Monday, February 18, 2019

Taste Buds

Over the next few months I am going to be taking a look at restuarants that are not so well known in Dubai and checking them out. Before Christmas I was invited to the Cavendish Restaurant at The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers and was not disappointed.

The Bonnington has fast become an established hotel in Jumeirah Lake Towers, both its bars McGettigans and Healey's have a huge following of regular clientele and boast various different events taking place each week. You don't hear as much on the grapevine about The Cavendish Restaurant though do you? Conveniently located downstairs from the reception area of the hotel The Cavendish Restaurant discreetly offers a fabulous menu of diverse dishes that won't disappoint you one bit. The evening I visited there was an extensive buffet available with the best creme brulees I have had in a long long time, sad to judge a Chef on a creme brulee but that's just me.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant especially if you are living the area, it makes perfect sense! it is also walking distance from the Metro, which is justfabulous at this time of the year.

So complliments to the Chef!

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To celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan I thought it was only fitting that the Twitterati have a little get together and share an Iftar experience.

The first thing that is always discussed at great length is the location and various places were suggested and dismissed due to access to the venue, lack of parking, accessability and then ultimately the cost. We all know that the majority of hotels here see Ramadan as a licence to up their prices and cash in on what is supposed to be a time of giving and sharing. I of course turned to the world of Social Media (because it does work) in an attempt to find a location that would suit all and offer us value for money in a serene setting too.

After contacting various Hotels via facebook and Twitter one came up with everything we needed, the Pullman Hotel at Mall of the Emirates, were to beour hosts for the evening. The restaurant in question was the fabulous Sanabel, located adjacent to the foyer of the hotel. For those of you who are not aware Sanabel means "wheat" in English and the restaurant reflected the theme in every way. Rustic wood with an amazing display of various forms of bread met us on arrival. We were welcomed warmly by Mahendra, Roxanne and the rest of the team.

The buffet was quite simply amazing, there was everything you could possibly think of, the salad bar and selection of leaves was second to none, the king prawns from the grill were huge! the tandoor grill supplied an endless supply of hot naan bread, our glasses were never empty with a selection of soft drinks. Everyone commented on the standard of the food especially the desserts. Now this is where it gets really good, not only was there a table with tantalizing arabic desserts and cheesecakes there were 5 floor to ceiling fridges full of individual desserts, the frozen blueberry yogurt seemed to be everyones favourite.

I, on behalf of the Twitterati who were in attendance would like to to thank the entire team at the Pullman Hotel at Mall of the Emirates for making our evening so special. We will be back later in the year to enjoy a Friday Brunch and closer towards Christmas a little festive get together.

Sanabel is currently open for lunch and Iftar, lunch is 120 dhs, Iftar 150 dhs per person, but there is a group discount if you contact them directly to make a booking for groups of over 10.

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It's Friday, the day we meet up with my Dad and have lunch somewhere nice, or not so nice as it happened today. We went over to Festival Centre totry out the much raved about Outback. The menu isn't bad, with a reasonable selection and variety of dishes though nothing particularly jumps out at you. I ordered the calamari, wasn't good I am afraid and I sent it back, in all fairness they did deduct this from the bill.

The burgers were nothing out of the ordinary but my Brother in Law said that his fish and chips were good. The kids meals were just that, kids meals, my daughter had Mac n Cheese which was basically pasta in that horrible squirty plastic cheese you get at the cinema's here. We were expecting real cheese at least.

The service was very good and the waitress we had was more than attentive, however I can't see us returning it just didn't hit all the right buttons. There are so many outlets here nowin this vain, American/Diner type which we normally avoid, we tried this place as it is Australian and thought it might offer something different in terms of concept, sadly disappointed.

Anyway there's always next week!!


I had heard alot about this place before we moved to Al Barsha but still hadn't tried them out until this evening. We actually drove over to their little outlet in Al Barsha and dined in their tiny quaint little restaurant. It only seats about 10 people so don't drag a crowd over!!

The food was outstanding, 100% freshly cooked, served in less than five minutes and ample portion sizing. They offer two different portions sizes, regular or large, the regular wasmore thanenough, the large must be huge!! The menu whilst not extensive has a good range of different dishes from Stir Fried Beef in Oyster sauce to Fish in Red Curry sauce. There is a selection of curries with a vegetarian alternative too.

Interestingly they do lunch combos starting at just 25 dhs, the Chicken Special looked particularly good; a Chicken Spring Roll, Green/Red/Penang Curry with Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice.

The do offer a delivery service too and you can order on line via their website.


Wanting a quick bite but a healthy low calorie one today, and having a moaning child who was requesting chicken nuggets I tried a McDonalds Salad. Today is not the first time I have had one but KFC had sold out of salads and McDonalds was my only option. It did serve to remind me however that I will never try one again.

I tentatively ordered a chicken ceasar salad ... do they honestly think that a handful of shredded Iceberg lettuce, with dried out grated parmesan cheese and bland white boiled chicken really constitutes a salad? On top of that they don't actually sell a ceasar salad dressing to go with it so I had thousand island, which was absolutely awful. Even their little packet of croutons were dry and looked like a chopped up cardboard box.

In my opinion, I have say that the best chicken ceasar salad from any of these outlets is the Burger King one, fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, lettuce, cucumber and a rich creamy ceasar sauce with crispy croutons served with fresh hot chicken is a winner by a long shot.

Rant Over ....

(image shows one similar to Burger King's)

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