Wild & The Moon - Not all healthy cafes are created equal

IN A NUTSHELL

If you're a fan of Comptoir102 then you will love Wild & The Moon. And unsurprisingly, this healthy cafe in Al Serkal Avenue was co-founded by the same owner of Comptoir102. The food and drinks are local, plant based, seasonal and all served raw, which makes it a mecca for health freaks and vegetarians. 

THE MOOD

Everything about Al Serkal Avenue is cool including Wild & The Moon. High ceiling space with white walls, light wood tables, a jungle of green plants and a pretty cool staff. 

THE FOOD

Healthy food can be tasty sometimes and if you want to guarantee getting a tasteful guilt free breakfast or snack, then head to Wild & The Moon. They offer a selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, soups, desserts, crackers and snacks. Everything is wild, local, plant based, raw. No processed ingredients, no additives, no gluten, no dairy, no refined sugar. I definitely recommend trying: 

- Avocado on toast with veggie crackers and zaatar
- Acai bowl with shaved coconut, bananas and sprouted quinoa granola
- Sprouted quinoa granola porridge with apple, banana and cinnamon

 

THE DAMAGE

AED 150

Wild & The Moon
Al Serkal Avenue
www.wildandthemoon.com

 

 

Table by No.57 - 3 words: toffee skillet cookie

IN A NUTSHELL

Table is the newest Ramadan pop up by No57 boutique cafe, from the same creators of the dinner club. They took over The Mine gallery in al Quoz for the month of Ramadan and transformed it into one of the coolest restaurants in Dubai. Food is average but their toffee skillet cookie is to die for and the venue is definitely worth a visit. 

THE MOOD

Definitely one of the cooler restaurants you can go to this Ramadan, beats any tent in my opinion. They've paid attention to every little detail, from the music to the living room setting at the corner for a more comfortable post-dinner gathering. Table is worth a trip for the vibe by itself! 

THE FOOD

Food at Table by No57 is a hit or miss kind of thing, some dishes are good, others are barely average, and desserts are exceptional. My recommendation is to go later in the night for tea and dessert, but if you happen to be there at Iftar or dinner time, here's what you can order: 

- Freekeh salad
- Lobster Pasta
- Chicken sliders
- Toffee skillet cookie

Some of the best dates I've had 

Some of the best dates I've had 

Freekeh salad 

Freekeh salad 

Lobster pasta

Lobster pasta

chicken sliders

chicken sliders

Toffee skillet cookie (wish I had a better pic!) 

Toffee skillet cookie (wish I had a better pic!) 

 

THE DAMAGE

AED 250
Table by No57
The Mine gallery, Al Quoz
Call or whatsapp 050139 4727 to book.

Trèsind - Très très bon!

Modernist Chaat Trolley 

Modernist Chaat Trolley 

IN A NUTSHELL

Trèsind stands for Très (“very” in french) and Ind (Indian), and it really is very indian but also very good. The restaurant brings molecular gastronomy to Indian cuisine, which at the beginning, I thought would be all show and little taste, but to my surprise, some of the dishes were exceptional and the overall experience is one to be repeated. 

THE MOOD

Trying to play on the retro side, the only thing missing at Trèsind is a nicer ambience. Chairs are bulky, ceiling is low and Sheikh Zayed view is never a good view. But that’s all ok as food and service over compensate for the decor.  

THE FOOD

I went for the chef’s selection and strongly recommend you go for the same. If a nine course meal is too much for you, here are the best dishes to order: 

- Deconstructed pani puri
- Wild mushroom chai, dehydrated mushrooms, truffle milk powder
- Modernist chaat trolley
- Tandoori tiger prawns
- Sous vide lamb chops, rosemary reduction, ghee roast potatoes

Deconstructed pani puri 

Deconstructed pani puri 

Wild mushroom chai, dehydrated mushrooms, truffle milk powder 

Wild mushroom chai, dehydrated mushrooms, truffle milk powder 

Modernist chaat trolley 

Modernist chaat trolley 


The Damage

AED 400 (excl. alcohol) 

Trèsind
2ND FLOOR NASSIMA ROYAL HOTEL, SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD, DUBAI, U.A.E
04 308 0440

Enigma X Björn Frantzén - Good, not Great.

Scallop in it's own shell served with dried roe, fir-tree, finger lime and dashi

Scallop in it's own shell served with dried roe, fir-tree, finger lime and dashi

IN A NUTSHELL

This is Enigma's second culinary journey, this time with 2 Michelin Stars Swedish chef Bjorn Frantzen, owner of restaurant Frantzen, #31 in the world. The experience was good overall, but not great nor memorable. Maybe I would have felt differently had I gone to Stockholm and experienced Frantzen's food first hand, from his kitchen, in his restaurant. Maybe that experience will always be greater than that you experience in Dubai while chefs come here temporarily and serve you in the same restaurant a previous Michelin star chef had served you in a month before. Maybe the Enigma model is a broken model and is affecting my unimpressed reviews of the world's 50 best restaurants. 

THE MOOD

The restaurant was empty, it was just us and another table, which definitely has an impact on the overall experience. The decor was left unchanged from the last time we were at Enigma for Quique Dacosta, making the experience far less personalized. 

THE FOOD

We opted for the full story menu, which consisted of 12 courses. Some were okay, others were good and only a few were great. My favorites were the "white moss sushi with deer , frozen bird's liver" , the "onion soup" and the "sticky beetroot served with blackberries, frozen lingonberries, 100-year old vinegar & liquorice mousse"

Apple & Lingonberry macaron with foie gras and chervil

Apple & Lingonberry macaron with foie gras and chervil

White moss sushi with deer, frozen bird's liver, burnt hay and chanterelles

White moss sushi with deer, frozen bird's liver, burnt hay and chanterelles

Swedish knackebrod served with homemade butter 

Swedish knackebrod served with homemade butter 

Oyster with granita of sea buckthorn, juniper cream and sprouted walnut 

Oyster with granita of sea buckthorn, juniper cream and sprouted walnut 

Lamb served with cabbage, roasted cauliflower bouillon and truffles

Lamb served with cabbage, roasted cauliflower bouillon and truffles

Slow baked cod served with Swedish vendace from roe from Kalix, beurre blanc flavored with preserved anchovy juice and young onions

Slow baked cod served with Swedish vendace from roe from Kalix, beurre blanc flavored with preserved anchovy juice and young onions

surprise onion and mushroom soup 

surprise onion and mushroom soup 

Sticky beetroot served with blackberries, frozen lingonberries, 100 year old vinegar, liquorice mousse

Sticky beetroot served with blackberries, frozen lingonberries, 100 year old vinegar, liquorice mousse

Smoked ice cream, roasted nuts, tar syrup and salted fudge with cloves

Smoked ice cream, roasted nuts, tar syrup and salted fudge with cloves

THE DAMAGE

AED 750 for the full story menu (excl alcohol) 


Enigma
Palazzo Versace Dubai
 +971 4 556 8888

Hampton's cafe - That sticky toffee pudding

IN A NUTSHELL

Hampton's cafe is the kind of cafe that will keep you coming back, regardless of the food. It has that unique charm - not easily found in Dubai - and luckily, pretty good all day food and the best sticky toffee pudding you will ever have!

THE MOOD

There really aren't enough cafes in Dubai that are as tasteful as Hampton's cafe is and that will make you feel as if you've traveled. From the beige interiors, wooden floors, anchors here and there to the glass ceiling on its top floor overlooking the beach.  You can spend all day there.

THE FOOD

This review is about Hampton's breakfast menu only. Lunch will come soon. 
Highlights included: 
- Rose and Raspberry croissant
- Eggs and Cheese in tomato sauce
- Sticky toffee pudding (a no miss!) 

Raspberry and Rose croissant 

Raspberry and Rose croissant 

Eggs and cheese in tomato sauce

Eggs and cheese in tomato sauce

Sticky toffee pudding 

Sticky toffee pudding 

THE DAMAGE

150+ AED per person

Hampton's cafe
Um suquiem 1, Villa 12, Road 8
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Phone: +971 4 331 5118

Mayta - More Peruvian food in Dubai

IN A NUTSHELL 

Mayta is the newest addition to the Peruvian restaurant scene in Dubai. With a other players on the scene, Mayta has the right food to compete, but it doesn't necessarily have an edge to win! 

THE MOOD 

Set in an upscale but unfussy environment, with wood paneling and Aztec-inspired accents, Mayta has the right thing going on. Too bad the place is still quite empty, letting you embrace an overwhelming staff.  

 

THE FOOD 

These were the highlights of our order: 

Ceviches (all were good, a bit too meaty though): 
- Puro: corvina / ají limo / sweet potato / cilantro
- Chifa: salmón / tamarind / crispy wonton / peanuts / scallion
- Nikkei: tuna / ponzu / avocado / daikon / nori

Tiraditos: 

- Mercado: snapper / crunchy capers / olive oil / parmesan cheese / avocado / ají chimichurri

- Chicharron: crispy calamari / spiced chancaca honey / spicy pineapple salsa
- Empanadas
- Entrana: grilled skirt steak / yucca / salsa criolla / roasted whole garlic

 

Chicharron

Chicharron

Entrana

Entrana

THE DAMAGE 

500+ AED/person

Mayta
Level 3,Capital Club ,Gate Village, Building 3 - Dubai International Financial Centre - Dubai