There is something about pancakes that seems to right all that is wrong with the world. Pancakes are so well-loved they have a cult following. I would like to nominate myself as President of the Pancake Lovers Club. I love pancakes. Hot cakes, griddle cakes, pancakes, by any name would be one of my all time favourite special weekend breakfast meals. They are budget friendly and customisable to every diet – from the all you can eat diet to the paleo, low carb, diabetic-friendly and gluten free. We even developed a low carb, pale and diabetic-friendly pancake some time ago. Continue reading
We went to Sicilia for the pizza and stayed for the charm. One of the really wonderful things about dining in Dubai is that ever so often you come across a restaurant that has such an authentic interior design and menu concept that you are transported to a different place, forgetting where you are. Such is Sicilia, the Italian restaurant at the Movenpick Ibn Batuta Gate Hotel.
Located at the far end of Dubai, closer to Abu Dhabi than the Dubai Airport, this quaint trattoria style restaurant with brick arches is certainly worth the journey.
There are times in life when you take a bite of a dish and all hell breaks loose – in a good way. Packed with complimentary flavours and textures, all elements combine in harmoniuos synergy and resonate from your palate to the very soul of your being. Your reaction sounds like that famous restaurant scene in “When Harry Met Sally.” If you hear nothing but moans at a table once a dish has been experienced, the chef is certainly doing something right. You have bitten into something other than food. You can literally taste the passion.
Chef Izu Anu is the French trained, Nigerian born, British anchored chef who has made Dubai his home and has launched a most promising new home-grown restaurant concept called La Serre Bistro and Boulangerie in Downtown Dubai. A favourite of international stars and discerning food lovers alike, this eatery has earned the respect of fellow chefs and for good reason. Chef, Apprentice and I went to review La Serre some months ago and you can read about it in my column “When Hunger Strikes” in the “wknd” magazine of the Khaleej Times, out tomorrow. Remember to grab your copy early as they usually sell out by midday. (ETA -In case you missed it, see the online version here).
In the meantime, get your exclusive scoop with the man behind the chef toque as we interviewed him exclusively to share with you here on Chef and Steward.
Here is a bit of the warm, smiling, chef with the kind eyes.