Tag Archives: middle east

Week 14 – A view from Emirates Tower

view from Emirates Tower

Advertisements

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

Ravi Restaurant | Pakistani Food

Ravi Restaurant Dubai

We had our Saturday dinner at the famous Pakistani restaurant in Dubai, Ravi. The branch that we visited is the one closer to us, across from Burjuman Mall and behind Pizza Hut. The restaurant is huge and offers two sections for family and non-family area. What makes it interesting is the outside seating ambiance. It is situated in a lively and busy part of Karama.

Ravi Restaurant Burjuman

It sits next to busy restaurants like Naples Pizza, Mirchi and Al Kauser, where you get to see customers sitting outside enjoying their shisha and food.

Ravi is very popular for it’s Biryani. I believe people who grew up in Dubai would definitely know this restaurant. It is one of the oldest well known restaurants in Dubai. It is ranked number 1 of 479 things to do in Dubai by Lonely Planet travellers.

Cabbies to five-star chefs flock to this legendary Pakistani eatery where you eat like a prince and pay like a pauper. Loosen that belt for heaping helpings of kick-ass curries, succulent grilled meats, perky dal (lentils) and fresh, buttery naan. There’s a family room and a cafeteria, but it’s worth waiting for an outside table to watch Satwa on parade.

Eating Ravi food is an effective way to kill hangovers according to some. Their food is above spicy for me, my personal term for it is ‘killer spicy’! I am always thankful for the yogurt (raitha) as it washes off the spice.

Our order was served in less than 10 minutes. It consists of plain roti which is the most important part of the meal for me. I like the taste of the crunchy burnt part of the bread, dipping it in the daal fry. The roti should always be hot, if not you can request for a replacement. My partner loves the bihari kebabs, they are very tender on the inside, however a bit too spicy for me. If you are into spicy food, be sure to give them a try!

Small Salad

Chicken Tikka and Roti Dip in Daal fry and  Yoghurt Indoor seating area of Ravi PakistaniRavi Restaurant Karama

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
Dosa Plaza Karama Dubai Dosa Plaza Karama Dosa Plaza