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Saturdays are Sunnier at Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek’s Sunny Saturdays & Meal Voucher for 2.

Saturdays are Sunnier at Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek’s Sunny Saturdays & Meal Voucher for 2.

SUFRA SUNNY SATURDAYS is basically a new late and leisurely breakfast concept for the whole family where you can enjoy your time by the Creek. Introduced at Sufra by Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, it is available every Saturday from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

 

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810_0244The whole concept of Sunny Saturdays is unique and representing family routine where you sit and eat on a perfect leisurely afternoon to enjoy breakfast beyond the traditional morning hours and routine setup. You will find it as a complete package be it healthy, hearty fare or continental classics along with everyone’s favorite breakfast item.

 

It definitely was a Saturday packed with pleasure of relaxed dining experienced by myself and family. Tantalizing aromas of coffees and quintessential breakfast fare was served amidst casual vibe and in chic surrounds.

 

Since we first reviewed Iftar Buffet at Sufra, we are completely in love with ambiance and décor of this contemporary venue, it’s chic, uber and very spacious and you get to enjoy the family and friends set-up. The seating arrangements are managed with round table as well as the square tables to facilitate the group of 4, 6 or couples.

Bright, green and gold interiors overlook the neighboring Dubai Creek Park through huge floor to ceiling windows giving the impression of an inside/outside feel and the ambience of an urban garden.

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When seated we were welcomed with a signature bread basket. Later we took a tour around the spread out buffet featuring Cold variety of cheeses, assorted cold cuts and composed salads.

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Grill – selection of succulent meats grilled a la minute

Carving – whole roasted meat with accompaniments ·

Eggs and Hash – eggs cooked any style alongside traditional Eggs Benedict, Steak and Hash  ·

Shawarma  · Crepes and Waffles  ·

 

Hot Buffet focused more on Western, Arabic and Indian breakfast favorites.

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Last but not the least is desserts and Ice-cream corner which win over hearts of those tiny creatures along with us. They enjoyed home-made gelatos, pan cakes, fruit yogurt etc.

 

Beverages team has introduced some quirky and new anti-oxidant and detox drinks, made up of fruity as well as veggie flavors. One must try the refreshing cucumber and broccoli mixture.

Highlight of the evening was when chefs actually pass around bringing down to your table those small tasty small bites of Crab Cakes, Sliders and mini Pancakes.

 

Kids were more than welcome with a separate buffet setup just for them as well as an Activities’ Corner with games and entertainment (however this particular setup is subjected to number of booking) while the adults can relax and recharge, preparing for the week ahead. Swimming Pool is just around the Kids Club and you can surely enjoy the weather or beat the heat by dipping into the spacious pool, book early to avoid disappointment.

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Great New:

Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek is offering Mahiblog’s subscriber a discount of 20% on dine in. To get the code, simply mail us at info@mahiblog.com with your blog registered email address and we will send you the code.

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi Blog,

2- It is MANDATORY  to LIKE & FOLLOW Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Facebook & Instagram pages and mention that @mahiblog has sent you.

2- Share this post using buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc

Tag Mahi Blog on FB, Instagram, Twitter to let us know that you share !!!!

“WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON MAXIMUM SHARES BASIS”

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on October 5th, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Leenu Bablani, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek, Sufra’s Management & humble staff for coordination. We were invited however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Please do not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Food Reviews, hotels, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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FUKUROU HOUSE – Intuitive Dining at its finest + WIN #Free Dining Vouchers of 200 dhs

FUKUROU HOUSE – Intuitive Dining at its finest + WIN #Free Dining Vouchers of 200 dhs

CONGRATULATIONS !!

2 Winners are:

Parveen Sheikh

Chrisfarrales

Send an email asap with your full name and contact details at mahiblog.ae@gmail.com. You have 3 days to claim your prize, incase of failure we will choose new winners.

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Me & Hubby went for a Colorful plate and Vibrant Dinner Date to Fukurou House, located in the ground floor of Emirates Financial Towers, behind the Financial Metro Station. I was totally impressed by the picture in link over an invitation by Fukurou House and planned to visit later that month! This is an Armenian place, However restaurant’s name (signifies an old wise bird Owl) doesn’t give out anything regarding the cuisine & it is relatively new in town as well.

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Ambiance:

Loved the ambience of the place. A very contemporary look with vibrant decoration made it extra glam. If you go in events time the mood in the restaurant will be brilliant with the classical jazz music playing and dimmed lighting associating with the type of event they are having. The purple hue to the place with the orange table tops  are complemented well by the large wall drawings in black & gold. A very unique fusion of colors and retro type I would say.

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Management, Service & Staff: 

The staff was quite friendly, services were timely. Each course was well-timed basis, the expected time to finish the dish was continuously communicated by them. The Chef was giving the short description of the dishes making it a very pleasant service experience, I love the fact how the MD himself was involved as he is a great chef himself and his passion for food and cooking just gave him this whole inspiration of making him dream project to come to life and standing its base in DIFC  Dubai today.

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Indeed we are talking about Managing Director, Mr. Armen Kostanyan, you will strained to become fraction of his vision once you chat with him regarding his dream project, how he blend in and did fuse the whole concept of Armenian food, contemporary health and Art all under one roof. Once you enter you will witness gallant shades of either colors or lights, don’t worry it won’t blind you, but in fact attract you to move forward and glaring at the walls on left which is so rouge and bling . Striking art pieces and frames from around the world, specifically focused on women empowerment. Freedom, and Soul, creates responsiveness. There is a classic stage with retro mic been placed making it a perfect and ideal location for Art, Brands, and book launches and, presentations or open mic sessions.

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We were seated on prim and porch sofas along with our host Armen, while he gave a brief info about the concept. Origin, food,DSC_0049 creativity behind FH and then gave us electronic menu to order. I loved the whole idea of browsing through their iPads for menu as I loved the stylishly dressed images and description of each dish, I would envy my hubby if he would order a better looking dish than me, but luckily both our dishes were to look on. It was customer-friendly and easy to navigate thanks to tech savvy UAE.

Food:

We had sampled 2 appetizers and they were so appealing and vibrant in colors and texture and are served completely fresh and gorgeous. To grind our craving we were served complimentary freshly prepared eggplant caviar with Armenian bread. The bread was fresh from the oven.


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The first appetizer was smoked salmon roll with zesty orange portions, avocado and organic dill and red capsicum in it, it was served with tangy lime and ginger sauce and gave that extra oomph to this fresh appetizer.  It was indeed spot on! Armen explained us about the quality of the Salmon which is actually sourced and smoked for the restaurant specifically.

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2nd appetizer was Chicken Crepe served a bit warm, it sounds avenue food, but delivered way higher on the appetite as the crepe was soft and crispy at the same time and is also flavored with some extra spices, the crunch of carrot pieces added the shredded chicken’s flavor. This is the first time I have tasted my crepes with yogurt dip with walnuts chunks on it and every bite of that was a journey to fantasy. It looks big in portion for an appetizer but tasted very light.

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My favorite dish in the restaurant is the main I have ordered on owner’s recommendation it’s Portobello chicken with a side of tangy salad, while hubby had lamb chops with sweet potatoes puree, Mine was one large mushroom stuffed with oven-baked grilled chicken, cheese and a pineapple salsa side. The dish was brought to the table by Armen, unfortunately I did not find this dish on recent menu but it truly was the captivating factor of that night and would be worth re-visiting for and to order on demand 😉

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For their carbs portion what I loved is that they serve quinoa or spinach as side with mains too.

In desserts we have tried their cake of the day which is so yummy.

Extra:

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WOW Element:

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  • Eggplant Caviar.
  • Gleaming chandeliers.
  • Bespoke Art Venue; Art gallery is changing dynamically and on Sunday for example it has live painting event, the main column will be changed into street art piece, guests can enjoy their food and witness its creation, starts at 1 pm.
  • Large jeweled rack with Mystique and Imperial bracelets and accessories.
  • They also have Lunch Specials with 7 types of salmon, 3 types of authentic stews, meatballs, chicken and vegetarian options, starting AED 45.
  • Good news is they’ve launched delivery service as well 🙂


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Price:

Price is not too less, but excellent value for money. As all items in menu were healthy, fresh and calorie conscious.

All in all Armen’s passion is clearly apparent from his amusing menu, commendations about ingredients and practical loom, an unusual find in Dubai. Fukurou House most definitely offers value for money with soaring quality, ingenious and artistic dishes. Their menu changes on regular intervals and they substitute less selling dishes with newly created ones hence I am willing to return to taste soon. We would rate them 4.4 / 5 on our likeness meter 🙂

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For more information or reservations, please contact Fukurou House or visit their FB & Instagram pages

Fukurou House – Ground Floor of Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC in Dubai, UAE

Phone +971 4 552 1540

Email armen@fukurouhouse.com

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION:  (2 WINNERS)

Mahi Blog and Fukurou House have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers“2 Dine-in Voucher for 200 dhs each”

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the main course item at Fukurou House?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on August 17th, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part in contest.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Fukurou House Staff &  Armen. 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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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Iftar Review – “Layali al Baraka” at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – #WIN Iftar Buffet for 2! (INSTANT GIVEAWAY)

Iftar Review – “Layali al Baraka” at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – #WIN Iftar Buffet for 2! (INSTANT GIVEAWAY)

IFTAR AT “LAYALI AL BARAKA”

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Like each year Jumeirah at Etihad Towers have their special set-up of Ramadan “Layali al Baraka” in their diversified and multipurpose venue (Mezzoon Pre Function Area). You can Experience the joy of the season with friends and family in the lavishly decorated venue and  immerse yourself in the Ramadan spirit with your family and friends

It is predominantly Arabic food however non-Arabic dishes are also there and been chosen carefully as been best in the menu and also strike a great balance to par the taste of Ramadan menu. Jalab, Karkadh, Laban, Kamar Al Deen & Erk Sous all of these varieties of Ramadan Drinks are available however if you wish you may order for the soft drinks and fresh juices chargeable out of the Ramadan buffet menu.

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We loved the set-up of house Water, some juices, Nuts & Dates available on your table pre-arrival; as it’s much convenient you don’t have to rush to the main food area to find the glasses for juices or to start munch-in soon as you break the fast.

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This might be our last outdoor Iftar this  Ramadan in UAE, but we can’t get enough of our very favorite “Lentil Soup” with Lemon and Zaatar Crouton; oh yes the infusion of Zaatar added that extra zest to this great creation. There was soup of the day also however it’s was not been able to take our attention away from lentil one!

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Another reason I love food at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is their Condiments; we loved the fact how keen observation and special care they gave it to the small portion of menu; we had noticed the same at our previous review of “ROSEWATER”. Cornichons, shaved Parmesan and marinated Mushroom with grilled Eggplants were tasty.

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There is a huge salad bar and of compound salad having Lollo Rosso and Oak leaves with complete range of dressings, balsamic being the best. We also loved Baba Ganoush, Mohamara and Warak Enab, in Cold Mezzah section.

We noticed a large presence of non-Arabs diners too at their Iftar Buffet. How they cater to that in menu, well to mention Thai Green Chicken Curry with Basil and Stir fried Vegetable Rice were indeed top-notch Asian items in “Layali al Baraka” menu and we were fond of it.

To keep a mix they had few western dishes on menu too; Mediterranean Style baked Mahi Mahi, Tomato, Grilled Chicken Breast with creamy Mushroom Sauce, Potato Gratin with Celeriac and Buttered Peas with Lettuce and Shallots. On a side Indian note their Tandoori Jhinga is a must-try.

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Live station for Churros preparation. it was divine..

WOW Factor:

Guess what we found at Hot Mezzah Chicken Wings & Chicken Liver Pomegranate jus which was very well done and juicy too. Ouzi with Oriental Rice kept its soul along with Emirati Station having Lamb Harris, Vegetables Salona and Lamb Majbous.

The traditional Oud player sets a soothing ambience with his notations and you will enjoy the whole ambiance even louder.

Main Course consist of Arabic Mixed Grill (Shish Taouk, Lamb Kebab, Kofta Kebab), Laban Emmo, Dajaj Bel Batata (it has become our favorite potatoe dish now)

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Other main courses includes Samak Makli with Tarator sauce, the Kousa Mahshi (very simple in taste unlike its name), Yaknet Bazella with Lamb Stew and very popular Vermicelli Rice, very appetizing.

  • There is large variety of Arabic Sweets to name what we tasted were Koulaj, Kataif Ashta with nuts, Cheese Halwa, Aysh al Saraya and of course Umm Ali along with Tangy Lemon Meringue Tart and yummy Red Velvet sliced Cake.
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Tamar Hindi being served via Traditional Dallah Style.

Live station of Kunafa was also in progress. We rate it 4.5 out of 5 for being an exquisite buffet of regional delights including live cooking stations. From sumptuous seafood grills to a live Saj station and customary Ramadan beverages served with the traditional dallah, each appetising dish will enchant your palate.

In the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan, they will be donating AED 2, for every person attending their Iftar, to Emirates Red Crescent in support of children in need.

Location: Podium Level 4
Timings: As per Iftar timings
Price: AED 175* per person

For more information or reservations, please contact us:

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Telephone: +971 2 811 5666
Email:  JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers“Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2”

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 14th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Management, Maria our lovely host staff at restaurant. 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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Iftar Review: Sufra – Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights+ “WIN Table for 2 for Dinner Buffet”.

Iftar Review: Sufra – Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights+ “WIN Table for 2 for Dinner Buffet”.

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We have been invited to dine-in at a luxurious location at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. This the first year they offer Iftar Buffet in Ramadan at their all day dine-in restaurant “SUFRA”.

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Venue Details:

The venue was pleasant and startling. It’s been ornamented with amazing interiors and bits representing great sense of leg room and being chic at the same time. While you are being seated in one corner can actually have a fair view of overall restaurant. The ambiance was quite bright compare to other fine dining restaurants. Incase you prefer not to open sitting they have a wide Private chamber for customized group booking, private reservation and gatherings

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Iftar Buffet:

They were “Live action stations” preparing Lamb Shawarma (was best), Falafel, Cheese Rokkat, Kibbeh, Chicken Ouzi and Lamb and Iranian Jeejeh Kebab which were the most delicious of all the BBQ items. In their hot dishes my favorites were Chicken Tagine and Ajwani Prawn Masala. Aloo mutter (potatoes and Green peas curry) tasted so good with Steamed rice. Fish tasted very tender and juicy along with mashed potatoes. Arabic dishes were not in abundance though however the few which represent it did not disappoint us either. (Harissa rubbed Lamb Chops, Bamiya bill ahem, shek almahshe were tastiest)

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Steaks were scrumptious and WE LOVED Cheese and Zatar condiments at Saj Station.

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Breads were prepared fresh and were served to the table. Buffet was not too large however items have been carefully selected and each tasted delicious. I love Shorbet Adas Soup along with Croutons.

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Salad and Cheese counters were to be commended it has a variety of seasonal salads as well as chef attended live salad preparation for Fattoush. Assorted round bites of plain Labaneh, with dry mint and with Paprika were mouth-watering.

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Desserts were great especially Um ali, macrons, Baklawa and Ash alsraya. Fruit cakes and Lintzer tart were yummy. Ice creams made my kids really happy as they loved variety of toppings long with their favorite desserts.

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It’s a simple buffet but indeed very tasteful. Staff gesture was great we even noticed they were clearing up table and folding napkins for kids each time we went out of our seats. Staff alertness was very evident as they go an extra mile to serve to your table.

For more details, check these pages for Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights: FB, INSTAGRAM

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Dinner Buffet Voucher for 2 at SUFRA”

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 20th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Management, Leenu and our host staff at restaurant. 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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Time-Out at Pool and Dinner @ ‘SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT’ / Giveaway

Time-Out at Pool and Dinner @ ‘SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT’ / Giveaway

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CONGRATS Krithigha and Nadia Victor. You are choosen as winners. Indivisual msgs are been sent to both in how to claim ur prize.

I had visited SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT along with my family where we enjoyed Pool & Beach Access plus refreshments at Azure Pool. From the moment we entered we found the staff much courteous and even at the reception they made us felt very welcomed.

While we were waiting for our lovely host Sofia, took a trance look at the lobby and admired its elegant structure. After a brief meeting another host has guided us to our way to Beach side of the resort.

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Pool & Refreshment at Azure Restaurant:

There we reached Azure restaurant & Pool which is very big and spacious, adjacent to same is the kid’s pool, showers and changing rooms are situated nearby.

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 The pools are temperature controlled while life guard is available throughout to assist further. Azure Pool bar and restaurant is located connected within the pool hence swimmers can enjoy sitting in the pool and enjoying their snacks. However the very prompt and courteous staff will bring your order to you while you are even sitting in the big gardens just in front of the pool full of beach benches & relaxing chairs. You can relax under sun or under tree overseeing the calm sea and jet skies splashing the water. We enjoyed our refreshment i-e Mini Burgers, pizza and Fish and chips, what actually takes all our attention were the refreshing drinks and shakes.

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All in all it’s a great out-door locations where guests enjoy the outdoors as well as snacks, mezzeh, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, and refreshing drinks as light fare cuisine and in quite a laid back and fun environment. Kids have enjoyed their banana Ice-cream split with chocolate sauce on top.

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PLUS POINT: Setting is along the pool side, however being a resort  you have a large area to choose a spot and rest your head on to the relaxing chair, if you are going with the kids they have inflated slides fun area for those mini-goers, do check in the closing time though.

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After enjoying a mesmerizing view of sea and sun-set, we relaxed in the lobby for a while and enjoyed their speedy internet services; you can’t live without updating social media.. yeah!

Dinner at the Palm Garden Restaurant and Terrace

It is all day dining restaurant serves delicious meals originating from such destinations as Lebanon, Italy, Germany, and India. It is also home to one of the best themed nights on Jumeirah Beach.

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It was Spanish & Portuguese theme night the day we dine-in. Food was good, menu spread is quite interesting with some hot mezzeh. As meat dishes are many, salad bar comes to rescue it is so hefty and full of variety of them. For main course it’s a round station that has predominantly Spanish and Portuguese dishes, the chef is on hand to assist you with any content details & choices that you might need  to  make.

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I loved the Fried Calamari in Oriental spices and another knock out dish was “Sirloin” A Portuguese Style. The food is luscious and delectable, full of flavor. The staff is caring and knowledgeable and will assist in anything from changing your seat to helping you with the buffet selection or to bring Mocktail of the day to your table, it was “Wake Up” Minty Strawberry flavored drink which we really have enjoyed.  Live music was there to entertain the guests.

We even had witnessed their earth hour activities on another visit and it’s quite interactive and awareness campaign.

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Cuisine:                International

Dress Code:          Smart Casual

Parking:                Free parking is available.

Atmosphere:         Garden View

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The hotel has lush trees and a good stretch of beach. It was admirable location, finer service where the front desk was particularly helpful and very courteous. Food was special as it was a new cuisine we had tried. One of the best times I have spent in throughout the summer with kids in splash and joy. You can have more information about the property via their social media pages FB, Twitter & IG.

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GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (2 WINNERS)

Mahi Blog and SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers the following vouchers:

  • 1 for pool access and refreshment (2 pax)
  • 1 dining voucher for Palm Garden (2 pax with soft drinks included)

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 20th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Ramadan at SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT:

Embrace the Spirit of Ramadan at the Hotel as it brings to town the true “Ramadan Nights”. This year they offers a delightful Iftar Buffet at The Palm Garden as well as Iftar and Suhoor A la Carte at Hadiqa Tent during the Holy month. Buffet has wide selection of Arabic and International dishes.

WOW Factor: Supervises kids’ activities are available throughout Ramadan during Iftar, where kids will be busy at Kids’ Club near the Palm Garden Restaurant.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT Marketing Team & Management, Sofia & all Staff. 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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WINNERS Announced: Holiday Inn AlBarsha Review & Giveaway, Indeed ‘’The 4Star Hotel with a 5Star Look’’

WINNERS Announced: Holiday Inn AlBarsha Review & Giveaway, Indeed ‘’The 4Star Hotel with a 5Star Look’’

CONGRATULATIONS – And the 2 lucky Winners are

1- Karen Ajka

2- Mehwish Fatima

Please email your full name, contact details from the email ID by which you are subscribed on the Blog to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to collect your voucher latest by Saturday June 6th, 2015.

*Incase you fail to provide same id / not registered via that email id you will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen.

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I was so enthused with the weekend stay at Holiday Inn AlBarsha that I have decided to blog to highlight my experience.

After I tell you about my familiarity of the recent stay, I would like to test my readership with a quiz, that will enable the readers / followers to win a meal voucher from HIAB at The Royal Budha (Dim Sum for 2) & Gharana (Street Food Night for 2).

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Located in the pivot of Dubai, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha is a perfect fuse of fashionable design and archetypal grace. Hotel is equipped with the latest facilities, discerningly festooned to congregate each guest’s requests and ease, it has 309 rooms including 54 suites. It is also 5-minute walk from the Ski Dubai Resort. Dubai Media & Internet City, the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Knowledge Village are also nearby. Al Barsha is a great choice for travelers interested in Shopping, Clothes Shopping and Luxury Brand Shopping.

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Arrival:

We arrived at this hotel at 6.00 pm, after a long drive from Abu Dhabi. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by every one of the hotel staff and when we checked in, we were been asked to sit and rest in lobby which was much appreciated. My family and I stayed in this wonderful hotel for 2 nights in a 2 Bed Room Suite. Check in was prompt. The suite was spacious for our family of 2 adults and 2 kids. The bathrooms were also clean and also prepared with all essential toiletries.

Hotel Staff & Management:

The most laudable factor during our stay was the staff of the hotel. From the moment we entered the hotel until we leave, staff are very convivial. They always genuinely greet you with your name and carry a smile. I must praise them for particular attention to the kids especially at concierge being so courteous and bell boy being so attentive and telling us bits about the direction and quick access to the lift area and other amenities.

This is the first time we stayed in any IHG hotel and we’ve started to love it from here, stay which offers you great comfort in reasonable price, it is not so cheap yet not very expensive. Shopping can be done close to the hotel with Mall of the Emirates within few kilometers only, I personally loved the accessibility of the Metro Stations.

Room & Hotel Amenities:

Our room (Suite) was at the rear and was very spacious and calm, the view was not of Sheikh Zayed Road, but it’s still very bright. In-room amenities include Iron and Stand, Hair dryer making your life even more at ease. Bathrooms were small but well fitted with bathtub and shower for your convenience. Bed furnishings, curtains and carpeting is well sanitized and were smelling great adding to the room’s placate. The lobby and floor passages in the Hotel always smell so great and this is one thing I loved about the hotel (they must be having efficient House-keeping staff).

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We were even happier to see a Writing desk, and a small in wall rack giving a counter kitchenette look-alike area next to the mini bar compartments. It was much convenient for kids to finish their coloring and assembling book activity from the “KIDs Welcome Pack” which they were joyfully offered at our check-in and was actually been topped-up by rewards in form on cookies when they showed finish version to concierge desk! What a lovely surprise for kids I must say and really kept them busy and give us some time to freshen up while they were busy finishing it up while we got ready for the dinner at The Gem Garden . Internet access is available for guests’ convenience. Internet connectivity comes with each guestroom as an additional convenience. Room service was swift, they supplied bottled water each day and room cleaning staffs were excellent.

The most interesting part is although the hotel is located on a very busy street, and also during the Stay some mega hosted event was going-on at the venue however we were not affected by any noise or interruption and distracted services.

Parking is available at this hotel for guests arriving in cars. Sharaf DG Station is the closest metro station to the hotel for easy access around the area. Dubai International Airport is also not far away. You can certainly stay fit at the hotel’s fitness centre well stocked with all the required equipments. If you want to use their beauty salon and massages, you should book them in advance and they cost extra. Although it has 4 stars, but can expect all kind of extravagant overhaul offered.

Pool & Terrace:

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Kids have enjoyed in their pool.

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Night view of the Rooftop Pool.

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We used the impressive pool area on the roof  having two pools (adult/kids pool), though it’s small though but enough sun beds, and also gives you splendid views over Burj Al Arab. If it’s not dusty weather you can even see Burj Khalifa and hotel Atlantis from hotel’s rooftop terrace while enjoying shisha.

Food:

Completing the Holiday Inn experience are award winning outlets The Royal Budha (Thai), Gharana (Indian), The Gem Garden (All Day Dining) , The Q (Sports Bar), Lounge@Barsha (Coffee Shop) , The Q Underground (Retro Venue), Dolphin Bar (Rooftop Bar) and Xennya Terrace as well as banquet facilities and immaculate service.

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Live Entertainment at their famous Gharana Restaurant

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The breakfast was included in package & Dinner buffet we had at The Gem Garden it was indeed above average with a wide selection of dishes to choose having a combination of generous buffets and classic a la carte dishes including a live station for eggs and omelettes in buffet, must to appraise in such set-up. It is basically all-day dining with a difference, I adore their minimalist Zen styling making it ideal place any time of day or night.

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I really enjoyed my Ala carte menu orders there too, Jumbo Prawns and sea-chowder soup being my favorite. Kids had enjoyed their custom ordered pasta and shakes and fresh juices.

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The Dim-Sum Fridays at the “Royal Budha” is very scrumptious Thai variation and I must say indeed a different and great experience as well. Award winning creative cuisine is delivered in a stylish setting under the watchful eye of a towering Buddha makes this a royal treat. Situated on the ground floor, this contemporary Thai restaurant is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.

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We enjoyed a mix-platter starter with various items and variety of dim-sum in their homemade sauces. Their flavored and Chamomile tea is also an interesting factor to finish off the meal but the highlight of  the menu was desert Fried Banana with Ice-cream.

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Another Plus:

The hotel offers a free shuttle twice a day to Kite beach, including pickup., and guess what you can carry along with you Picnic pack (Inform them before in time and they shall keep it ready for you in minimal rates).

We also take a quick tour to The Club Lounge, dedicated exclusively for Club Floor guests with private check-in and check-out services will be opening soon. Business houses have access to a wide variety of conference venues equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

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All in all it was a great experience in a Stylish Hotel which is well-equipped with the most up-to-date amenities and is decked in good taste. The room rates are good and I would recommend. Completing the full experience are 3 fabulous dining outlets and buzzing bars, outstanding banqueting facilities and impeccable 5-Star service accorded at 4-Star prices.

Ideally Located on Sheikh Zayed Road next to Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai, the hotel is in close proximity to Dubai’s most prominent Business Districts and other leisure venues. I will definitely come back at the Holiday Inn Albarsha as its ideal #staycation spot and would also recommend this hotel to anyone going to Dubai for business or Leisure I am heading back there very soon.

Check their Stay Together Package, it’s ideal for Summer Holidays !!

Stay Together Package

Awards and Decorations:

  • Best Waste Management Practices – 4 Star Category – Dubai Green Tourism Awards  2014, Winner:HIAB
  • Favourite Thai Restaurant below Dhs400 category – What’s On Awards, 2014 : Winner The Royal Budha
  • Best 4Star Business/Corporate, Silver Award: MENA Travel Awards 2012,  2013 and 2014
  • Silver Best Fine Dining Restaurant– MENA Awards, 2013 : The Royal Budha
  • Time- Out Top Ten Restaurant, 2012, South Asian Category: The Royal Budha
  • Top three nominated Best Asian Restaurant – Masala Awards , 2012: Gharana
  • Best Decorated 4Star Hotel in the UAE: “Spirit of the Nation”, 2011
  • Quality Excellence Award:IHG EMEA 2010

Ramadan June Offers  2015

Ramadan DL 2015 (2)The Gem Garden

Daily: Iftar Buffet

  • Event : Iftar Buffet
  • Brief Description : An extensive Oriental & Continental Buffet with live cooking station
  • Time : Sunset  to  10pm
  • Price : AED 109/- per person with special Ramadan beverages

Daily: Sohour set menu

  • Event                 : Sohour Set Menu
  • Brief description : Oriental set menu
  • Time : 12 midnight to 4am
  • Price : AED 75/- per person
  • Venue              : The Gem Garden & Room service,  Lobby level

The Royal Budha

Daily: Dish of the week prepared by Chef Sanya who will be very pleased to prepare your favorites dishes too or you can simply take his recommendations from the A la carte menu.

Every Friday

  • Event : Dim Sum on Friday’s
  • Brief Description : Homemade Dim Sum served fresh from the trolley
  • Time : 12pm to 12midnight
  • Price : AED 78/- per person (all you can eat Dim Sum with                                                                                       unlimited specialty tea.)                           

Gharana (No Live Entertainment during Ramadan)

Daily    :  talented Chef will be very pleased to prepare your favorite dishes.

Every Saturday

  • Event : Street Food Night
  • Brief Description : The finest pick of Indian street eats
  • Time : From sunset
  • Price : AED 95/- per person

Outdoor Catering

Specialized Catering

They undertake catering on any scale, corporate clients, high-end house parties, get togethers, weddings and concerts etc, An experienced team who carries valid occupational health cards, basic food hygiene certificate and trained on HACCP standards.Offer multi cuisines to suit all requirements be it Indian, Thai, Arabic, Italian, Mexican, Spanish etc and the option of a customized menu

Functions & Events Catering

You need a buffet for your monthly meeting, get together, product launch? Require catering services for an educational institution? Daily meal/meals to your staff at the office? Require a hassle free birthday party at your house? Invited friends and families and need to offer them their favorite dishes? Holiday Inn AlBarsha’s Outdoor Catering will take care of your catering requirements

  • Price: As per menu selected
  • Time: 24 hours

Overall Rating by Mahi Blog to HIAB : 4 out of 5

For more Information regarding Holiday Inn AlBarsha: www.hialbarshadubai.com

Tel: +971 4 3234333 www.facebook.com/hidubai

GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and Holiday Inn – Al Barsha have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers 2 vouchers for Dine-In at Hotel in the award winning restaurants The Royal Budha (Dim Sum for 2) & Gharana (Street Food Night for 2).

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Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: HIAB &Staff , very elegant Roxana Jaffer, CEO of Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha, Ever smiling & humble Kezia Da Rocha, Director of Marketing & Quality Assurance, F&B team at the property and of course Kaby Klick.

We were guests at HIAB but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews,  all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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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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