Not pocket friendly
I’ve been craving for some good authentic Mexican food and I find Maria Bonita, alas!! Do check out Maria Bonita if you too are a Mexican food lover like I’m. They’re located in Jumeriah and you can easily find them on Smart Drive or on Google Maps, so reaching here wouldn’t be a problem. They do have free parking but sadly the day we had gone it was all full, that can be a little issue.
Maria Bonita has indoor and outdoor seating both, I had gone on a Friday with a friend of mine and they were already full by the time we reached there and they only had 1 table outside which wasn’t taken, even though they’ve a/c coolers outside it was kind of hot to sit outside, so we opted to sit inside but most of the table were taken or some of them were reserved but their staff was kind enough to get us a table. As we get seated their staff straight comes with the Menu’s and their warm basket of Tortilla chips with grilled salsa and fresh salsa. Okay, I’m not even kidding they’ve a hand bag holder, wait what?? HAHA yess, loved that!!
These chips were huge, so crunchy fresh and so good, as your chips get over they immediately bring in other hot ones! I could eat them all day, not even joking 😛 I liked the grilled salsa more than fresh salsa because I could barely taste anything in the fresh salsa other than the coriander leaves; and the grilled salsa was a bit more flavourful as it had more spices.
Left: Grilled Salsa, Right: Fresh Salsa.
Everything is just so colourful and pretty!! The menu is a bit different on Zomato from their Dine in Menu as they have a lot of more options to order from. If you’re a vegetarian like I’m and you’re afraid of not finding veg options then that wouldn’t happen here because they pretty much have a veg option in everything possible. 😀
Let’s get to our orders, I ordered their Jumbo Quesadilla (Veg obvio :P) and a glass of Coke and my friend ordered the Nacho Macho with beef, Chimichanga and Pina Colada.
I love myself some Quesadilla 😀 Jumbo Quesadilla had Bell Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms and seasonings with a lot of cheese in the filling. Thier dishes surely isn’t for 1 person, I hardly had 3-4 slices and I was done, I was so full. They taste so good, flavourful and filling for sure. They’re served with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. The best is their Guacamole, you can order it separately with your chips if you want and they will make it fresh right in front of you! Yes, its on a pricy side but you can share it with a friend of yours and there always a takeaway option. Jumbo Quesadilla is for 52 dhs
Jumbo Quesadilla (Veg)
Nacho Macho (Beef) the servings are really huge and 1 person can barely eat anything (yes I’m repeating that again :P), as it had beef so I dint eat it, but just look at it, looks so tasty. Nacho Macho was topped with beans, melted cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos and meat. If I had to order this (veg option) I would maybe just eat this because I know I wouldn’t be able to eat anything else. 😛 Nacho Macho is for 46dhs.
Nacho Macho (beef)
My friend had ordered Pina Colada, was alright not the best; It tasted more like I’m having coconut milk rather than Pina Colada. Pina Colada has Pineapple juice and Coconut Milk mixed together but I couldn’t taste any Pineapple. Not sure how much was the drink for. And also if they would serve it in a fancy glass would look better 😀
It surely was a feast and the food is so good and filling and the portions are huge! The ambience is really chilled but can be a little noisy when there are a lot of people, but that’s a sign of a good restaurant right??? 😉 The staff is really attentive and friendly. It can be a little out of budget if you’re a budgeted person but you can come in a group and order few things on the menu and share the food and the bill too 😀 The soft drinks was for 14dhs yup pricy and that annoys me, but they’re refillable and also huge glasses so you would barely go for a refil, haha 😛 You see what they did there!!
Left to Rigth: Chimichanga, Nacho Macho, Tortilla Chips, Salsa’s and Jumbo Quesadilla.
The interior was lovely as I have mentioned above, and I’ll surely come back soon and would love to try their other dishes too!! Stay Healthy, Stay Foodie and Stay Tuned!
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Phone Numbers : 04 3954454
I wanted to go to this place from a very long time and I finally got to go to Big Smoke Burgers this weekend! As Ramadan is going on they open at Iftar, they do takeaways from 6:30pm too in Ramadan. You can always call them up and check it out! They’re located at the Box Park, Al Safa.
Box Park, Al Safa, Dubai.
They’ve a lot of options if you’re a non vegetarian but that isn’t the same if you’re a vegetarian! You can choose your toppings whether you want the Classic toppings that is Iceberg Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickles, Mayonnaise, Ketchup and Dijon Mustard or from their Signature toppings which is Caramelised Onions, Roasted Red Peppers, Avocado, Sauteed Mushroom and Coleslaw and you just have to pay extra 5dhs for that. They’ve a wide range of their Signature burgers too, you can choose from that and pay according to how many ounce burger do you want, they’ve 2oz, 4oz and 6oz burgers.
Left: Cheese burger 4oz with Coke. Right: Veggie Burger 60z, Small Fries and Coke.
I opted for their Veggie Burger 6oz with the Classic Toppings, the patty was a normal potato, carrot, onion and peas with herbs and spices patty. It’s definitely a normal potato patty but the taste was way better than a normal potato patty because of the spices they had used and the classic toppings! I was a little disappointed about one thing and that was when I took my 1st bite my burger became a mess, the patty kept coming out with every bite, the bun was a little smaller comparing to the patty so the patty kept coming out or it can be that I don’t know how to eat a burger properly, haha 😛 No, really can be either of those 😛 I’m not a messy eater so I kind of dislike when things get messier, but at least the burger tasted good! Veggie Burger is for 30dhs.
Veggie Burger 6oz.
Can we all take a moment and thank god for french fries or the person who thought of french fries??? This by far is my most favourite french fries I’ve had in a very long time, I’m not even kidding! They’re hand cut french fries and I think they’re fried for a little longer because they’re just so crispy from the outside but the best thing is that it hasn’t lost the softness from inside even after it’s fried for longer time!! Loved it, I would go back from some fries with any doubt! The french fries is for 15dhs (small).
Don’t forget to order some Mayonnaise to dip your fries and even if you love Tabasco sauce like I do then you can mix some ketchup and Tabasco together and make your own Tomato Chilli Sauce! 😀
French Fries: Hand Cut- Small.
Soft drinks are for 12dhs (pricy) but are refillable so you can get your refills how many ever time you want! I barely refilled it ones because the glass was so huge. 😛
If you’re buying everything together then it can be a little pricy for you but hey sharing, that’s where you can even eat what you want and pay half of it. 😉
The staff was friendly and helpful so that’s a good thing! The ambience is pretty good, I really liked the interior and the seating inside and out! They’ve a rustic wall also in there, be careful with the wall though! 😛 Good place to chill with friends.. Do come a little earlier if you’ve a car because finding for a parking in the front side would be difficult, but I think Box Park has parking on the back side too.
Hope my review was any helpful for you, enjoy your time and do let me know how did you like Big Smoke Burgers! Don’t forget to follow my food journey, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Have a great day ahead, Stay Healthy and Stay Foodie! 😀
I’ve been on a mission to find the best vegetarian burger in Dubai, and I did find some great tasting burgers and some weren’t that great. I’m still on a mission haven’t stopped it yet! So, if you’ve a suggestion please do let me know in the comments below and I’ll surely go try it out there!! Enjoy the blog and this series.
I’ll be reviewing all the tasty burgers I’ve had in the following days with my new series; Mission Burger. Hope you all like it!! Today I’ll start with Burger Fuel, stay tuned they have pretty finger licking good burgers!! Let’s get reviewing! 😀
Burger Fuel was originally found in New Zealand and they’re well known for their gourmet burgers; they have almost 11 locations in Dubai. You can find all their locations and menu on http://www.zomato.com or on their own site www.burgerfuel.com/uae/menu
Burger Fuel has two vegetarian gourmet burgers, 1) V Dub Vege and 2) V Twin Vege. I had both the burgers and one the 1st bite itself I was in love with them!! They literally taste so good and filling.
(Top: V Dub Vege, Below: V Twin Vege)
Let’s start with V Dub Vege, this burger has a different combination to it, They’ve a side dish munchy which is Motobites (25dhs) and it is made of smashed pumpkin, carrot, chickpea and ginger bites, and that’s what they have in the burger, they put almost 4-5 motobites with some melted cheddar, raw grated beetroot, salad, relish, aioli. 1st when I went through their menu and read pumpkin, I had double thoughts of ordering V Dub Vege but it was a surprise!! You cannot literally taste any pumpkin because of all the spices, chickpea and ginger bites. I don’t either like beetroot, but hey this combination is so so so goood!!! Frankly the burger on it’s own is a bit expensive but it’s totally worth it!! V Dub Vege is for 32dhs
V Twin Vege, is a mushroom, kumara (sweet potato), chickpea and basil pattie, melted cheddar, plum sauce, salad, relish, and aioli. At 1st when you read all these ingredients you think will this actually taste good together??? But ones you take a bite, OMG just so delicious and so yummy. The burgers themselves are so huge and heavy that you can barely finish them! The plum sauce has a little sweet and sour touch to it, that it actually goes well with the whole burger. V Twin Vege is for 32dhs
(Top: V Dub Vege with Onion Rings and Coke, Below: V Twin Vege with Sweet Potato Fries and Coke)
I tried few of their sides, like the sweet potato fries, smash browns, and onion rings. Sweet Potato fries (18dhs) are thin and crispy from outside soft and sweet from the inside, you can count in as a healthy option. HAHA! Smash Browns (15dhs) are actually tater tots, very tasty and a little oily too, but that’s okay. Maybe? haha! Finally comes the Onion Rings, (15dhs) crispy from the out and crispy from the inside too! All the sides are served with their signature aioli.
I even tried the Chocolate Shake, but um dint really like it. It was more like a thick shake and too sweet. If you just go for the shake then also it’s extremely heavy and very filling, better to think before you make your mind to buy the shake. Chocolate Shake is for 20dhs. The soft drinks is for 10dhs.
Burger Fuel, Umm Suqeim Branch.
Burger Fuel is a bit on a expensive side and not pocket friendly for a budgeted person, but hey it’s really worth every penny! They’re not like the other simple potato and pea pattie burger, lot of different combination, taste, huge and very filling too! Give it a try and do let me know if you like them or not!! It would be great to hear back from you. Their staff is very helpful and friendly too! Parking at the Umm Suqeim branch is pretty easy because they’ve a parking lot!
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Hello Hello foodie! I hope you all are doing great! I recently tried this new restaurant located in Fahidi Souk, 1st floor terrace in Meena Bazar.
I had heard and read A LOT of good reviews about this place on Facebook and by few other people, but we weren’t sure where they were located. We found out the place, Their interior is unique, they’ve an outside seating too which is good if you go in the winters. We were greeted by their staff and the manager as we entered and got seated.
As I always say every restaurant has the dine or not to dine experience and so does this place, we went twice and both the times there was something I dint like. Their menu doesn’t have a lot of variety in North Indian sabzi’s, very limited. When said about it the Manager was like we’ve a big variety in other cuisine. Umm not that big in other cuisine either. (That’s what I think.)
The 1st time we had gone it was a Friday, very slow service I understand it’s a weekend but we literally sat there for more than 2 hours waiting for our food to come. They’ve less waiters, food comes really slow. So I give them my order and I was really clear about it and said I would like to order Paneer Makhani, and I don’t know how we were severed with Kadhai Paneer. Dint like the sabzi a lot, I just like the gravy’s taste. I’m familiar that Kadhai Paneer has big chunks of capsicum and onion with big pieces of paneer, but this had more of capsicum, onions and less of paneer. That was a little disappointing to me. You should totally order their Roti Basket, that was the best thing I had that evening! Freshly made roti’s, they’ve 5 types of breads, that is Missi Roti, Laccha Paratha, Aloo/Paneer Kulcha, Pudina Paratha and Butter Naan. All of them were good even after getting cold. That’s how the roti’s are suppose to be. Raj Kachori’s presentation was pretty but dint like the taste, very average! The lentils weren’t properly cooked, it dint have theeka meetha chutneys too. My Uncle liked their Thali so it was a hit. Shikanji was a MISS, very watery and dint have any proper taste, lack of lemon juice and sugar both.
Paneer Makhani was alright, I’ve had better paneer makhani before, it dint have that makhani taste in the gravy. It was more of a tomato purée taste and less of makhani taste and again less of paneer in the gravy. Roti basket was good as before. Chilli Cheese Toast was the best thing of the evening, just the size of the toast was way too small then we thought but the taste was good, I could taste parmesan cheese, processed cheese and a little of mozzarella cheese too, it also had proper amount of chilli as the name, liked it a lot! Masala Chai was good!
So, this was my dine or not to dine experience at Desi Bistro. I also did speak to their Manager and Head Chef, pretty understanding team, good staff, nice interior, expensive food quantity wise, they should really add a lot of North Indian Sabzi to their menu! Hygiene wise they’re clean.
Overall Ratings: 6/10
Overall experience was okay, I wouldn’t call it pocket friendly at all and one time try is okay. It was a hit or miss situation.