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Winner Announced: “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” – 400 Dhs voucher, SACCI (Westin AbuDhabi) Reviewed !

Winner Announced: “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” – 400 Dhs voucher, SACCI (Westin AbuDhabi) Reviewed !

Congratulations, And the winner is:

1) TAYEBAHUSAIN

Please send us your full name and contact details on mahiblog.ae@gmail.com

SACCI AL FRESCO SACCI FOR TTWO We visited L’Abbuffata – The Italian Brunch during Gourmet Abu Dhabi promotion. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa as one of the hotel partners of event has hosted it At Sacci, we thoroughly loved it and headed back to enjoy their Classic Italian treat on a fine weekend over the huge and refined set spread Buffet . DSC_0770 SACCI CAPRESE Standings:  It is the number 1 rated Italian restaurant in Trip advisor. DSC_0866DSC_0869Meeting with Chef de Cuisine Sacci – Stefano Micocci, he is from south Italy, and is here in UAE for past 3 yrs, He is fond of Asian, Indian & French food. He is associated with Westin chain for quite some time now. As per him Italian is the tastiest food yet with variety, he has also mentioned that most ingredients they used in Buffet at Sacci are from Italy. He enjoyed the mix of customers in this region and recommends Italian for being most flexible cuisine. DSC_0854 SACCI DININGWOW factor: Out of many buffet I have attended during my blog reviews I never get to spend so much of family time I had that day, it is because you can indulge in a Family table style brunch the Italian way at Sacci! Yes, it’s a cozy buffet where the ever smiling and well-informed waiters will serve each item to your table hence non-stop family time and memories revival and uninterrupted story sessions with friends and family.SACCI RISOTTO DSC_0830 Sacci indeed brings alive the aromas of the Italian cuisine. Their menu takes you on a culinary journey including a delightful selection of antipasti, Pastas, Pizzas, Main dishes and Desserts. Their welcome antipasto is so delicious with soft and crunchy Focaccia with par-balanced taste of Rosemary & tomato , They also served Panini with braised beef which is not as good as the former one. DSC_0824DSC_0849In starters we began with their Cold Antipasti a tavola: Marinated Zucchini with anchovies was a knock-out on your taste buds so moist and full of taste, fior di latte mozzarella was of stamdard liking however their calamari and prawns salad will burst the flavor streams in your mouth, panzanella , pinzimonio, beef carpaccio accompanies other Antipasti. (Caution: though some of it seems like mini bites but they are so filling hence till here keep yourself light as a trail of Italian treats is about to begin 😉 At first the combination of Hot and Cold items seems difficult to blend it but giving out totally unique range and balance, I can undoubtedly say this is one reason why it’s ranked 1. You simply cants decide which of the Antipasti is better than the other as both are flavorsome. DSC_0777Hot Antipasti a tavola: Baby octopus with potatoes, parmigianna, i-e basically Eggplant Parmigiana covered with quality cheese which surely augment the dish above your customary Abu Dhabi Italian cost. I tried the same at other places too but trust me now I can relate why it is so global- popular. Bellpepper scapese is more of a grandmamma recipe which is so simple and will definetly reminds of those times where in home you have eaten stuffed veggies with assorted fillings. DSC_0803Well I must confess I haven’t had such a big variety of pasta and all at its crest in taste and cooked at precision. Timings indeed matters a lot when it come to Italian Cooking and you can tell by aroma and tang how much love is involved in this cuisine and cooking at Sacci. DSC_0792 DSC_0781Crespella filled with mushroom in cheese béchamel sauce and Cannelloni Ricotta on Spinach bed were my favorites in the menu. Mezze Tagliatelle all’aglione was kid’s glee and staple appetite for them. After reaching to this mark we were so full to enjoy our Mains, we took a mini break and enjoyed outdoor view of pool and lush green terrace for a while unfortunately it’s a sandy day and couldn’t sit out for long due to dusty weather. I bet this place is amazing to sit outdoor and enjoy in good weather days. DSC_0796 DSC_0773 Main Course has arrived to the table in splendid manner, I must say I love the co-ordination and diners- psyche awareness level of the staff, they will bring the food on your table with full bang and will update you about each detail, you can check on the spice levels with them. We enjoyed our Carne e Pesce includes Picanha, it’s a prime cut of top sirloin and one of the very famous Brazilian Steak, Chef has done great justice to their roasted marination, harmonizing the savor of it with Cherry Tomatoes and parmesan, Slow Cooked Beef Ribs were also tender and well done. Grilled Prawns are king sized and yummy, Fish Fillet is of Mediterrean flavored and brought variety to this complete meat affair. Rabbit in Cacciatora Style is also served. It’s a famous choice for diners having low-cholesterol and leaner meat preferences. DSC_0806 DSC_0854 DSC_0846 DSC_0787 Contorni or the Sides includes Roasted Vegetables (I wish if more veggies are there and with some extra crisp), Spinach Gratin , Mashed and Baked Potatoes (has big serving, which I will rate 5/5 as I did not find it greasy) , Mixed Green Salad was OK. DSC_0822Desserts, most cheerful part of Sacci meal and was in abundance. You can’t just say No, even if you are not a huge fan of sweets. Lovely presentation and master patissier skills results in mouth-watering Dolci: Selection of Italian sweet mignardises, there is a world to choose from, though I am guilty of tasting from each on them. Believe me you will not at all feel sad to see a great meal come to a close, as you can count on the arrival of mignardises, to lift your mood and leave happy (OR)as my bubby Misha quoted “ Happily ever after” SACCI TIRAMISU DSC_0837 copy DSC_0838 SACCI CHEFS TABLE ADD ON: You may also enjoy their Formaggi range which is basically selection of Italian cheeses and variation of jams and crackers presented in cheese trolley and entice any cheese lover. Need a perfect ending try their Mocha coffee and cookies, you have indeed all reason to smile at SACCI. For More information on click Sacci & Westin AbuDhabi Facebook, Twitter, IG.

There is a famous Italian proverb. “A tavola non si invecchia.” Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.

GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Guess what!!! they were so generous to offer Mahi Blog Readers more reason to smile, hence in collaboration we are having a #giveaway of Sacci dining voucher worth 400 dhs. How to win:20150327_203613_HDR 1- Subscribe (via email id) on maheenabbas.wordpress.com 2- Share this post on as many social widgets, Like, Follow, Share & Tag friends on following: Facebook (facebook.com/mahiblog ) Twitter (twitter.com/mahiblog) Instagram: www.instagram.com/mahiblog 3- Comment below name of any one dish we tasted at Sacci. To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on APRIL 01, 2015. The more you share Mahi Blog on social widgets and this post, better the chance to win! All UAE fans can take part.

Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer : All feedback and observations are MB hold as are the Kaby Klicks (logo) photographs.

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Victorian Style Dine-in-Review of Shakespeare and Co.

Victorian Style Dine-in-Review of Shakespeare and Co.

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If you are an admirer of and elegant décor inspired by 18th-Century Europe, Fancy-Chic styling, Laces & Frilly Lining, Old, Granny’s floral garden setting and Victorian style furniture, Shakespeare and Co. is the place for you to be. It’s a warm and appealing venue over all. Their Breakfasts are so good and I usually go there for Morning Coffee its indeed an ideal place, but I haven’t been to their yet newly opened branch in newest and most talked about place in Abudhabi – Yas Mall so Mahi Blog has decided to visit there for dinner & review.

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It is located on Ground Floor in Mall’s urban Heart & societal haven the “Town Square” featuring Brand’s trademark Posh and Lush aka plush multi-colored seating for above 100 customers, donned with striking florid & ornate Victorian traces & interiors, calming melody and exceptional patron check. It is indeed a great venue for  brunch and lunches for those laid-back afternoons with your loved ones and want to relax on those cozy chairs. The place has an amazing indoor & Outdoor terrace with live view of pulsating Town Square’s, which is pivot to all the entertainment activities going on in the mall. Arrive hungry, no worries, you will get very attentive service and food-care.

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Recognitions : Shakespeare and Co. won the prestigious “Best Middle East and North Africa Franchise Brand” award in 2014 from the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association.

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Brunette Love Factor : Oh yes, I am a die heart fan of their Chocolates and in case you as well, news is their full patisserie and chocolate selection is on full display, along with signature menu that features a selection of International classics, and all day breakfast. Open from 7AM – 12AM everyday of the week.

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Buttery Spot-on & Starters : I totally went vava-voom over their homemade Herby-garlic Butter served with crunchy bread. What is bad, they don’t sell it 😦 I wish to be lucky enough to get right waiter and see if a bucket of it could be slipped with my bill on next trip 😉 Crispy Shrimp Wontons appetizer were infact fried shrimp dumplings, don’t worry you order is not been changed instead you will love the non-greasy shrimpy taste of these Dumtons (name give by Mahi Blog to their perfect fusion of’ Dumpling & Wonton’) they are complimented with Sweet chilli sauce and potatoes croquette, its cheesy and yumm!

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Menu & Mains : Protracted seems not enough to describe the depth of their menu, it’s bulky as a manuscript having known and distant options and staff definitely are so helpful in elaborating each dish to you. We liked the hospitality and knowledgeable Manager and Staff members, a very well coordinated team.

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The branch and its set-up deemed to be suiting our liking for privacy too having enclosed seating arrangements with same reflection on its interior from the walls till ceilings. We loved the atmosphere and ambiance. The prices have been jacked up but you will get the same quirky quality.

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My kids enjoyed their Kids Menu chose the chicken burger and the nuggets deal. The burger was delicious and came neatly served with crisp fries they are indeed of knock-on quality. The toasted bun was so fresh and crunchy and was filled with a generous patty, extra cheese and mayonnaise and Served with ketchup on side.

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 In mains we ordered Scaloppini Al Limone, it is basically seared beef scallops, served with Crispy Rosti potatoes which is indeed the best crusted item I had so far, and a very light and fresh mixed green salad. A word of advise the tangy lemon sauce might taste a bit much and tame the taste of well-seared scallops, though you can ask the waiter for alteration while placing an order.

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Their Fettuccine Alfredo was a true Italian treat, basic and perfect timed, accurate creamy balance and aroma of sautéed mushrooms in sauce could still be tasted.

DSC_0519 copyOur 2nd main was Cordon Bleu, it’s actually a breaded chicken escalope puffy with turkey, mushroom , cheese, resting on the bed of garden vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes served with sautéed potatoes with glazed and soft onion and beef bacon. A very well balanced and worth it’s value item on the menu.

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Desserts: Fondant Au Chocolat, just left us awestruck with its warm gooey chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream on the side, the amalgamation of the 2 indeed did wonders. Oh and they server variety of Sorbets too, You should give it a try.

For drinks and beverages we tried Oreo Milk Shakes and Love potion, which is more of kids liking while pink lemonade tasted more like sugar syrup and the rose factor was missing.

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Over all I rate the place 4 out of 5 combine on their Food and Venue having romantic ambiance and freshness. When you visit them often and set your food choice, definitely will enjoy the menu and time you will spend there. Don’t forget to check out their website www.shakespeare-and-co.com for pricing, locations and more info.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Restaurants

 

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Mughal Dynasty and Flavorsome Cuisine – Visiting India Palace + Competition (3 WINNERS)

Mughal Dynasty and Flavorsome Cuisine – Visiting India Palace + Competition (3 WINNERS).

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

It’s coming back #TBT – “Taste of Dubai 2014” – the foodie festival.

It’s coming back #TBT – “Taste of Dubai 2014” – the foodie festival.

 Taste of Dubai 2014”  – the foodie festival.

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It was definitely the fantasy trip for a foodie to satisfy the taste buds, and I am a food lover for whom every station in Taste of Dubai had something 😉 Starting from yummy treats sampling to the cookery classes in zone it has a lot to offer the visitors. A very well organized event with live Music and immense activities which has attracted masses from all over UAE. The rainy weather has actually just halted the activities for few min, but overall the lively atmosphere has just  provided all the entertainment with amazing food to public.

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Internationally renowned chefs were there from Dubai’s hottest restaurants to champion all that’s great about dining in UAE. Guests were able to enjoy fare from some of Dubai’s best restaurants, sample produce from food and drink exhibitors, polish their culinary techniques in the Kenwood Cookery School and pick up tips from a cast of world-famous chefs who shared their secrets live on stage in the Philips Chefs’ Theatre.

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I personally loved the Star power cast of award winning master patisserie and international baking star, Eric Lanlard, as well as Michelin award winning French super-chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, they simply steal the show at Chef’s Theatre, where OSN Food Network chefs Jenny Morris, Reza Mohammad and Siba Mtongana have also joined the line-up.

My friends and family immensely like the Eric’s baking techniques and idea he has presented in the live demo at Kenwood Cookery School.

It was indeed my favorite live show of the event where Saba Wahid has very well presented and I enjoyed making salad too.

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Stands in the market area include Pinkberry, cupcake rivals HeySugar and Magnolia Bakery, Korean supermarket A Mart, CheeseCake Factory and the intriguing Gourmet Stall as my favorites.

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Kids & youngsters are kept occupied with a dedicated Kids Zone, with a host of edutainment activities including a play area, reading area – and a live cooking station where chefs will teach toddlers to prep their favorite snacks and a stage for Fitness and Dancing shows, a very well organized zone by Splash n Bounce.

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Maggi Kitchen also caught attention of a lot of attendees. All is all it was City’s biggest food festival with must sees activities and dedicated space where you can sample a premier selection of food and beverages with a lot of new eateries to its impressive portfolio this year I would say. Being a foodie I love the selected Asian cuisine and some of the European-inspired Dishes from the steak and grill varieties.

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So looking forward for 2015 – Taste of Dubai ! 

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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