Donut burger- Hit or Miss?

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Recently, Hardees launched their donut burger priced at 16 Aed/. which is only available at the Dubai mall branch. I remember being ecstatically nervous to try it since the moment I heard this news. So, I grabbed my nol card and took the first metro towards Burj Khalifa station, throughout the way I imagined myself devouring soft donut and juicy beef patty… sigh!

Upon reaching Hardees, I ordered my burger with plain fries and water. I was given a paper and pen to put down my review of the burger, once I am done eating. The moment I touched it, my fingers felt sticky and I noticed the donut was glazed. Anyway, I took my first bite and my eyes went wide open in shock. I told my husband “omg! its sweet” and he couldn’t understand what I said because my mouth was full of the bite. I munched and swallowed quickly and told him again. This time loud and clear; “This burger is sweet” The donut was a sugar glazed donut, it wasn’t just shaped as a donut. It was an actual donut with a beef patty and cheese inside. I didn’t know what to feel in that very moment. Anyway, I continued eating the beef patty and cheese separately while the donut in the end.

I request you to re-launch this burger minus the sugar in donut. Keep it savory and watch the crowd go wild!.

Hardee's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Stay for the fun at Chowking

If you’re having one of those days when you just don’t feel like having the ordinary usual meals, you gotta visit chowking for the innovative chinese dishes and so much variety on the menu in such affordable price and amazing service. Their team makes sure that you’re having a wonderful dining experience.

I happen to visit this restaurant several times for their fried chicken, I am in love with how they do it. It remains crispy, juicy and salty (in a good way) but this time I tried a lot of other dishes on the menu. Started off with an intensely strong iced tea that was really nice and also tried their milk ice tea that had tea jelly on top. (brownie points for creativity) Loved it!

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milk ice tea

Appetizers:

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dimsum platter

I had the dimsum platter which was composed of 4 pcs. vegetable spring rolls, 4pcs. dimsums including beef and chicken ones and 4pcs. fried chicken balls. My favorite were the crispy spring rolls that came with a sweet chilli sauce to dip in. Surprisingly, I loved the dimsums as well, its rare that I like dimsums anywhere but these guys nailed them!

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vegetable hot and sour soup

Then I had their vegetarian sweet and sour soup which was quite strong and didn’t work with my palate so I didn’t liked it that much but the veg. sweet corn soup was delicious. It even had steamed broccoli in it.

Main courses:

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veg. hakka noodles

Started off with veg. hakka noodles that looked beautiful in the skillet topped with some crushed fried onions. Where my fellow bloggers thought it was bland and needed spices, I found it pretty nice and comforting.

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spicy thai prawn curry

Followed by this, was my favorite main course served here that was the prawn thai curry. It was a perfect blend of spicy curry and prawns cooked with bell peppers, I suggest you have it with the fried rice to enjoy fully.

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veg. fried rice

I highly recommend you their cauliflower manchurian as it was amazing, cauliflower was roasted to perfection and the manchurian sauce paired so well with it.

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cauliflower manchurian

Then, I moved on to the sweet and sour fish which I loved, the fish was soft and tender while the sauce was a little too sweet for me.

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Thank you for such an amazing evening Team Chowking. Loved having your hearty meals. Can’t wait to drop by again soon.

Chowking Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Aromatic cuisine at Al Arz bakery

It is a very popular restaurant and bakery in sharjah and Ajman where they serve outstanding barbecue, shawarmas and a whole lot of other items. They have a huge bakery inside where you can buy freshly baked breads, cookies, marinated meat on skewers, kofta and so much more. The good thing is that every item has an expiry date mentioned on it to make sure that you are consuming fresh foods only.

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chicken cheese manakeesh

They have an enormous space with aromatic grilled meat surrounding you once you sit inside. What I admire the most is their pocket friendly prices on the menu. Everything is just super affordable and tasty. Their service is amazing and everything is made inside in the kitchen from breads to meat. Everything!

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I tried their chicken and cheese manakeesh which was spot on! Both in terms of flavor and quality. The filling was fantastic and it was served straight from the oven.

I also had  their mixed grill platter which is composed of grilled meat, grilled kofta, kebab halabi and chicken kebab along with french fries. It is a pure treat for carnivores as the meat is cooked to perfection, juicy on the inside and charred from the outside.

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I highly recommend you visit this place.

Al Arz Automatic Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bite off more than you can chew at Uncle tea

Uncle tea is a nice space in barsha serving back to school, classic snacks on such pocket friendly rates. They have quirky quotes outside the eatery and casual seating area with some colorful interiors. You will love eating outdoors here, with the city views.

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I fell in love with the place the moment I saw a giant picture of Albert Einstein sipping tea. Also, princess Kate was next to him. The flooring is so pretty that I actually took a separate picture of it.

We ordered aalu samosas that were so delicious, the filling was generous and loaded with good quality spices. We paired them up with uncle tea that was a comforting cup of tea evidently cooked with ginger and cardamom. Tasted brilliant!

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We then had the crispy chicken wrap which was supremely delicious and simple. Also, their chicken burger was amazing. The burger patty itself had such bags of flavors packed inside. Loved it!

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I ordered vanilla bubble tea but since they were out of lychee boba, I settled for tapioca and didn’t like it that much but it was pretty decent though.

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I urge you to visit these guys and enjoy a windy evening sipping uncle tea along with the tasty snacks off course!.

Uncle Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Maximum Meaty Madness at The Meating Room

A true foodie will understand the happiness of having a pure carnivore dinner full of different cuts of meat and sauces. I have always believed in good food that’s not heavy on the pocket and that’s exactly what the meating room offers. Their menu is full of creative meaty dishes on super affordable prices. No wonder, these guys have been bagging so many awards from Zomato UAE and the title of top 100 restaurants by Time Out Dxb.

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There is an outdoor seating area that’s decorated simply with light bulbs on top and looks pretty nice. The indoors are not that tiny either, it can fit 20 foodies at a time. You can actually watch your food prepared  through the glass window into the kitchen where you can have a glimpse of chefs hard at work. The door to kitchen literally says “Chefs at work”.

Their head chef Mr.Ram made sure that we were satisfied with the food and kindly asked for any feedback as well. These are the little things that enhance an individual’s dining experience. The only suggestion I have for you is to work more towards cleanliness as the menu cards that you handed me over had stains on them.

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We started off with colorful masala papad and couldn’t help but notice the not-so-mainstream wall art that shows a parallel world. I was really impressed by this.

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I had chicken and cheese croquettes with a red schezwan sauce, loved the cheesy bites of minced chicken that was seasoned lightly and paired amazingly well with the spicy sauce.

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chicken and cheese croquettes

Then came in the showstopper platter that was full of meaty delicacies and I couldn’t help but drool all over the meat. There were lamb chops that were well done and juicy, the classic chicken tikka, wings, shish beef boti, grilled vegetables, dips and fries. I went from one meat to another and gobbled up the entire platter. Every piece of meat was spiced appropriately except for the seekh kebabs that could use some more spices.

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So glad that we ordered their mango minty fizz drink along side the meat because it was tangy, sweet and had a subtle hint of herbs that tasted so well altogether.

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For the dessert, my heart was set on the gulab jamun cheesecake yet I overcame this idea and went ahead to order the chilly chocolate because I have never tried one. It came in a piping hot skillet with warm chocolate brownie and a generous scoop of vanilla icecream on top garnished with an actual whole red chilli. The chocolate had an evident kick of chilli in there and tasted beautiful with the icecream and some chilli flakes.

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Thank you so much for a wonderful dining experience Team Meating Room Dubai.

The Meating Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Best chaaps in Dubai- Sadak Chaap

Sadak chaap is a small newly opened place in Karama  (food street of Dubai). Their menu is simple and full of some beautiful flavors merged together to give you a fulfilling appetite. For readers, who don’t know what a chaap is, its actually small pieces of soya that are marinated in different spices and baked. Soya chaap contains more protein than eggs, meat, fish or milk. It is the best source of protein for vegan foodies who also wish to delve into an arena of flavors.

Their menu has such catchy items like “aam aadmi ki drink” and chaaps belonging to different states from Delhi to Italy. They’ve got it all!

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Welcome Drink:

I started off with “Sadak Chaas” that tastes exactly like a mint and chilli chutney but even more intense. Don’t gulp it down like a glass of lassi or you will choke because it has some serious kick of spices. It’s meant to be enjoyed in small sips.

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Sadak chaas

Chaap platter:

The chaap platter had chaaps from different states. There were delhi chaap, gujrati chaap, rajasthani chaap, haryanvi chaap, lahori chaap and I tell you that every single one of these tasted different. (in a good way)

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I know you must be curious about the Italian chaap so let’s discuss this first, it was loaded with creamy cheese and had subtle spiciness to it.  The Delhi chaap was similar, only creamy and no cheese.
My favorite chaap was Rajasthani because there were visible chili flakes on it.

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Rajashthani chaap

Chaap curry was absolutely spot on! tasted so much like butter chicken (even better). The whole wheat paratha that came with it was so soft and tasty. Both paired amazingly well together.

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The chaap in curry was velvety soft and melts in the mouth. Its amazing how their chefs manage to give so many flavors to one item.

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Also, tried the delhi chaap roll. They actually let you customize your own roll but I was quite happy with their selection of delhi chaap roll in the soft paratha. It was so creamy from the inside. And the mint chutney was its best match.

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Jaggery tea:

The jaggery tea was beautiful in terms of flavor and sweet element. Loved it. And guess what? It’s only priced at 3 aed.

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Thank you for your hospitality Team Sadak chaap. I applaud your creativity in terms of menu and flavor of the dishes served. Many thanks.

Sadak Chaap Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Top 5 Best Shawarma spots in Dubai

Dubai is the hub of some of the best shawarmas mainly because the origin of shawarma is rooted in Middle East. Although the invention of this great goodness of a roll, belongs to Turkey, Arabic world accepted it generously and it’s a signature food item to indulge in while in Middle East. It’s a wrap with turkey, veal, chicken, beef, lamb or even a combination of different meats. We love it because its convenient, quick, healthy, satisfying and the variety is endless. Here, I am listing my favorite shawarma spots in Dubai:

1.Al-Safadi:

Straight out of the rotating cone of meat into your shawarma comes juicy thick shaves of meat along with a mildly flavored mayo sauce and a few jalapenos to tickle your taste buds. Al-safadi in Dubai is very famous for their expertise in Lebanese cuisine and is always crowded with people dining in and others waiting in queue to be seated.
Al Safadi Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

2.Todays Restaurant:

This one is a hidden Dubai shawarma gold spot. Located in Al-Nahda 2, this small place serves amazing shawarma wraps that are drool-worthy. I tried their chicken shawarma (non-spicy) and it I have a vivid memory of those creamy sauces and the double khubuz wrapped around hot grilled chicken shavings.
Todays Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

3.Laffah Restaurant:

Toasted to perfection should be their slogan. Although famous for their non-conventional (uber delish) potato chips; they serve one of the best chicken shawarmas in town. Roll up your sleeves and dive into the crispy, juicy tahina along with their scrumptious garlic sauce dripping session of deliciousness which you have to earn after a long waiting for parking and don’t forget the traffic around this place but hey! Good food doesn’t come easy eh?!  P.s They have also opened up in Abu Hail.
Laffah Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

4.Shiraz Nights:

A warm and nice little place located in Baniyas square; serves one of the best shawarmas. Their bread is what separates regular shawarmas from the one you get here; meat shavings are packed with bags of flavors and the pickled veggies on the side just add to the entire equation. Parking issues alert!
Shiraz Nights Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

5.Al-Ijaza Cafeteria:

If you’re looking for a shawarma that fits right in the category of comfort food in UAE, then this is your place my foodie friends. Located near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah; this place serves awesome shawarmas. A quick advice, visit only after sunset hours because they are barely serving anything during the daytime.
Al Ijaza Cafeteria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dinner Buffet at Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a much famous restaurant in the Palm Atlantis. I had been introduced to this place through the entertainer app 2018. So, I decided to give it a go on a birthday and while I made reservations through a phone call, their team was extremely co-operative and kind. They promised me a birthday cake on the house and helped me understand the dress code as well.

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The moment you enter Palm Atlantis, that feeling of grandness and larger than life is on your mind. Loved their Christmas decor, cleanliness, system management and security. I slowly walked to the restaurant because I was wearing high heels that day. We were frequently asked to disclose any allergies so the staff may assist us in choosing the food options. We were seated at quite the far end from the buffet, and happily walked every time we wanted to explore the menu.IMG-8362

Selection of salad, lettuce and vegetables:

They have wide variety of fresh salad including boiled eggs, butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, sweet corn. cucumber, beans, broccoli and many more ready made ones like Tuna salad, spicy beef salad, ceaser salad, greek salad, chicken and waldorf salad, quinoa and roasted pumpkin salad. The best part was the several salad dressings you can pick from.

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Selection of Sushi Rolls:

They’ve got Salmon, crab, unagi, nigri with tuna, you name it! also the various condiments such as wasabi, soya sauce, pickle ginger.

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 Nachos station:

This one was a bit disappointing for me as there were no tacos but hey! the nachos were crispy and fresh, there were various salsa options to go with it like tomato salsa, corn and black bean salsa, guacamole, spring onion salsa and even carrot and egg plant salsa.

Cheese Board:

The cheese board was aesthetically pleasing with brie, gorgonzola, gouda, emental, edam, fontina and many more to enjoy with mixed nuts, dry fruits, fresh grapes, peach, water crackers, crostini and even figs and plum chutneys. Now that’s some variety.

Italian dishes:

I think its fair to tell you that this is the main area where I was roaming around mainly due to the fresh exotic pasta dishes including cochiggli pasta with meat sauce and meat lasagne. They also had carbonara, balongnese, alfredo, pesto and arrabiata on made to order. But my heart was really set on their pizza corner as it had four cheese pizza, margarita and the cheese bianca pizza. *Drooling while I write this*

Soup of the day:

I didn’t try any of the soups that day but they looked pretty amazing. There was lentil soup, cream potato and leek and cream of mushroom soups that day.

Rotisserie:

Atlantis beef and roasted chicken were the most loved items as there was a high influx of people on that table. I would really like to praise the pepper sauce here that was kept as a condiment. It paired so well with the chicken.

Main course:

The most amazing thing about this buffet was the Tandoor and Indian curry station as it had so much variety that your’e going to read this twice. (or maybe thrice?) Ok, I’ll name the dishes for you and then you be the judge ok? let’s do this:

For the vegetarians there were: Zeera pulao, daal tadka, beans sabzi, chana masala, aaloo shimla, dahi kadi, paneer makkini, tandoori potato and tindli masala, aaloo tikki and vegetable pakora too.

While for the non-vegeterians: Fish tikka, chicken tandoori, mutton rohan josh and chicken goan curry. Then there were various Indian breads and chutneys made from the freshest ingredients.

Dim Sums:

The dim sum station was lit with chicken bun, prawn sew mai, lo makai, hakau prawn dim sum, vegetable dumpling, fish dumpling and mushroom dumpling.

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Arabic station:

I can not explain how delicious were there mix grilled items especially the lamb kebabs. They were juicy and cooked to perfection. The cheese rolls and lamb kibbeh were amazing too.

Sweet endings:

Loved their exotic selection of pastry display, chocolate fountain, date chocolate tower, orange rice pudding, praline eclair, oreo cheese cake, pineapple and coconut tart, vanilla eggless cake and fried cinnamon sticks.

I would like to suggest the management to add mini cocktail shots to one of the stations, I know there was a rhubarb drink but I didn’t like it that much. Also. I missed crispy fried prawns.

Kaleidoscope - Atlantis The Palm Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fusion menu launch at My Govindas

Adapting to the latest culinary trends and innovations, My govindas promises to take their guests on a culinary journey based on sattvic food but fails miserably in terms of flavors and combination of dishes. Their motto is healthy and holistic food that pleases the body, mind and soul but all this process begins when you take that first bite of food and if your taste buds don’t accept it, how will it ever reach the “body, mind and soul”? You may disagree with me but the only way to evaluate that is to try their menu yourself.

The service was pretty amazing provided that it was a full house including the food bloggers and other customers. The staff were on their toes, rushing in and out of the kitchen to serve the guests and it was so evident that they were flustered.

Beginnings:

We were served a welcome pani puri shot that tasted pretty nice. Then came the lemon ginger drink that was not as strong as I thought it would be but it wasn’t that bad.

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Lemon ginger drink
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Pani puri shot

Smoked angara paneer tikka:

The smoked angara paneer tikka came with a bang. It was smoking hot and tasted pretty nice. The charred capsicum was really adding to the flavor in general and the dish was ordered again.

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smoked angara paneer tikka

Spicy Thai cigars:

These were hands down the best item on their menu. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed these cigars, they were loaded with creamy cheese filling and tiny bits of capsicum. We remember ordering it frequently.

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Spicy Thai Cigars

Kidney bean kebabs:

I did not find these kebabs amusing at all since they were dry and bland. I could only taste cumin in it and rest was just blurred. I think it would be better if they add some more spices in it. I paired it with some pickle that was on the table and they became better afterwards.

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Kidney bean kebabs

Fondue Sizzler:

The fondue sizzler was an interesting concept and I liked it! It was basically panner with vegetables on a sizzler plate that came along with cheese and another dip (that wasn’t very pleasing) So I dipped paneer in cheese and it tasted good. I loved the grilled vegetables on that sizzler plate.

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Fondue sizzler
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cheese dip

Avocado naan toast:

So there was a basket with naan chopped into tiny squares and a buttery tomato sauce to have it with. Also fresh guacamole, tomato and green chili salsa and plain yogurt accompanied this dish. I felt the naan was a little dry and could use some clarified butter. The portion size was too small.

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I would like to thank Team MyGovinda’s for their enormous love and this wonderful opportunity for food bloggers to eat under one roof and understand their concept behind the new fusion-contemporary menu.

 
My Govinda's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A treat for the eyes and soul at Nurai Cafe

I am not going to list reasons for you to visit this cafe, instead I will share my experience with you all so you can witness the beautiful location, let the atmosphere sink in and then you bite into the scrumptious food that they serve all day.
The interiors are classy and colorful. There is a strong modern cafe vibe going on that’s going to impress you the moment you walk into this place.

Salads/Starters:

We tried their fattoush salad that was super fresh and a rather innovative version of the usual fattoush as it was presented with high attention to detail. The other salad was crunchy chicken salad that changed my perspective about salads in general; mainly because it had delicious dynamite chicken pieces in it and crunchy bits on top. Hummus had some amazing smokiness to it that enhanced the flavors.

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Hummus
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Fattoush Salad
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crunchy chicken salad

The moment I had been waiting for finally arrived and I tasted these bad boys: Spicy potatoes with coriander. My taste buds lit up with the slight taste of these, packed with some awesome flavors, these are a sure shot to your heart.

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Oriental Grill:

For mains we had the famous Mixed grill platter that comprises of beef, chicken and kafta skewers served with french fries, hummus dip and oven fresh pita bread. IMG_1950

We also had the much raved about- Nurai special combo that consists of spring rolls, pepperoni garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, breaded shrimps served with tartar sauce and honey mustard
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Then stepped in the glamorous buffalo chicken wings drenched in freshly prepared buffalo sauce. It was served with ranch sauce and plastic gloves, needless to say that I opted to enjoy them with bare hands.

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Manakeesh Mania:

I have always loved me a good warm slice of manakeesh. And Nurai cafe won me over with their super tasty manakeesh straight out of the oven.

 

Drinks galore:

 

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Absolutely loved the drinks, they were not loaded with sugar. Perfectly balanced sweet and sour, with just the right amount of fruitiness.

Dessertable:

I’m out of words to describe the uber chic profiteroles and Ice cream, it was oozing with fresh hot chocolate over velvety soft profiteroles with the hazelnuts, caramel and chocolate sauce along with the smooth vanilla icecream.

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Profiteroles and Icecream
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Fettuccine Crepe
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Nurai Bownie

Thank you for having me over Team Nurai cafe. Your hospitality and service was wonderful.
Dear Readers,
The fact that you get to enjoy your food with the view of sea and Burj Khalifa is alone reason enough to head over to this place. My highest recommendations.

Nurai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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