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Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

baklava sweet
Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. – Wiki

I’ve realized that my appetite for bread have grown increasingly the longer I stayed in Dubai which is good for me of course. I wanted to gain weight – so bread is a friend.

Cheese manakish of Al Reef Lebanese Bakery, is for me the best cheese bread ever! It is a white Arabic bread that is serve fresh and warm with cheese filling (mozzarella) made from wood-fired oven.

It’s so good when it is still warm you can see the cheese stretches when you bite. For only 6 dirhams my dinner is solved!

According to an Emirati friend who referred this bakery. Al Reef is the oldest and famous for it’s delicious Arabic bread and sweets.

The bakery is located in the same street of Karama Post Office. The shop beside it serves nice shawarmas too. What I like about the shop is the massive selection of Arabic sweets displayed on each side of the shop. 

  • Location: Karama, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 396 1980
  • Travel: Zaabeel Road

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cheese manakish in al reef
cheese manakish in al reef

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Singapore Deli in Karama

singapore tempe
Singapore tempe is a vegetable fried tofu with delectable chilly sauce

After a long day of work we have decided to visit an old fave restaurant. In the buzzing place of Karama sits Singapore Deli that serves Asian dishes mainly, Indonesian and Malaysian. 

For starters we had Fried Tempe (Tofu). This was served hot with an amazing super spicy dip.  We considered ordering Sambal Tempe but decided to choose the former. According to my partner it’s the spiciest food he had ever tried.

I have ordered Fried chicken with Kangkong and steamed rice (very similar to Filipino food). There’s a small dip on the side which I’m not familiar with but it tasted like fermented something with chili on it. It has a strong flavor although it really compliments the dish. 

My partner ordered a Seafood Curry noodles. It has a light flavor just as what you have expected in a curry soup. 

fried chicken with kangkong
Fried chicken with kangkong
seafood curry soup
Indonesian’s famous Seafood curry soup
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Lovely outdoor dining

It’s nice to sit outside especially with the lovely weather we have now. Try it for yourself and share your experience! x

Yalla Momos in Karama

Fried Momos

After blogging so much about shops in Karama you probably are convinced that this place is a haven for foodies. So here’s a another treat for all the Dubaian’s out there.

Let me share to you this very cute Al fresco dining place of Yalla Momos. We have been a happy customer since they have opened ages ago and felt bad to do a review this late.

From the time they opened until they have renovated the place people can’t just get enough of their delicious momos!

Momo is a famous street food in Nepal and is widespread throughout India.  It’s similar to Chinese dumpling that has varieties of filling. You can get vegetable, cheese, chicken, beef, and mushroom momos.

I would like to thank Abby and Jai for their lovely treat. It’s their first time to try momos and they really enjoyed it! Abby actually have craving for it now.

There should always be Way-way noodles (careful it’s very spicy) on our order which is a perfect combination with Momos.

Click here to see their MENU.

Yalla Momos is located opposite Bikarnevala (4B Street) behind Park Regis Hotel.

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Yalla Momos in Karama Wayway Noodles
buff momos Chicken Momos
Shrimp Momos Street food momos

 

 

Where to stay in Boracay |Dave’s Straw Hat

For a few minutes of walk from where we were dropped off, we then found Dave’s Straw Hat.

Beachfront Boracay Island Philippines

It was a quiet afternoon in Boracay when we arrived. The lady receptionist greeted us  without me first introducing myself (impressive). She already knew and assisted us to our room. She came back after 5 minutes handing us our “welcome drinks”. It’s a frozen lemon iced tea drink. Just perfect after the long journey!

welcome drinks standard bedroom daves straw

I was very pleased with how it looked so much nicer than in the pictures. I chose the place because of the reasonable price and has been voted as Travelers’ Choice  in Tripadvisor. All the reviews are good so that makes me feel confident with my choice .

Our room is a standard type for 1,950  pesos per night. It has one double bed, TV, toilet and a box locker.

The best thing is that our sheets and towels are clean all the time. You don’t need to ask them they will just take care of it for you.

For our 6-day stay at Boracay we were very confident that our stuff is secure.

Dave’s Straw Hat’s location is perfect for people who seeks quiet and relaxing place away from the noisy area known as Station 1 and 2. It’s quite a long walk (15 mins)  to the center of Boracay where you see D’ Mall – but it’s a holiday so you’re suppose to be out and about right?

Tip: Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

I’ll surely stay on this place again if ever I’ll visit Boracay.

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Daves straw hat staff

Thanks for sending us this picture Dave’s Straw Hat! We will surely come back 🙂

Sugaholic Cup Cakes | Karama | Dubai

Sugaholic Cupcakes Dubai

I was browsing through my old Instagram photos and found this cute little pugcakes that I received last birthday from my dearest.

Before Sugaholic was formed, the two sisters Sneha Bhatia and Ravisha Bhatia from India treated it as a passion and hobby. Later on by the strong demand and  encouragement of their friends who got so gaga over their delicious cakes decided to open a business and now became one of the cutest and trendy bakeshop in Karama.

Sugaholic Cupcakes in Karama
Dobbie is always grumpy – never contented tsk

The normal cupcake costs 14 dirhams and the customised one is 18.

You can find their cute little shop in Karama behind Yoko Sizzlers.

FarEast Seafood Market | Regent Palace Hotel

teppanyaki at FarEast Seafood

What does Teppanyaki means?

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

We are so glad to have visted one of Karama’s hidden gem, the FarEast Seafood Market. After reading good reviews from Tripadvisor and Zomato we decided to give it a go.

The setting of the restaurant is a bit similar to Shogun Restaurant in Deira.

One thing that impresses me is the glass floor made of water tank with live fish inside. That’s why it’s a bit darker when you get in so to make the aquarium more noticeable. Pretty cool huh?

As we settled to our chair, our lovely chef named, Julius greeted us.

He then starts to prepare our first dish. Our appetizer is a stir-fry vegetables with fish and shrimp and trust me the smell is so delicious I started getting full just by smelling it.

We had so much fun watching chef Julius as he showcases his talent and at the same time I am mentally taking note of the ingredients he used. Perhaps I could apply it in my future cooking.

After the appetizer, we ordered for a bowl of fried rice and chiken then followed by grilled beef.

I am not a fan of medium rare beef but I love the way he cooked it. The meat is so tender and soft with the soy and the rest of the ingredients absorbed perfectly.
For 80 dirhams you will enjoy an all-you-can-eat deal with:

  • Soups (Tom Yam soup / CHinese chicken sweet and sour)
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Appetizer
  • Main Course
  • Dessert mixed fruit platter

I know we are suppose to be eating seafod menu as what the restaurant implies but it has been a good choice to try Teppanyaki as their other option. I can say that this is the best Teppanyaki I have tried.

I promise chef Julius that we will come back and will blog about it. He was genuinely pleased and happy.

ADDRESS:

Regent Palace Hotel, Mezzanine Level
Opposite Burjuman, Al Karama, Dubai
04 3963888

FarEast Seafood Market

Buffet in Regent Karama

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Seafood Market in Karama

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chicken sweet and sour soup


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medium rare beef teppanyaki mix fruit platter

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live cooking teppanyaki

Soy and Pepper at Reef Mall | Dubai

Being invited to a newly opened restaurant is such a pleasure. We were so excited to try this Asian place in Deira.

We were greeted at Soy & Pepper by their lovely Manager, Ms Teresa and her very nice staff.

They are located inside Reef Mall just next to Dome Cafe; as you approach you will see a LCD hanging on the wall displaying a variety of the dishes on offer, cooked up by Chef Jeff who puts his own twists on traditional Asian cuisine.

Soy and Pepper Reef Mall

Soy and Pepper

When me and my dining partner sat down the first thing we ordered were the drinks.  We decided to go for one peach and one lemon ice tea.  Both tasted fine just as you’d expect, with some nice fresh fruit included on the glass.

For our first starter, we decided to go for their Tom Yum soup which was very tasty with a spicy and sour kick.  Traditional Thai fare, boosted further with their special condiment mix of garlic and chili.

Tom Yum Soup

After our palettes had been cleansed by the soup we decided to go for Thai Cashew Salad.  It was just as fresh as it looked on the Menu, with crunchy veg, cashew and that spicy kick that all good Thai salads should have.  Even my partner, who is not normally a big fan of capsicum (bell pepper), loved this one.

Fresh Thai Cashew Salad

Once we finished our salad it was time for the mains.

Our first main course was Chicken Sisig – a twist on the popular Filipino dish using chicken instead of pork. The Sisig was very nice and the twist of using chicken worked surprisingly well. It arrived sizzling in a traditional style with a raw egg on top that cooked as you sat.  The chicken was cooked just right and the rice complimented it perfectly.

Chicken Sisig

We also ordered Beef and Brocolli, more of a Chinese style dish. The Beef and Brocolli was also very tasty and reminded us of a meal that you can get at PF Changs (a compliment for sure!) both dishes were a good size and certainly filled the two of us.

Beef and Broccoli

Once our mains were finished we decided to order some desserts; we went for the Leche flan (creme caramel) and Ube topped with shredded butter.

The Leche flan was very nice with a special syrup on top giving it a unique flavour.  Even if we were pretty full by this point, we still managed to finish it, as well as the Ube which had that lovely traditional taste that all Filipinos would expect!

Leche flan

Ube

After our meal we met the lovely Chef  Jeff who gave us further insight about the dishes and how he put his own twist on them.  You could really get a feel for his passion and I can’t wait to see how the other dishes on the menu taste.

the man behind Soy and Pepper

Throughout our dining experience with Soy and Pepper we were treated very well by professional and friendly staff.  The dishes were familiar with a cute twist.

Perhaps the best things about this place are the great value for money, the fresh ingredients, talented cookery and great service.

So if you have a free evening or want to impress a friend with a good cheap eat, why not head over to Reef Mall and check them out?!  if they get the “bums on seats” they deserve it could be very exciting to see them expand through the Emirate and beyond!

My thanks once again to Ms Teresa, Chef Jeff and their team for a wonderful experience at Soy and Pepper.

 

Betawi | Authentic Indonesian Restaurant | Karama

Nasi Goren Betawi Karama Dubai
Located along the famous food strip of 4b Street in Karama is Betawi Restaurant (beside Pampanggas Binalot and Yalla Momos) known for serving authentic Indonesian food.

Betawi has been nominated as Best South-East & Pan Asian and Best Budget Restaurant Awards 2013 by TimeOut Dubai.

It started its business on 2007 and have gained praises from asian food-lovers and top notch chefs around Dubai. In such a short period of time they have expanded and just recently opened their second outlet (Betawi Express) located at Emirates Tower Metro Station.

The restaurant in Karama is small and basic but gets crowded most of the time. It has a touch of ethnic tropical style. The staff are very nice and all are Indonesians that I sometimes mistakenly thought as kabayans. 

I ordered Nasi Goreng (Indonesians national dish) it is a fried rice topped with egg and mixed with various ingredients such as sweet soy sauce, shallot, garlic, tamarind, chilli, chicken and prawns. It has some crackers on the side and vegetables. For just 25 dirhams you will get full before you can finish the whole portion. 

Below is a Soto Betawi, Indonesian’s traditional soup that consists of broth, meat and vegetables.

Soto Betawi - Dubai

Eating at Betawi makes me feel closer to home as Indonesians shares common taste buds with FIlipinos.

Location: Karama, Dubai
Tel: 056 759 8118
Travel: 4B Street, behind the Ministry of Health
Times: Open Sat-Wed noon-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm

The Observatory | Marriott Hotel Dubai Marina

Marriott Hotel Drinks

Do you fancy chilling out on top of a sky-rise tower? Amazing 360 degrees view from the glass windows of 52nd floor.

The Observatory of Marriott Hotel in Dubai Marina is best known for its location.

Last April we went for a drink with my partner and his mum. As we took the elevator going to the 52nd floor my ears got blocked of pressure. I never had fear of heights but when I was walking inside the bar makes me feel nausea realising how high we were.

You can hardly see people below but you will be impressed with the amazing sparkling towers and the breath taking view of Palm Jumeirah. It’s best to visit before sundown and you will appreciate it more during night time. They also offer happy hours during  5 PM to 10 PM (Sat-Tues), 5 PM to 8 PM (Wed-Fri) which is very good.

I had a lovely mojitos and since we had food already and just wanted to see what it’s like on the top we didn’t bother ordering any food. Can’t wait to go back soon!

Going to 52nd Observatory

The Observatory Dubai Marina

Happy Hour in Dubai

Marriott Bar in Dubai

The Observatory Marriott Hotel in Marina

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The Observatory
52nd Floor
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Al Sufouh Road
Dubai Marina
United Arab Emirates
PO Box 66662