Showing posts with label Filipino Restaurants in Dubai. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Filipino Restaurants in Dubai. Show all posts

Pancake House Dubai

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The weekend before my impromptu Armenia trip with Ferald, we took the kids for a nice breakfast at Pancake House. It was Friday morning so I didn't expect the restaurant to be crowded. Turns out, they're busy, which tells me they have good food worth waking up for (if not, fast and free wifi, jk) Or maybe both.

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Max's Restaurant Seafood Specials

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It would be shellfish of me if you won't see this!

Max's restaurant is once again stepping up their game, adding irresistible seafood dishes to their menu along with the classics.

These ones are our favorites from childhood cooked by our moms or dads, now made gourmet by Max's talented chefs to suit the highly competitive dining scene in Dubai.


We know for a fact that Filipino food has always been conceived as exotic which is a big, big misconception. Just like our neighboring Asian country's food, many of our dishes are fresh, carefully prepared, delicious and nutritious regardless of what province it originated.

It's high time for Filipino food to be recognized as one of the best in the world!

If you want to try good Filipino food in Dubai, don't forget to include Max's Restaurant on your list.


Max's New Seafood Specials

Starting off with their Sugpo (Tiger Prawns) wok-fried in sweet chili, garlic and oyster sauce. It is definitely a must try. Succulent, juicy and the sauce is to die for but be ready, your hands will get sticky and saucy but finger licking good.


If you aren't comfortable using your hands peeling the prawns, they have another dish with the prawns shelled and deveined, ask for prawn in aligue sauce which is just as good.

The Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid) stuffed with chopped prawn, onions, the tomato was cooked perfectly, not rubbery nor undercooked, served with spicy soy and lemon dipping sauce. I got to learn how to do those perfect slits on the squid, it just makes this dish look more appetizing. Plating squid can be tricky.

This one looks gorgeous!


It was delicious and I can't keep myself from reaching out for a second and third serving.

The Alimasag (Pepper Crab) tossed in black pepper sauce was left out at dinner not because it wasn't tasty but because to eat it is painstaking even with a crab cracker. I also need an apron to eat it so I don't mess up with my top. :D


Lapu-Lapu (Deep-Fried Hammour) the nights light and healthy option. The fish was moist and flaky however the batter was no longer crunchy when it was served. The sauce consistency was good, it is sweet and sour made fresh by the mango, pineapple, and capsicum.


The Tahong (Sauteed Mussels) is a revelation to me. I never knew I can eat and like mussels this much. I don't really eat mussels a lot but I tried this tahong dish and surprisingly, I loved it. I love the broth too, it has that familiar mild spicy ginger taste that's so comforting.


That's quite a seafood overload! Have you tried Max's Seafood Specials?

Then there's the Max's Classics

Beef Bulalo 

The Beef shank is simmered until fork tender, cabbage, bok choy, corn, spring onions added and kept to boil to render that wonderful broth.


Kare- Kare (Ox tail in peanut sauce made thick using galapong (rice powder) with blanched string beans, aubergine, and bok choy)


Max's Signature Whole Fried Chicken with sweet potato fries on the side


Sizzling Tofu

A humble and yet healthy dish made outrageously delicious by Max's.


All this washed down with a refreshing Kalamsi juice (Kalamansi is ubiquitous in the Philippines like it's lemon counterpart, a part of the citrus family)

Dessert Sampler (buko pandan, leche flan, ube pannacotta and the brownie topped with vanilla ice cream). Such a wonderful way to end our dinner! This one is always a winner for me with the ube pannacotta as my favorite.


Of course, nothing beats sharing delicious food with special friends and we are growing.

Dubai Filipino Bloggers with friends and family
Ion of boydubai.com, Sheila of abandme.com, Dennen of janesarabia.com, Lady of ladyandhersweetescapes.com, Pam of glimpsesofpam.blogspot.com, Tintin of tincura.com, Fill of etc.soundsfunny.ws, Mau of blesseddaysindubai.com, Joy of thethifttrip.com, Arena of arencejean.com
Thanks to Ion Gonzaga for organizing this blogger meet up and to Sir Art Los Banos for inviting us. It was lovely meeting Ms. Rachel Salinel of The Filipino Channel (fangirling here :)). Of course to Max's Restaurant, sarap nyo talaga kapiling!

Tito Art, Pam of Glimpses of Pam, Ms. Rachel, and MM of MMinDubai
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Bodega: Your Filipino Street Style Eatery in Dubai

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Sometimes, a wrong turn can bring you to the right place.

When we couldn't get a table one humid night at Carinderia ni Tandang Sora in Deira sometime ago for dinner, we had no choice but to move on to the next restaurant nearby because the kids were hungry.

But you know what; we never really regret it because we discovered this dope place that every Dubai resident is talking about.

We found Bodega Street Food.


Have you tried? How was it?
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Carinderia ni Tandang Sora Now in Karama Dubai

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There are many new Filipino restaurants now in Dubai with brands originating from the Philippines and there are many are others that are home grown too, owned by Pinoys working and living in Dubai for many years who have the guts to venture into food business. One of it is the humble eatery named after a Filipina revolutionary Mechora Aquino also know as Tandang Sora (Elder Sora) hence the name of the eatery Carinderia ni Tandang Sora.


A little info about Tandang Sora: In her native town, Tandang Sora operated a store which became a refuge for the sick and wounded revolutionaries. She fed, gave medical attention to and encouraged the revolutionaries with motherly advice and prayers. Secret meetings of the Katipuneros (revolutionaries) were also held at her house. Thus she earned the names "Woman of Revolution", "Mother of Balintawak", "Mother of the Philippine Revolution", and Tandang Sora (Tandang is derived from the Tagalog word matandΓ’, which means old).

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Max's Fried Chicken "Sarap Kapiling"

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It is one of those restaurants in Dubai that can help you cope up with your life as a Pinoy expatriate in the UAE, food wise, believe me. Whenever we crave for authentic Pinoy food, we run to Max's.

Sarap Kapiling eh!!!

Max's Fried Chicken became famous because of its signature fried chicken, created initially for the GI's by the owner and founders niece, now the best comfort food that all Filipinos love and grew up with. Without a doubt Max's Fried Chicken is also very popular because they are one of the restaurants  in the Philippines that serve the tastiest and most delicious Filipino food, now also serving in Dubai and Sharjah.

News Flash!!! On Monday, 13th April 2015 is the Grand opening of their Al Ain Branch.

We usually frequent their Sharjah branch but this time we went to dine at their Bur Dubai branch, near Bur Juman Center just next to Spinneys. As always, they are busy but despite that, we have always been well assisted by the staff. We were ushered to our table, the one at the corner tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

We ordered our all time favorites and tried some of the new addition to the menu.


While we were waiting for our food, drinks arrived and they are purple, white and brown. Exotic milk shakes we didn't expect to find, not new but something different, usually served as desserts now a drink. Ube macapuno (purple yam and young coconut) and buko pandan (young coconut and pandan flavored gelo) milk shakes. Yumminess overload!!!


Then the food parade started...

My vote is divided between the Beef Sisig and the Prawn Gambas con Aligue but it's going to be unfair to choose one because both dish are remarkable. The beef sisig reminded me of Aling Lucing's sisig and its really good I had to ask for extra rice to enjoy this seafood dish a little bit more. (Aling Lucing or Lucia Cunanan from Angeles Pampanga is the woman who invented variants of sisig that soon became nationally famous, she is dubbed as the "Sisig Queen" thus making her city Angeles the Sisig Capital of the Philippines) The Prawn Gambas con Aligue is so good I had to recreate it at home (for the love of prawns).

Juicy succulent Prawn Gambas con Aligue (aligue is the crabs eggs and fat that line its shell)
Maxs nailed it with their new Beef Sisig

Of course a meal at Max's is never complete without the chicken that built and made this restaurant famous for, lo and behold, Max's fried chicken served with sweet potato fries on the side. Crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.You can order half or full or a meal.


Another new on the menu is the Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon or Salmon head in tamarind based broth loaded with asian vegetables served on a clay pot (just the way we like it). My son Prince couldn't get enough of the sour soup while I devour the soft savory fish and crisp veggies.


We also had spicy fried rice and crab meat fried rice (all time favs) to go with our viands.


I must say that Max's beef sisig is by far the best beef sisig we have ever tasted in Dubai. I am actually craving for it while writing this.


We came to the end of our meal but still high with excitement because we knew what's coming. Max's dessert sample it our favorite. You get all four desserts in one plate.

gooey brownie topped with vanilla ice cream / silky smooth leche flan (creme caramel) / creamy buko pandan / melt in your mouth ube panna cotta

served with a hot cup of coffee with a bonus of a caramel square. It is simply the best way to end our dinner.


Sometimes somethings so good you cannot get enough of them, no worries because Max's have a corner for baked goodies you can order a take-away. My recommendation, try ube macapuno swiss roll.


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Pinoy Themed Restaurants Making Waves in Dubai

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This next feature is about two hip, trendy and innovative restaurants that are currently making waves in the Filipino community in Dubai. We tried and tested their toothsome recipes and did not fall short of our expectations.

The first one specializes in seafood served in galvanized buckets lined with wax paper. Here you can chose your seafood (fish, clams, crab, calamari, lobster) and the sauces. You can also have it mild, hot or fiery. The place is hip, trendy and not hard on your pockets, it's called Seafood in a Bucket.

The new place has more spacious dining area and has a light and airy atmosphere. We needed to wait in line to get a table, they are very busy especially at dinner time and on weekends. They are serving breakfast now but that we still have to try.


Here they provide you with plastic apron and gloves to wear to keep your hands from getting too sticky and shirt getting stained but mind you no forks and knives needed no plates either. How do you eat then? All you need is your bare hands, yourself minus your inhibition and a big appetite for a good meal. Be ready to get dirty literally.



calamari, tilapia and prawn in buckets of course

Our order consisted of unli-rice (unlimited supply of steamed rice), calamari in sweet chili sauce, tilapia with pepper sauce and prawn in sweet chili sauce. Drinks were cucumber and apple, and watermelon.

This was Ferald and the kids first time here. Seafood in a Bucket got my family's vote of goodness which only means that this ain't going to be the last time dining in this joint and the next visit would most probably be for breakfast.

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It wasn't planned, it just happened and it ended up in a fight.

We went to the beach on the first day of Eid Al Adha. The weather was good so we headed down to...

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After the much needed vit. D and salt water...I mean dip, I wanted to take the family for breakfast at the Arabian Tea House, they have good breakfast over there but then my daughter realizes that we are driving along Jumeirah road and suddenly suggested that we visit...

The Dubai Zoo

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That's what happened when you have kids raised in the Emirate, they exactly know the places where to go. I said yes of course, it was a day for the kids to enjoy.

Breakfast became a quick trip to the nearest fast food we could find before driving back to the zoo. Spent an hour or so watching, observing and photographing animals before we head home to rest for a while and change outfits.

We declared it a free day so we can go anywhere we like. Ras Al Khaima was part of the plan, yes a long drive on a whim but an impulse to get lunch was even stronger. There came in the idea of a boodle fight and we found ourselves on this table at Asian Flavors Restaurant in Al Qusais between Beirut and Damascus Street by lunch time.


Boodle fight is a Philippine military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat". With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position.Urban Dictionary.

It is now being adopted as another way of dining among Filipinos because it is fun and it symbolizes unity among friends, family and community, no inhibitions, no reservations. Asian Flavors took this idea to another level by serving it in their restaurant and since then, they've been flocked by Pinoys here in Dubai. 


Here is what we have tried

Masskara Festival Boodle Feast. It has garlic and plain rice, prawn, noodles, crispy tofu, salted eggs with tomatoes, chicken inasal, grilled milk fish, fresh green salad and grilled eggplant salad. all for AED 199 or $ 54, this meal is good for 3-4 people or more depending on your appetite.


There are other boodle fight sets inspired by the different festivities in the Philippines like Lab-As Seafood Festival, Buglasan Festival, and Tanjay Fiesta. They also have Indo-Chinese Feast, Mumbai Festival and Taj Festival and lastly a Birthday Boodle all prices at AED199 only.

Everything on this set was cooked just right, the way it should be  and good enough for me and the family with a promise to come back. The only question on our mind was from where do they get the banana leaves and how do they replenish the stock? Can someone enlighten me.

If you would like to try it, be sure to call to book a table. They are very busy and it waiting time can be up to an hour.

Have you been to Asian Flavors and dine this way? Share us your experience below.
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Finger Lickin' at Seafood in a Bucket

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In a rush to fill our tummy after a long day of hopping from one government office to another, I ask my colleague if he would like to try a seafood restaurant which I recently discovered, a Filipino owned and managed seafood restaurant called Seafood in a Bucket - a unique and new concept in Dubai offering it's Filipino patrons tasty and delectable seafood dishes that is easy on the budget.

It opened about six months ago in Al Attar Business Center building just next to Karama metro station. It was a hit and due to high demand, it is opening its second branch soon in Ansar Gallery building opposite Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We were told that we have been lucky to easily get a table because normally people would queue for long hours outside just to get one. It was almost three in the afternoon and seats were available when we arrived, but just after we were seated and gave our orders, the place was again packed.


I was quick to give our order choosing from the menu with 8 easy steps and food arrived in less than 10 minutes. I was told that it will take about 15 to 20 minutes but food was on our table in a flash thank goodness coz we were really starving.


The tables are lined with butter paper ready for a boodle fight, there are readily available plastic bibs and gloves on the table for the diner to wear.

Boodle fight is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat". With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position 

We started our meal with some freshly cook crackers in a bucket


But it did not take long for us to charge on the mains, we ordered prawns in BBQ sauce and crispy fried tilapia fillets with garlic-butter sauce, onion rings on the side and steamed rice is unlimited.


Our coolers came in huge jars, these are watermelon and green apple mojito.


Seafood in a bucket was a good option for lunch for the two hungry field workers that day and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend the place if you are on the hunt for good Filipino seafood restaurant in Dubai.

You can visit their facebook page for more info.

Until our next food adventures

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Dinner Buffet at Lamesa Restaurant

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Lamesa restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in Dubai now among our Filipino compatriots for celebrating special occasions or hanging out with friends over dinner. Located at the 5th floor of Asiana Hotel in Deira, it is spacious with many tables although it tends to be over crowded as told by one of my friend who celebrated her birthday over there. We had dinner there on a Friday so it is expected to be full Dinner service starts at 6 pm and lasts till 10:30 pm and it is best if you come early. The place was well lit and AC was working just fine even it’s full of diners.

The table given to us was under the AC vent and it was too cold to the point that it wasn’t comfortable to eat because we are cold and the food on our plate easily gets cold. We requested them to move us to the next available table and our request was granted promptly with the help of the kind wait staff assisting us.
We started our dinner with crab and corn soup, it wasn’t hot enough to calm our growling tummies. We quickly drank our soup and started helping ourselves with the food on the spread

My first plate had some pad thai noodles, pancit canton, three pieces of vegetable maki and siomai dumplings, there are no sushis and sashimis to go with it and I didn’t touch the salads, I wanted to come back for the macaroni salad but already forgot about it. They also have pizzas in this selection if you fancy some cheese.

My second plate includes chef’s special fried rice, fried fish fillet, mixed seafood and kare-kare with bagoong. The main dish also had plain steamed rice, kungpao chicken and grilled chicken.
The pork station is my best bet, they got sisig, lechon kawali, crispy pata, boiled pork that looks like sliced lechon, menudo and spare ribs adobo, all mouth watering; all you need is a bottle of beer. Yes they do serve alcohol since the restaurant is in a hotel and hotels are allowed to serve alcohol here in UAE except of course during Ramadan. If not with our kids, hubby and I would have ordered a bottle for each.


You see my plate of pulutan, I mean pork dishes, I didn't eat it with rice as I like it that way with loads of pickled cucumber.

Since Lamesa is a Filipino restaurant; they have buko pandan for dessert and what's unique is their a create-your-own halo-halo station. Apart from that tropical fresh fruits are available and different variations of cheese cakes and brownies.


They have an ample selection of drinks - hot and cold, juices, sodas, beer, whines, etc.

At 89 AED / person without drinks it’s not that bad because of the wide variety of dishes available. They also have Friday brunch for AED 79 and weekday daily lunch of AED 49.

Our total bill was AED 392 for three adults and two kids but Prince eats for free because he is just 3. :)

For reservations call 04238 7777

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Max's Restaurant Sharjah

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Max's is a family business dating back to 1945.After almost 70 years, from a single restaurant it now boast more than a hundred branches all over the Philippines and still expanding. Expansion reached the UAE with two branches, one in Karama and Sharjah City Center.



We entered the restaurant already starving; it was I guess after 10 pm, we had a very late dinner last night. We went grocery shopping first before deciding where to eat. 

You know you really cannot confuse a good Filipino restaurant because it gives you the feeling of nostalgia, it is something that you know by your heart and it always makes you feel home. Max's was like a time machine and it transports us to home. This was the first time we are dining in here after it opened its branches in the UAE. 

The restaurant is no longer crowded like the earlier time when we pass by it, did I say we are eating xx minutes past ten? So we were ushered to our table, there were only few tables occupied by diners so we almost have the whole restaurant to ourselves.

The menu consists of all time favorites from kare-kare to pancit to sago't gulaman for drinks. My sister-in-law attest by the taste of the crab fried rice so we were enticed to order three plates not knowing that one plate is good for two to share and it is so good that we finished it all up.


We also had fiesta plate for ate and Max's tapa for Mica. The only disappointing piece on my sister's plate was the lumpiang sariwa because it looks so good, big, and fresh on the photo but it lacks this quality once served, it looks more like unfried spring roll to me.


While Mica was without complain about her food. It came as a surprise to her to have two yolks in an egg but by the looks of it, I think these are two eggs cooked together actually.



This is the fried chicken that built the house, must be millions of these. It's a sin not to have it if you're at Max's Restaurant,  :p it has a secret recipe that's been concocted by Nanay Ruby (pictured above.), evidently we are sold. As always this chicken is crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside like the way we want our fried chicken. It comes with some sticks of fried sweet potatoes on the side.


And what's a fried chicken without ketchup? They are selling these ketchup bottles for AED 5


We washed down our sumptuous dinner with iced tea and sago't gulaman



All meals should have sweet endings and a dessert plate sampler was a beauty but before I could even snap a photo of it, my kids were already digging in so yeah just to give you a view I nabbed a picture from a fella who have a very good review of Max's too.


That concludes our dinner and we left the restaurant happy and sated but we didn't leave without taking a picture with the ever hot papa endorser of Max's - Coco Martin un oh!!!!


And the kids with the chic! :)


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