IZU Brasserie & Bakery, City Walk

Coffee at Izu Bakery and Brasserie

Dear Diary, It’s official. I have a new chef crush. Chef Izu Ani. What’s not to love? He’s charismatic, well-spoken, passionate, humble and ambitious. He’s so gracious and warm that he immediately makes you feel like you’re old friends. And… Continue Reading

Fine dining Japanese at Armani/Hashi, Downtown Dubai

Dear Diary, I visited Armani/Hashi with plans to film my very first vlog. These plans, however, were thwarted by a very A-list celebrity who decided to visit the same restaurant that very same night. Great for vlogging? Nope. Great for… Continue Reading

Indian molecular gastronomy at Tresind, Nassima Royal Hotel

Dear Diary, On the second floor of the rather nondescript Nassima Royal Hotel is Tresind. The highly lauded Dubai restaurant known for their Indian molecular gastronomy… The restaurant with an elusive 4.9 rating on Zomato (out of a whopping 800 reviews)… The restaurant that makes foodies… Continue Reading

Persian cuisine and old-school charm at Shabestan, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek

Dear Diary, Shabestan is a Dubai institution. It’s one of Dubai’s oldest restaurants in the city’s first five-star hotel. One step into this historic establishment and you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Shabestan opened in 1984 when Dubai was nothing but a desert, and… Continue Reading

Getting caffeinated at Stomping Grounds Specialty Coffee Hub, Jumeirah 1

Dear Diary, You gotta love a place that’s serious about its coffee. Stomping Grounds is a recent entrant into Dubai’s specialty coffee space which is taking Jumeirah 1 by storm. Stomping Grounds is located off the main road in a… Continue Reading

Afternoon tea with a view at Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis

Dear Diary, The JW Marriott Marquis has always been great at packaging up their restaurant offerings to keep themselves relevant. One of the recent additions to their repertoire is the afternoon tea at Prime68, billed the Tea Party on 68th, which takes place every Saturday from 2:30pm… Continue Reading

British fare with Darren Velvick at The Croft, Dubai Marina

Dear Diary, I had the opportunity to meet Darren Velvick today at his new restaurant, The Croft. Darren has worked alongside British greats including Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, but graced Dubai’s shores two years ago as Chef Patron at Table 9. However… Continue Reading