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Food: Mantoushe’s revamped menu!

Having heard a lot about Mantoushe, we decided to check it out.

Really loved the quirky interiors, walking in you’ll see magazines stuffed into flower pots, wooden tables with steel high chairs and a proper open kitchen. Since everything at Mantoushe is made in-house, I saw the staff prepping the ingredients and beginning to make the dips.

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As for drinks, you can make your own fresh fruit or vegetable juice. Decided on¬†a watermelon which was not watered down at all ūüôā and a mix of carrot and green apple –¬†really fresh and helped to wash down our sandwiches.

They have an option to build your own wrap but I decided to be safe and go for the fantastic pre-built options, since it was our first time at Mantoushe. Mr Draper is a creation built by an actual customer that got so popular they had to add it to their menu!

It consists of: steak, mozzarella and cheddar, spicy potato, lettuce, pomegranate, roasted garlic, salsa verde, peanuts, honey and dijon mustard. There was quite a bit happening in this wrap, not quite sure as to what stood out but it worked well together.

The quinowawa salad was the best quinoa based salad I’ve had so far with soft feta, crunchy pistachios and pumpkin seeds, juicy cranberries and a glazed balsamic!

The taster trio gives you 3 mini sandwiches: steakmous, south baked crisp and fetazee.

I¬†liked the steakmous –¬†tender pieces of steak with soft potatoes on a base of hummus! The south baked crisp –¬†I think the chicken was breaded in cornflakes and the mayo buffalo sauce gives it a kick. Oddly enough my favorite was the fetazee –¬†incredibly fresh and I loved the combination of zaatar, feta, cucumber and pomegranate drizzled with olive oil.

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Can’t forget fries can we? These are some sweet pepper fries, sweet potatoes with a thick pepper coating, soft on the inside but crunchy on the outside.

As for dessert the mini cream cheese and honey wrap with some decaf vanilla tea ended the amazing meal on another high note!

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New restaurant alert: Olea Kempinski MOE

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates recently opened up Olea, serving up Levantine cuisine. The marbly interiors and futuristic patterning compliment the orange, green and brown color theme. The open kitchen with the traditional ovens and steel surfaces are a sight to see Рthe waiters shout out your order while the smiling chefs scurry to their positions.

Mocktails are a must! Passion of the spice (passion fruit puree, honey, lime juice, mint leaves, chili tincture, tonka bean) and levant & company (strawberry, cinnamon, lemon juice, cracked black pepper).

Trio of labneh (garlic, walnut and chili paste) creamy and light with a base of olive oil and a range of accompaniments.

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The fattoush (one of my favorite salads) topped with micro greens and crisp croutons was a fast favorite.

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The charcoal roasted halloumi was a little salty on it’s own but tasted great with the blanched cherry tomatoes and coriander it was served with.

Yalangi (vine leaves) have slowly won me over this year and these were nothing less than special here, vine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs and doused with a zesty vinaigrette.

The classic batata harra, soft fried whole baby potatoes swimming in a creamy gravy with a hint of spice – well executed.

Can’t leave without some el homos, with 3 different types served: Beiruti (spicy), Musahaba and homos all 3 were delicious as homos should be!

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I loved the crusty zaatar manakeesh, simplistic yet flavorful.

Palestinian musakhan – chicken, sumac, olive oil, caramelized onions, pine nuts atop a sodden down flatbread. The thick pieces of chicken and browned pine nuts make for a fantastic combination.

Hamour in a claypot, not the prettiest dish but boy was it good – succulent hamour fillets submerged in a tomato gravy.

Dessert doesn’t disappoint with soft kunafa made Palestinian style, I normally don’t like semolina based kunafa’s but this one won me over.

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Halawet eljibin is a dessert topped with cotton candy which melts when syrup is poured, left with cheesy dumplings drenched in rose syrup nuts and rose petals – a perfect finish to the meal.

Food: Iftar at Reem Al Bawadi – let’s give a little!

Reem Al Bawadi just unveiled their new campaign called: Give a Little supported by Coca Cola, which will provide daily meals to laborers in the Holy Month of Ramadan. How it works is that a give a little card (above) is placed on every table and you just have to hand it over to your waiter who will add 20 AED to your bill.

Since we were here for the unveiling we also got to try a bit of what Reem Al Bawadi has to offer. The restaurant itself is quite big and has two different areas (smoking/non-smoking). The interiors are a blast from the past, loved the lamps and different Ramadan inspired lights. We visited the branch located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Manara exit. Continue reading Food: Iftar at Reem Al Bawadi – let’s give a little!

Food: Iftar preview at Seven Sands The Beach JBR

We were invited to an iftar preview at the newly opened Seven Sands located at The Beach Mall JBR.

The restaurant itself is drop dead gorgeous, the lower floor brings you a blast from the past with their beautiful history wall and the bar area is adorned with seven spices! The upper level has a more modern feel and also has a terrace with a killer view – perfect for winter nights.

Another fun fact about Seven Sands is that it actually has seven sands from the seven emirates in different colors.

For drinks we both got the refreshing yellow bello: passion fruit, basil leaves, fresh lemon juice and soda water. Continue reading Food: Iftar preview at Seven Sands The Beach JBR