Baker Street - JLT

All you Sherlock fans must be so excited, and rightly so, but don't get your expectations all too high since this place doesn't revolve much around your favourite fictional detective. This place does have a lot of things that are distinctively London which gives it the feel of baker street though.
I was invited by a friend to try out the place. 

They have some interesting things to drink, and I started with the chilled double chocolate fudge shake - iced. This was delicious. It was served at the right temperature and more importantly it had the right thickness (consistency) to it. It wasn't too thick to make you full, but not too thin and watery either. 

We also had one of their muesli shakes. This was milky, not too thick, but was filling and is a great choice for breakfast. 

To munch on, we had the classic British item - a toasted sandwich. It was the toasted cheese sandwich which contains English cheddar, tomatoes, branston pickle, and English mustard. A lot of times, a che…

Betawi - Indonesian street food in karama

This is a small Indonesian restaurant in karama. It is not an upmarket place, but it has a very homely feel to it and I really liked that. The food too is presented in a homely way without any frills and tastes so too.

We started with the tahu isi which is a tofu based dish. The tofu is fried and can be filled with various ingredients (and/or meat) based on your preference. I liked the taste of this one, and it tasted great with the sauces that they give you on the side.

On that note, the sambal here was really spicy the way it is supposed to be. It wasn't toned down like a lot of other places do, so have it sparingly.

The next one was the bakwan goreng. It is a fried snack that looks like Indian bhajjiyas. They're fried vegetable fritters. The taste was not bad but it was very chewy and got really hard within a few minutes. I'm not sure if it was meant to be that way, but we didn't enjoy it much.

For our mains, we called for one Mi Goreng which are basically stir-fried no…

Jay's Cafe

This is a newly opened restaurant in Karama that has been started by Jay (and hence the name) who has been a chef in many restaurants before. I was invited to try out the food here.
The place isn't too big but has been decorated well. They have an upstairs seating that has a desi feel to it with quotes dotted around the place.

To start with, they got us a paan lassi shot. This was thick like a lassi should be and had the flavour of paan. We definitely really liked it a lot.

We were spoilt for choice, and asked them for their food recommendation.
They suggested the mushroom aloo papad tikki for the vegetarian starter. The combination sounded really nice. Papad is used in a lot of dishes in Rajasthan and since the owner is from there, the restaurant does have a few Rajasthani dishes on the menu.
These tikkis were really soft; they just melted in the mouth. I'm a fan of potato and perhaps that's why I liked it even more.

The other starter was the chicken hara masala. This is made i…

Daily Dose Cafe

This is a cafe located on Jumeirah road that has really nice breakfast options. The ambience is earthy with a lot of natural lighting which makes it a great option to start your day with a scrumptious breakfast. They invited me to try out the place and and it was a very nice experience dining here. 

As soon as you enter, you'll notice the woody interiors with plants dotted around the place. They've got a couple of tables with glass panels around and you could bask in the sun too. This has an upmarket feel to it compared to a lot of other breakfast places. 

As we waited for our orders, they got us some brown bread along with labneh and olives.

My friend order the halloumi on toast. It also has slices of avocado, tomatoes, and is topped with sun-dried tomatoes. I'm not that big a fan of halloumi since a lot of times it feels a bit dry, but this combination tasted great. The tomatoes and avocado balanced the flavours. It comes with salad on the side. 

They have breakfast platters…

800 pizza

There are so many pizza places around, but this is not just another pizza place, and I got to know that when I was invited here to try out the food.

First, it is the ambience. It does not feel like one of those pizza chains. It has a traditional European feel to it.
They also have a live kitchen and you can see them making the pizzas here, as well as the furnace.

We started with some Arancini. Their classic one is mac n' cheese, and I liked it too. You can't go wrong with this one.
I also liked the Truffle porcini, though at first bite, it was a bit weird, but then I really enjoyed it.
The eggplant parmigiana was just about okay. The flavours did not seem right.
I'm a fan of the tomato mozzarella flavour, but in the form of an arancini, it really did not feel right.

Then we had the burrata. It was creamy and had the goodness of straciatella. It might not have been among the best, but it certainly was very good.

For our pasta, we had the al gorgonzola. This is made with penne in a …