The Dubai Diaries: Shogun @ Al Ghurair Centre

Located at: 3rd Floor, Tower #2, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 10 Oct, 2019 Being hidden away on the third floor of one of Al Ghurair’s towers certainly hasn’t dampened the popularity of this place! We went on a weekend (Thursday night), and unless you have reserved ahead, there’s…

The Dubai Diaries: Seafood Market @ Le Méridien Dubai

Located at: Airport Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 21 Apr, 2019 Seafood Market started us off with an entrée of vegetable spring rolls and sesame prawn toast, both of which were quite good. Crisp, crunchy and warmly welcoming. We ordered two kinds of soup. The first was Crabmeat and Sweet Corn (AED 50)….

The Dubai Diaries: Motomachi @ Dubai Festival City

Located at: Crescent Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 20 Apr, 2019 Here’s a good, casual spot for a decent Japanese meal. It’s near the Waterfront of Dubai Festival City (DFC) and has outdoor seating if you prefer some alfresco dining (not during the summer, of course!). It was our second visit, and it…

The Dubai Diaries: Forno Uno @ Al Ghurair Centre

Located at: Al Rigga Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 19 Nov, 2018 Forno Uno, managed by Il Forno, is one of the latest restaurants to pop up at Al Ghurair Centre. Specialising in Italian cuisine, their menu offers an extensive range of pizzas and pastas to choose from. First up they brought out…

The Dubai Diaries: Minato @ Radisson Blu

Located at: Baniyas Road, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 18 Nov, 2018 As Japanese as this place might be, it flies the Sri Lankan flag high – the head chef is from our little island nation, and we have met several chefs here over the years who have also hailed from the motherland. That…

The Dubai Diaries: Red Lobster @ The Dubai Mall

Located at: Financial Center Road, Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 16 Nov, 2018 I remember having to queue to get a table for three at this very restaurant a couple of years ago. Alas, times have changed, economies have changed – Dubai has changed – and we were able to get a table for…

The Dubai Diaries: Fish Market @ Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek

Located at: Baniyas Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 08 Apr, 2018 Here’s another spot that doesn’t disappoint. This was our first visit since Fish Market’s facelift from the rustic, bamboo and thatched-roof interior to the more contemporary white and teal décor. Quite nice, I must say. In fact, the restaurant looks more open…

The Dubai Diaries: PAUL @ Deira City Center

Located at: 8th Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 07 May, 2018 Yes, I don’t usually review restaurant chains. However, this international French bakery / pâtisserie / café / restaurant is certainly no fast-food chain and in fact borders on a sort of relaxed gourmet style. Their Parisian influenced ambiance and uniforms are eye-catching (cue…

The Dubai Diaries: Hoi An @ Shangri-La

Located at: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 04 May, 2018 This restaurant has been one of our favourites in Dubai for years. We started off enjoying the place as occasional diners, mostly reveling in the delicious food they offer on their à la carte menu. And then we discovered their Friday…

The Dubai Diaries: Shakespeare and Co. @ The Dubai Mall

Located at: Financial Center Road, Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates Visited on: 01 May, 2018 I have passed this place by several times in the past, and always thought of it as an ‘English Afternoon Tea’ sort of spot. Such is the cute, old-English style décor. However, a stop at the place on this particular…