Salads / Starters / Hot & Cold Mezzes:
Saletti Bahri ….. sautéed shrimps with diced mangoes & Saletti mixed with ginger dressing.

Jabalieh Salad ….. a mix of aricheh, grilled potato, onions, garlic, lettuce, rocket, purslane, mint & parsley with vinegar dressing.

Others were Tabouleh & Fatoush .

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Awarma Fatteh ….. fatteh with awarma fatayer.

Chilli Potatoes ……. very flavorful diced spicy roasted potatoes.

Falafel …. Soft falafels served with vegetables & tartar sauce.

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Small portions of these mezzes were so indulgent and perfect tasting with continuous serving of hot freshly made bread which was served throughout.

Hummus Pesto, Bulgur in Pomegranate, plain Hummus, Labneh with Garlic, Moutabbal, Mafroukit Tajen, Aricheh with Thyme, Vine Leaves, Ras Asfour Pesto, Chicken with Hosrom & Ras Asfour Cherry.
Fatayer Spinach, Sambossik, Fried Kebbeh.

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Many of the combinations were different & I tried them for the first time.

Mains:
Chicken with Cheese …… Tarha Grilled Chicken with & Halloumi topped with Vegetables. The bread in the base was soft & its toppings made fresh delicious bites.

Beef Shawrama …… Shredded flavorful beef shawrama served with biwaz, pickles, fries & tarator sauce.

Mixed Grill …… mixed lip-smacking platter of kebabas, chicken skewers & meat skewers was too good. It was served with fries & vegetables.

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Desserts:
The refined selection of desserts in their menu is so inviting. You won’t settle for one or two.
These ‘melt in the mouth’ bites & unique combinations of flavors & ingredients are admirable.

Mouashaha …… Baklava with Mhallabieh & Cheese served with Mhallabieh icecream. Loved baklava & icecream bites.

Karabij ….. Karabij with Haleweh Ghazel & Pistachio served with Halaweh ice cream. Great Taste!

Red Fruits Salad ….. red fruits salad with Mhalabieh ice cream.

Fresh sliced fruits & Turkish coffee to end up the meals.
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The entire experience , the food & contemporary interior setup is surely to make your dining a memorable one.
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With spacious, pillared and mirrored chic interiors and beautiful ample indoor and balcony outdoor seating, Bebabel is the perfect destination for a quick and healthy lunch break, light evening bite, or a cozy dine-in, shopping or no shopping.
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Outdoor dining is going to be another favorite spot in winter , enjoying Lebanese delicacies with Dubai Fountain & Downtown views.
Bebabel also serves shisha on the terrace which overlooks the iconic fountains and a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa.

Just like Babel, Bebabel brings friends and family together to share great food, good times and a culinary experience like no other.

Known for its progressive take on Lebanese classics, and exquisite culinary and dining experience, Babel is an established brand across the Middle East and Lebanon which is rooted in Lebanese cuisine but with a modernistic interpretation and customer experience. The brand made its Middle East foray with the opening of its first restaurant in Kuwait in 2016, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, followed by Bahrain in 2018.

No reservation is required. Bebabel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and operates daily from 10 am till 12 am.
To learn more follow @bebabelme

German National Tourist Office (GNTO) boosts appetite for travel to Germany

GNTO hosts food-tasting event with its partners Emirates Airline, München Tourismus and Steigenberger Hotels in Dubai

 In line with its annual theme ‘Culinary Germany’, the German National Tourist Office (GNTO), together with its partners Emirates Airline, München Tourismus and Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, hosted a culinary press briefing at the Steigenberger Brothaus Bakery – Bistro in Dubai, to bring some of German cuisine’s delicious flavors to Dubai and inspire the guests to visit Germany.

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The event which forms part of the organisation’s culinary #EnjoyGermanFood campaign, was attended by members of the local UAE press alongside social media influencers, who savored a taste of both traditional and innovative German dishes and learnt how to prepare German delicacies with Florian Falthauser, Munich’s prominent chef from Steigenberger Hotels.

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Food tourism is frequently referred to as one of the most significant trends in travel. The recent survey conducted by the GNTO showed 7% of foreign holidaymakers choose to visit Germany because of the wide variety and high quality of dining, food and beverages  on offer; in fact visiting restaurants and cafés was listed as the second most popular holiday activity after sightseeing.

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The latest inbound tourism figures from the Gulf region reflect that Germany is increasingly becoming a popular holiday destination for Gulf nationals. From January to June 2018 overnight stays from the region increased by 4.4% compared to the same period in 2017.

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On the sidelines of the event, Sigrid de Mazieres, Director for the Gulf countries at the German National Tourist Office (GNTO), an affiliate of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), commented: “Food and drink are often the highlight – if not the main reason for holidays and short breaks. Germany as a year-round travel destination offers a wide range of travel occasions to taste and experience the German food scene. No matter, whether travellers head to our vibrant cities to dine at a fine Michelin-starred restaurant or plan to visit seasonal food events like the upcoming festive Christmas markets, there is truly something for everyone.”

Germany is a leading European travel hub, well-connected with daily flights with a duration of only about 6 hours, making the year-round travel destination a perfect spot for short breaks, too. Emirates Airline, who has helped to enhance German connectivity for more than 30 years, used the event to promote its great network to the German cities of Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. Emirates’ top representatives attending the event spoke of the world-leading airline’s most recent developments on routes connecting the UAE and the GCC region with German destinations.

Shaz Peshimam, Emirates Senior Manager for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, said: “We hope that today’s event is an eye-opening experience to the wonderful culinary adventures on offer, not only in Germany, but also during the journey on Emirates.

Germany is a very important market for us, and we place a strong focus on the authenticity of the food we serve onboard to our four gateways in Germany including Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. Emirates also prides itself as a global airline with seasonal menus created for celebrations like Oktoberfest, coming up in a few days. During Oktoberfest, we will be offering an enhanced range of German delicacies across selected flights, so customers across all classes can kick off the Oktoberfest celebrations on board with a specially created menu.”

Southern Germany, and particularly Munich has traditionally been the hot spot for most GCC travellers. To gain insight into Bavaria’s special food traditions, participants in the event were invited to take part in decorating Gingerbread hearts, typical for Munich, and to learn to prepare the Bavarian cheese delicacy, Obatzda as well as pretzels.

“Munich provides an inspiration for leading chefs, with the Bavarian capital topping the gourmet charts year after year”, said Robert Leckel – Manager Trade and Media Relations Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe from the Munich Tourist Board. He revealed that, “a total of eight Munich restaurants have scored top marks in the 2018 edition of the Gault-Millau gourmet guide. The state capital is also home to one of Germany’s eleven three-star Michelin chefs, four two-star venues and six other Munich restaurants have been awarded one Michelin star.”

Stephen Meredith, General Manager of Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, where the event was held, said: “We are extremely honored to have been chosen to partner with the German National Tourism Office, Emirates Airline and Munich Tourism for this special event presenting the best of ‘Culinary Germany’ to the Middle East.”

Additionally, Meredith announced an exciting line-up of events and gatherings that bring a taste of ‘Culinary Germany’ to the local residents of the UAE. “With one of the world’s largest and well know festivals about to take place in Germany”, he said, “we are proud to continue bringing this tradition to Dubai with our own Oktoberfest, starting in just few days at our Brothaus Biergarten terrace.

Until the end of October we will wave the German flag, serving well-known German favourites, and celebrating our rich culinary heritage. We look forward to welcoming guests to the cheerful ambience of our biergarten for some frosty hops, and hearty Bavarian fare.”

The event concluded with a well-received raffle draw, where lucky winners were given Emirates’ flight tickets and Steigenberger hotel vouchers for Dubai and Munich.

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