Week in Dubai’s Restaurant Reviews: Sarai, Mogador, Baker & Spice & More!

15 Mar

Dubai’s restaurant critics reversed last week’s unilaterally negative reviews with a positive reactions to their meals, concentrating mainly around JBR and the Dubai Marina. This week’s reviews also focused on budget-friendly meals, with meals for two hovering around Dhs150. Check out the summaries below to stay up-to-date with Dubai’s ever changing culinary scene!

The Nationals Emily Shardlow surprised herself with a unilaterally positive review of Middle Eastern themed Sarai, citing solid Arabic fare, “considered use of herbs and spices,” and superb service as reasons to return. “Everything we ordered proved to be a success”>>>

Oliver Robinson approved of his “indulgent” meal at the lastest expansion of Baker & Spice to hit the Dubai Marina, and welcomed it as a concept in a zone that “has been screaming out for a place like this” in his review for  Time Out Dubai. To the review!>>>

“Excellent” appetizers set the tone for the rest of  Oliver Robinson‘s meal at Mogador, a Moroccan restaurant with “reasonable” prices and solid dishes. Too stuffed for dessert>>>


Dubai Announces Rival to DIFC, possibly by summer 2012

13 Mar

Dubai’s dining scene has been dominated by the DIFC, a vast complex bursting with the city’s top restaurants  and lounges. It’s been the undisputed epicenter of Dubai’s fine dining, with other pockets like Emirates Towers and Festival City striving to mimic their success. This may all change with the opening of the Conrad Hilton Dubai, slated for sometime this summer.

Sources from Hotelier Middle East have announced today that the new Hilton Conrad, located opposite of DIFC will feature 5 restaurants, all vying to compete with DIFC powerhouse restaurants like La Petite Maison, Guacho, and Zuma. Sources tell us the hotel will house four home-grown restaurants and two branded restaurants, including Latin-American supper club Izel.  Another restaurant is rumored to be a pool/restaurant/club concept.

The Dubai Chew will be closely monitoring the progress with the hotel and will keep our viewers up-to-date with restaurant announcements and openings.

Source: Hotelier Middle East

Week in Dubai’s Restaurant Reviews; The Grill, Links, Pushkin all Disappoint

8 Mar

This past week highlighted an unusual trend of disappointing reviews from Dubai’s restaurant critics. Across the board, negative reviews spared no type of cuisine or restaurant from their harsh words and forgettable meals. The Dubai Chew summarizes the raves (and plenty of rants) from the Dubai dining scene to keep you up-to-date with foodie news in the glitzy Emirate.

The National‘s Emily Shardlow was not pleased to see her dhs933 meal turn out to be a series of ill-conceived appetizers and confusing mains in her critical review of the St. Regis’ 55 & 5th: The Grill. She didn’t even finish the dessert>>>

Oliver Robinson continued his trend of discovering Eastern European food in Dubai, but ruled out returning to Pushkin due to its “amateur” service and beef that tasted “belligerently chewy and relatively flavorless” in his review for Time Out Dubai.

A meal at Links in the Address Hotel was “unmemorable” and “rather flat” when Oliver Robinson decided to give another golf clubhouse restaurant a luke-warm review for Time Out Dubai. “It just looks like any other venue”>>>

Fresh from the Dubai Blogosphere: Best Recipes of March (week 1)

6 Mar

Dubai’s ambitious food bloggers were busy in the kitchen this week sharing a wide variety of tantalizing recipes from across the culinary spectrum. The Dubai Chew thoroughly enjoys sifting through their creations to provide you with the best of the bunch. Check out these hot recipes from the first week of March!











Prominent Dubai food blogger Dalia blames the beautiful, warm weather for her inspiration to welcome an incredible Italian Focaccia Bake, topped with fresh cherry tomatoes and drizzled truffle oil. 40 minutes of your time and you have an incredible dish>>>











Anja’s Kitchen proved simplicity and health-conscious don’t interfere with flavor with her broccoli salad drizzled in tahini and sesame seeds. Seven ingredients and you have dinner’s go-to side dish>>>











Mideats takes advantage of fresh produce to compile a recipe of stuffed marrow with beef and rice, a savory dish common throughout the Middle East. 13 labor intensive steps to wow your friends and family>>>

Dubai’s Annual Literary Festival to Host food writers, celebrity chefs; tickets still available!

4 Mar

Food enthusiasts will find their mouths full at Dubai’s upcoming Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, set to take over the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City from 06-10 March. Food writers and celebrity chefs will comprise a small but significant component of the authors, offering food demonstrations and public appearances alongside world renowned writers, poets and historians.

The Dubai Chew breaks down the festival’s agenda to bring you the most important food-related activity during the Middle East’s largest literary gathering!

WHO: Bobby Chinn, internationally acclaimed chef, TV personality with Chinese and Vietnamese parents that have influenced his successful ventures into television and the kitchen. His bio here>>>

WHEN: 9 March 12:30-14:30

WHAT: A foodie panel discussion panel and literary lunch, where you can listen to Bobby recount his culinary and other miscellaneous adventures.

STATUS: Currently sold out, so we recommend pulling some strings.


WHO: Michelin-starred Giorgio Locatelli, Italian celebrity chef and columnist, responsible for the arrival of Ronda Locatelli, one of Dubai’s premier Italian establishments. His bio here>>> 

WHEN: Saturday 10 March 10:00-11:00 & Saturday 10 March 12:30-13:30.

WHAT: A morning food panel discussion, followed by a food demonstration.

STATUS: Both events still have openings; AED65 each.



WHO: Ariana Bundy, TV personality, pastry chef and author, with a passion for Persian cooking. Her bio here>>>

WHEN:  Friday 9 March 13:30-14:30; Saturday 10 March 16:30-18:00

WHAT: Launching her latest book: Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes; food demo and tea tasting

STATUS: both events still have openings; AED 65 for her book launch, AED120 for tea time.



WHO: Suzanne Husseini, pioneer of Arabic food TV programs and overall food enthusiasts with a strong connection to Dubai. To her bio>>>

WHEN: Saturday 10 March 10:00-11:00;  Saturday 10 March 15:00-16:00

WHAT: Foodie Panel conversions, and a cookery demonstration.

STATUS: tickets available for both events, both AED65




You Sent Them: Tantalizing Dubai Delicacies from the Lens of our Viewers!

3 Mar

The Dubai Chew refused to keep these photos–sent from our readers–to ourselves, so we decided to share them with our viewers. All have been slightly altered with Instagram, but the essence of Dubai’s tastes and flavors are ever apparent. Have a great photo that brings out the best of Dubai’s food and dining scene? Send it in to dubaichew@gmail.com!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Week in Restaurant Reviews: Make Business Hub scores again, others flop; and more!

3 Mar

Dubai’s critics ate their way through a series of extravagant dinners and unfortunate mishaps this past week. The Dubai Chew sifts through the raves and rants of this week’s reviews to bring you up to date with the best and worst developments to hit the Dubai dining scene: Enjoy!

Emily Shardlow of the National agreed with Oliver Robinson’s previous review that Make Business Hub is a positive addition to the Dubai dining scene, popular with freelancers and the mobile crowd. A continued trend of positive feedback for this JBR newcomer>>>

A spectacular interior couldn’t save the Stables Racecourse Restaurant from Oliver Robinson’s scathing review of its food, especially their foie-gras with chocolate in Time Out Dubai‘s latest critique. “The foie gras itself was passable, but its pairing with strawberries, blackberries and chocolate sauce was an abomination” and other quotes here>>>

An anticipated simple bunch at Toro Toro turned into a food frenzy, but Time Out Dubai critic Oliver Robinson and friends didn’t seem to mind, especially when paired nicely with  service “so polite it verged on affectionate.”  Full before the main course>>>