Food & Drink

Shahenshahi Thali at Amala Zabeel Saray

Shahenshahi Thali

Don’t eat for a week, take friend(s) and look forward to a tasty Thali which weighs in at over 13kg!

Could this be the biggest Thali in Dubai, the UAE or beyond? Read more about the Shahenshai Thail at Amala, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray over on FoodeMag dxb.  

Meanwhile here’s my thoughts on some of my favorite dishes from the Thali platter:

  • The Chicken Jalfrezi was spicy and rich
  • The Galouti kebab was silky smooth and melted in our mouth as a good galouti kebab should do!
  • The Tandoori chicken was charred in all the right places, delicately spiced yet still soft and tender.
  • The prawns were delicious with subtle flavours and some unusual textures which worked well together.
  • Finally, the Indian mutton, in at least two different dishes, was tender and served in a rich unctuous gravy.
  • Desserts! – Four small pots of dessert delivered on taste and texture, and unlike most Indian desserts we’ve had before, were not too sweet and sickly, so a big thumbs up for these.

There were plenty of other dishes too, but these are some of the ones that stuck in our memories and spring to mind without reference to the menu.

Full post over at FoodeMag dxb



At the market & in the kitchen with Pierre Gagnaire

It’s two days before Christmas and I’m in a car heading towards the Fish Market in Deira, Dubai.  No big deal, I’ve been to the fish market lots of times. It’s a great place to buy fresh fish and take some great photos and feel part of an old Dubai tradition.  This time it’s different, in the car with us is a big hero of mine, French Chef Pierre Gagnaire.  Pierre Gagnaire is a chef with a three Michelin star credentials and he’s visiting the fish market for a first time. Pierre has agreed to cook lunch for a few of us from what he finds at the market, which is a rare treat and something I have been looking forward to for a long time, after all it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to go shopping with a Chef with Michelin star credentials. On arrival,we wander around the fruit market with Pierre picking up and buying one or …