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  • 2Apr 2014
    Beetroot Goats Cheese Towers

    Does Rhodes 44 at St Regis Abu Dhabi live up to the name?


    On entering Rhodes 44 at the St Regis Abu Dhabi, I was immediately transported back to my youth carving out a career as a chef. Gary and I...

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  • 19Mar 2014
    Burj Al Arab view from D&A

    How does the new-look D&A fare?


    Dubai; I am gutted. I am so looking forward to eating outside just to soak up this iconic view, but alas with the shamal and blustery wind sweeping in, we head indoors. Anyhow, we’re...

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  • 7Jan 2014
    Tom & Serg

    5 diversely different dining spots in Dubai


    FooDiva should be regaling you with waistline-friendly dining options given new year resolutions and all, but as an occasional believer in portion-control, gene management and exercise – all in moderation of course (my two mantras are Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat and Dr D’Adamo’s Genotype diet)...

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  • 19Nov 2012
    Homey - red rice Chueng Fen dim sum

    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...

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  • 12Jun 2012
    Rivington Bar & Grill Madinat

    The new Riv on the block – how does it fare and compare?


    Dubai; When Rivington Grill first opened at Souk Al Bahar three and a half years ago, hardly anyone had heard of the Caprice restaurant brand, Brits included, despite its original Shoreditch location.

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  • 22May 2012
    Alfie's - game terrine with pickled girolles

    Alfie’s by Dunhill, plus a damn good restaurant deal


    Dubai loves importing international restaurant brands, so it comes as no surprise to see Dunhill, the men’s luxury lifestyle brand open its restaurant concept Alfie’s at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, following on from...

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  • 21Jun 2011
    The Ivy Dubai

    The Ivy Dubai; what’s FooDiva’s verdict?


    Dubai; Is the jury still out on The Ivy Dubai? FooDiva finds out if Dubai's latest restaurant opening lives up to all the hype; a kind of restaurant hype this town's never experienced before.

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  • 7Jun 2011
    The Ivy Dubai's foie gras

    FooDiva clings onto The Ivy Dubai; some early impressions


    Dubai; Incase you’re not in the know, The Ivy Dubai officially opens its oak-panelled doors this coming Thursday, June 9th. FooDiva had a sneak peek yesterday over a pre-opening dinner, so as many of you are eagerly anticipating my thoughts, here are my very first impressions. This is not a FooDiva restaurant review, as clearly […]

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  • 17May 2011
    London's Millennium Bridge leading to St. Paul's Cathedral

    FooDiva’s London Gastro Guide


    I promised you an English capital restaurant round-up, so here’s FooDiva’s gastro guide to all things munchy in London - best distinguished by the times of day you get those tummy cravings. So go on, plan your summer holiday. [caption id="attachment_2179" align="alignright" width="300" caption="London's Millennium Bridge leading to St. Paul's Cathedral"]London's Millennium Bridge leading to St. Paul's Cathedral[/caption] Lunch The Providores and Tapa Room - smack bang on my favourite London street for cafe society and shopping; Marylebone High Street. The brainchild of two New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath of Sugar Club fame, the ground floor houses the casual cafe and bar, Tapa Room - not a typo, just takes its name from the huge, traditional Rarotongan Tapa wall cloth hanging. But they do serve Spanish tapas-like dishes. Up the creeky stairs sits The Providores, for formal white linen tablecloth dining. If you're in London on a weekend go for brunch; try the hot smoked salmon with two poached eggs and spinach on walnut toast with yuzu hollandaise. And a serving of grilled chorizo on the side. On a Sunday, potter along to the Farmers' Market just behind Waitrose on the high street.

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