Dubai

Bombay Bungalow: Bright bites.

Bombay Bungalow: Bright bites.

Similar to the bright interior of Coya, Bombay Bungalow is a venue that entertains guests before they’ve ever even had a bite to eat. With soaring ceilings, views of The Beach, brilliant blues, quirky portraits, and attentive staff, the rebrand of the former House of Curry […]

Originality at Origami Dubai.

Originality at Origami Dubai.

Delighted to meet a friend for lunch, I made plans to check out Origami (located in a neatly tucked away part of Jumeirah Beach at a mall I’d never heard of, let alone been to, but have driven past countless times).  Said ‘mall’ has a […]

Armani Spa: Luxury in the dark.

Armani Spa: Luxury in the dark.

I say this a lot, however, similar to Pier Chic, there are a few remaining Dubai properties that I’ve not been able to visit in my ten years here.  The Armani Spa has been on my list since it opened, but I somehow never managed […]

Sean Connolly comes to Dubai…

Sean Connolly comes to Dubai…

In the next installment of celebrity chefs to open a restaurant in Dubai, we welcome Chef Sean Connolly, who is setting up shop at the top of the Dubai Opera. Let’s see what Chef Sean’s website has to say about him, shall we? One of […]

Sass Cafe: A beautiful setting, but…

Sass Cafe: A beautiful setting, but…

I’m going to go on a slight tangent here, but please stay with me.  I think that no matter what is being sold, the company, organization, or person doing the selling has an obligation to determine who their target demographic is.  In the instance of […]

Fume: That Place Everyone Talks About (For A Reason).

Fume: That Place Everyone Talks About (For A Reason).

Full disclosure, I’ve recommended this venue to people without having ever visited.  In fact, just last weekend, friends were in town from Abu Dhabi and looking for a suitable breakfast place.  I told them about Fume and got a text during the morning telling me how impressed […]

Asado: Steak night delight.

Asado: Steak night delight.

If memory serves, I went to Asado for the first time around 2009/10, when the Souq Al Bahar was brand new, as was most of the area.  I was struck by the stunning view of the Burj Khalifa — one of the best in the […]

Le Cirque: Magnifique Déjeuner avec le Chef!

Le Cirque: Magnifique Déjeuner avec le Chef!

Can I let you in on a secret?  In the ten years or so I’ve lived in the region, I’ve never actually been inside the Ritz Carlton DIFC.  Even when I was living across SZR and walking to the Gate Village, I never once stepped […]

Q’s Bar & Lounge: Quincy Jones brings cool to Dubai.

Q’s Bar & Lounge: Quincy Jones brings cool to Dubai.

After a very disappointing meal at Enigma (Chef Bjorn, please come back!), The EmirEATi and I decided to cut our losses and walk next door to Q’s Bar and Lounge, a jazz bar I’ve long heard about, but haven’t managed to visit.  Walking in, the […]



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