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.
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.
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.
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!
Last night I had the chance to review Eshak Restaurant which is located in City Walk 2. I expected it to be Arabic grilled food but I was surprised when I learned the menu was a fusion of Uzbek, Georgian and Middle Eastern Food with many freshly baked items.
The interior of Eshak was mystical with a combination of gold and dark hues of purple with paintings that looked like warrior princesses from another realm. The restaurant is quite long and has a huge bar and kitchen area. The weather was beautiful so we sat outside to enjoy the breezy night air. I noticed a row of baskets full of fruit and curiosity got the best of me so I went to take a look. I realized it was a market, the hostess explained that the fruits and vegetables were from all over the world and as she said it I feasted my eyes on the bright pink dragon fruit. They get new fruit every few days and it was a lovely idea.
After reading the menu I felt quite excited as there were many dishes I had never tried before! In fact I had never had Uzbeki or Georgian cuisine so I was excited for the culinary experience. They brought out hoummos, tabbouleh, muhammara (chilli paste, walnuts, breadcrumbs and olive oil blended into a paste), warak enab bil zet (stuffed vine leaves) and baklajan rolls (rolled eggplant stuffed with cream cheese, tomatoes and pesto).
I loved the muhammara which I had never had before, the nuts gave it a sweetness and the spice from the chilli added a kick. I could not stop dipping my fresh tandoor bread in there which was hot from the oven! I also loved the baklajan rolls, they were bursting with flavour and unlike anything I had tried before yet so simple. You could taste how fresh all the ingredients were, everything was fragrant, vibrant and tasty. Vine leaves never impress me, they are cold and a weird texture…not for me!
The waiter brought out Megrel Khachapuri which is a Georgian puff pastry with cheese. It was steaming hot out of the oven and was like a pizza on puff pastry, it was gooey and delicious! Definitely one to order again. A Chicken Kutab arrived which was a crepe with a chicken filling served with tahini, it was also very good! Then came my dish of the day, the lamb pilaf. It is a traditional dish from Uzbekistan but one bite in and I could taste my grandmothers cooking. It was a spiced fragrant rice embellished with pieces of slow cooked lamb. This was a cheat day that I did not feel bad about, every bite of that rice was worth and I would go back to eat it again!
I was not overly keen on the dessert which was 3 pieces of cream cheese swimming in a berry jam but once I tried it I was converted. I expected it to be sharp and tart but it was sweet and tasted like cheesecake topping and the cheese cut through the sugar giving it a lovely balance.
While flicking through the menu I spotted some incredible breakfast options so I will be going back for those too!! If you are looking for some simple but hearty food then Eshak is the place for you!