The Yellow Monkey - Thai food

This is a lovely restaurant in JBR and when I was invited here, I was wondering what's the cuisine. After dining here though, my doubts were definitely cleared. 
The place has a funky and contemporary ambience to it. There are a couple of tables with swinging chairs and even the tables along with it are suspended and sway. It was interesting when I sat on it, but after some time I preferred to sit on something more conventional. 

We started with something really interesting. It was the mango and coconut salad on fried betel leaf. I was pleasantly surprised to know that betel leaf is used in Thai cuisine. It had an authentic Thai flavour to it, especially given the fact that mango and coconut are also used extensively in the cuisine. It wasn't something that personally suited my tastebuds though. 
After this we had the tom kha prawn soup. The flavours of the soup made in coconut milk tasted nice and the soup was comforting. 
Then we had the chicken satay which tasted really good. I…

Bombay Kulfi

If you're a desi, I'm sure you love kulfi. There are a lot of kulfi places around town and more are opening every day. Bombay kulfi has recently opened up in karama and I was invited to try it out. 

As soon as I entered, I liked the clean look that the place has to it. It has some posters and some quotes on the wall, and that's about it. The ambience is very simple overall. 
We started with their guava chilli. It is a guava flavoured kulfi with chili powder on top. I got a really nice flavour of the guava and the chili really added spice to it. Since I personally like spicy, there was ample chili powder on it, but you can have a little lesser if you prefer it that way.  I liked it more than the guava chili that I've had in other places. 
The next flavour we had was the tender coconut. It is a part of their "BK Naturals" series which have a totally natural flavouring. If you're a fan of coconut, you will certainly enjoy this flavour. Being from the naturals co…

Al Ibdaa

This is a cafe located in Barsha that I was invited to try out.  My experience was fantastic right from before I entered the place. There is public parking right outside the cafe. Also, it's a free parking section. 
The interiors feels classy with a use of pastel colour scheme using shades of pink, white, brown, and green. 
We started with the Arabic breakfast platter which had a selection of Arabic mezze. I really liked the falafels. They weren't served in a fancy way but were crunchy and hot, and tasted really good. 
The foul had a nice flavour to it, though it was a tad bit on the lemony side, but nothing to complain about. 
The hummus had a nice consistency to it, although was served in quite a small portion. There was labneh too, and I liked that even more. 
The platter had salad as well, but it didn't look too appealing; the taste wasn't bad though. 
While choosing our drinks, I came across an interesting one - the blueberry lavender mojito. This not only looked lovely wh…

Memsaab - North Indian

I had heard really good things about this place and went there on being invited to try it out.  The interiors are nice and they also have outside seating. 

We started with some drinks - the mint cooler, fresh lime soda, and watermelon juice. They were really refreshing. 

The samosa chaat and papdi chaat weren't great. I did expect better. 

For the starters, the paneer tikka was nice. It had a nice flavour to it. 
The seekh kebabs looked amazing but tasted average. They could have had some more flavour. 
For the mains, the bhindi masala that we had was really good. It had a homely taste to it. 
The butter chicken was also quite good. It had a nice creamy texture. 
Dal makhani was something that I liked here They had prepared it well. 
For our desserts, we had the gulab jamun. These were served hot and definitely tasted good. 
The food overall was just about acceptable.