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Sezzam @ Kempinski hotel

In Eating out on November 29, 2010 at 10:00

Was looking forward to a nice lunch away from the office and we ended up @ Sezzam, the multicuisine restuarant in the Kempinski Hotel in the Mall of the Emirates.

We had the crispy lemon chicken, the veg briyani, the kongpao chicken, tomyam soup and a rice dish i can’t recall.

The food wasn’t fantastic and as you guessed it I probably won’t be back.

Chennai Part 1, Room Service @ Raintree Hotel

In Eating out, India, Outside Dubai on November 27, 2010 at 09:21

Room service is the natural choice when I’m in a new city, I arrived at like midnight and there are no food outlets that are still open in the vicinity of the hotel.

I’m glad that I made this choice as the food was served to me piping hot and was great after a busy day with no time for lunch and the worst airline food that I’ve had in the longest time.

I had the good ole fish and chips and my colleague had the paneer and salad. It wasn’t fantastic but was good enough for me!

Sorry abt the poor quality of the pictures cos my camera battery had died and it was taken with my blackberry!

Cochin Part 2 – Mary Brown Express

In Eating out, India, Outside Dubai on November 25, 2010 at 09:18

I must admit that I’m kind of lost with regards to what’s good to eat in Cochin and having a fear of getting food poisoning during a business trip somehow limits my food choices as much as the street food tempts me I have the greater fear of diarrheal.

A familiar signboard called out to me while I was hunting for dinner. Mary Brown Express with the famous fried Chicken that in my books beats the old guard KFC! I definitely have to order their chicken whenever I visit them and this is no exception ordered 2 pieces of chicken yummy!

What’s visiting a fast food chain in a foreign country without trying something that’s specially catered to the local taste buds, I introduce Tandori Nuggets! What are they? They are vegetable nuggets that have been seasoned with the spices that are usually used in the marinating of the Tandori Chicken. I didn’t know that it was vegetarian till I had a bite of it! For a moment I felt cheated as I had expected Tandori flavoured chicken nuggets! But soon realised that even fastfood chains need to cater to the huge vegetarian population in India.

The fried chicken saved the day for me as those who know me know I love my meats and hate my veggies! Word of caution as the chicken here are spicy! So don’t order this if you can’t take the heat!

Cochin Part 1 – Garden restaurant, Hotel SAAS Towers

In India, Outside Dubai on November 22, 2010 at 09:10

Cochin Part 1 – Garden restaurant, Hotel SAAS Towers

What do you eat when you are faced with a less than fun time in a place that you don’t really enjoy? Got caught up in endless rounds of meetings with almost no end in sight. At times like these, any break is treasured.

My counterpart S based in Cochin took pity on little old me and brought me to a little cafe in a hotel nearby for lunch. The place is nothing to look at and infact I wouldn’t walk in if I were alone but S had high regards for this little place and so I deferred to his expert opinion.

Had some spicy chicken Masala and chapatti for lunch, nothing too exciting. I was wondering why had S praised this place to high heaven?

The answer was revealed when his lunch arrived! It was a vegetarian feast for one! It looked colourful and appetizing but being no veggie fan I just watched S enjoy the meal and simply I was glad to have a break from work.

Hong Kong Food Adventures Part 5 – Joi Hing Char Siu

In Eating out, Hong Kong, Outside Dubai on November 18, 2010 at 09:06

If you are a fan of Char Siu or BBQ pork like me, you should never miss Joi Hing if you are every in Hong Kong. I remember my 1st visit to Joi Hing more than 10 years ago.

I was in Hong Kong shopping with a friend and we were famished after 1 whole day of shopping.

Shopping is very exhausting you know! Just a travel tip: You can always trust cab drivers to bring you to cheap and good food. Ps just make sure that you can trust the cabbie before you do that! We were on a cab and on the way back to the hotel when I asked the Taxi Driver if he could introduce some nice food to me as the food I had on that trip was disappointing to say the least.

He asked if we mind heading to somewhere that was somewhat dingy and not too classy, we replied no worries as long as the food is food. He brought us to Joi Hing and this was the 1st of many return trips!

Years later, it made the cover of one of the local Hong Kong food magazines and was named the best Char Siu in Hong Kong, why didn’t that surprise me?

Joi Hing serves some of the very best Char Siu like ever! The proportion of fat and lean meat is perfection and the caramelized crystallized Char Siu! The place may look dingy, dirty and located near a rather seedy street in Wan Chai, I have no qualms of returning for their Char Siu time after time! My tip for you is to ask for takeout and eat in the comfort of your hotel rooms lolz. It’s street address is 265-267 Hennessy Road Wan Chai, but the restaurant is actually on Stewart Road, next to Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant.

Joi Hing BBQ
265-267 Hennesy Road,Wan Chai
Tel: 2519-66395

Hong Kong Food Adventures Part 5 – Joi Hing Char Siu

In Eating out, Hong Kong, Outside Dubai on November 18, 2010 at 09:06

If you are a fan of Char Siu or BBQ pork like me, you should never miss Joi Hing if you are every in Hong Kong. I remember my 1st visit to Joi Hing more than 10 years ago.

I was in Hong Kong shopping with a friend and we were famished after 1 whole day of shopping.

Shopping is very exhausting you know! Just a travel tip: You can always trust cab drivers to bring you to cheap and good food. Ps just make sure that you can trust the cabbie before you do that! We were on a cab and on the way back to the hotel when I asked the Taxi Driver if he could introduce some nice food to me as the food I had on that trip was disappointing to say the least.

He asked if we mind heading to somewhere that was somewhat dingy and not too classy, we replied no worries as long as the food is food. He brought us to Joi Hing and this was the 1st of many return trips!

Years later, it made the cover of one of the local Hong Kong food magazines and was named the best Char Siu in Hong Kong, why didn’t that surprise me?

Joi Hing serves some of the very best Char Siu like ever! The proportion of fat and lean meat is perfection and the caramelized crystallized Char Siu! The place may look dingy, dirty and located near a rather seedy street in Wan Chai, I have no qualms of returning for their Char Siu time after time! My tip for you is to ask for takeout and eat in the comfort of your hotel rooms lolz. It’s street address is 265-267 Hennessy Road Wan Chai, but the restaurant is actually on Stewart Road, next to Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant.

Joi Hing BBQ
265-267 Hennesy Road,Wan Chai
Tel: 2519-66395

Hong Kong Food Adventures Part 4 – Yung Kee Restaurant

In Eating out, Hong Kong, Outside Dubai on November 14, 2010 at 09:04

Mention Yung Kee and it makes me think of Century Eggs or Tong Sum Pei Dan although many people would think of the Roasted Goose that made them famous. I know that many people may think that the Roasted Goose is overhyped I feel that way too!) but it’s the Century Eggs that keep me going back everytime I visit Hong Kong.

The restaurant itself may not be much to look at but the food is legendary and they have won numerous awards. In fact, Fortune Magazine named it as one of the top 15 restaurants in the world: I must add that they were the only Chinese restaurant to be included in the list. Impressive Aye!

Back to the food, sometimes I get the Roasted Goose with rice when I go get my Century Eggs! Enjoy!

Yung Kee
32 Wellington Street, Central.
Website: http://www.yungkee.com.hk

Ban Khun Mae – My Mother’s House

In Eating out on November 12, 2010 at 10:46

I missing those wkend bangkok trips that I usually once every month or two!!!

More than the cheap shopping I miss the thai street food that are so plentiful and delicious!

To satisfy my craving for this, I head to Ban Khun Mae (My Mother’s House in Thai) in the food court located next to Ski Dubai.

It was recommended to me by a thai friend and I must say the food there is pretty good!

I had the basil chicken and my friend had the rice noodle soup with duck.

The Thai fishcake was the only one that I didn’t really enjoy as I felt that they had used too much flour in it and that you couldn’t really taste the fish in the fishcake.


Pretty good portions for the 25 – 40 AED per dish!

Ban Khun Mae
+97143400565
First Floor, West Food Court, Mall of the Emirates

Neo’s @ The Address Downtown Dubai

In Nightlife or what passes for it, snacks n bites on November 9, 2010 at 00:13

I’ve always loved the feeling of looking down on the city light from a height and to do that while having a drink with good company makes it better!

Neo is located on the 63th floor of The Address Downtown Dubai. The view is supposed to be great but I guess that they still have to work on this cos guess what, the windows actually fogged up and the beautiful view was blocked from us.

Not a place to head to if you are into a wild night of clubbing but is a good chillout spot to meet up and catch up with old friends!

Neos

The Address Downtown, 63th Floor

Lan Kwai Fang Revsited

In Eating out, Food from Home on November 6, 2010 at 09:59

Yups, yet another visit to have Chinese food for dinner. Good old Cantonese food never fails to cheer me up.
Met a new friend for dinner. Always great to know another foodie.

We had wanton soup, hot and sour soup, kong pao prawns, sambal kangkong , seafood tofu and sweet and sour chicken.

Dinner was good as usual!