Intizar – International City

Intizar is a Chinese restaurant in International City that specialises in the cuisine of the Xinjiang province, an autonomous territory in northwest China and home to many ethnic minority groups, including the Turkic Uyghur people. Calling this restaurant Chinese is correct but misleading because there is no chicken chow mein served here, no kung pao … Continue reading Intizar – International City

Al Leekh – Qusais

Same name, same location but new owners, new interior, new menu and, as a consequence, a new lease of life – Al Leekh (which means fishing net in Arabic) is the closest thing to a South Iranian Khodemooni restaurant with something very unique to offer – seafood. New owners, kabab masters @al.fareejrestaurants, have spruced the … Continue reading Al Leekh – Qusais

Sucre – DIFC

The business lunch at Sucre DIFC promises much, not least some Latino flair, but also meats cooked the Argentine way (indirectly) on a ‘parilla’ (grill). I was instantly in love and at home with Sucre’s interior – rustic, earthy, chic-casual and very, very unpretentious…a breath of fresh air in super stuck up DIFC. Enhancing the … Continue reading Sucre – DIFC

TakaHisa – Bluewater Island

TakaHisa is a newly opened, super-premium Japanese restaurant at Caesar’s Palace Bluewater. At the heart of the restaurant are two separate Sushi and Kobe beef Omakase counters, manned by Sushi master, Chef Takashi Namekata (Tomo) and Wagyu master, Chef Hisao Ueda (Kohantei) respectively. The restaurant’s website proudly proclaims that it “offers premium seafood coming from … Continue reading TakaHisa – Bluewater Island

Barbar – Barsha

The food at Barbar was so tasteless I thought I had Covid. Could this really be the same restaurant so many of my friends have been raving about? The same Barbar which is considered a “household name in Lebanon”? I actually sent back my mixed shawarma platter because, in addition to being tasteless, it was … Continue reading Barbar – Barsha

Tendain – Nad Al Shiba

Tendain is a homegrown burger (concept and) restaurant which has already built up quite a hardcore following, especially within the local community. Located somewhat off the beaten track in Nad Al Sheba (that’s next door to Meydan), its interior couldn’t be more different to its obscure location – it’s an exercise in grey urban minimalism … Continue reading Tendain – Nad Al Shiba