Mama Fu’s Asian House

It has been a very long time since I’ve eaten something Asian aside from Filipino dishes that was being cooked at home. That is why I’m really excited to eat at Mama Fu’s. They offer Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese dishes all in one place. Who wouldn’t crave for it? Think about the flavors. Literally mouth  watering.

PLACE

I wasn’t able to take picture of the place because there were so many local customers which were enjoying their food.

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The ceiling and the floor are both dimmed colors which complements well with the colors of the walls and the chairs which are green and orange. There were paintings hanging neatly on the wall.

FOOD

The menu was properly organized. The amount of the dishes varies on what kind of meat was ordered whether you ordered it together with rice or noodles.

  • Veggies – 35 AED
  • Chicken – 45 AED
  • Beef – 50 AED
  • Shrimp – 50 AED

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  1. Fresh basil spring roll (Appetizer)

Spring rolls are really famous in an Asian menu. According to one article that I read, famous chefs in Asia classified Vietnamese Spring rolls as the best among other countries offering it like China, Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia.

As the name states this spring roll was not fried. Fresh basil, mint, beans sprouts, and vegetables mixed all together with cold rice then wrapped with cellophane noodles. I think it also has peanuts inside which makes the taste a little different from what I am usually eating in the Philippines. I don’t like peanuts that much though. The dip also has peanuts which makes it a little buttery so instead of dipping mine with it, I dipped it with chili dip.

The appetizer was served immediately after we ordered. It took only 5 minutes for it to arrive served with the drinks too.

2. Lemon Sriracha Stir Fry Chicken

Asian tummies wouldn’t be full without any rice. There’s no doubt to that. This next was the best among the dishes that we’ve ordered. It it chicken stirred with Lemon sriracha sauce** mixed with vegetables.

**Fast fact! Sriracha Sauce was originated in Thailand. It is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.

I think the vegetables were half cooked. The broccoli, and the carrots were crunchy. You can tell that the peas was half cooked. It taste a little sweet. Healthy living at its finest.

3. Thai Cashew stir fry Chicken (or Beef)

It has the same ingredients as the Lemon Sriracha Stir fry Chicken but this one was served with toasted cashews. Also, instead of using Lemon Sriracha sauce, they put garlic soy sauce. The cashew complements well with the salty sauce. Not that good though, but it’s nice.


4. Sichuan Kung Pao Beef

HOT AND SPICY! This dish has celery, bell peppers, onions, chili peppers, peanuts and chestnuts tossed with a really spicy Kung pao** sauce.

**fast fact “Kung Pao Chicken (Chinese: 宫保鸡丁), also transcribed as Gong Bao or Kung Po, is a spicy stir-fry dish made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers. The classic dish in Sichuan cuisine originated in the Sichuan Province of south-western China and includes Sichuan peppercorns. Although the dish is found throughout China, there are regional variations that are typically less spicy than the Sichuan serving. Kung Pao chicken is also a staple of westernized Chinese cuisine.” — wikipedia

The beef was tender when the dish was freshly served and also it’s easy to bite but as soon as it became colder it also became harder to chew. All I can say is that I love this (because I love spicy dish). Really tasty and too much serving enough for two rice. haha

RATING!

Place & ambiance – 3.5/5

Staff – 3/5 (I’ve only seen the waitress smile a few times on our stay at the restaurant. Nobody asks us if we need anything or no unlike other restaurants that I’ve visited before. Also there was one time when we asked for a refill of our drink but they just took the glass and took a lifetime to bring the refilled glass.)

Food – 3/5 (I love it. I’m asian. haha)

xxx~

 

 

 

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Mama Fu’s Asian House

Tony Roma’s

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It has been a while since I went out with my two food buddies namely, Ashkoook and Cheika, so we decided to go somewhere nice. We chose Tony Roma’s since,  again, we have vouchers. haha!

Tony Roma’s has been known for serving mouth watering ribs, steaks and sea foods. But it will not end with just that. They are also serving pasta and chicken. I think you must order Ribs at your first visit at Tony Roma’s but WE DID NOT!

 

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A huge smile and a pleasant greeting will welcome you as soon as you enter the place. It has that normal hard wood furniture + dirty white walls + picture frames hanging on the wall combo. But I really like the big clock on one side of the wall and the black ceiling. It’s a very good place for a meeting while dining.

As soon as we took our seat, somebody came near us immediately to give the menu and take our orders. The staff also answer our questions politely and in a very good manner.

We only had some couple of technical malfunctions (haha). I’ll tell you later what.

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FOOD

 The Menu is really pretty. I like the gray color effect of what I believe is a wooden table at the front cover of the menu.

There are so many choices to choose from.Ribs, Beef, Chicken, Pasta and sea foods. All in one! We were really excited to take our orders.

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  1. Le Complementary dish

While waiting for our orders, they gave us chips and tomato dip (I don’t know what it is called). Since we were hungry, we finished it immediately and actually wants to ask for some more but it’s shameful so we just behaved. haha 

I like the dip because it’s spicy and it has fresh tomatoes. It was served to us cold fresh from the chiller. I prefer a dip like this than hot.

 16444087_1572139332801652_208806287_o2. Vanilla and Strawberry Shake

I don’t know why they serve the shake first before the food. I think it’s much better if they will serve it while the food is there. Because you don’t know what a nice conversation can do to your nice drink.

It took about 20 minutes before our food was served. Just enough time to have a heartily talk with your friends and take instagramable shot of the place.

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The grilled chicken was tender and juicy as it was basted nicely with citrus and brown mustard mojo sauce. It’s also topped with pineapple salsa which complements nicely with the citrus feeling of the chicken.

It’s supposed to be served with broccoli  and rice but in Tony Roma’s you can choose what side dish you want. We chose Corn on the cob and the Loaded Baked Potato. It is a baked potato stuffed with beef and cheese.

16409152_1572139266134992_2071340543_o4. Chicken Alfredo

A food trip wouldn’t be complete without ordering a classic Chicken Alfredo. I’m probably making a review of Chicken Alfredo on every restaurants I’ve been.

It was creamy and tasty though I can still rate the Chicken Alfredo of Applebee’s higher than this one. Nothing special. Just Okay.

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5. Shrimp and Salmon Piccata

This was the first time we ordered sea food dish from the menu because I am allergic to sea foods. But not with salmon so I think might as well try.

The salmon was grilled nicely just until it reached the brown color from the outside. It’s topped with shrimp with lemon sauce. I did not try the shrimp though.

16389024_1572139246134994_991764653_o 6. Premium Burger

We ordered chicken burger and not the one with beef patty. Because this dish was ordered specifically by Ashkook who is Muslim and is not eating beef. They told us if we want to change it the salary of the one who took our order will be cut. I feel bad about him but Ashkook point was that we are paying and it’s not our mistake because we already told them. Anyway, they changed the burger.

I did not try the burger so I wouldn’t make any reviews regarding it. I just noticed her taking off the top of the burger. I asked her why then she told me because it tastes like fish. I tried to taste the top part. I don’t know what she’s talking about. But I think it’s not fish oil but just mere butter.

RATING

Staff – 4/5 (Just had a little problems with the orders but they are nice)

Food – 3.5/5 (I like most the Mojo Chicken and the salmon but nothing special with the other dishes)

Ambiance – 4.5/5

Probably will come back next time for their ribs!

xxx~

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Tony Roma’s

Graffiti Burger (Abu Dhabi)

(if you don’t want to read some useless mumbles, skip the first paragraph)

I am always riding the bus going to work if I stayed at the city the night before. With one hour ride and a cold foggy afternoon, sometimes you can’t help but to stare outside the window and start day dreaming. With a WOMAN my age, probably you would be thinking about what on earth are you doing with your life. You might also be thinking on how to make your life a little exciting and colorful. Maybe you are also dreaming about who you want to be after 5 years of working or maybe what you could do to earn extra income. And then maybe (or is it just me) what you will eat for dinner without spending too much.That was when a single ray of light on a certain spot crossed your eyes which caused it to sparkle. I saw Graffiti Burger. I told myself I will eat there whatever the odds may be.

But that’s not what really happened.Daydreaming can also be done at work, sorry.

My friends and I decided to go eat at some burger spot near their home. It’s called PINK BURGER. We were always checking the store because of it’s cute place with lighted tables. Also, the name is a little bit catchy leaving you with a question ‘Are the burgers there colored PINK?’ But the night we came, there were no tables and we were informed that it was borrowed by another branch and will be returned by January 10. So we decided to go somewhere else.

Then Rahp suggested GRAFFITI BURGER.

PLACE

I noticed that most of the restaurants here in Abu Dhabi have very small space. Just enough for kitchen, serving area, and 2 to 3 tables. I am not referring to the ones located at the malls. I’m referring to those restaurants you can find at the streets of abu dhabi.

Same goes with Graffiti. It has small space. Only two groups can eat inside the restaurant itself. But it’s okay because I’ve noticed that most of their customers are ordering for take away (Take out) which is not bad because their packaging for take away foods are really cool! Like if I would be ordering for take away, I will keep the paper bag.

They have very beautiful graffiti-ed walls creatively painted in neon and is lighted with LED lights which makes the color pop out. Very nice!

FOOD

They have the typical menu for a burger shop which consists of burger/ sandwich + Fries + drinks. So it’s not that hard to choose what to eat. We’ve tried three burgers from the menu.

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1. Graffiti Burger

Of course I tried the burger named after the restaurant but I was a little disappointed because there is nothing special with this burger except to the fact that they are using graffiti sauce which I think consists of mayonnaise and some spices, not sure though. Just the normal burger with tomato and lettuce. The only thing I can say is that the patty is really tasty and meaty.

2. Mushroom Burger

The grilled onion give this burger a little kick of spiciness and sweetness at the same time. The patty is really consistent with it’s meatiness. Aside from the chunks of mushrooms which adds texture to the burger, the mushroom sauce that they put really makes the burger flavorful and tasty. The melted cheese is matching well with the mushroom sauce which leaves a super creamy taste.

3. Smoke burger

This burger is really YUMMY! The smoked bacon matched with that tasty patty and smoke sauce makes this burger leaves you speechless. I would highly recommend you to try this!

All burgers are in small sizes for the price being paid. Though I think they are focusing more on giving the customers delicious patties which makes it a little convincing to pay this amount. If you really want to enjoy the burgers, try ordering the burgers in “Double.” They will give you one burger packed with two super duper yummy patties. **hearts everywhere** I’m in love with their packaging. Definitely grattified with black prints. 

4. Spicy Graffiti Style Fries

The spicy fries that was served to us wasn’t spicy at all. The only thing that makes it spicy is the pickled jalapeno. I loved the jalapeno. It has that slightly sour and spicy taste which I like. They also put a little bit of chili flakes to add more spiciness but still not enough. Maybe it’s just me.

 

Overall rating will be 4.8/5! Great and clean place but small. Beautiful graffitied walls and paper bags. Nice staff. Food served hot and freshly cooked.  Small sized burger and a little bit pricey but became reasonable because of their presentation and the super delicious patty.

 I will definitely put this on my “I should come back here” list. 

XXX~

Graffiti Burger (Abu Dhabi)

Applebee’s

So there is this one mobile application wherein you can buy vouchers using your load for 2 to 5 AED and then use these vouchers to buy meals at some restaurants for buy 1 take 1 free. Ever since we’ve discovered this application, we always buy vouchers mostly for Applebee’s because to tell you the truth, Applebee’s is simply amazing!

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PLACE (Applebee’s Dalma mall, UAE)

The restaurant has it’s modern bright vibes. Green painted walls and colorful backgrounds. Hardwood tables and chairs. With frames of different countries and famous landmarks across the wall, who would say no for a selfie?

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The staff were surprisingly nice. They always make you feel welcomed and important as they wear their pleasant smile as soon as you  enter the restaurant and throughout their service for you.

What we ordered?

The food was served hot and freshly cooked. Most of the time we’re just waiting for maximum of 20 minutes before we can eat. We ordered 4 dishes for the price of 2.
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1. Cowboy Burger (Chicken)

Hey hey hey!! A visit to applebee’s wouldn’t be complete without even trying one of their burgers. As a starter we tried Cowboy Burger. I think nobody would ask why it’s called Cowboy burger. It has big bun and it is normally packed with beef bacon and bbq sauce. But since we went to the restaurant with someone who is not eating beef, we switched it to chicken. Together with fries any cowboy will not think twice to order it again next time!

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2.Country fried chicken

MY ALL TIME FAVORITE! I think we visited at Applebee’s for a couple of times already and this dish will never removed from my list of ‘MUST ORDER’ from their menu. I like the mix of their gravy and garlic mashed potatoes. That one, together with nicely breaded boneless fried chicken and mixed vegetables is a complete package! Will definitely order it again next time.

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4. Sizzling Chicken Fundido

With all the chickens that we’ve ordered I think this one is a little bit normal for my taste buds. The chicken breast was cut nicely. It is served with crispy square-cut potatoes which i think wasn’t crispy at all. Sizzling plate wasn’t sizzling also as it was served in our table. But overall the taste was good.

Rate!

Staff: 5/5 (mostly kabayans haha)

Place: 5/5 (Nice and Clean!)

Food: 4/5

Will definately try their beef next time…

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Applebee’s

Rogo’s Roller Coaster Restaurant

Let me ask you one thing. Have you ever been in a restaurant where food will not be served by a person but by a machine? I’m not referring about a robot type of machine but a ROLLER COASTER. You read it right.

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Photo not mine (wasn’t able to take picture of the front)

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At ROGO’S you can see all food moving along the tracks from above and will go down directly in front of you. HOW COOL IS THAT?? Not only it will be served hot and freshly cooked, you will also enjoy watching the food coming to you like they are shouting “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”

Also there will be no need for pens and papers in taking orders because there will be tablets set in place for each person from the dining table.

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Each person can order from each tablets and there will be a corresponding number for you. Food then will be served with numbers at the side to make sure that the food will be taken by the right owner. But we experienced some problems. I received the order of another. I think the tablets were interchanged. But it’s okay. Even machines have flaws.

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Don’t get me wrong here. Maybe you’re thinking that there will be no person accompanying you the whole stay in the restaurant. That will be a little awkward. Of course there will be somebody who will greet you as soon as you enter the restaurant. There will also be somebody who will accompany you going to a perfect spot for you and your family or friends or both. There is also one person who will explain to you how you can use the tablet in ordering. COOL STAFF!

 

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Well, to be honest, our eyes popped out as soon as we saw the menu. It’s a little expensive for me, not sure for them though. We just ordered the usual pasta + burger + fries + softdrinks combo.

FOOD

  1. Creamy Chicken Penne Alfredo

I wasn’t able to take picture but i’m 1000000% sure that you know what it looks like. I have no complaints with the taste. It’s really tasty and creamy. It is a bit pricey but the serving size is satisfactory.

2. Spaghetti Bolognese (again no picture *SOBBING*)

I am not a huge fan of red sauce. I’m only eating home cooked spaghetti. If I will go outside to eat, 100% sure I will be ordering white sauced pasta. But my colleague on the other hand is reverse. The Spaghetti looked surprisingly appetizing and the taste did not disappoint my expectations.

3. Rogo’s Classic Burger 

You will never go wrong with ordering classics. The bun is not hard to bite. Chicken is cooked nicely. The plus plus plus plus points is that ALL burgers are served with FRIES. Who will say no to that?

 

Honestly speaking, there’s nothing special with the food that will make you crave and come back. The only special thing about it is the roller coaster. Overall rating for ROGO’s is 4! (the creativity of the owner should be credited!  rated 6/5!)

Rogo’s Roller Coaster Restaurant

Gazebo – The Royal Indian Journey

I’ve been interested to try different variety of food as soon as I stepped on the middle east desert. My mom then let my try Biryanikrish_022-chicken-biryani-web and to be honest I really liked it. That’s why when my colleague invited us to eat in an Indian Restaurant I immediately said YES! But before talking about the food let me tell you about the place first.

THE PLACE

GAZEBO – THE ROYAL INDIAN JOURNEY Just by the name of the restaurant, the ambiance of the place makes you feel like a royalty! There are super cozy booths for those who wants privacy. You can put the curtains down and enjoy the company of your friends without thinking that somebody might look at you while your gums are coming off because of too much laughing (If you laugh like me hahaha :D)

Plus, the staff are super duper uber friendly. They also check you if you need anything else at the middle of your feeling-as-a-royalty stay at their restaurant.

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FOOD

We only tried four items from the menu. Well, Biryani will never be gone from the list.

1. RESHMI KABAB BIRYANI

15398960_1505761959439390_479549665_oIt’s a Biryani in a pot! I really love how they presented the food in a different way. They used aromatic basmati rice which is what they normally use in biryani. It has flavoured grilled chicken cooked with spicy sauce. If you love to eat biryani, you will definitely LOVE IT EVEN MORE!

2. MURGH KASTOORI KABAB

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At first sight, it’s not really appetizing. It’s a green chicken! I’m not a fan of greens. But still I tried it. It tastes really different from what I thought it would taste. This amazing green chicken is a boneless chicken marinated with yogurt and flavored with fenugreek (as was written in the menu) one of the reasons why I was scared to try it, is because I don’t know what is fenugreek. Just a minute ago, I asked my dearest friend google what is it and I found some amazing facts!!!

What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is an annual herb with light green leaves and small white flowers. If you want to know more regarding this amazing plant, read this article from draxe.com. You can also see in this article about its benefits.

In short, MURGH KASTOORI KABAB is a MUST HAVE when you eat in Gazebo.

3. MURGH SEEKH BHARWAN

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Again I asked my friend… WHAT IS MURGH SEEKH?? In indian cuisine, Murgh means Chicken and Seekh means a mixture of minced meat (which in this case is chicken) with herbs and spices. This made me say “AAHHHHHHH That’s why.” With the additional creamy filling of mint and coriander, who wouldn’t say no to these fresh dish?

and last but not the least…

4. TANDOORI MURGH

15354188_1505761986106054_1799240692_oIt is a Chicken marinated with Tandoori Masala flavored yogurt. Just amazing little pieces of chicken of spicy flavored tandoori fresh from the oven. I’m a spicy food lover so this one is not an exception in my list.

From the perfect ambiance, the wonderful staff, amazing cooking skills of the kitchen crew, and lastly the mouth-watering food; a big two thumbs up and rating of 5 stars!

Gazebo – The Royal Indian Journey