Casper and Gambinis, Dubai, Food Review

Casper and Gambinis is situated downtown by South Ridge park and boasts amazing views of the Burj Khalifa. If only our Summer wasn’t so scorching hot it would have been ideal to sit outside however the interiors are lovely too!

I assumed from the name that Casper and Gambinis was Italian but this Lebanese owned chain boasts an international menu. They serve burgers, sushi, pizza, pasta, grilled food and even a few indian inspired dishes.

Starters

We ordered the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad, Heritage Goat Cheese Salad, Smoked Salmon and Truffle Burgers to start. The Asian Sesame Chicken salad was my favourite, this dish is laced with layers of flavour and topped with wanton crisps and peanuts for an extra crunch. It was sweet, spicy, tangy and had a wonderful depth of flavour. The Smoked Salmon was average but the Goats Cheese Salad was delicious too and one I would definitely order again. Unfortunately the Truffle Burgers were a fail for me, I could not taste the truffle, the patty was dry and the diced mushrooms didn’t work for me.

Mains

Unfortunately the house specials such as the Filet Steak and Caspers Chicken Escalope were not available as they only serve a limited quantity for iftar which was disappinting. Its probably wise to call ahead and order before going to try these. We had the Penne Arabiatta, Prime Angus Steak and Chicken Under A Brick. The Chicken Under a brick was my favourite main, tender, succulent and full of flavour, it was a nicely composed dish. The others were just ok and I wouldnt order them again.

Dessert

For dessert we tried the Date and Caramel Pudding and the Pain Perdu. Both were yummy! The Pain Perdu had lots of flavour, the cinnamon and cream combo was yummy. The date pudding was sweet and sticky and it could have done with a tad more sauce to make it gooey in the middle but the flavour was perfect.

Casper and Gambinis

All in all it was a good meal and the salads were definitely worth going back for!

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Fen Cafe and Restaurant, Sharjah

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This hidden gem can be found within the courtyard of the Sharjah Art Foundation Art Space. It has a creative fusion menu of Asian and European flavours.

I loved the setting of this place, the sand coloured traditional walls and beautifully carved wooden doors added an authentic Arabic touch. The name, Fen, can be translated as ‘art’ or ‘the art of …’, and I am sure from looking at the photo’s you will agree that the food lived up to the name as these stunning creations are like works of art on a plate.

For starters we had Vietnamese rolls, Gazpacho and a fish tartare. The Gazpacho was so beautiful to look at, we fussed over it for ages before we actually poured the tomato liquid into the beautiful garnish and drizzled the basil oil from the pipette onto the dish. This was my favourite starter, it looked beautiful and I liked the marriage of the flavours in my mouth. The tangy tomato was sweetened by the basil oil and the garnish added a nice bit of colour and texture. I found the fish too fishy for my tastes as I prefer quite subtle sweet fleshed fish like seabass, this was too pungent and overwhelming for me. The Vietnamese rolls were enjoyable with the peanut sauce but nothing to write home about.

The mains arrived and again they were a visual feast. The jumbo prawns lived up to their name as they were huge! They were succulent and had a nice flavour to them, I felt the lemon butter did not add much and they were nicer on their own. The Scallop risotto was delicious, the risotto was cooked to perfection as were the scallops and the amount of cheese was perfect so as not to overpower the delicate flavour of the scallops.

Now lets talk about the pièce de résistance…the miso sea bass was to die for! It literally melted in your mouth and had a beautiful salty sauce on it which complemented the sweetness of the fish perfectly. It was topped with delicious mushrooms and then garnished with some green leaves. I thought the flavours together were beautiful and we all agreed we would drive from Dubai again for that Sea bass!! The spots of sauce in different colours made the dish beautiful to look at and also added some exciting tangy flavours.

The dessert blew our minds, we were literally like paparazzi shooting non-stop as the waitress set it down on the table and we were cooing over how stunning it was. None of us wanted to eat it as we felt awful to destroy these works of art!

The most gorgeous to look at was the sorbet and ice cream dish which looked like a coral reef. It had these intricate leaves of coloured sugar wedged in the dish in sunset hues and it was just beautiful. It was nice to eat but the vanilla ice-cream was infused with truffle which I didn’t feel fit well together. The matcha, avocado and beetroot desserts were beautiful but just ok to eat…they were super healthy and had no sugar but unfortunately you could tell. The nicest dessert was by far the Ube Leche flan which was a purple yam cake accompanied with a caramel pudding topped with a beautiful solidified bangle of caramel. They really were works of art!

We tried quite an assortment of dishes and although there was room for improvement on some, when they got it right …they got it sooo right! Me and my foodie partner in crime, What Nossy Ate, are in agreement that we will be going back to have that Seabass again and discover more of their menu!

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