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Reviewed: Jim’s Kitchen Table, Masdar City

This Restaurant is probably one of the biggest hidden gems around. Have you ever been to Masdar City in Abu Dhabi or heard of it? You are not alone, me neither. But yesterday we passed by Masdar City close to the Abu Dhabi Airport. Main Reason for me was to try out their driver-less point to point personal rapid transport system that brings you from the parking to Masdar City.


But Masdar City offers as well Restaurants and Cafes such as Jim’s Kitchen Table.  That is where we stopped. Jim’s Kitchen Table  is a Italian/ International Restaurant that as we houses an own Bakery and a Retail store for some of their goods. The place looks stunning from the inside. Very cozy with its huge sofas where you can sit and relax with a lovely cappuccino. Or you sit on the upper level and enjoy the view over the Restaurant. If you got kids you will be happy to know that there is a kids play area as well where your kids can play around while you relax. Awesome. If you look around a bit more you will realize the lights are kitchen items, a pot upside down for example. Pretty cool as well. (check out the pictures in the gallery below)

The menu comes a bit different here on a board. A pretty cool idea I haven’t seen before like this. Studying the menu we decided to get a water bottle, a vanilla shake, the grilled chicken breast and the Salmon Fillet with Wasabi mashed potatoes.  The service staff was super helpful and explained the items they had. Shortly after ordering the drinks came and sipping on the Milkshake I found this one probably the best Vanilla Shake I ever had. The flavor was just amazing.


The main courses came soon in time as well and the grilled Chicken Breast I had was tasting really good. The chicken was tender and grilled to perfection, in combination with the sides this dish was a delight. The Salmon Fillet with wasabi mashed potatoes that my wife had was really good to. I had never tasted wasabi mashed potatoes but they are really tasty, I could not have imagined that before. Given they own bakery and the nice looking selection of cakes we had decided to take as well a Strawberry Cheesecake slice to share between us.  As well here the the taste was amazing. We both agreed that this was better than any other cheesecake we had so far in the UAE.  Jim’s Kitchen Table has really pushed boundaries here.

Value for money wise we paid 166AED for our order which is totally fair considering what you get here. Jim’s Kitchen Table is definitely worth a visit even for the little hunger or take away. While we walked out I had a look on the fresh breads they are selling and took 6 little baguettes with us which came in on 2AED each, as well more than reasonable.  If you have not been yet to Masdar City and/or Jim’s Kitchen, make sure to try them out! We will be back soon as luckily it is almost located on our way home.  In case you need directions to Masdar City just follow the link to the website down in the contact section!

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Reviewed: Jim's Kitchen Table - Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
located within Masdar City, cool Ambiance, cozy setting
simply amazing, from the shake over the main courses to the dessert
super Friendly, paying lot of attention
a hidden secret a bit out of Abu Dhabi, but so worth it.

Contacts for Jim’s Kitchen Table, Masdar City


02 491 9401




Restaurant Review: Osteria – Burjuman Center

As Carino’s is not existing any longer but instead Osteria which is the re-brand of Carino’s we thought we will give them a try to see what is left of Carino’s and what is new. As the Osteria in Festival City is not open yet we went down to the Burjuman Center to try them out.  Located on the 3rd floor a bit hidden close to the end (cut in the same location as Carino’s) we reached Osteria and out of name and very slight design changes it looked like Carino’s before.  The open kitchen remained and the seating hasn’t changed either. But that is no bad news! The ambiance overall is quite nice and feels authentic as sitting in an Italian Trattoria.

After having had looked the menu up and down seeking for old dishes from Carino’s times and new dishes that have been added we found that only the traditional real Italian ones have survived as the Lasagne or Chicken Parmesan. Pannini’s have been added to the menu as well as some other dishes.  We finally found what we liked and ordered as a starter the Calamari Fritti, as main courses we had the Garden Salad, a Margherita Pizza, Grilled Chicken Breast with Rosemary, a Rib Eye Steak and the Grilled Salmon with Artichoke Hearts. Quite a lot you might think? We had been four persons…

While waiting for the starters the complementary Bread with oil was served. This as well is a relict of Carino’s times , but the bread is different. Now you get two different types of bread, where the small round breadlings taste pretty much the same as the long bread did when it was Carino’s. Pretty good. The Calamari Fritti came soon and not being a huge Calamari fan these where pretty good. I liked the tomato sauce which came with it. Highly Recommended to order if you visit!

The Mains came not very much later as well and the Margherita which is a really classy straight forward Pizza did not disappoint.  The Grilled Chicken Breast with Rosemary was very tasty as well, the sides had been mixed vegetables of which the most had been not really been my preferred ones but OK.    The Rib Eye came with Potato cubes that not only looked interesting but as well tasted really nice. The Steak was well done and really tasty.  The Garden Salad as well as the Grilled Salmon as well left no reason for complaints.  The portions served are quite generous and if you are not really very hungry you might struggle to finish them.

The service was OK but not paying too much attention once the food was served. Overall it is a nice Restaurant with a pretty good selection of traditional Italian food where everybody will find something they like. Value for money wise we paid 302AED for 4 persons which is fair.

Restaurant Review: Osteria - Burjuman Center
Nice Traditional Ambiance, a bit lost in the end of Burjuman Center
Tasty Steak, great Pizza and Chicken with Rosemary
Friendly but our waiter did not really pay attention to us
Nice Italian food in a traditional setting. Enjoyable menu and nice for a dinner out with friends.

Contacts for Osteria – Burjuman Center:


04 351 4411






Restaurant Review: Fratelli la Bufala – The Beach, JBR

We had been looking for a restaurant in Dubai today for dinner and somehow made our way to JBR. After walking a bit around we found Fratelli la Bufala at The Beach.

As the name lets suspect, Fratelli la Bufala is an Italian Restaurant. You have nice outside seating, but the weather today was just too humid to try that out. So we sat inside, which is not less nice arranged.

We went for a Cesar Salad as starter and a Pizza Margherita DOP as main course. The salad was good and the dressing was very tasty and was served just minutes after we placed the order. I must say I am not a big fan of super thin crust Pizzas, but this one was nevertheless very good. The cheese and tomato on the Pizza was excellent.

All over all the service was friendly and fast and the atmosphere in the Restaurant is nice and cozy despite the huge size of this place. The total for our order was on 150AED which is OK.

Fratelli la Bufala - The Beach, JBR
facing the Beach at JBR the location could not be better
good Salad and great Pizza.
quick, friendly, helpful .
Nice Italian restaurant in a superb location..