The Bhukkad Cafe

Bhukkad Cafe is the newest place everyone is literally hanging around! My friend Aditi was invited and she took me and Shabina/Shabosphere for tasting on Women’s Day! This place is beautifully interior-ed, love the ambience and seating. But every place has some hits and misses, so did bhukkad cafe! Let’s get talking about the food and our order!

It being International Women’s Day, they were serving a glass of Jalebi Milkshake to every Woman in the house, that was a very sweet gesture! Umm, sadly I dint like the shake at all, very watery and buttery. The first sip makes your whole mouth very buttery, that’s something I dislike the most, Jalebi Shake was a miss for me!

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Bhukkad Cafe, doesn’t have anything like starters or mains. We started off with Chau Mean.

Chau Mean – 26dhs – Chau mean was the dish between hit and miss, the dish was very bland, no spice or salt was added. We added some chutney from our sandwich which made it taste it a little better. Chau Mean was served on Spade, yes the one which we use in gardening, I personally loved the presentation, very quirky and different!

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Mithibai Grill Sandwich – 26dhs – I have never had the original mithibai grill sandwich but what I had here at Bhukkad Cafe was really tasty, flavorful and loaded with cheese and served with potato chips! A Must Try

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Pizza Fries – 22dhs – Them fries were also loaded with cheese on the top, the fries had pizza sauce, few jalapeno’s and the rest I forgot πŸ˜› sorry about that πŸ˜›Β  I feel the quantity as per the price pretty less and if the dish was baked or had melted cheese or a little cooked cheese would taste even better. I get they’re trying to recreate the dishes you get in India food stalls but this was my little thought to the dish.

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Pull Out Bread – 32dhs – This was my personal favorite and I was really looking forward for this dish since I saw some of my friends posting them pictures on instagram (you can also follow me Instagram – @hemangiramani , self promo πŸ˜› ) let’s get back to the dish πŸ˜› haha πŸ˜› So, it’s slab of small pav bread, they scoop the top and add finely chopped capsicums, onions, tomatoes, corn and mix them in butter an some masala and which is also topped with cheese, oregano and chili flakes. Only the sad part was that the cheese dint pull out as it had cold by the time we finished taking our pictures and all πŸ˜› A Must Try if you’re a cheese lover!

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Chaat Platter – 40dhs – Umm, very expensive for the quantity I’m getting and also I dint like either of the chaats, mostly all of them were very spicy or had no proper spice. The chaat platter was a miss for me!

Mac n Tikka – 36dhs – Bringing the Italian Pasta with an Indian Paneer/Chicken Tikka twist! This dish would taste epic if they used a little less garam masala to it, the masala over took the whole dish and you could barely taste anything else, and on the other hand the normal white sauce pasta was really good, that was a win for me, otherwise the tikka masala gravy was a very big let down.

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Brownie Shake – 28dhs – Even this shake was a little watery to me, whenever the word shake comes to mind I always think of kind of thick shake, tasted a lot like chocolate milkshake, it was okay. All points to the presentation!

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For the desserts we went for a cake and ice creams –

Sticky Toffee Cake – 22dhs – I personally ain’t a big sticky toffee cake fan because the dessert consist of dates, it’s not that I don’t like dates but I do not like it in my desserts warm. That’s too me TMI πŸ˜› Let’s get back to the dish πŸ˜› Overall the cake tasted very soft, moist and not too sweet, the cake was served with ice cream on the top. A Must Try!

Ice Cream – Gulkaand 24dhs and Paan Vanilla – 22dhs – Both the ice creams tasted extremely good, very flavorful and just the same way as they would taste in real. I’m not sure what they served us in was their regular size of serving or it was only for us, but if that was their regular portion of serving for the ice cream then, bro that’s extremely EXPENSIVE!

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Service and Staff – Staff was a little confused with few of our orders, they kept coming and asking would you still need this or forget our order. They need to work with that and also the service was alright.

On the Pocket – Pretty pretty expensive on the pocket, if you’re a middle class earning person like I’m, then I don’t think this the ideal place for you! The amount they are charging isn’t right for the quantity they serve. This is my personal thought.

Overall – I loved the ambience, very different and indianised! Few of their dishes were really good be that veg or non veg and some were under the mark, which they need to work on them. They also need to work on their staffs with taking orders and phrasing a question correctly to the customers. You’ll find a lot of parking around the place and luckily its the ‘C’ zone so you ain’t paying a lot on your parking. They’re almost all the time full and there is a lot of people in waiting too, so you better call them up before you leave to check if there aren’t enough people when you reach there. This was my honest review about the place, pls do not think I was bashing the cafe in anyways! These were my personal thoughts on what all I was served.

Hope my blog was helpful for you and for further information you can check them out on The Bhukkad Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’m really enjoying writing my blogs, hope you’re enjoying them too! Until next time, Stay Awesome and Stay Foodie πŸ˜€

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Nurai Cafe

Nurai is a Lebanese cuisine restaurant and is located in Business Bay with a beautiful view of Burj Khalifa and with an outdoor and indoor seating! The interiors are so stunning, I absolutely loved it!

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I went along with a friend of mine who was in town for few days and we thought of catching up at Nurai and surely they dint disappoint us with anything, everything from food to the service to the view everything was on point. let me tell you more about everything πŸ˜€

What we ordered

IMG_4269Flatlay of our order

Drinks –

Strawberry Mojito – You all know how much I love my Mojito’s!! The mojito at Nurai was a bit different as they had topped it with some whipped cream, but that actually tasted good, at 1st I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I ended up liking it a lot! πŸ˜€

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Aruba – My friend found a drink on her name and she went for the same and loved it! πŸ˜€

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From the oven

Halloumi Manakesh – Rightly cooked for me means not too soft on the base and not too hard, and they totally made the way I like it. πŸ˜€

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Cold Mezza

Hammus – I LOVED THE HUMMUS!! SO so creamy and so flavorful, one of the best hummus I have had in a very long time! surely a Must Try!

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Fattouch – I have recently have fallen in love with fattouch and thought of trying it at Nurai and it wasn’t a bad idea at all! Fresh crunchy salad with rolled up kaboos pieces, with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil, loved it! Must Try!

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Hot Mezza

Shish Tawouk – (Non Veg) No, I dint eat it, my friend had it she told me this one of the best shish tawouk she has eaten, very flavorful and tasty, which was accompanied with some garlic sauce, pickles and crunchy fries. A Must Try for my non veg friends! πŸ˜€

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Appetizers –

Mexican Nachos – They got a little cold by the time we started having them, so the cheese was all stuck over the the chips. I’m sure it would taste way better warm. Nachos was served with some Guacamole and Sour Cream on the side.

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Burger –

Mozzarella Burger – OMG! This burger was so so good!! I was totally full by the time I reached the burger but even after it just being cheese, some tasty sauces and pickles this burger was my favorite and the burger bun was also so soft and good! The burger was accompanied by some fresh coleslaw salad and fries. It’s on my Must Try charts! πŸ˜€

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Pizza – We had a half n half pizza

Vegetarian Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza – Thin crust pizza with a total home made flavour, the pizza at Nurai are one of the most ordered food! πŸ˜€ Half n half is a good idea when you can’t finish one whole pizza by yourself so you can share it also and you can have the half pizza by yourself too. πŸ˜€ A Must Try!

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Desserts –

No food journey ends without some good desserts, and even if you’re full to the bream you’ll always have space of desserts, no doubt! πŸ˜€

Profiteroles with Ice cream – This was my very 1st time trying profiteroles, very fluffy roles filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, very delicious. This dish is also comes under their one of their best dishes!

Chocolate Fondant Cake with Ice Cream – You can never go wrong with chocolate fondant cake, so fluffy from the outside and very gooey chocolaty from the inside and tastes like heaven! Aahh would love some right now! πŸ˜€ A Must Try!

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Service – Quick service even after having a lot of customers, very friendly staff too!

Ambience – Beautiful ambience with a lovely view. πŸ˜€

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Overall – A great afternoon spent with good friend, great food and beautiful view. Oh wait, did I tell you about the view was so beautiful? Haha, I did πŸ˜€ Totally coming back with my friends to chill. Also they’re smoke friendly restaurant where you can Shisha, if you’re a shisha lover this is a perfect place for you!

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Location – They’re located in business bay

Parking – Finding a parking would be a little difficult because of all the construction but you can give your car for valet only for 10dhs (no time limit, crazy ain’t it? :D)

You can also check them out on Zomato for more info – Nurai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

So, this was my expeirence with Nurai, an absolute 4.5/5 experience πŸ˜€ Stick around for more reviews/blogs πŸ˜€ You can also follow me on instagram at @hemangiramani for some crazy food journey of mine πŸ˜€ Till next time Stay Awesome and Stay Foodie! πŸ˜€

Let’s go back to Punjab with Chawlas^2 :D

Let me take you on a food journey to Punjab with some good Punjabi Khana πŸ˜€

Thank you to my blogger friends The Scrumptious Scavengers for taking me along for a tasting at Chawlas2, I’m so glad to discover an authentic punjabi restaurant. We were welcomed by Mr.Arvinder, the franchisee/owner of Chawlas2. He took us back to the history where all the magic started and is still going on very strongly!!

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Let me quickly jump to the food, because I can’t wait to tell you guys what all I ate πŸ˜€

Beverages

I started off with two beverages, 1 was the Sweet Lime Soda, which took me back to India!! Ah so good and refreshing, the soda had some soda masala too, bonus points for that. πŸ˜€

IMG_3947Lime Soda (12dhs) and Salted Lassi (15dhs)

My 2nd beverage was the Salted Lassi, I’m a crazy lassi person, because it’s just a little thinner version of yogurt and I love it so much, and literally this lassi was hands down my favourite, so fresh and so thick! Loved it! A must try to both the beverages!

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Starters

Mr. Arvinder was very kind to serve me the whole Vegetarian Platter which consisted with different assortments like

Paneer Tikka – Very flavorful, paneer was fresh not rubbery at all, soft and tasty.

Veg Seekh Kebab – Were a little dry but tasted good.

Tandoori Gobi – Totally Masalaidar and properly tandoor’d

Tandoori Mushroom – Very standard and tasted good.

Stuffed Tandoori Aloo – I would write a whole para for the Aloo’s, they were my favorite on the platter, they were so good! The aloo were scooped and filled with crushed sesame seeds, spices, and bits of paneer and tandoor’d so well, oh so good! A Must Try!

IMG_3957Veg Tandoori Platter (39dhs)

I dint go for a lot in mains, because by the time I got done with the platter I was full and also I was the only vegetarian πŸ˜› So dint order a big portions, went for small portions. Pls remember when you order the quantity will differ for the mains.
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Up – Non Veg Platter(69dhs) , Middle – Tandoori Mutton Burra (41dhs), Down – Veg Platter (39dhs) *The quantity may vary

Insider to the Restaurant –

Chawlas2 is very well known for their signature dish “The Cream Chicken” where everything started, back in the days in Ludhiana they only use to do take away of their signature dish with a loaf of bread. Everybody instantly fell in love with their cream chicken and today they’ve almost 100 branches across the globe, like North India, UK, USA, Australia and 2 years old in Dubai, UAE πŸ˜€

The restaurants name, Chawlas^2 which is actually Chawla’s Sqaure, where the veg and the non veg authentic punjabi food meets, how cool and unique is thatt?? πŸ˜€

I would like to add a fun fact about their spices used in Cream Chicken or Cream Paneer for the vegetarians, literally nobody knows what are the secret spices, they’re freshly made in India and sent them over here!! Wow, that’s a big secret right here πŸ˜€

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Interiors

Okay, let’s get back to my mains, shall we ? πŸ˜€

Mains –

I tried the signature dish – cream chicken gravy (don’t worry I dint eat chicken, they removed some gravy for me before adding the chicken, haha πŸ˜› ) It is an off white colour gravy, which is thick and spicy. The gravy is slightly spicy but the spice doesn’t give you burning sensation in your throat, that’s win for me! A Must Try

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Signature Dish – Cream Chicken(37dhs) Gravy with Laccha Paratha(6dhs)

I also had Paneer Tikka Masala with laccha paratha and butter naan. The paneer was soft from the inside that it melts straight away and a little hard from the outside because it tandoor’d at the right heat. Paneer Tikka Masala is slightly pink gravy and not like our normal Paneer Tikka Masala. The spices in this gravy was also not over powering the paneer. I had two breads, from which I really like the butter naan because it was softer than the laccha paratha. Laccha partha got a little difficult to break as it got colder.

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Paneer Tikka Masala(33dhs)

My favorite sabzi would be the Cream Paneer if you’re a veg and Cream Chicken if you’re a non veg, it an absolute Must Try!

We ended our tasty punjabi food journey with some lip smacking dessert!

Dessert – Gulab Jamun (Happy dance)

I loveeee Gulab Jamun so much!!! They served us some warm Gulab Jamun’s which were so soft and stuffed with kesar and pista! I had one 1 jamun because we were sharing πŸ˜› If we weren’t I would have eaten two of them πŸ˜› A Must Try!
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Gulab Jamun (15dhs)

Ambience

Lovely ambience, good seating and beautiful interior, very energetic and friendly staff! They’ve outdoor seating also, which you can take advantage in this lovely weather πŸ˜€ Wifi is also available with some good punjabi ganai πŸ˜€

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Cool Interior

Overall –

Very good authentic punjabi food, good staff and not too difficult to find them! They also do home delivery. And surely looking to come back with other friends, totally recommend it!

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Comfortable seating with good seating.

Location –

They’re located in JLT, Cluster M, ground floor. You can also call them up on 04 5149271 or check them out on zomato/chawlas2 πŸ˜€

Free Stuff –

-WIFIIIIIII πŸ˜€
-Good Punjabi Songs
-3 hours free parking πŸ˜€ (tip – do not park for more than 3hrs otherwise you would have to pay a 200dhs fine :P)

Chawlas2 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoI hope this blog of mine was any helpful to you and hope you have a great time at Chawlas2, till next time, See youu πŸ˜€

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