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July 2018

3 Foodie Favourites That Will Not Blow the Diet

These healthy restaurants will keep you on the right track.

The best restaurants in Dubai and MENA for healthy eaters

Healthy meals to try at restaurants in Dubai and MENA region


Eating out does not have to mean blowing your healthy habits. While smart menu choices come into play (pretend you did not see that strawberry cheesecake), we’ve recently discovered a number of delicious restaurants in Dubai and across the Middle East that offer tasty dishes for the calorie-conscious. 

Our foodie experts have also made sure that all these culinary hotspots are family friendly so the whole gang can enjoy nutritious nosh on your next outing. 



L’Eto is one of the best restaurants in Dubai

L’Eto restaurant is a healthy must-try in Dubai


This newly opened stylish chain has already become a firm favourite with Dubai’s fitness set. Located inside Mall of the Emirates, the food focus at L’Eto is on super fresh ingredients used to craft a range of healthy dishes, such as quinoa salads, eggs, wraps, balsamic glazed vegetables and even a guilt-free edamame and mushroom burger! You can also build your own plate from a spread of healthy options at the salad bar. 


Pasqua Café

Pasqua Café in City Centre Maadi

Pasqua Café in City Centre Maadi


From light soups to an array of veggie-packed salads and protein-rich meat and fish fillets, this Cairo-based Mediterranean eatery is guaranteed to satisfy healthy eaters. Located amongst all the shops and entertainment venues in City Centre Maadi, Pasqua Café also offers a wide selection of fresh fruit smoothies to help wash down your nutritious nibbles. 


Ebn El Balad 

The best Middle Eastern food in Egypt

Expect mouthwatering Middle Eastern food at Ebn El Balad


Aside from the deep-fried mezze, mounds of rice and oh so tasty shawarmas, Arabic cuisine is actually very healthy. Most Middle Eastern restaurants will offer lean grilled meat platters, fattoush salad, lentil soup, falafel and stuffed vine leaves. 

Ebn El Balad offers all these classic dishes plus plenty more in a casual setting situated inside two of the top malls in Egypt, City Centre Alexandria and Mall of Egypt.

July 2020

3 of the Top Restaurants in Dubai to Visit This Eid

Your insider guide to the best eats in the mall.

Friends enjoying a table full of sharing dishes

Tasty eateries to visit over the Eid holidays


From breakfast through to late-night eats, we have you covered for every meal of the day with our insider foodie guide. Whether you are craving ultra-creamy hummus, freshly baked bread or fall-off-the-bone grilled meats, these are the dishes to feast on with family and friends during Eid Al-Adha in Dubai.

A Decadent Breakfast

A table full of breakfast dishes at L'ETO in Dubai

Breakfast done right at L'ETO in Mall of the Emirates 


For a slap-up start to your day, look no further than L'ETO for delicious plates of buttery crepes, flakey just-baked croissants, buckwheat pancakes and a seriously good red pepper Shakshouka.

You will also see several light and healthy dishes on the brekkie menu, including an açaí bowl sprinkled with fresh berries and homemade granola and poached eggs atop fresh avocado. 

L'ETO starts serving at 8 am, making it a top choice for families with early-rising little ones. 

L'ETO is located on level 1, Mall of the Emirates 

The Healthy Lunch Option 

A table full of Middle Eastern mezza food at Azkadenya restaurant in Dubai

Enjoy healthy mezza and yummy fresh salads at Azkadenya 

Serving up delicious light and healthy bites, Azkadenya is a great lunch spot to refuel without ruining your appetite ahead of a big family dinner. 

If you are going in a group, order a series of salads (we love the zesty tabbouleh) along with the cold Mezza sampler and the minty-fresh tahini and tomato wrap. You also cannot leave without ordering a bowl of the kitchen's super creamy hummus. 

Azkadenya is located on level 2, Mall of the Emirates

A Late Supper Spread  

Mixed grilled meats at Al Hallab in Dubai

Expect meaty mixed grills galore at Al Hallab in Dubai

One of the best Arabic food spots in Dubai, the ever-popular Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets will be your best bet for great Middle Eastern fare in the mall. Visit for an early evening or late-night meal (last orders are at 11:15 pm), and pick out your favourites from the sprawling menu, which is filled with authentic Arabian dishes. 

Our tried-and-true foodie highlights include the chicken Shawarma, lamb chops and Mohamara dip scooped up with piping hot pita bread. 

Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets is located on level 1, Mall of the Emirates

March 2020

3 Healthy and Easy Meals You Can Make Today at Home

These delicious modern Middle Eastern recipes require just a few ingredients.


Image from When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia by Suzanne Husseini

Easy recipe ideas from one of our favourite female foodies in the Middle East


As many of us stay home and hunker down to social distance, there is no better time to build on our kitchen skills and feed ourselves with healthy, immune-boosting meals. 

We have turned to Suzanne Husseini, one of our favourite Middle Eastern foodies and author of the best-selling cookbook, When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia, for three delicious dishes to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner.

These simple recipes call for only a few essential ingredients – most of which you are likely to already have in your fridge and cupboards. 

Scroll below to get cooking!

Breakfast: Fava Bean Dip


Fava Bean Dip from When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia


Suzanne says, “Foul m’dammas is a dip traditionally eaten for breakfast, but it can also be a healthy protein-packed snack for any time of the day.”


Ingredients: 4 servings
1 can of cooked fava beans (300g) 
2 cloves garlic, mashed
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. cumin
Sea salt
1 red chilli pepper, deseeded and chopped 
½ cup parsley, chopped
1 tomato, diced
Extra virgin olive oil

How To:

1. In a saucepan heat the fava beans to boiling point and remove. 
2. Using a slotted spoon, remove from the water and place in a bowl. Add the mashed garlic, lemon juice, cumin and chilli pepper—season with salt. If the mixture is too thick, add some of thecooking water to loosen it. 
3. To serve, place the fava bean dip in a bowl, garnish with the parsley and diced tomatoes and drizzle on the olive oil. Serve hot with fresh pitta bread, along with sliced tomatoes, hot peppersand mint on the side.
Tip: Keep pitta bed in your freezer to pull out and toast when needed. 

Lunch: Creamy Lentil Soup


Creamy Lentil Soup from When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia

Suzanne says, “This was the soup my mother made whenever it was raining. She would look outside and say, ‘Yawm adas’, meaning ‘It’s lentil soup day’. Comfort food takes us back to a time and place.”


Ingredients: 6-8 servings
2 medium onions, finely chopped 
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups orange lentils, rinsed
2 large carrots, peeled and grated 
¼ cup rice (Arborio or short grain)
6 cups chicken stock 
1 tbsp. cinnamon
½ tbsp. allspice
2 tbsp. cumin
Sea salt


2 tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup finely chopped coriander
¼ cup plain yoghurt or sour cream 
2 tbsp. coriander, finely chopped

How To: 

1. In a large pot sautée the onions in the olive oil until soft. Add the lentils, carrots, rice and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Continue to cook until the soup thickens and lentils fall apart. Stir periodically so that the lentils do not stick. 
2. Add in the spices and season with salt. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup until creamy.
3. To prepare the taklia, in a small skillet heat the 2 tbsp. Olive oil and sautée the garlic for one minute until it perfumes the air, then add the coriander and stir for an additional minute. 
4. Pour this on top of the soup and allow simmering for 5 minutes to heighten the flavour.
5. In a small bowl, mix the yoghurt or sour cream with the coriander. Place a teaspoon of this on top of each serving of soup. Sprinkle on a few pitta croutons and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to brighten the soup.

Dinner: Ground Lamb in Tahini Citrus Sauce 


Ground Lamb in Tahini Citrus Sauce from When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia

Suzanne says, “Kofta is ground meat, usually lamb mixed with fresh herbs like parsley and mint, onion and seasoned delicately with a few spices. There are many versions. This one is a delicious way to use tahini.”

Ingredients: 6-8 servings
4 medium potatoes, sliced into rounds
½ cup peanut oil
1kg minced lamb
1 onion, chopped fine
½ cup parsley, chopped fine 
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. allspice
Salt and pepper
1 cup tahini
Juice of 2 lemons (or more) 
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 orange
2 cups of water
Sea salt
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
A handful of chopped parsley, to garnish

How To:

1. Peel, wash and slice the potatoes into rounds. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet and fry the potatoes until golden on both sides. Remove and place on absorbent paper to cool and preheat the oven to 180 ̊C.
2. In a large bowl, combine the minced lamb, onion, parsley, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper. In a baking dish, place the potatoes in one layer. Shape the kofta into long sausages and place on top. 
3. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until partially cooked. Remove and keep the oven on while you make the sauce. 
4. Mix the tahini, lemon juice, orange juice, orange zest, water, and salt to taste. It should be a pouring consistency and creamy. Pour the sauce all over and return to the oven to finish cooking and to thicken the sauce slightly about 20 minutes. 
5. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and parsley. Serve hot with white rice and a salad.

Credit: Recipes sourced from When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia by Suzanne Husseini published by Motivate Media Group.

March 2020

Why You Need To Try These Foodie Favourites This Dubai Food Festival

Where to feast during the big culinary fest?


Two friends eating burgers and fries in a casual restaurant


If you are not hungry now, trust us; you will be after reading this round-up of tasty bites

With the Dubai Food Festival in full swing until the 14th of March, now is the time to treat your tastebuds and feast on the very best the local gastronomic scene has to offer. 

With hundreds of international food offerings to suit all, be it piping hot sourdough pizzas at Brunswick or the innovative take on modern Indian fare found at Farzi Café, Mall of the Emirates is a one-stop-shop for all your culinary cravings and home to many of the best restaurants in Dubai.

Here are the brand new eateries you need on your radar – bon appetit!

Le Burger


Le Burger in Mall of the Emirates

A mouth-watering burger at Le Burger, in Mall of the Emirates 


Burger fans take note – there is a brand new restaurant in town, and it is home to a staggering 2,000+ burger combinations! With all that choice, you will be hard-pressed to order just one. We recommend going in a group so you can sample and share as many of the gourmet buns as possible. 

We have devoured a fair few from the sprawling menu and can vouch for the classic ‘Worth Melting For’, served packed with beef bacon and melted cheddar cheese sauce. For a more unusual bite, try the ‘Elvis Burger’, which comes with grilled banana and peanut butter, or the ‘Fata Morgana Burger’, with figs, dates and goat cheese.

The restaurant has also introduced options for green-minded veggies and vegans, including chickpea, zucchini or popcorn patty inside wholemeal gluten-free buns. 



Quinoa salad at Nando’s in Mall of the Emirates


You will find plenty of healthy options at Nando’s in Dubai

Nando’s has recently opened inside Mall of the Emirates for hungry shoppers to refuel on the chain’s famous peri-peri chicken, wings and spicy rice. 

While it might not be the most obvious choice, the Afro-Portuguese chain also offers many light and nutritious options, making it a top choice if you are hunting for a healthy restaurant in the mall. For a filling and tasty meal without the guilt, order the fresh quinoa salad or ¼ peri-peri chicken with corn on the cob and chargrilled veg.



Indian food at Gazebo in Mall of the Emirates

Load up on classic Indian dishes at Gazebo in Mall of the Emirates

It is easy to see why Gazebo has stacked up more than 20 locations all across the United Arab Emirates – the famous Indian restaurant chain cooks up all the classics in a casual and family-friendly setting. 

Nestled away from the crowds nearby to Ski Dubai on level 1, Gazebo’s latest opening in Mall of the Emirates offers hearty plates piled high with papdi chaat, murgh Lahori and hammour tikka biryani. 

Buffalo Wild Wings


Boneless chicken wings at Buffalo Wild Wings in Dubai


Buffalo Wild Wings will be a new favourite 


We are close to drooling just thinking about the melt-in-your-mouth wing platters from popular American chain Buffalo Wild Wings, which recently opened its doors inside Mall of the Emirates. Stop by and order a basket of hand-sun wings doused in one of the restaurant’s many ‘mild or ‘wild’ spicy sauces or variety of seasonings.

Taking its name from the city of Buffalo in New York where chicken wings were first invented, the eatery also serves up burgers, wraps, nachos and many more delicious dishes to work your way through.

February 2020

3 of the Best Breakfast Spots in Dubai Right Now

Start your day off on a seriously tasty note!


Friends eating breakfast together outdoors


The breakfast restaurants you need to visit in Dubai


From the best eggs in town to a tasty Turkish spread and an authentic Arabian breakfast that’s ideal for late sleepers, these are the top spots in Dubai for your first meal of the day. 

BESH Turkish Kitchen


BESH Turkish Kitchen interior at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel


Kick-start your day with a slap-up breakfast at BESH


Why order just one dish when you can try dozens from a sprawling brekkie buffet? BESH Turkish Kitchen puts on an amazing international spread with lots of Indian, Arabic and Western favourites, including a selection of meat and cheeses, just-baked pastries, a large cereal selection and eggs any way you like them. 

You can also order fresh fruit smoothies and a pot of hot Turkish coffee to enjoy on the restaurant’s pretty outdoor terrace overlooking the city skyline. 

The buffet runs every day from 6 am to 11 am and costs AED126 per person or just AED80 for guests staying at the hotel. 

BESH Turkish Kitchen is located inside Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel.



Breakfast dishes including egg Shaksahouka and Manakeesh at Azkadenya in Dubai


Azkadenya is one of the best breakfast places in Dubai


Try a taste of Arabia – with a twist – at Azkadenya, a casual eatery serving modern Middle Eastern cuisine. Located right next to VOX Cinema in the mall, breakfast is served daily from 9 am all the way through until 1 pm. 

The chef’s fresh-out-the-oven Manakeesh flatbreads are a must-try and come topped with spicy minced meat, zataar or melted akkawi cheese. The menu also offers lots of tasty egg dishes, such as mushroom scrambled eggs and Shakshouka cooked with tomatoes and onions. 

Azkadenya is located on level 2, Mall of the Emirates.  

Al Hallab 


Middle Eastern foul at Al Hallab in Dubai


Al Hallab is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Dubai


Craving Lebanese food? Al Hallab is well worth a visit thanks to its freshly sourced ingredients, generous portions and all-day breakfast menu, which is available from noon onwards – hurrah for a late brekkie spot for all of us who love our weekend lie-ins! 

After a leisurely start to your day, we recommend ordering a selection of sharing dishes, starting with hummus, foul and a basket of fluffy Arabic bread, followed by the Sojouk fried eggs and Kounafa cheese – all washed down with a tropical fresh fruit juice. 

Al Hallab is located on level 1, Mall of the Emirates.



February 2020

How to Make One of Farzi Café’s Most Popular Healthy Dishes

The Indian restaurant’s pro chef shares his easy recipe for this healthy menu favourite.


Inside Farzi Café in Mall of the Emirates


A look inside the new Farzi Café in Mall of the Emirates 


If you haven’t already become a regular at Farzi Café then we highly recommend you hightail it down to sample their mouth-watering dishes as soon as you possibly can. 

Despite only recently opening inside Mall of the Emirates, this quirky eatery has already proved a hit with hungry shoppers and movie-goers thanks to its innovative spin on classic Indian cuisine. 

We took it upon ourselves to stop by and ask the restaurant’s chef, Avneesh Gautama, for the secret recipe behind one of his most-ordered dishes – Tandoori Wild Mushrooms with Sauté Pepper. 

We’re sharing the love so that you too can make this tasty vegetarian-friendly dish at home in just three simple steps.


Tandoori Wild Mushrooms with Sauté Pepper at Farzi Café in Mall of the Emirates


Love healthy Indian food? This mushroom vegan dish will go down a treat 


Tandoori Wild Mushrooms with Sauté Pepper

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves: 1 - 2


75gms Button mushrooms 
25gms Enoki mushrooms 
25gms Shimji mushrooms 
30gms Portobello mushrooms 
10gms fresh garlic 
5gms fresh coriander 
5gms salt 
6gms black pepper crushed 
10ml olive oil 

How to:

1. Wash and cut the Button and Portobello mushrooms into quarters, then clean the other mushrooms and cut off the ends.
2. In a pan, add the olive oil and garlic and sauté. Next, mix in all the other mushrooms and toss until cooked.
3. Add salt and pepper seasoning, remove from the heat and garnish with freshly chopped coriander just before serving.

In addition to the vegetarian and vegan dishes, Farzi Café also serves up a whole host of other culinary hits including sliders, salads, biryanis, melt-in-your-mouth meat kebabs, tandoori kulchas and some seriously show-stopping mocktails.


Tandoori Chili Cheese Kulcha at Farzi Café in Mall of the Emirates


You’ll want a double portion of the delicious Tandoori Chili Cheese Kulcha at Farzi Café 


Creative mocktails with smoke at Farzi Café in Dubai


You’ll love the Instagram-worthy mocktails and elaborate beverages at Farzi Café 


The details: Farzi Café is located on level 2, Mall of the Emirates. 
Call +971 43359539 for more information.


February 2020

3 Of the Most Romantic Places to Spend Valentine’s Day in Dubai

We’ve got your date night sorted!


A stylish couple photographed in the street


The best romantic restaurants in Dubai


Whatever your personal opinion about Valentine’s Day, there’s no doubt the 14th of February is a great excuse for a date night – for just the two of you.

Whether you’re in the mood for Mediterranean, want a full-on steak supper or fancy hand-shaken refreshments on a special rooftop, these are the best romantic places to enjoy a memorable dinner with your other half. 



A steak and vegetable side dishes at Tribes in Mall of the Emirates in Dubai


Meat-lovers will love the South African cuisine at Tribes


Get set for a seriously succulent steak at Tribes, the popular casual eatery located in Mall of the Emirates at a brand new spot next to VOX Cinemas. 

The meaty menu is a fusion of exotic African flavours – think chargrilled prime rib, loaded beef burgers and sizzling hanging skewers. You’ll also find plenty of seafood dishes. 

If you’re in the mood to share, order the “Hakuna Matata Platter”, which comes towered high with African pie, grilled calamari, boerewors, lamb spring rolls, crumbed chicken lollipops and pan-fried chilli and garlic prawns – now that’s a feast! 

Tribes is located inside Mall of the Emirates.

Salero Tapas & Bodega


Prawn seafood gambas at Salero Tapas & Bodega in Dubai


A taste of España at Salero Tapas & Bodega in Dubai


Tuck into some of the best Spanish fare the city has to offer over at Salero Tapas & Bodega, a cosy little restaurant tucked away inside Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. 

Low-hanging wicker lights, sofa banquets and live flamingo dancing will set the scene for a romantic evening, while the kitchen’s delicious eats will further impress – think authentic tapas, cured cold cuts, alioli patatas bravas and huge portions of heaped paella to share with your date.   

Salero Tapas & Bodega is located inside Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Eat Greek


Eat Greek at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai


Devour a delicious Mediterranean feast at Eat Greek, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai


Moussaka, baked feta and bowls of creamy Tzatziki dip – what’s not to love about traditional Greek cuisine?

At the recently reopened Eat Greek, you’ll see all the classics on the sprawling menu and lots more hearty dishes, such as stuffed pita wraps, slow-cooked roast meat, grilled seafood and colourful salads topped with tons of freshly-sourced veggies. 

The setting is equally thematic with stonewashed walls, rustic wood floors, twinkling fairy lights and olive trees – you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a Greek island!

Eat Greek is located inside the Mall of the Emirates, Level 2.  

December 2019

How to Stick To Your Diet When Eating Out

Couple eating healthy diet food at café


How to eat out minus the guilt 


Dining out doesn’t have to mean derailing your diet. Scroll down to see our top tips to eating out without straying from your healthy habits, along with the healthy restaurants we’re loving in Dubai.


Water bottle by Lululemon, available at Mall of the Emirates


Water bottle, AED170, Lululemon, visit Mall of the Emirates 


• Steer clear of sugary drinks and keep your refillable water bottle on hand instead. Often your body can trick you into thinking you’re hungry when you’re actually just dehydrated, so fill up on plenty of the clear stuff before, during and after your meal. 

• When it comes to ordering, as a general rule of thumb, we say avoid anything carb-heavy, fried, cheese-laden or with the word “super-sized” in it. We usually find vegetarian or vegan dishes to be the healthiest options, but if you fancy protein, opt for lean turkey, chicken or fish to keep things light. 

• If you’re struggling to find healthy items on a menu, ask your waiter for guidance, as they’ll often help steer you towards the best option. Don’t be shy to find out how the dish is prepared or cooked – if it’s fried in butter you’ll know to ask for it steamed or grilled instead. Many restaurants will also let you substitute items, for example, brown rice instead of white or veggies over French fries. 


Fitbit Inspire Heart Rate Lilac from Carrefour Supermarket and Sharaf DG, at Mall of the Emirates


Fitbit Inspire Heart Rate Lilac, AED499, available at Carrefour Supermarket and Sharaf DG, visit Mall of the Emirates 


• Invest in a FitBit to track your daily steps – if only to see just how much walking it takes to burn off what you consume. It’ll make ordering that slice of cake much less appealing. 

• Have willpower when it comes to the breadbasket. Not only will it rack up empty calories, but mindlessly munching your way through starchy rolls will likely ruin your appetite leaving you with less space for a more nutritious option. 

Two healthy restaurants to try in Dubai  


Healthy veggie bowls at Common Grounds, in Mall of the Emirates


Load up on the super healthy veggie bowls at Common Grounds, in Mall of the Emirates


Common Grounds

Nestled away in a quiet corner of the mall, this cool little café is well-loved by fitness fans thanks to its healthy menu filled with superfood salads, vegetable bowls, wraps, tacos and soups. 

Healthy menu picks: Acai Bowl, Veggie Green Tacos and Vegan Rice Wraps. 

More Café 

A local institution, this popular foodie spot serves up home-style plates of delicious international favourites. 

Healthy menu picks:
Spinach and Roasted Pumpkin Salad and Mediterranean Sea Bream. 



October 2019

3 of the Best Instagram-Worthy Cafés in Dubai to Try This Week

Man taking a photo of his meal using a camera-phone


You need to try these Instagrammable cafes in Dubai 


Dubai is fast becoming a foodie capital thanks to its vast array of different dining options that span from cool concept cafes to gourmet fine dining, casual street food favourites and just about everything else in-between. 

This week we’re turning our attention to the tastiest spots to try in Mall of the Emirates. From artistic desserts to the brand new bistro putting a playful spin on Indian cuisine, see why these Insta-chic foodie outposts are proving such a hit with hungry visitors to the mall.

Farzi Café 


Meat Kabab at Farzi Café in Mall of the Emirates Dubai


Awadhi Mutton Seekh Kabab at Farzi Café


Peckish shoppers have been quick to flood to Farzi Café, the newest restaurant to open its doors inside the Mall of the Emirates. Dubbing itself a “modern spice bistro”, expect classic Indian fare with a contemporary twist, such as Awadhi Mutton Seekh Kababs, Hass Avocado Chaat and Aubergine Steak Moussaka. 

The innovative dishes are served with plenty of table-pleasing theatrics using molecular gastronomy and creative culinary art – perfect for capturing a great’gram meal snap.  

North 28


Burgers and hot chocolate at North 28 in Mall of the Emirates


Feast on classic comfort food at North 28 by Ski Dubai


North 28, next to Ski Dubai, is a must-try for any first-time visitors to the Emirates – where else in the desert can you dine while looking out onto snow-laden slopes and penguins? 

Serving up a wide selection of international dishes, including breakfast favourites, salads, steaks and sandwiches, this unique café is an excellent choice for the whole family. 

To further soak up the alpine atmosphere, cap off your meal with a mug of festive hot chocolate and grab a snap against the backdrop of the ski park’s incredible winter wonderland. 



Afternoon tea at Ladurée in Mall of the Emirates Dubai


Ladurée serves one of the best afternoon teas in Dubai


You don’t need to fly afar for a taste of France, as we think some of the most exquisite French fare and pastries can be found right here at Ladurée, in Mall of the Emirates. 

The elegant teahouse is known for its beautifully presented breakfast plates, afternoon tea and freshly baked viennoiseries, not to mention its mouthwatering array of rainbow-hued macaroons – make sure you take a box home to enjoy later or gift to a loved one. 



September 2019

Here Are 5 of the Healthiest Snacks to Take To Work

Snack smart with these nutritious nibbles.


Young women wearing a shirt and holding a coffee cup


On the go bites to snack on during the working week


When time is tight, and hunger pangs kick in, it’s all too easy to munch on the closest thing available mindlessly. But we’ve found that more often than not, convenience bites are usually a far less healthy option – especially if the local corner shop restocked our favourite candy bar.  

Whatever your base, be it a desk, locker or drawer, keep a stash of grab and go nibbles that won’t derail your diet.

Take a look below for our nutritionist-approved quick snacks to add to your shopping list at the supermarket.


Dragon Organic Goji Berries from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates


Dragon Organic Goji Berries, AED28.90, Carrefour, visit Mall of the Emirates

Equal parts sweet and sour, these tiny antioxidant-rich berries can be eaten solo or added to hot water to make a cleansing detox tea.


Delba Organic Crispbread Spelt-Onion from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates


Delba Organic Crispbread Spelt-Onion, AED15.20, Carrefour, visit Mall of the Emirates


Baked using healthy wholegrains, these delicious spelt and onion crispbreads are loaded with flavour and full of fibre.


Suma Organic raw nut Almonds from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates


Suma Organic Almonds, AED17.10, Carrefour, visit Mall of the Emirates


A handful of unsalted high-protein nuts make for an energy-boosting snack brimming with nutritional benefits. Head to Carrefour’s Bayara nut station to create your very own mix or grab a bag of almonds from the organic section in the supermarket.


Where to Shop Organic


Did you know that Carrefour houses an entire section devoted to healthier food options called Healthy Kitchen? Yep, and the selection is impressive – here you’ll find a vast range of organic and bio items along with superfood supplements, diary-free, gluten-free and Paleo products.


Carrefour Bio Organic Black Chocolate Rice Cakes from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates


Carrefour Bio Organic Black Chocolate Rice Cakes, AED7.90, Carrefour, visit Mall of the Emirates



If you’re craving chocolate, always go for the best quality cocoa you can find. Alternatively, try these mini black chocolate rice cakes – they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without the fear of cavities!

Organic Larder Pumpkin Seeds from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates


Organic Larder Pumpkin Seeds, AED27.30, Carrefour, visit Mall of the Emirates


These chewy nutty-tasting super seeds are filled with crucial omega fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre to benefit both your heart and liver. We always keep a stash in our bags wherever we go.


‘Feel The Beat’ is Back, Here’s How to Get a Free Health Test


September sees the return of ‘Feel the Beat’ – an annual health awareness campaign for women in the region. Taking place at Mall of the Emirates, a healthy initiative is open to all ages of women. You’re never too young to make your health a priority, so stop by to receive a complimentary heart health test.

 Feel The Beat, Mall of the Emirates, 22nd – 28th September.

August 2019

These Are the Best Places to eat out during Eid 2019 In Dubai

A variety of mezze Arabic food on a table


The best Middle Eastern bites to try in Dubai 


Where will you find us over Eid al-Adha? It’s highly likely we’ll be ringing in the occasion at our favourite restaurants in the company of fellow foodies, family and friends. 

Check out our round-up of the highest-ranking Middle Eastern and Turkish eateries to try during this particular time in Dubai. 


BESH Turkish Kitchen 



Flat bread dishes at BESH Turkish Kitchen in Dubai


Piping hot flatbreads and other Turkish food faves await at BESH Turkish Kitchen 


Unless you happen to be staying at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, you may not yet have tried BESH Turkish Restaurant, which sits on the 5th floor of the 5-star hotel.  

A hidden gem set away from the hustle and bustle of the mall’s main shopping halls, this elegant eatery has become a local hit with those in the know thanks to its modern twist on traditional Turkish cuisine.

Menu must-try: We think everyone should sample their decadent pide flatbreads topped with layers of melted cheese, veggies, and meat. Think of it as a Turkish take on pizza. 

BESH Turkish Kitchen, Level 5, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates



The meat shawarmas at Azkadenya in Mall of the Emirates


Satisfy your carnivore cravings with shawarmas at Azkadenya in Mall of the Emirates 


Located just a skip away from VOX Cinema, moviegoers, often flood to Azkadenya pre- or post-film to load up on the restaurant’s contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine. 

The quirky, colourful interiors set the ideal tone for a chilled evening meal with loved ones, and trust us, you won’t be left disappointed by the artful Arabic bites.
The food at Azkadenya has proved such a hit! The brains behind the restaurant are soon to open two more international outlets. Watch this space and book in for a meal straight away. 

Menu must-try: The chef’s Beef Shawarmas al Fahem is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Azkadenya, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates

Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets


A waiter holding a tray of dishes at Al Hallab in Mall of the Emirates



There’s something for everyone at Al Hallab in Dubai


Known for its mouth-watering meaty grills, popular chain Al Hallab serves up authentic Lebanese fare in a casual setting in the mall. 

If you’re visiting in a big group, dine family-style and order plenty of sharing platters piled high with mezzes, pastries, stuffed lamb and their signature mixed grill. 

Menu must-try: Finish your feast on a sweet note by ordering a selection of the kitchen’s homemade assorted baklava stuffed with fine nuts. 

Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets, Level 1, Mall of the Emirates

July 2019

This Famous New York Eatery is Now Open in Mall of the Emirates

May 2019

The Best Healthy Ramadan Recipes to Whip Up For Your Next Iftar

Impress the in-laws with these delicious dishes.

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight 


Thinking up new Iftar recipes night after night is no easy feat, especially if you have a revolving door of guests coming through your home during Ramadan. 
In need of kitchen inspiration, we turned to one of our favourite chefs, Zahra Abdalla, whose famous book Cooking With Zahra has become our go-to guide for both traditional and modern Middle Eastern cuisine. 
Here are our top two healthy and meat-free recipes – so there’s no need to make something separate for veggie guests.

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon and Tahini Sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce


“Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce is a delicious, healthy and vegan dish that I love serving at my dinner parties. I usually like to serve it with some roast chicken, or it can be served as a simple and light meal on its own,” says Zahra. “Every time I prepare this at one of my dinner parties; my guests always leave asking for the recipe.”

Ingredients: Serves 4 – 6  

  • ½ head of cabbage
  • Salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Olive oil 

Lemon and tahini sauce: 

  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder (optional) 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

1 cup mixed sprouts, for garnish 

1. Preheat oven at 200°C. Cut half a head of cabbage into 6 or 8 equal-sized wedges, cutting through the core and stem end. Arrange the wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Flip the cabbage wedges and do the same on the other side.

2. Bake the cabbage for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Roast until tender and golden-brown.

3. To make the sauce, combine the tahini paste and lemon juice in a small bowl. Slowly add the water to this, whisking until the sauce has a light, creamy consistency. Season with chilli powder, sea salt and pepper.

4. Serve the roasted cabbage on a platter and top with a drizzle of the lemon and tahini sauce, and garnish with mixed sprouts. Serve hot or cold.


Kookoo Sabzi Mixed Herb Frittata

 Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata

Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata


“Usually this dish is fried,” explains Zahra. “However, as a healthier alternative, I bake it like a cake and slice it before serving. This dish is delicious when served hot or cold.”

Ingredients: Serves 6 – 8 
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh parsley, finely chopped 
  • 2 cups fresh coriander, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh green onions, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh chives, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp barberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional) 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder 

1. Preheat oven at 180°C.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten. Then add parsley, coriander, green onions, chives, dill, flour, barberries, walnuts, olive oil, salt and black pepper powder, and mix well until fully combined.

3. Pour the batter into a greased ovenproof skillet or cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Cut into small pieces and serve with baked salmon and sabzi polo.  

Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla and Motivate Publishing

Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla, Motivate Publishing 


March 2019

Feeling Hungry? Here’s Where to tuck in during Dubai Food Festival

The essential places to dine with friends and family during the big foodie event.

Dubai Food Festival dining deals and offers

The best Dubai Food Festival dining deals, experiences and offers  


Round up your friends and family for the ultimate culinary adventure with our guide on where to eat and what to see during Dubai Food Festival, running until 9 March. 

Join The Club 

Delicious places to dine at Mall of The Emirates 

Expand your taste repertoire with a trip to MOE Clubhouse, a brand new culinary concept inside Mall of the Emirates on Level 1, near H&M and the West Food Court. 

From experimental 3D printed dishes to light bites with a unique twist, the New-England style space gives diners the chance to indulge in a wide variety of tasty bites from the likes of Acai Shack, The Salad Jar, Pastel Cakes, Poke and Co., Blacksmith Coffee and Daily Prep Co. Following our own recent trip here, we can vouch that your meal will be a serious treat for the senses!

After your feast, go to the games room where you can play a few rounds of football, billiards, air-hockey and mini-golf. 

There’s also a Mini MOE Clubhouse for the little ones, where they can meet new friends in a creative setting, with a programme of daily activities and kids’ games – from cupcake decorating to pasta art – to keep them entertained. Older kids and teens can relax in the reading corner or Playstation area. 

Culinary Surprises 

Healthy food at Zaatar W Zeit in Mall of the Emirates food court

Tasty international bites at the food court in Mall of the Emirates  

We all know the struggle of trying to settle on a restaurant when eating out with a group. But whether you’re in the mood for noodles, your friend fancies Arabic food or perhaps the kids are craving pizza, the food courts in Mall of the Emirates have it all and will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds in one convenient space.  

At the West Food Court (located just above Ski Dubai where you can go to the slopes for an indoor skiing session), you’ll find interactive installations so you can dine family-style while being entertained throughout DFF. 

There’s also a daily ‘Happy Hour’ with plenty of surprises including complimentary tastings and roaming entertainment with musicians, magicians and dancing waiters. 

Head Outside 

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif 

If street food, games and free entertainment in an Instagram-worthy setting sounds like your kind of vibe then stop by Outdoors, a cool foodie concept at City Centre Mirdif. Located by the main entrance of the mall (where you can sneak in a bit of retail therapy pre- or post-meal), the venue ticks all the boxes for a chilled day out with family and friends. 

You’ll find lots to see and do aside from working your way around the many mouth-watering kiosks, including daily movie nights under the stars, arcade games, obstacle courses, a jungle-themed kids’ area and even an ice-skating rink. 

Foodie Hour   

DFF dining deals at City Centre Mirdif

Dubai Food Festival dining deals at City Centre Mirdif 

To further celebrate DFF, a number of restaurants at City Centre Mirdif, including Super Chix, Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, are offering a ‘Foodie Hour’ where you can buy one, get one free on select dishes on the menu, during weekdays, from 3pm to 5pm. 

Over at City Centre Me’aisem’s Outdoors, visitors can meet adorable animals at a petting zoo, every Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm. 

The DFF Social Hub  

City Centre Deira, meanwhile, has transformed its West Food Court into a gastronomic DFF Social Hub, with must-try foodie concepts and dish decorating activities. 

There are also lots of games for all ages, such as table footie, ball pools and maze-like installations, plus creative arts and crafts workshops for the little ones. 

Win Up To AED25,000! 

You could be in with a chance at winning amazing prizes, gift cards, cash and even a car during DFF.

Mall of the Emirates

Spent AED350 to enter a draw to win AED5,000 worth of Mall GiftCards, which can be redeemed at hundreds of shops and restaurants inside Mall of the Emirates.

City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira is giving back to those in need throughout Dubai Food Festival by inviting customers to donate canned food (bought from Carrefour) that will then be distributed to disadvantaged residents across the UAE. Every time you donate, you’ll be entered into a competition to bag a AED2,000 City Centre Gift Card. 
It’s just one of many opportunities to win cash prizes during DFF at City Centre Deira. 

City Centre Mirdif

Each day during DFF, snap your meal in the mall and share on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #CCMiFoodie for your chance to win an AED500 Mall GiftCard. There’s a AED10,000 GiftCard up for grabs for the best pic of the competition. 

What’s more, spend AED200 or more at any stores in the mall during DFF to enter a prize draw to snag a cool AED25,000. Spend the same amount on food and beverages at the mall and have your chance of winning multiplied fivefold.

City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Al Shindagha

Both malls have teamed up with Dubai Food Festival and Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) to give away a brand-new Nissan Patrol car! Simply spend over AED50 dining at any food outlets in the malls to enter this amazing prize draw.

March 2019

Your Bite-Sized Guide To All Things Foodie-Related In Dubai This Weekend

March 2019

3 Super Tasty Meals under AED 50 in Dubai

February 2019

We Have Just Revealed the Definitive List of Healthy Asian Restaurants in Dubai

Are you craving Asian cuisine? Here’s where to go for the best bites in the city.

The best restaurants in Dubai for Asian food

The best restaurants in Dubai for Asian food

From a Chinese gastropub to low-calorie Japanese grills and sushi with an artisan French twist, the new wave of Asian restaurants in Dubai are anything but ordinary.

We’ve narrowed it down to our top three picks and selected the most nutritious dishes on each menu – meaning you can still dine out while sticking to that New Year health kick.

Han Shi Fu

Han Shi Fu in Dubai

Han Shi Fu in Dubai

Brought to you by the team behind the wildly popular Din Tai Fung located in Mall of the Emirates, this new brand culinary opening certainly lives up to the hype.

Tagging itself as “a modern Chinese and Asian fusion gastropub and restaurant”, Han Shi Fu can be found inside Aloft City Centre Deira, a hip movie-themed hotel on Dubai Creek. 
Insta-snappers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the interiors – think vibrant neon-toned lighting, oversized Chinese scrolls hanging from the ceiling and an entire wall splashed with cool ceramics. 

A fusion of bold flavours, the menu is just as playful as the décor, taking inspiration from trendy street food favourites found across the world, from Taipei to Hong Kong, Shanghai and even New York.
Our highlights included the spicy beef sirloin hot pot and matcha green tea velvet cake, washed down with an array of quirky colourful mocktails. 

The healthy-minded can opt for the chicken lettuce wraps, wok-charred fresh cauliflower and roasted wild mushroom with yuba – all of which are on the lower end of the calorie-spectrum but still brimming with taste. 

Teriyaki Experience

 Teriyaki Experience in Dubai

Teriyaki Experience in Dubai

Recently opened inside Mall of the Emirates close by to Carrefour Dubai, this restaurant chain has something of a cult following thanks to its mouth-watering Japanese grills, which you can have served with proteins, tofu or veggies. 

One of the healthiest options among the food court’s wide offering, there are plenty of light options on the menu for the whole family to enjoy. 

Prepared fast and fresh, standout dishes include the super grains vedge bowl, build-your-own noodle bowls, miso soup and lots more. 


SushiArt in City Centre Mirdif, Dubai

SushiArt in Dubai

Tuck into tasty platters of sustainably sourced sushi, sashimi and maki at SushiArt, a contemporary concept eatery serving up imaginative Japanese fare. 

Created by award-winning chef Thierry Marx, the dishes at SushiArt almost look too pretty to eat (get that Instagram snap in quickly), but you’ll soon end up devouring the lot.

The avocado spring rolls, salmon tartare and citrus seabream poke bowl are just a few of our menu favourites. 

February 2019

3 Instagrammable Venues for mocktails with a View in Dubai

Trust us, these sundowner spots will become your new favourites. 

mocktails bars with a view in Dubai

Rooftop mocktails bars to try in Dubai 

As the weekend rolls in making the most of the cooler temperatures by joining us at one of these laidback mocktails spots in Dubai, where you can enjoy a happy hour apéritif while soaking up the city skyline in all its glittering glory.


Vantage Bar in Dubai

Vantage Bar in Dubai

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spot for sundowners with a view in central Dubai than at Vantage. This rooftop mocktails bar inside Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel boasts a wide vista of the emirate’s iconic skyline.

Grab a stool inside at the bar to catch the mixologists in action or take to a comfy sofa on the al-fresco terrace where you can smoke shisha as the sun sets.

If you get peckish, nibble on a plate of delicious light bites, such as the tempura prawns or chicken tikka sliders.


W XYZ Bar in Dubai at City Centre Deira

W XYZ Bar in Dubai at City Centre Deira 

Set inside Aloft City Centre Deira, a new design-led hotel, W XYZ Bar is one of the region’s top hangouts in Old Dubai, largely thanks to the generous daily drinks deals and incredible panoramic view of the city, which spans from Downtown Dubai’s towering skyscrapers to the Creek.

Grab a seat on the terrace to make the most of the views and unwind to the beat of smooth tunes from the in-house DJ every Wednesday, or catch the live band on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Azure Pool Lounge 

Azure Pool Lounge at the Pullman Deira City Centre

Azure Pool Lounge in Dubai 

Sitting high on the top floor of the Hotel Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Azure Pool Lounge is the perfect place to kick back and let the stress of week melt away.

As you sink into a plush cabana, sip on freshly-shaken mocktails and order sharing platters of tasty tapas, mezzeh and antipasti while taking in the expansive view of the city. 

January 2019

The Healthiest Menu Picks from Your Favourite Restaurants in Dubai

December 2018

3 Best Dining Options for a Festive Feast with Family and Friends

Where to go to eat, drink and be merry in the Middle East this year.


Celebrate Christmas in The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at these ultimate places

Celebrate Christmas in The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at these ultimate places


To ring in the season of festive feasting, we are counting down a few of our favourite spots. From a ski lodge-inspired setting to the festive brunch, these restaurant picks are the perfect Christmas meal to remember.



Après overlooks a winter wonderland in Mall of the Emirates.

Après overlooks a winter wonderland in Mall of the Emirates


When we say Hot pots of cheese fondue, views of snowy slopes and the chalet-chic feel, we aren't daydreaming of the Swiss Mountains.We are thinking of Après, an Alpine-themed restaurant overlooking Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. You can expect comfortable chalet-like interiors, festive bites and merry beats to get you in Christmas spirit.



The best restaurants in Dubai and the MENA region for Christmas

Baharat restaurant offers you one of the best buffets in Bahrain  


One of the most popular restaurants in Bahrain is Baharat. You can find it at Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain. You can choose from either Arabic or international food favourites from the extensive buffet spread. And for a fun meal with your loved ones, they have cooking stations and open-plan dining areas.



Medley restaurant, at Hotel Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, offers a brilliant brunch deal

Medley restaurant, at Hotel Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre offers, a brilliant brunch deal


Anyone who has visited Medley restaurant will know that they host an epic Friday brunch. Or, if you're a serious foodie, their Christmas Day extravaganza is not to be missed. Go with an appetite and tuck into the vast array of indulgent dishes.

November 2018

Two Tasty New Lunch Spots to Try In Dubai

The best bites to enjoy this weekend.

The best new restaurants in Dubai

The best new restaurants in Dubai 


Mall of the Emirates is home to some of the most in-demand restaurants in Dubai. Now, the ever-expanding lifestyle destination has added two more F&B outlets. 

From cafés specialising in street food, to must-try Mediterranean meals, we’ve got your weekend covered.

Döner & Gyros

Döner & Gyros serves some of the best sandwiches in Dubai

Döner & Gyros serves some of the best sandwiches in Dubai


Got a craving for gyros? You can’t beat Döner & Gyros’ take on this classic meaty dish. Drizzled with plenty of tzatziki, their Chicago-style gyro is stuffed with juicy beef or chicken. It comes with fresh tomato and onion on warm grilled pita bread.

Other popular menu picks include the Berlin döner. For this, try the meat or grilled veggies inside a crispy flatbread. Other items not to miss are their home-style chicken wings and a protein-loaded meat box. For the side, have a plate of their waffle fries. 

Döner & Gyro is located on the ground floor inside Mall of the Emirates.

Café Bateel

Pasta fans will love the menu at Café Bateel in Dubai

Pasta fans will enjoy the menu at Café Bateel in Dubai


Café Bateel is a long-standing favourite in Dubai, thanks to its various locations across the region. Now, Café Bateel has opened its doors inside the Mall of the Emirates. The Mediterranean eatery is an all-around crowd-pleaser for any meal of the day. It serves up wholesome, seasonal plates in a chic setting. 

We love the creamy mushroom soup, fresh halloumi superfood salad and the three-cheese rigatoni for something sweet, cap off your meal with either the strawberry tart or date-infused millefeuille. 

You can find Café Bateel on the ground floor inside the Mall of the Emirates.

Café Bateel is now open at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.

Café Bateel is now open at Mall of the Emirates

Café Bateel is now open at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai

October 2018

Discover the Best Burgers in the UAE

Try these sizzling sliders at the best restaurants in Dubai  

The best burgers to try in Dubai

A definitive guide to the UAE’s best burgers


We try to follow a ‘clean’ diet most of the time, but after a week of low-calorie lunches, post-workout green juices and energy ball snacks, we’re craving a good ol’ juicy burger once the weekend hits. Well, life is all about balance, right? 
The real question is, where can one find the ultimate cheat day meal? While we’re all for feasting at classic fast food joints, we’ve recently stumbled across a few alternatives that offer a fresh take on our favourite indulgences. 
From loaded double patties to extra cheesy creations, our round-up of tasty stacked buns will satisfy all your carnivore cravings. We’ve also tracked down the best veggie burger the region has to offer for our plant-based diet pals.
Word of warning – this list will leave you feeling very hungry…

Brunswick Eastery.Bar.Terrace

Brunswick Eatery.Bar.Terrace in Dubai

Brunswick Eatery.Bar.Terrace in Dubai


Inside the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, a crowd-pleasing spot ticks all the right boxes for a casual meal with family or friends.

The industrial-chic setting, fuss-free menu and live streaming of the biggest sports games have helped make this one of the most popular spots in town. After a recent revamp, there are now three different spaces within the restaurant. It offers a cocktail bar, the main dining area and a pretty plant-filled terrace. We highly recommend ordering one of their delicious burgers, made using organic Australian minced beef. The Shopshire blue burger is guaranteed to impress, but our bun of choice is the excellent triple cream brie burger.

The Veggies come with a crispy grain burger that comes with a mix of Puy lentils, quinoa, mushrooms and buckwheat, topped with purple cabbage and vegan mayo – yum.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai


Located inside City Centre Mirdif, GBK is a long-standing favourite among big burger fans. 
The perfect stop for a quick bite any time at the mall. The burger is cooked and served fast but is by no means fast food as you may know it. All dishes are done using top-notch ingredients. These include 100% prime Australian Angus beef and fresh farm veggies. 
Our must-try meals include the hot smoked BBQ, the wagyu cheese with beef bacon. If you want variety, there is a trio of mini burgers that you will enjoy trying. Other menu highlights include the tasty Cajun chicken and lamb burgers.

T.G.I. Fridays

A family friendly meal choice at T.G.I. Fridays in the Middle East

T.G.I. Fridays is a delicious choice for the whole family   


One of the best places to eat out with kids, T.G.I. Fridays is a top pick for a family-friendly feast. The relaxed eatery has several branches located across the region, including Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Deira and City Centre Bahrain.
The cowboy triple meat is the real deal when it comes to big burgers. It comes topped with tender pieces of BBQ beef rib meat, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, melted cheddar cheese, beef bacon, horseradish sauce and crispy onions. This mega burger tastes so good; the size won't even be an issue.

If you can’t decide between a plate of eggs or a burger, go for a dish that combines the two – the hangover burger. As the name suggests, it’s the ideal meal after a big one the night before.

October 2018

Caffeine Lovers, This New Coffee Concept is for You

% Arabica delivers artisan brews in an Instagram-worthy setting 

The best place to get coffee in a top Dubai shopping mall

Staff at % Arabica are experts at crafting the perfect cup of coffee  


From big-name chains to canteen stops, there are plenty of places to grab an excellent cup of coffee in Dubai. However, finding a more unique, artisan spot was harder to find. Until now. 
% Arabica has opened in a prime area in Mall of the Emirates. It is already well-loved in the region, thanks to a sister branch at the other end of town in City Centre Mirdif, This concept of café is a must-visit for coffee lovers. 

The Vibe:
This place is real Instagram goals with a minimal look featuring sleek design details. Think lean oak panels lining the walls, a white wraparound bar and brass light fixtures.

Grab a seat near the window to people watch as busy shoppers bustle by. Or, settle on a bench at the back where you can watch the coffee experts making their artful creations.

Enjoy artisan coffee and croissants at % Arabica.

Enjoy artisan coffee and croissants at % Arabica


The Coffee:
Take your pick from the vast selection of caffeine-based concoctions. It has specialised drip-based cups and espresso-infused favourites. You can choose your bean, be it single origin (the Costa Rica Bourbon is our top pick) or the % Arabica blend. Better , you can even buy a bag to take home. 

% Arabica is situated inside Mall of the Emirates

Iced refreshments await at % Arabica inside Mall of the Emirates


Already had your coffee fix for the day? You give the creamy hot chocolate a try - it even comes iced!

If you fancy a bite with your cup of Joe, treat yourself to a freshly baked pastry. You can work off the calories as you walk around the mall.

Coffee and pastries make for a winning combo

Coffee and pastries make for a winning combo

September 2018

Craving Mexican food? There’s A Reason This Eatery Is on Everyone’s Lips

A look at the must-try menu of the month.

Discover one of the best restaurants in Dubai for Mexican cuisine

Chow down at one of the best Mexican spots in the city 


Fancy a taste of Mexico this weekend? Head straight to Taqado Mexican Kitchen, in Mall of the Emirates, for a meal that will blow your mind and your taste buds.

This super casual foodie spot can be found nestled amongst a variety of other eateries within the food court on the ground floor of the mall. 

The relaxed venue allows customers to order directly from the counter and while the food is affordable and ready in mere minutes, it is by no means fast food, as you may know it. 

The emphasis here is on fresh ingredients, sourced straight from Mexico or locally where possible. The menu is also completely customisable and made to order to your exact preferences right before your eyes. 

Foodies will love the burrito box at Taqado Mexican Kitchen

Foodies will enjoy the burrito box at Taqado Mexican Kitchen


The no-frills menu lists lots of delicious classics, all of which can be ordered in three quick steps; pick your meal, choose a meaty filling (or mushroom for veggies) and selects some sides. 

We sampled the quesadilla filled with wagyu chilli con carne, along with the grilled chicken burrito box. We couldn’t resist the crispy tacos loaded with pulled Barbacoa beef either. 

They also offer a variety of yummy salads, salsas and sides, ranging from tortilla soup to avocado chips and towering nachos. 

If breakfast is your main meal of the day, load up on Mexican hash with organic eggs, smashed avocado toast or the traditional huevos rancheros. 

Start the day right with a hearty Mexican breakfast

Start the day right with a hearty Mexican breakfast 


There is also a mini luchadores menu for children so the entire family can feast as one. 

And in true Mexcian style, you can’t say no to capping off your meal with a hearty portion of churros drizzled with either chocolate or caramel sauce.

The details: Taqado Mexican Kitchen is located on the ground floor of Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 385 1171 for more information. No reservations needed. 

This foodie favourite is a tasty option for a family-friendly dining experience

This foodie favourite is a delicious option for a family-friendly dining experience

August 2018

The Best Restaurants in the Middle East for a Date Night

Win major brownie points by booking one of these romantic spots.

The most romantic restaurants in the Middle East

The most romantic restaurants in the Middle East


From rooftop cocktails to a Parisian-boudoir inspired lounge, these standout venues will set the tone for a truly memorable date night with that someone special. 

Vantage Lounge 

Rooftop views at Vantage Lounge in Dubai

Rooftop views at Vantage Lounge in Dubai 


Vantage is an all-round winner if you’re looking to seriously impress the loved one in your life. Found on the 5th floor of Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, the lounge and restaurant is the ideal spot to unwind under the stars with your other half. 

A night here includes hand-shaken specialty cocktails, gastropub bites and rooftop views of Dubai’s skyline.


Delicious cocktails at Boudoir bar and lounge in Bahrain

Cocktails in a glamorous setting at Boudoir bar and lounge in Bahrain 


Tucked away inside The Westin Bahrain City Centre, one of the leading hotels in Bahrain, Boudoir is an intimate venue serving up expert cocktails along with the finest cigars. The opulent interiors lend a Parisian vibe to the intimate space, with Art Deco-inspired curved ceilings, velvet banquet booths, black mirrored walls and ornate chandeliers. 

Once you’ve wet your whistle, head for a bite at Furn Bistro & Bakery next door for an authentic taste of Khaleeji cuisine. If you fancy something sweet to cap off the night, we can vouch for the mouthwatering pistachio katayef. 

Medley Restaurant

One of the best buffets in Dubai at Medley Restaurant

One of the best buffets in Dubai at Medley Restaurant


With its sprawling buffet selection of delicious dishes, Medley Restaurant caters for even the fussiest eaters (so you can avoid any awkward menu moments).

Situated inside Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, the relaxed eatery serves up an international selection of pasta, meats, seafood platters, salads, sandwiches and so much more, whipped up at live cooking stations where you can pile your plate high with whatever your heart desires. 

June 2018

Dubai Brunches Your Taste buds Will Love You For

The best meal deals to try this weekend.

Meal deals in Dubai

Feast on Turkish pide and so much more this weekend 


A weekend institution loved by the region’s deal-hungry foodie fans, brunching is one of best things to do in Dubai on a Friday afternoon.
If you too cannot resist the lure of an all-you-can-eat-and-drink feast, roll up your sleeves (and maybe loosen your belt buckle a notch or two) and tuck in at these tasty weekend foodie spots. This is our guide to the ultimate Friday brunch experience revealed!

Salero Tapas & Bodega

Salero Tapas & Bodega Dubai

A Spanish feast full of flavour awaits in Mall of the Emirates


If bowls of tasty tapas, paella brimming with fresh seafood and unlimited jugs of sangria sound up your street, head straight to Salero Tapas & Bodega located inside Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Serving up some of the best Spanish fares in town, along with live flamenco dancing to enjoy while you dine, this bustling eatery is a top pick for a weekend meal with family and friends. 

The details: Salero Tapas & Bodega Brunch, every Friday, from 1 pm to 4 pm. The price starts at AED265 per person with unlimited soft drinks and rises to AED370 for house beverages.

Salero Tapas & Bodega in Dubai

All-you-can-eat paella at Salero Tapas & Bodega in Dubai


Besh Turkish Kitchen

Besh Turkish Kitchen Dubai

Besh Turkish Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates is well known for its generous brunch spread 


The culinary team at Besh Turkish Kitchen certainly know how to please the crowds when it comes to brunch. Expect family-style sharing plates piled high with just-baked pides (a Turkish-style pizza), masses of mezze dishes and melt-in-your-mouth mixed grills. 
Nestled inside Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, grab a table near the window or on the terrace (if the weather allows) where you can enjoy epic views of the city.  

The details: Besh Turkish Kitchen Brunch, every Friday, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Prices start at AED170 (soft drinks) rising to AED220 (unlimited house drinks).

June 2018

The Top Iftars and Suhoors to Try In Dubai Malls and Bahrain

Must-try feasts to break your fast during Ramadan this year.

The best Iftars for Ramadan 2018 in Dubai

The best Iftars for Ramadan 2018


With Ramadan in full swing, we’ve scoped out the best restaurants in Dubai and across the Middle East to find the perfect place to break your fast. 
A particular time for prayer, reflection and family, fasting is an essential part of the Holy Month and one of the five pillars of Islam. 
Here, we round up the ultimate spots to feast with family and friends during Ramadan. 


Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Olea Restaurant in Dubai

Olea Restaurant in Dubai 


Come sunset and Olea Restaurant puts on an elaborate buffet filled with a wide selection of Levantine classics, such as lamb okra, chicken maqlooba and shrimp mutaffa, plus plenty of delicious mezze favourites. 
Those dining with a big family or group can book a private Iftar experience held in one of the luxurious Aspen chalets with a chef, for AED650 per person.
Olea also hosts a daily Suhoor from 10 pm, which includes a set menu of Arabic salads, hummus, mezze and other tasty bites, along with live tunes from an oud player and shisha on the terrace. 

The details: Olea Restaurant, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, daily Iftar, from sunset to 9 pm, AED210; Suhoor from 10 pm to 2.30 am, AED90 per person. For reservations call +971 4341 0000.

The Westin Bahrain City Centre 

Have a family-friendly Iftar at Furn Bistro & Bakery

Furn Bistro & Bakery in Bahrain


Looking for a family-friendly Iftar in Bahrain to suit all taste buds? Furn Bistro & Bakery is guaranteed to satisfy all of your culinary cravings. Located inside The Westin Bahrain City Centre, one of the leading hotels in Bahrain, the generous buffet spread includes a massive offering of Arabian dishes (think mezzes, mixed grills, salads and much more), in addition to a selection of international cooking stations serving pasta and seafood. 

The details: Furn Bistro & Bakery, The Westin Bahrain City Centre, daily Iftar, from sunset to 8.30 pm, 18BHD per adult and 9BHD for children. For reservations call +973 1717 1000

Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre 

Medley restaurant in Dubai

Medley restaurant in Dubai


Head to Medley restaurant after sunset where Iftar features a sprawling Arabic and Moroccan-themed buffet with live cooking stations whipping up a never- ending array of fresh mezzes, chicken tagine, shawarmas, couscous, kebabs and so much more. 
The restaurant’s Suhoor is ideal for night owls with a light buffet spread and refreshments on offer late into the night. 

The details: Medley restaurant, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, daily Iftar, from sunset to 11 pm, 189AED for adults and AED49 for children; Suhoor from 1 am to 3 am, AED79 per person. For reservations call +971 4603 8201.

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April 2018

Foodie Edit: 3 Of The Best Pizza Places In The Middle East

These foodie spots challenge Italy in the pizza stakes.

best pizza in Dubai

Where to get the best pizza in the Middle East


Whether you’re partial to a deep pan, Roman-style squares or you’re a loyal thin and crispy fan, most of us can I agree on one thing – a mutual love for pizza.

One of Italy’s most famous foodie exports, the humble pie’s roots date back to 1889 when the first pizza is said to have been made to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Consisting of baked dough garnished with tomatoes and basil to represent the colours of the Italian flag, this foodie favourite has undoubtedly come a long way since with limitless options.

From stuffed crusts filled with melted cheese to gluten-free bases and a seemingly never-ending variety of toppings, we have tried them all to report back on the top three places for pizza fans to try across the Middle East. 

California Pizza Kitchen 

Serving up some of the tastiest slices in town, California Pizza Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif is a relaxed spot for all to enjoy and one of the best restaurants in Dubai to take your children.

The casual eatery is well loved for its classic Margherita (take your pick from either hand-tossed original crust or thin and crispy), but delve further into the vast menu and try the spicy chipotle chicken and fire-roasted vegetable options.

California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai

California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai


800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai

Whipped up fresh using high-quality ingredients shipped straight from Naples, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is one of the best places to grab an authentic slice of pie. 

Build your pizza from an extensive selection of toppings (think rosemary turkey and smoked provolone) or opt for baked pasta, burratas, salads or grilled meat mains. We’ve chomped our way through the entire menu, and we’re delighted customers!

Find 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza located in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Me'aisem.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai in Mall of the Emirates


Pizza Hut

You just cannot go wrong with a round of pizzas at this ultimate cheat-day foodie spot. We are long-time lovers of the too-tasty-to-resist super supreme pizza – an indulgent doughy bite loaded with toppings and stuffed with a melted cheese crust. 

Pizza Hut is located in Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Deira, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

March 2018

Eating Out in Dubai: Fuel Your Mall Trawl at These Tasty Foodie Spots

Celebrating Dubai Food Festival 2018, we uncover the very best places to grab a bite in Mall of the Emirates. 

The best restaurants in Dubai

The best restaurants in Dubai


In a city continuously ranked as one of the best places in the region to visit for food, it comes as no surprise that Dubai is heaving with top spots to eat out. 

The culinary offerings are truly endless, and at times, overwhelming – where should a hungry diner begin? With Dubai Food Festival 2018 running throughout early March, there’s no better time than the present to take a culinary tour of the tastiest places to feast in town.

We’ve done the hard work (and taste testing) for you to present the ultimate Dubai restaurants to try now. Even better, they are all conveniently located in one of Dubai’s best shopping malls, Mall of the Emirates, so you can easily combine both shopping with nothing under one roof.


Azkadenya is one of the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai

Azkadenya is one of the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai


With quirky vintage-inspired décor – think retro TV screens and pop art prints of renowned Arabic artists covering the walls – this casual dining chain serves up modern Middle Eastern cuisine.

Located just a few steps away from VOX Cinemas on the second level of the mall, Azkadenya is one of our favourite spots to enjoy a delicious meal before catching a movie. We recommend trying one of the fresh oven-baked manaeesh bread or the makmour baitnjan (fried eggplant with veggies) followed by the chargrilled chicken shish tawook. 

Best for: A pre-movie meal with family and friends.

Eat Greek 

Eat Greek offers up a taste of the Mediterranean in Dubai

Eat Greek offers up a taste of the Mediterranean in Dubai


This Greek kouzina never fails to entice the masses thanks to its broad menu of Mediterranean platters in a relaxed atmosphere. 

While the vibe remains cosy, the restaurant space is generous with plenty of seating either overlooking the hustle and bustle of the shop floors or inside towards the open kitchen, with views of the culinary team cooking up a storm. 

Expect authentic dishes with a twist in the form of loaded pita wraps, an array of fresh Greek-style salads, burgers, seafood grills – and, to boot, one of the very best meaty moussakas in town!

Best for: A family-friendly feast bursting with Greek flavours.


Après serves fantastic food with views of Ski Dubai

Après serves excellent food with views of Ski Dubai


While you might not expect to be overlooking vistas of snowy slopes while you dine in the sunny UAE, this is what you’ll find at Après in Mall of the Emirates. 

From the Alpine-inspired ski-lodge setting of the restaurant, your little ones will love soaking up all the fun of Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first snow park and one of the top Dubai attractions. 

On the food front, there’s something for everyone ranging from wood-fired pizzas and Swiss cheese fondue (a top menu hit), to gourmet burgers and enough grilled meats to satisfy all your carnivore cravings. 

Do not leave without sampling something sweet from the dessert menu – the warm apple strudel is a real treat!

Best for: A delicious bite overlooking Ski Dubai.

February 2018

You Need To Try These Trending Foodie Favourites In Dubai

There’s a reason these favourite dishes are Insta-famous.

The best restaurants in Dubai

The best restaurants in Dubai


Thirty years ago there was just a handful of restaurants in Dubai. Fast-forward to 2018 and the culinary options are now endless and challenge any other major city on the foodie front.

We have taken on the task of working our way through all the best restaurants in Dubai to report back on the current top three meals you must try immediately. 

If you’re not hungry right now, you definitely will be after reading this.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung in Dubai

Din Tai Fung at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


One of Taiwan’s most famous restaurant chains, Din Tai Fung can now be found in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. There is a reason it was ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times – it does the most delicious dumplings we have ever tried. Also known for their out-of-this-world wontons and chow mein, a meal here will be one to remember. 

Menu must-try: Their famous XiaoLongBao, a chicken and crab dumpling. 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai

Gourmet Burger Kitchen at City Centre Mirdif, Dubai


Sometimes we all need to sit down and devour a well-earned cheat meal. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect feast-day meal, look no further than Gourmet Burger Kitchen in City Centre Mirdif. This foodie chain serves uploaded buns filled with top-quality meat and fresh toppings. GBK also offers plenty of tasty side dishes and appetisers, including halloumi bites, hot wings and chargrilled chicken skewers. 

Menu must-try: You cannot go wrong with the Jalapeno Overload Burger – it will be well worth every single minute spent working it off on the treadmill. 


Tribes restaurant in Dubai

Tribes restaurant at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


Tribes in Mall of the Emirates has become a firm favourite on the UAE foodie map. Expect exotic flavours and super fresh ingredients in the form of lavish meaty platters, fish skewers and curries. The African-themed restaurant also serves up yummy salads and sandwiches if you fancy a lighter bite.

Menu must-try: Do not leave without sampling the beef ribs. 


Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Dubai

Texas Roadhouse restaurant at City Centre Deira, Dubai


Expect all your meaty favourites at Texas Roadhouse in City Centre Deira. This child-friendly eatery offers up plates piled high with hand-cut steaks, juicy rib racks, oven roasted chicken and grilled shrimp. The casual Western-themed atmosphere combined with the mouth-watering BBQ dishes make this a real crowd-pleaser for the whole family. 

Menu must-try: The grilled to perfection New York Strip steak.

February 2018

2 New Recipes to Master: BESH Turkish Kitchen’s Must-Try Dishes

The ever-popular Turkish kitchen shares a new round of light and tasty dishes to try it yourself at home.

BESH Turkish Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Dubai for authentic Turkish bites

BESH Turkish Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Dubai for authentic Turkish bites


Our culinary friends at BESH Turkish Kitchen in Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel open up their recipe book to reveal how to make a few of their favourite dishes on the menu. 

Ekşili Anadolu Çorbası (Lentil and Barley Soup)

Serves 4

Try this delicious, healthy soup at home

Try this delicious, healthy soup at home



100gm red lentils
50gm barley 
50gm chickpeas 
40gm tomato paste 
5gm dry mint 
10gm salt 
1gm black pepper 
15ml corn oil 
30gm onion 
1 garlic clove 
1gm cumin
30ml pomegranate molasses 


Boil the chickpeas, barley and lentils in water separately
Sauté the onions and garlic, before adding the tomato paste and let it cook for 4 minutes
Add the dry mint and cumin powder, followed by the pomegranate molasses and mix well
Mix the barley, lentils, and chickpeas in a saucepan. Add the tomato sauce and let it cook for 20 minutes
Don’t forget to check the seasoning before serving

Mücver (Zucchini Fritters)

Serves 5

The most delicious zucchini recipe to try

The most delicious zucchini recipe to try



500gm zucchini, peeled and grated
100gm carrots, peeled and grated
50gm beyaz peynir (white cheese), crumbled 
2 eggs
100gm flour
1⁄2 bunch of finely chopped scallions
1⁄2 bunch of finely chopped dill
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Oil (for frying) 


Squeeze the grated zucchini to remove excess water
In a bowl, combine the grated zucchini, carrots, cheese, scallions, dill, salt, pepper, and eggs, mix well
Add the flour gradually making sure that the mixture stays at a pouring consistency
Heat the oil, and once hot take a tablespoon of the mixture and drop into the oil
Fry on both sides until it turns golden brown
Continue with the rest of the mixture and serve fritters at room temperature
Serve hot, with yoghurt and mint

 Beautiful interiors at BESH Turkish Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates

Beautiful interiors at BESH Turkish Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates

BESH Turkish Kitchen is located on the ground floor of the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel. For reservations, please call 04 377 2353.

February 2018

A Look Inside Mall Of The Emirates’ Brand New Mediterranean Restaurant

L’Eto is already getting rave reviews – find out why.

L’Eto is one of the best restaurants in Dubai

L’Eto is one of the best restaurants in Dubai


When we heard there was a brand new food haven opening, offering up some of the tastiest Mediterranean fares in town, we had to check it out. 

With our interest piqued and bellies empty, we took a trip to Mall of the Emirates in Dubai to check out L’Eto and see if it lived up to the hype.

The Vibe

The first ever L’Eto café (or ‘caffe’ as they call it) opened in London in 2011 and has since spread across the British capital with six branches. The favourite spot has now expanded and opened up on our shores in Dubai. 

Located on level 1 in Mall of the Emirates, the spacious café is bright and airy with mirrored wall accents, eclectic art and brasserie-style marble counters and bars filled with tempting baked goods, salads and plenty more nibbles.

The atmosphere is stylish yet casual, making it the perfect pit-stop for any occasion – from pre-cinema bites to supper with the whole family. 

Menu Must-Try

From fresh-filled wraps to superfood salads, unique burgers, pasta and quiches, it’s all here, and there is guaranteed to be something to tickle all taste buds. 

The menu is influenced by the tastes of the Mediterranean with dishes such as teriyaki salmon, roasted rosemary turkey or honey roasted pumpkin and kale.

Breakfast favourites at L’Eto in Mall of the Emirates

Breakfast favourites at L’Eto in Mall of the Emirates

L’Eto does breakfast particularly well – think juice booster shots, granolas bursting with fresh berries and one of the best eggs Benedict in town. You’ll indeed start the day off right with a trip here in the morning. 

Those in a rush can grab a bite from their generous lunch or dinner buffet spread, which offers heaps of wholesome salads, mains, meat-packed pastries and much more. 

Grab a slice of the spinach and mushroom quiche at L’Eto

Grab a slice of the spinach and mushroom quiche at L’Eto


Both the crab avocado salad and spinach and mushroom quiche are menu highlights, as is the slow cooked lamb and green burger. And do not leave without sampling a little something from their dessert offering – we love the saffron and apricot tiramisu.

Little ones will also be well taken care of thanks to the kids’ menu, which offers favourites such as homemade pizza, chicken nuggets and sweet crêpes.

Let Us Eat Cake

The talented team of skilled bakers at L’Eto will custom create a cake just for you. Whether you’re looking for a towering masterpiece to wow your dinner party guests or a colourful children’s birthday treat, contact the creative event menu designers, and they will get to work on your personalised cake.

The cake of your dreams will be custom created at L’Eto

The cake of your dreams will be custom created at L’Eto

The details: L’Eto at Mall of the Emirates, call 04 347 4497 for more information or reservations.

December 2017

‘Tis The Season To Feast: December Brunch Deals In Dubai

The very best brunch deals to try throughout the festive season

Dubai Christmas brunch deals 2017

Dubai Christmas brunch deals 2017

Potatoes, gravy, turkey and all the trimmings - the festive season is the time to indulge! Here, we round up the top two celebratory Christmas feasts to try in Mall of the Emirates - go with an appetite!

Besh Turkish Kitchen

Besh Turkish Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates

Besh Turkish Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates

Brunch has long been one of the top things to do in Dubai, and for good reason - who doesn’t love an all-you-can-eat (and drink) extravaganza? Besh Turkish Kitchen at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates (one of the top hotels in Dubai) is an all-round crowd-pleasing option for Christmas day celebrations.

Taking place from 1pm to 4pm, guests can sample a huge variety of authentic Turkish bites along with traditional Christmas dishes (including a big turkey) at live cooking stations throughout the restaurant. There will also be a children’s play area with entrainment such as games and face painting.

To further the festive spirit of the holiday, there will be carol singers and an appearance by Santa Claus.

The details: Besh is located on level 5 of the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates. The festive brunch offers three different packages to choose from; AED299 per person (with soft drinks) AED329 (with house beverages) and AED429 (with bubbly).

Christmas day meals in Dubai

Christmas day meals in Dubai


Olea at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Olea at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

A sprawling culinary spread, live jazz beats and even a dedicated children’s area - Olea ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for a festive family feast.

Located within Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, this Levantine-inspired restaurant is offering a brilliant Christmas day brunch deal for the whole family to enjoy.

Kicking off at 1pm and running till 5pm, the elaborate spread includes a range of international favourites, such as festive turkey, roast duck and fine ribs, along with seafood, salads and Middle Eastern bites. There will also be a kid’s section with a play area and child-friendly foodie dishes.

The details: Olea is located on level 2 of the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The Christmas brunch starts at AED295 per person (with soft drinks) and AED495 per person (with house beverages). 


November 2017

Recipe To Try: Seafood Fans Will Love This Traditional Spanish Galician Dish

Whip up this popular Pulpo a la Gallega feast by Salero Tapas & Bodega in Mall of the Emirates


Salero Tapas & Bodega is one of the top places to visit in Dubai for authentic Spanish food

Salero Tapas & Bodega is one of the top places to visit in Dubai for authentic Spanish food

 From both hot and cold tapas favourites (we can vouch for the patatas bravas and gazpacho Andaluz) to hearty paellas, lamb confit, meatballs and the tastiest churros outside of Spain, Salero Tapas & Bodega is a staple on the culinary scene.

Located within Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates - one of the leading hotels in Dubai - the restaurant space is casual and inviting with wooden tables, graphic wall art, cosy rattan lanterns and a tapas bar - perfect for those grabbing a quick lunch break bite.


Spanish food in a stylish setting within Mall of the Emirates

Spanish food in a stylish setting within Mall of the Emirates


On a recent visit to the bustling eatery, our friends in the kitchen opened up their recipe book to reveal the method behind one of their most in-demand dishes, Pulpo a la Gallega - freshly boiled octopus with delicious potatoes.

Prep and cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Serves: 1 person


  • 80 grams octopus (sliced to 3 – 4mm thick)
  • 40 grams potato (slice to 3 – 4mm thick)
  • 3 ml olive oil
  • 1 gram paprika
  • 0.5 gram sea salt



  • In a large cooking pot, boil the octopus for 40 minutes, before slicing into an 80 grams portion.
  • Next, boil the potatoes in the same cooking pot used for the octopus until tender, for around 20 minutes.
  • Lay the sliced potatoes onto the plate and place the octopus on top.
  • Ensure that all potatoes are covered by the octopus, then drizzle with olive oil, paprika and sea salt.


Delicious Spanish cuisine awaits at Salero Tapas & Bodega

Delicious Spanish cuisine awaits at Salero Tapas & Bodega



Go for a feast or grab a quick bite at the tapas bar

Go for a feast or grab a quick bite at the tapas bar


For reservations at Salero Tapas & Bodega in Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, please call 04 409 5888 or e-mail [email protected]

November 2017

3 Super-Healthy Foodie Spots To Try In Dubai

Get party-ready with these nutritious (and delicious) healthy eating cafes in Mall of the Emirates.


The best restaurants in Dubai for healthy food


Aside from the huge relief of cooler temperatures, November in Dubai marks the beginning of party season. With the festive season kicking off early, there’s no better time than the present to take up (and actually stick to) healthier eating habits - especially if you plan on fitting into that fabulous party frock.

If the idea of bland lettuce and rubbery chicken is less than appealing, fear not, there are lots of healthy eating spots in Dubai that offer tasty nutrition-packed plates for the calorie-conscious.

Scroll down below where we share our guide to the top places to grab a healthy bite in Mall of the Emirates.

Common Grounds

Common Grounds in Mall of the Emirates

Ringing in at the top of our list is Common Grounds - a now Insta-famous casual café favoured by the city’s fitness pack. While the expert artisan coffee is reason enough to lure us out of bed early on a Saturday morning, the real crowd-draw is the wholesome plates packed with goodness.

Pick from a carefully curated menu of breakfast hits (think smashed avocado and free-range eggs) or superfood salads, wraps, tacos and soups for a bit later on in the day.

Must-try on the menu: Greens and grains salad with quinoa and bulgur tabbouleh, raw broccoli, spinach, spring beans, roasted cashews and pumpkin seeds, avocado, goji berries, lemon, EVOO and Moroccan spice.

Location: Common Grounds, level 2, Mall of the Emirates.

Telephone Number: 050 478 1094



Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien in Mall of the Emirates

Le Pain Quotidien in Mall of the Emirates

While resisting the rows of just-baked doughy goods is no easy feat, this restaurant chain also offers up plenty of light bites and nutrition-packed dishes. Located right next to the recently renovated Zara Dubai within the Fashion Dome on the ground floor of Mall of the Emirates, Le Pain Quotidien serves simple, boulangerie-inspired fare in a relaxed setting.

For breakfast nibbles, try the organic oatmeal or red-orange chia seed porridge, and for lunch, you can’t go wrong with one of the veggie-packed salads, grilled meat dishes or the Omega-3 and avocado tartine.

Must-try on the menu: Grilled salmon with quinoa risotto.

Location: Le Pain Quotidien, ground floor, Mall of the Emirates.

Telephone Number: 04 419 0514



Dean & Deluca

Dean & Deluca in Mall of the Emirates

Dean & Deluca in Mall of the Emirates

This New York import has been attracting the masses since opening in Mall of the Emirates two years ago. Part gourmet grocer and part restaurant, Dean & Deluca offers mezzes, salads, wraps, and grilled meats (along with pasta and pizzas) with an emphasis on fresh ingredients.

Housed within a light-drenched, minimalistic setting, the eatery also recently introduced their new ‘Taste of Asia’ menu, which includes a delicious kale, quinoa and mango salad along with tandoori chicken, salom laksa, udon noodles and more.

Must-try on the menu: Goat cheese & walnut salad with fresh green Rocca, wild rocket leaves, romaine lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes and olives with pomegranate dressing.

Location: Dean & Deluca, level 2, Mall of the Emirates.

Telephone Number: 04 419 0830

September 2017

2 Recipes To Try: BESH Turkish Kitchen’s Meaty Menu

Savor a taste of Turkey at home and try your hand at creating these delicious dishes.


BESH Turkish Kitchen in Dubai
BESH Turkish Kitchen is one of the best places to visit in Dubai for authentic Turkish cuisine

The talented kitchen team at BESH Turkish Kitchen in Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel shares their recipes to two of the most popular dishes on the menu.

A foodie favourite for the whole family, the restaurant offers a wide selection of tasty treats ranging from both hot and cold mezze to meat-topped pides, hot grills and decadent sweet desserts.


Shredded chicken and walnuts
Serves 5 people


Chicken dish at BESH Turkish Kitchen
A must-try chicken dish at BESH Turkish Kitchen


•    1 whole chicken
•    150gr walnuts
•    1⁄2 loaf of stale bread, crusts removed
•    15gr sweet paprika
•    5gr black pepper
•    5gr cumin
•    15gr salt
•    500ml milk
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    1 yellow pepper, peeled and quartered
•    1⁄2 bunch parsley
•    1 carrot, peeled and chopped coarsely


•    Cut the whole chicken into quarters and place in a large stockpot with onions, carrots, and parsley.
•    Add eight cups of water and over a medium heat, boil the chicken. Once cooked, place to the side and let it cool before shredding.
•    Soak the bread in milk for about five minutes before removing, squeezing out the excess milk and breaking it up.
•    Pass the walnuts and sweet paprika through the grinder then place on a dry pan and heat slightly until walnuts become aromatic. Remove and place in cheesecloth to squeeze out the walnut oil, which you will use later.
•    Combine the walnuts, two ladles of the chicken stock, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, bread and milk, cook over a medium heat for three minutes until you get a medium white sauce consistency.
•    Place shredded chicken on a plate, pour the sauce over, and top with the walnut oil.
•    Serve on its own or on top of crusty bread.


Turkish style lamb pizza
Serves 5 people


 Turkish-style pizza at BESH Turkish Kitchen in Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel
Whip up a tasty Turkish-style pizza filled with all your favourite ingredients


•    500gr flour
•    50gr fresh yeast
•    Teaspoon of salt
•    Warm water

•    Watered down yoghurt
•    Melted butter

•    750gr diced lamb
•    250gr grated tomatoes
•    50gr finely chopped peppers
•    1/3 bunch parsley, finely chopped
•    Teaspoon of salt


•    Combine all ingredients to form the dough, knead and cut into five equal pieces.
•    Cover and leave to rest and rise for 45 minutes.
•    Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl, mixing well.
•    Take a piece of dough and flatten into an oval shape, place a fifth of the meat mixture over the top and fold from the sides about 1cm thick to encase the filling.
•    Brush some of the watered down yoghurt around the edges.
•    Bake at 180C for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
•    Remove from oven and brush the sides with the melted butter and serve.


BESH Turkish Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Dubai
BESH Turkish Kitchen is widely considered one of the best restaurants in Dubai

For reservations at BESH Turkish Kitchen, please call 04 377 2353

September 2017

Top 3 Kid Friendly Places in Dubai

The little ones will love eating out at these fun and tasty venues.

The best restaurants for children

From Neapolitan-style pizzas to all-you-can-eat stacks of pancakes, we reveal the very best places to fill up hungry bellies at malls across Dubai and the wider Middle East.

Whether you’re looking for a quick pit stop to grab a bite on the go or a sit-down feast with the whole family, these venues offer something to suit all occasions and taste buds.

Bon appetite!

The Cheesecake Factory

This popular American important attracts the masses, and for good reason – The Cheesecake Factory Dubai’s menu is vast, as is the restaurant space, which overlooks the snowy slopes of Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates. Despite the sprawling size, the décor is warm and cosy with big banquet booths, amber lighting and more than enough seating options to suit your group.

Foodie highlights (and be prepared as portions are huge) include the spicy buffalo chicken bites, crispy crab wontons, California guacamole salad, and famous factory salad, while the little ones will love the roadside sliders and mini corn dogs from the children’s menu.

There is also a glass display cabinet by the entrance displaying a seemingly never-ending array of specialty cheesecakes, so don’t even think about not sneaking in a slice – it will be well worth the calories.

The Cheesecake Factory is located at Mall of the Emirates.
The Cheesecake Factory at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai

As the name would suggest the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is THE place to get a great stack of pancakes. Aside from golden pancakes topped with everything from blueberry compote to white chocolate chips, the casual eatery also serves up a broad selection of breakfast bites, juicy burgers, melted sandwiches and quesadillas. If you fancy taking the healthier route, opt for one of the fresh salads loaded with greens, grilled lean meats or the soup of the day.

While the menu is already super child-friendly, there is also a specialised kiddie section with create-a-face pancakes, mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken strips.

IHOP is located at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Bahrain.

IHOP serves some of the best pancakes in Dubai and Bahrain

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Chow down on some of the best slices in town at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Dubai. Soft, chewy and perfectly topped, the pizzas are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Take your pick from three different bases (thin crust, gluten-free or our pick – original Neapolitan) and load up the fresh ingredients, which includes beef carpaccio, classic pepperoni, gourmet ricotta, and over 20 different types of veggies.

You’ll also find plenty of other options aside from cheesy pies, such as tomato and pesto burrata, homemade pasta and lamb shank.

Kids’ meal deals ring in at just AED35 and include a choice of margarita pizza, creamy penne pasta or tomato spaghetti wash down with fresh orange juice and scoop of gelato to finish the feast.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is located at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Me’aisem, and City Centre Deira.

A kids’ meal at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

July 2017

The Definitive Guide to Dining in Dubai

From our favourite organic breakfast spot to authentic Middle Eastern feasts and a gourmet cinema experience straight to your seat, we present the best meals to try now

A world of feasting awaits at Mall of the Emirates

Dubai is a gastronomic hotspot brimming with every foodie experience imaginable. The cities’ culinary offerings are truly endless, from authentic Arabian feasts to hip organic eateries; your taste buds will certainly be spoilt for choice.

Make Mall of the Emirates your first port of call on your foodie adventures. This one-stop shopping destination is filled with many of the regions favourite spots and the best restaurants in Dubai.


The Organic Breakfast Staple  

Common Grounds in Mall of the Emirates

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the mall’s newest wing on Level 2 you will find Common Grounds. Here, freshly sourced ingredients are used to craft healthy innovative dishes, which are sure to impress even the most discerning foodie fan. 

The light-drenched space is furnished with rustic wood furnishings, white tiled walls, and wild green plants. On the menu front, top dishes include the Egyptian baked free-range eggs, buckwheat waffles, and veggie green tacos, as well as the best-smashed avocado toast in town – trust us, it’s not to be missed. Wash down your meal with veggie-packed smoothies, speciality teas, and chai lattes.

While the restaurant is open for all three meals of the day, their epic breakfast offering is the real winner – and served from 8 AM until 4 PM to boot!

The details: Common Grounds, Mall of the Emirates. Call 050 478 1094 for more information.

Foodie tip: As part of Mall of Emirates’ Dubai Summer Surprises, Common Grounds is offering diners a special deal – enjoy the tasty Nomad salad plus a choice of smoothie any time of the day for just AED75 per person.


The Middle Eastern Must-Try

Arabian feasting in Mall of the Emirates

Experience a true taste of Arabia at Al Hallab situated on the first floor of Mall of the Emirates. This Lebanese dining staple has long been a favourite for both locals and out-of-towners wanting to sample the Middle East’s best bites. 

From a huge variety of hot and cold mezze to mouth-watering shawarmas and meaty mixed grills, this is the ultimate place to feast like a sheikh. For dessert, take your pick from the selection of homemade pastries and assorted baklava sweets.

The details: Al Hallab, Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 341 1880 for more information.


The Gourmet Cinema Experience   

VOX ThEATre by Rhodes in Mall of the Emirates

Enjoy silver service straight to your cinema seat on your next movie night at VOX Cinema located on the second level of Mall of the Emirates.

The recently renovated cinema is the largest in the Middle East with the region’s first IMAX laser screen plus a VOX 4DX auditorium - it makes viewing the newest action-filled blockbusters even more thrilling.

For an extra treat, try the VOX ThEATre by Rhodes – an exclusive and all-together luxurious experience with a private lounge, plush reclining seats (complete with cosy pillows and blankets), in-cinema waiter service (with your very own call for service button) and an extensive gourmet menu created by Michelin star chef Gary Rhodes.

We recommend trying the truffle and parmesan popcorn, mini burgers, peppered beef sticks and the delicious lobster and chicken caesar tacos.

The details: Book your ticket to VOX Cinema in Dubai now. Call 600 599 905 for more information.


June 2017

2017 Ramadan in the Mall: The Tastiest Iftars to try in Dubai Tonight

The ultimate feasts to break your fast in Mall of the Emirates

Family and friends gather around to break their fast in Ramadan

With the holy month in full swing, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sample all the mouth-watering iftars on offer within Mall of the Emirates. It’s here in the Middle East’s favourite shopping destination that you will discover a wide range of culinary hotspots - including organic cafes, quick-stop delis, gourmet dining, international eateries and so much more.

Scroll down below where we reveal the top Ramadan meal deals to satisfy your taste buds after sunset.

Traditional Treats

Falafel, salad, tomatoes and yoghurt sauce in Arabic bread

Break your fast with a feast of traditional Middle Eastern fare at Burj Al Hamam on the ground floor of the mall. Here you will feast like a sheikh as your table is piled high with delicious plates.

First up, your waiter will bring a selection of both hot and cold Arabian appetizers, including hummus, fattouch, falafel, moutabel and our personal pick, the warm crispy cheese rolls, swiftly followed by various mains which includes a variety of pastas, meats, fish and curry favourites.
Your meal will be capped off with Arabic sweets and fresh fruits along with tea or coffee.

The details: A large variety of dishes and soft drinks for AED129 per person. For more information, please call 04 341 1659.


A Taste Of Turkey

BESH Turkish Kitchen offers delicious traditional Turkish fare

Set in the elegant surrounds of BESH Turkish Kitchen in Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, enjoy a Turkish meal to remember during Ramadan.

From sunset, the restaurant is offering a lavish Turkish iftar starting with both hot and cold mezze dishes and salads before a selection of pide, grills and sweet treats.

After your meal enjoy a wonder round the pop-up Ramadan Bazaar located at the entrance of the restaurant - the market stalls are brimming with jewellery, trinkets, and decorative items all made in Turkey.

The details: The Turkish inspired iftar costs AED145 per person. For more information, please call 04 377 2353.


Savour A Slice

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza prepares traditional wood-fired pizzas

Had all the mezze and mixed grills you can stomach? Swap manakish for a tasty slice at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza. Conveniently situated bang next door to VOX Cinema, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-movie bite, the popular pizza spot is offering some serious bang for your buck during the holy month.

For just AED50 per person, you can order any pizza or pasta off the menu along with a soft drink of your choice.

We can vouch for the Spaghetti Frutti di Mare and the newly launched Zucchini E Vongole, or build your own pizza and pasta from an extensive list of super fresh ingredients such as rosemary turkey and smoked provolone.

The details: Order any pizza or pasta along with a soft drink for AED50 per person. For more information, please call 04 334 7337.

April 2017

Best Middle Eastern foods and where to find them?


Hospitality is central to Middle Eastern culture, and food plays a huge part in that. It’s why the region’s cuisine has become famous, and today the fresh, wholesome and healthy food is enjoyed all around the world. Check out nine of our favourites below (as well as the best places to try them yourself):

The famous dip is made from chickpeas and can be enjoyed on everything from hot Arabic pitas to roast potatoes, salads and even by itself.
Where to try it: Al Halabi, Ground floor, Tel: 04-3951615


Manakeesh is a round baked bread that’s sprinkled with cheese, meat or herbs (also known as zaatar).
Where to try it: Burj Al Hamam, Ground floor, Tel: 04-3411659

Foul medamas
A spread made from fava beans, olive oil, parsley, garlic, and lemon – Foul medamas comes in a variety of textures, thick and chunky or smooth and thin.
Where to try it: Almaz by Momo, Level 2, Tel: 04-4098877

Who knew fried chickpeas with herbs could be so delicious? The token Middle Eastern food can be enjoyed as a snack, or when stuffed inside a hot pita (with a generous helping of tahini sauce).
Where to try it: Besh Turkish Kitchen (inside Sheraton Hotel), Level 2, Tel: 04-3772000

Regardless of what you call this spread – some refer to it as baba ghanoush – it’s delicious on hot bread or just served alone. Slightly smoky, it’s sometimes served with chili for an added kick.
Where to try it: Al Halabi, Ground floor, Tel: 04-3951615

A tangy salad made with fresh lettuce, crunchy fried squares of pita bread, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lemon, olive oil and a good dash of mint.
Where to try it: Azkadenya, Level 2, Tel: 04-3792986

Umm Ali
A delicious Egyptian take on bread pudding, umm ali is made with pastry that’s been cooked in milk and cream. There are various versions, involving raisins, pistachios, vanilla and even croissant pieces.
Where to try it: Al Hallab Restaurant and Sweets, Level 2, Tel: 04-3792986

One of the more Middle Eastern dishes, the shawarma is made with tender bits of chicken or beef, garlic puree and salad (and sometimes French fries) – all wrapped in a pita.
Where to try it: Omnia Baharat, Level 2, Tel: 04-2651848

A healthy mix of bulgur wheat, parsley, mint, onion, tomatoes and zesty lemon juice, this salad adds zing to your entire plate.
Where to try it: Besh Turkish Kitchen (inside Sheraton Hotel), Level 2, Tel: 04-3772000


April 2017

Why is Dubai obsessed with coffee?


Coffee is thought to have been discovered by an Ethiopian tribe in 1000 AD. They noticed that grinding up coffee berries with animal fat gave them an energy boost. Over the following centuries, coffee – and the ways in which to drink it – has exploded around the world, and beyond (In 2014, astronauts on the international space station brought the first ever espresso machine into outer space).

But why do we love it so much? It could have something to do with caffeine – the chemical that coffee beans produce naturally. High amounts of caffeine increase the level of dopamine in your blood stream (the happy hormone) which may explain why the average person drinks 3.5 cups of the stuff every day.

But how best to drink coffee? And if you don’t have time to make it at home, where’s best for a hot cup of joe? For coffee-lovers looking to up their game, here’s everything you need to know:

The perfect cup in five steps:

Brew at the right temperature:
Most baristas agree that coffee should be brewed at approximately 93 degrees Celsius. Too hot and coffee tastes bitter. Don’t have a thermometer at home? Once your kettle has boiled pull it off the heat and weight five minutes for the perfect temperature.

Warm your mug:
If you pour hot coffee into a cold ceramic mug, it will pull the heat from your brew leaving it tepid and unpleasant. Instead, rinse your cups with hot water first.

Clean your kettle/coffee machine:
It may sound obvious, but kettles and coffee machines often go years before being cleaned. While boiling water does indeed kill germs and bacteria, it does little to stop the build-up of salt and calcium (which comes from tap water). Depending on usage, clean your machine 2 to 3 times a year.

Use freshly roasted beans or ground coffee:
Did you know coffee has a shelf life? While drinking coffee that’s been in the cupboard too long won’t hurt you, it will certainly affect the taste. Coffee should be used within 30 days of roasting and if pre-ground, stored in a dark air-tight container.

Don’t be stingy with the coffee:
Experts agree that the standard measure for brewing coffee for proper strength is two level tablespoons per cup. Use any less coffee and more water and the brew will turn bitter.

No time to make it yourself? Try one of these coffee experts instead.


Common Grounds
A neighbourhood café in the heart of the mall. The perfect place for people to watch or have a chat with the friendly staff. There’s a menu to perk you up and keep your cholesterol down. And the coffee is tip top.
Where to find it: Level 2, Tel: 050-4781094

Aspen Café
Classic and luxurious, the lobby lounge of the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates celebrates the European tradition of a Grande café in the heart of the city.
Where to find it: Ground Floor, Tel: 04-3410000

Dalloyau Paris
Discovered by Louis XIV in 1682, Dalloyau served the Court of Versailles until the French revolution. Today, the regal restaurant serves some of the finest coffee, macaroons, and chocolates.
Where to find it: Level 2, Tel: 04-3350255

Emporio Armani Caffe
A brand that needs no introduction, the coffee is made with organic beans (in keeping with other Emporio Armani Caffe’s around the world).
Where to find it: Level 2, Tel: 04-3410591

More Café
This Dutch concept is based on creativity, passion, and awareness for understanding sustainable food trends. Plus, the coffee is excellent.
Where to find it: Level 2, Tel: 04-3474696

Second Cup
Because one is never enough… Second cup specialises in delectable coffee in a unique variety of styles and flavours.
Where to find it: Level 1, Tel: 04-3410803


November 2016

Foodie Hotspot - DEAN and DELUCA

A new foodie favourite in Mall of the Emirates to try this weekend    

One of New York’s most popular long-standing restaurants has recently opened at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Situated just a stone’s throw from VOX Cinema, Dean & Deluca has already become a foodie hub, offering up gourmet dishes in a casual market-style setting.


Part eatery and part grocer, Dean & Deluca’s latest branch at Mall of the Emirates is a foodie’s fantasy, filled with fresh produce and a wide menu. The décor is light and bright with an open kitchen to catch all the cooking action. Marble floors, subway tile walls and plush leather chairs fill the space. There are plenty of seating options to suit all, whether you’re heading for a bite with your other half or dining in a big group, family-style.

With an emphasis on freshly sourced ingredients, the food at Dean & Deluca is not to be missed. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, the restaurant never fails to attract the hungry masses.

For breakfast, we recommended loading up on the eggs benedict with smoked salmon, just-baked pastries or, for a taste of the Middle East, opt for the spicy foul tagine with zaatar fatayer on the side.

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy lunch, try the delicious Oriental lentil soup, goat’s cheese and walnut salad, or a selection of Arabic mezze favourites including hummous and baba ganoush.

It’s in the evenings that Dean & Deluca really comes alive, with diners flocking to the new spot for their belly-warming plates of chilli-lime fried shrimp, truffle mac ‘n cheese balls, pesto pasta and Mediterranean tacos.

Similarly, this makes for a lovely spot to stop by for a coffee and fresh fruit juice in a stylish setting after a dose of retail therapy in the mall.

The menu is seemingly never-ending so there’s bound to be something (if not, a lot) for everyone to enjoy.

Dean & Deluca is located inside Mall of the Emirates, call (04) 4190830 for more information or visit and

October 2016

Foodie Hotspot - Apres

First opened just over ten years ago, Après is a bustling spot nestled away in Mall of the Emirates. With views spanning over Ski Dubai’s winter wonderland below, this ski lodge-inspired restaurant and bar is the perfect spot to refuel after hitting the shops.

Despite the location in sunny Dubai, a step inside Après and you’ll be whisked away to a European ski lodge in the Swiss Alps. The space is dimly lit with low-hanging chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Ski Dubai slopes. The chalet chic interiors are cosy and inviting with various seating options, from leather booths to intimate tables by the windows.

While the cocktail and bar menu is a popular draw at this elegant watering hole, the food also comes highly rated. The menu is filled with contemporary European classics such as carpaccio, stone-fired pizzas and traditional Swiss cheese fondue – a favourite among loyal customers.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, try one of their healthy salads – the fig and cheese salad and tiger prawn and avocado are delicious.

Follow our lead and opt for a selection of sharing appetisers including the wild mushroom and parmesan arancini, steamed edamame and béchamel sauce and roasted duck flatbread – you can choose any three appetisers for a deal of Dhs110.

For mains, we can vouch for the rosemary- and garlic-infused baked Camembert, pan-seared sea bass and the melt-in-your-mouth beef bourguignon – all of which were packed with flavour and cooked to perfection. The pizzas are another menu hit; try the Piccante Dolce if you fancy a meaty-topped fiesta.

No feast would be complete without something sweet, so we recommend the decadent white chocolate and raspberry crème brûlée.

Stop by Après for Ladies’ night every Sunday from 8pm to 11pm. Women will be treated to three free cocktails throughout the night.

Après is open from 11.30am to midnight and 11.30am to 1am on weekends. Located inside Mall of the Emirates, call (04) 3412575 for more information, or visit

October 2016

Flavours Of Arabia

You can go on a tasting tour of the world while you are in Dubai. From the best French cuisine to international fast food joints, sushi bars and more, the shopping malls in Dubaihave the best restaurants, fine dining options, cafes and more.  But Dubai is equally famous for authentic Arabic cuisine.

Here is the list of the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai:

Come savour the juicy grilled chicken and the best shawarma roll in town at Al Farooj Fresh at the Mall of the Emirates. Renowned as the Number 1 Shawarma Maker in the UAE, Al Faroojis located at the Food Court of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the best malls in Dubai.

It’s all about fresh and healthy at Beirut Restaurant & Grill at the Mall of the Emirates. The first in the region to introduce the concept of displaying fresh food on their counters; you can be sure of absolutely fresh and great tasting food.

A fusion of the cultures of Lebanon, Morocco and Damascus, Al Halabi is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Dubai. Al Halabi is fine Arabic cuisine at its best as it marries Lebanese flavours with tastes from the Aleppo region in Syria, to create amazing signature dishes.

Located at the Ground Level of the Mall of the Emirates, they are famous for their appetizers like vine leaves and cheese rolls; salads such as tabbouleh and fattoush; grilled meats and kafta, as well as decadent desserts like theKonafa and Riz bi Haleeb.


Step into Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets at Level 1 of the Mall of the Emirates, for authentic Arabian dishes in Dubai. With a rich history that dates back the 1880s, their recipes that have been passed from generation to the other. From authentic Lebanese hot and cold starters to soups and grills, their menu also features international salads, sweets and more.   

From the absolutely delectable menu to the plush décor, everything at Almaz by Momo shouts a beautiful blend of innovation and tradition.  Open on all 7 days of the week, the open plan spaces hosts the ‘Almaz’ restaurant, Shisha room and Juice bar.  

Savour a never-ending selection of hot and cold mezzesand other regional delicacies like Fukharat andMashawi at Azkadenya, the Jordanian restaurant at The Mall of The Emirates. The eclectic décor is a mélange of pop culture & vintage; the chefs also give a special twist to the traditional Arabic dishes that are served here.

So set off on a culinary journey and discover the flavours of the region.

September 2016

Foodie Hotspot: Besh

Craving a taste of the Middle East? Take a break from the shops in Mall of the Emirates, and make your way to Besh Turkish Kitchen.

Nestled on the fifth floor of the Sheraton Hotel in Mall of the Emirates, the restaurant only recently opened their doors and have already attracted buzz around town among foodie fans for their mouth-watering Turkish cuisine.

In collaboration with renowned chef Vedat Basaran, the menu at Besh seeks inspiration from authentic cookbooks dating back to over 150 years ago. Every tiny detail has been achingly thought out, from the flour to bake traditional pide flat breads (originally hailing from Anatolia), down to the special spices sourced directly from Turkey’s famed spice bazaar.

A step inside Besh and you may feel as though you’ve wondered into an ornate Ottoman palace. Though the restaurant offers a more laidback and casual dining experience, the interiors is certainly something to see. The eclectic tiled floors and ceramics are reminiscent of the cities’ historic roots, while the Emerald green stained glass windows, brass-coated bulb lighting and glossy marble accents add a touch of luxury to the space.

Chef Vedat and his highly trained team have spent many months hand picking each ingredient and crafting up a delicious menu.

One quick glance at the menu and our expectations are met. There is the lamb Kapali Pide and Mücver (zucchini fritters). Little ones are also welcome at the family-friendly restaurant - kids will love the fresh simit and lahmacuns bread topped with a variety of meats and cheeses. The dough is baked in a traditional dome-shaped oven and is some of the tastiest we’ve tried outside of Istanbul.

After many minutes spent drooling over the menu, our table opted for a selection of dishes to sample including the Turkish mezze platter, grilled meets, healthy salads and a variety of cheese pides.

The food was quick to the table and freshly prepared. The ‘Karisik Izgara’ (mixed grill) was a clear winner and a standout dish amongst the feast. The meat was flavourful and tender – clean plates all round!

If you still have space for something sweet, we highly advise trying the Turkish delights along with a fruity shisha on the side.

The waiters were on hand to help out with any menu recommendations and proved knowledgeable on how each dish was prepared. Our friendly server revealed that most of the dishes, especially the meats, are prepared using traditional cooking methods such as Guveç clay pots. So this is definitely the place to go if you fancy trying a truly authentic Turkish meal.

Besh Turkish Kitchen is located inside the Sheraton Hotel in Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 377 2353 for more information, or visit

August 2016

Foodie Hotspot 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

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    With hundreds of shops, attractions and activities, a fun day out at Mall of the Emirates may leave you in need of a refuel. And what better way to feast than with a mouth-watering pizza at one of Dubai’s newest restaurants, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza.


Located in the mall’s new extension, you might sniff out the tempting scents of just-baked pies before you even reach the restaurant.

The space is bright and airy with monochrome checkerboard floors. White subway tiles line the walls and a colossal wood fired pizza oven stands proud in the corner of the restaurant.

Whether you’re visiting solo or in a large group, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has plenty of seating for all.

The vibe is relaxed and casual with wooden tables filled with families, couples and teenagers alike. Everyone is welcome here and no reservation needed, but be prepared to occasionally wait in line on weekends – it’s well worth it!


The restaurant allows visitors to pick from the menu or personalise their own pizza with a generous choice of ingredients ranging from nine types of cheese to dozens of meats and veggies. A choice of three crusts are also available; Original Neapolitan, thin or gluten-free.

We opted for the Capricciosa (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, kalamata olives and rosemary turkey) along with the Bufalina (Buffalo Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Olive Oil and fresh basil) both on a traditional Original Neapolitan crust.

The dishes were quick to the table and arrived steaming hot out of the oven.

Let’s start with the handmade crust, which we discovered was made using flour from the ancient Molino Caputo in Naples – it arrived crispy on the outside and chewy on the middle with plenty of dough.

The pizza base was thin and firm, perfect for layering on lots of toppings, while the sauce was smooth, tangy and bursting with ripe tomatoes. One bite in and we were impressed.

All of the ingredients are, as expected, high quality and full of flavour, especially the creamy mozzarella cheese topped with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

If like us your eyes are bigger than your belly, try one of 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza’s tasty starters, side dishes or salads. We recommend ordering a pile of sharing plates, such as the feta cheese bread, cherry tomato and pesto burrata and meatballs sprinkled with cheese.

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800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is located in Mall of the Emirates. Call 800 DEGREES for more information, or visit  

July 2016

Foodie Hotspot: Brunswick Sports Club

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    After enjoying a round of retail therapy at the UAE shopping malls, swing by Brunswick Sports club to refuel in a relaxed setting.

    Brunswick Sports Club is the first licensed venue by the duo behind the widely popular Dubai restaurants Tom & Serg, The Sum of Us and Common Grounds.

    With doors opening at noon every day, this hip eatery is a new lunchtime favourite. If evening shopping is more your style, grab a late night bite at Brunswick until 2am. 


Wander towards the Sheraton Hotel in Mall of the Emirates, and you’ll soon come across a colossal black sliding door emblazoned with the BSC logo.

The brains behind the business describe the inside interiors as “a mash up between an industrial Brooklyn gum and a rustic Melbournian neighbourhood bar”. The light loft-inspired space is dotted with hanging bulb light fixtures, white subway tiles, long wooden benches and fresh greenery embedded into the tables.

There is also a bustling bar area with lots of tall seating areas and plenty of oversized screens for catching all up on all the biggest sports matches with cocktail or pint.


Go with an appetite as Brunswick Sports Club serves up hearty plates of all your beloved pub dishes. With 13 to try, the burgers are a house speciality and range from smokey pulled BBQ beef to their already Instagram-famous Mac Daddy bun – a decadent masterpiece oozing with meaty patties and cheesy pasta.

The menu also boasts hot dogs, towering salads and surf & truf.

If you’re visiting with a group, opt for a variety of sharing platters. We highly recommend the spicy wedges, buttermilk fried chicken and BBQ lamb ribs.

If you fancy indulging further, order a heap of their house fries, which you can customize with extra treats including jalapeño cheese & crispy shallot and egg, or hollandaise, pecorino & truffle.

For dessert, don’t leave without trying at least a few bites of the sundae which will arrive with peanut and pretzel flavoured ice-cream, a banana custard doughnut drizzled with hot fudge sauce and passion fruit jam.

While this may not be the spot for those on a health kick, the tasty dishes are well worth every single calorie – we all deserve a day off the diet!

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Brunswick Sports Club is located on Level 2, Sheraton Hotel in Mall of the Emirates. Call 056 404 0685 for more information, or visit or

July 2016

A Look Inside One Of Dubai's Hottest Hotels

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    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hotel’s opening, the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates have finally unveiled their hotly anticipated new Aspen Chalets.

    Connecting to hundreds of shops, a 24-screen multiplex cinema and a host of award-winning restaurants in the mall, the super smart new suites are hot property in the Dubai tourism industry.

    As one of the top hotels in Dubai, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates offers a unique experience for visiting guests. Overlooking the snow-laden winter wonderland of Ski Dubai, the hotel boasts a pampering Softouch Spa, an infinity swimming pool, a state-of-the-art health club and five international restaurants, including culinary favourites Salero Taps & Bodega and Olea.

    The 20 newly-opened Aspen Chalets are set in an exclusive wing within the hotel, treating guests to a cosy sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

    Designed by Wimberly Interiors, the décor sought inspiration from the harmony between sun and snow – this is evident in the rooms, which showcase incredible views of either Ski Dubaior your very own private swimming pool.

    Reminiscent of luxurious ski lodges found in the Swiss Alps, the chalets range from one to three bedroom havens, decked out with stone fireplaces, freestanding baths and sleek furnishings. On the technology front, expect high-spec LED TVs, iPad equipment, Bose sound systems and wireless Internet.

    The chalets provide all the comforts of home along with generous helping of luxury, such as Hermès bathroom amenities, a fully stocked minibar and super comfortable four-poster beds – which will make checking out very difficult!

    To ensure you are thoroughly pampered, all Aspen Chalet guests will gain complementary access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge. You will have your very own butler service, which includes a welcome drink, garment pressing, personal shopping, flowers upon arrival, plus a luxury limousine to ferry you to and from the airport.

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May 2016

Foodie Hotspot: Eat Greek

If the Dubai shopping scene has left you in need of a refuel, stop by the newly opened Eat Greek in Mall of the Emirates. Here you’ll be treated to a traditional Greek feast in a beautiful setting.


From the moment you step into the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Greece. The décor is typically Greek with rustic wooden floors, stone washed walls, lush green trees dotted among the space and an open-air kitchen to catch all the exciting culinary action. The tables are laid out with gingham print napkins and tins of fresh lemons set in trays along with various condiments, dried oregano and olive oil. The setting makes for a picturesque backdrop to enjoy your meal.


Eat Greek’s diverse menu offers plenty of family-style sharing dishes ideal for lunch or dinner. There is something for everyone from steaks, burgers and grilled meats to healthy wraps, fish and salads. There is also a menu for the little ones with kid-friendly dishes such as chicken nuggets and tomato pasta.

Follow our lead and start with the creamy tzatziki, crispy fried calamari and a slab of the peppery baked feta with a side of toasted pita bread.

For mains, we recommend the moussaka with tasty béchamel sauce; it’s a meaty must-try and one of the best we’ve tried in the UAE. The pita lamb skewers with onions and chips and seafood orzo risotto are also popular picks and sure to go down treat with your table.

If, like us, you’re partial to capping off you’re meal with something sweet, try the yoghurt panna cotta with cinnamon sablée and honey ice cream.

A stylish setting, flavourful food and generous portions at a fair price – a clear winner in our eyes.





Eat Greek is located in Mall of the Emirates. Call (04) 3255091 for more information, or visit

November 2015

The Breakfast Club: New Cafés To Try In Dubai

From berry-topped granola to fluffy pancakes and super-charged smoothies, start your day on a delicious note with the best new eateries to have breakfast in Mall of the Emirates.

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Spearheaded by the popular Aussie duo behind Tom & Serg and The Sum of Us, Common Grounds is one of the latest eateries to open in the new Mall of the Emirates extension.

Despite having only recently opened, this trendy café already has a loyal, and fashionable, weekend following, with early risers flocking to the spot for their nutritious acai bowl, smashed avocado toast and organic teas. The coffee is not to be missed here; just don’t ask for speciality milk – these baristas mean business. Also don’t leave without trying their already-famous cronut (a donut/croissant fusion).


While it’s technically not a ‘new’ restaurant in town, this popular café has reopened in Mall of the Emirates after relocating to the shopping haven’s brand new wing. Expect a brightly decorated and welcoming atmosphere with comfy chairs and plenty of table space. Follow the locals’ lead and opt for a stack of their hearty maple syrup pancakes with a cup of Jo and a freshly prepared berry smoothie. More Café’s menu also offers plenty of light bites for the health-conscious; such as veggie omelettes and tropical fruit salads topped with yogurt or cottage cheese.


Refuel after a trip to the shops with a nutritious meal at celebrity chef Silvena Rowe’s latest culinary outlet, Omnia Baharat. As witnessed in her other UAE restaurant, Omnia Gourmet at the Jumeirah Fish Harbour, the award-winning foodie certainly knows how to cook up a delicious breakfast. Our top picks have to be the Turkish-style poached eggs served over yoghurt with cumin and spicy paprika.

November 2015

Meal Of The Month: Seafood Paella

Sudqi Naddaf, Executive Chef at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, shares his renowned fresh fish recipe for Salero Tapas & Bodega

Located in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Salero Tapas & Bodega, one of Dubai’s best restaurants for Spanish cuisine, offers an authentic taste of España.

Headed by culinary talent Chef Sudqi Naddaf, visitors will be treated to traditional fare with a unique twist.

Here the chef shares his six easy-to-follow steps to perfecting seafood paella.




An icon of the Spain’s national cuisine, made with a thin blanket of saffron-scented rice with a crunchy bottom crust and studded with fresh seafood.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes


  • 50g cuttlefish
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 50g red pepper
  • 50g green peppers
  • 300g Bomba (short grain) rice
  • 20g tomato paste
  • 1g saffron
  • 600ml fish stock
  • 250g mussels
  • 250g clams
  • 10pcs prawns
  • 10g garlic
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in either a flat big pan or a paella pan.
  2. Sauté the garlic, cuttlefish and bell peppers and gently stir for few minutes until the fish is cooked.
  3. Next, add the rice and saffron and continue sautéing for a couple of minutes on a low heat (to ensure the rice absorbs all the flavours), before adding the fish stock.
  4. Once the fish stock is hot, throw in the mussels and clams and thoroughly mix in the tomato paste.
  5. As soon as the paella is boiling, place the prawns on the top of the rice, which will cook with the steam from the dish.
  6. After 15 minutes the dish will be ready. Rest for five minutes before serving with some lemon on the side.


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November 2015

Foodie Hotspot: Din Tai Fung

Enjoy an authentic taste of Taiwan in Mall of the Emirates

If you’re in the mood for a taste of the Far East, look no further than the shopping malls in Dubai, where you’ll find plenty of tasty dining options. However, the venue on everyone’s lips is Din Tai Fung.

Hailing from Taiwan, and with branches across America, Hong Kong and Singapore to name a few, Din Tai Fung is one of the latest restaurant chains to open in the new wing of Mall of the Emirates.


The restaurant features two dining areas: an airy section overlooking the shops or a more intimate space near the open-kitchen with views of all the fast-paced culinary action.


You’ll be in for a real feast at this popular Taiwanese spot. At Din Tai Fung the emphasis is mostly on Chinese snack food with a twist. Think delicious dumplings, fried rice, noodles and wontons.

We find this type of cuisine best enjoyed family-style, with plenty of sharing plates and bites to dip into. Follow our lead and kick off your meal with a mixed basket of Din Tai Fung’s specialty xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). Also order the shrimp and veggie wontons, followed by the hot red bean bun, chilli crispy chicken and the sautéed spinach bok choy.

Next up, you must try their mouthwatering tomato and tofu egg flower soup – you won’t be left disappointed.

If you still have room for dessert, opt for the candied sticky rice along with a brew of Chinese tea.


Din Tai Fung is located in the new extension at Mall of the Emirates. Call (04) 2651288 for more information.

October 2015

Dine in Style: Decor buys

From menu planning to seating arrangements, a successful dinner party calls for a lot of organization. Setting your table with beautiful crockery and accessories will help add the finishing touch, making your dinner party a memorable evening for all.
The shopping malls in Dubai are bursting with brilliant interior havens such as Crate & Barrel, IDdesign and Zara Home.
We’ve trawled the shops and browsed the aisles to bring you our edit of the most elegant décor buys.

Here you’ll find everything you need to create a welcoming environment and stylish setting for your guests.




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                      Set of 4 linen napkin with monogramming, Dhs168, Pottery Barn, visit City Centre Mirdif.

                      Add a personal touch with monogrammed napkins

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                      Set of 4 mother-of-pearl napkin rings, Dhs99, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira.

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                      Printed Glassware, prices stat at Dhs12, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira.

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                      Slate cheeseboard, Dhs139, Crate & Barrel, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira.

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                      Glass bowl, Dhs119, Crate & Barrel, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira.

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                      Scented candle, Dhs350, Neom at Boutique 1, visit Mall of the Emirates

                      A lemon and basil scented candle to fill the room with a fresh aroma

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                      Golden cutlery, prices start at Dhs19, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira

                      Give your table a twist with glamorous gold cutlery

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point.

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October 2015

Weekend Guide: Dubai Brunch Special

From à la carte elegance to elaborate buffets, Friday brunching has become a ritual in Dubai.

Housing some of the best restaurants in Dubai, the UAE shopping malls offer a host of brilliant meal deals. Here, we reveal the best brunches to try now.
Let the good times roll…


Enjoy a taste of España at Salero Tapas & Bodega’s Friday Fiesta Brunch, located in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. Discover their authentic Spanish cuisine with a modern twist in a stylish bodega-inspired setting. The brunch menu includes traditional dishes such as tasty hot and cold tapas, paellas, and tortillas. Devour the delicious fare to the chilled tunes of a live Spanish guitar player.
Prices: Dhs295 including unlimited Spanish beverages and soft drinks, Dhs350 including unlimited house beverages, Spanish beverages and soft drinks.
Time: 1pm to 4pm every Friday
The details: Call (04) 4095888 or visit


An experience friends and the whole family can enjoy; Medley restaurant at the Pullman Dubai at City Centre Deira is a beautiful restaurant serving up a huge variety of international dishes. Sleek, minimalist décor and a relaxed atmosphere make this a popular weekend pick. With an emphasis on super fresh produce, there is guaranteed to be something to suit all taste buds, including sushi and a live grill station. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t leave without sampling the desserts – the chocolate fountain is always a highlight.
Prices: Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house beverages, Dhs390 with bubbly.
Time: 12.30pm to 4pm every Friday
The details: Call (04) 2941222 or visit

*Please note, all prices are per person. Terms and conditions may apply.

October 2015

Foodie Hotspot: Leila

Hailing from Lebanon – the land of mouth-watering cuisine – Leila restaurant originally landed in the emirate back in 2012, with their first location in Downtown Dubai. The popular eatery now has a handful of restaurants across Dubai, including a flagship branch in City Centre Mirdif.

Widely considered one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Dubai, Leila is the perfect pick for a healthy meal with family and friends.





The Instagram-worthy interior is both welcoming and chic, with an eclectic mix of pastel coloured printed wallpaper and retro photographs lining the walls.



The menu is filled with classic traditional Lebanese dishes including salads, hot and cold mezze, mixed grills and meats, freshly squeezed fruit juices and desserts. There is an emphasis on sharing, so order for the entire table and dig in family-style.

Kick off your feast with Leila’s tabbouleh, beetroot salad and the popular spicy hummus. Next, fill up on mains and try the chich taouk and kafta bel laban. Top off your meal with a few scoops of the pistachio and rose ice cream.



Visit or call (04) 2515161 for more information


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October 2015

Meal of the month: Teriyaki grilled salmon

Waleed Al Sadik, Executive Chef of Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel, shares his delicious recipe for Vantage Bar and Lounge Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel.

After discovering a passion for all things culinary in his native country of Jordan, Chef Waleed moved to Dubai back in 2003 to develop his talents and hone his skills in international cuisine. Fast forward 12 years and the foodie whiz is treating palates to his signature Middle Eastern flavours with Indian, Asian and Mediterranean twists at Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel.

“Food should taste as good as it looks. It’s all about creativity. I have always co-related everything with food and colour. If I look at the UAE flag, I think of tomatoes for the red, herbs for the green, flour for the white and the black, pepper. My mind then look for ways to mix these ingredients,” Waleed reveals.

Here the top chef shares the five easy steps for his delicious salmon recipe available at one of Dubai’s best spots, Vantage Bar and Lounge.


  • 160g Scottish Salmon (skin on)
  • 100g Teriyaki sauce
  • 80g Baby bok choy
  • 30g Garlic
  • 5g Red pepper
  • 5g Yellow pepper
  • 2g Red radish
  • 3g Green leaves (preferably fressie)
  • Salt to taste
  • Handful sesame seeds


    1. Whisk the teriyaki sauce, ginger, salt and sesame seeds together in a bowl before placing the salmon fillets to marinate for 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat ¼ cup of water in a medium skillet pan over a high heat and bring to boil.  Add the bok choy and allow to steam until almost tender.
    3. Grill the salmon with the skin down first to cook. Keep grilling for 7-10 minutes depending on thickness and personal cooking preference. 
    4. Julienne the red pepper, yellow pepper and radish. 
    5. Plate the salmon, bok choy and top with the julienne vegetables and green leaves before drizzling over additional teriyaki sauce.


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September 2015

Food Hotspot: St.Tropez Bistro

Discover this charming French bistro serving up delicious bites in an elegant setting.

Enjoy a taste of the French Riviera with a trip to St.Tropez Bistro in Mall of the Emirates. Touted as one of Dubai’s best restaurants, this popular eatery is a great spot for lunch with the girls or a romantic night out St.Tropez Bistro .


This hidden gem is a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle. The décor is pure Côte d'Azur glamour, with cream leather booths, Parisian café-style chairs, white marble tabletops, exposed brick pillars and low-hanging light fixtures. The walls are dotted with chic black and white prints of movie stars ranging from Angelina Jolie to Marilyn Monroe.

There are two sections, the main dining room and also a smoking area with a bar and plenty of comfy sofas and booths – you can eat in both areas.


The award-winning menu is filled with Mediterranean favourites offering something to suit all tastes. If you’re after a hearty meal, try the chevre and butternut tart with spinach, or the corn-fed roasted baby chicken with truffled ballotine and confit potato.

After a light bite? There’s plenty of healthy options too, such as the classic nicoise salad and beef carpaccio with rocket and Parmesan. However, you must treat yourself to a side of their French fries, which are seasoned to perfection!

On the dessert front, you’ll be spoilt for choice;from crème brûlée to chocolate fondant, the sweet treats are certainly a highlight. St. Tropez Bistro is fully licensed and boasts a daily happy hour.


Starters cost around Dhs35, while mains ring in at the Dhs70 mark.


Visit or call (04) 3413415 for more information

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September 2015

Meal Of The Month: Slow Roasted Veal Loin With Green Lentils

Andreas Mensch, Executive Head Chef of the Pullman Dubai City Centre Deira and Medley Restaurant, shares his delicious recipe.

Starting his career in Austria, Andreas Mensch previously worked at the Michelin-starred Korso restaurant. From there the talented chef travelled the world,cooking up a storm in kitchens across Norway, America, Russia and Hungary before settling in Dubai at the Pullman Dubai City Centre Deira.



Here the expert chef shares his popular veal recipe.


  • 200g Veal Loin
  • 25g Foie Grass
  • 30g Asparagus
  • 70g Green Lentil
  • 10g Celery Root
  • 10g Shallots
  • 5g Balsamic vinegar
  • 5g Pommery Mustard
  • 2g Bay Leaf
  • 1 Stick of Thyme
  • 20ml Fresh Cream
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


1. Season the veal with salt and pepper before spreading mustard over the top and sides, then cover the veal with the fatback.
2. Arrange the veal with garlic and shallots in a pan and roast for 45 minutes at 50 degrees Celsius.
3. Transfer the veal onto a cutting board, slice into ½ inch thick slices and arrange on a platter.
4. Put lentils in a strainer and discard any stone that might have escaped the packers; rinse under cold running water.
5. Turn the lentils into a medium saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to a boil and cook for two minutes. Pour the lentils into a strainer. Drain, rinse the lentils again and clean out the saucepan.
6. Toss the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and bay leaf into the pan. Pour in the vegetable broth or water, stir in the lentils and bring to a boil. Simmer with slow cooker for 25 to 30 minutes or until lentils are almost tender.
7. Season with salt and pepper and cook for another five to 10 minutes.
8. Drain the lentils and set aside the liquid. Remove the vegetables and discard the bay leaf before finely chopping the veggies.
9. Stir the vegetables and shallots back into the lentils. Add balsamic vinegar and mustard, cooking cream and finally season with salt and pepper.

Serve with steamed asparagus and Fois Gras

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September 2015

Grab a slice: The Best Pizza In Dubai

Refuel at the mall with our guide to the mot popular pizza spots in town.

From indulgent thick bases with heaps of fresh toppings, to classic thin and crispy slices, we’ve tried and tested all the pizzerias to bring you the best pizzas in Dubai.








We were excited when this Californian import arrived on our shores, and for good reason – their hand-tossed pizza is one of the finest we’ve sampled. The seasonally inspired ingredients on offer are endless, including BBQ chicken, sweet pineapple and creamy avocado.

Visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif.


With several locations dotted around Dubai, this authentic Italian eatery has a cosy dine-in atmosphere with large blue leather booths and white tablecloths. Their specialty is skinny-base pizzas, which come piping hot and loaded with tasty ingredients such as spicy beef sausage, smoked salmon and oven-dried tomatoes.

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This popular café-cum-deli has a tempting menu filled with Italian favourites including risottos, pastas and salads, but their traditional coal-fired pizzas are the real selling point. The thin base is perfectly crispy, with a chewy crust and plenty of fresh toppings.

Visit City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

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August 2015

Meal of the month- Slow cooked beef cheeks in demi-glace

Chef Sudqi Naddaf from the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates shares his delicious beef recipe.

Making it his mission to put Middle Eastern cuisine on the international culinary map, Executive Chef Sudqi Naddaf oversees all kitchen operations at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.

Here the Jordanian chef shares Aspen restaurant’s signature dish, slow cooked beef cheeks in demi-glace…





  • 300g Beef cheeks 
  • 50g Carrots
  • 50g Celery 
  • 45g Leeks
  • 150g Demi glaze 
  • 10g Thyme 
  • 10g Tarragon
  • 10g Rosemary
  • 100g Tomatoes
  • 15g Salt
  • 8g Pepper
  • 6g Garlic 
  • 20g Onions
  • 45g Olive Oil 
  • 10g Cajun Spices
  • 30g red or white grape vinegar



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
  2. Marinate the beef cheeks with salt, pepper and cajun herbs. Lightly roll each piece of meat in flour. 
  3. Drizzle olive oil into a heavy pan. Once pan is smoking hot, start searing the beef on each side. 
  4. Drizzle a second medium-sized pot with oil. Once the oil is heated, begin caramelising the vegetables starting with onion, carrots, leeks and fresh tomatoes, in that order. 
  5. When the vegetables start to caramelise, pour some red or white grape vinegar into the same pan and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. 
  6. Add demi-glace and boil for another 5 minutes. 
  7. Next add the tomato sauce with BBQ sauce and bring to a boil for about 15 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes the sauce will be reduced. Add the herbs before removing from the heat. 
  9. Pour half of the sauce into an oven tray, then place the seared beef cheeks and the remaining sauce in the pan. Cover with aluminium foil and cook in the oven for 4 hours at 180c until the beef cheeks are soft. 
  10. Serve over saffron risotto.


Aspen is located in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates


August 2015

Best Coffee in Dubai

Ensuring you get your caffeine fix here’s our guide to the best coffee shops while you shop.

Nothing gets us out the house faster than the thought of a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Feel the same? We’ve tried, tested and rounded up the best coffees in the malls to help perk you up while shopping:






One of the biggest coffee chains in the world, the highly trained baristas at Starbucks are pros when it comes to brewing the best roasts. We love their huge menu of hand-blended coffees, ranging from icy Frappuccinos to tasty Macchiatos. Visit Starbucks at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira or City Centre Mirdif.


Café Bateel

While this chain began its journey producing gourmet dates across Arabia, it’s now one of the most popular places to grab breakfast with a great cup of coffee. Enjoy your brew with the delicious artisan date cookies. Visit Café Bateel at City Centre Deira or City Centre Mirdif.


Caribou Coffee

Indulge in a little bean lovin’ at Caribou Coffee, a quirky coffee house chain sourcing their beans from all over the globe. With large, comfy armchairs and stacks of free reads, this is a cosy spot to while away an afternoon. Visit Caribou Coffee at City Centre Deira or City Centre Mirdif.


Barista tip:

Starbucks Coffee Educator Major Cohen reveals his expert tip on how to make the perfect brew at home…

“The general rule for coffee-making is two tablespoons (10g) of ground coffee for each 6oz (180ml) of water. Too few coffee grounds result in over-extracted or bitter coffee. Too many grounds result in under-extracted coffee that does not achieve the full flavour of the blend. Proportion is the most common coffee-making mistake – and the easiest mistake to correct.”