El Noctambulo - Mexican casual diner

This is a casual place in Design district that invited us to try the lovely food and beverages. The word Noctambulo means nocturnal (a night owl) in Mexican.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a place so casual in this area. The ambience is dimly lit, of which I am not a big fan. They play Spanish songs and the place has a Mexican vibe to it.

They have some really interesting Mexican drinks. The chelato caught my attention and I asked them what is it. It is a mix of sauces (poison sauce, lime juice, lemon pepper & tajin chili) that tastes like tomatoes and is spicy. It is had along with beer. This was totally new to me and I called for this. They got a glass half-filled with this and I asked for Sol as my beer. You pour the beer in this and have. It was something I had never had before. It tasted a bit like Bloody Mary. If you like a tomato based spicy drink then only you might like it.

Next one was a classic - the Paloma. The guys there told me that this is had just about any time of…

Chowringhee's - North Indian and Bengali fusion cuisine

This is a newly opened restaurant in karama that serves a bit of Bengali fusion too, but most of the dishes are North Indian and they're really good at it. I was invited to try out the food. Some of the portions pictured here are lesser since they were tasting quantities.

As we waited for our food, we had a cup of hot adrak chai (ginger tea) which was so comforting.

We started with a platter of appetisers. I'll name the vegetarian ones first. 

Being a fan of potato, I really liked the Aloo ke gutke. These were almost bite-sized pieces of potato with a flavour filling in it. 
The lasuni paneer tikka was a tad bit bland for me, but that's what it usually is since it is just lasooni and not with too many other spices. 
If you're a fan of broccoli, do try the vilayati brocolli tikka. The broccoli tasted fresh and really flavourful. 

The non-veg ones too were really nice. 

I really liked the seekh kebabs - the mutton as well as the chicken. Soft when you eat them, yet not too soft…

Masala Craft

This is a restaurant located in Century Village which itself is a great location. When it is winter, you would love the outside seating. They invited me to try out their Friday brunch which is for AED 75 and I found it totally worth it.

Among the vegetarian starters there was chukandari tikki which was soft and really flavourful.
The onion bhaji is something more traditional and was great to have during the cold weather, though I'm not all that much of a fan of having it with my meals.
The malai methi paneer tasted great and the methi really brought out the taste of the paneer.

For the non-veg starters, I loved the Amritsari fish, and I could barely stop having it. It was really soft and flavourful. The masala that they used really accentuated the flavour.
Achari murg was good enough, and I liked it since it did not have too much of the tangy achari flavour to it.
The shammi kebab was great too and since it was all served hot, I really enjoyed it.

There are a lot of places that serve pan…

Ghee Rice - south Indian fusion restaurant

Initially, the name of this place made me feel like it is a casual diner, but it is a bit more upmarket.
It's been 5 years since they are in the UAE (Abu Dhabi), and recently the launched their Dubai outlet for which they invited us. 

I was also quite surprised by their menu offerings. They have a fusion menu of sorts. Though a lot of the dishes were form Kerala or had a touch of Kerala to it, there were other dishes too like pasta and Arabic salads.

We started with the salad tasting platter. It has whole wheat salad, fattoush, quinoa salad, and moutabel. It was my first time having a whole wheat salad and it was different. I found it a bit bland but the rest of them were fresh and tasted good. 

For appetisers, we started with the Inji-puli prawn. This was perhaps the most delicious of the starters. The flavours were on point. 
The black diamond looked and sounded interesting. It had truffle mushroom in it. The taste was just average for me though. 
The Mumbai keema tasted great with th…