Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moshi - Sip, Dip, Roll

Moshi Moshi, stands for Hello/Hi in Japanese 

And this restaurant definitely is as welcoming as the name suggests.

Moshi is a tiny little restaurant located in Al Barsha 1, right opposite Citymax Hotel. But like they say, size doesn’t matter, quality does. Moshi is a place you simply don’t want to miss out on. 

I started off by having a lemon-mint drink which came in a mason-mug came along with a chalk which can be used to write your initials on the mug. The drink was extremely refreshing & is feels like a breath of fresh air in this scorching heat.

What we ordered?

Oman Chips Maki Roll: I was sold just by the concept of bringing in Oman chips with Sushi & was impatient to try this out. The roll comprises of cream cheese and Oman chips. Dishes like these makes you believe in wonders ;) Much-much recommended!

Moving on to the Chicken Teriyaki Maki Roll which was stuffed with boneless chicken cooked in a mildly spicy teriyaki sauce, vinegar and soy sauce. It tasted great with the Wasabi sauce accompanying it. 

Chicken Noodles I honestly felt like I was back in Bombay having proper Desi Chinese on having these noodles. These are far from being authentic, however if you’re the kinds who has lived in India and relished on a lot of Desi-Chinese food, you’ll love this. 

Cheese Chicken Momos Unfortunately I didn’t get to click a picture of these momos (my friends can get a little non-adjusting sometimes, sigh!) but well, the Momos literally melted in my mouth, the stuffed minced chicken with the hint of cheese was perfect. I wouldn’t say these are the best momos I’ve ever had, but it was good nonetheless. 

Peanut Butter Bar I absolutely love Peanut-Butter and was thrilled when the server gave this to us complimentary (who doesn’t love freebies?) This tasted quite similar to the Reeses peanut butter cups, but surprisingly it wasn’t too heavy, infact, it was rather light and was the perfect end to the perfect meal. 

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Price? It’s pricing is a major plus point, Moshi is extremely reasonable, any dish here would cost you about AED 16 – 25

Ambiance? Moshi has an extremely cozy and warm feel to it. Loved the quirky orange artefacts that were displayed at Moshe and the orange cutlery we were served in.   

Staff? Extremely friendly and well informed.  

Their menu?  

P.S. As you can tell from their menu, they definitely don't discriminate against Vegetarians.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Make way for Dubai's new food trucks

August being my birthday month, automatically makes it my favourite month of the year, but adding to that, here is some food news, err I mean, good news for you that shall get you equally thrilled about August.

Not 1, not 2, but almost 6 + food trucks are all set to hit the roads of Dubai from the 17th of August.

54 East launches Roundup, the first food truck services in the Middle East

The Roundup food trucks will comprise eclectic food brands like MOB, Calle Tacos, Bio Bean, Shawarma Station, Toasted Grilled Cheese & Gobai. 

Mob Truck - Scrumptious pleasure in all simplicity……dig those teeth in the mouth watering wings drenched in their exclusive absolute sauce, no wheels to London as their to die for fish & chips will smitten you, curl your tongue to their crunchy onion rings. The JalapeƱo poppers and their death by burger just can’t be missed.

Calle Tacos is a Mexican food truck that comes from the heart of Hollywood to the heart of Dubai. They cater for different events around the UAE.  Customers will find an actual taco truck where the food will be prepared and served, truck windows that open to the street, and a small seating area for customers to enjoy. The menu at Calle Tacos features a variety of traditional Mexican fare including burritos, nachos, quesadillas and of course, tacos. Customers can choose from a selection of proteins, toppings, and sauces for a customized meal that will suit any taste. We don’t use any trans fats, only soybean oil. 

Calle Tacos

Bio Bean is an organic specialty coffee roasting company and retailer with its headquarter at Dubai, providing the finest freshest and most skillfully roasted coffee beans available in the market.

Shawarma Station - Shawarma is all they do! Shawarma Station was created by shawarma lovers who had a true love for authentic shawarma, and who could not find the right taste anywhere in Dubai. They had decided to create their own shawarma shop with crisp, clean and shiny modern surroundings. Their commitment to freshness naturally evolves into providing foods that respect individual dietary needs. Watch as your shawarma is cut to order, as their expert chefs add their homemade sauces into your selection of fresh Pita, Saj or Doner bread. As the flames shoot up and fresh ingredients come together, you know you are about to experience the best Shawarma!"

Toasted Grilled Cheese truck serving toast, sandwiches, soups and snacks 

Gobai gets its name from its fusion menu that blends Indian food from Goa with dishes from Dubai. You know like, Goa + Dubai = GOBAI! 

Apart from these 6, there is also the Jordanian Brisket Truck and a F!T Truck coming up, the latter being for the health cautious folks. 

Also a while back I had stumbled upon a post that gives you all the information required behind starting up a food truck Business in Dubai. Incase you're interested, read about it here - Food Truck Business In Dubai

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Iftar at Junoon (Vikas Khanna)

Unlike Himesh Reshamiya's Junoon Junoon x 1000000000, this is a Junoon that you might actually enjoy.
Located on the 2nd floor of Shangri La is this Michelin Star chefs restaurant. The Michelin star I'm talking about here is Vikas Khanna who not just is a world renowned chef but has also been voted as the hottest chef by the New York Eater blog and also featured in People magazine’s 'Sexiest Man Alive' list *gulp* Yes the dream.
Yes the shirtless picture was intentional!
But moving on from Vikas Khanna to his restaurant, Junoon.
Firstly thank you team Deja Vu for inviting me to try out your special Iftar menu, it was an absolute delight being there.
Before you start wondering what's in this special Iftar menu, let me take you through it, for all of AED 220 you're bombarded with food, lots of it. Right from Pakoras to Kebabs, Tikka to Chaats, be prepared to reward your taste buds with a lavish 5 course meal. Click here to read full menu
Starting off with the Iftar, 

You're first handed over a plate of delicious dates and a menu to choose your drink from. In this drinks menu you have the option to choose between buttermilk, sherbet and roohafza.
The Food 
Eggplant Chaat - Honestly thank god it's called eggplant chaat and not bhaingan ka chaat, because that in itself would have been such a turn-off & me being me, I was a little reluctant to have it, but it surprisingly looked very inviting & hence I decided to give it a try. It basically was thin, crispy slices of eggplant, tossed with onions, mixed with chaat masala and tamarind chutney & without a doubt is the answer to the frequently asked question 'Why would somebody have Chaat at a fine-dine' well folks, this is why. 

Assorted Pakoras - From an Indian lehman perspective this was basically bhajiya which for some odd reason tasted more like Vegetarian Tempuras. So it was rather interesting to have something as desi as bhajiya that tasted pretty good & like a tempura *yes I was almost as confused as you're*

Rajma Ki Shammi -This is definitely a vegetarian delight, a tikki of smoked kidney beans that was served with a hint of green papaya achar and ketchup chutney.

Murgh Tikka Mirza Hasnu - This was basically chicken tikka that was served on a broccoli puree. The chicken was very well marinated & hence juicy. Also it blended perfectly with the broccoli mint chutney.  

Lamb Seekh Kebab - The Seekh Kebab looked very appetizing however it was slightly bland in taste & could have been slightly more juicier and spicier. 

For the mains, there was the Home Style Fish Curry, Lamb Biryani and Haleem and assorted bread. 

The Home Style Fish Curry was in an onion ginger curry with fenugreek and coriander leaf. Even though I could have never imagined having a fish curry without rice, I decided to try this out with naan for a change & wasn't disappointed at all. The fish was tender and the spiciness level was spot on. 

Haleem - A little confession I would like to make is that, I've only tried out Haleem once before this & absolutely hated it & since then I automatically refuse to try it out, but on being forced I decided to taste the Haleem & let me tell you the Haleem I had previously and the Haleem I had here were poles apart & just made me believe in Haleem all over again (just being dramatic) no but really, it was very good.

Lastly what’s an Iftar without some lamb biryani?  The Lamb Biryani was extremely rich in flavour with the right amount of spiciness and on just one single bite of this biryani, one could make out the quality of ingredients used in the preparation of this lamb biryani was on the top-most level. 

Now that we are done with the mains, let me take you through the biggest highlight of the day, the desserts.

We have all had a variety of kulfi and faloodas over the years, but Junoon brings in innovation to this & how.

The Kulfi were in 3 were bizaree sounding flavours, Cardamom flavour, Guava flavour & Curry leaf flavour. As whacked out as it may all sound, all the three flavours were in true blue sense, toothsome. It may take you a while to adjust to the taste, but it was quite refreshing & will definitely recommend you to give this a try. 

The Chocolate Matka Falooda – You know before I go ahead & explain this to you, I would like to call this the Desi version of a molten chocolate cake, because you literally have to break into it to enjoy it. It’s basically a chocolate pot that has a very metallic look to it, placed on some ice-cream & filled with rabri that literally flows out of the edible chocolate matka. This chocolate matka is surrounded by some falooda, saffron and jelly discs. Absolutely loved it & it just made me completely ignore the mango sago (the other dessert that was offered)

Unfortunately the Chocolate Matka is not a part of the Iftar menu, but do yourself a favour and order for this along with your Iftar. 

Staff and Ambiance - Be prepared to be served by some extremely friendly and well informed staff, who shall definitely pamper you while you're at Junoon. Also not trying to sound inappropriate, but the ladies at the reservation counter are stunning, apart from the fabulous food, they could also be the reason for you reserving a place more than often *wink*

The decor at Junoon is very modernized, nothing very Indian about it. But that seems to be a growing trend amongst Indian fine dine restaurants these days. Looks like everyone's done with the cliched Rajasthani teapots, jootis and other decor that was once upon a time a must in every Indian restaurants decor.

Pricing – You know I usually have a very standard thing to write with regard to pricing, while reviewing an Indian fine dine, however this one time, I feel AED 220 is absolutely worth the experience for an Iftar as lavish as this (because most other places just serve you 3/4 dishes) but Junoon doesn’t compromise on the quality or the quantity. 
Phone number - 04 4052717
Location - Junoon - Shangri-La Trade Centre Area, Dubai, UAE address
Shangri-La, 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai 

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