Monday, 27 October 2014

Revisited: The Scene, Pier 7, Dubai Marina

I was lucky enough to experience The Scene, in Pier 7, Dubai Marina, before most, being invited along to the menu tasting by a very kind friend who clearly knows food is the way to my heart. We were thoroughly impressed with the food and the atmosphere then,  so I have been wanting to go back for a while. 

On Friday night we joined a friend and her family for dinner and the food was just as good as I remembered it! Although the service wasn't. Given the fact that it was a dry night last night (alcohol free night everywhere due to religious holidays) and the place was two thirds empty I was a little disappointed at the slow service and the time if took for our food to arrive. 

Negatives aside The Scene definitely provides that classic gastropub English style food we all know and miss as expats from England! We had a mixture of starters to share and followed that with a variety of main dishes including the burger, the shepherds pie, lamb hotspot, classic fish and chips and sausage and mash. They have learnt from their mistakes during then menu tasting when they neglected to ask how we wanted the burger cooked, a big deal for the meat loving boyfriend who is quite specific about his Beef. I had veggie sausages and mash because I just wasn't in a meat mood and they were seriously delicious served with a creamy mustard mash. 

Our plates were wiped clean by the end which shows exactly what we thought of the food. Obviously I left room for desert... It's the best bit after all! 

The boyfriend declined to share with me but as soon as he saw the chocolate fondant pot with peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream land on our table in front of me he was regretting his choic and swiftly stole my spoon. That desert was the single best thing I have eaten all week. But I am a sucked for chocolate, peanut butter and salted caramel. 

To washed it all down with a delicious mocktails called berry sling. I had tasted this as the menu tasting since they didn't have a liquor license yet so thought it was a safe option last night. I have heard great things about their cocktails too so that seems like a good excuse for another trip! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Relaxation time at Angsana Spa: The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills

Last week I had my first Dubai spa experience and let me tell you, it was amazing. And thanks to my beautiful new Dubai buddy and her entertainer app, we got two 90 minute massages for the price of one; what better way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

We headed to the Angsana Spa at The Address Montgomerie in Emirates Hills. The super sleek door that slides open reveals a tranquil Asian inspired spa area and a wave of calm instantly washed over me upon stepping over the threshold.

A super refreshing ice cold berry water was waiting for us and we had 5 mins to soak up the soft lighting and warm and cosy decor. And then the relaxation began. We stepped inside a cosy little couples room and two fantastic massage therapists with their fragrant oils set to work soothing our muscles and massaging out our stress.

90 minutes of stretching and massaging later, neither of us were snoring but both of us were almost speechless, in a stress free state of relaxation. And we ended our time with a little more relaxation in the silent area (we were not very silent though) with ginger tea, dried fruits and water. The whole experience was amazing and the therapists at Angsana Spa were excellent. I would totally recommend the spa for its quality of service and ambience and would have no hesitation in revisiting (sooner rather than later preferably). 

And the cost, well everyone says Dubai is expensive but even without the buy one get one free voucher I don't know anywhere in London you could get the same quality and length of massage for just £80!  


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