Royal Bruch at Thiptara in The Palace Downtown, Dubai

If you want to try finest Thai cuisine in Dubai, then Thiptara is the best place to go.  This restaurant is winning all possible awards since its opening and there are strong reasons for such a sustainable success. In Thiptara, the food is a piece of art, and the delicious taste – its soul. The splash of colors, vibrant taste and the coziness of the restaurant makes it so special and unique. Definitely, a Must Visit if you live or visiting Dubai. This time, I wanted to experience Friday brunch at Thiptara with my family.

Place & Specialty

Thiptara is located in Downtown Dubai in a 5-star hotel, Palace Downtown. Once you enter you will see a beautiful lobby and a gorgeous privet garden. The restaurant is done in a modern style with some Thai details. The whole experience getting even better once you realize that you are in the middle of the world-famous dancing fountain, plus you get the best view on Burj Khalifa and calming fire around. Super romantic during the evening and great for family lunch during the day.

Food

Thiptara brunch is based on a sharing concept with the set menu where you can reorder as many dishes as you like. So no need to fight if you like something so much. However, there are two options for the set menu, with or without alcohol. If you got with alcohol, you can enjoy unlimited wine, beer, and cocktails. For a nonalcohol set, there are wonderful Thai ice-teas and delicious mocktails. The food experience was unbelievably good, the best Asian delicacies that you can find in Dubai. My parents tried Thai cuisine for the first time and they absolutely loved it. No doubts they would love to come back to Thiptara again during their next travel.

I absolutely recommend trying brunch at Thiptara with your family to get unforgettable and beautiful experience. Or it is also a wonderful place for a special occasion with your beloved one. Let me know about your experience at Thiptara, would love to know what was your favorite dish there. Please, feel free to leave comments below.

  • Location – The Palace Downtown, Dubai
  • Cuisine – Thai
  • Food quality – extraordinary
  • Food Presentation – amazing
  • Service – excellent
  • Ambiance – relaxing with a beautiful view at the fountain
  • Parking – free valet at the hotel
  • Price – $$$$
  • Overall Experience – great and very special

For booking press here http://www.addresshotels.com/en/offers/hotels/palace-downtown/dining/taste-of-thai-thiptara-lunch

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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.

 

Asado at The Palace Downtown​, Dubai

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Asado is Argentinian restaurant located in the heart of Dubai and specializes in top quality meat. In fact, it is one of the best places to get a great steak. I have been there three times and always my experiences were wonderful. I tried there almost everything grilled seafood platter, grilled meat platter, and different starters. Asado has a great variety of dishes on the menu, so you will definitely find your favorite one. However, if you are planning to visit this place, I would personally recommend ordering grilled meat platter to share. It is my favorite there which comes with a mix of the best meat such as rib eye, goat, chicken, and many others. Extremely delicious, plus they put it on top of the hot coals so it stays warm for a long time. Last time, me and my friend got so full and honestly, couldn’t finish it all. Besides amazing food, they do excellent cocktails at Asado. I tried a couple of them, it was just perfect with the food and lovely Dubai weather. Last but not least, when you sit on the terrace you can see a beautiful fountain and Burj Khalifa right in front of you. Spectacular experience to have it.

  • Location – Asado, The Palace Downtown, Dubai
  • Cuisine – Argentinian
  • Food quality – excellent
  • Food Presentation – great
  • Service – excellent
  • Ambiance – very cozy inside and beautiful terrace
  • Parking – free valet parking at Palace hotel
  • Price – $$$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

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Jazz Night at Bagatelle Dubai

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One of my favorite places in Dubai for great food and night out is Bagatelle. It is located in the beginning of Shaikh Zaid Road, Fairmont Hotel. I have been there so many times and always happy to come back. The concept of the place is to have nice dinner and then party with great DJ set. Since people in Dubai prefer such nights on Thursdays and Fridays, a month ago, Bagatelle launched a new program Jazz Night for Saturdays. Perfect option for those who want to relax and rest before going to work the next morning.

For me, it was the first Jazz Night ever and I had absolutely awesome time. Music was amazing, some song were chilled, some were more dancy but all were really great. I must say, the singer and the whole band does a great job in playing Jazz. Besides as usually, the food in Bagatelle was outstanding. My favorite is the truffle pizza and basically everything else they serve. Really the food is so great and delicious. So I definitely recommend trying Jazz evening at Bagatelle. Just make sure you reserve a table in advance. One more tip, come after nine as the program starts from 9 pm. In fact, the best timing for this restourant is from 22:00-00:00 on Thursday, Friday and even Saturday. I promise you will have a great evening there.

  • Location – Bagatelle Dubai, Fairmont Sheikh Zaid Rd.
  • Cuisine – French
  • Food quality – more than excellent
  • Food Presentation – amazing
  • Service – great, always very helpful and polite
  • Ambiance – very nice
  • Parking – free valet hotel parking
  • Price – $$$$
  • Overall 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 – ★★★★★

Thai in Dubai, Spice Emporium Restaurant

Last time traveling to Dubai, I tried newly opened Thai restaurant Spice Emporium which is located at Westin Hotel. It was such a lovely experience of Asian cuisine which I would like to share with my readers. If you never tasted Thai cuisine, Spice Emporium offers set menu where you can try a little bit of everything. On Wednesdays, they have a great offer evening branch at 179 AED. In this set, you can choose as many starters, main dishes, and grills as you want. Also, it includes soft beverages and dessert. So me and my friend had a Thai food festival after which we could bearly walk. The food was yummy but oily, would suit for those who doesn’t count calories and not on a diet. Nevertheless, I loved fried noodles with seafood and my friend was amazed by curry with rice. She told me it is one of the best she tried in Dubai.

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Moreover, during this bruch, there was beautiful shows of Thai dance every half an hour. Amazing how those ladies can twist their fingers and push it backwords. I had truly nice time and a great experience. Spice Emporium is a lovely place to have nice family dinner with cozy and easy going atmosphere. Last but not least, the level of spiciness can be adjusted to your personal preferences.

Location – Spice Emporium at Westin Mina Seyahi
Cuisine – Thai
Food quality – tasty but not very healthy
Food Presentation – simple without any particular decorations
Service – excellent, very friendly staff
Ambiance – nice and simple with Thai elements in decor
Parking – yes, valet in the hotel lobby
Price – from 179 AED ($49)
Overall Experience – ★★★★☆

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FUME Restaurant, Dubai

 

img_8021FUME is one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai. There you can find plenty of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For any taste and diet there is a solution, plus the chef can tailor some of the dishes to your taste. I have been in FUME for around 6 times, two in the downtown branch and four in Pier 7, Dubai Marina. It is not a Michelin starred food experience, rather a great place to gather with friends. My favorite menu there is for breakfast as it offers great healthy choices. However, I know many people love to come there after work to get a glass of wine or beer. For a lunch, I personally have a mixed feeling about the food. Some dishes I like and some I wouldn’t order it again. But in general, I am super picky with the food and also, my Russian origin can play some role in my food preferences.

Regarding the service, I also have a comment. One time in FUME Pier 7 I was treated rather rude than polite by some British lady when I wanted to sit at a specific table. The restaurant was almost empty and she was trying to give the worst table ever. Maybe that lady just had a bad day, after all we all have such days but with such experience, I didn’t want to go there for many months. So I hope it was an exception rather than their daily way of dealing with customers.  Of course, if you come as a press you will be treated excellent everywhere, that is why I like to come as a simple customer to see a true quality of food and service.

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Moving on, the interior there is quite nice and different. The place has many modern details, true character and lots of day light. Aw… almost forgot to mention about gorgeous view of the yacht bay and lovely water channel. In conclusion, FUME restaurant is a great simple place to come with a big group of friends and have some fun. If you tried this restaurant already, let me know about your experiences, I would love to know your opinion about it.

  • Location – Fume Pier 7 & Downtown Dubai
  • Cuisine – British
  • Food quality – great for breakfast and snacks, the rest was nothing special
  • Food Presentation – simple food with little decorations
  • Service – average, sometimes excellent sometimes rude
  • Ambiance – nice and cozy place
  • Parking – very convenient and easy
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★☆

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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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Couqley French Bistro with a Twist

Recently I tried a very nice French bistro, Couqley and would like to share my experience with you. The restaurant located in JLT at Movenpick hotel. It is an amazing place to come with a group of friends and have a fun evening. I went there during the day in order to take nice photos but I felt like it more of an evening place. The interior had nice French details although at the first sight I felt the design is similar to a typical British restaurant. The food there was great, I tried a couple starters,  main course, and dessert. My favorite dishes were Poêlée de Champignons for a starter and Sea Bass with gilled eggplants on a side as main course. The portions are quite big, you can get full with one course. For the dessert, their specialty is Pain Perdu (almost like a french toast). However, I was so full and just took crème brule and my friend took tart of the day, it was with strawberries. Both were delicious. The crème brule was a great choice as it was very light after a big meal. Last but not least, for me, it is one of the best french restaurants in town so I definitely recomend to try it. Below you can see all photos from my lunch at Couqley French Bistro.

  • Location – JLT, Mövenpick Hotel
  • Cuisine – French Bistro
  • Food quality – excellent, fresh and delicious
  • Food Presentation –  very nice, simple and appealing
  • Service – excellent, all staff trained well and the manager is super friendly
  • Ambiance – cozy with French touches, nice for socializing
  • Parking – 30 AED at Mövenpick or you can find free parking near the building
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

 

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Segreto, Delicious​ Italian Getaway in Dubai

If you are looking for Italian fine dining in Dubai, then you should definitely try Segreto restaurant. The ambiance there so relaxing and chic. Ideal place to take your Louboutins for a walk. Also, the food at Segreto is really an experience, each dish prepared in a very exclusive way with a wonderful presentation.  I went there with a friend of mine and for starters, we ordered grilled octopus and seafood soup. I loved both of them so writing now about those dishes makes me hungry. Then for main courses, we got pasta with cod fish and black bream, delicious as well. For dessert without hesitation, I took my favorite tiramisu. Maybe I should have tried something else but it is really my favorite one. Me and my friend enjoyed our evening so much that we forgot rush and stress of the city.  Moreover, there is a lounge upstairs which is perfect for drinks after the food. The view and ambiance there are just fantastic. Espessially with the weather now, you will enjoy it a lot.  Last but not least, the restaurant is located in the heart of Jumeirah resorts, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The place is surrounded by water channels so you will feel yourself almost like in Venice. This was my experience so if you already been in Segreto, let me know about yours and what was your favorite dish. If you never been there, you should definitely put it in your “where to dine” list.

Location – Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Cuisine – Italian, Venetian
Food quality – top quality, very fresh and exclusive
Food Presentation – beautiful and very artistic
Service – excellent, very nice personnel
Ambiance – very relaxing and elegant
Parking – inside the souk, free for 2 hours, next hour 10 AED
Price – $$$$ (fine dining prices)
Overall Experience – ★★★★★
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Senara Grilled Seafood on the Island

Last week I discovered a wonderful restaurant Senara which is located in the Yacht Bay on Palm Jumeirah. Great place to have dinner with a group of friends or a date with a beloved one. The menu mainly contains seafood choices so it is a perfect place for me. In fact, this my favorite type of food. For a starter, I tried shrimps avocado salad, lobster roll, and smoked salmon. For the main course, I ordered seafood platter to share with half lobster, oysters, shrimps and grilled veggies on a side. All these dishes were super delicious and grilled in a perfect way. After the food, I also took a coffee with two desserts, one sticky pudding, and the other banoffee. The photos of each dish you can see below. I definitely recommend trying this amazing place, especially if you like grilled seafood. Personally, I think the location and food there are just fantastic.

  • Location – Palm Jumeirah, Palm Views West (free convenient parking)
  • Cuisine – Seafood
  • Food quality – everything I tried was extra fresh and grilled in an excellent way
  • Food Presentation – very nice with a lot of charm
  • Welcome – general greetings, bread basket
  • Service – excellent
  • Ambiance – super cozy with modern interior
  • Price – $$$$ (almost like any fine dining restaurant), our bill was 750 AED
  • 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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Busaba Eathai in Dubai

Busaba Eathai is a famous restaurant in London which was recently opened in Dubai. They serve Thai cuisine with traditional and contemporary dishes. I was invited there for a long dinner and food review with around 25 of other bloggers. It was a first time for me to come across this place and quite fun to get to know new people. Employees at Busaba Eathai prepared for us set up menu, as well as before our meal they also asked about our food preferences. For example, some people were vegetarians, some didn’t tolerate spicy food and some preferred extra spicy. So they took care of each and every.

I liked that our meal was done with high-quality ingredients, and was slightly spicy (with a touch of chilly). I don’t tolerate very spicy food so the level they prepared was just perfect. Also, Busaba Eathai has very nice ambience like candles everywhere, relaxing music and a lovely smell of Thai oils. Plus, the interior is great with high-end wooden tables and luxurious minimalistic touch.

In general, I like Asian cuisine and after Busaba Eathai experience I like it even more. They had absolutely great food. All seafood dishes tasted delicious, all meat was done excellent and other feasts were just amazing. After the dinner, I wasn’t even sure what was my favorite because I truly liked everything. I tried a couple of Thai restaurants in Dubai before and in my opinion, Busaba Eathai is one of the best. Last but not least, if you decide to try it, there are free underground parking for 3 hours right next to the restaurant.

  • Location – The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
  • Cuisine – Thai
  • Food quality – excellent, very fresh and exclusive
  • Food Presentation – everything looked great and yummy
  • Welcome – very friendly personnel
  • Service –  super nice, fast plus they remember each person preferences
  • Ambience – love their interior, relaxing place
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

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