Parkhouse - The Home of Everything Natural

IN A NUTSHELL

Parkhouse is a homegrown brand. Set on Kite beach, it's the perfect spot to start your day before laying on the beach. 

THE MOOD

The perfect beachside spot, with a light and airy space, adorned with white and sky blue tiles, with beachy tables, chairs and picnic benches. 

THE FOOD

This review is about Parkhouse's breakfast menu only. Highlights included: 
- Avocado on toast
- Gluten free avocado eggs (replace toast with sweet potatoes) 
- Cashew butter toast with bananas, chia seeds and honey 

THE DAMAGE 

100 AED per person 

Parkhouse
UNIT 7, FAZZA MARINE CLUB,
KITE BEACH AL SUFAAH ST,
KITEBEACH@PARKHOUSE.AE

Inn The Park - Breakfast under the trees

In a Nutshell

If you were ever a fan of The Archive, then you'll just love Inn The Park. Located in the heart of Al Khazzan park, this cafe is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a good breakfast (or lunch). Best spot in Dubai's winter days. 

The Mood 

Think casual seating under the trees, light music in the background, skyline view all around you. Inn The Park is the perfect spot to start your day on a sunny Dubai weekend. 

The Food

I definitely recommend going for breakfast as the menu is more varied than the lunch one. Here are the top recommendations: 

- Turkish eggs
- Avocado Smash
- Scrambled Eggs with Salmon

The Damage 

AED 100 per person 

Inn The Park
Al Khazzan Solar park
innthepark@bystrodubai.com 

 

Ruya - Modern Anatolian Flavors

in a nutshell

Ruya is a modern Anatolian restaurant that recently opened in the Grosvenor House. It's the brainchild of the group behind Coya, Zuma and Nus-ret. One thing to note is that Ruya is a homegrown concept and both the food and decor are absolutely great!

Small tip: book in advance and ask to sit outside.

the mood

Mediterranean style inside-outside terrace overlooking the Dubai Marina. It's the kind of place you go to when you want to impress someone. 

the food

So many things to order! Make sure you stick to the turkish inclined dishes (instead of the more modern ones like the sashimi). Here are the musts: 

Muhammara - roasted red pepper, tomato walnut dip 

Karpuz Peynir - burnt watermelon, sheep cheese & tomato 

Borek filo - wrapped feta cheese with carrots, zucchini and walnuts 

Lahmacun - with spicy lamb, vegetables & herbs

Two Cheese Pide - with slow cooked egg

Icli Köfte - fried bulgar stuffed with roasted duck & barberries 

Rangers Valley Day Grain Fed Beef 300g with asparagus & Antep pistachio butter

Adana Kebap - spicy minced lamb, grilled tomato

And for dessert:
Fırın Sütlaç - traditional Anatolian rice pudding, raspberries, rose ice cream & lokum

Çikolata Ve Türk Kahvesi - dark chocolate kibbeh, Turkish coffee cream, liquorice nibs, salted caramel

Rose Lokum ice cream

Sesame Helva ice cream 

 

Two Cheese Pide - with slow cooked egg

Two Cheese Pide - with slow cooked egg

Lahmacun - with spicy lamb, vegetables & herbs

Lahmacun - with spicy lamb, vegetables & herbs

Fırın Sütlaç - traditional Anatolian rice pudding, raspberries, rose ice cream & lokum  

Fırın Sütlaç - traditional Anatolian rice pudding, raspberries, rose ice cream & lokum
 

the damage

AED 250 per person (without alcohol)

 

Ruya
Grosvenor House
Dubai Marina
04 3999123

 

Source.Cook.Eat - Dubai's Soulfoul Supper Club

In a Nutshell

This review is not like any other NS4Y review.
When I first started this blog, I wanted to find as many hidden gems in Dubai as possible, restaurants that have a soul. It has been a challenge. Restaurants with good food are usually super expensive, super big and completely soulless. You can go the authentic way but then most of the time you have to drive all the way to Deira and can't accompany your meal with a nice glass of Chardonnay. That's until I had dinner at Source.Cook.Eat, Dubai's Soulful Supper Club. 

Paul is a fresh produce buyer with a passion for food, he created Source.Cook.Eat for the exact same reasons I described above. Paul will tell you how the food you're eating ends up on your plate and the other Paul ( a cheese buyer) will tell you where that plate of cheese came from.  All you have to do is visit his website, pick a time that suits you, and head to his lovely apartment in the Dubai Marina for a meal to remember. 

The vibe is cozy, the food has character and the service is personal. This will without a doubt be one of the nicest dining experiences you can have in Dubai. 

The Food 

The menu changes monthly, based on what's in season. If you're into figs, make sure you head there in September. Here's a rundown of what we ate:
- toast and jam' homemade fig & pluot jam
- fig, honey, walnuts, goats curd, charred spring onion, coriander seeds, mint
- lamb loin, lamb belly, roasted figs, smoked eggplant puree, mint yogurt, onion puree, pickled onion, roasted shallots, pomegranate
- halibut, roast red pepper puree, sei dried figs and tomatoes, seaweed, samphire
- apple tarte tatin, fig ice cream
- cheese platter  

The Damage

AED 200/person


Source.Cook.Eat
http://sourcecookeat.weebly.com/

Muchachas - Muchas gracias for opening in Dubai

In a nutshell

It's about time Dubai got a decent Mexican Cantina! 
The guys behind Tom & Serg recently opened Muchachas, a Mexican cantina much worth visiting: vibrant mood, zingy food and punchy drinks! 

The Mood

They call it "Radical Paradise". Muchachas is unassuming. The music is great, the staff is extremely friendly and the vibe is super laid back. This is your place for happy hour, gatherings, dates or just a good dinner and drinks night! 

The Food 

Hands down the best Mexican I've had in Dubai, and it all starts with mastering the guacamole. You can order from the very extensive menu or go Fiesta and let them do the picking for you (230 AED/person). I would go for the former and go crazy on guac, tacos and quesadillas. 

Drinks: don't miss out on the watermelon margaritas! 

THE DAMAGE

AED 250 per person 

Muchachas
hola@muchachasdubai.com
Holiday Inn Express, Safa Park

1 Life - Shakshoumi is better than Shakshouka

In a Nutshell

1 Life (not to be confused with Life n One), is a lovely cafe in the heart of D3. They serve wholesome, healthy and tasty food. Their Shakshoumi alone is worth a visit!
Note: This review is for their breakfast menu only. 

The Mood

1 Life is one of those cafes I wish Dubai had more of. Warm, cozy and unassuming. Such a great spot for a chilled Saturday morning. 

The Food

Most of their breakfast items are extremely tasty, highlights were: 
- Scrambled eggs. Simple yes, but this is a classic.   
- Shakshoumi. A play on the Shakshouka that replaces peppers with halloumi and a drizzle of pesto
- Bancakes. Not a typo. These are banana pancakes: Gluten free and dairy free for a guilt free sweet tooth craving    

Scrambled eggs 

Scrambled eggs 

Shakshoumi 

Shakshoumi 

Bancakes

Bancakes

The Damage

100 AED

1 Life Kitchen
Dubai Design District
04 5134727