Markette | The Box Park Hangout

BoxPark is Dubai’s hippest new hangout. I like to think of it as the JBR on the other side of town (for those who are familiar with the city geography). This snazzy and vibrant, ‘just over a kilometre’ strip is generously dotted with unique retail experiences and vivid eateries through the distinctive aesthetics of funky…

Carnival by Tresind | A celebration of Indian flavours.

Dubai is as international as it gets when it comes to dining options. With 200 nationalities calling this home, it’s safe to bet that you can pretty much nibble your way around the world, in this emirate. Power lunches and dinners are big business and happen in no half measures. No surprises then that Carnival by…

6 Ballygunge Place | My Royal Bengal Affair

My favourite regional Indian cuisine is cuisine from Bengal.  I love it.  Further, depending on whether the style of cooking is Ghoti (originating from West Bengal) or Bangal (originating from erstwhile East Bengal, now Bangladesh),  the flavours will swing between creamy sweet to fiery hot. Luckily, at 6 Ballygunge Place, you don’t have to choose this way or…

Patiala Dubai | Where traditional meets modern

The debate – about whether the food industry is indeed going through a change or everything we’re witnessing is only a dramatic play of normal events – is an ongoing one. Either ways, one thing is for sure. Everyone who has any stake in the business is lifting their game today. Presentation, experimentalism, diner experience,…

Farzi Café Dubai | Not Deception. It’s Magic On Your Plate

If you thought, you wouldn’t pay to eat dal chawal in a chic and modern bistro set in the heart of one of the world’s most glamorous cities, that might just be about to change. Zorawar Kalra, is well recognized in India as the face that redefines Indian cuisine. Marking Farzi Cafés first international outpost…

Al Bastakiya | Dubai’s hidden miracle

Dubai isn’t just about muggy, oppressive summers, yellow sands, glitzy malls and glamorous high rises in a concrete jungle.  That is only a uni-dimensional, not to forget,incomplete perspective of what this emirate is about. Yes, UAE history may not be as old as Europe’s.  You won’t walk through opulent corridors of four hundred year old castles, nor will…

Tresind Dubai – Innovative Indian; Traditional Flavours

Indian fine dining hasn’t ever counted as my idea of ‘cool’ eating out. It doesn’t strike me as an obvious choice for a girls’ night out, a romantic candle-lit date night or an evening of casual drinking with colleagues. And I think I may be speaking for a large mass of people. Perhaps that is…

Fume – a few hits & a few misses!

I first dined at Fume, in celebration of my 30th birthday last year.  We had enjoyed it – the vibe, the ambiance, the food.  It evokes happy memories and hence the sweet yet odd feeling, when we were invited to review the food.  I told my fellow partner in food crime, that I had quite liked the place…

Of Chicken Bharta & Egg Torka…

I am blessed – and I really mean it – BLESSED, to be surrounded by a coterie of food lovers who take that descriptor rather seriously.  We’re constantly exchanging notes, from our corners of the world. In fact, as I write, I’m parallely in conversation with a fellow of the foodie tribe who has evoked the memory of…

The Patriarch We Lost

We are a BIG family on my mom’s side.  Big enough to have made a huge and sprawling mansion, feel tiny when we got together.  The field (yes, you read that correctly; field, not garden) was larger than a standard football field, and that was not counting the vegetable patches on the other side.  These vegetable…

Salmon, Asparagus & Parsnip – glamourized!

When I started out on this blog, it did cross my mind to write a few recipes – I’m passionate about food.  However, I almost as quickly dismissed the idea. I’m not an expert.  I haven’t studied food, I don’t know the science of food.  Actually, I don’t even know, at what temperatures different meats…

Salt in the air, sand in my hair.

When we were trying to figure out that afternoon, where to go to kill a little time, I rather dispassionately suggested, beach. In this part of the world, walking along the beach on a clear weather day is no rarity.  I could have said anything else, but for the lack of a better idea – beach…