LEVEE Café on La Mer Beach, Dubai

IMG_9764Dubai never stops improving and developing so last year the new area popped up, La Mer. The place is close to downtown and holds lots of restaurants, cafes, entertainments and beautiful long beach.  Super nice and fashionable, in fact, a great spot to take photos. I haven’t tried many restaurants there but I am absolutely in love with Levee Cafe. Wanted to try it for a very long time and once I did, keep coming back every week. The  style of their food is contemporary French. Sound like I am talking about an art… but their food it is done in a very stylish manner. Also, it tastes great without some crazy things, just simple dishes in a fashionable manner. For me, Levee Cafe is one of the best spots for a breakfast. There is a quiet ambiance, beautiful decor, stunning view, and delicious food.  So if you are living close to downtown, definitely go for a nice relaxing breakfast on the beach. Plus after you are done, you can get some tan, swim and chill with your friends.

  • Location – Downtown Dubai, La Mer, Levee Café
  • Cuisine – French
  • Food quality – excellent
  • Food Presentation – beautiful
  • Service – excellent
  • Ambiance – relaxing
  • Parking – very easy and free
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – very very nice, will be coming back to this place

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Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, Dubai

French cuisine has always been on top of the gastronomy experience around the world with its classy culinary creations. In Dubai, there are only a few excellent fine dining French restaurants and Pierre’s Bistro & Bar is now definitely one of them. By excellence, I mean ambiance, interior, food, service and the overall experience. After a huge success in Paris, Chef Pierre Gagnaire opened Pierre’s Bistro & Bar in Dubai. Even though it was opened just recently in 2018, it already got noticed by many fashionable Dubai magazines and famous bloggers from the region.

The Place

This restaurant is located at Festival City in Intercontinental Hotel. The place has the view at a beautiful fountain and it is nearby Festival Mall. If you are staying somewhere nearby, like Palazzo Versace, Intercontinental Hotel or Crown Plaza, it is right next to you. The interior of Pierre’s Bistro is very classy and during the weekend there is Dj playing great sets to elevate your experience even further. Service is outstanding as well and waiters help to choose the best dishes according to the taste of each person.

The Menu

The menu has a perfect number of dishes, enough to choose from and not overwhelming at the same time. Very classy and very French. In fact, you will find excellent seafood dishes, finest meat and even vegetarian alternatives. Since it is a French restaurant there is even a frog on the menu. It was great that I came with my friends so we could try a little bit of many things they have. All we ordered was so good, so delicious and creative at the same time. Celebrity Chef Pierre Gagnaire made not only outstanding quality culinary experience but also add to the process lots of innovative ideas. He did not follow the standard French rules rather that went beyond and created his own masterpieces with a French sole. For example, I would never think of such combination as Lobster with Semolina or Oysters with Frozen Slice of Banana. It was something very new to try.

This was an exciting and fun journey for me and my friends. I personally had unforgettable food experience and would love to come back. So if you appreciate classy French cuisine but want a splash of fun with great Dj sets on the weekend, Pierre’s Bistro & Bar is the right place to go.

  • Location – Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, Intercontinental Hotel, Festival City
  • Cuisine – French
  • Food quality – excellent
  • Food Presentation – beautiful
  • Service – great
  • Ambiance – wonderful
  • Parking – free valet
  • Price – $$$$
  • Overall Experience – loved the place and the food

 

Mexican Chic Branch at Peyote, Dubai​

 

In Dubai, you can find the best of everything. The city can satisfy any taste and food preference. Plus, with each year there is more what Dubai can offer since it is rapidly expanding. In 2018, it brought us amazing Mexican fine dining restaurant, Peyote. I am a big fan of the Latin-American cuisine so I was trilled to go and check it out. To have the full experience, I went for a brach. The concept of the branch (breakfast+lunch) is super popular in Dubai. Many people here have a tradition on Friday to go for such fun and relaxing experience, usually for the whole afternoon around 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

About The Restaurant

Peyote located in a super fancy dining district DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center). This area is a home to many famous restaurants. Plus, it is a hub for finince and investment services. Interior of Peyote is very chic and modern with great ambiance around. Plus, the Dj plays fun sets which makes you want to dance. Service is outstanding as well, even when the restaurant got packed, staff could manage to take care of everyone. Besides, coming here you can use valet parking free of charge, just stamp the ticket on your way out.

The Menu

I came for a branch so the whole menu was already set. Peyote has two options, with or without alcoholic beverages. You can also tailor your meal for a specific diet or you can try it all. They have vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes. Moreover, you can reorder anything you like. It is actually perfect if you want to celebrate some special occasion. You just pay the entrance fee and enjoy with the guests without worrying who want to order what and the bill at the end. I saw many such groups having a blast with lots of fancy cocktails and different tequila creations. For me and my sister, they got same delicious non-alchoholic Mexican mocktails. First one was with blackberries and the second, with passion fruit, loved both of them. Food was so good and delicious that it went to my list of the best restaurants, right after the starters.

Let me know if you tried Peyote and what was your favorite thing about it. If you haven’t been there yet, I do recommend to check it out. It is a great option for visitors as well as residents after a hectic week. You will truly get a stress-free, and super fun experience.

 

Le Cirque at Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai

If you are looking for an excellent French restaurant in Dubai, then you must try Le Cirque at Ritz Carlton DIFC. It was opened a couple of months ago and already got very popular. No wonder because the food and the service there are just divine. In fact, I do expect in the following 2017 that they will get lots of awards in Dubai. So let me share my dinner experience with you…

I went to Le Cirque a week ago with a friend of mine and it was just wonderful experiences. We ordered two starters (seabass and burrata) which were absolutely magnificent. Then for the main, I took pasta with lobster and my friend took fish, both were prepared with a french touch and tasted excellent. The choice for desserts was quite difficult. From one side, I was extremely full and from the other looking at the menu, all of them seemed to be delicious. So we couldn’t resist and ordered two to try. Ours were amazing but looking at the tables around felt like we have to try everything on the menu, so hopefully next time. Le Cirque without a doubt is one of best restaurants in Dubai 2017. Last but not least, since it is a fine dining place, prices are not cheap but if you want the best, you have to pay for the best.

  • Location – Le Cirque Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai
  • Cuisine – French
  • Food quality – excellent
  • Food Presentation – great
  • Service – beyond excellence
  • Ambiance – great music and beautiful classic decor
  • Parking – valet at the hotel
  • Price – $$$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

ZOCO, Mexacan Food in Dubai

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I like Mexican cuisine but for many years I couldn’t find a good restaurant in Dubai. Luckily, I came across ZOCO and would like to share my experience with you. ZOCO located close to downtown in Habtoor city next to new water channel, in between St. Regis Dubai and W hotel on Sheikh Zaid Rd. I heard many nice things about the place and was really excited. I decided to go for a branch so I can try many dishes in a relaxed ambiance and enjoy my weekend. When I entered I saw a very nice interior, cozy atmosphere, and friendly employees. For the branch, they have a set menu so you just come and relax without thinking what to order. Besides, the waiter asked about my food preferences and allergies. During the meal, there was Spanish live music with very fun energetic songs. The food started to arrive very quick, of course it was famous guacamole with nachos, tacos, burittos and etc. For the main course, I got dishes with nachos, fajitas, and other things. At the end of the meal in ZOCO you get a tray with the variety of different sweets, donats and in-house made ice-cream. The full branch menu I uploaded below. Even thought the restaunat position itself as a street food concept, the place has a feel of relaxing fine dinning. Last but not least, all employees working in ZOCO are super friendly, nice and professional. I deffinitly recoment to put ZOCO in your Dubai “to do” list, you will definitely enjoy it.

  • Location – ZOCO, Al Habtoor City
  • Cuisine – Mexican
  • Food quality – excellent
  • Food Presentation – very delicious and simple looking dishes
  • Service – great
  • Ambiance – cozy, warm and relaxing
  • Parking – easy, free valet next to the restaurant
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

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Ronda Locatelli, Truffle Menu

Ronda Locatelli is one of my favorite Italian restaurant in Dubai. I know this place since the opening of Atlantis The Palm and went there more than 100 times, I guess. In Ronda Locatelli, you can come for a lunch as well as dinner. The place has a beautiful Italian design with a modern touch. For those who like outdoor dinning, there is an amazing terrace in the garden by the beach. My top favorite dishes of all times are octopus salad and spaghetti with lobser. Also, every autumn there is an additional truffle menu. So I went to enjoy these rare and delicius Italian dishes with super expensive mushrooms. I tried mini pizza with truffles, risotto with truffles, two pastas with truffles and even a dessert with truffles. All were in small portions so the guests can taste a little bit of everything. I would definitely recommend taking a pizza and spaghetti. Of course, everything was excellent but these were my personal top favorite from an additional menu. Also, I was lucky to meet personally a celebrity Chef Giorgio Locatelli. He explained the idea behind each dish and what is it so special about it. Last but not least, if you appreciate Italian cuisine and love truffles, then you should definitely visit this amazing restaurant.

  • Location – Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm
  • Cuisine – Italian
  • Food quality -excellent, made with real Italian ingredients and carefully selected
  • Food Presentation – everything looks delicious
  • Service – good but use to be better
  • Ambiance – relaxing and elegant
  • Parking – free valet
  • Price -$$$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

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Fish Beach Taverna at Le Meridien Resort

Fish Beach Taverna is the perfect place for those who like to have a relaxing dinner by the beach. The restaurant is located in a 5-star hotel, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. Interior is done in Mediterranean style with lots of simple elements, it reminded me of a typical Greek village. Also, the sea surrounding creates a vocational touch to it. All dishes I tried, were super delicious and felt it was done with love. I got so cozy there, almost like I came for vacation to my grandmother. Do not dress to empress, if you are planning to visit Fish Beach Taverna. You would feel very comfy and appropriate wearing a simple outfit, like linen dress with flats or wedges. In this charming restaurant, you can be yourself and just enjoy your time and food.

  • Location – Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & MarinaDubai
  • Cuisine – Meddeteranian, mainly seafood
  • Food quality – excellent, everything was fresh and done in a good way
  • Food Presentation – simple with a home touch
  • Welcome – nice, general greetings
  • Service – great service and caring personnel
  • Ambiance – cozy and relaxing
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

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