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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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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.

yalla momos

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

 

 

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.

English Breakfast at Hediard Cafe Paris | Dubai


Hediard Paris Cafe

Nope this isn’t a post about dining in the city of love which is Paris as what the page title says but, how I wish it was. This is a post about our wonderful experience at Hediard.

Hediard Cafe Paris is one of those cafes that offers variety of menu with a taste of European dishes.

If you happen to be one of those they call as ‘breakfast person’ and into fry-ups – I strongly recommend Hediard.

Our order was an English breakfast menu that composed of cereals, toasts and fresh juice. Once done they served us with our main order that comes with grilled beef bacon, potato hash browns, baked beans, grilled tomato, fried egg, mushrooms and beef sausages.

For the amount of 38 dirhams each we have enjoyed a filling breakfast at a reasonable price. I consider this as one of the best fry -ups that I have tasted.

The branch we visited is in Festival City which we fancied to try after our marathon (Terry Fox run). The experience is great and the service is exemplary. Until our next visit again Hediard! 

Hediard Breakfast

Midnight Cafe | Karama

CLG Chicken Looks Good
This is my favourite – the CLG. It comes with 2 pcs of chicken, fries (chips), coleslaw and a small bread for 20 dirhams.

I have been looking forward for this post since the day my teeth sink in to that freaking CLG thing! Btw, CLG stands for Chicken looks good. Not only that it looks good but it tastes divine. It’s a deep fried chicken breast stuffed with cheese, mushroom and salami.

We found out about Midnight Cafe through reading good reviews from Zomato. We use to walk past a small and very old looking cafe and would never thought that one day we will be blown away by their food. That is why you should never judge the book by it’s cover!

Tact along in a busy street of Karama across Al Attar is a small shop occupied less than 10 staff . They have no dining area so people coming in will have no choice but to order for take away and others will call for delivery.

I can’t get enough of this cafe in fact I have recommended it to my colleagues and they absolutely love it!

They deliver quicker than expected and the food is still warm.  Midnight Cafe remains undisputed for my favourite food chain in Karama ! Try it for yourself. 

 

Midnight Cafe in Karama

Midnight Cafe - a little cafe with a lot

Haji Ali Juice Center | Karama

Grilled Mushroom Sandwich

Another found gem in the heart of Karama – Haji Ali Juice Center, one of the oldest and famous vegetarian joint in Mumbai.

An Indian friend highly recommended it to us and thought of giving it a try and we were glad to have made the decision.

At first, I thought they only serve juices by hearing it’s name – Haji Ali Juice Center. Well, what is business without choices? That’ll be dull.

Anyway, aside from their best selling fresh juices they also served healthy options of pure vegetable grilled sandwiches, rolls, and pizzas. For drinks they have  milk shakes and falooda.

We ordered for a Mushroom Mozarella Grill that costs 15 dirhams, one portion of fries for 10 dirhams and fresh Pomegranate juice for 17 dirhams . I’m a big fan of grilled sandwiches and mozzarella so no wonder I have been hooked up with this new found eats. They are as well very convenient since they are open for take away and delivery.

Haji Ali Juice Center is located in the same side as Bombay Chowpatty and at the back side of Park Regis Hotel. You can check their menu here.

Grilled Sandwich

Haji Ali Juice Center Karama

Wok It | All about Chinese, Indonesian and Thai cuisine

Our first try at Wok It made a favourable impression so we made a come back to try the rest of their menu. A spicy savoury aroma has filled the entire restaurant. We were accompanied by a lovely staff to be seated on their comfortable chairs.

Wok It Restaurant

Even if the place is full packed our orders arrived quicker than expected. That day was a Thursday so you get to see people everywhere mostly eating out.

The modern theme of the restaurant gives a pleasant touch and stands out compared to the other restaurants on the same side of the street. They have a huge area that can house less than 40 guests. It is located beside Pizza Hut in Karama and across Centrepoint.

Wok it Dining Area

We ordered Garlic Crackers as for our starter that costs 10 dirhams and we were given a dip sauce which is killer spicy but so nice.

Garlic Crackers

Killer Spicy Sauce

I suddenly thought about Wok Inn, a similiar asian restaurant not too far from this place – that I have been longing to blog about. Once you are seated they will serve you an ample amount of crackers for FREE! Unfortunately without any clue why – has been shut down for business. We got devastated knowing about it. Well I hope Wok It will provide complimentary crackers also!

Moving on, finally we got the rest of the orders. Bakso Meat Ball Soup tasted like one of the Filipino dish we called ‘Nilaga‘. I really enjoyed it just the perfect combination for rice and Lamb Curry. The lamb is very lean and the curry sauce is mixed very well with it – it’s super spicy but you can request for milder one.

Bakso Meat Ball Soup

Lamb Curry

noodles of wok it dubai

beef teriyaki - Wok it restaurant

There’s just too much to blog around Karama and I won’t get tired, not even close to exploring it all yet.

Check out Jasmine’s (Pear Tree Diaries) complete review of Wok it here.

Sudanese Cafeteria | Falafel | Karama

Have you tried Falafel? If not, you should! You don’t want to miss one of the most famous dishes in the Arab world.

Falafel

Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Arab food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze.

I got to try Sudanese food for the second time in the small cafeteria Foul Umdurman in Karama – just down the road from Bikarnevala. A simple cafeteria that offers a variety of mainly Sudanese dishes.  We noticed that customers usually order for take away, some vehicles are even stopping by to order Falafel sandwich – perfect for anyone who is always on the go. They serve orders very quick , it’s no wonder the place is a very convenient option.

Foul Umdurman Cafeteria - Sudanese Food

We were served hot Falafel balls, Ful medames (cooked and mashed fava beans served with olive oil, chopped parsley, cheese, garlic, and lemon juice) and Soujouk (a dry spicy sausage)

We only paid 25 dirhams, the food was very tasty and we were so full. Amazing isn’t it?

Sudanese Food Dubai
Ful medames

Sujuk

So if you guys want to explore or sink your teeth into a different cuisine, just head to Karama and you will get fantastic options from Chinese to Arabic to Indonesian and African – you name it, it’s got it.

xoxo

The Opening of Nofara Cafe at JLT | Dubai

Turkish delight at Nofara Cafe Dubai

Last Monday night we had the privilege to take part in Nofara Cafe’s grand opening at Jumeirah Lake Towers.

We anticipated to arrive at seven however as a result of taxi driver confusion, we ended up on the wrong side of JLT, heading to Abu Dhabi.

Despite the predicament that we found ourselves in, we walked for 20 minutes until we saw our landmark – the large-blue-full-glass building with the ‘Swiss Tower’ sign on top of it, as well as the big “DAMAS” store on the opposite side of the road. The location is not far from Dubai Marina metro station on the JLT side.

Nofara Cafe JLT

Nofara Cafe Dubai

Nofara Cafe Outdoor View

Our 20-minute walk was worth it when we finally arrived at the place. The cafe fills a big indoor space with full glass walls on the side, it is brightly lit at night. The interiors have a modern but homely touch to their design, just perfect for lounging and chilling out. They also have a shisha area and outdoor seating facing the lake. The interior, complete with chalkboards and tasty looking home-baked goods on display, reminded my partner of Organic Cafes which are currently very popular in the UK.

We are very grateful to Ms Lindi and the rest of her team for their invite. They were great hosts, with their fantastic staff always looking after us and topping us up with refreshing drinks and tasty samplers from the menu.

fantastic staff of Nofara Cafe serving fresh juices

The theme of Nofara’s menu is Organic Homemade style food with an Arabic twist. We sampled a great variety of dishes, including a very tasty Mousaka (our favourite), Moroccan style chicken, Parceled Hammour, Cumin Beef and some sandwiches (chicken pesto and lamb meatloaf). Their drinks were super refreshing, the most memorable being an apple mojito with fresh apple pieces floating in it.

enjoying my apple mojito

chocolate brownies and cupcakes Nofara

For desserts, the Arabic/Eastern influence was definitely noticeable, sumptuous chocolate brownies and cupcakes infused with flavours such as Turkish delight and pistachio. My partner has just returned from Istanbul and it felt like a revisit for him!

The prices are very reasonable, main meals are around 35-50 AED, fresh fruit drinks are under 20 AED and cakes are generally priced from 15-20 AED. No more than you would see in similar organic style cafes around town.

fresh organic veg and fruit Ripe ME

They also have a tie up with “Ripe”, a service that is really getting popular in the UAE, where people can order fresh organic veg and fruit delivered to their door. You can place your orders from Nofara and I believe you can also arrange to pick up from there too.

For all the food we were generously provided with, you could really taste the freshness in the vegetables/fruit and the warm meals felt like they could easily have been cooked at home by a loving mother.

As a big fan of the Lime Tree Café, I am excited at the prospect of seeing Organic style eateries such as the excellent Nofara Café popping up in Dubai – for us customers, this is only a good thing!

goody bag with turkish delights

On our exit, we were given a cute little goody bag containing Turkish delights, coffee beans and some materials about the Café. A lovely way to say goodbye to a fantastic visit.

Of course, having been treated so well by the Nofara team, it’s no surprise we will speak such good words! There’s only one way to find out if we’re speaking the truth…

P.S. Let me know of your favourite organic style café in the UAE!

chocolate cupcake

enticing sweets of Nofara Fresh Healthy Salads Health Bar Moroccan style chicken Nofara Cafe Gourmet Nofara Cafe Menu Nofara's home made delicacies organic chicken pesto Parceled Hammour Turkish style chocolate cakes very tasty Mousaka

Newly Opened Dosa Plaza – Karama | Dubai

Dosa Plaza finally opened it’s doors for customers. It’s taking them a while to  launch it’s grand opening, until now. So this is one of my anticipated event – to try some of their massive selections of dosas!

The first time I had is in a vegetarian restaurant somewhere in Marina that it left me with an insane craving ever since. I never thought that a simple dish could be so delectable.

The smell is so enticing plus an array of delicious chutneys are served. Just the perfect combination for a meal.

Dosa Plaza is one of India’s fastest growing food chain serving south Indian cuisine. It offers world’s widest menu and with 104 varieties of dosas to choose from.  Catering  internationally with countries such as USA and UK. 

The restaurant is located  just beside the ever busy Pizza Hut during weekends and across Centrepoint.

I must say that I am totally in love with Dosa. Can’t wait to go back!

Chinese Cheese Dosa

Bhelpuri

paneer tikka
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