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What’s on your plate? 

Do you decide what to wear depending on the cuisine of the restaurant you choose to dine in? While I may not always do that (like come on, what do you expect me to wear to an Egyptian restaurant?), I somehow dressed up just right for my visit to Aseelah.

My knowledge was limited to Aseelah (located at Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Dubai Creek) being a Fine Dining Emirati restaurant, which stands true, but it’s worth mentioning that it has a modern twist to it. The dishes have a perfect blend of Emirati spices served in a modern way.
While the dining area is warmly lit, the entrance stands to be my favorite part of the restaurant.

Starting with Date and cheese manakish and saffron water, we picked the items from the menu and went to explore in and around the restaurant.

Currently, there is an Iftar buffet option too during the month of Ramadan which lets you choose from the array of restaurants including Shabestan and Minato, Fish Market and of course Aseelah.

It was my first experience at an Emirati restaurant (yes, even after having stayed here for n number of years), I was nothing but impressed.

With Fennel and Orange salad, we went in for Lentil soup and Spiced Parsnip soup. It’s pretty obvious what my choice would have been. We were happy with our choices.

Did I tell you that this is the only Emirati restaurant in UAE for now, that serves alcohol?

Our mains included Aseelah Signature Chicken Roulade (suggested by our server) and Home Smoked Rack of Lamb.

I was amazed with the Chicken Roulade which had the right amount of spices served with freekeh risotto and smoked eggplant puree. It was nothing less that outstanding.

My friend equally enjoyed her Rack of Lamb which was served with Apricot cous-cous, sautéed spinach and saffron (her favorite) cardamom infused gravy.

For desserts, while my friend went the traditional way and opted for Date Pudding, I went in for Baked Cardamom Cheese cake. The lime and laban ice cream served with the cheesecake was quite refreshing.

Mr. Tawfik, the Restaurant Manager, enlightened us with the concept behind the restaurant from the menu to the interiors. Each detail has been carefully thought about and holds a meaning.

My friend and myself are already waiting to experience the outdoor lounge which is expected to open once the summers of Dubai start receding.


Winter in Dubai

I came back from a short trip last night only to be welcomed by the beginning of Winters in Dubai today, 22 December 2015, bidding a farewell to the Autumn season. 

Winter solistice, day with least sunlight, is witnessed around 21 or 22 December in the Northern Hemisphere while Southern Hemisphere witnesses it around 20 or 21 June where the sun is farthest from the Sun. 


While it doesn’t get end up snowing here, except on the peaks in other emirates of UAE, the change is welcome from the gruelling summers, which is borne for most of the year. It’s good enough to pull out the sweaters buried deep in the wardrobe. 

How could I not go on clicking photos? 


Connect the dots

Traffic is not a recent hurdle but something I have been stuck in quite often, recently. Have I been traveling more? I think. 

It was no surprise when I saw standstill traffic when I looked out of my window on a early bright sunny evening, except it was on the opposite side of the road. What was I missing? 

Twitter refused to upload the photo I clicked and my query to the media was unable to get through. 

Google maps was surely stunned by this situation, the traffic pile up it showed, was unimaginable. 

Just when I concluded it was a mere security stunt, I see Dubai Media Office’s photos on Twitter of Sheikh Mohammad on an inspection tour of the streets of Dubai with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Welcome to Dubai! (This was just a part of the trailer.)