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Sapori di Bice

Sapori di Bice
One of the trickiest things a high-end restaurant can do is successfully open a casual dining spin off. Why? Two reasons really… Positioning the casual restaurant in a way that wouldn’t cannibalize the high-end restaurant’s business, i.e. offering a more casual experience at a more casual price tag. And second, the price tag can’t be too casual or else people will start to question the sensibility of margins at the high-end restaurant. It’s a fine balance that I believe Sapori di Bice has hit. Sapori di Bice, as the name indicates, is a casual restaurant from the Bice restaurant group. Bice, once a staple in the fine dining restaurant scene in Dubai, saw an unfortunately decline from the expatriation of heavy weight talent from them to Roberto’s. Bice seems to have faded away like red lipstick after a bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. A remanence is there, a pink shade if you will, but nothing compared to the bold red in it’s heyday. Its Friday afternoon and a friend and I are walking around City Walk on Wasel Road, investigating the mushrooming of newly opened shops and restaurants. Shisha, pass, more shisha for heavens sakes, pass, desserts, pass, soul-less, pass, pass and pass. And then a flutter of Italian being spoken around the corner, I pear my head over and the white space draws me in. After working up an appetite and spending a healthy amount on a new skirt in Sauce in the Hood, comfort food is in order. Beef Carpaccio, spaghetti bolognaise and a café gelato for dessert please. My surprisingly cute Italian waiter (attention, cute waiter in Dubai translates into an oxymoron) responds with, “Right away Miss, the spaghetti Bolognese is not on the menu but I will ask the chef to prepare something special for you.” Could it be, I ordered something off the menu and wasn’t greeted with a deer caught in the headlights expression from my waiter? The result, a smile and a thank you. My beef Carpaccio arrives with a drizzle of truffle oil and slices of mushroom, both of which I feel there is no need for. My specially prepared spaghetti arrives, I push away the Carpaccio to make room. Swirling my fork in the pasta, I create the perfect tightly wrapped bite sprinkle some Parmesan and take it all in. El dente, well seasoned and comfortable, everything a bolognaise should be. Extra sprinkles please I say… A café gelato, maybe one of the best flavors created by man. Velvet-ty and lovely and with each spoonful my troubles and spending woes wash away. A casual Italian that is not in a mall or in a Hotel, how lovely… Would I make a trip to City Walk for a meal at Sapori Di Bice? I’m not sure, but if I’m shopping or walking around that area, that’s the only place I’d sit down for a bite. The next dish to try, freshly roasted chicken. But if we’re speaking take away, I did make my way over to Sapori Di Bice just to pick up a couple of scoops of café gelato for a dinner date. How sweet it is.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION City Walk Wasel Road OPENING HRS. 8am - 11 pm  CUISINE Italian PRICE PER COUPLE AED 250 TELEPHONE # 04 344 2550  WEBSITE Sapori
THE FORK-O-METER
A Casual Hit the Spot Place

Bu Qtair

Bu Qtair
By virtue of coincidence and by my obsessive compulsiveness towards daylight, my friends and I experienced a seamless Bu Qtair evening. It’s 3:58 pm on a sunny Friday afternoon on the shores of Dubai. My eyes closed, I lie on my towel with my toes in the sand and enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore. Sublime, nothing could be more relaxing. The clock strikes 4:00 pm and my beach bum persona washes away with the earlier wave as the general in me kicks in. “Alright everyone up… to Bu Qtair we go!” With two hours left till sundown, I hastily herd my friends over to their cars in order to capture our Bu Qtair experience in daylight. Upon our arrival at 4:10 pm, the fishermen are weaving their nets, the cats are taking a snooze but no one is in site. Inquiring with someone in the cabin, we are informed to return at 6 pm when the first order is made at 6:30 pm and no exceptions are made… not even if you say please… not even if you explain that you want to take photos… not even…. Anything. After a leisurely stroll around Jumeirah, we return at sunset and already notice a queue starting in the cabin. As customer number 5, our male friend (hero) selflessly volunteers himself to stand in the ordering queue as we graciously and happily accept while we wait outside. Fatigued from the beach and the walk around Jumeirah, my friend and I pop a squat on plastics stools. “Serene… I need to put my camera down somewhere, lets just grab that table over there…” As we move our stools over and make ourselves comfortable on the table, we notice in that short laps of time, the queue extending out the cabin and onto the road, with not a free stool or table in sight.  Phew… good timing! After enjoying the outdoor breeze and watching people from all walks of life join in, Arab, French, Pilipino, English and more our fish and shrimp arrive along with our side orders of rice, salad, sauce and bread. Breaking into the dark crusted fish which reveals the ever so white and juicy meat is beautiful. As juicy as possible and yet not as fishy as anticipated each bite, though on plastic chairs and tables, is as luxurious as can be. I adore fried everything, fried squash flowers to fried potatoes and fried dumplings, but I believe, one ingredient that should never touch the fryer is shrimp. Their meat is too delicate for harsh oils.  And so, my attention is subsequently set on the fish. The bread is extra fresh and warm. My bite, enclosing the juicy fish with the warm bread and drizzling the spicy tomato sauce on top… and repeat. Though I prefer a fresh tomato sauce to the cooked version… this version will do just fine. By the end of the evening my friends and I can easily count around 250 people, which is incredible. Bu Qtair symbolizes something I love, if you offer quality food consistently, everyone will come. Is it the best combination of flavors I have tasted? I’m not sure, I’ve had delicious fish at an Abu Dhabi fish market that I dream of, but I know that Bu Qtair delivers on one of the best food experiences in Dubai. Eating along side the beach, in open air, a stone throw away from the fishermen themselves, on a sand pit mind you, makes it surreally on some level and an experience I wouldn’t mind frequenting when ever possible. Oh and they’re happy to wrap up anything you haven’t finished, so don’t be shy and order as you please. The Plan of Action:
  1. Arrive at 6 pm sharp.
  2. Ordering starts at 6:30 pm although you should start queuing at 6:00 pm.
  3. Have one person order and the others wait outside wile securing a spot to eat.
  4. Order your choice of fish and shrimp.
  5. Pop a squat on some stools even before the tables are set up.
  6. Once the tables are out, grab your stool and claim a table.
  7. When you’re seated and have ordered your fish, a waiter will approach your table to make the order of sides being salad, bread and rice.
  8. Have fun, get your hands dirty and enjoy the fresh air and sunset.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Jumeirah OPENING HRS. 10:30-3 6:30-12 CUISINE Indian Seafood PRICE PER COUPLE AED 100 TELEPHONE # 055 7052130
THE FORK-O-METER
An Experience to Remember

Tom and Serg

Tom and Serg
There has been a tremendous outbreak of new restaurants throughout Dubai. And rightfully so, it’s ‘fall’ in the city after all, the couple of months that make the blazing summer heat all worthwhile. I use the word restaurant loosely because the majority of openings go to the multipurpose lounge/bar/restaurant/live band/ international award winner/slash/slash/slash larger then life venues. That’s lovely and hurrah to the owners for raising big money to accommodate their grandiose nature, but I’m a simple girl, who yearns for the simple yet perfect things. I just want a restaurant, tables and chairs and that’s it. My eyebrow arches when I read that Tom and Serg has opening in Al Quoz. I have to admit, a hint of jealousy ran through my heart because it was always a location at the back of my mind for a café, if I’d ever open one. I remember asking my cousin if she would go to Al Quoz if I opened something there, she responded with Really?, which made me think so contrary to the norm and hence so perfect. Chapeau bas for the choice of location. Stepping into Tom and Serg the word exposed comes to mind, exposed kitchen, exposed walls and exposed ceiling, everything is stripped bare and what lies beneath is something rare, a real space. Manning the kitchen Mr. Tom himself and managing the floor Mr. Serg him self, all hands on deck. I like that, if your name is on the door then you should be. Parking my behind on the table next to the door for the sole unashamed purpose of people watching, gazing rather, proves to be fruitful. For the people who stroll in and out of Tom & Serge are your city hipsters, my favorite type of people.  Creative, grungy and a tall drink of OJ. Sipping my flat white, coffee I have just been introduced to, may prove to be my segway into the world of coffee from one of tea. Extra milk mind you, the strength of their baristas, are made clear. My broad shouldered rye bread and butter arrives. I slather on some butter and then some more, me like butter, and have a bite. Beautiful bread but the butter is too subtle for my taste. Have my taste buds been calibrated to French butter? Perhaps… My confident poached eggs, plump and firm are placed on my table. Running my fork through the first, the yolk dribbles through and paints my plate a sunny yellow. Eggs, avocado, dressed beans and rye bread in one bite proves to be sublime. So much action in one dish I would recommend it to kick start your day. I have issues with beef bacon, is never like bacon and its more to the leathery then crispy side. The clock strikes 12 pm and I am blessed with the option of ordering lunch. But you just had the eggs you say, but the roast chicken has been on my mind since I held the menu I say, love at first sight. Roasted leg of chicken on a bed of corn infused mash, roasted fennel and slices of fresh celery. Taking a bite of the chicken, it’s uncharacteristically soft, the sweet corn and peppery celery make for beautiful compliments. And to end, dessert is a must, banana éclair and chocolate tart. I believe bananas should stay on banana trees, end of discussion. And I believe the chocolate, citrusy and caramel infused tart should continuously stay within reach of me! Walking up the stairs to the mezzanine level, I do feel that the ceiling is a touch low, which by default will always make my seat selection down stairs aka the table next to the door. To end, I love Tom and Serg, in one meal it has shot itself to my favorites list. It does everything that I have preached so how can I not. Independent, home grown, stand alone, creative, service oriented and delicious clean food. The pair have really set the bar high for all independent restaurants to come and for that I am grateful for. PS: Please stay open later then 4:00 pm. PSS: They have Wifi!
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Al Quoz Nxt to Ace OPENING HRS. 8 am to 4 pm CUISINE Australian PRICE PER COUPLE AED 85 TELEPHONE # 04 338 8934 WEBSITE www.tomandserg.com
THE FORK-O-METER
A Love At First Site Restaurant

Taqado Mexican Kitchen

Taqado
Taqado opened several months ago and had always been on my mind to try. But I could never allow myself to set aside a meal to be consumed in a Mall, let alone MOE food court. Months following, when it opened in DIFC, my doorstep, I thought it was time to give it a taste. Walking into the land of men in Suits (DIFC) is constantly a pleasure. Although as I’m currently not dressed to greet any man in a suit and have 4 hungry friends waiting for me in the park I think a swift pick-up is in order. Greeted by the friendly staff, I place by broad stroking order of almost one of everything on the menu – I love doing that. And with each order a customization of rice, beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and cheese. Paying the bill, I most importantly collect my Snapp Points and with a team 2 Taqado staff, lug my order over to my car. Windows down and listening to Wicked Games by Para (my new play on repeated tune), I wonder why we don’t have more picnics in Dubai. With the weather nearing perfection, I make a pact to take advantage of the outdoor culture in Dubai. And with an entrance fee of AED 3, nothing could be sweeter then Safa Park. Throwing open my picnic rug, my friends arrive one by one hungry for some Mexican grub under the sun. Laying on the grass my hand reaches for the bean burrito, a meal I constantly had during my after school days. A bite into my burrito and memories of my girlfriends and I laughing come rushing through. Naively content with by bean burrito I take a bite of a special creation burrito, made of barbacoa Pulled beef, red Spanish rice, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole and all other dishes fade to the background as I enjoy the flavors of Mexico. The nachos, salad, fajita and tacos all deliver on what they promise, although as a personal choice, nothing compares to a burrito. And for those crazy people who don’t eat carbs, you can get everything in a box, meaning no shell or wrapper, just the fillings in a box. A spoon full of soup in all its chunky glory and despite the 30-degree weather is a touch on the salty side but none-the-less satisfactory. Slipping out churros from its cone like a sword from its case, I drive it into the chocolate sauce and then into my mouth. Crunchy, yes, sweet, yes but after having a Maya churros my loyal taste buts don’t accept any other. With my tummy full, shades on, book in hand and toes on the grass, content is exactly the mood. Taqado does many things right, it’s a homegrown concept that offers casual and tasty Mexican food at a price that we can all enjoy. Their current locations of MOE and DIFC were a smart choice to build awareness for their brand, but for their next location, I would ask for something more inviting like Jumeirah so we can enjoy their dine-in experience.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION DIFC OPENING HRS. Sun-Thur 7-7 Fri-Sat 9-6 CUISINE Mexican PRICE PER COUPLE AED 140 TELEPHONE # 04 351 5210 WEBSITE www.taqado.com
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur Burrito Fix

La Serre Boulangerie

La Serre Boulangerie
Waking up, still cozied up in my beloved quilt cover, I think a reward is justified for pulling myself out of bed. And for me, a reward equates to a lovely meal in a lovely space. Walking into La Serre Boulangerie at 11 am, I worry if a table for two is available. With someone paying the check at that moment, I patiently wait, indicator turn on to the left and swiftly slide myself into the table as they pull out. In true French style, breakfast offerings include croissants, variations of eggs, fruits and more. Keeping with my reason to get out of bed, I begin with an order of truffle-topped scrambled eggs. My breakfast date arches his brow and comments, I wouldn’t feel comfortable paying AED 125 for a plate of eggs, regardless of the truffles. I respond by saying I wouldn’t feel comfortable paying X amount for Business class, regardless of the extra legroom. We all have our guilty pleasures and its no secret that food is mine. Making my way through the fluffy scrambled eggs, truffle shavings and beautiful bread, some of the best in Dubai, is a lovely experience. An extra crack of fresh pepper would do wonders. If waffles are not on the menu then I’m afraid its not breakfast. Piercing my fork into the sugar doused waffle, I feel its’ crispy crust. Immersing the bite into the berry compote and cream I prepare myself for delight. And rather unexpectedly, I get the flavor of orange zest in both the sauce and the waffle batter. A purely personal opinion, I don’t enjoy orange in ANY of my desserts because of its over powering flavor. To remedy the situation, I ask for honey, which gracefully expunges any trace of orange in my waffle, much better. And to end our breakfast on a healthy note, a can’t-go-wrong bowl of fruit salad. Apart from the bread, there is nothing that La Serre Boulangerie offers, which you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in Dubai. Although with the floor to ceiling windows and almost revolutionary street front positioning, stepping into its beautiful morning hustle and bustle is almost hard to match.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Vida Hotel OPENING HRS. 6:30 am - 10:30pm CUISINE French PRICE PER COUPLE AED 220 TELEPHONE # 04 428 6969  
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur French Breakfast Spot
 

Comptoir 102

Comptoir 101
It’s a strenuous exercise trying to find a casual spot for lunch on a Friday afternoon. And per most of my friends’ requests, guilty of the food and drink consumed the evening prior, Friday lunch must be healthy. Recommended by the chef and brains behind Chez Charles, I feel I’ve checked the yes to Travel Insurance before paying a visit to Comptoir 102. Swinging open the vintage iron door, I’m welcomed by something interesting and somewhat unfamiliar - character. A space where cookie cutter and franchise strictly do not apply. Laying down my laptop and camera, I take a stroll around the beautiful retail section of the store which includes jewelry, shoes, bags, notebook, furniture and more. Running my fingers along the interesting textures of the retail space, my hands stop at some of the loveliest tableware I’ve seen in a long time. Although at a minimum price tag of AED 230 a plate, my hand lets go and a mental note is taken for a future splurge. With the sun pouring in and my Wi-Fi connected I select the set menu for my lunch. In an inspiring and chic setting, combing through my emails on a table for one becomes an enjoyable experience. The restaurant fills up with a trendy clientele leaning towards a predominantly French and European crowd. In response to a recent Juicing Documentary I had just watched or was forced to watch rather, I trade my usual tea, for a carrot infused juice prepared to boost my immune system. My starter arrives Rawcchini Plate, thinly sliced zucchini topped with Parmesan cheese, roasted pine nuts and fresh basil. One of my favorite textures and tastes in the World (yes that was dramatic, but true) is raw zucchini therefore making my way through the fresh flavors and nutty Parmesan is pure pleasure. My main arrives of black-eyed peas salad seasoned with sage, garlic and fennel seeds. Taking a bite of the beans and salad, the flavors are fresh, but I instantly get main course selection remorse. With such a big vegetarian movement underway, I feel my dish is a cop out and with an impressive starter I expect more creativity. And for dessert Matcha Mousse a mix of macadamia and green tea powered top with fresh raspberries and kiwi.  A healthy, tasty dessert (previously an oxymoron but now a reality) does exist. The nutty creamy flavors provide a lovely backdrop to the tangy raspberries. Finishing up my work and final drop of juice, immunity fully powered, I pack my things, say thank you to the staff and see you soon to Comptoir 102. Arriving home, I share my healthy experience with my brother while finding myself finishing off the story at the base of my fridge. A creative meal, yes it was, but based on my current location, (the base of the fridge) I would enjoy more quantity. I can only image how my brother, the beast, when it comes to food, (I love you BTW) would feel after that meal. Next time I’ll try the pita sandwiches. I will return, over and over again to Comptoir 102 because it represents a movement of home grown restaurants that have heart and soul. It definitely gets my Friday lunch recommendation.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION JBRoad Across Beach Center OPENING HRS. 8:30am - 6:30pm CUISINE Healthy European PRICE PER COUPLE AED 150 TELEPHONE # 04 385 4555  
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur Friday Healthy Spot
     

Shogun

Shogun
I love my #FIODT dinner guests, and I’m extremely proud and happy to call them all mine! They are a discerning bunch really. Out to discover the new and unknown. Not everything cuts it for them, no, they turn their noses up at commercial places that have no soul and I love that. They even call me out on restaurants that aren’t adventurous enough, which I agree, but Fork It Over Dubai has to cater to everyone. When news got out that I was hosting my #FIODT dinner at Shogun, a hidden gem in Ghurair Center Deira, the table was fully booked / over booked in a span of hours. I had 17 guests ready to venture down to Deira and taste something real. One of my favorite things about Shogun is that it caters to both Korean diplomats and young nationals that are looking for a taste of home. Stepping into Ghurair center, down the hall, up the elevator and to the left, we finally step into Shogun. A small step for mankind, but a giant leap into a different Dubai. Shoes off as we make our way into our semi private room where the table is set, the grills are ready to go and my guests arrive one by one with a giddy smile on their faces in anticipation of dinner. We begin with Kimchi, traditional Korean dishes made of vegetables with a variety of seasoning. Whenever I have Kimchi, I tend to gravitate to my favorites of cabbage and cucumber.  Bringing the Kimchi to my lips I feel its cool temperature but then its hot kick which I enjoy experiencing most about Kimchi. A word about tofu, it’s only as good as what you put on top of it or in it, any one who says they love tofu because of tofu is lying. Taking a bite of the Saeng Tofu, fresh Tofu topped with Korean chili dressing, the contrast between the spicy chili sauce and neutral tofu makes for a damn good combination. My eyes widen, as my chopsticks reach out for seconds, that’s a first! An assortment of egg battered vegetables and shrimp catch my eye, I take a pick and experience the over powering taste of egg in the mixture. Dubai eggs are tricky, they’re very pungent, I would suggest something to kill the egg-iness of the batter. Chopsticks in hand, I pick up a piping hot dumpling and take a bite, the crispy dough harnesses the juicy and tender meat on the inside, more for me please! I have a feeling that Zuma ruined black cod for all restaurants. I know that any cod dish consumed is subconsciously compared to Zuma’s. Before the meal started, the owner tells me that Koreans do cod, Undaegu Gui, better than anyone else. When the cod arrives I’m excited, the soy sauce is poured over the horseradish and its time for a taste. Zuma may finally have some competition. It’s a crispier take on the fish, which is something I welcome and the horseradish and soy sauce elevate the charred smokiness of the fish. Well done. The Dolsot Bibimbab, rice mixed with assorted pre cooked vegetables, egg yolk and chili sauce in a sizzling stone pot is put on our table. The chili sauce is added, all the ingredients are mixed and taste is taken. Initially worried that the egg yolk will over power the dish, it elegantly dissolves into the ingredients, the mushroom on the contrary proves to be the most powerful flavor, too overpowering maybe. And finally the grills are fried up, one then two then three. The beef spare ribs and shrimps are placed on our table. In accordance with tradition, we first massage the grill with an onion in preparation for the meat. The beef spare ribs are gracefully unwrapped onto the grill as welcome the sound of sizzling meat.  5 minutes on the cloc, tongs in one hand and scissors in another, the meat is cut into portion size pieces and given a final turn on the grill. Lettuce, meat, kimchi and a peanut based sauce; rolling action followed by popping in mouth action. Crispy, cold, hot and a touch spicy. The meat is tender and one of the perks of self-cooking, is it's cooked to my liking. I don’t get as much marination flavors as I want, but still it proves to be a delicious bite. The delicate shrimp comes next, only a touch on each side and its ready to go. I sip on my chilled cinnamon tea, which sparks memories of Christmas while discovering my sweet bean vanilla ice cream. After a bite or two my spoon subconsciously maneuvers around the beans and goes straight to the ice cream. The highlights of the meal include the kimchi, fried duplings, chili tofu, cod and everything self grilled. Dining at Shogun was a true experience that everyone enjoyed. There was passing of plates, discussion of how to grill meat the right way, tastings of new flavors and most of all laughter.  A good dinner experience always puts people at ease and brings out the joy in them. A lovely example of a destination restaurant. Powered by Restronaut.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Al Ghurair Center OPENING HRS. 12-2:30, 6-11pm CUISINE Korean PRICE PER COUPLE AED 300 TELEPHONE # 04 228 5568
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur Korean Hidden Gem
       

Latest Recipe

Latest Recipe
I would love to meet the person responsible for naming  Latest Recipe. Per the unofficial pole I have taken, based on inviting guests to dinner, it takes everone an average of 3 takes to understand that Latest Recipe is in fact the name of the restaurant. Is it too obscure? Does it lack a sense of cohesion or continuity for a restaurant? In any case, it never fails to offer pleasant chit chat. Guest: "Is that really the name of the restaurant?" Me: "Yes it is." Guest: "Interesting, I've never heard something like that before." Me: "That's true, me either...." Le Meridien Mina Seyahi has recently undergone a 10 month refurbishment to contemporaries the interior while keeping the exterior intact.  Similar to a well maintained vintage car, the body is vintage while the engine is shinny new. We glided through the French inspired menu as my favorites included the beetroot salad and roast chicken which was extremely juicy and comforting to have. Unfortunately the desserts didn't live up to the starters and mains, the icing on the eclair was thick and a touch grainy while the cream filling in the tart wasn't my favorite. Beautifully presented a la sharing style I did have a good meal. Would I go out of my way to come back to Latest Recipe (yes that is the name of the restaurant) I'm not so sure. If you are staying at the hotel or have a business meeting in the area I would recommend a lunch on the terrace. Their ambiance needs a touch of work, which is unfortunately something you can't create. But I do commend them on the attentive service. Powered by Restronaut.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Le Meridien MS OPENING HRS. All Day Dining  CUISINE French European PRICE PER COUPLE AED 250 TELEPHONE # 04 399 3333 WEBSITE Click Me
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur In the Area Terrace Business Lunch
     

Cavendish

Cavendish
I have to admit, JLT is a grey area to me. If you ask me where to eat in JBR, Downtown, DIFC or Madinat Jumeirah I would be able to recommend something to suit your occasion. If you ask me where to eat in JLT, I would be at a loss for recommendations - quelle horreur! So when a friend tipped me off to Cavendish in the Bonnington Hotel, JLT, I said yes please table for 12! Walking down the staircase towards Cavendish I am greeted by a dining room with high ceilings, something I like. The welcome party also included velvet dressed lime green chairs, double cloth covered tables and Garden Center houseplants. Talking a stroll around the dining area I come across a beautiful piano played by the ghost of Mr. Cavendish himself maybe. Were those stairs I walked down or a time machine that warped me back to a hotel in the 90s? Taking my seat at my 12-seater table I’m pleased that the restaurant can accommodate large groups, something I always keep in mind when occasions come around. My dinner guests arrive in bulks of 2 or 3 and before I know it, all hands on deck. As it is the first Tuesday of the month, Cavendish offers a mushroom inspired three course wine paired menu. Consciously seating myself next to a die hard foodie, strategizing ensues. The menu offers either or choices for starters and mains and accordingly a pact is made to order each other’s opposite to insure everything on the menu gets sampled. Our amuse bouche arrives via a cappuccino inspired cup filled with a mushroom soup and truffle foam. Dipping my spoon into the soup and tasting its warm earthy flavors, I set my spoon aside and continue with gulps sips (must maintain lady-like demeanor) to finish it off. The soup proves to be a true amuse bouche that prepares me for the flavors to come. My salad of pigeon, beetroot and candied walnuts arrives next. Beetroot is one of my new found loves, so it’s a sensitive subject when on a plate. Pairing my sweet beetroot with the citrus of the salad, meat of pigeon and candied walnuts is sublime.  Luckily this dish is served to me before my foodie companion, so I have to selfishly admit, I do finish more than half of it before letting him have his share. Wine selection is a pinot noir from Argentina. A dish of lamb sweetbreads is placed in front of me, aka lamb glands. As it’s a first for me, I do my 5 sense rundown, light in color, soft to the touch, smells like butter scotch meat, biting into it I hear nothing and finally it tastes like rich sweet, butter bread, but its meat. The sweetbreads are served with peas and asparagus which are a much-needed fresh flavor to contrast the rich meat and dense gnocchi.  The dish exposed me to a new and beautiful flavor, and I thank it for that, but I would have been satisfied with half of its quantity only because of it’s intense flavors. The wine selection is a Zenfendale from USA. My veal tenderloin with mushrooms and artichoke arrives. Though overly presented, I prefer dishes that are neat yet still organically plated, doesn’t disappoint. The beef is cooked to medium and the drizzled Madeira sauce (similar to a dry cherry) brings it all together.  The wine selection is Chianti Classico form Italy. I take a bite of the trout served with bacon, which is good, but I decide to continue with the fillet. Pre dessert to our dessert is presented. Cute, small, honeycomb parfait, more please! And finally, dark cherry soufflé served with a sweet Monte wine from Chile.  Only a handful of restaurants have soufflé on their menu because it needs to be served on the spot and is not easy to master, so bravo to Cavendish for taking on that challenge, all the ramekins are wiped clean. Laying my head to rest that evening I think about the beetroot salad, the sweetbreads, the parfait, the sweet wine, a sign that the food did make an impact on me. I would request from the bottom of my heart a design change, not that it’s the only thing that matters, but it does matter. Get rid of the plants, the piano that plays songs on repeat, the lime green and red colors, replace it with all white have some live music and Cavendish would flourish. For now they fall under the Bring-Your-Own-Ambiance category, but know that they will Bring-the-Food better than a lot of restaurants in Dubai at a price you would also enjoy. Powered by Restronaut.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Bonnington Hotel JLT OPENING HRS. 12:30-6, 7-11 pm CUISINE British PRICE PER COUPLE AED 590 TELEPHONE # 04 356 0533 WEBSITE Click Here
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur Well Priced Wine Pairing Spot
       

Ravi

Ravi
A photo journal of Ravi and then some... Walking around the lively streets of Satwa is one of my favorite things to do when the weather is perfect in Dubai. We began with a glorious meal at Ravis, continued with Chai Karak and ended with Knefeh. In terms of ordering, I would recommend telling the waiting exactly what you enjoy and he can work around that.