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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Mezza House, Downtown, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Shisalicious
Food:  Fresh and tasty authentic Levantine dishes
Service:  Could have done with a little more soul
Presentation:  Loving the presentation of food on copper & wood, against the modern Arabic feel to the interiors
Ambience:  Buzzing, social and smokey
Location:  Dine in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa
Value for money:  It’s reasonably priced
Worth a visit?:  If you love shisha and Levantine cuisine, then this is the place for you.

I was invited to Mezza House by White Label Media to test out their Iftar dishes prior to the start of Ramadan.  This was another trip into the semi-known for me, I’ve done a few iftar feasts in my time in Dubai and tasted some Levantine cuisine curtsey of my trip to Zaroob.  Mezza House promises a unique dinning concept with ‘Soulful Levantine Cuisine’; a taste of the best of traditional dishes from Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese and Jordanian created by chef and owner, Nasser Zuhour.

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Zaroob, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Funky
Food:  Traditional wholesome Middle Eastern dishes served hot & fast!
Service:  Quick & knowledgable (helpful when you’re clueless!)
Presentation:  Quirky & fuss free
Ambience:  Chilled social hangout
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road just in front of the Ritz Carlton, perfect for the DIFC lunch time crowd when they’ve had enough of Zuma or Wheelers!
Value for money:  Mezze style dining means you can rack up a two person banquet for less than AED 100
Worth a visit?:  Definitely if you fancy a visual and gustatory feast for cheaps!

From the neon lights outside, the bucket sinks in the toilets, to the crazy colour scheme and almost kitsch décor throughout the interiors, Zaroob just screams fresh, funky and fun, something you don’t tend to find every day in Dubai.

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