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HI Weekly - - FASHION - Gos­sip, Box Park +971 4343 0181 Aubaine, The Dubai Mall +971 4501 6970 Graze, La Ville Ho­tel, City Walk +971 5430 95948 Farzi Cafe, City Walk +971 4394 2556

Gos­sip Cafe and Desserts

I dis­cov­ered this gem of a place dur­ing my last visit to Dubai and from that mo­ment a trip to Dubai is not com­plete with­out a stop at Gos­sip Cafe and Desserts; the place that of­fers some real sweet treats and savoury bites. Dur­ing my visit, I tried wild mush­room cap­puc­cino soup; a creamy porcini soup driz­zled with white truf­fle oil. Not a hard­core fan of soupy treats but this tasted amaz­ing. I also tried Gos­sip Uzoi Lamb, ten­der and flavour­ful shred­ded baby lamb, mar­i­nated in a bunch of tra­di­tional Ara­bic spices, bed­ded on Emi­rati-style fra­grant rice, and topped with chick­peas and cauliflowers. I fell for the flavours.

Now, let’s talk about the stars of the show, the milk cakes. At Gos­sip, they are known for mak­ing de­li­cious milk cakes with a va­ri­ety of flavours. I tried the plain cake, as well as the saf­fron, rose, and pis­ta­chio flavours. The cakes were a de­light, from the tex­ture to the colours to the ac­tual taste. I asked the waiter about it. Ap­par­ently it’s a tra­di­tional take on a lo­cal favourite, but with a unique Gos­sip touch. I could eat this day and night, to­tally worth a visit.

Aubaine

Aubaine is an el­e­gant Lon­don-born restau­rant and boulan­gerie that serves French good­ness that will en­ter­tain your taste buds. The place has a ca­sual-yet-royal feel to it, prob­a­bly from its vin­tage in­te­rior that adds an in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter. The place is known for hand­craft­ing their patis­series and au­then­tic dishes. I was in­tro­duced to this place by a friend who’s a big fan of French cui­sine who said to me that Aubaine is one of the pop­u­lar din­ers in Dubai. I de­cided to pay a visit and see what the hype is all about. I was in for a treat. Ev­ery­thing that the chef pre­pared was per­fect. For starters I had bur­rata, an Ital­ian cheese, cov­ered in a moz­zarella shell with a soft in­side that mixes cream and cheese, served with cherry toma­toes and slices of peaches, and driz­zled with av­o­cado oil. This was the pin­na­cle of cheesy starters, one of the best I’ve had in a long time. For the main I dived deep into lob­ster spaghetti, a pasta dish served in de­lec­ta­ble creamy lob­ster bisque, with chunks of lob­ster, roasted cherry toma­toes, and a bunch of basil cress. The dish had a per­fect oceanic taste min­gled well with the pasta. The por­tion was huge, still I man­aged to clear the plate and lick off the yummy sauce.

For desserts I had Mille-feuille, (known as Napoleon dessert in English), a tra­di­tional French pas­try that con­sists of three lay­ers of puff pas­try and in be­tween those lay­ers, two lay­ers of pas­try cream, topped with a dust of su­gar. The chef promised a grand dessert, and he de­liv­ered that and more. It was crunchy, creamy, and just per­fect. Do not leave the diner with­out giv­ing this good­ness a try. Aubaine branches at City Walk and The Dubai Mall are the only in­ter­na­tional fran­chises out­side of the UK. Tast­ing Paris on your lips has never been this close.

Graze Gastro Grill

This is a great place for just-grilled lovers, as the place serves a va­ri­ety of steaks and seafood grills. Apart from its trendy, raw, and vis­ually strik­ing in­te­ri­ors, the place has art on its ceil­ing and it’s min­i­mally lit with con­tem­po­rary lamps, giv­ing you a lowkey, cozy spot for savour­ing your smoky dishes. And, its mas­sive win­dows of­fer a peak into the street of City Walk, where you’d get to truly ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of peo­ple watch­ing.

The ser­vice is top-notch and the food is to die for. I de­voured a rare-grilled striplion served with pep­per sauce and mash potatoes. The steak was great and grilled as re­quested, but the rock­star here was the mash potatoes; the creamy side dish was with­out a doubt one of the best I’ve had. For desserts, I had cho­co­late mud cake filled with pop­corn ice cream, and show­ered with hot cho­co­late. Ku­dos to the chefs; the pre­sen­ta­tion was bril­liant, so was the taste.

Farzi Café

When it comes to in­te­rior, am­biance, and pre­sen­ta­tion, Farzi Café is a win­ner. I had a quick lunch with friends at this Indian gourmet diner that cel­e­brates fu­sion cre­ations in­spired by the Indian cul­ture. The in­te­rior at this place is stun­ning and full of gold pal­ette that adds a bit of luxe to the over­all din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. My visit hap­pened at a busy lunch hour but still I was im­pressed by the at­ten­tive wait­ers who were scat­tered around the diner, ready to serve you.

The menu is ex­ten­sive with a bunch of Indian del­i­ca­cies and global fu­sion food. I or­dered a seabass risotto, which had a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of oceanic flavour and creamy cheese. The dish was pre­sented on a tra­di­tional look­ing bas­ket that looked uber-cool, and the por­tion was fine, too. To quench my thirst I had an iced Earl Grey tea. All your Indian favourites can be found at this place, and be­lieve me when I say that it’s worth ev­ery penny.

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