Baker and Spice, Dubai Marina, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Heaven
Food: Just what the foodie ordered – organic, locally sourced, fresh, homemade and mighty tasty!
Service: Friendly
Presentation:  Clean, simple and homely.  You don’t need fuss when the food speaks for itself
Ambience: Great hub for feasting with the family, or perhaps a romantic dinner overlooking the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains or the Marina and Yacht Club
Location: Two Downtown and a Marina location – that’s both ends of town covered and both have great views
Value for money: You pay for quality and ethically sound ingredients.  It’s no more expensive than any other cafe or bistros out there
Worth a visit?: Of course, it’s my favourite place to eat – a go-to time and time again

This is one seriously overdue post…

P1070901I LOVE Baker & Spice.

It’s officially my favourite place to eat anywhere in the world right now.

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Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Classic
Food:  Great variety, portion size, classic dishes done very well and healthy options.  I’d definitely recommend a visit to sample breakfast Urban Bistro-style
Service:  Not bad, not amazing
Presentation:  Nice interiors with plenty of stuff to look at; the view, books & magazines, jars of cookies, bowls of salads, people and unpretentious food presentation
Ambience:  Busy with the work crowd for lunch, otherwise you’ll find it chilled and the perfect place to linger
Location:  Fab for Media City workers; probably the best location in DMC in terms of views.  Also perfect for Marina residents who are bored with the standard offerings on The Walk or Marina Mall
Value for money:  Very much so
Worth a visit?:  Definitely, it’s one of those places that has become a regular haunt because they’ve got the formula right: food, price and service

Urban Bistro has become a regular haunt and the reasons we go back time and time again is they have the formula right: they serve good-quality, healthy food, generous portion sizes, a variety of dishes from breakfast through to evening, plus, it’s reasonably priced.  A rarity to find such a combination in Dubai.

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Patiala, Souk al Bahar, Downtown, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Shiny!
Food:  Tasty Northern Indian delights cooked up with love by Chef Sanjay
Service:  Great
Presentation:  Deco-wise sleek with Indian features.  Food-wise nothing extraordinary
Ambience:  Rather quiet, definitely relaxed with some chilled background tunes
Location:  Souk al Bahar
Value for money:  Justifiably expensive for a really good quality meal
Worth a visit?:  Yes, a delightful personal dining experience and perfect for a romantic meal for two

I’d heard about Patiala after receiving an invite from Rebecca at ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller to their media launch way back in February of 2013, and  four months later we decide it was about time we dinned at Patiala in the very capable hands of Chef Sanjay Bahl.

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