New kids on the block
Dubai; No sooner have I polished off my last morsel and pressed the publish button, another new restaurant or café opens. So much so, FooDiva has a trio of goodies to share with you in this post – all tried and tested of course.
I’ve written before about my fascination with sourcing original Napolitan pizza in this town – well I’ve discovered another pizzeria – Brandi – in Dubai Mall. The pizza arrives with a ‘cornicione’ thick crust, whilst slightly soft in the middle, which according to a comment left recently by an Italian follower is true to the traditional recipe as explained in the EU’s official journal, ‘the overall pizza must be tender, elastic and easily foldable into four.’ Well that it certainly was. Aside from the original Margherita named after Italy’s Queen in 1889, the Romana with anchovies is a FooDiva fave, whilst my sis aka Mrs Bubbly opted for the Don Vincenzo with capers and olives (removing the anchovies). Great to see locally produced fiordilatte mozzarella (cow’s milk not buffalo) from Italian Dairy Products as the common ingredient on all pizzas. Service is a little hit and miss sadly with waiters repeating themselves. Brandi Pizzeria is located on the second floor of Dubai Mall (next to TGI Friday). T; +971 4 3253336. Pizzas AED 38 – 65. Note 20% RoundMenu discount below.
JLT is brimming with new eateries, including Homey, a relatively new Cantonese on the block that FooDiva first read about on fellow food blogger Epicuruaen’s blog. With no sign of MSG thankfully, the stand-out dish is the translucent steamed red rice Chueng Fen dim sum stuffed with crispy fried shrimp pictured here – so addictive and moreish, easily a daily fix. The deep fried shrimp with wasabi sauce also deserves a mention, as does the perfectly al dente and succulent Kai Lan mustards garnished with minced garlic. The stir fried shredded beef and roasted duck whilst reasonably flavoursome had no wow factor. The décor borders on tacky, but you go here for authentic, cheap and cheerful Cantonese with friendly service. Homey is located in Cluster V, Gold Crest View 1, Jumeirah Lake Towers. T; +971 4 4317106. Home delivery also available. Dishes priced from AED 12 – 48. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Remember the Art café at Mall of the Emirates, well that’s been replaced by Rich with its kitsch and cool Brittania interior and wait for this…roast beef Yorkshire pudding wraps…rivaling 1762’s. Slithers of roast beef, sandwiched with rocket leaves, crispy fried onions, gherkins and horseradish sauce – personally I would have preferred the beef a little rosier. Another wrap shout out goes to the marinated and spiced charcoal grilled lamb kofta in pitta with houmous dip. All sandwiches are served with french fries, sadly though the frozen variety. Juices squeezed on the spot. Slick, prompt service. Rich is located on the first floor of Mall of the Emirates near the entrance to Carrefour. T; +971 4 3410945. Yorkshire pud wrap AED 43.
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Have you been? Any new eateries you’d like FooDiva to review?
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