Yo! Sushi, Dubai

I went for a bloggers dinner at Yo! Sushi last week and I was in Sushi heaven. We learned to make our own Sushi and sampled a huge portion of the menu. The sushi making was great, we watched the Itamae and then he came round as we copied him to make sure we were doing it right.

My favourite hot dishes were the Miso Black Cod and Popcorn Shrimp Tempura. The Tempura was so crispy and had a delicious sticky coating and the Black Cod melted in your mouth.

The Kaiso salad was delicious, it was tossed in a tangy dressing which was a great palette cleanser between dishes. I loved the Yo! California Roll and the Assorted ISO. The sushi tasted so fresh and you could literally see them making it as it came out of the kitchen onto the conveyor belt.

For a while the chain suffered with quality control but they have since opened their own fish farms so all the fish is freshly sourced and served without being frozen which makes a huge difference in flavour. The Itamae showed us how he uses every part of the fish fillets to ensure there is no wastage. I used to frequent Yo! Sushi back in London and even then the conveyor belt concept was what initially pulled me in. Now they have revamped their venues and they look even better then before and the dishes were all sublime.

If you are a sushi fan, make sure you visit Yo! Sushi in the new extension of Mall Of The Emirates

 

 

Nola Eatery and Social House

 

We had an incredible feast at Nola Eatery and Social House, with a New Orleans inspired menu, my taste-buds were prepared for some serious soul food and they were not disappointed!

The Cajun Prawn Salad was amazing! It had the perfect balance of flavours and the prawns were cooked and seasoned to perfection. All the starters finished and the Spinach and cheese dip definitely got the most “mmmmmm’s”. The chicken and waffles were divine with a perfect marriage of sweetness, savoury and a crunch to top it off. There is nothing I ate that I wouldn’t recommend although the lamb shank was a little on the salty side.

Despite being stuffed, the desserts were destroyed with the favourite being the Mississippi mud pie. I loved the vibe and will definitely be frequenting Nola. You can find it in JLT Cluster P hidden away on the B1 level (access through car park).

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George Bahgory at Sharjah Art Museum

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George Bahgory came to Sharjah Museum Department to introduce his exhibition Lasting Impressions: George Bahgory to an audience of art enthusiasts and journalists.

Egyptian born Bahgory started his career over half a century ago and showcases disciplines ranging from caricature to sculpture.  Running until December 31, the exhibition features 80 of his pieces from his student years in Cairo in the 1950s to his most recent work.

It is the sixth installment of SMD’s Lasting Impressions series, which features a different guest artist every year, and the first time SMD has collaborated with the man known as the ‘Grandfather of Caricature’ for his political cartoons that featured in the Arabic press for decades.

His collection was beautiful and his work was divided into periods of his life, the story was as captivating as his pieces. Such a lovely, warm, eccentric character, it was a pleasure to celebrate his work with him and have him present his collection that was so intrinsically linked with him.

If you have a chance before the 31st December to head down to the Sharjah museum, I would highly recommend it. They are currently featuring works from Khalil Gibran too. It is an authentic, beautifully designed museum as opposed to the pop-up galleries we often see in this region and well worth a visit.

 

 

Crab Tavern

DSC_0028Crab Tavern just launched a new menu and I was SO excited to sample it. As I walked in I sensed a strong  London vibe and the manager told me the concept was born there. It was casual with a really nice energy about it and the views were great.

We began with the Seafood and Crab Platter which was enormous! It had prawns, calamari, crab legs, claws and potted crab. When I saw it I knew it would be a really fun plate of food for us to eat, one that you just have to get stuck into and lots of dips and different things to try. It was absolutely delicious, the crab was fresh and cooked to perfection and I wrestled with my King Crab until only the shell remained. It was the best crab I have had in Dubai and if I went back that platter would definitely be what I ordered, everything was fresh, simple and delicious.

DSC_0012DSC_0018For mains we went for the soft shell crab burger and the fish and chips, the burger was too fishy for my liking but the fish and chips were golden, crispy and just like they should be, a taste of home.

Dessert time came and we couldn’t decide so they brought us a trio of desserts which were all unbelievable but the pecan tart was definitely the one!

If you are looking for some great, simple, fresh seafood and a fun night out, I would highly recommend Crab Tavern in the Media One Hotel.

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