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“Festa Della Pizza” Celebration at Eastern Mangroves Carluccio’s – Reviewed

“Festa Della Pizza” Celebration at Eastern Mangroves Carluccio’s – Reviewed

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Carluccio’s is the highly praised Italian cafe renowned for bringing authentic and conventional Italian cooking and ingredients to families in a comforting and friendly environment. Carluccio’s open kitchens are operated by qualified chefs who create all the food in-house including pastas and breads. It offers great worth for cash with the whole lot from scrumptious morning breakfasts and exclusive blends of coffees through to light meals and lunches. Carluccio’s deli is the food shop offers a range of specially imported products from Italy to give the authentic taste of Italy to this region. It is well-known for its pastas, pizzas, classic Italian desserts, fresh salads, and antipasti to name a few.

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Festa Della Pizza Celebration at Carluccio’s

Festa Della Pizza Festival 

Nothing says Italy quite like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pizza. Sharing its passion and expertise for the Italian speciality; Carluccio’s is hosting a two-month long celebration of all things pizza. Started from 26th July and it will go till end of September, Festa Della Pizza will showcase an array of limited edition sweet and savory pizzas alongside interactive kids’ pizza making classes. In addition, Carluccio’s food shops will feature a special display of chilli oils and chilli based products, the ideal accompaniment for pizza at home. You can choose from Sweet or Savoury Choices.

Coverage of Festa Della Pizza at Eatern Mangroves Carluccio’s

DSC_0306To cover the grand festival we have been invited via PRCo and been warmly hosted and greeted by the generous staff at Eastern Mangroves Outlet of Carluccio’s. Venue is cozy and has an amazing view of mangroves and stretched out sea full of boats, Eastern Mangroves is also home to other water sports activities hence attract a lot of goers and Italian food lovers which simple can’t miss this branch of Carluccio’s due to aroma of baked pasta and pizza & smell coming from their kitchen. Restaurant has fining area covered inside and outside on terrace as well, in good weather you can sit outside and enjoy the breezy atmosphere, however we preferred inside in the prevailing temperatures in Capital and were guided via staff to a warm corner with a glass window for an outside view.

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Bowl of Olives

I am a big fan of Carluccio’s and have visited so many branches by now and a big lover of their bread and Olives hence it was must to try the same before we roll on to festival tasting and we enjoyed BOWL OF OLIVES this time. Being a thin crust pizza lover, it’s a treat to find they are serving authentic Roman-style pizzas with perfectly charred crusts, We tried Anatra e Fichi, Calzone Ortolana and Granchio e Gamberi.

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First one consist of tomato, mozzarella, shredded duck confit (You may ask staff to replace with chicken), fresh figs, rocket salad, parmesan shavings and aged balsamic vinegar which has very empowering taste in a good way and the figs added that extra citrus taste to this highly recommended pizza from the festival offerings.

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Granchio e Gamberi was a treat for seafood lover

The second one Calzone Ortolana was basically a folded pizza will balsamic roasted vegetables, goats’ cheese, mozzarella and black olives and has this incredible softness of combination cheese they topped it with and the balsamic roasted veggies give you a great crunch and taste at the same time.

Meanwhile, seafood fans will appreciate the Granchio e Gamberi, topped with crab meat, shrimps, mozzarella, grated zucchini, red chilli, basil and lemon oil, though we are not huge fan of seafood but this pizza is very flavoursome and did gain few interest point on our tastemeter.

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Porcini e Tartufo is one unique in range too

It you have Sweet tooth you may indulge in one of the unique dessert pizzas been offered at FESTA DELLA PIZZA Treat; served on a crispy golden base, they are the perfect way to finish a meal. You can try the fruity Passione e Amarena topped with mascarpone passion fruit cream and Italian Amarena “Fabbri” cherries or the classic Nutella e Banana with Italian Nutella and sliced banana. My kids thoroughly enjoyed their nutella banana edition and it actually made them charged to even run for a small walk around mangroves.

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Apart from Festival Offerings we even tried our all time favorite antipasti mixed board. There is nothing to complaint about this extra gorgeous complete board which has each element of our liking ranging from home-baked Focaccia bread to roasted bell pepper with basil pesto.

I also ordered Beef Gnocchi, which truly impressed us this time with slowly cooked pulled beef and potatoes dumpling, rosemary flavor added to its taste.

I tried Cheese cake with Latte Coffee and finished off my meal in a delightful way.

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Oils and other products range at Deli:

Well if you would love to carry what you tasted in the offerings for number of months, here is a charm, as this festival is running for a certain time however you may purchase the hot stuff which goes into taste over these pizza.

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Yes we are talking about sauces and special infused oils. If you are looking to add a little heat to your menu can head to Carluccio’s famous deli, which will be showcasing a selection of chilli oils and chilli based products throughout the festival. Made from quality Italian olives and infused with chillies dried under the Calabrian sun, chilli oil is endlessly useful in the kitchen and perfectly complements pizza as well as pasta, salads and any other dishes that require a kick. Choose between the traditional chilli oil and chilli and garlic oil, whilst the Tre Oli set makes a lovely gift for any keen cook. In keeping with the fiery theme, a selection of chilli salsa, pesto and pasta will also be available for rustling up impressive suppers for friends and family at home. They are also been offered at much reasonable price and in some cases bundle offer.

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Pizza Master Classes for Kids

In case If you have mini chefs in the making like mine 2, Carluccio’s also offers fun and hands-on pizza master classes for kids, I can recall the memories when my kids had attended the same few months back and guess what they have same been offered throughput the festival; Led by an expert chef, little ones can get messy whilst kneading, baking and decorating before sitting down to enjoy their creations. You may contact your nearest Carluccio’s for dates and timings.pizza class

Follow Carluccio’s on Facebook and Twitter for more information on Festa Della Pizza.

Indeed it’s a great chance where pizza lovers will discover a range of inspired flavor combinations throughout the festival, visit with friends to enjoy a variety in the menu without managing to dilute the running italian theme too.  This festival is available at restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Mahi Blog loved exploring the festival at Carluccio’s and rate the Fiesta offering 4.5 out of 5 on our tastemeter.

KEEP CALM AND EAT ITALIAN – ITALIAN TO GO…

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Iftar Review: Horizon-Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana+MEGA Contest #WIN

Iftar Review: Horizon-Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana+MEGA Contest #WIN

Marina , Mustafa & rpfbcrec you are the winners. Please send your contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com asap. As the voucher is just valid till end of ramadan. If you won’t send email within today another winner will be chosen tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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It was a great pleasure accepting a Ramadan invite for Iftar from “Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana” at Horizon Restaurant and it was indeed a great experience. The Iftar Buffet setting at Horizon is not clustered, I like the idea that they set-up the main course counters at 3 locations, catering to the needs of diners who are spread-out till their lobby.

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First being the starter or mezze (Hot & Cold) sections which has an array of what looks like over 12-15 menu items to get the Iftar started. There is everything from salty pickles to baba ghanoush, mixed salads, Kibbeh , spinach fatayer, cheese sambusak etc. What tempted me most was Eggplant moussaka in Oriental and Poached Gulf prawns Smoked salmon in International.

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There is a soup and bread station (Oriental Pita was so good!). You can choose from a selection of lentil or clear chicken noodle soup. Also the Lamb ouzi with Oriental rice station is hidden beneath the staircase make sure to take a walk along the wide menu before fatoor (iftari)  so you would know where it’s placed.

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Before you get too full on soup, don’t forget to get your own Shawarma, made fresh at the counter.

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Syrian style Mix grill and falafel were prepared live along with the shawarma live station in the centre of the main dining chamber of Horizon. The chef is on hand to assist you with any menu choices that you might need to make and the junior chef will also assist you to pour in Tabouleh Rotana and Fattoush in bowls over the counters specifically made for these items.

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Oriental & International Cuisine Mix Balance was another strength of menu at Horizon in Khalidiya Palace which we enjoyed over other After reviews we did.

Harees Chicken / vermicelli rice (Emirati style) Arabic Lamb shank Fasoulya, Chicken Frikkeh (Jordanian style), Kibbeh Bil laban & Baby marrow and vine leaves with lamb chops were all at par, I couldn’t decide which tasted better as they were all made to perfection.  Seafood chili, Cumin roasted potato, Steamed vegetables & Ratatouille in International cuisine has kept a great balance. I loved Grilled sherry Fish with honey mustard sauce.

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Make sure you do not miss out on ‘the desserts counter’ as it is located at the end of the hallway. It has a large variety of desserts and was our favorite, you would find everything ranging from Arabic sweet (Um ali & Kunfa roll were tastiest) and a lovely cake selection I must say and the Blueberry panna cotta was to die for, our other favorites include Linzer Cake, lemon trifle in glass. Just in case you are not yet satisfies you can enjoy ice-creams in cone or cup which was equally enjoyed by kids and adults.

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WOW Factors:

  • I simply haven’t had taste such tastier Lebanese salad “Fattoush” ever before. It is so aromatic and crispy with croutons. The Chef “Abu Halab” will make it just right in front of your eyes and will mix and toss it and you won’t just stop tasting on it.

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  • The dates and nuts setting in the main lobby under giant Palm trees structure. Kudri Madeena and fresh red & yellow rotab was a treat to my taste buds.

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  • Traditional dishes “carving” was another highlight of their menu for Kebbe sajiyeh & Chicken mousakhan rolls.
  • The Ramadan Drinks and Assorted Juices been places in circles, those who are following my reads know my favorite Ramadan drink, Jelab Thamar! Yes and it was best I got in Khalidiya Palace.DSC_0068
  • The involvement of Chef in the whole Iftar Buffet along with the staff and management was something really impressed me as its being so interactive.

All in all the food  we tasted at Ramadan After Buffet at Horizon – Khalidiya Palace is succulent and delicious, full of essence and made us happy 🙂

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Marketing Team & Management, Faten, Judy, aff at Horizon & Outlet Manager, Dhammika. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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

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

Congratulations, And the winners are:

1) NIPA GANDHI

2) NAZIA KAZIA

3) RIMPYMANISH GUPTA

– Thanks for sharing a lot – Please send us your full name and contact details on mahiblog.ae@gmail.com

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India Palace is not at all a new restaurant but as I keep a rolling list of new spots and try to vary according to cuisine, location and reader requests, I decided to review their yet the latest branch in Abudhabi i.e Dalma Mall. The place is also inviting, beautifully convoluted with red and green colored glass pieces and woodcarvings, the mughal darbaris/guards statues standing at the entrance and the wooden chambers cast their patterns from upper limit to flooring.

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There is also a small kiosk of inexpensive Indian Jewellery and souvenirs which surely has kept me engaged while my hubby waited. The most interesting part is they crafted the wax bangles on spot, yes my little girl has bought the handmade bangle. They are also selling inexpensive trinkets and souvenirs and bling items, you may wear them and dine in like royals in the Palace. Restaurant staff is so humble and well aware yet so prompt in suggesting to make your choices easier, they look very welcoming in their royal Indian Avatar and will surely greet you with smile and courtesy. I must say it is one of those few Indian Restaurants where you can find majesty & yet so economical on your pocket, hefty space & serene setting at the same time.

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Lets now talk about the main thing, Food.

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I loved the dishes we tasted, it included:

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BBQ platter which stands out the most in taste and I would surely recommend it, Jhinga (Prawns) was my favorite in the platters. Kebabs and chicken pieces were so tender and yet so full on taste and very well marinated. It came to table moist yet with tandoori crisp, sheathed in Onion rings, yoghurt and Green Chutni. The sizzler sound coming out from the platter just drifted about my senses with the amazing smoky magic of charcoal that is nowhere to be seen as adequate and flavorsome.

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Rogan Josh & Butter Chicken: Since I am not a great fan of Rogan Josh I was not keen on having it however I must admit it is something which tastes dissimilar than usual onion-tomato salan/gravy served in different Indian Restaurant under same label. Butter Chicken wins the choice award with its soft and creamy texture and best blend with Romali roti.

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Biryani: Oh so delicious and my 2nd favorite in the menu, When I peek under the dough cover, an intense aroma turns my sensory taps on to a full gushing speed. The savory smell of chicken blends with the urban gulp of air of Indian spices.

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I love the use of original spices in cooking and am sometimes thwarted when the spice level is bargained, luckily at Indian Palace the Chef was so confident to utilize spices authentically and mentioned to us that he tried to keep spice levels true to the dish rather than to temper them along for the sake of accurate savor. All in all the menu is each speck as refined and packed with Indian close-to-heart dishes. You must try their Mango Lassi, it’s delicious. I should also mention that the cocktail menu looks pretty fancy & innovative. This was the best value meal indeed with a freshly made romali/butter/naan rotis (Indian bread).

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For desserts I opted for gulab jaman and rasmalai, Gulab Jaman was so tasty that I can have again and again each time I visit them. I wish to give genuine feedback in terms of presentation, taste etc. hence I will share something I noticed at India Palace which is yet so unique and a good practice. Color-wise I found their biryani and butter paneer not too bright and dark when I enquire into, I was impressed to know that they don’t use artificial coloring at all and have very strict practices for it. I believe one must get to engage with the staff to the level that we did to clarify so many perceptions about food DSC_0212

DSC_0245 kk2 I may sound influenced as I am but all in all India Palace restaurants are no less than a satisfying and reliable option compare to lots of other Indian cuisines. For me, its on my list of places to return, with a famished tummy and with my IPhone and start diggin and clickin.

Special Thanks to Mr. Prashob, Mr. Sateesh, Chef Amit & Chef Javed & to ever smiling Staff of India Palace.

INDIA PALACE GIVEAWAY / CONTEST : We have 3 VOUCHERS worth AED 150 and we will announce 3 winners.

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How to win: 1- Subscribe (via email id) on maheenabbas.wordpress.com and comment below “Done”. 2- Share Mahi Blog & this post on as many social widgets, Like, Follow, Share & Tag friends on following: FB: facebook.com/mahiblog Twitter: twitter.com/mahiblog Instagram: instagram.com/mahiblog 3- Like www.facebook.com/indiapalacearabia & write on their wall “Mahi Blog has sent me here” (tag Mahiblog using @) To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on March 12th, 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 : MB team were guests at India Palace, however all feedback and observations are our hold as are the photographs above which were taken on the day of my trip.

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Big Awsomeness in Little Sweet Bites – Holland House Mini Pancakes

Big Awsomeness in Little Sweet Bites – Holland House Mini Pancakes

DSC_0715I just can’t get over these amazing and sweet mini pancakes, its always great to have them each time we visit The Galleria Mall in AlMaryah IsLAND in the Capital.

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I still rememeber the first time when I had tasted them at Tast of Abu Dhabi and can’t just resist myself to have more and more since then, wish they could have their more outlets which will be easier to access from different parts of Abu Dhabi.

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Holland House Mini Pan cakes are definetly my all time favourite and believe me you can’t judge them by size till you get mouthful of those awesome goodies along with your favorites Nutella or White chocolate flooding over them, and for a change this time I tried the Cheese ones and they were awesome too..

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Stay sweet !

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Foodie Competition – Meet/Greet and Click with Master Chef “Sanjeev Kapoor” & giveaways !

Foodie Competition – Meet/Greet and Click with Master Chef “Sanjeev Kapoor” & giveaways !

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Indian celebrity masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor is launching his fine dining restaurant ‘Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor’ in Abu Dhabi’s Nations Tower. Whole team is excited as they are gearing up for Grand Launch on Wednesday, 7th January, 2015.

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Its indeed the best Authentic Indian cuisine in town, My personal Fav are the Tawa Maachi, Smokey Lassi and the twist in sweet “Gulab Jamun Samousa”.

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Coming back to the Competition, there will be “Come and get Clicked” session on the Grand Launch day for the choosen few ! Well being a previledge Mahi Blog fan/reader 3 (Three) of you can be amongst those who can earn this spot.

Yes, courtesy to our great host, we will give you an opportunity to earn a golden ticket for clicking the best selfie of yours with non other than Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor. And that’s not it you might walk away with some giveaways from Signature Restaurant 🙂

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4- Like Client’s page & Answer below on this blog post: Where is Signature Abu Dhabi located? (Hint visit their fb page facebook.com/SignatureBySanjeevKapoorAbuDhabi)

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To win you must follow all points. I wish if I could have more readers join us but the Photo Opportunity is for lucky few this time.. but nonetheless we will bring more oppprtunities and giveaways from authentice royal Indian cuisine.

Happy Holidays and a very happy New Year 🙂

Stay Happy and Enjoy with your loved ones.

Mahi.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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FOODIE LAND DISCOVERED – TASTE OF ABUDHABI:

FOODIE LAND DISCOVERED – TASTE OF ABUDHABI:

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In Abu Dhabi, we really miss out on events where you get food, entertainment and music altogether in on open arena, surprisingly this November has witnesses the mega foodieland which provide bounty time to each member of family, be it kids or Adults, I am talking about Taste of ABU DHABI, held for the first time in capital; the team has potentially worked day and night to make the event successful, and indeed what an eye-witnessed gala it was.

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The event has yet a lot of activities; It started with a bash and has definitely finished up with a huge successful 3 non-stop days of best food tasting and fun experience. A true delight for the families, I have been invited for Taste Of Dubai last year it was lovely experience indeed as well, but what I like at #TasteAD more this time was the location of the stalls and arena set-up was in such a synch manner that you hardly miss any area and can roam around without getting tired and lost. The family zone this time was such an added benefit, #Vox Cinemas kid’s movie sessions was highlight and of course the Kids area made our children so happy. My expectations from this foodieland goes vava voom with some of the best names in dine out industry are serving the mouth watering dishes, varying from the Italian and Belgian to pure Indian cuisine they had the wide range and array of choice to serve the masses in Capital, even the portions I have experienced this event are bigger to their previous venture. Every item was made to fresh order and offers the aroma which you can’t resist.

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Lets come to the food, I can just go on and on as by far it will be the longest blog as its about the best restaurants tasting and sampling their delicacies in town, and as my royal responsibility being a foodie is to indulge in the maximum possible way I could 😉 I must say the portion and cost ratio was very well this time. Some of my favorite which topped the lists are Yakhni Biryani from Ushna; Oh the so sufficient portion was the best part of it and the aroma of exquisite Indian spices, can’t wait to go back and be more adventurous and try their other dishes.

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Flooka’s Tabbouleh is very fresh and the addition of cilantro and lime juice gave that zest and it maintained the ratio. Nolu’s Café Chapli Burger was my favorite discovery in Afghan-American cuisine and I definitely categorized their Chapli burger in health food options. I am not a ginger fan and that too with fish, but believe me as a friend advised I had actually tasted Tuna with ginger dressing form Turquoiz and it was awesome.

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I couldn’t stop gushing and raving about TNT Shrimp from Caramel restaurant for so many days since I got back from TasteAD as they so tender and juicy, and surely act like dynamite once it enters your mouth and dribble your tastebuds to have more of them, I could even feel the crispiness from the chili mayo coat on it.

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Lovable sugary & Sweet TREATS:
Tiramisu by Carluccio is yet authentic and the most flavorsome sweet, My personal favorite were Holland House Mini Pan cakes, You can’t judge them by size till you get mouthful of those awesome goodies along with your favorites Nutella or White chocolate flooding over with sugar dust. Yas water world were so generous to offer different fruit slushies and Pink and Blue cotton candy.

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Chef’s Theatre was another highlight of the event which is more like Live Cooking demonstrations, so much informative and full of interaction with the Master Chefs and audience, It offer wide knowledge from an inspiring line-up of Chef’s including Eric Lanlard, Jun Tanaka, Steven Edwards and Food Network’s Reza Muhummad and Jonathan Phang.

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It was such an exclusive opportunity to see my favorite chefs in action – featuring demos, culinary challenges, entertaining tutorials and enlightening Q & A session, and guess what I had a chance to encounter Chef Raza vivid humor and Chef June flamboyant personality via these sessions. Hmm if Cooking is Cricket Pitch then Chefs are brilliant all rounder aren’t they!!! 🙂

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Apart from this there were large numbers of exhibitors at the show. India Palace, Jones the grocer, Knorr and Maggie were some of my favourites..Cookery School displayed provided a chance to Learn the secrets to making life easier in the kitchen with a number of hands-on Master Classes, where chefs taken you through the step-by-step processes and passed on all the required tips and tricks you needed, and I did impress my friends and family at home in no time by decorating those Couture Cupcakes later on!

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On the first night of the event it was a musical spectacular, The Jersey Boys, as they took the crowd on a rock and roll journey.

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 Last but not the least, were the happening Photo Booth of SPG and Evian breeze water background display, it’s a bounty time for a selfie-addict and the family to bring along with them lots of memories from this all in all perfect event.

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I wish they will come back soon in 2015 or If I may suggest to have it twice in a year 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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