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The Perfect Friday Brunch - The Bench Brunch at The Daily

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The Bench Brunch at The Daily, Rove Hotel, City Centre

Friday is that day of the week when we just want to take the back seat, live life - a bit slower, chillout with loved ones and of course, enjoy a great meal.  This whole Friday equation is incomplete without food.

Food is kind of the national obsession in this country, particularly in Dubai. And this obsession gets to its peek on weekends.  Needless to say, every other restaurant in town is vying for this segment with happy hours and countless other weekend promotions and offers. With over 8000 restaurants in town the average Dubaian has a lot of choices on offer.

As a food blogger, I have tried out a zillion Friday Brunches at a variety of places – from 5 star hotels to street side bistros.   But this weekend trip to the Rove, has made The Daily my new favourite and highly preferred spot for Friday brunching.

Here’s why:



The Location

The last thing you want on a peaceful Friday morning is to be stuck in a traffic jam, so I really …

Baydar – Deliciously & Authentically Lebanese

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Baydar : A Review

On one of our evening drives past Al Barsha at rush hour, we decide to get a respite from the traffic and popped in to Al Barsha mall. The time was barely 8 p.m. but our stomachs were already growling with hunger.

In the mood for some authentic Arabic food, particularly Lebanese, we hit straight to the food court. We sauntered around for some time looking some good options for Lebanese restaurants within the mall. That’s when Baydar caught our attention.

A very well-lit shop right next to Starbucks café, Baydar seemed to look like a perfect choice. The board read “Authentic Lebanese Food”.  Guess we found exactly what we needed that night, so without much ado, we hopped right in.


Luckily for us, we met Mr. Suren Rajamohan – the Marketing in-charge of the Abela group in Dubai. Abela & Co operates several popular restaurants in the region including Baydar, Sandella’s, Zaatar W’ Aktar, Bean There Bistro and Red Apron express.  We felt reassured as we had indeed land…

German Doner Kebab (Dafza) – Inspiring a 'healthy’ kebab revolution in Dubai, and Worldover

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This week I was at the German Doner Kebab outlet in Dafza, near where I live. I. I had the opportunity to finally taste the delicacy considered the big daddy of the Arab shawarma, the Greek gyros, and the Mexican al pastor. Yes - the famous Doner Kebab!
Did you know? Did you know the word "Shawarma" is the Arabic pronunciation of the Turkish word "Çevirme" (First letter is Turkish and pronounced as "ch". Since Arabic does not have that letter, they pronounce it as "sh". Similarly, the closest pronunciation of the word Çevirme becomes Shawarma with the other Arabic letters). Çevirme is another Turkish word with a similar meaning, "to turn" symbolizing the method of cooking - meat turning slowly on the rotisserie.  A bit of Doner Kebab History
Originally a Turkish import into Germany, the Doner Kebab - named after the Turkish word "dondurmek" meaning rotating roast, has grown to capture a special place in the heart of the…

German Doner Kebab (JLT) – Inspiring a 'healthy’ kebab revolution in Dubai, and Worldover

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This week I was at the German Doner Kebab outlet in JLT with a few fellow food bloggers from Dubai. I had the opportunity to finally taste the delicacy considered the big daddy of the Arab shawarma, the Greek gyros, and the Mexican al pastor. Yes - the famous Doner Kebab!
Did you know? Did you know the word "Shawarma" is the Arabic pronunciation of the Turkish word "Çevirme" (First letter is Turkish and pronounced as "ch". Since Arabic does not have that letter, they pronounce it as "sh". Similarly, the closest pronunciation of the word Çevirme becomes Shawarma with the other Arabic letters). Çevirme is another Turkish word with a similar meaning, "to turn" symbolizing the method of cooking - meat turning slowly on the rotisserie.  A bit of Doner Kebab History
Originally a Turkish import into Germany, the Doner Kebab - named after the Turkish word "dondurmek" meaning rotating roast, has grown to capture a special place …

Chee[r]se Night at Stage 2

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Experience an extensive array of gourmet global cheeses, delicious tapas and fresh, fragrant grape beverages to spice up your Wednesday nights. Make sure to come early to catch one of the seats on the beautiful terrace overlooking the pool!

When: Every Wednesday
Time:6.00pm – 9.00pm
Price:  AED  135 per person inclusive of three glasses of premium grape beverages and the cheese buffet and variety of gourmet tapas and antipasti.


The Versailles Evolution Brunch at BQ – French Kitchen & Bar

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Where Fashion and Gourmet Come Together















In line with the ever-popular brunch trend in Dubai, BQ – French Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of The St. Regis Dubai, unveils a whole new brunch experience designed to awaken all your senses. Reliving past traditions but in the modern day, the Versailles Evolution Brunch celebrates the love of food in a truly fashionable and inspiring setting. Put on your Friday bests and head down to BQ - French Kitchen & Bar to enjoy a feast for both the fashion eye and appetite.
Starting from 29 September, Fridays will have a whole new feel as the Versailles Evolution Brunch unveils a new menu worth getting out of bed for. Keep an eye out for chefs trotting around the brunch flaunting their prime 72-hour-slow-cooked beef, carved right at your table as well as a live Foie Gras trolley. Reviving staple brunch favorites with a fresh seafood and live oyster bar that offers the best Fin de Claire oysters, newly appointed Executive Chef Juraj Kalna h…

Play Restaurant & Lounge Adds 11 New Outstanding Dishes

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New Seasonal Menu Offers Delectable & Playful Offerings this Fall


Dubai’s most sought-after dining destination, PLAY Restaurant and Lounge launches a new seasonal menu, full of gastronomical delights and ingenious flavours.  Set against a backdrop of Dubai’s mesmerizing skyline, PLAY continues to charm their cosmopolitan guests with new additions to their signature Mediterrassian menu. The artistically curated culinary visions by Director of Culinary Reif Othman and his team of 40 highly skilled chefs, draw inspiration from the colours of fall and flavours of the season.



Beginning with a delectable array of appetizers is the PLAY Crispy Roti in three tantalizing tastes, including light seared wagyu beef in chipotle sauce, marinated Black Cod in citrus miso, and fork mashed avocado with a secret Japanese condiment, Yuzu Koshu. Also on offer are Steamy Gyoza filled with wagyu osso bucco and Japanese flavours; Lemon PrawnChilli Crab which is a blackened soft-shell crab in a spicy ch…