Eating up Dubai

Eating up Dubai

Dubai – For One Night Only

Dubai – For One Night Only

Travelling is sometimes both illuminating and tragic. I’ve just had a trip to Istanbul. For two nights. It’s just long enough to realise that it’s just not long enough to be there. And by the time I was saying goodbye, having a glass of Turkish rosé looking over the Bosphorus […]

June 2, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

The Act

The Act

When I was a kid, all I wanted to be was a cowboy. It didn’t matter that I was a girl. I was going to be a pretty cowboy, who ruled the Wild West from the saddle during the day, and then would drape myself over a saloon piano by […]

May 15, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Dubai

Why Tripadvisor Restaurant Ratings are a Waste of Time

That’s a big call, isn’t it. Calling Tripadvisor a waste of time? Crazy. Tripadvisor does have its uses. It’s particularly helpful when looking for an activity in a city you don’t know, or giving you a basic guide of attractions. It’s great at finding a hotel in your price range, […]

May 5, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Qbara, Arabic Back to Front

Qbara, Arabic Back to Front

Qbara is the word Arabic back to front. Qbara itself is Arabic dining inside-out. Its far too sassy to be an Arabic restaurant in an Arabic region. Qbara is completely out of place, and should be in Soho, La Marais or a Melbourne CBD laneway. For a start, the cocktail […]

April 22, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

No, it’s not Chinese. But the whispers were. I heard about this place from scattered tongues – a friendly food blogger, and then a stranger-neighbour at a shared table, then a celebrity chef who never praises any food but her own (but I love her anyway), and a week later, […]

April 2, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Gold plated tandoori chicken. Is a curry worth big bucks?

Gold plated tandoori chicken. Is a curry worth big bucks?

Would you pay 350AED to eat chaat, tandoori chicken and masala prawns? What if we threw in some lamb korma and some lasooni scallops, a fillet of sea bass with crispy skin, a scoop of sorbet and a couple of chocolate truffles? No? Maybe it would be better if we […]

March 31, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Greg malouf – selling ice to Eskimos

Greg malouf – selling ice to Eskimos

I’ve followed Greg Malouf’s food for quite a while. He’s a bit of a culinary personality from my home town of Melbourne (Australia), and was the first person to take middle eastern cuisine up that extra rung in the city, and serve it in a fine dining restaurant. I used […]

March 4, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, News Events and More

The Dubai Gourmet Trail

The Dubai Gourmet Trail

I’ve been involved in a task recently for the Dubai Food Festival. They contacted me a short while ago, and asked me to assist with creating a “Gourmet Trail”, for visitors and residents alike, who would like a little more to get excited about for the food festival month. (As […]

March 2, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants, reviews

Roberto’s – Simple Italian with complex additions

Roberto’s – Simple Italian with complex additions

Roberto’s restaurant is bathed in pink and purple light. It’s lines are lean and angular. Textures mingle subtly, only noticed when one is thrust betwixt them. The crowd is genteel and demure, effortlessly gulping Japanese oysters and flippantly smoking Cuban cigars. It’s so un-Italian, and yet, so very very Italian […]

January 30, 2014 ×