RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Ex-waitress is new owner at Ciao Baci; Slim Chickens slated for Chenal; Sakura closes in Sherwood

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Ex-waitress is new owner at Ciao Baci; Slim Chickens slated for Chenal; Sakura closes in Sherwood

Blair Wallace, a former account executive at CJRW, took over Monday as the new owner of Ciao Baci, 605 Beechwood St. in Little Rock’s Hillcrest. She has bought the place from Suzanne Boscarolo, who will remain with the restaurant as a managing partner. Wallace worked for several years at Ciao Baci, waiting tables and bartending, says Boscarolo, who opened the restaurant in 2001 as an offshoot of Ciao, a downtown Italian restaurant she used to own and manage. “It’s a great move,” she adds. “Everybody is very excited.” Blair Wallace, former account executive at CJRW who for several years waited tables and bartended at Ciao Baci, is the restaurant’s new owner. Democrat-Gazette file photo
Expect few changes; Boscarolo and Wallace say they’re going to maintain an emphasis on the restaurant’s dining experience and highlight the work of executive chef Jeffrey Owen. “We want to let people know how wonderful his cuisine is,” Boscarolo says. Owen crafts a new seasonal menu four times a year, “and his chef’s tasting has been very popular, a five-course meal he creates different every night,” Boscarolo explains, so you’re likely to see more and more varied daily specials out of Owen’s kitchen.
Hours will remain 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. The phone remains (501) 603-0238.
… Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery on Chenal Parkway also has a new owner. Democrat-Gazette file photo
And speaking of changes in ownership, Little Rock’s only Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery outlet, 16103 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, also has a new owner: Scott Marks has bought the local franchise from Kevin Kestner, as per this June 21 post on the restaurant’s Facebook page (facebook.com/MellowMushroomLittleRock): “Hey Shroomers, Mellow Mushroom is under new ownership. We will be closed on Monday June 24 to make this transition as smooth as possible. Will reopen Tuesday June 25 for lunch.” Expect few changes, though one has already surfaced: A Friday-Saturday late-night happy hour, 10 p.m.- midnight with a limited menu, along the lines of pizza slices and wings, with drink specials. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday. The phone number is (501) 379-9157.
And it looks like Mellow Mushroom is going to get a new next-door neighbor. Monday’s list of Little Rock Planning & Development Department building permit applications includes $1.1 million for the construction of a Slim Chickens at 16101 Chenal Parkway. There’s also a permit application for $400,000 to turn the Iberia bank building at 10900 Colonel Glenn Road into a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. There’s a “for lease” sign in the window at Sakura on Kiehl Avenue in Sherwood. Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Michelle Waldo
Sakura, 4011 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, has closed. There’s a “for lease” sign in the window and the phone number, (501) 834-3546, has been disconnected. And to forestall reader queries, it’s extremely rare — like, almost never — that restaurant owners contact us to explain their closures; unless they post something on their doors or their Facebook pages, neither of which has happened here, we don’t know why a place has closed. Oh, and we’re told there’s no connection to the Sakura Japanese Restaurant at 7307 Alcoa Road, Bryant. That’s still open; their hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 778-9585; the website is sakurabryant.com.
And speaking of Sherwood, Joel Dunlap says he’s awaiting inspections for permits while negotiating “city paperwork” for the opening of the resurrected Rocky’s Pub in the former Jo Jo’s Bar-B-Q, 117 Country Club Road, Sherwood. Meanwhile, he’s been experimenting, including on some new desserts, in his home kitchen. The original steak sandwich shop/Italian restaurant/bar in the Indian Hills Shopping Center on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, just on the North Little Rock side of the border with Sherwood, closed in January 2014. Hours will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Dunlap is currently using his catering number, (501) 732-7400, with plans to switch over to an actual restaurant phone number once he’s open. The Facebook page is facebook.com/Rockys-Pub-131500486916235.
One of our eagle-eyed readers reports the apparent closure of the Church’s Chicken at 4604 E. Broadway, North Little Rock. A call to the listed phone number, (501) 945-1224, returned a message that told us the voice mailbox is full and then curtly told us to hang up.
Rock City Eats reports that Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. is looking to be the first operation to take advantage of Act 681, by which the state Legislature allows for the operation of microbrewery/restaurants in dry counties, planning a production brewery and brewpub at 1090 Spencer St., Conway, in dry Faulkner County. Rebel Kettle founder/head brewer John Lee says the new brewpub will produce products just for that location, with four or five year-round beers and a rotating list of “Conway exclusive” brews. The law specifies that all beer will have to be consumed on the premises, so there’ll be no to-go growlers. Lee tells Rock City Eats he’s hoping to get things underway by the end of summer and open by the end of the year.
We reported last week in connection with the demise of theKrispy Kreme at 1315 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock, that there were two surviving Arkansas outlets, in Conway and Jonesboro. Subsequently, a reader pointed us toward the Krispy Kreme at 1502 S.E. Walton Blvd., Bentonville, which did not, and still does not, show up on the Arkansas list or map on Krispy Kreme’s website (krispykreme.com/locate/location-search), though you can find it if you specifically ask if there’s one in Bentonville. The phone number there is (479) 273-0168.
In the wake of the purchase by restaurant delivery service Waitr of rival Bite Squad earlier this year, the two services last week combined Little Rock operations under the Bite Squad flag. According to a news release, it’ll give customers access to more than 230 area restaurant partners on the newly consolidated platform, starting at $2.99 per delivery. Waitr partner restaurants and uniformed employee drivers — now clad in a slightly different shade of green — are transitioning to the Bite Squad platform. Waitr and any new customers must download the Bite Squad app on an Apple (iPhone and iPad) or Android device or you can order online at bitesquad.com.
And the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is seeking volunteers for its 10th annual Watermelon Crawl, a community service event in which volunteers pick fresh watermelons for donation to local food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. It’ll be easier, perhaps, when they announce an official date in mid-July; it’s expected to take place in late July or early August at Scott Melons & Produce in Scott. Among the incentives to participate: music, games and cooling stations. Volunteers will be expected to provide their own close-toed shoes, sunscreen and gloves. Visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/ARHungerAlliance, for more information and updates.
Has a restaurant opened — or closed — near you in the last week or so? Does your favorite eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in charge? Drop us a line. Call (501) 399-3667 or send a note to Restaurants, Weekend Section, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Send email to:
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‘Exactly where God wants me to be’

East Asia Photo by Alex It’s now been almost three weeks since I boarded the Turkish Airlines flight from Logan International in Boston and eventually landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My time here has felt both surreal and God-ordained. Whether I’m relishing the taste of a banana Roti or caught up in the excitement of starting my first profile story, I’ve taken a step back and thought to myself: “This is crazy. Am I actually living in Malaysia, thousands of miles from home?” At the same time, I have this sense that this is exactly where God wants me to be. Perhaps it’s the coincidental way that I originally stumbled across this opportunity or the joy that I feel when I’m doing something I love in a way that gives Him glory. I’m here as a communications intern with OM for two months this summer. I don’t even clearly remember how I first learnt about this job; it was probably a random Google search. This spring, I finished my gap year programme between high school and college, so I wanted something to do this summer other than lounging on my couch watching sports. Little did I realise how much the Lord had in store for me. When I learnt about this opportunity, it seemed almost too good to be true. Professional writing experience? Travelling to a different culture? Seeing the impact of the love of Christ in people’s lives? I was sold. My first weekend here consisted of recovering from jet lag and exploring Kuala Lumpur. I immediately learnt that food is a huge priority to both residents and tourists, as indicated by the hundreds of restaurants that line the streets. Cuisine here ranges from the traditional Malay dishes to Chinese and Indian, representing the three major ethnic groups. This diversity of ethnicity, culture and religion within the country both surprised and delighted me, something that I hadn’t experienced before in my years of growing up in China. On a drizzling Monday, I joined Alex*, a photographer, on his commute to the OM office, where I officially began my internship, learning about OM’s unique brand and communications style. I am thrilled over OM’s emphasis on the outworking of God’s love in individual stories and the fact that I can play a role in communicating those stories. I want to discover how people have experienced that transforming love, but also empathise with their present struggles. Isn’t this in some way part of Jesus’s mission of incarnation? To be able to encounter people in their brokenness and beauty, whether it was a woman drawing water from a well or an unusually short tax collector throwing his dignity to the wind by climbing a tree. Jesus knew better than anyone else that all ministry begins and ends with the love of God entering a human heart. Of course, being here isn’t always rosy; missions is messy. There are times when I have deeply missed my family and friends, now literally a world away, times when I feel inadequate, times when it just seems all a little too much. But I know that this is part of how God is writing my own story, leading me ever closer to his heart. Two months are a drop in the bucket compared to a lifetime, but, who knows? Maybe this is where I discover more of who I’m meant to be and what I’m meant to do. At least, if these first few weeks are any indication, then the rest of the journey is going to be one crazy ride. *name changed **Chris grew up in China as the son of American missionaries, and now studies at Duke University in North Carolina. He loves climbing mountains, exploring new countries and diving into a good book. Writing helps him to see the beauty of God in the world and in the lives of other people.

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Sassafras MasterChef Tati Carlin wins hearts despite shock elimination

Curry connoisseur and peanut cracker aficionado Tati Carlin was eliminated from MasterChef Australia on 1 July, despite the judges heralding her curry as the best recipe of the season.
Tati tumbled last night after battling to recreate a complex apple crumble set by renowned pastry chef and chocolatier, Kirsten Tibballs.
She left behind the top nine but already has her sights set on a new challenge.
Speaking to the Mail, Tati said her life had revolved around cooking and that the show had given her new-found confidence.
“I think the most important thing about this competition is you get to learn what you can do and sometimes you don’t realise what you can do until you’re made to do something out of your comfort zone,” she said.
“It was a real highlight of my experience in terms of what I am able to make and, of course, the other 23 contestants were fantastic, beautiful people.”
Making an impression on the judges from the very first night, the 49-year-old was celebrated for her peanut crackers, which she said George Calombaris was a big fan of.
“My peanut crackers were definitely a highlight,” she joked.
“The hardest judge to please was probably George because I know Gary loves Indian cuisines and Matt even more so, but when I did my peanut crackers, Gary was the first one who came to my bench and tried that.
“He picked it up and ate it and looked at me and then (went) around and came straight back, pinched another one and then after he said ‘Tati, make some more, some more’.”
While elimination can be a devastating blow for some, Tati was, on the contrary, glad to return to Sassafras and her family and said she was humbled to have been given the opportunity to draw attention to Indonesian cuisine.
That attention also earned her thousands of fans in Indonesia, where she became an instant hit overnight.
“I didn’t know it went viral in Indonesia and got over two million views,” she said.
“We were in the house and there’s no media and suddenly my Instagram went up 700 and 1400 in two nights.”
Tati said the pressure-cooker environment of being “immersed in food culture” through talking about food, reading cookbooks and practising recipes with fellow contestants while living in the MasterChef house had been a huge learning experience, and admitted she still had much to learn about desserts.
As she bid goodbye to her Masterchef journey, Tati confessed she was looking forward to her next culinary venture.
“I’m working at Proserpine a couple of times a week, because I realised that my experience with sweets and desserts and pastry is really little,” she said.
“I also started cooking curry over there as well, so if anyone wants to have my curry come to Proserpine on the weekend – that’s my curry!“ TAGS

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Yuu Kitchen launches new Mayfair residency @ICEBAR London

Popular Filipino restaurant goes from strength to strength
Yuu Kitchen launches its latest residency at ICEBAR London in Heddon Street on June 27th. Yuu Kitchen is inspired by the fun and freshness of flavours from south-east Asia and the Pacific Rim and the team from Yuu Kitchen Spitalfields are delighted to bring their new offering to a more intimate setting off Regent Street, W1. Yuu Kitchen was created by experienced restaurateurs and long-time friends from Australia, Stephen Lowe and Jon de Villa. Head Chef Jon’s menu is inspired by his heritage and travels across South-East Asia and brings in his experience from Nobu London.
The thrill of the arrival begins at the entrance on Heddon Street, where an atmospheric mural staircase transports you immediately to the edgy underground scene of a Japanese street, lit only by neon, opening out into a basement bar and restaurant with absolute wow factor – the lounge features a long high-top table seating 10-12 and the main dining area is presided over by a back-lit 25 foot long Asian dragon or Shenlong created by celebrated Hong Kong artist, Lun Wong. With moody lighting and more art in the booths, it provides the perfect backdrop for some of London’s most innovative south-east Asian and Filipino inspired dishes.
Continuing the theme from Yuu Kitchen’s original restaurant in Spitalfields, the team have collaborated again with artist Lun Wong, known as Lunatic, by commissioning bespoke art pieces for the venue to continue the story of the artwork.
To coincide with the newly relaunched ICEBAR, Yuu Kitchen Mayfair represents an opposite theme of heat and ice. The drawing style of the artwork is very similar to the original Yuu Kitchen Aldgate’s style but modernised and slightly simplified. The mural is of a Dragon which has strong significance both within Asian culture and the theme of fire, as well as running parallel as an eastern dragon to the ICEBAR’s western dragon. All artwork revolves around the themes of fire and revenge – a fitting tale for the lone mobster.
South-east Asian food is at the core of the Yuu Kitchen menu and whilst Japanese flavours feature heavily, the menu also pays homage to Head Chef, Jon de Villa’s heritage, with a Pinoy section giving a nod to Filipino cuisine and some of Jon’s family recipes handed down over the years. Perhaps south-east Asia’s last secret cuisine, Philippine inspired food is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American influences.
Indulge in favourites such as soft pillowy Taiwanese Bao Buns with a range of fillings from Panko Jackfruit to Soft Shell Crab or Pork Belly Braised in 7UP, Japanese sweet and sticky Miso Eggplant, Vegetarian Vietnamese Ssam and Chicken or Baby Octopus Karaage.
Pinoy classics with a Yuu twist includes Lechon Kawali (12 hour braised pork belly with Mama Sita’s sauce) Crispy Pigs Ears and Chicken Insasal. Jon’s Pinoy dishes introduces guests to Filipino favourites with a London touch. Maximum flavours from slow-cooked meats, 12 hr braised Lechon Kawali, delicious home-made recipes, like the tangy adobo wings, brings a fresh new take on familiar dishes.
The innovative dessert menu includes Ice cream Bao in a range of flavours from vibrant purple vegan Ube, to Coconut Bread Cake, Ube Cassava Cake and Avocado and Yuzu Parfait.
Yuu Kitchen Mayfair @ ICEBAR London, 31-33 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BN Open Monday – Saturday, Sunday from 12 midday -5pm

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Planning The Perfect Family Holiday To Singapore

Image Source {This is a collaborative post} You probably haven’t considered Singapore as a family holiday destination because Southeast Asia is usually associated with backpacking and hostels. But Singapore is actually a great destination that is ideal for families. It gives you the opportunity to experience a culture that is so completely different from what you would find in most typical family destinations which is important because travel is a great educational experience for your kids. The city state of Singapore, just off the coast of Malaysia, is incredibly safe and it’s a fairly simple place to get around, even though it’s a bit of a culture shock. It has a very multicultural population and you’ll find a great mix of traditions and cultures from around Asia so it’s the ideal introduction to the region if you have never been there before. It’s also very tourist friendly and the locals are very welcoming and helpful to visitors. If you’re looking for something a bit different for your next family holiday, Singapore is a great choice. Here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect trip. When To Visit One of the best things about Singapore is that there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Obviously, you want to go when the weather is nice which isn’t a problem in Singapore because it’s nice all year round . It has consistently warm weather all year with an average temperature of around 27 degrees, but it can feel a lot hotter than that when it’s particularly humid. Rain is always a possibility so you can’t really avoid it but if you spend a week out there, it’s likely that it will be warm most of the time. When it comes to the prices of hotels and flights etc. the prices are pretty much the same for most of the year. Singapore is a hub for international business so people are visiting all year round and the prices shouldn’t change too much. However, there are a few exceptions to that rule. November through to January will be a little more expensive because of the Chinese New Year and June and July are often popular because there are some other festivals going on. But even then, the prices won’t change drastically so you can plan your trip whenever is most convenient for you. Getting There Image Source The one big downside of going to Singapore is that it’s a long journey. If you fly direct, it takes 13 hours so make sure to prepare for a long flight with the kids because it can be a real struggle. If you have a stopover it usually takes around 15 hours in total but depending on the airline and where they stop, some journeys could take up to 39 hours. If you’re traveling with very young children, Singapore might be a bit too much and you should consider waiting until they’re a little older before you take them. Once you arrive at the airport, it’s fairly simple to get to central Singapore. It only costs around £3 on the MRT (train network) or you can get a shuttle for roughly £9. Taxis are a little bit more expensive and you’re looking at somewhere between £20 and £30 each way. Where To Stay As Singapore is a business hub, there are plenty of luxury hotels around the city. The only problem is, Singapore is fairly expensive compared to a lot of other countries in the region and the hotels can be quite pricey. There are hostels available that will be a lot cheaper but they’re not really suited to families. If you’re going to Singapore with the family, your best option is to hire out an apartment, preferably a housing development board (HBD) one. You can easily find an hdb for rent in Singapore for a reasonable price. Having your own apartment is a lot better when you’re going with the family because you have a bit more space and you can cook your own food in the kitchen if you want to save a bit of money as well. Getting Around Walking is one of the best ways to explore Singapore because there is something exciting to discover around every corner, but it’s a big city and it’s going to be hot so sometimes, walking isn’t the best option, especially when you’ve got the kids with you. Luckily, the public transport is great and the air conditioned buses will give you a welcome break from the heat for a while. It’s very cheap and you can get a 3 day tourist pass for around £20 which gives you unlimited rides on the buses and the MRT while you’re there. Where To Eat Image Source Singapore is the ideal destination for food lovers because the mix of cultures that live there means that you have a great mix of cuisine from across Asia and the wider world. There are plenty of opportunities to sample authentic dishes but there are also a lot of restaurants that offer innovative fusion dishes that combine flavors from around the globe in exciting ways. There is a big range of prices as well so if you’re trying to travel on a budget, you’ve still got a lot of options. There are plenty of more expensive fine dining restaurants where you’ll find a modern twist on a lot of traditional Asian cuisines including Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian but in recent years, there has been an influx of people from around the world so you’ll find a restaurant that serves pretty much any cuisine that you want, including British food. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money while you’re out there but you still want to sample a lot of traditional food, the hawker centres are the place to go. These great markets are where most of the locals eat. You’ll find plenty of stalls selling delicious, authentic food from across the region and it will cost you less than £5 for a meal most of the time. Singapore is likely to be a bit of a culture shock if you’ve never visited Asia before but as long as you follow these tips, you can have a great family holiday there. Enjoy!

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Amazing Babymoon!

Had the best babymoon ever! Was greeted on arrival by a very welcoming gentleman called Mido, he was fantastic and gave us an upgraded room with a sea view with no extra charge. This was such a lovely touch as we did not expect this at all. He also checked us In so quickly with no waiting time, we arrived at 8am and was in our room within 20mins or arrival. Honestly the best service. I have stayed at many hotels in Dubai, Jumeriah Beach hotel, Atlantis but I must say the service here is second to none. nnFood: the food at this resort is wonderful, we had the half bored option which gave us the option to dine at most of the restaurants In the resort and the sister hotel The Westin. What can I say all the restaurants included are amazing! My only regret was not eating at the buffet in the hotel more, we choice this on our last night at the hotel and regretted not eating there sooner. The food was fabulous – what a choice of cuisines, from Indian, Chinese, English with all wonderful flavours! I wish I had eaten dinner at the buffet more. The other restaurants was nice but we ended up repeating a few of the restaurants in the Westin. nBreakfast at the hotel was wonderful! What great choice of food! nnRooms/location: Wondering very clean and also had a night down service, with chocolates left on your pillow. They also topped up on water bottles which was brilliant. The only downfall for this hotel is the building work next door. We was on the 5TH floor and could not really go out on the balcony as there was so much noise! But then again who comes to this wonderful resort to sit on a balcony! nBeach is lovely white sand and clear water, more of a lagoon then the sea.nnService: Would like to thank Mido again for everything he did to make our holiday special. He also has take away breakfast prepared for us on check out which was so lovely as we left at 7 in the morning and didn’t have time for breakfast. nnThank you Mina Seyahi Resort!

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Curry’s Cumin Home to Kolkata!

Raajkutir Thursday, July 4, 2019 4:46PM IST (11:16AM GMT) Curry’s Cumin Home to Kolkata! Raajkutir – a boutique hotel, Swabhumi hosts the first ever “Taste of Britain Curry Festival” in Kolkata Kolkata, West Bengal, India Raajkutir in Kolkata organized “Taste of Britain Curry Festival” in the presence of Michelin Chef Mark Poynton. Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata inaugurated the event along with Chef Subrata Debnath, Business Head & GM of Raajkutir.
Raajkutir, the new boutique heritage property by Ambuja Neotia Hospitality for the first time hosted the ‘Taste of Britain Curry Festival’ in Kolkata. Once the proud seat of the British Raj in India, Kolkata is the place where the curry trail of UK really started. This globetrotting event is vital part of Curry Life Magazine’s strategy to promote culinary skills of British curry chefs and highlight their leading role for making this food popular in the UK and beyond. His Excellency Bruce Bucknell, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata inaugurated the festival along with Chef Subrata Debnath, Business Head and General Manager of Raajkutir.
Hot, mild, creamy or dry, any way you like it, the fact remains: CURRY has come to be the UK’s number one national food. The curry now outsells even fish and chips. Some twelve thousand Indian restaurants in the UK cater to ever-increasing love of Indian food.
Michelin Chef Mark Poynton, who appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu series served ‘Best of British’ menu, which ranged from new dishes with a spicy twist to traditional British meals – as well as classic high street favourites like Chicken Tikka Masala, Balti and Zalfrezi.
Festival founder and organiser, Syed Belal Ahmed, Editor of the UK based Curry Life Magazine, said: “Hopefully this festival will create the opportunity not only to showcase the Best of British Cuisine, but also help our chefs from Britain bring fresh ideas to their own menus by working alongside the culinary masters of India.”
Highly acclaimed British Michelin Laureate Chef Mark Poynton said, “I’m really looking forward to showcasing high quality British food in Kolkata using a menu of fresh, original dishes full of vibrant flavours. I’m sure diners will be impressed.”
Mr. Subrata Debnath, Business Head and General Manager, Raajkutir said, “We are delighted to welcome the British chefs and host the “Taste of Britain Curry Festival” at, “East India Room” which serves British colonial cuisine. In this ever-evolving age of experiential hospitality, being an Executive Chef for a decade, I am delighted to share my culinary skills with Michelin Chef Mark Poynton for the grand sit down dinner at our ballroom,” Rang Manch on 7 th July & carry forward the legacy of the Ambuja Neotia Group.
About Curry Life
Curry Life Magazine is acknowledged as the voice of the curry industry in Great Britain. It reaches to thousands of Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants across the UK, with an estimated readership of over 100,000.
The Taste of Britain Curry Festival is a globetrotting event, which has been promoting the best of British cuisine including curry created by some of the UK’s top chefs for more than a decade. The festival has visited various countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia in partnership with many leading hotel groups and airlines.
For further information about Curry Life and Taste of Britain, please contact:
Syed Belal Ahmed, Tel: + 447956 439458 or email: sbelal@btinternet.com
You can also visit https://currylifemagazine.com/
About Raajkutir
Raajkutir is a metaphor for a figment of our imagination. A time capsule endeavours to take you back in time. Into the enlightenment called the Bengal Renaissance. Set in the mid nineteenth century till the time our country attained Independence. While it is an inspired period piece, it is also a boutique hotel, very suited for the global traveller and complete with contemporary amenities including an all-day dining restaurant, spa, shopping arcade, café cum deli and an artisan’s gallery. Adjoining facilities include 3 large banquets (indoor and outdoor), a mini banquet and restaurants, along with facilities for exhibitions and celebrations such as weddings, private parties and corporate events.
For further details on Raajkutir, visit: http://www.raajkutir.com/index.php
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Multimedia Gallery Image Caption : (L-R) Chef Zohorul Islam, Michelin Chef Mark Poynton, Chef Subrata Debnath Business Head & GM Raajkutir, Chef Mohammad Aaban Aamir Ali and Chef Mohamed Shahin Miah showcasing signature dishes of the Taste of Britain Curry Festival at Raajkutir Swabhumi click for high-res image
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MOHALLA: THE NEW INDIAN IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

It was time to make a decision after an impromptu lunch date with a friend of mine. She lives at one end of Dubai and I at the other – so we needed to find middle ground – and D3 it was. I had always shied away from going to Mohalla – somehow because I am so used to eating Indian food that I usually always end up choosing a different cuisine when I venture out. But on this particular Friday I quite fancied a nice long leisurely Indian meal. So Mohalla was my accepted suggestion.
There were seats outside, but Dubai summers crush that idea quite quickly Once you enter the restaurant is nice and light and airy. You look up and see the ceiling decorated with rugs, you look to one end and you see a a mural by a local Indian artist depicting a typical street scene.
I had booked a table thing it would get busy on a Friday but when I walked in at 1PM it was fairly empty – but that changed very quickly once the clock struck 2PM… then tables were buzzing, there was chatter and with a sandstorm brewing outside it added to the buzz-iness of the restaurant as staff tried to hold the doors shut every time they flew open to the wind chaos.
The word ‘mohalla’ which means ‘neighborhood’ lends itself accurately to the different choices on the menu which have inspired the dishes on the menu representing different ‘mohallas’ in India.
For my drink I had the Passion Fruits Two Way which had a mix of passion fruit, orange juice with a touch of tobasco and ginger fizz. With a sandstorm blowing outside, this drink just felt even more refreshing.
We were also given a complimentary of what seemed like very crispy dosa with 3 different dip served up in the cutest miniature tiffin.
For the food we stuck to the dishes on the ‘Small Bhook’ page – this way we new we could try a few more dishes than just the one.
Calcutta Kathi Chicken Roll – and indian wrap filled with egg, chicken, vinegar onions accompanied by a mint chutney – would have this again in a heartbeat.
Kuzhi Paniyaram – basically this was rice and black lentil batter cooked in a mould filled with prawns and served with a tomato chutney. They look like mini stuffed idlis. But with this dish I got to taste more of the batter and very little of the prawn filling. I had to bite one and check if there indeed was a filling.
Raj Kachori – this seems to be their signature – it was on nearly every table. It is a spicy chaat bowl made of semolina and filled with a variety of condiments includ9ng, potato, pomegranate, dal crisps, nylon sev with a trio of chutneys. It was delicious – but as it’s a heavy dish you end up with very little space to try out other things – like dessert in my case!!!!
Would I go back and eat at Mohalla? Yes, I think I would. But would try and few other dishes like the calamari koliwada or the pav bhaji but definitely the Chicken Khao Suey.
Location: Mohalla , Building 5, Ground Floor, Dubai Design District Open from 11 AM – 11 PM (Sunday – Thursday) and from 10 AM – 11 PM (Friday/Saturday) Telephone: +971 4 4272855
NOTE: I ate at Mohalla on my OWN time and money! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are truly my OWN.

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New Shareable Street Food Recipes For Summer Entertaining

by Rebecca Down Street Food Recipes Hello Summer! Hello, long sunny evenings. Hello, “just one more glass of rosé”. Hello, eating al fresco. What more could you ask for?
To ensure you make the most of your time in the sun, we’ve created a collection of limited edition “Street Food” recipes specifically with your summer plans in mind. No matter your summer calls for – picnics, pool parties, impromptu barbecues – these recipes are the perfect way to celebrate longer evenings, whether you’re entertaining friends or cooking for yourself.
Available in boxes from July 13th, you’ll be able to add one of these delicious recipes to your box for the next seven weeks. Look for the Limited Edition tag on our weekly menu and read on to learn more about these delicious summer recipes. Summer sorted. Made for sharing (or not!)
Think pulled duck tacos, open-faced kofta kebabs, crispy Korean-style chicken burger with glazed halloumi…hungry yet? These recipes have been created for every summer occasion, whether you’re dining as a family or hanging out with friends over the weekend. We’ve got our eyes on the Chicken Tikka Pizza with Sweet Potato Fries for the perfect twist on family pizza night or as a fun party appetizer (just cut into smaller slices!). What’s on the menu? In boxes from July 13th: Pulled Duck Tacos
We’re kicking off the launch of our “Street Food” recipes with a quintessential Mexican favourite; the humble, hardworking taco. A great thing to make for your next ‘Taco Tuesday’ or to share with friends over the weekend, this recipe will bring the warm Mexican sunshine straight to your kitchen. Add To Your Box In boxes from July 27th: Lamb Kofta Kebabs with Buttery Garlic Naan
For the second stop on our “Street Food” Taste Tour, we’re celebrating the melting-pot of flavours that make Indian cuisine so delicious. We’ve given this recipe a fresh twist, serving our spiced lamb koftas on warm garlic naan, making them a great thing to eat with your hands and enjoy al fresco. Pair with a cold beer, kick back and you’ll be transported to the palm-fringed beaches of India. Add To Your Box In boxes from July 27th: Chicken Tikka Pizza with Sweet Potato Fries
We’ve combined two of our customers’ favourite cuisines, Italian and Indian, to create a winning recipe for your next pizza night. Introducing the third recipe from our limited edition “Street Food” collection: Chicken Tikka “Pizza”. Serve the pizzas up with the sweet potato fries and dressed salad and dive in. The perfect ‘tear and share’ for a night in with friends!

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