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McDonald’s UAE Launches ‘Create Your Taste’

We had visited the Grand launching of Mc Donald’s Al Ghurair for their newly automated machine selection ‘Create Your Taste’  which lets you create your own burger and the choices of toppings into it. Also payments will be done whether cash or card.

The choice for the kind of bun you like and also to beef it up, to make it cheesy, to make it easy, to make it more tasty depends on your choice of selection. Choices of kind of buns, which kind of cheese whether american cheese, swiss cheese natural, pepper jack cheese, gouda cheese and add ons for a choice of tortilla strips, guacamole a blend of avocado, grilled pineapple ring, grilled onion, grilled mushrooms, choices of fresh N it up, red onions, cucumber slice, jalapenos, elongated pickles and others.
I was amazed with the new way Mc Donalds make it more easier and convenient to their customers and to be able to have great selection and variety of choices to feed their hunger and follow their taste buds.

I really love the new option and the Burger look as tasty as they are. A must try!

Here are some Impressions we snapped:

Here is the official Press Release:

In an effort to add more variety and options to its menu, McDonald’s UAE has launched its new “Create Your Taste” concept to its oldest restaurant in the country located at Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai.

Create Your Taste encourages customers to order from a tablet-like kiosk where they can customize everything from choice of buns and cheese to original toppings and sauces, new to McDonald’s, allowing them to build their own perfect burger, or try new signature burgers namely: The Classic, Grilled Thriller and Hot All Over.

In the upcoming months, customers in other areas across the UAE will also be able to build their own customized burgers from the Create Your Taste platform.

“As a global brand making the UAE its country for the last 20 years, we realised the importance of personalisation to our customers. Introducing ‘Create Your Taste’” is another step in our journey to serve the community we are part of.” said Rafic Fakih, Managing Director and Partner at McDonald’s UAE.

He continued, “We are proud to bring our customers this unique and innovative dining experience, and are planning to roll-out in selective restaurants soon.”

McDonald’s UAE is rolling out Create Your Taste to appeal to customers who increasingly seek to customize their quick service restaurant experience.

Orders placed from the Create Your Taste menu are cooked to order at customized kitchen stations, orders typically take 5-8 minutes to prepare and are hand delivered by a crew member directly to the customer’s table, and arrives open-faced, in a special wooden tray.  Even McDonald’s World Famous Fries® are served in a mini stainless wire basket.

To cap off the distinctive and high-tech dine-in experience, tables will be outfitted with GPS devices so that food is delivered directly to customer’s tables by a dedicated service team.

CYT concept has first launched in California earlier this year, and is gradually expanding to a number of locations across the world.

Tried out: Movie Monday at Tribeca

Last Monday we have attended the very first evening of Tribeca Movie Monday. Tribeca is located in the center of the Jumeirah Beach Residence inside the JA Ocean View Hotel. Parking is easy and friendly as the accommodating valet parking service is ready to assist you. Else you can park as well in The Beach Underground Parking if you fancy (paid of course).

Tribeca is a restaurant & bar featuring wholesome and organic food and alcoholic beverages, live entertainment and an impressive collection of art from local artists which is also for sale. A Mediterranean cuisine, a healthy eating throughout with a new York minded Theme is bringing a modern American style to JBR that made a Dubai twist on a cool urban vibe chichangout. The word Tribeca originated means:’ Triangle Below Canal’ which discribes a corner of the big Apple, better said in Lower Manhatten.

Tribeca has been launched 6 months back and it’s doing well in terms of customers satisfaction along with good offers, newly developed gigs and good programmes such as kitchen, bar & arts. Talented musicians on weekends are playing songs in live show, ladies nights on Tuesdays, Fridays brunch, nice paintings made by selected and professional painters, encouraging those artists to expose their paints for sale within the same place. The Tribeca team launched a new ideas of bringing out the best American movies on their 2.5m/3m screen that are airing every Mondays at a package price of AED 50 including one drink and one organic popcorn per person. The cool ambiance of putting cinema and a chic bar together gives a great ambiance and the feeling of having a home cinema along with bar and restaurant atmosphere. It was cool having Bluetooth headsets making customers more comfortable being able to listen and follow the movie without the needs that everybody around you is quiet. It feels like you are in the cinema at home.

We really appreciated the warm and welcoming along with the accommodating staff who served us during our visit to the bar/ lounge cinema. We even got a show around  by the Manager Miss. Michelle who allowed us to see and check all above mentioned information about the restaurant in and out. She explained in details about Tribeca and the newly launched Movie Monday created by the team.

We enjoyed the Movie Night having had a rather unconventional cinematic experience that gives you the impression of watching cinema at home sitting in a very comfortable Leather Sofa & Traditional table and having your food and drinks served in the same time according to your choice. While we were watching the first Movie of the Tribeca Movie Monday (Pulp Fiction) , we were able to place orders for our food and beverage:

  • Tribeca Burger & Fries: Organic ground beef, Cajun, mayonnaise, tomato, caramelized onion and Cheddar. How Cool is the presentation of the Burger?
  • Tribeca Hot Dog: sweet potato fries, organic beef sausage, bell peppers, shredded carrots, beetroot and feta cheese. As well here the presentation with the News Paper Wrap is soo cool.
  • Tribeca Eton Mess with meringue strawberries and cream.
  • Tribeca Organic Ice cream mango and pistachio.
  • Tribeca organic white wine and the organic popcorn.

Overall our visit to Tribeca and its Movie Monday was perfectly great and we were extremely satisfied, we were amazed by the 3 in 1 concept that has been offered by Tribeca and we have really enjoyed having food and drinks with popcorn and burgers, dessert and ice cream while watching the movie using the provided Bluetooth headsets. This was awesome.

If you want to try it out now as well, here is the Movie schedule for the next week which you can find of course as well in our Events section:

  • 24th August – Wall Street
  • 31st August – Zoolander
  • 7th September – Back to the Future – Part 1
  • 14th September – Rocky IV
  • 21th September – Star Wars

I am looking forward for Star Wars, and would certainly watch Back to the Future if I could be sure part 2 and 3 will follow, or how about all 3 in one night ? Or even better put on Forrest Gump.

Reviewed: Logma @ Boxpark Dubai

The other day we had visited Logma in Dubai’s recently opened BoxPark, a chique Container Style Shopping and Dining destination, on Al Wasl Road in Al Safa. It offers a modern take on traditional Emirati cuisine in a friendly and authentic ambience that mirrors Dubai’s flair for combining the traditional with the contemporary. If you did not find parking in the free front row parking area, then you can easily catch a backside parking space ,and even this is not available then you can drop your car in the valet parking service that is provided.

Logma offers an indoor as well as an outdoor sitting arrangement , we selected an indoor table as it offers such a cozy and at the very same time very cool ambiance where we could feel the arabic modern yet classy design. The setting is very impressive and relaxing. The very hospitable team showed us a warm welcome with their traditional uniform giving you the full Arabic touch. The menu is well described and ingredients are well seen along with the posted picture which makes it very easy to choose dishes even without knowing them actually. The music played in the background is as well relaxing yet cool mixing arabic music with western sounds and beats.

We started the meal and ordered some appetizers such as Logma Fries crispy with Khaleeji spices and crisp herbs that have a great taste and feels like a biryani touch. You could never imagine the flavors of eating French Fries with this twist in your whole life. We couldn’t.

Personally, we liked the Samboosa beef and Samboosa cheese. These are delightfully served and mouth Watering, they as well easily can catch your hunger while waiting for the main course to be served. But careful here, if you eat too much you probably won’t make it to the mains! Quinoa salad is also yummy mixed with different herbs and dates that made it a sour sweet salad with a sweet taste because of the dates. Pomegranate mozzarella then served as it blends the taste of pomegranate, baby greens, yellow and red baby tomatoes with their own Logma dressing.

We ordered a wide variety of drinks and all were very refreshing and cool, One of the best Milk Shakes we had over here as well.The LOGMA SHAKE. And there is something different about this one for us, being mixed with dates, banana and honey. Also the Passion Of Arabia that have crispy passion fruits seeds with pineapple juice, and Atlants juice mixed with lychee, passion fruit, and lime. A must try!

The main course which were Logma Shrimp rice, suitable for seafood lovers, with mixed taste of biryani with crispy herbs besides the Logma chicken rice with brown crispy nuts and perfectly grilled meat.

Logma is serving sandwiches as well. We tried the Turkey Cheese and Pepper sandwich which was surely nothing less than a highlight in itself, as well we liked the chicken avocado sandwich that was so juicy and yummy.

At this point we were extremely full already from the nice and tasty food we had. But we were able to get ourselves to try the Lugaimat along with date syrup and with nutella and nuts, It was very light, fluffy and tasty, a perfect ending to the meal. At last we had tried the Chebab Katayef with crispy pancake and vanilla ice cream along with saffron cardamon syrup. Taste wise as well this was simply amazing. A cool and chilling way to finish our dinner we found in Emirati and Saudi coffee which was strong and pure and helps you to digest all the eaten food.

Overall Logma was an unexpected excellent experience with nice and delicious food along with an excellent hospitality service. Even if you are not into Arabic dishes, this will make you change your mind! Check out the pictures in the gallery below!

Reviewed: Logma @ Boxpark Dubai
Cool location, great ambiance
Simply Amazing, nothing more to say
Super friendly and attentive Staff
A lovely place with great ambiance and superb food.

Reviewed: Logma @ Boxpark Dubai


  800 56462







New in Town: Tribeca Movie Mondays

Starting this coming Monday on 17th of August Tribeca is launching its new Movie Mondays. From this date onwards every Monday at 8:00pm Tribeca will screen a different cult classic movie selected by the team starting on coming Monday with Pulp Fiction.

Guests are invited to enjoy the movie for only 50AED, the price includes a glass of organic wine, house beer or spirit, a bag of organic popcorn and the use of their own Bluetooth headset, ensuring they never miss a line.

Here is the Movie schedule for the next week which you can find of course as well in our Events section.

  • 17th August – Pulp Fiction
  • 24th August – Wall Street
  • 31st August – Zoolander
  • 7th September – Back to the Future – Part 1
  • 14th September – Rocky IV
  • 21th September – Star Wars

In case you did not know, Tribeca is a restaurant & bar featuring wholesome and organic food and alcoholic beverages, live entertainment and an impressive collection of art from local artists which is also for sale.

With an indoor and outdoor capacity of 400 plus, Tribeca is located on the first floor of the JA Ocean View Hotel, in Jumeirah Beach Residence. The Tribeca’s kitchen is headed by Chef Giovanni De Ambrosis, serving Mediterranean and Organic Contemporary Cuisine.

Reviewed: Boardwalk @ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

We passed by last night at Boardwalk which is located within the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Being located directly at the Dubai Creek makes it almost needless to say that the location is stunning. Specially the outdoor seating is giving a great view on the Skyline and over the Dubai Creek. We had not had the luck of very clear weather, but still you could see Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa. Thanks to the outdoor AC units you can sit easily outside.

The menu contains of mainly Italian, Mediterranian and Seafood dishes which is matching quite well my taste. We went for a Bottle of still water, a Vanilla Milkshake and a Coke as drinks. On the food side we ordered the Fried Calamari as starter, a Margherita Pizza and a Lasagne Bolognese as main course. Complementary served was bread with a dip which was tasty.

The Fried Calamari are a pretty big portion and can easily be shared with tweo or three persons. They come with lemon and garlic dip which is a tasty combination. The Calamari where crispy and delicous. While still enjoying the ambiance and looks over the water the main courses arrived already. The Margherita Pizza was crispy and flavorful and well worth ordering. The Lasagne was perfect in taste and just mouthwatering.

Even if you just go for a few drinks Boardwalk is a perfect combination with the amazing views of this location and the really tasty dishes they serve. Value for money wise you are not paying more than in other places serving similiar cuisine. We ended up with a bill of 261AED which is well worth it in my opinion.  We will be back and the next time I will carry around a proper camera…

Reviewed: Boardwalk @ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Amazing outdoor seating, enjoyable views and setup
Good taste and selection
Very friendly and attentive Staff
A great Place to hangout over a few drinks and dishes with a stunning view.

Contacts for Boardwalk @ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club


  04 295 6000








Reviewed: Stars & Bars, Yas Island – Abu Dhabi

The other night we went down to Yas Island to visit Stars & Bars at the Yas Marina. The location in itself is pretty nice located directly on the Marina with a , specially at night, amazing view on the Yas Viceroy Hotel.  We had sat inside as the humidity was pretty bad, but this is not a turn down. We chose to sit on the tables with the car seats as chairs which is pretty awesome and really comfortable.

Looking at the menu probably anybody could find something they like, a massive choice of starters, a very good selection of mains and deserts and almost more importantly a good choice of drinks.

We went for Chicken Fingers and the Crispy Calamari as starters and a Margherita Pizza and a Tenderloin as mains paired with a bottle of water and a Vanilla Milkshake.  It did not take long until the Chicken Fingers and Calamari turned up, the Crispy Calamari Rings came with an aioli sauce and as well some spicy Marinara, all was excellent and I really loved the Marinara in combination with the Calamari. The Chicken Fingers were average at its best and had no real taste unfortunately. Even my  5 years old turn them down and rather hit on the Pizza instead. This could surely be done better.

The Tenderloin , ordered well done, came with mashed potatoes and vegetables plus a mushroom sauce on top. The Tenderloin was perfectly well done and matched exactly my taste. The vegetables where tasty as well and the mashed potato was superb, for me a perfect dish.  The Margherita Pizza we ordered came with olives on top and looked already yummy. Taste wise it is certainly tasty with the dough being luckily not too soft. As well definitely something I can recommend.

Overall the taste experience was mixed with one starter being brilliant and one on average and both mains really good. The service was friendly and helpful and paid good attention. One thing that surprised me a bit negatively was the below standard condition of the toilets, this is not up to par with this otherwise really lovely location. We will nevertheless surely be back to try out some of the other options, and hopefully be able to sit outside when the weather is a bit more on our side.

Reviewed: Stars & Bars, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi
Great place, great setting, great decor, loved it
Mainly realy good but the Chicken Fingers where off track
Friendly, Helpful, Attention paying
A nice place for an evening out with the boys or families as well, recommended from our side..

Contacts for Stars & Bars, Yas Island – Abu Dhabi

02 565 0101






Reviewed: Smart Brat , Kite Beach

Last night we passed by Kite Beach. Last time I had been there was basicaly when Doner & Gyros had opened up. Loads of things have changed ever since. Many food outlets have opened up over there. One of them is Smart Brat, a german style Bratwurst (Sausage) shop. What is different here than on a hot dog you might think? Well, You get a chicken sausage in a hot dog bread, but the sausage is german style and is really awesome. I am not sure wheater my favorite is the Smart Brat with Sauerkraut and BBQ Sauce or the Curry Wurst which is a cut sausage with fries and a stunning german sauce which you can choose in spicy or mild, I tried the mild one and loved it.

There is no big fuzz to make about it, it is a straight forward comfort food that is delicous. There is no seating available but around the Shop is a bit of a counter where you can eat at. The staff was very friendly and helfpul and the prices are on the higher end but the taste delivers the rightful high expectation set through the price. In the end this is still Dubai and nothing is on the same price like dishes are in any of their home countries, so who cares.

We loved it so much that I can’t wait to get back again and get more. I highly recommend to visit this outlet on Kite Beach, you will not regret it.

Reviewed: Smart Brat , Kite Beach
Kite Beach is great. It is a take away Restaurant so no seating avaialble
The sausages are brilliant, love the Sauerkraut one
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not cheap but worth it
Love the Curry Wurst, tates like home despite being chicken..

Contacts for Smart Brat , Kite Beach







Get 20% off on your Doner & Gyros orders during Ramadan!

Doner & Gyros got a pretty cool promotion running during Ramadan.

Place any order in this period and you will get automatically 20% off your bill! How cool is that?

Here the Doner & Gyros Ramadan Timings:
-Al Barsha & Kite beach: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
-Marina: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM
-Abu Dhabi branch: 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
-DIFC: Closed (Deliveries available).

Call 800 DNG (364) to order now!

If you have never tried Doner & Gyros till date you should spend a moment and read one of our reviews on them:


Doner and Gyros

Reviewed: The Butcher Shop & Grill, City Walk Al Safa

The other day we had passed by The Butcher Shop & Grill at CityWalk in Al Safa. I had planned to check out The Butcher Shop & Grill since ages in JBR after having gotten it recommended by a colleague, but always something came in between. While just walking around City Walk looking around we decided to try out this branch.

It was just past seven so almost time to eat something as sunset was near. The Restaurant was pretty empty when we entered, but it filled up completely until we left. Having had a look on the menu there was quite a big selection of dishes available to our surprise, we had rather expected a pretty short menu with mainly beef items, but surely no seafood.  While still checking through the menu the complementary soup of the day (Lentil Soup) as well as cut sausage in a tomato sauce and bread arrived. The Soup was really creamy and very tasty. The Sausage was lovely and the tomato sauce it came in was in our thoughts already a separate order for take away. The Bread was coming with three different dips and was good as well.

For the starter we chose to order the Salt & Pepper Calamari and as main courses we ordered the 280g Sirloin with mixed vegetables and a oven potato and the 400g Fillet with chips and mashed potatoes. The Calamari came pretty quick and for us it was the first time getting Calamari on rice. They came as well with a nice garlic dip which was really flavorful. The Calamari themselves where crispy and very tasty.

Just after finishing the main courses turned up already and I had to find out that the 400g Fillet is a monster, but a great looking one.  Taste wise this was really soft , well done and just perfect in its aroma with the barbeque sauce on top. I had it ordered with mashed potatoes which had been superb as well. The chips, or better called french fries had been fresh and tasted good too, but the portion was just too big to make it all. The Sirloin came with mixed vegetables and a baked potato and was very soft too, I had just a little taste of it but it was great. Only the mayonnaise which came with it was tasteless and could be ignored.

Value for money we paid 295AED for the two of us which was fair in comparison to the quality, location and level of service. Overall this was a very nice visit with great food and the promise to come surely more often to The Butcher Shop & Grill.

Reviewed: The Butcher Shop & Grill, City Walk Al Safa
Nicely located within the CityWalk area, nice cozy interiors
Great Steak, great Calamari, great bread, loved it
Friendly, Fast, Helpful.
Amazing taste paired with a relaxing ambiance..

Contacts for The Butcher Shop & Grill, City Walk


04 344 1311






Restaurant Review: Shawarma Factory, JLT

While scouting for locations to take some pictures in the next evenings we made a stop at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers to look for some food. Once again the Zomato App was quite helpful guiding us to Shawarma Factory located on the Lake Level of the Platinum Tower in Cluster I.  Having left JLT more than three and a half years ago I had been really surprised how much has changed. But this might be due to not being in JLT and specially on the Lake level very often since.

Shawarma Factory is a nicely styled clean Restaurant whose basically full main menu is what the Restaurant name says: Shawarmas. You can choose between small and regular, but be warned, regular is huge! I made the mistake and the regular one has the size of a normal mans underarm!  I have not seen the small one, but guess this would have been very sufficient as well.

Taste wise this is probably something that can keep people discussing for years to come. This is not the standard arabic Shawarma, it is big, almost like a Sub. For my part, I prefer this version over the most traditional versions I had in the past years. I choose the Garlic Mayo sauce and was very happy with the outcome of my Chicken Shawarma. If in JLT this is surely a place I will visit again as from ambiance to taste everything was perfect for me.

Reviewed: Shawarma Factory, JLT
nicely decorated located on the Promenade Level
Huge but Loved it!
Friendly, patient, helpful
Shawarma a different, but tasty, way.

Contacts for Shawarma Factory, JLT


 04 554 7318