Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve - Breakfast at Reem Island, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi skyline as seen from Reem Island ...

Teh tarik and Kuay-teow/Mee combo with curry chicken and potato, with a slice of luncheon meat and a fried egg on the side ... Malaysian style breakfast, all for 14 AED (Or just over RM 10).

Review: Previous write-up and GPS coordinates of Reem Cafe

Happy New Year ... from Al Reem Island :-)

Christmas home cooking - Cake, Cookies and Breakfast!

My creation ... Roma cherry tomatoes on the vine, Oscar Meyer low-sodium bacon, Spinneys giant croissant and a simple fried egg (sunny side up of course) ...

Cookies from DL, OK and A too :-)

And best of all ... My AP's fantastic Christmas Cake :-) Perfect!

Meena Burger - Lyrical Lemongrass sets up shop here?

Thanks to KCL for pointing me to this burger shack, not far from the Abu Dhabi fish market :-) at Meena Port.

Looks like the wonderful Lyrical Lemongrass has set up shop here!

Prestige Cars Abu Dhabi - Spirit of the Union

I like the patriotism shown by Prestige Cars of Abu Dhabi :-)

Happy UAE Day ... Spirit of the Union, 1971 - 2011.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sarai - The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai

Farewell dinner for IC in Dubai ... at Jumeirah Beach Residence one evening.

Sarai was a great find, we stumbled on-to this place as we were walking along The Walk ... Saw too many "repeat" and boring restaurants, but at one end of The Walk (close to Hilton), we found Sarai. It did not dissapoint, great food!

Add: Ground Floor, Bahar Sector, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Near Oasis Beach Tower, Dubai.

Tel: +971 4 4380640

Taboulleh .. and Baba Ghanoush ... so yummy!

Described as Syrian, Armenian and Turkish food ... In fact, the name Sarai has Turkish origins and means Castle. Great decor, good food, well priced ... we like this place! Delicious unlimited bread, nice and warm ...

We chose 2 different varieties of kebabs (Kebab arab, and Kebab sarai I think) and they were both really delicious ... About 40 - 60 AED per main dish.

Beijing - Our new favourite chinese restaurant in Abu Dhabi

Farewell dinner for my dear family, LM / TY / S and D ... at our favourite chinese restaurant in Abu Dhabi :-) Beijing.

Located: Near Madinat Zayed Gold Souk, Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 2 621 0708

Chicken with dried chili and cashew nuts, 32 AED - Very appetising!
Dry-fried green beans with garlic, 18 AED - Best dish, excellent quality green beans!

Sizzling beef with green pepper, 32 AED - Excellent choice on a cold winter's night, temperature must have been 16C that evening, brrrrr!

Mixed seafood tofu in Hot-pot, 42 AED - My favourite!

Steamed rice, 5 AED per person

As it was Winter Solstice evening ... we had Tong Yuen of course (Average only, lar ... 18 AED).

Al Fanr - Manarat Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Al Fanr Restaurant
Located: Manarat Saadiyat
Tel: +971 2 6435708

Great chill-out music, excellent 20C weather (Its winter here in the desert now!), and nice garden setting if you choose to sit outside ... welcome to Manarat Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island :-)

Deli fish curry, 62 AED ... Lamb tagine, 64 AED (Very tender, and pretty good flavours) - I was surprised that this seemed to be the only middle-eastern dish on the menu!

IC and myself had the following drinks ... Iced coffee, 25 AED and a really good (Full of fruit!) Triple berry, 25 AED.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo - Dubai Mall

Free view of the Dubai Aquarium, at the Dubai Mall ... I took these shots without paying the entrance fee :-)

It seems ... Dubai Mall's aquarium was designed to hold 33,000 living creatures, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.

A huge eagle-ray? :-)

Carluccio's at Dubai Mall - View of Burj Khalifa

Not many restaurants can boast a view such as this .. The Burj Khalifa (previously known as Burj Dubai - Tallest building in the world by a mile!) as well as the Bellagio-like Dubai Fountain!

Back to dinner ... Thanks for joining me at Carluccio's, IC :-)
Located: Star Atrium, by the Dubai fountain - Dubai Mall
Tel: +971 4 434 1320

Garlic bread, 22 AED ... Fruitti di Mare, 68 AED ... Branzino (Sea bass), 88 AED , and for drinks we had the Smooth berry, 22 AED and San Pellegrino - 500ml, 16 AED. The fish was good, but my pasta was (surprisingly!) over-cooked. Tasty though!

Restaurant was crowded ... but views were spectacular, and food pretty good too. Just wish it was more al dante!

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo - Dubai Mall

Look whats at Dubai Mall ... not "any" Gallardo, but the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, which claims to be the fastest one-make series in the world!

According to Wikipedia ... It is a limited 30 units version designed for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make racing series. The series began in May 2009. The Super Trofeo race car is based on the Gallardo LP 560-4 sports car, but with a reworked chassis and a direct injection V10 engine rated 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) with higher compression ratio of 12.5:1, variable valve timing. The car has dry weight of 1,300 kg (2,900 lb and E-gear transmission is standard. The Super Trofeo car and parts package cost €200,000 (US$284,300) plus tax, available via Lamborghini dealerships, with support and parts sales trackside.

Ember, The Address - Dubai Mall Christmas brunch

Located: Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall
Tel: +971 4 888 3444
Opening hours: 6.30 pm to 11.30pm (Dinner), Lunch (Friday and Saturdays) - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Thanks to S and IC for the lovely treat at The Address Dubai Mall, in Ember ... Christmas brunch. About 250 AED per person for the non-alcoholic package. Timsum for starters ...

Good sashimi and sushi ... and delicious ceviche (Wikipedia describes this as a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of the Americas, especially Central and South America. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lemon or lime and spiced with chilli peppers).

Excellent seafood bisque and average foie gras on toast ...

Merry Christmas - Turkey and roast beef :-)

ps - Here's the view from the Dubai Mall as you walk on the outside :-)