I had always heard a lot about how amazing Food Trails were, but had never been a part of one myself. Zomato gave me this unique opportunity and I couldn’t resist the temptation.
The Zomato food trail was held at the Walk at JBR in collaboration with Emirates NBD. The most exciting thing about the trail was that we were not aware of the restaurants we were visiting, nor were we aware of the dishes that we were to try.
Stop 1 – Leopold’s of London
The trail started at Leopold’s of London with Tea and some lovely cakes. I was a bit late to the event due to work commitments and traffic hence I missed the start, however this did not stop me from digging into the delicious cakes. There were 6 different varieties of cakes that I got to try, namely: Spicy Carrot, Vanilla Blueberry Cheesecake, Date Cake, Ginger Cake, Salted Caramel and Flourless Chocolate.
If I were to pick my favourites, I would go with the Flourless Chocolate and Ginger Cake.
We were made to taste different varieties of tea, each unique in its appearance and flavour. Leopold’s has quite a collection of tea and the staff will help you understand how each tea type will taste like.
Stop 2 – Butcha Steakhouse
Moving on, we hopped skipped and jumped (not literally) our way to the second location, Butcha. Butcha is a Steakhouse but also serves other meats like Lamb and Chicken.
We had some Turkish cheese and Tulum Salad. I simply loved the Turkish Cheese.
Next on were the cold cuts that included smoked beef, smoked lamb and Bresoala with Rocca leaves. My favourite from the lot was the smoked beef. The meat was just amazing.
Let's have a lamb chop today. The perfectly cut lamb chops from @butchadubai at @theWalkatJBR are served with Sweet grape sauce, Dijon mustard and Spicy mustard. The chops are to be eaten directly off the bone without any utensils. While the medium rare chops are amazing enough on their own, the sauces they are served with give you that extra bit of flavour. The food we tried at Butcha was part of the 1st food trail organised by @zomatouae in collaboration with @Emirates_NBD #ZomatoFoodTrail #ZomatoMeetUp #ENBDJBR
However the highlight of the evening for me were the lamb chops served to us. The tender and delicious lamb chops were just amazing. When you had lamb chops so good, you don’t need cutlery to have it. We ate the meat right from the bone (so good).
If you are one of those who like seeing their meat being grilled right in front of your eyes, then head over to the grilling area and check the meat being grilled to perfection.
Stop 3 – Fratelli La Bufala
Next on the list was the Fratelli La Bufala, the home to Italian food. We had an amazing activity lined up at Fratelli.
How do we make a margherita pizza in a few minutes? Well, just ask Chef Pepe. The chef from Naples makes delicious and perfect pizzas every single time. Our third stop on the #ZomatoFoodTrail today was at @fratellilabufala_uae where we got to taste some amazing pizza and Tiramisu. We also had a fun time making our own pizzas and then eating them. Thank you to the Chef and the lovely ladies at Fratelli. Thank you @zomatouae, Emirates NBD and @spallavi for the wonderful experience and the yummy food. #TimeLapse #ZomatoMeetUp #ENBDJBR
Chef Pepe who is the man behind all the delicious dishes that hit your table, helped us to make our own pizzas.
We were given the ingredients to design the pizzas and we went ahead and did so. After failing at my first attempt to make a round pizza, I opted to make a heart rather. This did turn out to be better.
It was fun to make pieces of my heart (I am referring to the pizza lol) and have them.
The Bocconcino Mozzarella di Bufala which is the a huge piece of Mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and Rocca leaves with olive oil served to us was simply wow.
We were also served a pretty cool horn shaped Pizza calzone with dried Beef, Mozzarella, Grana padana cheese and Rocca leaves.
Tiramisu is my weakness. This one is from @fratellilabufala_uae. Soft, creamy and the right amount of coffee makes the dessert so tempting and delicious. I tried the Tiramisu as a part of the #ZomatoFoodTrail organized by @zomatouae and @emirates_nbd at @thewalkatjbr #ENBDJBR Special mention to @spallavi for making me a part of the Food Trail. After the food trail I visited the restaurant again and was impressed. Review shall be out soon.
The last dish served was a Tiramisu, which was good too. I really liked the food at Fratelli.
Stop 4 – Paul’s
By the time we arrived at the last stop we were stuffed but Pallavi showed us no mercy whatsoever :P.
We started with some bread and were then loaded with a tonne of desserts. Being foodies we still gave a shot to most of the desserts but were not able to finish it. The meal ended with a coffee in order to try and digest all the yumminess we had consumed over the 4 stops.
This was my first official food tour and I loved it. Looking forward to the ones after this. Special thanks to Zomato, Emirates NBD and Pallavi Sangtani for the invite and the fun tour.