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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Mr Toad’s Pub & Kitchen

Mr Toads Pub and KitchenMr Toads Pub and Kitchen

I had been hearing lots about Mr Toad’s Pub and Kitchen but had not yet been. They just opened four branches in Dubai; DIP, Ibn Batuta, Garhoud and Silicon Oasis all at the Premier Inn.

Mr Toads is exactly what was needed in Dubai, I find that there are so many pubs here that are just too old fashioned or overpriced. There needed to be one that was traditional while being modern and affordable… well it has finally arrived!

Mr Toad’s pub and Kitchen has a traditional menu of good old pub grub. They have lovely simple but inviting decor and a lively atmosphere. It’s a very chilled pub, not pretentious at all and reminds you of your local at home.

I went to try Mr Toad’s pub and kitchen’s festive treats! The selection is small but curated well. I am not usually a Turkey fan however after trying theirs I have become a Turkey lover! I have never liked it because its usually dry and pretty bland but this was well seasoned and juicy. The accompaniments were also delicious -apricot and sage stuffing, chicks in blankets, honey glazed root veggies and a delicious gravy. I also loved the Barley Risotto, its so deliciously creamy and quite rich so probably best to share it. For a sweet ending try the Black Cherry Creme Brulee!

The Festive menu is priced between 35-95dhs, very affordable and great ambience. Try to go on one of their quiz nights on Wednesday for even more fun. They have themed nights almost every day of the week, they do a ladies night on Tuesday where ladies receive a free main course when they purchase a drink. Monday’s are pretty much happy hour all day with free wine and 50% off all food!

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