Eshak Restaurant, City Walk

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!

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Herbal Essentials Moisturising Body Lotion

Herbal Essentials Moisturising Body LotionHerbal Essentials source many of their ingredients from the Himalayas. Their Moisturising Body lotion is perfect for normal skin. It has a very light formula that isn’t quite rich enough for dry skin. It has a very light formula composed of Aloe Vera, Honey and Shea Butter. I like to use it after sunbathing or even waxing as it is very cooling and soothing. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and I like the non-sticky formula.

If your skin is more prone to being dry, I recommend using it after the shower by massaging it into damp skin which absorbs more moisture! The Moisturising Body Lotion is priced at 99 AED, if you have dry skin you will get through it pretty fast as it absorbs quickly into the skin however you do half the work rubbing it in as it really does have an amazing texture. Using it on damp skin will make the product go further!

It is sulphate and soap-free making it perfect for sensitive skin and generally better for everyone! Often we don’t realise how harmful things we use can be but Herbal Essentials is one of the few truly green brands that I trust.

You can find the products in Dubai at the newly launched counter in Mercato or simply visit their website for delivery!

Sahara Grill, Dubai

Sahara Grill, Dubai

Sahara Grill opened its first branch in the UAE earlier this year. The steak house is famed for serving the first halal steak in the UK. They opened three branches there which initially had a wait time of an hour for a table. They pair expert chefs with grade A quality cuts of meat. What more could a meat lover want?

The Sahara Grill is located directly opposite the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in The Mall. The balcony seating offers stunning views of the hotel and also of the Burj Al Arab. The modern decor is simple and classy, it has a very inviting environment.

For starters we had the Sahara prawns and buffalo wings, both were good choices. The prawns were golden brown and crunchy, they were doused in the delicious signature sauce. The chicken wings were also good, succulent and tangy with a little kick. We also had a Greek salad which was good, a nice refreshing accompaniment.

For mains we went with the signature Sahara Lamb Chops, the lamb is from New Zealand and they were rubbed in Sahara’s secret spice mix. If you like spicy food, you will love them! They come served on a sizzling platter with grilled onions. We also had a Rib-Eye steak also seasoned with the same spice mix. It was really tasty and the meat was tender and marinated through. The steak was not as spicy as the chops, we tried all of the sauces and they were all yummy. The Sahara picante is tangy and spicy and the pepper sauce was great with the steak.

We were stuffed but decided to share a dessert, we had the plain cheesecake flown in from Italy and it really was divine.

I will certainly be going back, I think I would order exactly the same again, I couldn’t fault it! The prices are also very reasonable, the chops are just 69 AED and the steak was 149 AED. If you are a meat lover and have not yet been to Sahara Grill at The Mall, check it out!

Sahara Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sea-Me Restaurant, W Dubai

 

The W-Hotel has landed in Dubai and we went down to try the new seafood restaurant called Sea-Me. It is a buffet style restaurant with the biggest spread of seafood that I have ever seen! Oyster Bar, Lobsters on ice, Scallops galore and the most delectable seafood Paella! 

 

We began at the oyster bar with ceviche which is all served on a conveyor belt so it keeps coming! There is a pink coloured ceviche which was to die for, it was marinated in passion fruit juice and the combination was incredible, flavours I had never imagined together but they were perfect

I did try an oyster and the salsa they drizzle on is tasty but I am just not an oyster person, I don’t like the texture. There are some beautiful canapes in the fridge which were all delicious but my favourite were the scallops and salmon with caviar.

For mains we went to the cold food bar which had lobster, crab and various prawns. The king prawns and lobster with apple chunks were my favourite. It was all extremely fresh and chilled in ice. Then we went over to the hot food and tried the Paella and Lobster rice, the Lobster rice reminded me of one of my grandmas dishes, it was so comforting and homely. At the live cooking station I tried the fresh scallops, red mullet and red snapper, the snapper was under-seasoned and the red mullet was over cooked but the scallops were cooked to perfection.

The desserts were divine! The choux pastry puffs with chocolate were my favourite, they were like an explosion of happiness in your mouth and the ice cream station is fun as you can add your own toppings. The rest of the desserts weren’t amazing but that probably had something to do with the fact that I was bursting at the seams.

The buffet is priced at 295 and drinks are billed separately, I would 100% go back, it is hands down the best selection of seafood I have ever seen in Dubai and well worth your money!

City Of Gold Dubai

One of our favourite events of the season is coming back and we cannot wait!!! Sole DXB is on the 18th and 19th of November in D3. It brings together a very cool crowd fusing together footwear, fashion and lifestyle with live music and great food. Checkout their awesome City of Gold Video:

Tony Moly now available in Dubai!!

Presented in the most adorable packaging we have maybe EVER seen, Tony Moly products have finally come to our sandy shores! All the way from Korea, Sephora have picked up these bite sized beauties and they can be found across all Sephora Middle East outlets.

I am currently obsessed with the Panda Eye Stick, not only is it super-cute but it is also a great product! I love products that give an instant effect and the slight tingling sensation feels lovely on tired and puffy eyes. It is somewhat gentle and after a few seconds subsides, leaving you with a moisturising balm which you can pat lightly into the skin.

The range is very affordable, priced between 35-60AED  so if you haven’t already, get shopping!

TOP SECRET: We heard it through the grapevine that very soon Sephora will have an online store in the Middle East which we are absolutely thrilled about!! Products delivered to your door at the click of a button 🙂 YAAAAS!!! 

 

Breakfast at Fume Dubai

I am one of those naughty people who regularly skips breakfast but how could I resist  the opportunity to sample fumes new breakfast menu!? I went to the branch in Pier 7 which overlooks the stunning Marina. I absolutely love the decor in there, it’s simple with a quirky retro twist. I particularly loved the light feature made from recycled wine bottles!

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The breakfast menu is great, there is an array of hot breakfasts and you can also opt for something lighter such as muesli with yoghurt and fruit and various different bakery items. I went for the salmon with eggs and eggs which is scrambled eggs on toast with salmon topped with caviar. It also had an avocado spread on the toast which was delicious, I would definitely order it again.

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I also had a taste of the shakshouka which is eggs baked in a tomato sauce served with toast. I found the tomato sauce to be a little overwhelming but it is a traditional Arabic breakfast dish and an acquired taste that many would probably enjoy.

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We wanted a sweet ending so we had waffles with berries and chantilly cream, they were deliciously fluffy and the dish had the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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I will certainly be back at fume to satisfy my breakfast cravings, the ambience is great, the servers are friendly and attentive and the food is yummy!

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Al Maeda Iftar

Zizzle went down to the Al Maeda restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai to try the delicious Iftar Buffet.

The dishes were traditionally inspired and included an array of the most delectable North African and Levant dishes. We were spoilt for choice with Chef Lawrence crafting over 20 dishes to choose from. The Emirati Artist Ahmed Al Muhairi is showcasing his work throughout the month which also adds to the authentic cultural and traditional experience of this iftar. For every 100dhs spent you will be entered into a draw to win a Mussandam Dhow Cruise for two.

A Ramadan room package is available for travellers planning to visit Dubai during Ramadan. Prices for a one bedroom suite inclusive of Iftar and Sohour start at AED440 per person (rates are subject to 10% tourism fee, 10% service charge and AED15 tourism dirham per bedroom per night) and can be booked at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach website.

Al Maeda restaurant will be offering Iftar buffet and Sohour every day during the month of Ramadan with live cooking station, live entertainment during Iftar, boarding games available upon request, TV screens and shisha offered in the terrace. The iftar buffet will be served every day from sunset to 9:00pm, Sohour will be available from 9:00pm to 2:00am. It is inclusive of Ramadan drinks AED 139. Sohour A-la-carte menu offers Standard Platter AED 69 and Premium Platter AED 89.

A special rate of AED119 will be offered to guests booking before 6th of May and to all guest dining during the first week of Ramadan. Special Group Iftars rates are also available.

Often buffets lack quality but the dishes were well seasoned and cooked to perfection with a great selection. You definitely need more then one visit to sample all the dishes, the ambience was spot on and we will definitely be going back for more!

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All you have to do is subscribe via email (on the top right of this page) and just share this post on a social media channel with the hashtag #zizzleblog Easy Peasy!! The Winner will be announced tomorrow.

 

Hydrafacial Review in Dubai

Last week I tried the HydraFacial at the NStyle Salon in Mall of the Emirates. I have never had a facial that I raved about because they generally make your skin worse and then better and I have never had one where I really saw or felt a huge difference. The HydraFacial was hands-down the best facial I have ever had!! I have been singing and dancing about it to my friends and family because my skin looks and feels amazing and actually apart from two red patches (just for an hour or two) where I had an extraction, the results were instant. The HydraFacial is a new treatment that has only been available since February 2016.

How?

The hydrafacial is a machine that has a device attached to the various product pumps inside. Based on your skin type, the correct product is selected and then the vacuum like pipe is pressed against your skin in small bursts. As the inner pipe sucks on your skin, the outer pipe squeezes water and minerals onto the skin and the sensation of the two combined is amazing. I really enjoyed it, even when she told me it would hurt as she is putting the suction up for a deeper clean, it still felt quite nice. The multi – step treatment cleanses, peels, exfoliates, and extracts while removing impurities and replenishing vital nutrients to skin.

She finished with a manual extraction which I always hate but I guess its worth it in the end, its so painful on the nose but its over in a few seconds. When she finished my skin literally felt as smooth as a babies bum, it felt so nice I couldn’t stop touching it. It has been a week and I can still feel the effects of it, my skin is really smooth, I sometimes get little bumps under the surface but I don’t have any at the moment and my skin feels hydrated and less oily around the t-zone.

Results

I will definitely be going back regularly for a HydraFacial, it is in the region of about 350dhs for 30 minutes and once every 4-6 weeks is regular enough. My complexion is brighter, smoother and hydrated well, this treatment comes with my highest recommendation. The HydraFacial is  proven to be particularly effective in targeting specific skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and hyper-pigmentation. You can see a quick video of my treatment on my @zizzleblog Instagram account.