Bab Al Yam, The Luxury Buffet | Dubai

Burj Al Arab means Tower of the Arabs in English. It is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This building stands on an artificial island and it is connected to Jumeirah beach.


Every people I think have their own comfort zone. For me, my comfort place was Bab Al Yam of Burj Al Arab. I don’t know what’s in their food but I’m already addicted. Not only that I have the discount to say it is my comfort place but because it gives me so much joy to see people happy whenever they are entering this golden hotel. I also love how they put all different kinds of cuisine on the menu, be it a salad, a selection of cheese, dessert, and ICE CREAM (we do always scream for this one right?) and a lot more.


Even the simplest detail of the event, they will make sure that you will go home happy and have a memorable one. Bab Al Yam suits every occasion, from birthdays, anniversaries and to proposing a marriage to your loved one (yes they can arrange it for you).

Here is our few reasons why we love Bab Al Yam:


Being located in Burj Al Arab you will say that it will be expensive. To my point of view, if you are earning a pretty decent salary here in Dubai you will actually afford to dine in Bab Al Yam.


The staff are just so caring, bubbly, kind and entertaining. Right from the start, they will give you a quick glance of the buffet section before seating and it is actually a good one. They will also ask you from time to time if the food is okay, what else do you need and what else do you want. They will also change your cutleries often.



Food in Bab Al Yam always changes. I love going here at lunch time because you will see the beauty of the hotel. It is also relaxing to see the water with a nice view. Food choices here is a lot. When I say a lot I really mean it. My favorite of their food is the Rib Eye Steak.


Dining in Bab Al Yam never gets so boring because of the relaxing waves of the ocean. With its nice ambience, nice interiors and a good view of the beach you will definitely enjoy your food even more.




Have I told you that they offer wines that you can’t find in any other store? You will also love how they do their smoothies to set your standards of living a healthy life while on vacation. From white wines to red and even the delicious champagnes.

Healthy smoothies = Kiwi + Mango + Strawberry


Imagine not seeing your favorite mash potato on the menu and yet you still crave for it, so the thing is you can ask the chef to do it for you and they will really do it. They will really attend to your needs and wants. Ask them and they will do it just for you.

Bab Al Yam is now my favorite buffet on my list. From its fresh bread, salads, and a wide range of healthy smoothies and add the staff which will make it more hassle-free. Come and reserve your lunch so you will know why it holds my heart dearly.


Views Restaurant | Le Meridien, Fujairah

So sorry for updating this blog just now. I have been busy with form signing for Burj Al Arab lately and include this busy schedule at work and kitchen training. Superwoman!

Le Meridien is far from the city of Fujairah but it will be all worth the travel hours. Located at ground floor of Le Meridien Al Aqah, views will give you wide array of choices from Western, Indian, Arabic and European. Views restaurant is not just your ordinary fine dining to-go place. It is a combination of fine dining and buffet rolled into one. You heard it correctly, you can do buffet or choose a la carte if you just wanted a simple and classy meal.


So hubby and I decided to try their A la Carte menu on the first day and ditch the normal buffet which people going crazy about. The staff here is really friendly and have a nice service.

On the first-night hubby ordered Lamb Chops. This is a prime Australian lamb chops with roasted potatoes, spring vegetables and mint crumbs. This dish is to die for. For meat lovers like the both of us, we really preferred our meat “medium rare” because we wanted to preserve the juiciness and aroma of the meat. Back to business, their lamb is soft, perfect with a nice choice of red wine, and it is juicy. The potatoes and asparagus are the perfect combinations of the meat.

You tell me that it’s really medium rare.

So I ordered salmon steak which includes wilted baby spinach, spring vegetables, and fennel safron nage. I don’t know what’s with salmon that it is my favourite till now. Their salmon steak is cooked to perfection and it compliments with the safron sauce and that asparagus is soft and chewy. Overall I love this the most.

Who would not love this food?

We also tried other foods like this Oriental Mixed Grill which includes lamb chops, lamb kebab and kofta. It was okay, I like the lamb chops and lamb kebab. The combination of lamb chips and kebab is good but hope they will remove the kofta and replace a new one. Maybe I’m just a little bias with the lamb chops!

Bucatini “Puttanesca” style with prawn is love. I love how they cook the pasta just the perfect way. Ingredients include roasted garlic prawns, olives, capers, chillies, anchovies, tomatoes, extra olive oil, white wine, and fresh herbs. The only thing I don’t like is that they put a lot of chillies. Overall it was excellent. They did not control the number of pawns (yes I counted it all and it is 8 in total).


Sea Bass includes pan seared sea bass, wilted fennel, roasted potatoes, olives, and tomatoes. Imagine how they can turn a simple dish to elegant one?! Real food lovers will understand how plating will do its work when serving it to the guest.


COD Fish and Chips is the normal fries and fish that you get from outside, but what makes it different from the other restaurants offering it is that they cooked it perfectly and you cannot taste oil too much in it.


Before leaving you with this wonderful foods, we also tried their signature eclairs given by the Marketing Manager of Le Meridien themselves.

For more information and other food offerings, you may contact them with the details below:

Telephone Nos.: 09 2444514 / 09 244 9000


The Secret Sauce Restaurant | Abu Dhabi

When hubby and I was walking down the road and searching for a restaurant that will sustain our hungry stomach this restaurant caught my attention. It was just small my first thought when we are searching for a nice place to eat. who would have imagined that we ended up eating inside?


Secret Sauce Restaurant has this chic vibes and a modern style. The interiors are based on the type of food they are offering. On the other hand, I judged it because it was too small, little did I know they have an underground seating. The interiors were styled properly and had captured me instantly. The theme is like you are eating under the sea. Now, who don’t want to eat in a restaurant like this? Cosy place, good food, nice ambiance and good staff! Worth instagrammable right?

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True to its motto “you will come hungry but you will leave happy”. They served nut just your ordinary Filo dish but they twisted it.


So hubby and I ordered two dishes but it is good for three persons. We tried their “Bouillabaisse” which is a soup. It is a light cream based soup served with bread. This dish was my favourite so far, with its creamy tastes and a lot of seafood in it. Definitely, will go back and try it again.


Second, we ordered, “Mixed Seafood Sisig” which is our main dish for the night. It comes with marinated mixed seafood seasoned with salt, pepper and other spices. This comes with the egg on top and you need to mix it with the food while your sisig is still hot. We paired this with plain rice. The rice ruined it, we don’t like how they cooked it but overall a nice place to dine.


And now this food is good for a maximum of 3 people but hubby and I was very hungry that we finished it all.


The menu is up to date. We visited the restaurant February 10, 2017. There’s a lot of choices to choose from, the only problem is to pick what you really wanted for they offer good food.


Also, try it with your friends, they also offer feasts which are good for 3-10 people.

Bill for 2 persons: 61 AED

Mixed Seafood Sisig – 30 AED
Bouillabaisse – 20 AED
2 Plain Rice – 6 AED
1 Big water – 5 AED

How to get there:
-if you are coming from Al Wahda Mall just take a taxi, this is the easiest way (sorry I’m not from Abu Dhabi)

-just ask for google maps for help, since we just figured this out by just walking around the place



Opposite Bank Of Sharjah, Near Emirates Plaza Hotel, 3rd Street, Tourist Club Area (Al Zahiyah), Abu Dhabi

Phone Numbers:
02 6712939

Yellow Cab | Al Satwa, Dubai

The style of this restaurant is that they will give you the menu but you need to go to the cashier area to order your food. No one will take your order from your table itself. Plus points for them because they hired a person who is not talking so you need to use a sign language for her. Yellow Cab is known for their pizza.


It has been a while since I craved for pizza. I know I’m not really a lover of this food but when you know you need to try it, at least once and for all it will be damn good! Funny how in my entire years of existence I have never tried Yello Cab in the Philippines. Sounds really funny but yes this is true. So I and my friends went out and dine at Yellow Cab located in Al Satwa, Dubai.


-from Noor Bank take the red station going to Rashidiya and after that, you need to go out at ADCB Metro Station and take the right exit and go down. From there you need to catch the 28 bus going to Dubai Mall. Note that you need to stop at Al Satwa Bus Station. From the station, you need to walk around 10-15 minutes.

So moving on we went there around quarter past 8 and we were very hungry to the point that we don’t know what to order and eat. They offer a lot of choices to choose from. For 3 persons we ordered 5 dishes. imagine that we are really hungry. So we ordered the following:

Hawaiian Pizza comes with the cheese, ham and pineapple. I like how the crust was made thin but the exemption is that pineapple can only be counted with your fingers (that much few) but the thing is you can pay an additional of 8 aed for extra pineapple and extra 8 aed fo extra cheese but we opted not to because we were on a tight budget.


Onion rings, for 9 dirhams it is quite a lot of servings. The only problem is that if you are not a vegetable lover you will definitely taste the onion itself. I think it is only coated once that’s why.


Charlie Chan this is the dish I loved the most among all the dishes that we ordered. It comes with nuts and chicken strips. We call this as pansit in the Philippines the only thing this food was cooked in oyster sauce. Oh, by the way, this dish is spicy.


Buffalo Wing’s chicken cutlets that were tossed with specific sauce and added with some spiciness. I like the outside of their buffalo wings because you can smell the aroma of the chicken itself. It was also juicy and crispy yet there is a major problem. It was undercooked! You can see some blood on the chicken. Maybe they cooked the chicken while the oil is still cold but overall the appearance and taste are good.


Spaghetti Meatballs is okay. Just a little bit of note that this is cooked the Italian way so if you are looking for some sweet spaghetti then don’t try to order this food. The tomato sauce and the garlic overpowered the taste of the spaghetti itself. They put too much tomato sauce in it that’s why we did not also finish it. This is also the reason why I did not get any photo of it. Hahahaha. Just kidding!

Bill for 3 persons: 56 AED/ per person

Charlie Chan – 26 AED
Hawaiian Pizza 14″ – 52 AED
Spaghetti Meatballs – 27 AED
3 Iced Tea – 9 AED/ glass
Hot Wings 6 pieces – 29 AED
Onion Rings – 9 AED

For some bookings and reservations, you can check their details below.

Telephone Numbers: 04 345 6785
Address: Shop 12, MAT Khoory Building, Al Bada Street, Satwa, Dubai
Note: This post was not paid by the Yellow Cab. All posts were paid by Piggybear Travels.

Aspen by Kempinski | Dubai

It is 8 PM already and I almost forgot that we have a dinner reserved for tonight. It is set to be at 8:30 but here I am still at my workplace waiting for the taxi because unfortunately, it is traffic. Yes, we do have traffic here in Middle of East as well.

So this voucher that I got was given during our annual staff party. I don’t know that I can win in the raffle draw. The voucher is set to expire on February and we agreed to use it on our first wedding monthsary.

Aspen is the luxury lobby lounge of Kempinski. It is mainly popular to its afternoon teas and they offer 20 varieties of Tchaba tea. Aspen also offers 24 hours all day dining from breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and scrumptious dinner. When we went there we are already prepared on what to order. Talk about food lovers! So when we are ready Ryan introduce himself and ask us if we wanted to try the soup or appetizers first before getting the main course. Even the service is  luxury.


As we entered the lobby of the hotel we went directly to the restaurant. Aspen with its luxurious interiors, friendly staff and warm hospitality will feel you at home. So after directing us to our table, we were given an Ipad for us to order our menu. Tell me what is luxury all about. The tip is you need to put your orders in the Shortlist or what you call cart in online shopping.


After ordering, we only waited about 5 minutes for our soup. We ordered Lobster Bisque with lobster medallion and brioche as the ingredients. This soup is good for two persons. You will love the taste (there’s this taste of crab and shrimp in the soup), the texture and even the presentation. This soup comes with a basket of baguet and bread paired with butter.

Lobster Bisque
Basket of bread and baguet

After our soup hubby and I agreed that they need to serve our main course already. We had our own choices, though! So hubby ordered, “Our Signature Wagyu Beef Cheek” with saffron risotto and pine seeds.

Note: The beef was marinated in red wine. A friendly reminder for the people not drinking any alcohol.


So I ordered my favourite salmon which is “Pan fried salmon fillet” with baby potatoes, mini onions, spinach and lemon-honey sauce which gives you the sweet and a little bit of sourness yet it is very delicious.


As a bonus, they gave us welcome drinks. We are blessed beyond words. Imagine giving away two drinks for hubby and I. So we ordered brain freeze (which hubby did not like because it is too sweet for his taste) and berry yogurt.


Brain Freeze. Ingredients are nutella, vanilla, powdered milk and topped with whipped cream and chocolate cookie!


Berry Yogurt. Ingredients are berries, banana and yogurt! This one is healthy!

Ryan, our server for tonight did a remarkable job. He was so hands on and very patient with us. So moving on, Ryan made us feel welcomed and really elucidated to us the ingredients of our food.

For more details or bookings:


Telephone: +971 4 409 5999

Seafood Night at Saffron | Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Have you ever been dreamed of living in a country full of luxury? It’s been a year since I step my foot here in UAE. No other thoughts came to me except the word dessert. Dubai is the dream country of many, especially for its luxurious brands, gold ATM and a lot more. UAE more particularly is home to many jaw-dropping buildings, luxury cars, golds, and hotels.


Atlantis, The Palm is one of them. This hotel is not just ordinary, it is home to the celebrity restaurants like Nobu by Chef Nobu, Ronda Locatelli by Chef Locatelli, and Bread Street Kitchen and Bar by Chef Gordon Ramsay himself. In reality, you will not run out of choices where to eat. There’s a lot of buffet restaurants to choose from, just be patient on booking for some will be fully booked on a specific date.


We dine at Saffron Restaurant where they have themed nights. We came Tuesday to try their “seafood night”. After roaming around the hotel we went already inside the restaurant for us to be seated. After having your seats the floor is yours already.

Once they got your drinks you can now get your food. Oops! Don’t go gaga over the buffet counter for you will find around 220 varieties of food to choose from Sushi Station, Grilled Station, Steak, Live Station, Dim sum, and a lot more. Yes, I am not mistaken they have a wide range of food choices. They got your dinner covered before you will ask for it. So let me start giving you some preview on the buffet areas.


The sashimi bar was okay, never loved sashimi in the first place though!


If you love noodles and Asian cuisine this place will never go wrong. From the colored noodles to the sauce and the spices. You will make your own choice for the sauce.


Dim Sum, who will never like this type of foods anyway? The number one appetizer that came from Chinese. They different varieties to choose from! Indeed you will never leave this place with an empty stomach.


Roast Duck my happy place! Yes, It’s my weakness. Who else does not want this food? Aside from the roast skin, the meat is really juicy and chewy! Who would have taught that I came back for another round?


Mainly it is all Asian from Chinese to Singaporean and now Vietnamese! Who would have taught that these cuisines are incredibly good in their own way? From the spices used and from the way it was cooked.  This Vietnamese cuisine is like the street food of Filipinos. Incredibly amazing and delicious.


For the meat lover, there’s one place that you will love. The steak station. In this station, there are three types of meat. I love the beef steak and paired with some green leafy vegetables on the side. The tenderness and how they cooked it to medium rare is just perfect and blended well with the salads. Funny how I can be a food critic!




Feeling like a kid? Well, try this dessert station. They have different kinds of dessert and of course, don’t forget to try the chocolate fountain loaded with different choices from marshmallows, candies and gummy bears and fruits too!

Rock Fish, Jumeirah Al Naseem | Dubai

Jumeirah Al Naseem was built 2013 and took 3 years to complete. Al Naseem in English means sea breeze or the gentle breeze.  The hotel was built and designed by Mirage . The interior and exteriors of the hotel designed to be the new modern of Dubai.


To brief you with this newest hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem has 1,119 total of date trees that was planted in the property. It is 58,000 sqm in total. They also have 387 rooms and 43 suites. Huge property. This is the latest addition to the family of Madinat Jumeirah which includes Mina A’ Salam, Al Qasr, Dar Al Masyaf.

I was a little bit late on the notice that we can have free breakfast, lunch and dinner on the new restaurant of our company. Jumeirah Al Naseem invited us to try their different restaurants before they open it to public.

Seafood dining at Rock Fish made our lunch completely terrific. Imagine dining on the beach with its inviting sound and having Burj Al Arab as your perfect view, what more can you ask for? From its interior design to the ambiance of the restaurant and of course the delicious food, every money will be worth it. Rock Fish mainly offers seafood.


So even we are staff they treated us like a real guests paying. James, our server was really exceeded the service from welcoming us until the service of our food. Dining in rock fish is really interesting. Imagine these beautiful decors behind you while eating? I am really amazed on how they put these things together. I am loving the color combination inside the restaurant.


Rock Fish also offers crudo. Crudo is a word in Italy which means raw. So before ordering your appetizers you can try their crudo, even if you are not a raw lover you will definitely love it. We started with their Crudo and appetizer then come to the main course.


This Tasmanian Salmon is real to die for! The ingredients include cantaloupe melon, balsamic glazed cippolini and basil. This is really perfect, you can’t taste any raw ingredients inside.

The next thing we ordered was the salads and appetizers. We all tried the three salads in the menu.



The traditional caesar salad with anchovy and Parmigiana-Reggiano Grilled halloumi & zataar. Caesar Salad was my favourite not on its taste but on how appetising it is. Imagine the lettuce is really crispy when chewed.


Rockfish Garden Salad includes shaved garden vegetable, quinoa, lemon and sumac dressing.If you are really looking for complete vegetable for appetisers why not try this? The dressing blends well with the quinoa and the vegetables.


Ras al Hanout Scented Salmon Pasteis include spinach, wild rocca leaves, harissa mayonnaise.



Saefood Mixed Grill includes pomfret, gulf prawns, scallop, calamari, young onions, light tahini & wild rice

Another restaurant to try not only just because of the ambiance but of the food, the service, the staffs and all the warm hospitality they gave us. I am sure Rock Fish will hit the market. Truly it is one of a kind restaurant in Dubai.

Friends if you want to dine at Rock Fish here are the details on how to book:

Location: Poolside, Jumeirah Al Naseem
Cuisine: Mediterranean Seafood
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Timings: Breakfast: 8:00 to 11:00.
Lunch: 12:00 to 15:30.
Dinner: 18:30 to 23:30.
General Inquiries: +971 4 4323232

South-East Asian Dining at Noodle House | Dubai

Noodle House is owned and managed by Jumeirah Restaurants. The inspiration of the restaurant was based from South-East Asian countries mainly from Hongkong, China, Thailand and Indonesia.

Noodles House offers a wide range of foods from small plates, dim sum, wok-fried noodles, speciality food, noodle soups, accompaniments, salads, desserts, and different kinds of healthy lemonade.


Since it opened in 2002 it has already 16 restaurants in different parts of Middle East like Pakistan, Cyprus, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

I myself have been to their three branches in Dubai which are located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Burjuman and The Dubai Mall. Burjuman branch will always be the best one for me because of its ambience, relaxing setting and its location.

So far the dishes that we tried are their best selling. From dim sum, duck, noodles and beverages. They also sell desserts too!



Their duck dim sum and vegetable spring rolls are the best. Duck dim sum is best consumed while it is still hot and  vegetable spring roll is best paired with their sweet and sour sauce. Dim sums are best when you are hungry because serving time is only around 10 minutes from the time you order your food.

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You will never go wrong with their Chicken Siew Mai served with hot chilli bean sauce.


Singaporean Curry Laksa is fiance’s favourite, well I liked it too. Ingredients are laksa noodles, chicken, prawns, tofu and fish balls. Small costs 40 dirhams and large 55 dirhams. Believe it or not, large is good for two people.


Duck wonton soup is best for people who loves to eat duck. Ingredients are ban mien noodles, duck dumpling and roasted duck. Small costs 35 and large is 45. So cheap right? The soup was really cooked well, along with the duck and the dumplings. It really tastes good!


Paid Thai, my love affair with Thai cuisine. Ingredients are rice stick noodles, prawns, fried tofu, beansprouts, tamarind sauce and nuts (it is optional by the way). The noodles were not overcooked, and the spicy of it was medium only and the overall flavour was good! No wonder Thai cuisine is definitely loved by all people.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng. An Indonesian cuisine, ingredients are chicken satay, fried egg on top of fried rice and prawn crackers. The chicken satay is soft and chewy that makes you crave for more. This and Pad Thai are one of their best sellers. It only cost 50 dirhams for one dish.


They serve different kinds of beverages from mocktails, iced tea, tea, soft drinks, juices, water and coffee. The one I ordered was Strawberry Lemonade which is their best seller so far. Includes fresh strawberries, and mint leaves that’s why it has the minty effect.

If you are planning on dining at Noodle House here is the list of their branches in Dubai:

Dubai International Financial Centre
Marble Walk, Gate Building, Dubai International Financial Centre
+971 4 3637093 | 800-NOODLE (800-666353)

Burjuman Shopping Centre, Pavillon Gardens
+971 4 3526615 | 800-NOODLE (800-666353)

Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road
+971 4 3666730 | 800-NOODLE (800-666353)

Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Lower Level, The Boulevard
+971 4 3198088 | 800-NOODLE (800-666353)

Gloria Hotel, Dubai Media City
Ground Level, Gloria Hotel, Dubai Media City
+971 4 3818065 | 800-NOODLE (800-666353)

The Dubai Mall
Lower Ground Level, The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai, U.A.E
+971 4 388 4825 or 4827 | 800-NOODLE (800-666353)


Queenstown | Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Eichardt’s Bar with its comfortable sofas, cosy fireplace and quality service provides mouth-watering foods and cocktails. EPH was established since 1867 in the heart of Queenstown. This hotel is a member of the small luxurious hotels in the world.


Eichardt’s Private Hotel accepts walk-ins guests for their restaurant. The restaurant itself is only small and only tapas are served which means they only have small portions or servings on food.eph-3


When entering the hotel and bar you will see the elegant and classy service they are offering. We walk-in inside the bar which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails but only in tapas servings.



Queenstown is known for its snowy and cold weather, this hotel offers a fireplace to warm your body while eating. Sounds cool right?



This hotel is not only known for its classy service but also offers class dining. From the cutleries to the ambiance, service, and even the decorations are really worth every penny.


While roaming around the lobby and reading newspapers I did not even notice that our food is ready to serve. By the way, we came here around 7 PM. No booking required. Eichardt’s Bar has won numerous awards and features an outstanding wine list and ever-changing tapas menu.



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For bookings and reservations please do see the details of the hotel below:

Address: 2 Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand

Phone Number: +64 3 441 0450

Email Address:


Flame Bar & Grill | Queenstown, New Zealand

Flame is located in the heart of downtown Queenstown where the adventure capital of the world lies. With a chic, funky interior and a buzzing atmosphere, this is a firm favorite of all tourist and Queenstown diners. Flame is a bar and grill restaurant with a unique style of South-Africa.



With the buzzing adventure in Queenstown, who would not want a good and heavy meal after every adventure, right?! Flame can be jam-packed during the winter season so better make early reservations with them. We originally want to dine only at Eichardt’s but since we only ate tapas and we are not yet quite full at the moment we agreed to try Flames. We called their number to make a reservation since we already knew it will be full, and viola we almost waited for 1 hour for us to be accommodated.

So as we are planning our food to order, we saw this page inside the menu book and we discussed our preference on how do we like our steak cooked. Yes steak can be a little bit tricky to cook and to tell you honestly well done is not good, it is already destroyed!


The owner of the bar and grill has created something casual, intimate, a sexy bar and with an open kitchen. Flames got a wide selection of cocktails with a balcony overlooking the Lake Wakatipu.





So we finally decided to try their Flaming Ribs, the Full Rack which includes huge rack of pork ribs. The second one flame mixed grill which includes ribs, sirloin steak, peri-peri chicken, and boerewors sausage.




Who will forget their famous ribs in a huge platter? Yes, it is one big pork ribs and no you cannot finish it all by yourself, you need to call a friend.



For reservations and booking please see the details below:

Address: Upstairs 61 Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand

Phone Numbers: +64 3 409 2342/ 027 349 4469