Dubai's Best Jazz & Blue's Bar - The Blue Bar, Novotel Hotel

Tucked away in the ground floor of Novotel Hotel, a little off the buzzing Sheikh Zayed Road is the opulent Blue Bar. It’s one of those perfect places to immerse yourself in soul captivating jazz music, in the accompaniment of premium cocktail on one hand and a lit cigar on the other.

The Ambiance
With plush sofas and chic interiors, Blue Bar is every bit as luxe as you’d expect a bar in Dubai’s business district to be. That withstanding the fact that it is generally not a place to see, or be seen, but rather a place to quietly slip onto a sofa and tune off to some live entertainment and a glass of perfectly mixed cocktail.

Blue bar features live entertainment 4 days a week with different genres played out from Tuesday through Friday. The performances include Veronica’s vintage jazz on Tuesdays, Accoustic Jazz from Kamal Musallam on Wednesdays, Oriental beats from Libanista Talal & The Band on Thursdays, and Alternative beats from the Big Chill Music Unlimited troupe on Fridays.


Benjarong Dubai, Experience Thai Hospitality at its best

Dusit Thani hotel in Sheikh Zayed Road is arguably one of the tallest standing epitomes of Thai hospitality in this country – quite literally! Even the very structure of the hotel which has been fashioned like a “wai” – a widely used Thai gesture is symbolic of the hospitality and respectfulness of the Thai people.

I was lucky to experience Thai hospitality at its finest at Benjarong during a recent visit. The award-winning signature restaurant impressed beyond words with its regal splendor, lip-smacking cuisine, and needless to say – truly remarkable and outstanding service.


Benjarong means 'five colors' in Thai and actually denotes a kind of highly prized Thai porcelain used in Royal households of Thailand. The carefully painted Benjarong ceramic wears the grace of Thai culture through each carefully placed brushstroke. A striking similarity of this accent is evident on the wooden faux pillars at Benjarong Restaurant.

Offering the most gorgeous views of the Dubai sk…

Moombai & Co launches ‘Footprints of India’ Friday brunch

Moombai & Co Café and Bar has launched its Friday Brunch titled ‘Footprints of India’. This brunch session tells the story of the Indian subcontinent through its various decadent delights handpicked by the chefs at the Irani-Parsi café. I was fortunate to be there today along with fellow bloggers from Dubai to try their Friday brunch. It was absolute fun and we were totally impressed by the food, service and ambiance. 

Just a hop away from the World trade center metro station at the H Hotel, Moombai & Co is a casual and vibrant Parsi-Iranian gastrobar bringing the Authentic Indian Cusine and Parsi cafe culture to life in the heart of Dubai. With emphasis on its nostalgic cuisine, eclectic cocktails, quirky character, and bustling ambiance, Moombai & Co is a spirited and upbeat local hangout - a place to drop in without thinking twice.
Footprints of India Brunch
We bagan our indulgence with Dilli Ki Aloo Tikki, crispy potato patties from India’s Capital, Delhi. Jhodpur ki Pyaz…

Piadèra – Authentic Italian Flatbread Restaurant in Dubai

One can never really tire of good food, especially if the food in question is one that has conquered taste buds around the globe. Despite a full week of back-to-back reviewing Italian restaurants across town, when I got an invite to review Piadera - the Authentic Italian Flat Bread restaurant in Dubai, I gladly accepted it.

Who can say no to Italian food?! With its zesty tomato sauces, cheesy risottos, and the crisp fried meats, Italian cuisine is arguably among the most crowd-pleasing comfort food in the world.

The brand history
It all started on the coast of the Romagna Riviera of Italy, where a beautiful young lady by name Norina was vigorously crafting the piada flatbread dough by hand. Struck by her sight, a foreigner called her “piadera”, the femmine and dialect name for a piada maker.  Today Piadera is a global brand, known widely for its authentic Italian flatbread and exported all over the world as a light and quick alternative to a sandwich and pizza.

The Piada Flatbread
The …

Lunch at the Media Lounge, Dubai Media City

Last week I was at the Media City side of town around noontime and just when hunger got the better of me, I decided to hop into the nearest restaurant. The media Lounge looked like the closest bet, so I hopped in.

I managed to find myself a seat in a quiet corner in the no smoke zone of the resto cafe.   I considered myself lucky to have found a table, for I found myself there in one of the café’s busiest hours. Nicknamed TML, the Media lounge is one of the most popular cafes in that side of town, where scores of media professionals from surrounding offices, stop by for a mid work breather or post work chillaxation.

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Ambiance : First off, the place looked completely chilled out, with smell of shisha renting the air, green foliage walls, unfinished floors and loads of people chatting over hot coffee and hubble bubble. I learnt that 40% of their customers are repeat loyal customers who visit as often as 3 times in a week and  usually spend at l…

Ayam Elezz - THE Place to taste Authentic Home Style Lebanese Fare!

One of the best restaurants in Jumeirah to enjoy home made Lebanese delicacies. The restaurant situated in The Mall was where I recently met-up with a bunch of friends who are all connoisseurs of food, in their own right. The fare surely impressed each and every single guest. 
We started off with Lemonade made traditional style with original flavor from the mountainside of Lebanon. For cold mezzeh there was homemade tabbouleh, hommus, garlic paste, muthabal, mammara and trida. The Hommus was amazing.

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One of the best I've tasted in recent times. Hot Mezzeh was chicken liver delicacy and Kibbeh. I also tried Batata Harrra which was really good. For main course I had mixed grill. Finally washed it all down with rice pudding and ice cream.

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The ambience was chic, relaxed and with lot of artistic deco…

Enjoy authentic Mumbai Street food at Bombay Times Restaurant, Bur Dubai

We were strolling by the busy and crowded Meena Bazar area of Bur Dubai, looking to take a break in one of the very many Indian restaurants there. While we entered one of the streets, we chanced to see a bright red board with visible mumbai markings on it. The board read Bombay Times and we saw quite a line up of people queuing outside for the pani puri. We were so much craving for some vada pav and pav bhaji for a long time so we decided to hop in.

Luckily there was an empty table for us.  A visit to a mumbai chat spot is never complete without Pani Puri. So, we decided to enjoy the pani pudi street style straight from the pot and queued up outside along with the others.  The Pani Puri was certainly brilliant with an authentic mumbai touch. Very rarely can you find such pudis here in Dubai that have the original mumbai taste. So full points for that and a good start to our dinner. 

Then I tried their Sev Dahi Puri.. Full of crispy goodness and loads of anar seeds (pomegranate), it tast…

Red Tomato Pizza – A restaurant that feels just like home

Few years ago I had shared a video that went viral on my page. It was about an innovative, brand that revolutionized pizza vending in Dubai.

The brand is Red Tomato Pizza. In 2013 they developed a fridge magnet that let customers order pizza in one tap. With a built-in Bluetooth connection the magnet was able to automagically place an order at the RTP delivery counter with full details of the customer including his location.

The campaign was a major success and with a budget of just US$9,000 they were able to boost their sales by 500%, attracting almost 100,000 requests for fridge magnets and generating earned media coverage worth more than US$8 million.

Fast forward a few years and I was there sitting at Red Tomato Pizza in Al Barsha enjoying some of their innovative woodfire pizzas, pasta and delicious juices.

Creativity and innovation runs deep in this brand which has managed to carve a unique niche in the market, ever since it first launched, almost a decade ago. In fact Red …