Comedy, dance and food inspired show coming to region
Comedy, dance and food inspired show coming to region
By Nick Gullon echonickg Reporter (Tees Valley) Picture: Hartlepool Borough Council 0 comment A CAPTIVATING theatre show which combines stand-up comedy with traditional Indian dance is heading to the North-East this month.
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, which is at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Monday, April 29 at 7.30pm, is based on the personal experience of comedian and physical storyteller Shane Shambhu’s time growing up in East London living among many other cultures.
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer throws audiences into Shane’s world and explores how identity, race, language and culture have defined him and his Indian dance career in this funny and honest show.
Following the show, audiences will get the opportunity to sample an assortment of traditional Indian cuisine in a special post-show cooking demonstration.
Cockney Curry House introduces Chef T and sous chef Dave to audiences, allowing them to taste and smell the spices and flavours of South Indian cuisine. Chef T will reveal the journey that curry dishes have made into British cuisine making Tikka Masala as popular as fish and chips.
Adam Strickland, duty officer at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, said: Whether you love comedy, dance or just an Indian takeaway at the weekend, this show has it all.
“It’s going to be a brilliant night out and a chance to explore what it means to be ‘British’ today.”
6 Powerful Herbs That Can Help Boost Your Immunity
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Traditionally used for loss of appetite, colds, flu, flatulence and indigestion, cinnamon is currently attracting scientific attention for its potential to help control blood glucose in pre-diabetes and diabetes. The main active ingredient is thought to be the anti-inflammatory plant compound, cinnamaldehyde, together with antioxidant plant compounds called proanthocyanidins, also found in apples, grape skins and red wine.
Did You Know? In a recent study, people with pre-diabetes (overweight and high fasting blood sugar) who used lots of cinnamon in cooking had better working memory – the kind used to store short-term information like a shopping list – which can be impaired in pre-diabetes. Another study found that adding cinnamon to food helped protect against insulin resistance (when the body makes but can’t use insulin), and stress on the brain caused by a diet high in fat and sugar. TRY: Chai Roasted Pumpkin Soup With Honey Walnuts
Creamy pumpkin soup with an added walnut crunch. This dish is perfect for lunch or a light dinner, and is a healthy alternative to your regular cream soups. It’s also suitable for diabetics. TRY: Beef Massaman & Roti Pie
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Chillies contain a compound, capsaicin, responsible for both their fiery effect and for helping ease pain in arthritic joints and fibromyalgia. But the benefits appear to extend beyond creaky joints. Several studies have found that eating chillies regularly, like at least twice a week, can significantly decrease the risk of early death. Hillary Clinton allegedly eats a chilli a day to boost immunity. Capsaicin mops up substance P, a messenger chemical that transmits pain signals to the brain. Current research suggests capsaicin may defend against autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
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A whole steamed fish represents togetherness, making this flavourful dish great for family meals and part of feasts for festive occasions.
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Best known for giving curries their yellow colour, this root is attracting massive scientific attention for the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of its major active ingredient, curcumin.
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“Rosemary is packed with potentially bioactive ingredients, one of which, 1,8-cineole, seems to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, the brain’s main messenger chemical, which is key to memory,” Dr Moss observes.
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Comment on 10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand by magesh
By Paul Eyers on May 20, 2017 in Accommodation , Asia , Food and Drink , Going Out , Hotels , Regions , Resorts , Restaurants , Thailand , Travel Miscellany
We’ve been visiting Thailand for nearly 20 years, it’s the kind of country that’s easy to fall in love with so it’s no surprise that we find ourselves wanting to go back again and again. The ‘Land of Smiles’ has it all; beaches, islands, national parks, beautiful temples, modern cites, bustling markets and some of the best food in the world (yes, even when you are a vegan). Vegan luxury travel is a serious business in Thailand and there are numerous places to stay where you can enjoy the best of Thailand vegan style.
Veganism is about adopting a lifestyle that does not exploit animals or their by products for food, clothing, entertainment or anything else. It’s kinder to your health, to the planet and to animals and it’s a trend that’s on the rise (a 360% rise in the last 10 years to be precise). Vegan luxury travellers like to enjoy the best parts of high end travel like everyone else and we’ve made it our mission to find the best hotels, restaurants and things to do for those, like us, who love vegan luxury travel.
Here’s our list of 10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand, tried and tested by us to ensure they tick all the boxes for some perfect vegan luxury travel.
1. Evason Hua Hin
Although reachable by car in a just a few hours from Bangkok, Evason Hua Hin feels like a million miles away from the fast paced buzz of Thailand’s capital city. You’ll get sea views, a huge free form pool to relax by and the chance to experience ‘Blue Lotus – The learning center of plant-based cuisine’. Learn how to cook in a professional level cooking school which is integrated into the hotel (we did a vegan raw food course). The breakfast offerings are one of the most vegan friendly we’ve ever seen with a separate ‘Vegan Food’ station as well as fresh juices, nut milks and homemade jams.
2. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is one of those beautiful places where you can truly lose hours of your life in absolute heaven. Located in the Mae Rim Valley overlooking the Doi Suthep Mountain Range around 20 km outside of the the central ‘Old City’ area, this stunning luxury property gives you a real taste of Thai culture. Set in lush rice fields, there is a daily ‘farmer’s parade’ where the staff who have been working in the rice fields all day sing traditional songs, dance and play music as they leave for the day.
The resort’s design is reminiscent of a traditional Thai village with pavilions set around the rice terraces which combine perfectly with the Lanna Kingdom styled features found elsewhere throughout the resort. The pool is near perfection as is the food served in the Terraces restaurant which overlooks the rice fields. Vegans can enjoy eating locally grown organic ingredients created into delicious traditional Thai food or excellent quality Italian dishes. There is also a fully equipped cooking school where you can learn the secrets of making Thai dishes which are famous in the region. Like the rest of the resort the cooking school is totally first class.
3. Kata Rocks
Kata Rocks , located overlooking the popular Kata Beach, is a real beauty of a modern designed beach resort. The super-sleek design will make you dream of living aboard a super yacht with striking white, shining clear glass and bow shaped canopies strutting out towards the ocean below.
As the name suggests, it’s built on rocks which stretch all the way down to the sea below. Enjoy stunning views where the clean modern design contrasts against the rugged natural beauty of the area. The villas are high end luxury defined; our ‘Ocean Loft Sky Villa’ even had a fully equipped high tech kitchen where we were able to arrange a personal vegan cooking class with the chef. Not only did we eat delicious vegan food but we were able to learn how to cook it in the comfort of our own villa too.
4. Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
Located on the busy island of Koh Chang, this luxury Thai beach resort is tucked away in a peaceful bay meaning it really does live up to it’s name. It’s a laid back resort with little to do but relax on the beach or relax by the pool.
One of the best features of the hotel for vegans is the food which is some of the best we found on the island. Sumptuous Thai curries filled with tofu and vegetables, tasty noodle dishes, soy rich mushroom sauces ladled over perfectly cooked broccoli, Thai favourites like spring rolls and mango sticky rice; the list of vegan friendly food is endless and all delicious.
5. Paresa Resort Phuket
Located in Phuket on the prestigious ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ this luxury option on one of Thailand’s most popular islands let’s you have a taste of heaven with a team of ‘Angels’ to make you comfortable, a golden infinity lawn and some of the most breathtaking sea views around. Vegans should visit during the annual Thai ‘Phuket Vegetarian Festival’ where many residents choose to follow a vegan diet for 10 days as well as taking part in some unusual ceremonies which involve a shocking but culturally rich display of ritual self-mutilation.
Don’t worry though, any shock will be soothed on return to Paresa Resort with delicious Thai vegan food, sunset’s to die for and a dip in the starlit pool. The in-house cooking school is also top class.
6. Shangri La Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is another of Thailand’s regions that is well visited by tourists from all over the world and the Shangri La Chiang Mai is an excellent luxury option. It offers the world class Shangri La service paired with an excellent location near to both the airport, the old city and famous night bazaar.
Imagine beautifully manicured gardens, an inviting pool set amongst green lawns, lush tropical plants and pretty lotus ponds and you’ll start to understand why this place is a wonderful escape from the busy city outside. For vegans, breakfast time includes some traditional Thai staples of noodle soup and rice congee plus endless fruit, juices and coffee but also some must try Thai dishes like a perfectly cooked vegan ‘Pad Thai’. Vegans should also take the opportunity to dine in the Shangri La’s ‘China Kitchen’, the only Chinese Szechuan restaurant in the city.
7. Six Senses Yao Noi
A combination of the highest levels of luxury and a commitment to sustainable, environmental friendly tourism sets the Six Senses brand aside from many other operators in the region. You’ll find Six Senses Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay, reached by private boat transfer from Phuket. Built on the site of a former rubber plantation, the resort is surrounded by plants and local fruit trees to encourage wildlife.
Dining in the Hilltop Reserve overlooking the magical infinity pool and breathtaking sea views beyond, the memorable and delicious vegan Thai food we ate was one of the highlights of our stay. However, vegans will also be delighted with the complimentary ice cream parlour which had a huge array of vegan sorbets to eat until your heart (and stomach) is content.
8. Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Resort
Home to Thailand’s largest hotel swimming pool (it’s blissfully huge), this great luxury option in Krabi lets you explore the beautiful surrounds including stunning beaches (right nearby), the famous scenic limestone karsts of the area which are perfect for rock climbing as well as nearby islands. Or relax in the comfort of the resort with its 7000 square metre lagoon style pool or well kept 9-hole golf course.
There is a breezy colonial style to the hotel, mixed in with classic Thai design. Vegans can eat tasty Thai dishes like tofu stir fried with holy basil or exceptional Indian food (the cauliflower and cashew filled kofta was amazing).
9. Sofitel So Bangkok
This ‘design hotel’ is a wonderful mix of upbeat city energy with the calmness of nature, reflected well in areas like the outdoor infinity pool that looks out over the iconic Lumpini park. You’ll feel relaxed and at home, whilst at the same time feeling you are right in the centre of one of the world’s liveliest cities (which you are).
The spa is a cut above the rest, offering a bespoke service where you can choose your treatment, music and even flavour of tea served afterwards. Treatments (using vegan products) are thorough and will take you to new levels of relaxation and wellness. Being vegan at this luxury property is particularly easy because of the personalised, consistent and proactive service. Specially made vegan food, showcasing the delicious cuisine of Thailand, was served to us every morning, alongside being able to select vegan items from the buffet.
10. Soneva Kiri
Koh Kood is one of Thailand’s best kept secrets, a beautiful island which is a stones throw away from Bangkok which has escaped the mass tourism of other Thai islands. It’s also home to Soneva Kiri, one of the world’s best luxury resorts, located on a palm fringed beach with a backdrop of pristine rainforest. This is eco-luxury at it’s best, where the very best doesn’t cost the planet.
Vegans will be well at home here with afternoon teas up in the rainforest canopy, delivered by zipline, a complementary chocolate room and ice cream parlour with plenty of vegan options, delicious food on the menu in each of the resort’s restaurants including one of the best meals we ever ate in Thailand at the riverside ‘Benz’ restaurant.
Tempted by our 10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand? Well the good news is that Thailand is such a vegan friendly luxury destination that there are more. We’ll keep exploring this beautiful, culturally rich and diverse destination to bring you more of the very best in luxury travel that is suitable for vegans.
Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest .
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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding Get a deeper understanding and learn about the history of Ramadan in the UAE by attending this unique experience for tourists and residents alike. The SMCCU sits in the heart of Dubai’s Old Town the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and is a hotspot for learning about Islamic culture. Iftars will run every night from May 8 to June 1 except on Fridays. It begins with Athan (the call to prayer) followed by breaking the fast with your Emirates hosts. You’ll enjoy coffee and dates and watch the hosts pray, before joining them in a delicious Emirati dishes. Asking questions about Ramadan, Islam and UAE cultural traditions is encouraged. Available for private bookings, too. Dhs185 (adults), Dhs90 (ages seven to 11). May 8-Jun 1 (except Fridays), 7pm-9pm. House 26 and House 47, Al Fahidi District (04 353 6666). Business Bay
Bayside Restaurant & Terrace This restaurant overlooking the water is offering a traditional spread of Arabic favourites alongside international fare with a different theme each day. Expect live cooking stations with delicacies from across the globe, with indoor and al fresco seating available. Dhs175 (adults), Dhs100 (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four). Daily, sunset-10.30pm. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai (04 369 0000).
Kcal Life Restaurants Not quite in the mood for cooking? Try a combo of Ramadan dishes that will be delivered right to your door – soup, mains and side, dessert and a snack for just Dhs65. Kcal focuses on serving healthy, balanced dishes. Starters include veg labneh dip and cucumber, mains include Arabian beef, chicken makloubeh or veg biryani and sweets, which are made with zero sugar or white flour, include salted tahini caramel bars, brownies and oat bar. Dhs65. Delivery: daily from 10am-1am, dine-in sunset-1am. Various locations in Dubai including Business Bay and JLT, kcallife.com . City Walk
Gürkan Şef Take in Turkish favourites at this steakhouse with a selection of kebabs and a four-course set menu on offer for iftar. Dhs149. Daily, 7pm-10pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 379 9777).
Walnut Grove This popular family-focused rustic restaurant comes to Dubai direct from South Africa. For iftar, it’s offering a three-course set menu including appetisers, mains and desserts inspired by the red, white and green of the UAE flag. Guests will also get a special gift box. Dhs129. Daily, 7pm-10pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 344 441). Deira
Al Mansour Dhow An iftar with a difference, taking place on the back of a traditional dhow. Enjoy juices, soft drinks and a large spread of Arabic and international favourites while taking in the views of Dubai Creek. Dhs199 (adults), Dhs89 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily, 6pm-8pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 205 7033).
Aseelah Traditional iftar buffet putting Emirati dishes front and centre served with juices and soft drinks. Dhs199 (adults), Dhs89 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily, sunset-9pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 205 7033).
Fish Market Near the Creek, this restaurant has excellent views and makes fresh seafood a key part of its menu. Each night’s iftar offers a buffet as well juices and soft drinks. Dhs199 (adults), Dhs89 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily, sunset-9pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 205 7033).
Glasshouse Brasseries This art deco spot will be decorated specially for Ramadan and will serve up a traditional iftar buffet each evening. Dhs139 (adults), Dhs69.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under five). Daily, sunset-10pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 227 1111).
Minato For something a bit different this Ramadan, try the iftar buffet at Japanese restaurant Minato. It will feature some of the restaurant’s signature dishes as well as juices and soft drinks. Dhs199 (adults), Dhs89 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily, sunset-9pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 205 7033).
New Season Restaurant Iftar buffet with a wide selection of traditional dishes and delicious salads as well as Asian-inspired mezze and grills. Tea and coffee are also included. Dhs89 (adults). Daily, sunset-10pm. City Seasons, Port Saeed, Deira (04 294 2777).
QE2 Two iftars are on offer at this traditional vessel. At Majlis Al Malika, a buffet will showcase the very best in Arabian gastronomy, while at Majlis Al Mulook guests can expect live stations, grills, salads, mezze and an English roast carvery. Dhs195 (adults), Dhs97.50 (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four).Majlis Al Malika: Daily, sunset-9pm.Majlis Al Mulook: Daily, sunset-11pm. QE2, Port Rashid, Deira (04 526 8888).
Shabestan A Persian restaurant with traditional flavours and music. Expect a buffet of traditional dishes and the restaurant’s signature classics along with juices and soft drinks. Dhs199 (adults), Dhs89 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily, sunset-9pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 205 7033). DIFC
Fogo de Chão Offering a different take on typical Arabic cuisine, Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão’s nightly iftar is a must for meat-lovers. Running from sunset to 9pm, diners can mix both traditional Arabic favourites with South American specialty cuts such as alcatra (centre sirloin), cupim, fraldinha (bottom sirloin, leg of lamb and marinated chicken all served tableside by gaucho chefs. Finish with a selection of homemade desserts and wash down with iftar beverages. Dhs199. Daily, sunset-9pm. Central Park Towers, DIFC (050 616 5415). Downtown Dubai
Angelina Café & Tearoom This Parisian-style café is creating a special four-course set menu combing French and Middle Eastern flavours. You can work your way through soups, salads, mains of steak, saffron risotto and sea bass or ratatouille and desserts, alongside aromatic Ramadan special juices in Angelina’s elegant setting. Its location in The Dubai Mall means this will be a popular spot throughout Ramadan. Prices vary. Daily, sunset-2am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 449 2112).
Bab Al Mansour Iftar buffet inspired by the regions of Morocco, with live calligraphy displays each evening. Dhs220 (adults), Dhs110 (kids aged six-12). Daily, sunset-2am. Loft East, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 350 9440).
BiCE Mare Another great spot for those seeking a family-friendly iftar with Dubai Fountain views, BiCE Mare’s La Famiglia menu reinvents Italian fine dining. Expect four courses, including Mediterranean favourites such as gnocchi, meatballs and slow-roasted lamb shank, plus a selection of Italian mini cakes. Dhs195. Daily, sunset-11pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0982).
Burger & Lobster This well-known international chain will cater for fans of shellfish, burgers or both. The five-course menu will include soup, the classic cheeseburger, mini prawn roll, half a pound of lobster and tres leches to finish. Dhs149. Sat-Wed sunset-midnight; Thu-Fri sunset-2am. Burj Daman Building, DIFC (04 514 8838).
Dubai Opera The auditorium will transform into a magnificent banquet hall with three different iftar menus throughout the month. Choose from Arabic delicacies and international favourites from the huge buffets and dessert counters every night from sunset to 9.30pm. There’ll be live musicians playing, too. There’s a discount for bookings of 11 and more, call for more details. Dhs260 (adults), Dhs130 (ages six to 11), free (six and under). Daily, sunset-9.30pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).
Karak House This homegrown Emirati restaurant is serving a four-course menu of dishes that have a modern interpretation of traditional dining. Begin with lentil or chicken and mushroom soup, summer or superfood salad, mains of non-veg biryani, lamb machboos, shish taouk and finish with cheese and pistachio katayef, fudge brownie or rehash pistachio basbousa. You can opt to dine on the terrace and watch the Burj Khalifa glittering in the background. Dhs109. Daily, sunset-2am. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 551 6852).
Trèsind Throughout Ramadan, Trèsind (Time Out Dubai’s Best Indian Restaurant 2018) is running a special steak menu. And, at Dhs175, it’s a top way to experience the flair of the modern restaurant at a pocket-friendly price. Eye-catching dishes include date candy with popping sugar, meat board, steaks and chefs’ take on a baklava. A veg menu is available, too. Dhs179. Daily, sunset-11.30pm. VOCO Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0440). Dubai Marina
Alloro Dubai The flavours of Italy meet Arabic traditions at this iftar, which promises to blend both cuisines. Wide selection of dishes on offer as well as juices and water. Dhs119 (adults), Dhs55 (kids aged 12-16). Dubai Marina (04 407 8872).
RÜYA Set menu with a weekly soup, cold and hot starters, a choice of main course and a selection of Turkish desserts served to the table. Juices, tea and coffee are also available and included. Dhs249 (adults). Daily, sunset-1am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 3999 123). Garhoud
Yalumba Expect Middle Eastern favourites including kibbeh, katayef and more in a large iftar buffet spread. Price includes juices and water. Dhs169. Daily, sunset-9pm. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 217 2455). JBR
Al Maeda Buffet featuring Lebanese cuisine including kebabs and lamb mandi. Iftar is accompanied by traditional live oud music. Special rate available for corporate bookings. Dhs139. Daily, 7pm-10pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR (055 166 8092).
BiCE Italian-inspired iftar with sharing starters and desserts as well as live cooking stations for main courses. There’s Arabic live music on the weekends. Dhs250. Daily, 7pm-11.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 252).
Bombay Bungalow The menu brings an Indian twist with dishes such as assorted kebabs or stir-fried greens to name a few and finally a sweet desert platter. Dhs110. Daily, sunset-2am. The Beach, JBR (800 692 8779).
Oceana Restaurant Iftar buffet with live cooking stations in a restaurant decorated in a traditional Ramadan style. There’s live oud music each evening. Dhs215 (adults), Dhs107.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Daily, sunset-10pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2540).
Sah El Nom There’s an iftar set menu at this new Syrian restaurant on Bluewaters Dubai. Dhs145. Daily, sunset-9pm. Bluewaters Dubai, JBR (04 587 7096).
Seven Sands Restaurant Taste authentic Emirati dishes at this iftar buffet that offers cold and hot starters, main courses, a daily carving station and desserts. Dhs155 (adults), Dhs77.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Daily, sunset-9pm. The Beach, JBR (04 551 6652). Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Nosh Iftar buffet combining Arabic favourites and international cuisine. Live cooking stations with ouzi carving, Arabic mixed grill and shawarma. Juices included in price. Dhs135 (adults), Dhs67.50 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Daily, sunset-10.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, JLT (04 438 0000). Jumeirah
Bebabel Tuck into some brilliant Lebanese home-style cooking with a side of Dubai Fountain views. The iftar menu includes a choice of soups, hot and cold talatas, mains such as lamb, siyyadieh and chicken freekeh with a sweet finish. Just sit back and be amazed by the water show below. Dhs120. Daily, 7pm-midnight. Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 419 0950).
COYA Time Out’s reigning Best Latin American presents exquisite Peruvian food with a twist. The special iftar menu is dotted with plates like beans with black truffle, sea bass croquettes, chicken tacos, shiitake and avo’ rolls, baby chicken, salmon and more. Dhs250. Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah 1 04 316 9600).
MASTI This is currently the city’s Best Indian Restaurant, having scooped the accolade at Time Out Dubai’s awards this year thanks to its fusion-style cuisine. And, you can enjoy a special selection of Ramadan dishes for a snip at Dhs150. Highlights include dynamite cauliflower koliwada, kheema empanadas, chicken or paneer curry, MASTI-style biryani and a selection of desserts. Dhs150. Daily, sunset-2am. La Mer South, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 4384). Palm Jumeirah
Asateer During Ramadan, you’ll see tents springing up across the city at scores of restaurants. None is as big or famous as Asateer at Atlantis The Palm. It’s headed up by famed chef Ali El Bourji and typically serves 60,000 diners during the month for iftar and suhoor. Expect to find buffets for both, live cooking stations, hot and cold mezzeh, soup, grilled meat and seafood, Ramadan desserts and more. Dhs220 (adults), Dhs110 (ages four to 11), free (three and under). Daily, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Until Jun 12. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Ibn AlBahr Savour authentic and fresh seafood, at fishermen owned Lebanese restaurant IBN Al Bahr. Iftar highlights include sayadieh, fish biryani and fish curry. There are glorious views out to the coastline here, too. Dhs125. Daily, sunset-2am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
Hakkasan Try an alternative take on traditional iftars by heading to the world-famous Cantonese restaurant. The four-course set menu includes signature dishes such as the Peking duck and dim sum platter as well as dishes specifically created for Ramadan. Dress code is smart elegant and only children aged ten and above are permitted. Dhs288. Daily, 6.30pm-onwards. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Kaleidoscope Serving up a vast international buffet, Kaleidoscope features dishes from around the world and is ideal for families and groups of friends. The restaurant will be offering its usual Mediterranean, North African and Indian specialty dishes, alongside a special iftar spread with live cooking stations for a more interactive experience. It’s a goodie for young travellers. Dhs215 (adults), half-price (ages four to 11), free (three and under). Daily, 6pm-8pm. May 5-Jun 4. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
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Del Monte Del Monte launches economical spout packs of its mayonnaise spreads Eggless Mayo, Tandoori Mayo and Sandwich Spread – will now be available in smart spout packs of 80 gms ETBrandEquity | April 10, 2019, 17:00 IST Del Monte has launched convenient and economical spout packs of its much-loved range of mayonnaise spreads, which will now make it even more convenient, delightful and affordable to add taste to a wide range of food and snacks.With changing lifestyles and an urbanized way of living, Indians are adopting more innovative and novel food options in their diet. Consumers are looking for ready dressings to prepare restaurant quality food at home. Keeping the consumer preference and satisfaction as a primary aim, Del Monte’s much liked tasty and creamy – Eggless Mayo , Tandoori Mayo and Sandwich Spread – will now be available in smart spout packs of 80gms in the price range of Rs 30-35. To help consumers make delicious cuisines at home, these smart packs come with instructions on its usages, printed on their packaging.The introduction of new smart and convenient packs is yet another offering from Del Monte, which always has kept family’s health and convenience as uppermost on its priority and due to which it has emerged as a top and favourite food brand in a wide range of categories.“We have always given highest priority to consumer product quality and convenience while making new products. Del Monte has introduced small packings of its much-loved range of mayos to enable a wider set of families to buy its range.” said Mr. Yogesh Bellani , CEO, Del Monte.So, it’s time to head straight to your nearest store and get hold of your favourite Del Monte’s mayos for adding a healthy taste to your food and snacks in a healthy way! RELATED
Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Eating in Edmonton
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Note: this is a guest blog from Linda’s gluten-free, food-loving friend Sharman Hnatiuk .
When Linda asked if I could do a guest blog on a guide to gluten-free dining in Edmonton I was happy to oblige. After I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2010, I was crushed by the news. In fact, when my doctor gave me the diagnosis I was convinced she must be mistaken. I had grown up on a hearty diet of perogies, butter slathered homemade fresh buns, and gluten, gluten, gluten.
My initial response was “but I’m Ukrainian?”
My first taste of gluten-free commercially produced store-bought items horrified me. I was already a confident home cook and baker, so learned over time which items I could adapt to make at home.
Eating out was a whole other challenge. I was just learning what gluten was, and how it was hidden in items like soya sauce, salad dressings, and BBQ sauces; how could I expect people in restaurants to know what was and wasn’t safe for me? In restaurants, I have learned over the years to ask questions, questions, and more questions.
One challenge is explaining to servers the seriousness of being Celiac, versus those eating gluten free because of a diet or a trend, and the importance of not ordering foods that may be contaminated with gluten. While chicken wings and potatoes might be gluten free, if they are made in a fryer that is also used to fry battered items, it is not safe. (I tried once after recently being diagnosed and paid the price with a week of illness). Today, I find myself eating at far more locally owned and operated restaurants with trained chefs I can have conversations with, and begin to trust.
I also love hole-in-the wall spots, so I am always on the hunt for tasty ethnic eats. What I learned is that there are many, many places in Edmonton for me to safely eat.
Here is a hit list of some of my favourite/trustworthy gluten-free spots in Edmonton.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list but certainly a comprehensive guide based on my preferences and experiences. The list may get additions as I discover more gluten-free options. If you have a gluten-free dish or dining spot you love that isn’t mentioned, feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions to help other gluten free diners! Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Eating in Edmonton Baked Goods
My go-to spots in Edmonton for gluten-free baked goods are: Celebrate Gluten Free : Pick up their fresh baked breads (which don’t need to be toasted to make a sandwich edible), cinnamon buns, cheese buns, eclairs, cupcakes and squares. Totally Gluten Free : This is a bakery from Lacombe (worth stopping for between Edmonton and Calgary) that sells frozen GF bread at Bon Ton Bakery . Kinnikinnick Foods : My go-to source for baguettes and all-purpose flour blend. (Many of their items are egg/dairy free so I prefer the taste/texture of baked goods at Celebrate Gluten Free). Brunch Gluten-free brunch at the Vintage Fork in historic Rutherford House.
(My favourite meal of the day!) Cafe Linnea : A lovely restaurant specializing in traditional French and Scandinavian cuisine.
What I order: House gravlax, complete galette Canteen : Not your average breakfast joint – the brunch at Canteen always looks beautiful on the plate.
What I order: Huevos Canteenos Chartier : The poutine is worth the drive to this Beaumont gem.
What I order: breakfast poutine, eggs Donovan on GF bread. Culina at the Muttart : Open daily for weekday lunch and weekend brunch.
What I order: Huevos Rancheros, ask about the special of the day OEB Breakfast Co . New to the Edmonton dining scene, I first tried OEB in Calgary. I am eagerly awaiting the opening of the second location on 124 St., as the breakfast poutine can be served GF in countless options. The potatoes for the GF vs. contaminated look different, which helps reassure us celiacs we are getting the right order.
What I order: Poutine! (My faves are The Soul in a Bowl and Hog & Scallop), omelettes, extra sides of bacon and sausages Fairmont Hotel MacDonald – Empire Ballroom Sunday Brunch : The $59 Sunday brunch at the Fairmont is a splurge well worth it, especially for the Bottomless Mimosas and loads of GF options. (I was brought GF eggs Benedict to my table – just ask a server). Vintage Fork : Located in the historic Rutherford House on Saskatchewan Drive, I recently enjoyed the Vintage Fork’s four-course brunch for $30 available on Saturday and Sunday. I gave the restaurant a heads up and they had no issues accommodating my gluten free restrictions. Workshop Eatery – Chef Paul Shufelt may act like a grump on social media, calling out people who ask for substitutions, but if you are a celiac, you are in safe hands. After spending two weeks in Japan, where I had the hardest time finding gluten free food and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks, brunch at Workshop Eatery was the first place I went after getting picked up at the airport. I normally order classic breakfast dishes, but I can’t say no to the workshop burger done on a GF bun for brunch.
What I order: The Woodshed Burger (GF bun), Just Ducky Omelette (request GF toast), Lox BLT Benedict (request GF toast) Lunch & Dinners Gluten-free pork belly at the Harvest Room in the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Cafe Linnea : Chef Kelsey has loads of gluten free options on her brunch and dinner menu. My favourite part about dinner is that when they offer their fresh bread to their dinner guests, they always have a house-made gluten free cracker or item available for Celiacs. And their desserts are awesome.
What I order: Beef tartar, cod en paillote, macaron & sorbet. I’m not a chocolate fan, but if you are go for the Chocolate & fennel The Common : Chef Jesse Morrison has long been a friend to Celiacs on his menu at The Common. Follow their social media to stay up to date on special events like Swine and Dines and Hip Hop brunch; I’ve always been accommodated.
What I Order: Crème brûlée (changes seasonally but always GF), buttermilk Jackson steak salad, soup of yesterday, piri piri steak sandwich (on GF bread), truffle popcorn, roasted broccoli. Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Harvest Room : Fairmont Hotels around the world are known for being able to accommodate dietary restrictions, and the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is among the easiest places for me to eat in Edmonton. Chef Mridul brings a wealth of experience to his newer post in Edmonton, and is happy to accommodate Celiacs in the Harvest Room for their special dining events. Their patio is also one of the best places to have a bite and enjoy the river valley view.
What I order: GF items clearly identified on their changing seasonal menu, but I recommend the beast board ($120 for 2 people) The Fairmont Mac is proudly celebrating farmers and local sustainable food, through menu tasting all on one board. Their chefs will create a grand platter of three local meats or Ocean Wise seafood from our seasonal menu completed by chef’s choice of seasonal vegetables and sauces (which can be made entirely gluten free!) Jack’s Burger Shack : I was never a huge burger girl, but now that I can rarely have them, I want them. Jack’s Burger Shack in St. Albert is a great spot for a GF burger and a shake. The staff are great with allergies so ask at the counter and they can confirm what you can and cannot order.
What I order: Shroom burger, fries (without the malt aioli), creamsicle shake. London Local : Chef Lindsay Porter is happy to accommodate GF diners at her British inspired gastropub in south Edmonton.
What I order: Char Grilled Bangers & Mash, Eton Mess, Roasted Tomato and Cheddar Soup (no croutons) The Marc : I’ve enjoyed meals by Chef Spencer Thompson at a few restaurants in Edmonton, and I was happy to hear he stepped in as the new executive chef at The Marc. Spencer has family members who are Celiac so I trust him in the kitchen.
What I order: I work across the street from The Marc and without fail, every time I dine there I get the lunch special, usually the fish of the day. The menu is small but a few dishes can be made GF – ask the server to clarify. Northern Chicken : While Chefs Andrew Cowan and Matt Phillips don’t have GF fried chicken on the menu, they have more than enough options for Celiacs that I will never go hungry there. Also grumpy with modifications like their friend Chef Paul Shufelt, but Andrew has a shellfish allergy and takes real allergies very seriously.
What I order: The confit chicken legs paired with bacon cream corn puts me in a comfort food happy place. Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse : Most people go to Pampa for the all –you can eat rodizo meat experience; I go for the unlimted supple of pao de quijo, or cheese buns. I was introduced to these chewy buns in Brazil – they are made with tapioca flour and 100% gluten free.
What I order: items on the salad bar are clearly labeled GF, eat all the GF cheese buns, and enjoy most of the meats (avoid the sausage as the last time I asked it was not GF). RGE RD : Chef Blair Lebsack and his team source ingredients from farms and small-scale producers across western Canada and they aim to use every part of every ingredient.
What I order: Beef tartare, tartiflette (they subbed the béchamel for an onion cream sauce), Nature’s Green Acres pig roast. The kitchen board and questionable bits change daily – ask to see if they are GF that day. SABOR : If you love seafood, and/or Portugese/Spanish inspired food, Sabor is your spot. Chef Lino is a local chef who can’t have gluten, so he is happy to accommodate Celiacs. The lunch menu feature always includes a GF pureed vegetable soup as well as a main course.
What I order: seafood risotto, grilled piri piri prawns, piri piri chicken, bacalhau, and ask about the catch of the day – if it is sea bream or any other fresh fish– get it! Workshop Eatery : In addition to brunch, chef Paul Shufelt has loads of GF dishes on his lunch and dinner menu.
What I order: Duck liver pate, devilled eggs (I am happy with these two dishes on repeat), sub for GF sides on the duck, lamb, or steak, and finish with crème caramel (or the crème brûlée when on the menu). Pescatarians can have salmon or the albacore tuna. Vegetarians can order the carrots (but sub barley risotto for potatoes) Under the High Wheel : Chef Doreen Prei , who trained in a Michelin star restaurant in Germany, can accommodate any dietary restriction you throw at her. I could not be happier that she has moved to Under the High Wheel so I can enjoy her food more often. Her recent Taste AB dinner was amazing .
What I order: Doreen is currently updating the dinner menu, but assured me there will be many vegetarian, meat, and sweet GF dishes to order. Small/Shared Plates The braised boar cheeks from Bodgea are delicious and gluten-free. Bodega : There are three Bodega wine bar locations in Edmonton (the little sister restaurants to Sabor) serving up loads of gluten-free tapas.
What I order: Patatas bravas, bacon-wrapped dates (so addictive), braised boar cheeks, black seafood paella Bundok : Chef Ryan Hotchkiss once made me a chickpea pasta tortellini stuffed with chicken liver pate for a special Taste Alberta dinner. Gluten-free fresh pasta dishes are hard to come by and this dish almost made me cry with joy. The dish isn’t available on their regular menu, but I share the story to emphasize how Chef Ryan is willing to accommodate Celiacs.
What I order: Sea Bream Crudo, parmigiano soup (without the breadcrumbs), citrus posset (this is hands down my favourite dessert in Edmonton) Biera : I find that many restaurants that offer small/share plates have limited gluten-free options to a couple of dishes however, chef Christine Sanford has loads of GF dishes to choose from, you may just have to substitute out the accompanying bread.
What I order: Broek Acres Berkshire pork shoulder, grass-fed beef tartare, Meuwlys country ham Otto : Chef Steve has always been good to me, and his gluten-free sausages are top notch. For his last Swine and Dine he made the dessert for everyone entirely GF.
What I order: Italian fennel sausage (comes with sauerkraut & pickles) and Crème brûlée. (Chocolate brownie is also GF) Salz : I’ve had the pleasure of doing not one , but two Swine and Dine dinners at Salz, and the food was awesome.
What I order: Curb your German sausage fix with a brat and marinated tomato salad. Tzin : Chef Corey McGuire makes magic happen in his tiny kitchen at Tzin. His braised bacon continues to be one of the best dishes in Edmonton for a reason. While they don’t have gluten-free bread available, it doesn’t matter—that bacon is amazing! I always feel confident eating at Tzin, Chef McGuire is sure to take care of celiacs. Just follow his instagram – you’ll be drooling.
What I order: Patatas Bravas, Bacon (without the toast), seafood paella Asian Cuisine There’s lots of great gluten-free roll options at Ichiban!
I’m glad I had the chance to travel extensively across Asia before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease because I ate everything in sight. Today, Asian food is one of the cuisines I crave the most, but it is the most likely to include hidden sources of gluten. Luckily I’ve found a handful of places in Edmonton that I frequent: King Noodle House : Linda loves to tell people that the pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) at her parent’s restaurant King Noodle House is gluten-free and she confidently uses me as evidence. Note: this restaurant is cash only.
What I order: I stick to the traditional broth with steak, flank or brisket. Just ask for those as your toppings. Stay clear of the meatballs and processed meat in some of the soups as I can’t confirm they are gluten free. Prairie Noodle Shop : I get my gluten-free ramen fix at Prairie Noodle Shop. Chef Eric Hansen cannot have gluten, so his menu has several options, including fried items, which can be done gluten free.
What I order: charcoal salted edamame, Japanese fried chicken, spicy garlic miso pork ramen (GF sweet potato noodle), the saucy mushroom GF sweet potato noodle dish. Japonais Bistro : I love the Asian fusion flavours here and they have a dedicated gluten free menu!
What I order: new style roll, new style sashimi, cherry blossom, $2 Tuesday shucked oysters. Note – miso soup is not gluten-free. Ichiban : Most often, my sushi options are limited to sashimi or basic maki. I love Ichiban for their all-female kitchen of sushi chefs, quick service, good prices, and gluten-free roll options.
What I order: salmon sashimi, sunshine maki, negi toro. Fuji maki, maki maki. Note – miso soup is not gluten-free. Masalaz : I recently visited this South Indian restaurant and was amazed by the number of gluten free options. This strip mall restaurant is affordable and delicious.
What I order: masala dosa, lamb olathiyatheu curry, or go for the buffet. Boualouang Laos & Thai : For Thai food, this is my absolute favourite restaurant in Edmonton.
What I order: tom yum ga tee soup, pad thai, matsamun curry, gaeng-kiew-vahn (green curry). Latin Cuisine I love the Venezuelan gluten-free apreas and pupusas from El Fogon.
Latin food restaurants almost always have gluten-free options because of the abundance of corn in their dishes. Be sure to ask what items might go in a contaminated fryer! Avila Arepa : When I find myself on whyte ave and hungry, Avila Arepa is a safe and satisfying bet. Be sure to notify the staff when ordering as the arepas are cooked separately.
What I order: Asado Negro arepa (blackened beef and cane sugar sauce), Pernil arepa (pork), patacones. * some fillings are made with items that may be fried in a contaminated fryer. Be sure to ask which are cooked safely GF. El Fogon : I love that at this family owned restaurant, located in a strip mall on 118 th ave, I can pick up a lottery ticket while I am waiting for my order or arepas. My boy toy works with a Venezuelan who says that both El Fogon and Avila Arepa serve good food, but El Fogon is their top choice.
What I order: Reina pepiada (chicken salad) arepa, pork and cheese arepa, mixed pupusa. Note some fillings are made with items that may be fried in a contaminated fryer. Be sure to ask which are cooked safely gluten-free. La Patrona : my friend Michelle introduced me to this Sherwood Park strip mall restaurant. Be sure to make reservations as this place is busy for a reason.
What I order: Queso Fundido (sub corn tortillas), al pastor and cochinita tacos! Mamenche’s : this family run hole-in-the-wall serves up pupusas that taste authentic.
What to order: Pupusas and tamales Tres Carnales – the hippest taco spot in town can accommodate gluten free requests. Avoid anything from the fryer.
What to order: conchinita pibil, al pastor, carne asada and hongos tacos.
There are loads of places in Edmonton that can accommodate gluten-free diners, so my list just represents places I dine at. Other places that offer just one or two dishes didn’t make my list as I like having more gluten-free variety when I’m eating out.
I’d like to suggest avoiding chain restaurants with gluten-free or gluten aware menus because what it is really telling you is to be aware—your dish is likely to be contaminated with gluten, or modified so much (i.e. burger with no bun or sauce) its not worth ordering.
There are a number of places in town, some locally-owned, that claim to have gluten-free items like pizzas or pitas for example, but they are cooking these items in the same fryer or cooking source as gluten.
I think I could be called the angry celiac because places like this should label their menu items as – may contain gluten, and not gluten free. A restaurant would never throw a nut in the fryer and call the fries cooked in them nut free, but somehow restaurants think it is ok to fry gluten in the same fryer and not disclose it to diners. Nut free requests are taken seriously – gluten free requests are often not. Be sure to ask questions each and every time you dine.
Restaurants can change their ingredients or cooking practices so be sure to always educate your server about your dietary restrictions.
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Jay Bharat Restaurant: Home of the Gujarati and Kathiyawadi Thali in Newark and Artesia
Jay Bharat serves Indian vegetarian cuisine, specializing in Gujarati cuisine and popular Indian street food. Jay Bharat also carries a large variety of Indian sweets and namkeen.
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Bay Avenue Expands its Eclectic Mix of F&B Options
Al Seef invites visitors to celebrate Valentine’s Day by the picturesque Dubai Creek
Foodies visiting Bay Avenue, a Dubai Retail destination located in Business Bay, have much to rejoice about with home-grown eateries Raju Omlet and Enso opening their doors and complementing its already varied mix of F&B tenants.
Serving Indian and Japanese cuisines respectively, the two restaurants are popular for their delicious freshly cooked food and offer diners more choice from Business Bay’s unique community destination.
Raju Omlet at Bay Avenue, the fifth outpost of the popular Indian eatery in the UAE, features quirky interiors and specialises in signature egg-based dishes in a fusion of flavours, using purely organic ingredients.
Meanwhile, Enso offers a refreshing take on Japanese cuisine with its customised sushi dishes and poke bowls, served in a contemporary interior. The restaurant has built a reputation for its wholesome, healthy and quick food options, prepared on the spot.
Visitors to Bay Avenue can choose from a wide range of international dining offerings that include over 40 restaurants and cafés – from Middle Eastern and French to Asian and Indian. The destination is home to original dining concepts that have gained popularity across the city, including Sheikh & Shake, Taqado, Kcal and Kababji Grill.
Atlanta doesn’t have a Chinatown or a Little Ethiopia. That’s (mostly) a good thing.
Rave Ethiopian Is for Everyone Of all the cuisines of Africa, the most fascinating to me is the one that evolved in Ethiopia and its neighbor, Eritrea. More than 30 years ago, Blue Nile in Virginia-Highland introduced Atlantans to the practice of scooping up spice-laden stews with injera using their hands. Since then, Ethiopian restaurants have multiplied here. We may never reach the saturation point of Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles, but the recent opening of Feedel Bistro in Briarcliff Woods, across the street from Desta and next to Bahel in a healthy pocket of East African culture, is a big step forward.
The Eritrean family behind Feedel Bistro owned a similar concept in Virginia, and they serve beautifully plated food in a refined room. Most Ethiopian restaurants send out their dishes with beige, dull injera that’s made mostly of wheat. Feedel’s injera is made almost entirely with teff, an ancient, ultrafine grain with a more assertive, sour flavor and a darker, more appetizing color. Tiny holes known as “eyes” dot the surface of what’s essentially a fermented, gluten-free pancake.
Two of the cuisine’s main spice mixtures, berbere and mitmita, combine ground dried chilis, ginger, cardamom, coriander, and garlic, among other ingredients. The fragrant red powders season kitfo (minced beef with homemade cheese, collard greens, and a rich, spiced butter), cubed lamb, and a world of lentils, chickpeas, and split peas. Unlike many Ethiopian restaurants, Feedel Bistro cooks all of its vegetable dishes without butter—which, along with that glorious gluten-free pancake, makes it an accommodating choice no matter your aversions or restrictions. Feel free to ask for a spoon to collect the last bits of flavor-soaked injera from the communal platter, and don’t be embarrassed to request that your food instead be served on an individual plate if that’s more your style.
Rant How Far Am I Willing to Go? You’ll find centrally located ethnic enclaves such as Little Italys, Chinatowns, Koreatowns, and Japantowns in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston, but they’ve never been Atlanta’s thing. Our arterial, sprawly nature and our relatively recent influx of immigrants have spared us the embarrassment of specific populations being confined to neighborhoods with features such as dragon gates, pagodas, and red lanterns.
If you drive Buford Highway from beginning (near the Lindbergh MARTA station) to end (near Lake Lanier), what you’ll see instead is an intermingling of communities—Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean. Atlanta of course has pockets of various cultures, such as Indian here and Ethiopian there. Mexicans and Guatemalans flock to Plaza Fiesta and Taiwanese to the Chinatown Mall food court. But, basically, everyone reckons with everyone else. Bhutanese and Somalis, Burmese and Sudanese do business cheek to jowl.
This particular melting pot is a good thing. The problem is that the globally diverse restaurants where I most want to eat are getting farther and farther away. I’d grown accustomed to having to traipse to Norcross, Duluth, and, at the other end of the geographic spectrum, Jonesboro to find the best Korean bone broth, Chinese specialties from the province of Harbin, and Oaxacan tamales. But now I’m having to travel to, say, Suwanee (home to the brilliant tlayudas at La Mixteca) or Johns Creek (where Ari Korean Steakhouse injects high style into the Korean barbecue experience).
At the risk of coming across as lazy, I admit I find it difficult to explore the distant new shopping centers where second- and third-generation chefs are opening canon-expanding restaurants. These restaurants are more modern than those of the chefs’ parents and grandparents—and, as selfish as it sounds, I wish this next wave of talent was migrating inward rather than outward. This article appears in our April 2019 issue . Advertisement
Great hotel to stay at Coimbatore
Lovely quiet stay . Little away from the city but very close to the airport. Most of the rooms have great view of the mountains. Staffs are super friendly. nnIf you are north indian.. you are in for great treat. Chef Qureshi is there to serve you mouth watering north indian cuisine. And Chef Rajaram is there to take care of the south indian food craving.nnThe most beautiful part of this hotel is all the people behaves like you are a family