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“That’s Dubai, eh…,” responds a manager to my statement that the menu at new chic Dubai beach club, @driftbeachdubai in the One & Only Royal Mirage is overpriced (minimum AED350 per person for three courses without alcohol). Well he does ask how our meal has fared. Shame as the food overall is decent classic Mediterranean fare. More in my review now live on FooDiva – see link in profile. How much would you pay for a three-course beach club lunch in Dubai? 🍴🐙 🍷#foodivareviews #foodiva
A well-executed Neapolitan classic - spaghetti alle vongole in bianco at new snazzy beach club, @driftbeachdubai in the One & Only Royal Mirage for lunch yesterday 😋. No surprise given the chef is Maxime Le Van who specialises in Mediterranean dishes - you might recall him as the opening chef of Boca. Shame the pricing is so sky high though 🙁. More in my review soon. With such blissful weather, where is your go-to spot for al fresco lunching, preferably with a view? 🍝🍷🍴 #foodivareviews #foodiva
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BB is a title given to a respected member of the community. This is our world. @bbdifc @alex_stumpf @speropanga @stfassaris @johan_bosen #friend #pioneer #rebel #bbdifc #difc #gatevillage #restaurant #garden #mydubai . . #Repost @foodiva ・・・ It’s hard to get excited by yet another restaurant opening in DIFC says guest reviewer @jovelmei in particular because of some closures, but that changed when she heard @alex_stumpf (head chef @peyotedubai ) was the culinary mastermind behind @bbdifc along with wife-restaurateur Shabnum Stumpf and front-of-house guru Spero Panagakis (ex-Zuma and many other ventures). BB Social Dining is a far cry from the likes of Peyote and Zuma, but how does it fare? Review now live on #FooDiva – see link in profile. Have you tried BB? What's your go-to restaurant at DIFC? 🍴🥢🍸🍷#foodivareviews
It’s hard to get excited by yet another restaurant opening in DIFC says guest reviewer @jovelmei in particular because of some closures, but that changed when she heard @alex_stumpf (head chef @peyotedubai ) was the culinary mastermind behind @bbdifc along with wife-restaurateur Shabnum Stumpf and front-of-house guru Spero Panagakis (ex-Zuma and many other ventures). BB Social Dining is a far cry from the likes of Peyote and Zuma, but how does it fare? Review now live on #FooDiva – see link in profile. Have you tried BB? What's your go-to restaurant at DIFC? 🍴🥢🍸🍷#foodivareviews
Blimey, are restaurants suddenly improving in Dubai for me to dish out a second consecutive 4.5 out of 5 knife rating?! Or am I becoming soft in my old age? 😉 My experience with Indian restaurants in Dubai are hit and miss. I love punchy flavour, but I can’t, or rather my stomach can’t tolerate high doses of chilli spice. Digestion issues aside, I feel that, a little like truffle, extreme spice overpowers the natural flavours of a dish, and in the case of chilli, sets your tongue on fire. So it’s a welcome change to dine in a new Indian restaurant here, @littlemissindiarestaurant at @fairmontthepalm , where the menu has no indication of spice levels 😋. More in my review now live – see link in profile. What other licensed Indian restaurants hit the spot for you? How do you like your spice levels? 🍴🍷🍹#FooDivaReviews #FooDiva
Thank you @foodiva for such wonderful feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! #Repost Dubai has its first traditional Japanese restaurant, @kohantei at @dubaiopera that embraces ‘omotenashi’ hospitality through a formal multi-course ‘kaiseki’ menu focused on beef from Japan. This particular experience from my travels in Japan is all about harmony and balance in cooking style, flavour and colour. Frankly, as all cooking should aspire to 😉. Interestingly, kaiseki is the forerunner to French nouvelle cuisine, and what we now consider fine dining. My review gives it a high 4.5 out of 5 FooDiva knife rating, which only three other restaurants in Dubai have ever scored 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. See link in profile to read why 😋. Would you spend good money on a formal kaiseki experience in Dubai? 🥢🥩🍣🍱🍷#foodivareviews #foodiva
Thank you for joining us @foodiva look forward to reading the review! . #Repost @foodiva ・・・ Japanese and Australian Wagyu cuts 😋. Wanna guess which one’s which? Dinner @kohantei , the very authentic Japanese restaurant (bar the Aussie beef 😜), with a kaiseki menu at Dubai Opera. More in my review soon. 🥩🥢🍵 #foodivareviews #foodiva
Building a dining universe around shopping is truly a Dubai trademark 😋. And it's not just casual eateries, but licensed restaurants are mushrooming in anon guest reviewer AK’s favourite mall - the less imposing, highly aesthetic, al fresco @citywalkdubai 2. Does @galvindubai serve bistro or fine dining fare, he asks? Review now live - see link in profile. Would you venture to an outdoor mall for a premium dining experience? 🍴🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva
When dining out, is there anything more frustrating than external factors distracting you from great food? Especially when the food is as good as it promises to be at new Abu Dhabi restaurant opening @lpmabudhabi in the Galleria Mall on Maryah Island. Guest contributor @finediningmatt reviews for #FooDiva (see link in profile). Is good food alone enough to make you return to a high-end licensed restaurant? 🍴🍷🥧 #foodivareviews #abudhabidiva
#Repost @foodiva (@get_repost ) ・・・ We have a new concept in Dubai with a menu that rotates monthly according to seasonality and availability of produce. A first for this emirate? Well, if the majority of dishes do change, then yes indeed. @cuisinerouno is Filipino chef John Buenaventura’s crowd-funded ‘fusion tapas’ concept atop the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay. He’s one of a small but growing number of UAE-based chefs opening their own restaurants here – and I don’t just mean helming the kitchen, but with a vested, commercial interest in the entire operation. More in my review now live (see link in profile). What chef-owned concepts in the UAE do you love? 🍴🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva @chefjohn08
We have a new concept in Dubai with a menu that rotates monthly according to seasonality and availability of produce. A first for this emirate? Well, if the majority of dishes do change, then yes indeed. @cuisinerouno is Filipino chef John Buenaventura’s crowd-funded ‘fusion tapas’ concept atop the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay. He’s one of a small but growing number of UAE-based chefs opening their own restaurants here – and I don’t just mean helming the kitchen, but with a vested, commercial interest in the entire operation. More in my review now live (see link in profile). What chef-owned concepts in the UAE do you love? 🍴🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva @chefjohn08
#Repost @foodiva (@get_repost ) ・・・ I give you deep fried padron peppers 😋. Moreish for sure; but I could have just as easily eaten these simply charred with a sprinkling of smoky sea salt. At @cuisinerouno atop Steigenberger hotel in Business Bay, dare I say serving ‘fusion tapas’. A venture by @chefjohn08 who you may remember from Seafire in Atlantis. My anonymity was safe until I walked out and he spotted me. Great to see more chefs branching out with their own concepts (he crowd funded), and Dubai becoming less reliant on importing celeb chef names - a sign of a maturing market. I am going to start a series of features profiling locally based chefs who operate their own restaurants, i.e with a vested interest. Who else makes the cut? 🍴🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva
#Repost @foodiva ・・・ I give you deep fried padron peppers 😋. Moreish for sure; but I could have just as easily eaten these simply charred with a sprinkling of smoky sea salt. At @cuisinerouno atop Steigenberger hotel in Business Bay, dare I say serving ‘fusion tapas’. A venture by @chefjohn08 who you may remember from Seafire in Atlantis. My anonymity was safe until I walked out and he spotted me. Great to see more chefs branching out with their own concepts (he crowd funded), and Dubai becoming less reliant on importing celeb chef names - a sign of a maturing market. I am going to start a series of features profiling locally based chefs who operate their own restaurants, i.e with a vested interest. Who else makes the cut? 🍴🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva
I give you deep fried padron peppers 😋. Moreish for sure; but I could have just as easily eaten these simply charred with a sprinkling of smoky sea salt. At @cuisinerouno atop Steigenberger hotel in Business Bay, dare I say serving ‘fusion tapas’. A venture by @chefjohn08 who you may remember from Seafire in Atlantis. My anonymity was preserved until I walked out and he spotted me. Great to see more chefs branching out with their own concepts (he crowd funded), and Dubai becoming less reliant on importing celeb chef names - a sign of a maturing market. I am going to start a series of features profiling locally based chefs who operate their own restaurants, i.e with a vested interest. Who else makes the cut? 🍴🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva
Miss Tess actually exists, unlike the imaginary Mr Miyagi – both Asian ‘street food’ restaurants. She’s a well-travelled Asian lady with the Instagram handle @tomokotess who has just opened a restaurant at Taj Dubai @misstessdubai , taking over the Tesoro space on the third floor, but she has forgotten to update the signage. More in my review (see link in profile) which brings up the question of service and personal attention that goes hand-in-hand with the near-forgotten art of a traditional maître d’. Is that something you miss experiencing in restaurants nowadays? Swipe for more food and interior photos 😋 🍤🍜🍹 #foodivareviews #foodiva
I pop into @moombaidxb for a drink and am recognised, so I commission anon guest contributor AK to review. Here’s what he thinks of a new casual home-grown licensed restaurant that marries Parsi cuisine with Mumbai street food - including a history lesson 😉. See link in profile. Have you ever tried Parsi food? Who’s a fan of @dishoom in the UK, which this concept bears some resemblance, in my opinion?🍴🌶🍚🍻 #foodivareviews #foodiva
Chef Sean Connolly you might ask, as did I…who is he? I only came across this Yorkshire expat when I ate in one of his Sydney restaurants, The Morrison, a no-frills gastro-pub and oyster bar last December. He’s made his name in New Zealand and Australia through five restaurants and endless telly work – but he’s not a world-recognised name. So to hear that he was helming the flagship restaurant atop Dubai Opera caught me by surprise. Is @seanconnollydubai a tourist trap that rides solely on its location? Find out in my review now live (see link in profile) - and swipe for more photos of the food and interior. Are you familiar with Sean Connolly and his ventures? 🍴🍷#foodivareviews #foodiva @chefseanconnolly
Looks like Le BHV Marais has partly taken note of @foodsheikh ’s review and the staff now know the location of @izubrasserie but there’s still no signage. The good news is, it’s well worth a visit 😋. This veal chop Milanese was excellent, as were the accompanying frites - but I would have liked a more generous serving of the latter. At AED160, it’s the priciest dish on the menu though. Trust the diva to have expensive taste 😜. More in my review soon. Who’s a fan of @chefizu ’s cooking?🍴🍟 #foodivareviews #foodiva
Worth every single penny and we drove 3 hours from Seoul to have this meal for our brunch ..all made by buckwheat especially the buckwheat cold noodle served with cold clear kimchi broth I will definitely come back to Korea because of this 😊🇰🇷🍶🍜#buckwheat #goodfood #foodivareviews #foodie #korea #tasty #freshingredients #life #foodblogger #healthyfood #travel
We love this funky interior! Check out @foodiva review of new restaurant Mr Miyagi's @mediaonehotel #Repost @foodiva ・・・ Meet @mrmiyagisdubai , a new independently operated 'Asian street food' restaurant at the Media One hotel, where dishes are served in random order. My review (and mini rant) is live on FooDiva - see link in profile. But does this style of service affect my overall experience? What's your opinion on this serving methodology? How do you like dishes to be served? 🍴🍹 #foodivareviews #foodie #restaurant #dubai #dubailife #foodbloggerdubai #colorsplash #interiordesign
Does @lepetitbelgedubai serve a true taste of Belgium? My review is now live (see link in profile). Swipe for more photos 😋. Do you have a go-to Belgian restaurant here in Dubai, or elsewhere? 🍴🍻🍷 #foodivareviews
Um Ali is a dessert that combines the creaminess of bread pudding and cinnamon nut stuffing of baklava. This dessert is so symbolic of the UAE. Its almost always served at buffets. Thinking of my dear friend when I eat this@yumnahajwani. I know you love this🤗 #myindulgence #myabudhabi #foodivareviews #foodlover #desserts #uae #livinglifemyway #celebrations 🎉#funtimes
This week was a weekend long week for me!! My indulgence for food this week was insane! Ended the week dining out at Apples Bees !! I love good ribs, especially when its UNLIMITED! All you can eat!! My favorite sentence !! The ribs melt of the bone. The honey and bbq sauce drips with each bite!! Unleash the Carnivore in You!! 💪@entertainergc #myabudhabi #meatlover #foodivareviews #foodlover #myfavourite #weekendmusings #datenight #livelife #crazyforfood
Its always a privilege to share happy occassions with friends. Congrats to all the newly qualified teachers of the UAE!! May they continue to prosper and make the future UAE proud!! I did enjoy those cupcakes!! What a surprise to have a cream cheese topping! The cute decor on top of it😎swipe left for more pics #parkrotana #graduationtimes #celebrations 🎉 #happytimes #foodivareviews #cupcakes #partytime #myabudhabi #mylife #myindulgence
I simply can't resist a good peri peri chicken especially when its served with two sides of peri fries!! Don't you just love dipping a frie in ketchup?? The musical fountain next to Galito's gives the place the perfect outdoor feeling!! Still loving the breeze in the evening!! Swipe left to see more. #foodivareviews #yummy #livelife #family #myabudhabi #greattime @entertainergcc
From Berlin to Chicago!!! The mouth watering succulent Beef Gyro prepared With Fresh Tomato And Onion and the traditional Tzatziki Sauce on flatbread. After a day at Yas waterworld this was a definate treat!!!!😜😜😜 swipe to see more!!!#entertainerapp #entertainergcc #foodivareviews #myabudhabi #family #funtimes #livelife #weekendmusings
PF Changs my all time favourite place! When its time to celebrate!! Dynamite Prawns provides all the bells & whistles. My mouth was certainly singing for joy!! Mmmm delicious. #myabudhabi #foodivareviews ! The Sunrise cocktail PF Changs best seller!!
Peyote: a flirtation or a relationship with Mexican cuisine? No doubt the headline of this review will garner lots of spam 😉. Does Dubai finally have a high-end licensed restaurant that dishes up modern Mexican fare rather than Tex-Mex? 📷of a delicious char-grilled and salt-cured cactus salad 😋. Have you ever eaten cactus? My review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Swipe for more photos. 🍴🍸🌵#foodivareviews @peyotedubai
Does the food sing as much as the setting at @3.fils by chef @akmal_anuar ? My review is now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Where's your go-to spot for an al fresco lunch? Testing out IG's new feature so swipe left and right for more photos 😋 #foodivareviews 🍴📝🍴
"It's both your neighborhood bar and favourite childhood Italian Restaurant" ❤️❤️❤️ Thanks @foodiva for sharing love for us with @repostapp ・・・ Another #Italian #restaurant in #Dubai opens @mattodubai - how does it fare given Italian cuisine is so saturated here? Anon guest reviewer JEC tucks into dinner and addresses the feeling of nostalgia when dining. Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Do you have any restaurants here that make you feel nostalgic? 🍴🍅🍝🍕🍷 #foodivareviews #foodie #dubaifood #delicous #italy #italian #italianfood #foodies #dubaifoodie
#Repost @foodiva with @repostapp ・・・ Another Italian restaurant in Dubai opens @mattodubai - how does it fare given Italian cuisine is so saturated here? Anon guest reviewer JEC tucks into dinner and addresses the feeling of nostalgia when dining. Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Do you have any restaurants here that make you feel nostalgic? 🍴🍅🍝🍕🍷 #foodivareviews #italianfood #italiandoitbetter #ItalianRestaurant #mattodubai #normalisboring
Check out our round up of Abu Dhabi's best Brunches! #Repost @foodiva with @repostapp ・・・ What brunches in Abu Dhabi made the cut for our annual round-up? 😋@mrandmrsbrunch have dished out their verdict on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). In case you missed it the link to our Dubai brunch roundup is also included. Any other brunch favourites to add? 🥂🍴🍾 #foodivareviews #abudhabibrunches
Wow, the Club Vista Mare development on Palm Jumeirah is impressive. Licensed independent restaurants on the seafront...with no hotel to enter. Hurrah! I tried @ajithepalm a home-grown Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) restaurant, by the same peeps who own Pantry Cafe. This grilled octopus tiradito with olives, coriander and spiced with hints of Japanese togarashi was super tender and succulent 😋. More in our review soon. Have you tried any of the other restaurants here? 🐙🌶🍸 #foodivareviews
Life in the fast lane @robertosae Abu Dhabi - how does it fare for guest reviewer @mbroderick147 ? Just to make sure he dined there twice. He raises an interesting point - how long do you like to wait between courses? Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). 🍴🍷🍝 #foodivareviews
#Repost @foodiva ・・・ The Turkish restaurant trend continues 😋Guest reviewer @thelollygrail dines @ruyadubai for #FooDiva . Does it manage to deliver a modern spin on Turkish cuisine? Have you tried it? Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). 🍴🍷#foodivareviews
The Turkish restaurant trend continues 😋Guest reviewer @thelollygrail dines @ruyadubai for #FooDiva . Does it manage to deliver a modern spin on Turkish cuisine? Have you tried it? Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). 🍴🍷#foodivareviews
#Repost @foodiva Who makes the cut for our annual brunch round-up in Dubai? This year we asked the experts, @mrandmrsbrunch to reveal their top 8 choices for #FooDiva . Now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). What's your favourite brunch? Abu Dhabi brunch guide coming soon. 💛🍴🍾🍷🍸💛 #foodivareviews
The 'cheapest' way to eat @nathanoutlaw 's new 'revamped' Al Mahara restaurant in @burjalarab is to go for lunch and choose the AED450 three course set menu (dinner is either AED650 or 850). Plus two glasses of vino pairing for AED175. You cannot just go in for one or two courses. I reckon that qualifies as Dubai's most expensive restaurant. Question is, does it offer quality and value for money? I'll leave you in suspense until my review is out. If you've dined there, would love to know how you rate it. Enjoy your weekend lovelies. 🍴🎣🐟🍴 #foodivareviews
Does @_muchachas_ have to be a true Mexican cantina? Or is it all about positioning and managing expectations? My review is now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Would love to hear your thoughts.🍴🌮🍸📝#foodivareviews
Buenos dias 🌞 It's all about that waitress in my review of another new Peruvian restaurant in Dubai @totoradubai also at DIFC. Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Would you return to a restaurant because of a particular waiter or waitress (provided the food was reasonably good)? Oh and coincidentally it's Peruvian Independence Day on Thursday with F&B offers at many Peruvian restaurants, Pisco Sours included 😉 🍴🍸🌶 #foodivareviews
Bonjour. How does new French bistro @couqleyuae compare to its Beirut sibling? Is it authentic? Guest writer @sj.che reviews. Now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Have you visited either? 🍴🍷📝 #foodivareviews
Great idea from one of my favourite cafes in Dubai. Meat Free Monday @bakerandspiceme Here we have my starter, poached eggs on potato rosti, Swiss-style of course. Two courses (plus amuse bouche) for Dhs79 with the menu changing monthly. Portions are huge. At the Town Centre location. Please introduce it to Dubai Marina. I'll go more often! 💛🍴🍳💛 #meatfreemonday #foodivareviews
Good morning 🌞 A guide just in time for your summer travels I hope. Guest reviewer @sj.che tells us where to dine in London, and where NOT to dine. I know where I am eating next week 😉. Now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Do you have any wonderful or botched London experiences to share? 🍴🍷🇬🇧 #foodivareviews
Bon dia 😊 How does a new Catalonian-inspired restaurant @laluzdubai in DIFC fare for new guest reviewer @hollywoolston ? Interestingly I also dined there separately, and whilst some of the dishes we ordered were different, her points on food and service are consistent with my experience. Review now live on www.foodiva.net (see link in profile). Anyone else tried it? 🍴🍷#foodivareviews #ramadandining
Ooh la la. Dubai has a new licensed French bistro in JLT @couqleyuae - below the Movenpick. A French/Belgian chef owned concept from Beirut. And they know how to make a good steak tartare. Would prefer double-fried frites though 😉. They also have wonderful Fine de Claire oysters in size no 2, not some piddly small ones. Thanks to my friend from the @thegiftconcierge for the heads up. 💛🍴🍟🍷💛 #foodivareviews
Wonderful roasted cod carrot tacos at the new @gourmetbykcal in @lemeridienminaseyahi - the zucchini and Parmesan crust pizzas are also delicious (tastier than the carrot and pumpkin base). Gluten-free never tasted so good. Healthy, filling lunch option...with wine too should you wish 😊. Switched-on, knowledgeable service 💛🍴🌮💛 #foodivareviews