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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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