WHERE TO EAT
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 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.
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.