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June 2016

Dubai, Restaurants, Reviews

THE MOST ROMANTIC DINNER SPOT: ARMANI/AMAL, DUBAI

June 23, 2016

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Here at the Armani Hotel in Downtown Dubai is yet another must visit restaurant called, Amal which serves Indian cuisine. I visited for dinner and as soon as I walked through the lobby of the hotel I knew this was going to be a world-class dining experience. As you enter from the lift you walk into a lobby area with a stunning Indian-inspired backdrop and centre piece, our welcome drinks were enjoyed in the bar area and me and my guest were seated for dinner very shortly after.

The ambience of the restaurant is very mellow and sophisticated, I’d definitely recommend dressing up for this venue as it is just beautiful and you will want to take no end of pictures. To start we enjoyed a cocktail whilst we looked over the rather extensive menu – there are a number of set menus to consider, however we went for simply choosing our own dishes from the main menu. After choosing we were served with the traditional popadoms and sauces, and we also had a very small pre-starter dish delivered to us.

For the started I chose the spicy shrimps and my guest ordered a vegetarian option – both were incredibly well-flavoured and the waiter was very aware of the ingredients when describing the dishes to us before we ate which of course, is always impressive. For the main courses we both chose a traditional curry dish each served with rice and naan bread, the waiter is always on hand to serve out your food for you – I don’t think I lifted a finger once to plate up more food! The service here is just amazing.

Finally for the desserts the Head Chef presented to us Amal’s most traditional Indian desserts for us to try – I really loved this as I had never tried any Indian desserts before and I am all about new experiences! The Head Chef also presented us with their chocolate dessert made from the best chocolate in the world, I believe he said, from Vienna. This was delicious and by this point it was time to enjoy the fountains out on the terrace.

Here at Amal they have front row seats to the famous Dubai Fountains and the restaurant sits within the world’s tallest building, right at the foot of it. Taking in the views and the sheer size of the Burj Khalifa was, again, such an amazing experience and so romantic – after seeing this restaurant you will want to bring all of your friends, family and loved one here next time you are in Dubai. I can imagine it would also make the perfect setting for a proposal or a very special occasion which you want to remember forever.

Highly recommended.

For reservations or more information please visit their website here.

Fashion

DATE NIGHT ATTIRE: MY BANDAGE DRESS

June 15, 2016

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These My Bandage Dress pieces are perfect for both a romantic occasion and a girly night out. The signature bandage fabric is skin tight so it’s really good if you want to achieve that hour-glass shape. All the pieces feature a zip that runs down the back making it a lot easier to put on, and of course take off (there’s no awkward over the head pulling off and getting stuck). Their website offers endless choices of colours – which no matter which you choose they all compliment each other, so don’t be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone!

www.MyBandageDress.com

 

 

 

 

Restaurants, Reviews

THE BEST OF BRITAIN IN DUBAI: BREAD STREET KITCHEN & BAR

June 14, 2016

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I joined Gordon Ramsay’s Dubai edition of Bread Street Kitchen at The Atlantis for dinner and drinks, and I have to say I was extremely impressed. If this stylish restaurant located on The Palm isn’t on your list of places to go eat in Dubai then add it on.

The Experience

The menu showcases a wide range of quintessentially British dishes which of course are all made with the best ingredients. When I first arrived me and my guest were invited to have cocktails at the bar before dinner and we were presented with a really creative selection of both classic and signature cocktails. Both of our choices were incredible and the bar tender was happy to help us choose – asking us what we liked and making suggestions based off of that.

After pre-dinner drinks it was time to enjoy dinner and we decided on the octopus and the chicken wings to start. The waiter (Alistair) was extremely attentive and welcoming, answering any questions we had with ease. Alistair really helped us make up our minds about what to pick from the extensive menu where you want to try everything! Whilst we waited with our red wine, bread and butter was delivered to the table and presented in a branded basket. I love when restaurants do these extra things like bring you bread and offer you nuts with your drinks, it really makes a difference to the overall experience.

For the main course we decided on trying out Gordon Ramsay’s iconic beef wellington made for two people to share. The presentation was beautiful and it came served with a range of extras such as, Yorkshire pudding and mash potato to compliment the beef. Dessert was by far my favorite part of the meal at Bread Street Kitchen. The Head Chef and our waiter delivered to us ALL the different desserts on the menu to try out and the Chef described each one in detail. I would highly recommend Gordon Ramsay’s version of the British classic – Bread and Butter Pudding.

The Verdict

Overall, the experience was perfect. The staff were friendly and engaging, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great – after dinner you feel like want to carry on the night on a high, not crawl into bed and watch a movie. 100% recommend.

For more information or reservations please go to their website.

Dubai, Restaurants, Reviews

QD’S DUBAI: RAMADAN TENT

June 14, 2016

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QD’s Dubai is set overlooking the stunning views of the Dubai skyline from over the water at Dubai Creek Golf & Yatch Club. During the holy month of Ramadan – a month where Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset – QD’s transforms into a Ramadan tent where a full buffet is set out just before sunset for those wanting to break the fast in style. It is also such a unique dining experience for those who are not Muslim and I’d highly recommend that if you are in Dubai during this time of the year that you try out a buffet, such as QD’s for Iftar.

The food presented consisted of traditional Arabic and Middle Eastern dishes and desserts – all presented beautifully. There are plenty of staff on hand to assist you if you are unsure about a dish and are more than happy to explain – this allowed me to feel that bit more comfortable as I’m not too familiar with the cuisine. The atmosphere was relaxed and from our table we watched the sunset and the Dubai skyline light up as night fell which was really amazing.

Overall the restaurant ticked all the boxes and more – it offered great traditional food, lively atmosphere and of course, that picture perfect photo opportunity! What more could you want?