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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

October 2017

Taste the Best Flavours of Arabia in Dubai

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 of Dubai have the best restaurants, fine dining options, cafes and lots more. Nevertheless, Dubai is equally famous for authentic Arabic cuisine.

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

Al Farooj Fresh

Come savour the juicy grilled chicken and the best shawarma roll in town at Al Farooj. Renowned as one of the best shawarma Makers in the UAE, you can spot Al Farooj outlets at multiple destinations across Dubai.

Phone: +971 600 522255
Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Avg. Cost for 2: AED 60


The Farooj Family Meal Value for Money

Reem Al Bawadi

Serving authentic Arabic food, Reem Al Bawadi has 12 restaurants across the Middle East, with six of them in Dubai. You can start your day with a fresh homemade breakfast of crunchy falafels or the classic Eggs Benedict. The extensive menu features a delectable variety of soups and salads along with hot and cold mezze. The in-house speciality, Reem Al Bawadi Mixed Grill comes with an assortment of lamb cubes, shish tawook, kafta, meat arayes and chops, and vegetables, which are grilled over hot coals to give it a smoky flavour.  

Phone: + 971 4 259 6000
Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Hours: 6:00 AM - 3:00 AM (All 7 days)
Avg. Cost for 2: AED 210


The Mixed Grill at Reem Al Bawadi

The Mixed Grill at Reem Al Bawadi

 Kenafa Nabulsieh at Reem Al Bawadi

Kenafa Nabulsieh at Reem Al Bawadi

Beirut Restaurant

It’s all about fresh and healthy ingredients 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.

Phone:  +971 4 3988881, +971 4 3988882
Cuisine: Arabic Grill
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM (All 7 days)
Avg. Cost for 2:  AED 80

A healthy option at Beirut Restaurant

Al Halabi

A fusion of the cultures from 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.
Don’t miss out on appetizers like vine leaves and cheese rolls; salads such as tabbouleh and fattoush; grilled meats and kafta, as well as decadent desserts like the Kunafeh and Riz bi Haleeb.

Phone:  +971 4 3951615
Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM (All 7 days)
Avg. Cost for 2: AED 200

Al Hallab Restaurant & Sweets

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

Phone:  +971 4 282 3388
Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM (All 7 days)
Avg. Cost for 2: AED 120

The delicious Kabab Khoush Khash at Al Hallab
The delicious Kabab Khoush Khash at Al Hallab

 End your meal with a delectable array of Lebanese sweet dishes at Al Hallab

Almaz by Momo

From the superlative menu to the plush décor, everything at Almaz by Momo embodies a beautiful blend of innovation and tradition. Open on all 7 days of the week; Almaz is a great place to dine and experience the choicest Arabic food preparations.

Phone: +971 4 4371663
Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM (All 7 days)
Avg. Cost for 2: AED 250

Almaz by Momo An eclectic mix of the traditional and modern


Bespoke interiors at Almaz by Momo


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

Phone: +971 4 2753173
Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (All 7 days)
Avg. Cost for 2: AED 180  

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Whether you’re looking to elevate your working wardrobe or invest in the smartest boardroom staples, here are the essential style hits for men from the shopping malls in Dubai.


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.

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.

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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.



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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

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.

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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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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.


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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.”


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