Showing posts with label Indian Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indian Food. Show all posts

Going Vegetarian at Govindas Jumeirah Dubai

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I discovered a new dining spot with some seriously delicious Indian vegetarian fare. They are in Umm Suqeim 2, Jumeirah, on the Beach Road!

It's called Govindas!

They have a branch in Karama which has a 15-year successful history. Well known among the huge Indian community in Dubai. We aren't vegans so I guess it's one of those restaurants that we would not normally look for but thanks to this dinner invite we discovered a gem. I also didn't expect vegetarian dishes to be this good and satisfying compared to its non-vegetarian counterparts.

Now, if I'll be asked where is the best vegetarian restaurant in Dubai, I would definitely point fingers to Govindas.

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Birthday Giveaway: WIN a Tandoori and a Mexican Dinner for 2 at The Californian

Hello everyone! How is your Eid Holiday planning going on? While I am still waiting for my company's announcement of our holiday off, I am already day dreaming about this weekend's adventure.

I think I will have a breezy Eid adventure at sea this weekend. The husband said we will go fishing and I am really excited because I haven't gone fishing here before. I'm pretty sure the kids will enjoy too. If we are lucky enough, we might catch our very first fish on this fishing trip.

sailing on...

As promised, here is the second part of my Birthday Giveaway. Thanks to my generous sponsors, I am truly grateful.

The first giveaway is still running and if you haven't joined yet, you still have a few more days to join before I announce the winner on the night of my birthday which is a week from now.

Please go ahead, don't be shy, press the other link above, the more entries, the more chances of winning!

This time around, I am giving yet another Theme Nights Dinner for 2 but not just one but to two lucky winners. Each will received a dinner voucher for 2 at The Californian located at the 24th floor of Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai.

The Californian is the hotel's international buffet restaurant, plays host to wonderful dishes from around the world with its theme nights giving guest unlimited options.

I will be giving away vouchers from Tandoori Night on Sundays as well as Mexican Night on Mondays 

The newest addition to the famed Themed Nights is a haven to lovers of Indian cuisine, showcasing the Indian blend of spices’ subtle aroma and delicious taste in every dish.

Mexican Night on Mondays features Palmito Salad with Spicy Dressing, Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice, Mayo and Peas, Ensalada de Pescado and Tortilla with Aioli and a whole wide spread of Mexican delights! Need I say more?

They also have other theme nights such as New Orleans BBQ Night on Tuesdays
Sumptuous ribs, barbecued prawns and traditional jambalaya are just some of the delights featured on the menu. Enjoy the stunning views of the Burj Khalifa while sampling delights from the city of Jazz.

South East Asian Night on Wednesdays
Try out the finest quality dishes from South East Asia. A region well known for its spices and curries, offers a unique and varied menu options. Whether you are looking for Chinese Fried Rice, Vietnamese Noodles or Thai Green Curry, there will be something to suit every taste.

Deep Blue on Thursdays
Submerge yourself with the finest selection of fresh seafood from the coastal waters and deep ocean. Try carefully crafted sushi or choose your own fish and have our chefs cook it to your liking. Only the best cuts make the menus to ensure the finest quality enjoyment.

Around the World on Fridays
Dubai has become the global capital, attracting culture and flavours from all over the world, so what better way to celebrate than bringing together the best in International flavours. Why not start off with a delicately spiced Tom Yum Goong from Thailand before digging into a Sri Lankan Biryani, and topping it off with Italy’s finest Panna Cotta.

Before you begin, here are some of the Terms and Conditions
The giveaway will run from July 14-31, 2015

1 Use Rafflecopter app below and follow instructions to enter the giveaway. There are 2 giveaways, on the app, press the small arrow tab on the right to navigate between giveaways
2. The Voucher is valid for three months from the date of issue
3. This Voucher is non-refundable
4. This Voucher is not valid on Public Holidays or combined with other promotions
5. Prior booking is needed.
6. Winner will be announced here on the blog and on My Yellow Bells Facebook Page
7. Voucher can be collected from the Concierge of Dusit Thani Dubai and a valid ID must be presented.
8. Everyone can join as long as you can collect the voucher from the hotel.

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Tresind Modernist Indian Fine Dining

Tresind is the newest addition to the ever growing Dubai dining scene. What makes it unique is the use of molecular gastronomy in cooking and preparing delicious classic Indian specialties, not to mention sleek ambiance and excellent service.

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Bu Qtair Restaurant: A gem it is!

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I've heard of Bu Qtair before, seen videos of it, read blogs written about it and even one of my favorite chef and host Anthony Bourdain featured it in his show No Reservations. Now it's my chance to share my own dining experience. I don't know why I am so excited to write about it but it seems that this restaurant has a charm that no one else will fully understand but certainly feel. It's probably the humbleness that goes with this little shack that pulls people to come and just simply love it.

It is quite a popular restaurant in Dubai, a gem as it is dubbed by many, tourist hot spot, located at Jumeirah beach near the seven star Burj Al Arab just opposite the fishermen accommodation. It is a little modest porta cabin that houses the restaurant as well as the kitchen while in front of it is a large lot that serves as the dining area under the stars alfresco of course with few mono block tables and chairs, it's dark and diners rely on the lights coming from some lamp post nearby and mobile flash lights. I know I hate to eat in the dark especially if I am eating fish with bones on but this one is just different, I just don't care, I eat and enjoy.

I came with my family - husband and two kids. The parking is hard to find and we have to go around several times. It was 7:30 pm when we finally start queuing, the line is long and there are about 20 people ahead of us so I took the liberty to take some photos while standing in the queue. Forgive the photos as I used only my phone camera in capturing these and curse the phone for not having enough battery that night to use the flash, the photo turns grainy after editing the brightness though.

Inside the cabin, the scenario is this, people order in the small window in the kitchen. There is no menu just the fresh the catch of the day.

You can chose the fish either big or small just tell the Mr. who's taking your order, also don't forget to asks for some prawns , tell him how many grams you want and he will put both the fish and shrimps in a tin plate, he writes your order with your name on a small sheet of paper and you pay cash  but don't expect a printed receipt cause there's none. It's like a barter exchange. Your order will be cook and expect to have it after about 45 minutes. How to know your order is ready? Yes I will tell you just keep on reading.

Outside the atmosphere was busy, the diners sits in white mono block chairs chatting and patiently waiting for their orders to come. The staff are so busy serving and taking orders. Once your food is ready, you will hear your name reverberate twice or three times. A table will be given to you and you take the chairs you diligently guarded while waiting. Don't feel violated though when your table is taken from you if you haven't placed your order just yet. You will get it back once you order is ready. It's just the way it works.

I pity myself for not being able to get a decent photo of the cooked fish and prawns but it only serves a promise that I have to go back one more time or even more bringing friends and family to this humble fish shack.

Our bill:
2 medium sherry (1 spicy 1 normal- they just washed the fish to remove the spices to make it not spicy)
200 grams prawns
4 paratha
1 plate of steamed rice
1 bowl of fresh fish curry
4 cola
1 big water
Total : AED 195 or USD 53
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