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Ortakoy – Turkish Cuisine Kuwait

Ortakoy is a neighborhood within the Besiktas district of Istanbul, Turkey and is located in the middle of the European bank of the Bosphorus. Ortaköy was a cosmopolitan area during the Ottoman era and the first decades of the Turkish Republic, with communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenian and Jews. The Turkish cuisine is deliciously diverse and colorful, owing to the nation’s placement between Asia and Europe. Unfortunately, here the owners clearly left their creativity back in Turkey when designing and delivering the restaurant concept, but what they lack in imagination and interior design, they more than make up for with food. The restaurant design and...

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Kosebasi Kuwait (Turkish Cuisine)

The Ottoman cuisine (Turkish), can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Ever since we came to Kuwait and indulged in it’s vast array of cuisines offered in this small place, as far as Arabic cuisine is concerned, the Turkish cuisine seemingly has an enchanted finesse. Kosebasi began operations it’s in Kuwait since 2013 and presently have 3 branches. The Cube Mall branch has a slightly more elegant touch to its interiors than the branch at Avenues and our experience at both the branches have been consistently pleasant. Located at phase...

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Park Burger Kuwait – Review

In food, if there is one thing we can say without fear of contradiction is that ‘Kuwait Loves Burgers’. The food industry here is worth millions and it is not longer the McDonald’s and Burger King’s that define our idea of the perfect patty. Popularity of  the ‘dude food’ has unleashed a new wave of gourmet bun slingers who has turned this once humble sandwich into an object of reverence. The food geeks who used to obsess over the details of fine dining are now queueing to get into hip burger joints. Saw this place after a visit to Five Guys in...

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HealthyBar Kuwait – Review

  Eating healthy is always great, though it isn’t always an appetizing one. Bur fortunately this new kid on the block puts as much creativity into their lighter fare as they do to the decadent dishes. HealthyBar is the creative genius of two friends on a mission to change the image of  Kuwait ranking no 4 on the global obesity index. This place has something to please carnivores, vegans, and everyone in between. Their menu is quite elaborate and showcased everything from Italian pastas to Mexican burritos and Asian style tenderloin beef to a classic burger!  (… and my first thought was,...

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Taal (Indian) Restaurant Review

  TAAL RESTAURANT REVIEW The Indian fine dine restaurants are inspired by the exotic and regional tastes of India. They have distinctive culinary styles and exciting auras incorporating India’s strong culinary culture. It’s not really about the price, but more the ingredients, preparation techniques and values. Indian cuisine can be found everywhere in Kuwait, from shabby hole in the wall joints to fast-food, to restaurants modeled on retro Calcutta and casual chains to more illustrious aristocratic setups. While Taal may not model a Michelin star opulent aura, the colorful frills, adorning chandeliers and embroidered patterns places it well above the typical casual diner....

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Pasta Calcio Review

Pasta can be named as one of the world’s most comforting foods. For restaurateurs, pasta is a gift – popular, accessible, cheap and almost always satisfying. Whether its guised up for the Michelin plate or a simple jaded meal at a local fast food, rare is the person who doesn’t warm to its embrace. We live in an age where food is awed, cooking is idolized, chef’s are celebrities and gourmet as a word is known to even a pre-schooler. While there is always a niche for the fine-dine and authentic, the adulterated fast-food version of every food that speaks...

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Burger & Lobster Kuwait – Review

Burger & Lobster, is a Russian owned, UK based chain that was birthed by 4 school friends in Moscow drinking wine on a roof-top. They came up with the idea to set up a restaurant where the focus was perfecting the craft of just one or two main ingredients and in a small Irish pub in Mayfair the first Burger & Lobster was born. I remember dining at the Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia.  What amazed me apart from their ‘wall of fame’ displaying pictures of celebrities enjoying their steak, was that they had just two items on their menu. So I guess it is...

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Hazelnut House Review Kuwait

Hazelnut house joins the list of Kuwait’s pride ventures that have found it’s own following. Located in the KIPCO towers mezzanine floor, the interiors reflect a smooth blend between a more nautical and mid-century modern design. It has refined lines with a creative use of molded plastic and other modern materials in an industrial design yet maintaining a warm, relaxed and positive aura. It has a few table’s and can house a few chocoholics. It’s been a while since I gave into the temptation of any chocolate fantasy and it was never any malaise, rather a diet I was following that would...

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The Breakfast Club Kuwait – Review

The Breakfast Club opened shop in 2011 and is a nice spot if you’re after some posh nosh, mouthwatering sumptuous breakfast, or a long leisurely brunch. Breakfast being the most important meal of the day and according to many scientific studies have numerous benefits including weight loss. But weight loss wasn’t on our mind when we headed out on a Friday to the mezzanine floor of the KIPCO tower for a breakfast that eventually became brunch. This industrially designed place with exposed metal, distressed wood complemented with exposed roughly painted brick wall was packed to say the least. Fortunately after...

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AlMakan (Street) Resturant Review

If you love food and don’t always have the money to dine in restaurants, street food is your savior. They are delicious, cheap and sometimes provide the best experience. The global food truck chefs have taken this relatively cheap and quick bite to another level the past couple of years. We live in an era where food is as integral to culture as is art and music… and that’s what AlMakan is all about. A very unique concept by chef Zubabar who has created this hub for art and food. They have a coffee shop, restaurant, studio and art gallery. Located opposite...

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Pizza Express Kuwait – Review

  Pizza Express has grown from an up-start shop in UK since 1965 to a rapidly expanding chain. We have all had our sumptuous fill of of the popular ‘Pizza Hut’, ‘Domios’ & ‘Papa Johns’, but this one is of another league. Though not at par with a genuine Neapolitan authenticity, the ingredients and the flavors here does give a delightful burst of joy. I’ve always loved Pizza’s for their  frazzled discs of pepperoni, flavored meat, melted mozzarella and the chillies with surprising kick and a lovely crusted dough. They have been in Kuwait for quite a while and have about 10 branches I believe. We...

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Mandi Al-Rayan

Mandi I believe is traditionally a Yemani dish, but popular in the Arabian province. Mandi is usually made with meat or chicken and a delicate mixture of spices. The meat used is usually a young and small sized lamb for the flavor and tenderness of the meat. The main thing which differentiates Mandi from other meat dishes is that the meat is cooked in the taboon, which is a special kind of oven. A hole dug in the ground and covered inside by  clay. To cook mandi, dry wood is placed in the oven and burned to generate a lot of heat. The meat is then suspended...

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Gelatissimo Kuwait

The Gelatissimo story began in 2002 where the first store opened on King Street in the heart of Sydney and today they have stores across Australia, as well as the Philippines, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and we are happy to say…Kuwait too !! Here is an extract from their site …’All our flavours are made fresh in-store by your local artisan gelato maker, using only the best ingredients with no artificial colours or flavours. Can’t have dairy? We cater to dairy free customers with our dairy-free fruit sorbets and chocolate sorbet (trust us, it’s delicious!). We also have gluten free, nut free...

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A2B (Adyar Ananda Bhavan-Vegetarian Restaurant) Kuwait

Dosa is an absolutely addictive comfort food in the South Indian cuisine. Though usually had for breakfast, combinations of this classic can even be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or a gluttonous snack. In fact in Kerala, I’ve had this with chicken, meat, egg and various other interesting combinations. Just like the simple man’s burger evolved and found its place in the creative kitchen of many gourmet chef’s, who knows one day the dosa too may .. after all even Jamie Oliver makes Dosa’s 🙂 Adyar Ananda Bhavan carries it’s deep traditional recipe’s from Chennai to many parts of the globe. It has more than 75 branches and...

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Shakahari (Caesars) Kuwait – Restaurant Review

The name Shakahari, incidentally, is the Hindi word for ‘vegetarian’ and this is an exclusive Vegetarian restaurant in Salmiya. Being an omnivore myself, I love vegetarian food. I believe the cuisine’s wide appeal rests on its expertise in creating meals which are light but satisfying, simple and natural but attentively detailed in their preparation. In keeping with Caesars traditional restaurant designs , the interiors are simple and neat, certainly more upscale than the other vegetarian restaurants in Salmiya. Dosa and Idili are the quintessentials of South Indian vegetarian food and there are subtle regional differences. Though the menu between Udupi, Saravana Bhavan, Shakahari and other...

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Akookah (Rice Crust) Kuwaiti Cuisine

If you are in Kuwait and you had to pick one dish that is traditionally loved, I think that would be the Machboos. Though the dish is not just local to Kuwaiti cuisine, its certainly popular here. This is prepared with Lamb, Chicken and Shrimps. A few months back a Kuwaiti colleague of mine told me about Akookah (Rice Crust). As of now they don’t have a restaurant or a website. They seem to be pretty active on Instagram which fuels a lot of of their business. After months of sitting on the fence we finally decided to enjoy...

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Kei (Japanese) Restaurant – Review

There are many restaurants in Kuwait that serve Japanese cuisine, but not many (if any) that stick to offering it as authentic as possible. Serving any cuisine on foreign soil poses the challenge of acquiring native ingredients and since 1981 Kei has been living up to that challenge.  In all honesty, most restaurants in five star hotels are pretty intimidating because of the price and if it was not for a kind gesture offered by a friend don’t think we would try out this place either…. but are we glad we did ! JW Marriot is known to everyone in Kuwait...

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Thakkara Restaurant Review (Farwaniya br)

Kerala has a very deep cultural heritage and that reflects in the cuisine. The finest food of Kerala is normally found in traditional family homes, in villages, fast paced small town restaurants and toddy shops; where the freshness of flavors and the bounties of the tropical land and seas are celebrated with careful spicing and skillful preparation. Thakkara is more than just the average commercial food churning machine, its actually a traditional family kitchen. They serve the dishes that have been fueling their families for many years. Most of the recipes have been passed on for generations and for the...

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Oak & Smoke Kuwait – Review

If you haven’t enjoyed BBQ meat, then you are basically missing out something big in the culinary world. Oak and Smoke serves ribs that is a melt-in-your-mouth and brisket a black bark crusted heap of deliciousness. Now you don’t have to take a pilgrimage to feed your fetish, fortunately just a drive to Adaliya will do 😉

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Burger Boutique Black – Review

It almost seems as though the Gastronomica group has been leading the dream of Kuwait becoming ‘the food capital of the world’. Though I don’t buy that even for a minute (as of 2016), I was just referencing a video that I recently came across. Nevertheless, this group has been gaining reputation as the bastion of food innovation with its own cult following. And I don’t doubt that a bit. We have enjoyed dining at their other restaurants and the experience has been consistently pleasurable. And now they have started, what I’d call their ‘luxury edition’ burger, ‘The Black’...

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Dogmatic Kuwait – Review

The hot dog is the quintessential summer food: cheap, tasty, great for grills and forgiving of even the most inexperienced backyard cooks. This ‘simple working class street food’ is said to have had it’s origins in Germany and its mention has been made as early as 1487. Fast forward… 2015.. and we have the first hot dog restaurant in Kuwait. Moving away from its simple traditional roots the one here is ‘gourmet’, meaning its not just a hot dog stuffed in a bun slapped with sauces but crafted with care set to cater to the connoisseurs !! The restaurant...

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Copper Chimney Restaurant Kuwait – Review

Strange but true, many if not most restaurants are restricted to formula driven mediocrity, both in cuisine and presentation. Driven by the purse rather than the passion to serve authentic cuisine, restaurants compromise, feeding the belly and disregarding the heart. We heard about this place through a friend who was frantically waving a white flag excited about his experience. Copper Chimney had its humble beginnings at Mumbai in 1972, a concept restaurant fueled by Bollywood film maker Mr. Jagdish Kapur has now spread across the nation with branches in about 8 cities and International too. With the restaurants roots deep into the Indian heritage,...

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Oriental Indian Restaurant Review – Kuwait

Oriental Restaurant has a design and layout of the average Indian restaurant that has directed all focus on the quality of the food and not the aura. However the wooden work and the ornately framed mirrors do give the impression that, however futile, they have made an attempt to strike a chord somewhere that typifies Indian. Regardless, the décor is simple and neat. With lots of seating friendly staff, decent prices and great food, when I crave Indian (food), I think Oriental!! The restaurant has a plethora of Indian and Indian-Chinese dishes on their menu. They have everything from...

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Khyber Indian Restaurant Kuwait – Review

When it comes to small busy restaurants that has been in the tradition of catering to our voracious appetites, I’m always a believer! Even though some may have been disappointing at times. My friend who mesmerized me about this place is now 47, he remembers dining here at the age of 7 🙂 In his words, ‘we are going to dine at a place that’s part of Kuwait’s gastronomic history’. This is certainly not a place you come for a gourmet fare, but the flavors here are authentic and gladly they have not toned down the spice to cater...

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Texas Roadhouse Review – Kuwait

It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana.  Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price. Though those lines were taken from their story describing the restaurant, we can see that the ‘idea’ has successfully transcended all barriers and found it’s way in Kuwait. The first two things that stand out here is that the place is lively and the...

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Caesars Dakshin Review – Kuwait

  I think Caesars is to the average Indian what IHop is to the American. The Caesars group has been in Kuwait since 1973 feeding our voracious appetites to our hearts content. Their confectionery has been ubiquitous at any family gathering and among most Indians, their 3 inch fluffy dough pizza is as popular as the snicker bar. I believe they presently have about 12 plus restaurants serving continental, South Indian, Persian and even Japanese cuisine. You can find out more on the other restaurants HERE! Dakshin, in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh serves authentic South Indian cuisine…., to be more specific, Kerala...

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Big Smoke Burger Review Kuwait

  A Burger is a thing of beauty, a messy manifestation of all things ‘umami’. We have been on this Burger Hunt for sometime hogging our way through many restaurants that serve this simple food with elegance, respecting every ingredient and treating it with reverence. To my understanding, presently there are more than 90 places in Kuwait that serve burgers and while it’s almost impossible to review each one of them, the only thing stopping us from going into the ‘mission impossible’ mode is our waist line and fear of dependence of lipitor. Big Smoke Burger unlike many places that serve burgers...

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Applebee’s Review – Kuwait

The Avenues mall is growing to become an epicure’s paradise. Walk around any area of the mall and you will be visually allured by restaurants serving fine food. Everything from popular franchise to casual diners to local brand restaurants can be found in this mall that stretches for at least a kilometer. Don’t fret, you can also find a restaurant for your occasion and budget. Applebee’s, the neighborhood grill & bar is an American casual diner that has been serving tables and hearts since 1980. Located in the phase 2 food court next to Johnny Rockets, this place offers...

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Dip n Dip Kuwait – Review

I’ve heard that ‘patience is the virtue of the wise’, but I’ve seen that it’s also a virtue of the hungry! Long lines always intrigued me and we used to see a lot of patient customers controlling that immense urge for something sweet as they joined the long line outside Pinkberry. But now the lines have shifted to another popular place that satisfies every fantasy with chocolate….Dip n Dip ! Like most business establishments this venture had its humble beginnings on the 15th of February 2009, when two chocolate lovers, Firas Daker and Amer Al Haffar, embarked on an...

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BurgerFuel Kuwait – Review

In 1995, New Zealand based BurgerFuel gave the ordinary big bad burger an overhaul. It was the year when the world’s most wicked food turned healthier (or so they claim) and a much better fuel to the human body. Since then, BurgerFuel has been engineering the ultimate burger; offering freshly built burgers with 100% pure grass-fed beef or hormone-free chicken with fresh and natural ingredients, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. It’s popularity has given birth to as of now 76 outlets (34 in New Zealand) and in Kuwait we have 2. So guess it has to be good. But...

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Burger Co Kuwait Review

As far as the Big fast food burger chains go (McDonald’s, Hardees, and Burger King) I have a clear hierarchy in my mind. Hardee’s wins by a mile for serving burgers that actually taste like burgers. McDonald’s has its own unique flavor profile that keeps it afloat and Burger King too have their own interesting options; Flame-broiled, smoky ..etc However, when you crave a real burger, these options won’t do. Kuwait has literally seen an explosion in local concept and franchise restaurants that serve burgers. To me, some of these seem like the weird cousins of the fast food...

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Assaha Kuwait Review

  Lebanese cuisine is known and loved for its wonderfully rustic, simple ingredients and robust flavors.  Assaha is the prodigy of the Assaha International group (AIP) and carries with it the real scent and taste of a traditional Lebanese village. It is the story of authentic Lebanese cuisine presented in a unique concept and setting. For more information and pictures on the place – CLICK HERE ! The food of the Middle East is, like the region itself, a complex network of interweaving cultures. You can read the same menu – of tabbouleh and fattoush and hummus – from...

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Assaha Kuwait (a peep inside)

  When we talk about the Lebanese house we enter a world of sunshine and light, of color both subtle and vivid, of simplicity of form and elegance of proportions. We enter the lives of a community that lived in simplicity and in harmony with its surroundings. The rugged nature of the landscape reflects the architecture and design. Gently sculpting the landscape into terraces, they were able to cultivate the land for their living. Inspired by the beauty of their land, they created an architecture from its stones and timbers both simple and refined. The relationship of architecture to...

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Doner Saray Review Kuwait

Kuwait is growing to become an epicure’s paradise. There has been a splurge of International franchise restaurants and the locals are contributing to the food revolution in an ingenious way by bringing in their own creative twist to the popular regional foods. I think Slice began the trend in serving the locals with Doner Kebabs with a few others following. To add to this already growing list the B&S restaurant management and catering company (the same group that bought us Mooyah) started the Doner Saray. Saray or seray in Persian means ‘palace’ and we have to admit, the quality of the food reflects...

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Pei Wei Review – Kuwait

 Everyone knows P.F Chang’s for their fine dine experience and great food, but not everyone knows that if you just want that (almost similar) food while on a rumbling tummy all you need to do is look for Pei Wei and you’ll still have that great food minus the hole in you wallet. In fact, you will be offered with more options, can you beat that !?! While P.F Chang’s serve mostly Chinese (at least in Kuwait), Pei Wei offers a wider variety of Asian cuisine. It has changed its menu over the years to include a variety of healthy...

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Olive Garden Restaurant Review (Kuwait)

To members of the ‘Slow Food Movement’, food connoisseurs and for those who love to enjoy their meal in a cozy ambiance accompanied only with a few gentle whispers and some light music flowing with the cuisine served, let me inform you straight away that this is NOT the place for you. Now since  that’s out, let me also add that factoring food quality, cost, ambiance and service, Olive Garden is presently one of our favorite places to go to in Kuwait. It offers good food at a reasonable cost and their excellent customer service and clean interiors are...

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Dean & Deluca Kuwait Review

‘Jack of All… Master of None’, is a common figure of speech to describe a person talented in diverse trades. While this can be considered as a compliment when applied to individuals, I’m not sure what to think when applied to a restaurant that offers a sample of almost every popular cuisine. Dean & Deluca located in a prominent locale of Avenues phase 2 has paired the food market and restaurant. A good place to splurge and a one stop-shop to celebrate food and experience all of the pleasures that cooking and eating can bring. The restaurant is a...

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Wokhay Kuwait Review

Everyone likes an Asian fusion restaurant because most everyone has had some exposure to Far Eastern cuisine. You can always find your favorite dish whether it be Thai, Chinese or Japanese…so when we wanted to take out a guest from the US for dinner, WOK HAY met with everyone’s (mainly my wife’s) approval as it promised a variety of Asian cuisine and more.  My first impression was great…location by the sea side (next to the Green Island entrance), plenty of parking (so essential these days) and a contemporary yet simple setting with large glass doors into the promenade. Nothing...

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Chili’s Kuwait

Everyone holds dear a few dishes even if it’s from their past. Although it’s more a recent past for me, the buffalo ribs at Chili’s was something I really raved about.  Considering the limited options in Kuwait as early as 2006, Chili’s was the go-to place for me and the buffalo ribs was a definite order. My friends and I raved about it and were even customers who marketed the restaurant 😉 (for me it was mainly this dish). In the last decade Kuwait has seen a food revolution. There has been a tremendous surge of American franchise restaurants...

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Chocolateness Review

  Tucked away by the side lanes in phase 3 Avenues, next to Boccini sits another small Kuwaiti concept restaurant where a little magic takes place. Everyday decadent chocolate dishes are crafted with the timeless combination of chocolate and love. Each dish resembles a love letter, complete with a romantic poem. Don’t let the restaurant title fool you, there is more here to satisfy your cravings than just chocolate. Going through their interestingly designed menu you will notice they have a little of everything from flavorful pastas to savory sandwiches, beefy burgers and of course chocolates. In all honesty,...

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Shawarma Shuwaikh Bneid Al Ghar

Beware the concept shawarma’s they say, expensive shawarma’s can’t be trusted. But if people start talking about a restaurant, there’s probably a reason for it, although in the case of Shawarma Shuwaikh, most of the chatter has not vanished after the hot start, and to top it all, they’ve opened another branch 24 hrs! 😯 Priced at around Kd 1.250, (which surprisingly is 0.250 fils more than their Shuwaikh br) many  would somehow prefer to avoid this, but like most things, value comes at a price!  But we need to determine how premium is the entire package  and how much value is attributed to a...

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Al-Shamam Restaurant (Souk Mubarakiya)

  Whether you live in a swanky neighborhood, by the quiet sea side apartment, or amid the clamor of old Kuwait, every side of this city has its own neighborhood joints serving Arabic cuisine, however Souk Mubarakiya has it different. Come night fall, in this densely populated locale you will find people collectively propelled toward the central souk area. Here you will find a sundry of restaurants, but you will recognize ‘The King’ by the seemingly endless lines crowding the sidewalk beside it. Though you don’t need a GPS, the restaurant is located in a rather unassuming section of this...

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Classic Burger Kuwait

Excellent burgers are hard to come by. Sure you can have a chunk of meat sandwiched between bread accompanied with the usual condiments and an oversized spear of pickle for a budget value. While this has its own arena, right now it’s not of precedence. We are on a quest for quality and almost all of the ‘above average’ burger joints have their usual clichés about the quality of their food served and Classic Burger does the same….. their claims.. ‘flame grilled with passion, Classic burger joint serves burgers that cook up a gourmet storm. We only serve real...

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Boccini Pizzeria Kuwait (review)

Banana Nutella Manicottii Al Forno Fettuccine Gamberi Piccanti Spinach Tagliatelle Turchia Prosciutto Funghi E Mais Pesto Pollo Pizza Rotolo Prosciutto Affumicato Della Turchia – There are very few restaurants that put such a premium on high quality ingredients. There are even fewer which combine them so intellectually, highlighting the quality of each ingredient without losing overall focus. Clean and articulate cooking that respects the clarity of ingredients is indeed rare, but rarer still is the ability to make a dish look simple when it is in fact complex and well-conceived. Boccini served us quite a few dishes which fell into this category. Boccini...

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IHop Review Kuwait

The typical IHOP customer doesn’t expect extraordinary food, rather just the simple uncomplicated feel of a small-town diner. This place has been flipping pancakes since 1958 and as of September 30, 2012, there are about 1,565 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It had been a while after our last visit, but in the meantime the restaurant had opened up other branches across Kuwait. Jabriya was closest to our place and  since we had enjoyed our earlier visit (at Jabriya), thought we’d give it...

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Junkyard Burger, Kuwait

  Our ‘Burger Hunt’ has got us stepping out of our comfort zones to places where we would not normally go. We have been specifically searching for burger joints, studying their array of choices and tasting them. Got a coupon from a friend that offered a buy1 get 1 at Junkyard burger, so on a weekend evening thought of trying out the place. Fortunately the location (The Village) was mentioned on the coupon because this was not one of the places we’d heard about.  Please note that this review is being published a while after we tried this place...

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Cheesecake Factory Review – Kuwait

    My first dining experience at the Cheesecake factory was in 2010 during our trip to the USA. The unique architecture and the pleasant mood set by the warm and dimly lit interiors add to the experience. Apart from this what caught my attention was the size and range of the Cheesecakes (after all I’m not a glutton, I’m just an explorer of food 😉 ). Located at the prime spot in Avenues phase 3, you have to be blind not to notice this place. From kids to grandmothers, from gluttons to dieters, I believe everyone should find something they...

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Red Lobster Kuwait Review

Red Lobster is no stranger to those who have gone to the US and other parts of the world that host this seafood restaurant chain which has been around since its first outlet in Lakeland, Florida as early as 1968. That’s 46 years back! They now have more than 700 outlets worldwide. It was one of those days were not in a mood for sea food and since the most of restaurants were packed, we decided to spend our valuable time with the lonely soul in the bunch. I’ve been to Red Lobster in the USA and loved the...

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Vapiano Kuwait

    Vapiano is a German restaurant franchise serving Italian food. They opened doors at Hamburg, Germany in 2002 and two years later went international. As on 2015 I believe they have about 150 branches all over, and I think its an amazing boom ! “Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano”: “If you have an easy-going and relaxed approach to life, you’ll live more healthily and longer” – old Italian proverb…‘….And this is exactly the attitude which is lived every day in our Vapiano restaurants—by both our guests and our staff, the Vapianisti’.  The above lines are...

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Life with Cacao

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They’ve pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Kuwait has the potential to create a substantial market for Dessert hubs. This place at the Avenues always intrigued me. It’s a cute, concept restaurant birth in Kuwait. The restaurant is designed around the fairy tale of the ‘King of Wandapot who was bored with the usual food and wanted something different to make him happy…’. The restaurant serves both sweet and savory, but we felt it’s mostly a dessert place. We...

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Burger Boutique Kuwait Review

        Burger Boutique comes from the same group (Gastronomica) that has quenched the appetites of many in Kuwait.  Since we had been to Slider Station and Cocoa Room, our expectations were already set. In fact, I heard this place was better. Located at the Arraya Mall, Mezzanine floor in Kuwait city, it’s really hard to miss this place (even if you weren’t searching for it, you’ll see it). In our last visit, the interiors had a more upscale feel to it, but after the renovation it seemed more simple with a lot of emphasis on the ‘Go Green’...

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Lino’s Cafe, Kuwait

  Lino’s is an international franchise which started their service in Kuwait since 2009 and I believe they are in line with their professed philosophy; Product, Service and Atmosphere. . It all began at Sorbolo (in the province of Parma) in 1991 with the aim of giving customers a unique, emotional, multisensory experience into the world of coffee. For a bit more on the history of this restaurant you can CLICK HERE..!! At the Avenues with the plethora of coffee shops this one does stand out especially with the range of items on the menu. We had been here earlier and...

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Elevation Burger (kuwait) review

As part of our quest for El Dorado (in this case being burgers), we had visited the Elevation Burger at the Avenues phase 2. In fact we had been to this place quite a few times earlier and every time we have left ‘wanting more’. Their caption ‘Ingredients matter’ is reflective of their product, 100% Organic, grass-fed, (USDA certified) fresh and flavorful using the highest quality ingredients. In today’s age where most are calorie conscious, few have any idea as to how many calories are packed in this delicious meal that can be finished in seconds (by some). The...

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Zaatar W Zait, Kuwait

    The Marina Crescent is one of my favorite places in Kuwait. The walkway, the yacht harbor and of course the stretch of international restaurants just makes this place an attraction. Zaatar W Zait is a vibrant Lebanese restaurant with one of its branches at the Marina Crescent. They began operations in May 1999 and moulded the simple Manousheh (Oregano bread) into very interesting dishes. A friend has been raving about this place for quite sometime and finally on a Saturday morning we decided to try out the place.  Think we got there around 9 am and the place...

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Shawarma Shuwaikh (Kuwait)

  Kuwait has slowly been increasing its reputation as a hub for food lovers. Though some might say there is nothing better to do here than eat, I’ll take the explosion of different cuisines as a positive response to this notion. Nestled in the more or less isolated area of Shuwaikh (residential Shuwaikh) is this restaurant. It is the brain child of one of the brothers of the gastronomica group (owners of Sliders Station, Open Flame etc). The interior aura actually reflects the Slider Station. If it was not for a Kuwaiti friend, I don’t think I would have...

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Caramel (Cakes Kuwait)

  It was through a friend that we heard about ‘Caramel’, and we are really happy we did. It’s located on the Gulf Road and is pretty easy to find. I really like the way they have done up the place. It has got an English feel to the décor with the light colors. The place seems pretty busy. We have tried their cakes before and we loved it. This time thought we’d share our experience with you all ;). This time we got the Red Velvet (kd 1.750) full size and minis (Kd 0.350) of the Pumpkin and...

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Rib Eye Review

Recently we and some friends of ours decided to have lunch at the Rib Eye in Holiday Inn Salmiya. It was the first time for us, but our friends had been there once before. It had been a while since I’ve had some finger licking good BBQ ribs and was looking forward to it. We arrived at the restaurant around 2 pm. There was no hostess at the front so we kind of made our way towards a table when a waitress approached and seated us. We noticed that there was only one other table that was occupied by...

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Slider Station Kuwait (Review)

The mark of a good restaurant is not necessarily its size, but the quality of its food and the generosity of its staff. While we value the ambience and it does add to the experience, it all comes down to the ‘food’. ‘Slider Station’ is the brain child of the ‘Gastronomica’ group. They also own Burger Boutique, Cocoa Room and Open Flame. (You can check out our review on Cocoa Room here..)  Almost every time we had come here, the restaurant was packed. Parking is a bit of an issue, unless you don’t mind parking at the ground opposite the...

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Pizza Express Home Delivery

We heard about Pizza Express through a friend who constantly raves about it. We had been to their restaurant at Avenues (phase 1) and we really loved the pizza. After enjoying ‘Grimaldi’s’ (New York) this was our only substitute in Kuwait. During our restaurant visit we heard about their take away. In fact, you get a better deal for take away 😉 …so we finally decided to try it out. We ordered the ‘pair meal’ which included two classic pizza’s, garlic bread and 2 cokes. We had ordered the American Hot and Pollo Con Funghi Bianca (Nuts). The order...

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Shawarmamatic Kuwait

I can have shawarma’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner..(ok I’ve slighy exaggerated). But I do love this delicacy and I’m always searching for something different. The inception of the concept shawarma restaurants in Kuwait (Slice, Shuwaikh shawarma, Dean & Deluca…etc) just opened up the traditional dish to another world of possibilities. Head about this Shawarma place managed by Mais Alghanim that was serving the traditional dish with all possible combinations of spices and sauces… and I just had to try it out ! I’m basically deriving my review based on 2 separate visits almost a month apart. To begin...

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Caribbean Hut, Kuwait

The Caribbean Hut is a small ‘son and pop’ restaurant located in Abu Halifa run by a Puerto Rican chef and his dad. We received their menu card a few months ago and we couldn’t wait to try it out…! This being a unique cuisine served in Kuwait, we were expecting it to be in a more upscale locality, but to keep the cuisine experience affordable and to cater to all social classes, they have setup their shop here. Regardless, the place was pretty easy to find and we got there right about the time they were opening up...

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Iraqi Restaurant – Malak Al-Mushiyat (Kuwait)

Fresh, healthy, rich in flavor and diverse, is I believe a good way to briefly describe Middle Eastern cuisine. While everyone has their favorites and Lebanese is comparatively more popular especially among fine dining Arabic cuisine restaurants, I have been trying to explore the diversity in the cuisine. A friend informed me about this Iraqi place and though we had been here couple of times before, we never got down to pen a review… until now. One thing I can begin with is by commending them on the consistency of quality. The choices of dishes available on the menu...

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Caesars Indian Restaurant

It’s been a while since we’ve been to the Caesars Indian restaurant in the city. Though the location was the same, we noticed that they had revamped the interiors. It was more spacious and reflected a neutral color theme. Nothing much to commend on the décor except that it was neat and clean. The some soft Indian music playing in the background added to the experience.

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Slice – update

    ..of the many custom Shawarma places that have opened up so far, Slice is our favorite (so far). We visited the place again after 2 months and for starters we were really happy to see that they have made parking available in front of the shop. They still dont have people to come to your car and take the order :(. To better our experience this time, there were not many people waiting and this allowed me to get pics of the kitchen :). I have to add that the place is kept pretty clean. We had...

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Avanti Palace Kuwait

As we were looking out for new places as part of our culinary adventure, we heard about a biriyani festival at the Avanti Palace (Salmiya) and it had been quite some time since we went out for biriyani. We had never been there before and what a better time than now to try it out we thought. It’s not difficult to locate and with its large green board you really cant miss it. Moreover they also had the biriyani festival banner outside. As we walked into the warm reception area we were greeted with some soft Indian music and...

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Chocolate Bar (Kuwait)

Like their caption,’life just got sweeter’, I’m really happy that we have chocolate bar in Kuwait. I would say ‘its not possible to go wrong with chocolate’, but then when its mixed and matched with other flavors we have to be careful. They have filled their menu with many colorful and delicious combination of sweet flavors. This is a Kuwaiti concept restaurant and I’ve heard that all the chocolate used for the dishes are made from premium Belgian chocolate. On a weekend, almost certainly you will have to wait for a seat and through the years I’ve had most...

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The November Bakery

Honestly, I’m more of a chocolate lover than someone who would trip over cakes. But a friend of ours has been raving over this place for quite sometime and we finally decided to give it a try. It’s a quaint little shop located at the entrance of Tilal Mall opposite the Home Center. It was Friday at around 2 pm and there were quite a few customers at that time. Prior to going I went through their site,  however, I really wish the menu had pictures. Sometime back I would not be able to comprehend paying Kd 2.500 for a...

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Cocoa Room Review

    Cocoa Room is an upscale restaurant in Kuwait owned by ‘Gastronomica’. The same group also manages Slider Station, Burger Boutique  and Open Flame Kitchen. These are concept restaurants and each of them have a unique design and character to them. This place is easy to find since its conveniently located somewhat opposite to the Sief Palace and is right next door to a line of restaurants such as Slider Station, Prime & Toast etc. We had gone for brunch at about 10:30 am and the restaurant was packed. The hostess was friendly and gave us a heads up that it...

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Taste of Jamaica

  Jamaican food… wow!! The last time we had it was in New York just before boarding our flight back to Kuwait and it was a really different experience. It was our first time and I loved it! In fact I felt a little sad that we had to catch our flight cause I wanted to go back for more….!! So when we heard about a Jamaican Restaurant in Kuwait, you can imagine my excitement. We rushed there straight after work and we already knew what we were going to order. Hoping that the  same choices we had in...

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I-HOP Kuwait

I-Hop is generally thought of every time we think ‘breakfast’. There are quite a few choices in Kuwait for this meal, but that depends on the cuisine you want (American, Indian, Arabic..etc). When it comes to American I-Hop would certainly be on our list. We have been to I-Hop quite a few times (USA and Kuwait) and every time our experience has been consistently satisfying. But unlike the earlier times this time I took a few pics and decided to share them. As always you will be greeted with ‘Good Morning Sir / Madam, how are you…welcome to I-Hop….’ and...

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Slice (Doner Shawarmas in Kuwait)

When you drive towards Kuwait City down the Abdullah Al Salim road (Road no. 50) towards Kuwait City, after the Liberation Tower and in front of Souq Al Wataniya, you will see an isolated structure that looks more like a monument showcased on the street. But don’t be misled….it’s a shawarma joint (Slice). In fact its quite unlike the simple shawarma shops commonly seen. I would probably categorize this as one of those concept restaurants that specialize in shawarma. It’s been about 4 days since they’ve opened up (19th Aug 2013) and surprisingly they still don’t have a menu card. They’d been catering for a...

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Chicken Stew

  I love Chicken prepared in almost any form. But when we have it for breakfast, the choice is always the ‘Chicken Stew‘. Its a comfort food also served at large gatherings. Recently we had gathered at our friends place after they had returned from vacation in India and needless to say, it was a fantastic spread ! They had carried along with them the perfect accompaniment for the Chicken Stew, the traditional Kerala bakery bread. Though its a bit thicker than most of the normal loaves sold in the supermarket, its one of the best milk bread I’ve had...

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Emirgan Sutis (Turkish Restaurant)

When we speak to people who have visited Turkey, one thing that everyone commonly raves about is the food. They describe Turkish cuisine as a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and the Balkan cuisines. Heard about this slightly upscale Turkish restaurant that had opened in the Avenues (Kuwait) and we have been waiting to try it out. Everyone knows that people are generally impatient when hungry, we had gone there twice earlier but because of the long wait, never got the chance. As surely as the sun would shine, we knew our day would come…and it finally did...

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Wonderful (Cake Shop)

In the complete sense of the word, I can say that I have a ‘sweet tooth’. I heard about this cake shop called ‘Wonderful’, read a couple of raving reviews on it and I could’t help myself but to get my first taste. Though they have about 4 shops (all in supermarkets), we went to the one in Jabriya located inside the supermarket. For first impressions, I liked the vibrant colors,  the striped design and the way it was packaged. The cakes were served in cups which seemed pretty small (for the price), but they assured me that  it is...

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China Kitchen Restaurant

I’ve been craving Chinese food for quite sometime. I liked P.F Changs, but then its not really an affordable option for frequent visits. We heard about this place called ‘China Kitchen‘ in Ras Salmiya, close to the Mowasat Hospital, and we could not wait to try out the place. We were really hungry that day and since it is located in one of the side lanes it was a bit of challenge to find the restaurant.  We were pleased with the welcome at the restaurant. The waiters were  quite friendly and most importantly they were familiar with the (menu)...

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Freej Swaileh Kuwaiti Restaurant

Freej Swaileh is a Kuwaiti restaurant located in Salmiya and it’s really easy to find. The restaurant is in the building in between Marks & Spencer and Max (retail store). The entrance is from the back and there is ample parking. The restaurant has 3 floors and I believe the ground and second floor has cabins and is suitable for families.  The interiors were reminiscent of an old Kuwaiti home and they tried as much to lavish upon us the experience of delighting in Kuwaiti food enjoying the ‘stars’ ;). We were greeted by smiling faces and after waiting...

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Thakkara Restaurant (kerala cuisine)

‘Thakkara is a dream venture, with a unique concept, by a group of enthusiastic young entrepreneurs, who thought of bringing exotic Malabar delicacies from the place of its origin, to break the monotony of food available in Kuwait….’     …that was a line taken from their menu ;). Unfortunately, it was just yesterday we heard about this place in Fahaheel, Kuwait. The restaurant I think is pretty easy to find since its located near Lulu supermarket. The entrance is through the back.. It feels like entering a normal restaurant in kerala. They had the specials of the day penned...

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Dandoosh Shawarama

A GOOD CHOICE FOR AN EVERYDAY (affordable) SHAWARMA IN KUWAIT.. In spite of all the concept restaurants, franchise eat outs and with the plethora of cuisines to choose from, to date shawarma remains one of my favorite choice of fast foods. In fact I could have it for lunch or dinner. I’ve tried many different places starting from Dean and Deluca,  Ikea, Shawarma Shuwaikh, to the simple one down the road. I really hope to include reviews on all the premium shawarma outlets too. But just a few days back I had been to Dandoosh in Bneid-Al Ghar…. … this...

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Smashburger Review

I LOVE burgers and after a few days of impatient waiting we finally got our chance yesterday to visit Smashburger. Fortunately they have a branch in Salmiya close to Symphony mall, Memos, Quiznos etc. It was easy to locate the restaurant but parking was bit of an issue. Parking by the curb will definitely fetch you a ticket…so beware ! Anyways, we were quickly seated by the friendly staff. The tables were tiny and seemed better suited for coffee and pastries rather than a sit-down meal. The staff though friendly, unfortunately were not well versed with the menu and the...

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Oriental Thai Restaurant – Review

                  Oriental is by far one of the best places serving Thai food in Kuwait. Its located behind Holiday Inn (Kuwait city).  The ambiance is pretty nice and the food tasty. We have been to this place many times, and every time the food has been great. We have tried some of the stuff on their menu like the green and red curry..sizzler etc, but we go back to our 3 most favorite items on their menu. 1. Tom Yum soup chicken kd 2.250 (The sea food variant is kd 3.250). The...

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