KOBEYa at Wasl Vita Shopping Mall in Dubai

The Japanese have become known worldwide for their earnest quality and attention to detail as they strive for simple perfection – and we see that in the Kobe beef industry, now considered the most prized meat in the world, and this is naturally reflected in KOBEYa restaurant in Jumeirah, Dubai.

Simple perfection

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A lovely cafe’ feel, KOBEYa is actually a full-fledged restaurant, specializing in gluten-free dining.

It’s cozy, and it’s tranquil.

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weekenduae Kobeya

And it has both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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weekenduae Kobeya

While KOBEYa’s namesake is obviously the famous Kobe beef, there is actually a lot more on offer on the menu.

A fresh and fantastic lotus root salad – with a delicious creamy dressing – which combines crunchy with soft, in an attention to detail that will become the standard of the dining experience.

weekenduae Kobeya
weekenduae Kobeya

Truly an excellent and unique salad!

With it, came a gluten-free rendition of Japanese tempura, but instead of wheat, rice flour is used – and therefore actually not tempura anymore, but called Panko – and I’ll tell you right away it was one of the best tempuras that I’ve had the pleasure of tasting!

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Not only was it light and crunchy, and again juxtaposed to a soft interior, but the choice of ingredients was exemplary – I just loved the beetroot!

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The mains included Kobe beef, but not in steak form, as we expected – instead it is presented as burger patty, or as thin strips forming a sukiyaki-style dish, with rice.

It is probable that prime cuts for medallion steaks are not on the menu as the price would frighten unwary customers – but that is the value of prime Kobe beef, and I would humbly suggest KOBEYa consider adding an extra-special treat in the form of a thick grilled steak, even in small portion, perhaps served on a hot plate at the table.

The Kobe Sukiyaki bowl was certainly delicious, but the amazing quality of the beef is somewhat understated when heavily marinated and cut thinly.

However, it was extremely satisfying, and served as a complete meal, with egg, leek, green onion, firm tofu, and yummy glazed onions!

weekenduae Kobeya
weekenduae Kobeya

Also the noodles were tasty, and a great alternative to rice, yet of course also gluten-free.

weekenduae Kobeya
weekenduae Kobeya

Overall, KOBEYa is a wonderful new restaurant, with impeccable quality and extremely delicious food – while it represents Kobe meat, it seems a little shy to show its best potential.

Nevertheless, for a lovely Japanese cuisine experience, KOBEYa delivers at a high level of satisfaction, and I think will become one of my favorite restaurants in Dubai.

Ah, they also stock gluten-free products!

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weekenduae Kobeya
weekenduae Kobeya

And I almost forgot!!!

KOBEYa also presents a great selection of quality coffees and teas, including original Japanese Matcha, and an interesting Vietnamese drip coffee.

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As always, that attention to detail!

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As well as a Matcha that you can’t drink, but enjoy as a superb dessert – yes, gluten-free!

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All in all, KOBEYa is a reference point for gluten-free eating, as well as representing delicious Japanese cuisine.

Yours to explore!

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Kobeya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Loy Krathong Festival at Sukhothai restaurant, Le Meridien Village, Dubai – Nov 11-13, 2019

A wonderful dinner destination any day of the year, the magic becomes thicker and the joy more tangible during the full moon festival of Loy Krathong – when the good folks in the Sukhothai kitchens put their skills together to represent their country and impress all visitors with a special limited-time menu to celebrate this marvelous cultural tradition.

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And the atmosphere is fabulous at Le Meridien Village on a full moon evening!

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai

But none of the 18 restaurants in Le Meridien Village are as happening as Sukhothai during a Thai festival.

Because the delicious meal is one thing, but a fun Thai festival is something else!!

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai
weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai

The krathong is a cheerfully decorated candle-lit float… and you are welcome to join in the ceremonies, for good luck.

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai

And Sukhothai restaurant offers a marvelous ambiance all nights, not only during special events.

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai
weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai

Both indoors and out in the garden

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai
weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai

Thai fine-dining at its best in Dubai

I will reveal only one of the 3 starters, soup, 3 mains, and dessert that comprise the Loy Krathong special menu – as not to spoil the surprise prepared by the Chef and his team:

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai

Handmade coconut ice-cream and shavings on a crème brûlée infused with the delicate fragrance of pandan leaves – certainly fit for a full moon festival!

weekenduae Sokhothai Loy Krathong 2019 Le Meridien Village Dubai
Sukhothai - Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

AER Restaurant and Bar in Dubai International Financial Centre

Where the work-hard, party-hard people go to unwind – and it’s a great choice because it combines the varied dimensions of DIFC luxury, delicious and proper restaurant food, dazzling full-service cocktail bar, extraordinary shisha, and an atmosphere straight into the next century!

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Basically, you’re on a terrace in one of Dubai trendiest districts…

… and if you look up from your sofa, this is what you see:

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What a feeling!

You feel like you’re on top of the DIFC world.

A world of dare, of calculated entrepreneurial risk, of pushing the boundaries – of life, of work, of leisure.

This is who you are – this is where you’ve reached.

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And AER is where the action’s at.

But the surprise was the food!

So many cocktail lounges impress on the drinks and atmosphere front, but then they fall the moment you order something to eat.

It seems they can do one or the other, but not both.

AER instead is a natural multi-tasker!

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An eclectic menu – Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, and Chinese – but there’s no conflict of interest… all are there to delight you equally, depending on how you’re feeling.

And all were delicious!

From the beef sliders,

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to the tuna sashimi!

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Check this out for freshness!

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Five-star restaurant fare – very impressive for a locale with Dubai’s longest bar!

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And a separate cocktail bar second to none!

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And a selection of seating options according to your mood.

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weekenduae AER
weekenduae AER

And the decor is funky, yet classy – and always a surprise around the corner!

This is the kind of restaurant / bar that becomes your second home…

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But wait!

I haven’t even touched the surface of the exceptional food on offer!

Nor the drinks…

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weekenduae AER

Chinese dumplings, made fresh on the premises…

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And tasting fresh!

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And dips and salads and pastas, and a shout out for the guacamole and pesto bread – fantastic!

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And, overall, it’s just an elegant place – a place to lounge after work, or to enjoy a late night, or even a dinner in between.

Above all it’s chic and cool.

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Here’s your sofa,

become a regular,

Just let your friends know: “I’ll be at AER…”

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AER Restaurant and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Holiday Arabian Resort in Hatta

Hatta used to be a popular day trip from Dubai – straight from the coastal urban metropolis into the deep wild mountains of the UAE – and that hasn’t changed.

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What has changed is that finally it is no longer a day-trip!

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Hatta has found its groove with a good variety of overnight accommodation and day-time attractions that the drive back needs not to be in the same day, and a lovely night in the high mountain town adds a splendid dimension to Dubai’s favorite getaway destination.

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And chief among the resorts in the area is the Holiday Arabian Resort, particularly for a group of friends or large family.

You get your own villa…

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…and your own backyard.

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Priced to be affordable, basic but with all you need for a fantastic weekend!

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta
weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

And this is within the Holiday Arabian Resort gated compound, with swimming pools, restaurant, and bar.

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta
weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

With some nice touches of care, too – like the infant’s cot, for instance.

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Breakfast was great when ordered a la carte,

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And dinner was tasty, too!

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Particularly the Indian fare… and the crispy crunchy chicken!

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Alternatively, Arabian grilled meats are available,

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as well as flavorsome biryanis.

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

By the way, all these can be served to the comfort of your villa, and also BBQ equipment can be provided!

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

Part of the resort is under maintenance,

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but for the most part you will feel very comfortable and at home.

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta
weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

And in Hatta itself, many new visitor attractions will keep you busy and interested, including some tucked-away places for you to discover!

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta
weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

Some quirky and unique!

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And some well-known, such as the picturesque Hatta dam, the Heritage Village, the oases, the mountain wadis, and the new mountain biking and zip-lining tourists areas.

And when you’re done exploring, back to your home away from home at Holiday Arabian Resort!

weekenduae Holiday Arabian Resort Hatta

Latino Brunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay in Dubai

Of all the 190 cultures represented in Dubai Expo 2020, none are as well known for their carnival-like fun events as Latin Americans – and this spirit is what drives the Latino Brunch in Dubai at DoubleTree by Hilton in Business Bay every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

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And the space is elegant – especially now that good weather is arriving…

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I’d have preferred to sit outside – brilliant play of shadow and light!

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Plus, outside is the grill master, and it’s always good to be close by, even if at the Latino Brunch they’ll bring the piping-hot grilled meats to your table.

Nothing tastes better than an outdoor grill BBQ!

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Except the interior at My Square, the all-day dining venue at DoubleTree by Hilton Business bay, is also delightful,

weekenduae Latino Brunch

Plus, it’s closer to the bar…

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and especially closer to the fabulous Latino musical entertainment!

And this is where I felt the real “Latino” vibes – while at many brunches there are live musicians, none I have seen are as talented as the beautiful Norby.

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She pulled out a series of musical instruments, playing each one with a talent and joy, and energy, second to none!

And that passion is what South American music is all about!

Yes, you may be able to play the notes in rhythm, but it is only when you feel the music in your veins, in your blood, in your culture, that you can energize a whole atmosphere, and that is exactly what you get at Latino Brunch – an atmosphere that is unique, and so true that Latin American people themselves were saying: “This is like feeling at home!”

In one word: authentic.

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The food as well, by the way!

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Bring it on!

Latino Brunch?

You better deliver on the food, or go home!!!

And it was amazing!

weekenduae Latino Brunch

Just let me start with Churros… because there is nothing more Latin American than churros… and you know they need to be cooked right there in front of you, right?

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Yes, in front of your very eyes – that’s real churros!

And enchiladas, and tacos, and cheviche..

weekenduae Latino Brunch
weekenduae Latino Brunch
weekenduae Latino Brunch
weekenduae Latino Brunch
weekenduae Latino Brunch

And yet there is more!

My Square restaurant is equipped with an astounding professional oven – you see, a professional oven can reach high temperatures, and that’s where high class hotel operations can provide the technology that an independent operator cannot.

And as you can see, DoubleTree offers their kitchen staff an oven that most cooks can only dream of…

…and they dream of soft focaccia pizza!

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But wait!

I didn’t mention the desserts!

weekenduae Latino Brunch
weekenduae Latino Brunch
weekenduae Latino Brunch

Truly exceptional!

weekenduae Latino Brunch

As well as a superb cheese selection.

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Overall, the Latino Brunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay is the real thing – a culinary and cultural representation of Latin American culture in Dubai!

My Square - DoubleTree by Hilton Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato