“How do you like your eggs mam?” Most of the time I will just say sunny side up. If there is an omelet station, I will choose onion, tomato, capsicum, mushroom and cheese as the filling with salt and pepper as the seasoning. Pair it with bread and butter or a steaming rice plus hot coffee will start my day right. But I found a place that makes their eggs… eggstravagant! Say hello to Raju Omlet.
Raju Omlet in Karama is a small joint behind Park Regis Hotel. People are waiting outside to be seated, this is a sign that the food is good. Luckily, we always get a seat when we arrive. Maybe because its difficult to find a parking slot in this area, so that give the customers before us to finish their food while we find our parking space. 🙂 On my first visit I had the egg bhurji. Its like the a tastier scrambled egg with onions and tomatoes that my mom usually prepare for breakfast. Tastier because it also has, green chilies, garlic, and ginger. Looking at the description of what Egg Bhurji is in their menu, I find it weird to see green chilies and garlic but on my first bite with the pav which is AED 2.00/pc, I told myself I will try to make this at home.
So if someone asks me “how do you like your eggs mam?”I will respond, “Raju Omlet Egg Bhurji please”.
I don’t usually eat dinner but I am hungry. I want something light but tasty. I was walking along Oud Mehta and saw this Lebanese restaurant along side with Indian restaurants, a Thai restaurant and a Chinese restaurant… Sabah Lebnan.
There were not much people inside which was what I wanted as I want to eat my dinner quietly. I ordered lentil soup and falafel sandwich. Since it was cheap, I wasn’t expecting that they will serve me olives, pickled vegetables and the Arabic bread. I understood why they served, because it took time for them to prepare my sandwich and soup. Good thing I was engrossed with the book I was reading. My lentil soup arrived, my first sip gave me warmth as it was cold outside. My second sip gave me comfort as it satisfied my growling tummy. My third sip made me feel healthy, like “yeah! I am turning vegetarian now!” I was almost finish with my soup when my falafel sandwich arrived, first bite… I was like “are you sure this is vegetarian?”. Second bite, “this is like a healthy version of chicken nuggets!”. Third bite, the garlicky tahini sauce goes well with the dry falafel, the vegetables adds moisture to the sandwich as well. It would be better if there were more sauce though because I find the sandwich really dry. I hope they serve the food faster next time, I dont understand why it took time, there were just 3 tables including mine at that time.
As I have mentioned on my previous post about Chaat where I gave a review on Pani Puri and Sev Puri, there are a lot of chaats to choose from and today I will share my favorite…the DAHI BATATA PURI.
What is Dahi Batata Puri?
Dahi means yogurt, batata means potato (sounds like patatas), puri are the crispy balls. Imagine that all together with sweet tamarind chutney, green chutney, chili powder and other spices… that is my favorite chaat.
Looking at it, its similar to pani puri but instead of using the water they put potato, chickpeas, spices, smothered it with yogurt and then topped with sev. It looks like a melting ice cream. Remember, when you eat chaat it should be eaten whole and fast… and so I did. BOOM! My mouth was bursting with flavors, textures, and even feelings. Buti pa ang DAHI PURI, sinabugan ako ng feelings. :p It was like a sting of spiciness that’s cooled down by the slightly sweet yogurt. Then there is the crispy puri blended with the soft potatoes. The touch of the warm puri on your tongue and the cold yogurt on your upper lip is delish. Its just perfect! For the price of AED 10.00 with 6 pieces of puri its good for sharing, I cannot finish one as the potatoes and yogurt are quite heavy. What we usually do, we order 2 chaats and we share both. That other chaat is called Bhel Puri which is only AED 8.00. I would say, among all the Bhel Puri I have tried, Mumbaikar’s is the finest. I couldn’t tell what is the difference among other chaat place, but I like their Bhel Puri even though Bhel Puri is only on the 5th place of my favorite chaats, when I am at Mumbaikar I will order this over and over again.
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P.F. Chang’s has been my family’s favorite restaurant. We usually celebrate our birthdays here. This year we want to celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentines day.
We went to P.F. Chang at MOE. The reception was hospitable, even though it was lunch time we were seated immediately. We were given the menu, and we cannot decide what to get so our server looks impatient. My sister told him that we will just call him when we are ready. When we called him and asked him questions about some of the food in the menu, he wasn’t accomodating. My sister asked him politely to smile. We ordered crispy Green Beans, Dynamite Shrimp, Fried Chicken Dimsum, their Chinese New Year dish the Crunchy Hawaiian Ebi Roll, Singapore Street Noodles.
Our food was served, but our server was still not smiling. I didn’t give a fuss about it since I am happy spending time with my family. The Dynamite is as always the bomb… spicy, sweet and tangy. The Crispy Green bean is brilliant, my 7 year old niece loves it, well the breading… because its crispy as fries but healthier version. Although I end up eating the beans since my niece strip it naked and she ate all the breading.
The Crunchy Hawaiian Ebi Roll is perfectly described on the menu. There is a harmonious blend of textures. The roll is dominantly sweet but different kind of sweet which are from the pineapple and plum sauce, then there is the slight kick from the wasabi. The Chicken dimsum is a bit disappointing, we ordered for fried as the kids want something crispy, what we got was just seared dumplings. Akala naming deep fried dumplings.
I personally choose the Singapore Street Noodles, since I have always thought of street food as tasty. However, I was disappointed. Just the presentation itself isnt appetizing. Looks like a kid played with the noodles and vegetables. Taste was bland too. I don’t know if I expected so much thats why I got disappointed. #hugot Lucky Me Instant Pancit Canton is definitely better than this. I hope they improve the taste. P.F. Changs is a big company and I am sure they have great chefs to fix its taste.
What is my verdict? If I am craving for a dynamite or the Hawaiian ebi roll then I will call for delivery or visit another P.F. Chang branch.
Woke up to a call… “Wake up! We are having Gujrati for lunch!” my friend on the other line said with voice of excitement. Still dazed, I showered, got dressed and run to the door. I had enough hullabaloo to wake me up this morning, I better not be late. While he was driving, I searched for the Gujrati place. Thank goodness for Zomato, we don’t have to burn gas searching for a Gujrati restaurant. So we were in Karama Area, typed in Gujrati cuisine… first to come up is Rasoi Ghar. We got there a little early for lunch so the people have not arrived yet. We were about to ask for the menu when we noticed that everyone who entered the restaurant with us just sat and talked. After further observation, we noticed that others were served and plates were refilled when asked. We both look at each other with mischievous eyes with this thought running in our minds… “this is going to be awesome!”.
We were given a warm greeting and was seated immediately. Then we were served the welcome drinks, a lemony zesty drink and buttermilk. My friend said these drinks help on clearing my taste buds and helps on digestion. After our drinks, a server with a copper pitcher and basin arrived. He will wash your hands like royals! Seriously, I feel like Kris Aquino while doing this.
After that they serve the starters. The servers were very attentive, they know I don’t know anything of what I am about to eat so they explained to me each dish… so tango lang ako ng tango kahit hindi ko sila naiintindihan… huwag kalimutan ang smile at charm para hindi nila maobvious na hindi mo naintindihan. Anyways, my favorite is the Kastha Kachori Chaat. Other starters were Bharfi Dhokla which is like puto, then samosa which is like a vegetarian empanada served with spicy green chutney and sweet dates chutney. Yes, not all red Indian food is spicy. I controlled myself from getting seconds since I need to leave space for main dish and the dessert.
After the starters, they put silver plates with little bowls on your table, then start putting different curries and Dal. My favorite is the curry with paneer which is the second from the left on the below picture. #PaneerIsLOVE When they see your plate empty, they will refill it. There is one guy there who will give you breads even if you say no… it seems he is thinking “don’t worry dear, I don’t judge” which I find funny. It’s like telling your best friend “I’m drunk, stop giving me shots”. Hahaha
The desserts were served same time as the main dish, its different with the Filipino desserts. Jalebi is like a pretzel but extremely sweet. One piece and your blood sugar will be at 100. Badem Halwa is incomparable. It is unique to the Indian cuisine, it is tasty and sweet. Aam Ras is a nostalgic food for us Filipinos, nostalgic back to when we were 6 months old, because this is mango puree. They eat it differently though, they eat it by dipping chapatti in it. After my first chapatti, I asked for one more and ate it by itself.
The desserts weren’t on my plate yet on the below picture, as I thought it will be served once I finish my meal. I took a picture so I could start eating.
In a nutshell, I like the experience and will definitely be back. This is a nice place to introduce the vibrant and colorful culture of India to another nationalities.
Yellow Cab, Pizza Hut, Shakeys, S&R these are the popular pizza places in the Philippines. Never ako umorder ng Veggie Pizza nila. Feeling ko not worth my money eh kaya the meatiest pizza lagi inorder ko.
But then, I was craving for pizza and I am lazy to go out. I also want to try something new. So I checked on Zomato, and found this gem of different breads, pasta and salads… Midnight Café.
Whats is Gardenia Pizza?
I took a risk and I ordered Gardenia Pizza which has tomato, onion, capsicum, garlic, mushroom, stuffed olive, and oregano for AED 28.00 and a garlic and chilly bread for AED 6.00. I was skeptical at first as I didnt had a vegetarian pizza before… but I told myself since I am trying to be healthy, at least make the pizza less unhealthy.
The food arrived on time, the food is still warm and seems like it’s fresh from the oven. While checking and slicing the pizza to smaller portion I was munching on the garlic bread which is really yummy! While slicing a pizza into a smaller triangle I can smell the piquancy of the vegetables. After my first garlic bread I immediately bite from my pizza. Oh damn! It doesnt taste as how I imagined. The succulent blend of vegetables and cheese is just extraordinary. Midnight Café’s tag line on their pizza is NOT THIN, NOT THICK, JUST PERFECT. I agree with them 100%. I always had a love hate relationship with pizza crust. If I order thin crust, I cannot taste the crust anymore. If I order thick crust, all I can taste was the crust, Gardenia Pizza has the perfect crust. You can taste the whole pizza all together… the crust, the pizza sauce, the cheese, and the vegetable toppings are superb! On my second (or third, hindi ko na matandaan. I lost count. Sorry naman.) slice which I did not cut in half (wag na magpanggap), I noticed that they put the cheese generously. Two layers of cheese… under and over the vegetables. After having my third slice, I told my self… this is soooo heavenly I dont think this isnt junk. So I went out for a walk to burn those calories off but I would never think twice on eating Gardenia Pizza again.
P.S. The medium pizza is good for 2, but I wouldn’t judge you if you can finish it by yourself… it’s that good.
My first weekend in Dubai after a fattening holiday in the Philippines, I am craving for a breakfast I have not tried. Something as filling as rice but not heavy. Something as tasty as longganisa but not oily. So I consulted my friends and asked, I got a lot of suggestions but one struck me the most is Masala Dosa. It looks like a big barquillos which brings back childhood memories as this is one of the things I am excited about when I go to church with my family. Being away from home in just few days makes me homesick and maybe this Masala Dosa will cure that.
What is Masala Dosa?
Masala dosa is one of the popular breakfast in South India. The dosa or the big barquillos/crepe has a potato filling served with chutney and sambar. Chutney and samabar are those sauce served in little cute bowls. Kakaiba diba? Sa Pinas for ice cream and toppings nito. 🙂
One of the famous restaurants that serves the best Masala Dosa here in Dubai is Saravanaa Bhavan After taking pictures as shown below, I gobbled on my masala dosa. The dosa does really look like a giant barquillos, even the feel is the same. When i cracked it open, I saw the yellow potato filling inside. The steam from the hot filling immediately fill my nostrils with the scent of the spices they used. I ate the dosa first without the filling, texture is like barquillos but doesn’t taste like it. It’s not sweet. There is a little saltiness to it. So I had another bite, this time with the potato filling. First bite explains why the dosa tastes simple because the potato filling is the bomb! Next bite, with the chutneys and sambar… All are good, and not spicy. There is a lot of taste going on. My favorite is the white chutney which is made of coconut milk. It really goes well with the simple taste of dosa and adds more flavor to the filling.
It definitely satisfied my cravings and cured my homesickness by letting me experience that there is a warm, welcoming but different home away from home.
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We decided to spend our Saturday by visiting Dubai Zoo. Before that, we need to feed ourselves first so we don’t take the animal’s food inside their cages. Lots of choices in Jumeirah but we want something healthy and filling, hence, The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen. So magpapakasosyal and healthy tayo today…. :p
The first time I was at The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen, I had mostly breads since it was breakfast time. Every dish we ordered tastes good, but I cannot remember the names since it was 2-3 years ago. This time, I took time to feel the vibe of the café, read what I will order, smell the aroma, and taste the blend of spices and herbs they used in the dish.
We were starving but we don’t want to fill ourselves. They have a lot of salad options displayed but what caught my eye was the Organic Bulgur Wheat and Herbs. It says garlic dressing, for me anything with garlic is amazing! My friend ordered Masala Roasted Cauliflower with baby spinach. Both were marvelous. It is really an innovative taste of a salad. You can taste the freshness and crisps of the vegetables. The lemon and garlic dressing was perfectly coated in the bulgur wheat with additional sweet and sour taste from the tomatoes. The almond slices added crisp and texture to the dish. The masala and yogurt dressing was beyond compare. Its like eating an Indian vegetarian gravy but in a form of a salad. Price was worth it, AED 28.00 for 250 grams. Enough to make you satisfied.
Nung bagong salta ko dito sa Dubai, lagi ko nakikita mga Indians nakapila sa labas ng restaurants na parang may hinihintay. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, “sa Pinas Mega Lotto lang may pilang ganto. Ano kaya yon?”. Nakita ko yung mga maliliit na crispy balls. Parang malaking squid balls pero ampaw ang style… hangin lang loob. So lalo ako nacurious… gusto ko try kaya lang natatakot ako. Fast forward after 2 years, I got close Indian friends na willing I-tour ako sa Indian cuisine. They call those crispy bubbles… CHAAT.
What is Chaat?
Chaat is an Indian snack typically served in the roadside or food stalls. They have various types of chaat but what I have always been curious with are those crispy balls I see in Karama. I was wondering, is that like fish ball or kwek-kwek? I had never had the courage to order because I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what the names are, so how can I google them as well? Yeah, I was scared to ask/try as I have always thought Indian food as spicy.
One coldish night in Dubai, I got the courage to try Chaat. With the help of my friend and the very attentive servers of Rangoli I had my first chaat. I am so excited because finally I get to try those crispy balls!
So I had 2 chaats. First was Pani Puri, pani means water and puri are those crispy balls. Second is Sev Puri. Sev is those small yellow crispies(mukhang pagkain ng ibon)and the puri used for Sev Puri is flat like a small Wonder Boy. My friend always tells the servers tikkha cum which means medium spicy. That’s what I like about Indian restaurants, they are considerate of their guest. They will prepare the dish according to your level of spiciness tolerance. As a Filipino, my spicy tolerance is not as high as Indians. If I were from Bicol then I can tolerate it, but I am from Metro Manila. Sooo yeah… loser on spicy food .
Pani Puri was served differently since this is my first it was served at our table and we have to prepare it ourselves or as what hipsters call it, “deconstructed” pani puri. (I will post my experience on Pani Puri eating it on the side streets). I like it, the sweetness and spiciness are at war you won’t know if its spicy or sweet. I like it that way… complicated #hugot . Sev Puri was also good. I like it better than Pani Puri. There are more flavors and textures in Sev Puri. The crispiness of the sev and puri, tanginess of the onion, sweet sour taste of the tomato, and unique blend of spices of the chutney. One downside of these two chaats though, you cannot eat it on a first date. Because you have to eat the pani whole, shove it in your mouth. So expect it to be messy. Unless you find messy, sexy… then puri is life for you. Lol All in all I like the experience and I will definitely be back.
A friend asked me, “Have you tried Muhammarah?” I said, “Muham what???”.
What is Muhammarah?
He told to me that its a red paste so tasty he drools when he thinks of it. Its one of those cravings he has. I wonder if it happens monthly as well. So I got curious what this Muhamsomething is. We went on a hunt for Muhammarah.
If men can get pregnant, I would suspect that my friend has a bun in the oven (mukha din naman siyang buntis so papasa na :p). We hunt for restaurants on Zomato that serves dishes with Muhammarah while on the road. He’s driving and I am searching on Zomato (don’t text and drive!). We found Mama’esh at Business Bay so we went straight there. Until now, I cannot pronounce it correctly but if you would like to try a nice Muhammarah go to Mama’esh. They have the best Muhammarah I’ve tasted.
The restaurant was almost closing when we got there but they still accommodated us. We ordered 2 different types of bread both with Muhammrah and cheese. One is the flat bread which looks like an oval pizza and the other is Fatayer which looks like a boat loaded with cheese and muhammarah! The bread is stone baked which makes you more hungry while they bake it. You can smell the freshness of the stone baked bread that just that scent is enough you will devour on anything the accommodating server will put on your table. On my first bite, my first word was “Interesting!”. Why? Because I don’t know what is in it but it is really good! I was already thinking, oh this is not just a dip… this will be good on pasta too with fresh basil and parsley on top!
I searched for Muhammarah recipes online, one day I will cook this dip and dip anything in it or smear it on any food I could imagine. As for now, I will satisfy my Muhammarah cravings at Mama’esh.