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Chili House

I have seen Chili House before, but I never really knew what they served. While going through 24h.ae I came across their menu so I took a look and figured out they essentially had Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Hotdogs and Chili Spaghetti. Okay, I was intrigued.

I made a quick order online, and wished for the best! I always get a little doubtful when trying new places, but it is starting to wear off since starting this blog..

The food did take a while to arrive, about 40 minutes and the driver did explain that they were busy.

The Packaging was interesting

The food came in 3 different bags, but it seems that each served it’s purpose. The one on the far left was for the drinks, so it was alone not to cool or to get moisture on any food, the one in the middle had the French Fries which I thought was for the whole moisture build up, and the rest of the food was in the thick white paper bag. I do think that is a well thought of way of packaging, I certainly appreciated the effort.

The first thing I did was unpack everything, and take a picture for all you hungry people

First up, I had ordered a Cheese Burger Meal, and a Spaghetti. I shall begin with the Contents, the Spaghetti and then the Burger.

The Packaging was pretty good from the start, the quality really did show. They had provided Forks, Tissues, Ketchup packets and a Straw.

The Spaghetti was a bit of a mystery while ordering, because at the time, I did not have descriptions and the available options/types of Spaghetti available were: One-way, Two-way, Three-way, Four-way and Five-way. What did that mean at the time? Nothing. I went with Two-way not knowing what to expect!

For the review though, I did find out. The original Menu Described them as:
“One-Way
Hot bowl of our unique chili topped with diced onions, red beans and cheddar cheese

Two-Way
Amman’s unique style of chili, prepared fresh daily served over spaghetti

Three-Way
Amman’s favorite! Our famous chili served over spaghetti and topped with cheddar cheese

Four-Way
take our Three Way one way further and add onions or beans

Five-Way
Should be called ALL-THE-WAY! Top your spaghetti with chili, beans, onion and cheddar cheese”

So Two-way wasn’t such a bad guess after all! Okay enough with the descriptions, time for the food. In plain simplicity, it was quite nice. There was plenty of sauce on top which wasn’t so chili-like but more a Mince-Meat sauce. It seemed a little dry from the picture, and I thought so too, but once I dug in and mixed it up and down, most of the sauce had drained to the bottom. It was pretty nice for sure, but for further reference, I would go with Five-way and see how that goes. The Pasta was cooked well, not over or under cooked. The serving was sufficient for 1 person, I think it does need to come as a meal, which fortunately, they do offer.

Time for the Burger then..

My first thought was that it was very colorful! I had ordered a Cheese Burger Meal, which came with French Fries and a Soft Drink (Why do they call it Soft Drink though? How hard is it to drink water? anyways..) The Burger was very nice.

It had Tomatoes, Lettuce, Mayo, The Beef Patty and a Slice of Cheese.

I wished it had something Signature or Unique to it though, but it didn’t. So, it is hard to explain, it had nothing Special or Unique yet it is worth it… I shall give it a try though..

The Ingredients are very fresh, and on the box it does state that they do come fresh on a daily basis. Now I cannot put that claim to test other than the fact that the ingredients tasted fresh. The Beef Patty itself was nice, and tasted good. Again, there is a claim that the Burger is 100% Pure Beef and 88% Fat Free. Lovely! I really did like the Burger. I think what made this quite a good burger was that there was no attempt to make it Unique and failing at it, like I have seen in the past. If I do have one criticism, it would be the bun. It was a little hard around the edges only.
The French Fries were really good, thick, crispy and soft in the middle. Seasoning was quite good as well.

The Coke well.. How do you review a can of Coke? Cold and Coke-ish.

Value:

The Cheese Burger Meal was 35 Dhs and the Two-way Spaghetti was 28 Dhs, and there is no delivery charge. I think it is quite good value for the quality that Chili House has presented, from the Packaging all the way to the Food. I enjoyed it.

Ratings:
The Packaging:  8   / 10
The Food:         6.5 / 10

Overall: 7.25 / 10

I’d Recommend Chili House for sure! I do look forward eating from there again and seeing what else they have to offer. Good food, and attention to detail.

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Delivery

 

Freej

After my first time to try out Mandi (I reviewed Bait El Mandi here) I was curious what are the better or best places to make it. I asked around and a few friends recommended Freej that is located in Jumeirah Beach Centre.

Went with a few friends to figure out how much better could it be.

First thing I found out was that there are two types of Mandi. Regular Mandi (where the Rice and Chicken are Cooked together in a specially designed buried oven) and Mazbi or Muzbi (where the it has the same Rice as Mandi but the Chicken is grilled rather than cooked in the oven)

I prefer my meats grilled so went ahead with the Muzbi.

As with the tradition of Mandi places, there is seating on tables and on the ground. The staff welcomed us at the door and offered any place we would like to sit. In order to keep things as original as possible we selected a place where we could sit on the ground. The decoration is fairly traditional and kept simple, there are TV screens around and all ground seating areas are fairly closed but not entirely private.

The seating areas are large enough to fit like 10 people each, with carpets all round and cushions. There is a table in each one that holds all the shakers, plastic sheets, menu and bottled sauces.

Soon after ordering, they set us up with the plastic and got us the essential starters

They placed the plastic, brought each one Spoons, Forks and Yoghurt. As for all of us, they served a plate with Cucumbers, Lettuce and a bowl of Tomato Sauce. Most people like to eat these foods with their hands but serving Spoons is good

To start things off, I ordered a Jarjeer Salad (Arugula Salad in English)

This was really good! It was very refreshing, with plenty of flavors from the Arugula, Tomatoes, Spices, lemon juice and onions, it was extremely fresh. The leaves were cut up small as well so going at it with a Fork was pretty easy. It seemed clean and prepared freshly which is exactly what is expected.

As for the main dish, the Muzbi had arrived!

The first thing on my mind was that it was huge! and it really was!
The Chicken served was half a chicken but it was a big half! I got to admit, it was grilled perfectly! One of the most perfectly grilled chickens I have ever had. It was super tender, soft, juicy and really delicious. At first I thought it might be a little dry but once I dug in, it was really tender!
As for the Rice, it was really good as well! It wasn’t dry and had nice flavor to it. Especially with the chicken, it was really good. The rice hardly even needed the Tomato Sauce, which was pretty straight forward as a typical Tomato Sauce with slight herbs. The thing is, with this quantity, there was no way I could finish it! There really was a lot of rice! I really did enjoy this dish!

The Service: It was very good. We were greeted at the door, welcomed to any seating area we required, our orders were taken quickly and with a smile at all times. The waiters were available going and coming all the time so making any orders was a breeze. They served the food quite professionally and were always happy to serve. Upon leaving again we were greeted and thanked, quite good service I must say.

The Value: 1 Jarjeer Salad (Arugula Salad) and 1 Muzbi totaled to a little less than 50 Dhs, which is fairly reasonable considering the huge portion and very good taste. I did not know how to properly judge the value based on my previous experience, but this certainly is on par and better since it was absolutely delicious to have. Good Value.

Ratings:
The Place:   6 / 10
The Service: 7 / 10
The Food:    7 / 10

Overall: 6.67 / 10

I’d recommend this place. Their Muzbi is certainly worth a try.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Dine In

 

Park Central

Park Central is one of those healthy places that boast their Organic Products. I am not one to give a lot of interest in that, but it is always worth a try! I went through their website where they describe their Organic-ness. They had a take away menu which surprised me with one thing, and it was that they have 24 hours delivery. That is impressive.

Now, I made two orders that were unlike the usual orders of a Burger or something, I wanted to see what they could really do!

I made an order. Unfortunately it did take them over a hour to get to me!

Keeping that in mind for the review, I took notice of the bag

It is quite clear that Park Central is out for a serious mission! To write that on their bag must mean they are really into it! I have read a few posts they have made on Facebook suggesting that they are now the alternative to the typical excuse of fast food at night because everything is closed. I think that is smart, but do they have the food to back all this up? Time to find out!

I thought I’d start off with one entry in their “Starters” section to start things off, The Mushroom Buttons

Before I talk about the Buttons I received, I have to mention something quite important. The menu does have a lot of entries and a whole lot to choose from but not everything is explained or described. For instance, the Mushroom Buttons in the menu was stated as follows:

“Mushroom Buttons
Crispy, Hope you like Garlic”

Lovely but what are they?! Eventually turns out they are lovely Mushrooms with a Crispy Battered outer layer.
The Mushrooms were rather big and juicy on the inside. It was a little cold but nothing discomforting (I can imagine the food being a little cold with the long delivery time I experienced). The Garlic sauce was nice, was a bit more Garlicy than I like, but I was warned by the menu right? It was nice, I liked it.

For the main order, I was not sure what to go for! There are so many nice options, but I wanted something different, something unusual, something… Until my eyes fell upon something called “Bavarian Chicken”. Come on, when is the last time you heard anyone say, I feel like some German Food?! This I had to try!

The food came with no short of Utensils. It came with two sets of Utensils, Tissues, and two cups of gravy (which weren’t bad but needed more salt I think)

So what was the Bavarian Chicken? The menu described this as:

“Bavarian Chicken
“Very Well Made” Free Range Chicken Breast Breaded with Organic Bread Crumbs over a bed of Hand Mashed Potatoes and Peas”

The “Very Well Made” part seemed very German by itself. The meal was actually very good! I did not expect much but it was great. First of all, the Chicken was good. It was two breasts, breaded. It was Crispy and the Chicken was cooked well. If I have one comment it would be that the Chicken needed to be cooked a little less, it was slightly beginning to be over cooked. As for the Mashed Potatoes, it was new to me! as what I had expected was Mashed Potatoes with Peas on the side, or on the top, or inside the Mash as a whole, but as it turns out, it was Mashed with the Peas. I was a bit skeptical but it was really good! It needed salting, which they had not provided by the way, but once I did, it was really good!

I did enjoy this meal, it was unusual, out of the blue, and worth while. The food came in Microwavable Plates which always shows care for detail, quality and this even continued with the Utensils, there was something about them that seemed of a good quality. As it turns out, Park Central wants to be the place of everything, as the Dine In seems to have the Take Away contents and much more added to it with the place being a Cafe as well.

They are doing really well to fight off Fast Food, and are very appealing (Love the look of their menus) Lets hope they can actually save the world of Fast Food!

Value:

Before I say anything, Organic food is usually more expensive than traditional food. The Mushroom Buttons were 29 Dhs and the Bavarian Chicken was 44 Dhs and including a 5 Dhs delivery charge, the total was 78 Dhs. The value of the food was fair enough considering it being Organic, Fresh and available in a wide variety.

Rating:
The Packaging: 7   / 10
The Food:        6.5 / 10

Overall: 6.75 / 10

I’d recommend Park Central, they got a high rating because of their good tasting organic food, attention to detail, quality and variety of food offered.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Delivery

 

Bait El Mandi

Driving by where I live, I noticed Bait El Mandi. This was a place I had not tried and I personally haven’t tried that many Mandi places. I thought it would be a nice time to give it a try!

I checked online and found their menu. The surprising thing is, they only serve Mandi. Chicken, Meat, fish, but only Mandi. For all who do not know what Mandi is, it is Rice and Meat (or Chicken or Fish) cooked with rice in a special Oven often dug underground. More on Mandi can be read here (Wikipedia)

I gave them a call and placed my order. Within 20 minutes my bell range, and it was the food.

I was handed this brown bag that has the Brand Name and some information on it. At least it wasn’t plain white!

Before I begin the with the food, Mandi is usually eaten in a traditional form, which is sitting down on the floor and having the food plates/platters on a plastic table cover. Very simple, and usually eaten with bare hands. Most Mandi places even set their restaurant’s layout to sit on the floor.

I unpacked everything and these were the contents; The Mandi, a Plate that had some Greens, Onions, a serving of Tomato Sauce, a Spoon and surprisingly, the Same Plastic sheet they serve food on in the restaurant. This was a first time I get something like this in a delivery, but hey, it kept my table nice and clean.

Time for the main meal!

And there you have it, a Mandi serving. There was half a Chicken in there with plenty of rice. This serving is definitely enough for one person. The Chicken was very tender and soft, nice flavor to it, but not too much. Speaking of not that much flavoring, the rice followed the same trend. There was a bit of flavor but not by too much. The Tomato Sauce helped things from getting too dry as well. I did like the Mandi but I would prefer if both the Chicken had more flavors and the Rice had more herbs in it! Overall, it wasn’t bad.

Value:

This was the surprising part, the whole Mandi with delivery was 20 Dhs only. Very good value I have to admit

Ratings:
The Packaging: 5 / 10
The Food:         5 / 10

Overal: 5 / 10

I’d recommend Bait El Mandi for try or if you really love Mandi. They are quite cheap and the food isn’t bad.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Delivery

 

Lebanos

A new day and a new craving! I have been doing quite a few delivery reviews lately as I have been fairly busy, hopefully there will be more Dine In reviews soon. As far as what was for dinner is concerned, I really felt like Lebanese food!

There are several around but I remembered seeing one called Lebanos the other day in JLT. I guess now is a good time to try it out then!

They had all the expected out of a Lebanese restaurant such as Grills, Salads, Sandwiches and more, but I was hungry, I didn’t want no salad! Time for some Lebanese Grill!

I went through their menu and picked up some food.

Their packaging is pretty nice and simple. White paper bags with their Logo, Contact Details and Address.

I ordered a Grilled Chicken and Vine Leaves as a side dish

With the order of Grilled Chicken I got a serving of Garlic. I am not sure, but I think that is quite a large serving of Garlic for One Grilled Chicken. Maybe I do not eat that much Garlic but I would prefer if it was hommus instead. The Garlic itself was not too strong which made it quite nice to have without that strong Garlic taste or aftertaste for that matter.

As for the Vine Leaves, they were delicious! Soft, quite “Vinegary” and tasted really nice. I have tried these from many places, and I don’t necessarily have a favorite place, but this is one of the nicest I have had

Obviously, its high time to dig into the main meal! The packaging had the above platter covered in foil, a pack with Utensils, and a pack of bread.

On the platter, the Grilled Chicken was laid Flat and with a side of French Fries.

The Chicken was really good! Grilled really well and the only concern I had was, the Breasts were a little hard yet the Thighs were really juicy, tender and soft. I, of course understand that Breasts are thicker. It was really good, and is definitely delicious. I wouldn’t be surprised if their other grills are as good. The French Fries were ordinary really, nothing much to say about those. It was a little soggy but not too much. Tasted normal with little seasoning.

Value:

The Grilled Chicken was 45 Dhs and the Vine Leaves was 18 Dhs, totaling to 63 Dhs with no Delivery Charges. I think the Value is decent for the good food, but I personally just feel 18 Dhs for Vine Leaves might be a bit much, certainly shouldn’t be up to being 40% the price of a Grilled Chicken. It was yummy though.

Ratings:
The Packaging: 6 / 10
The Food: 6.5 / 10

Overall: 6.25 / 10

I’d recommend Lebanos, they certainly do have good food.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Delivery

 

Sam’s Steak Hut

I got a recommendaton to try Sam’s Steak Hut by a friend and I thought I should give it a go. I did not feel like going there myself so I wanted to see how good
their delivery might be.

Their menu has a wide range of options, especially in Steak Cuts.

I really felt like having a burger, and since they are a Steak house or Hut.. they should be able to
pull off a Burger well! There are no excuses.

Made an order and within 30 minutes the food had arrived, I guess this is the general average around
this side of Dubai (Barsha & Media City)

This was something I did not want to see! A Plain White Plastic Bag! but let me tell you a bit in
advance, they deserve a nice thicker bag with a nice logo.

I quickly unpacked everything

More white packaging! I just hope that the food is good because plain white packaging and plain
white bags dont always go well.

I got no utensils in the bag, just these three packs. One big, One small and a Paper bag. Being the
first time ordering from Sam’s Steak Hut, I was curious to know how they work and what was in the
third bag since I had ordered only two things.

First of all, everything was covered in foil. It did help with the temperature and moisture,
especially with the fries. I have had Fries delivered from several places in similar white packs
that were soggy by the time the food had arrived, so I appreciated this.

I figured out what the third pack had! The Paper bag had ketchup Packets, Mayonnaise Packets, A
paper bag with Salt, Pepper, Tissues and finally a small container that had a slice of Tomato,
Onions and Lettuce!

That’s right, I had to prepare my Burger! I am usually not the kind of person who would like to
build my own food, but, I really liked that! I always would have a little complaint like forgetting
to remove tomato off my order or it having too many Onion sices, but here I get to choose perfectly!
The Burger was simply the Beef Patty with cheese in a bun, I decided what to put in and how
much Sauce to put on top. This also prevents ingredients being moved around during delivery or having the sauce all over the place, etc. Speaking of the Beef Patty, it was delicious! Tasted Fresh, Cooked Fresh and to perfection! It was Soft, Juicy, Tender and plentiful!

The menu stated that the Burger was 220Grams, and certainly was a big enough Burger.

The Fries were Crispy, well seasoned and really nice. I could just imagine these would be even better at the restaurant itself! There was something different about the fries than in other places.
When I have Fries at home, there is a slight distinctive taste to it. I am not sure really what
brings that on, maybe the Potatoes? maybe the oil? I do not know, but the Fries from Sam’s Steak hut
has it.

Finally, I had ordered Mozzarella Sticks as a side order. It was nice. Nothing special or mind
blowing here, just crispy on the outside and nice Cheese on the inside. I had to slightly reheat
these as I like the cheese to be hot and soft. It was nice.

Value:

The Burger with Fries were 33 Dhs and the Mozzarella Sticks were 12 Dhs, totaling to 45 Dhs
without a Delivery Charge. I believe it is good value for the quantity and quality of the food.

Rating:
The Packaging: 6.5 / 10
The Food: 7 / 10

Overall: 6.75 / 10

I’d Recommend Sam’s Steak Hut, if they can pull off a good Delivery, dining in should be excellent.
I really cannot wait to Dine In and try out one of their Steaks!

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Delivery

 

B to B

I am always on the look out for new places to try, especially ones around where I live or work, and suddenly out of no where, I found the menu for B to B. What caught my eye was the description of the place stating they have 20 hours delivery and they are the No. 1 Lebanese Chain! Seems very optimistic… I like those…

The menu was huge! They have a big selection of Sandwiches that come in various breads, Grills, pizza, Baked Potato, Salads, Burgers, Crepes, Manakish, Do I really need to keep going? They got tons of food options! Maybe a little too much..

Anyways, I picked a simple sandwich that should fall under “Lebanese” cuisine to see if they do manage to live up to the “No. 1 Lebanese Chain” thats claimed.

I placed the order and in about 40 minutes the delivery had reached. Being that I was in Media City and they were in Internet City, I did not expect it to take that long.

The food arrived in a white plastic bag

Fortunately though, the bag was not plain white. It had their logos around the front and back, they kept it simple.

I quickly unpacked everything and to my surprise, the sandwiches were massive!

They were really big and fat! Even before beginning, I could imagine that I was going to be full from one Sandwich.

After unwrapping the wrapper, my thoughts were confirmed! The sandwich was indeed huge.

But aside from the size, the taste was pretty good too. The Sandwich was essentially a whole combo! The Shesh Tawooq Sandwich I ordered had… what can I say, almost everything! It had the Chicken Shesh Tawooq Cubes (Which were a little dry, but not considered by much), Tomatoes, Pickles, French Fries, and Light Garlic Sauce. It was delicious and very filling! No way would I be able to eat both the sandwiches I ordered so I gave the other one to a colleague. The other sandwich was a Roast Beef Sandwich which was said to be nice as well, I did not get to try that.

As far as the Side Order was concerned, I ordered French Fries

The French Fries came in its own container, and was certainly big enough for two people. Due to the delivery time they were a bit soggy, and that always just ruins the French Fries, so obviously this wasn’t as delicious as it could have been, but it was pretty normal Fries.

They did come with Ketchup Packets, Salt, and this little plastic toothpick-like thing for the fries. I liked the thought of that! Don’t know why they did not provide any Tissues, but they did give a Wet Wipe.

Value:

This is one of B to B’s cool factors, they are good value! 1 Shesh Tawooq Sandwich is 16 Dhs, The Fries was 11 Dhs which seems ordinary but the quantity is quite large. Good Value.

Ratings:
The Packaging: 6 / 10
The Food : 6 / 10

Overall: 6 / 10

I’d recommend B to B. Of course, with such an enormous menu, it is not fair to judge the entire place based on a Sandwich, but they did not let me down. They certainly have good food.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Delivery

 

Royal Kebab

I came to know Royal Kebab from people at work ordering from there a few times. That obviously got me curious! When I asked them, they all said that the place has good food.

Sure.. Time for me to find out then!

I went online to find their menu and as it turns out they actually deal with 24h.ae and so I could access their whole menu and I got to say, they have a huge selection! The variety is a broad range of dishes from Vegeterian Indian Food, Chinese Food all the way to different kinds of Grills.

Decided to try two things off their menu that they should be serving well.

I made my order online and within 30 minutes or so, the delivery guy had arrived.
The food came in two small white bags wth their logo, brand slogan, address, phone numbers and I am sure that if they had space they might have put the menu on as well!

I quickly unpacked everything and I was quite surprised…

Leaving the surprise for later though, I unpacked the first order.

The Chicken Tandoori

For starters, it was a bit of a mess. The Chicken was on the plastic platter but it was just placed inside the paper bag. Why didn’t anyone think of covering the Chicken with some foil at least? Instead, I got sauces from the Chicken all over the plastic bag, the paper back and on the table.

It came with bread, which was a bit stringy.

The Chicken did not go down so well with me. I do not mean to say its bad or that it isn’t nice but it was a little unusual. First of all, there is an excess in spicies used (Doesn’t mean it is overly spicy/hot) but there is a lot of this Tandoori sauce everywhere. The problem is, there is a taste but the excess isn’t necessary, and it isn’t increasing the taste either. The interesting thing is, with all the spices and sauce everywhere, it needed more salt.

Speaking of needing more things, the food needed more heat as well. By the time it was delivered it was starting to get cold.

The Chicken itself was done really well; soft, tender, juicy and cut up quite nicely. I think if they had cut down on the quantity of spicies, but focused on the right flavor (A mix between spice, heat, salt/pepper, etc) it would have been really good.

So, time for the surprise?

For the main dish, I ordered a Chicken Biryani. I mean, come on, how could I not right? and I was surprised to see what I saw…

I just sat there looking at this clay pot with bread on the top and thinking that this better be what I ordered! Fortunately it was!

This, atleast to me, is the strangest presentation of Biryani that I have seen so far. Essentially, they put the Rice and Chicken in the pot, cover it with dough and prepare it.
This certainly was the first time for me, but I got to admit, it was really appealing.
Aside from the fancy presentation, the Biryani was actually good! I always believe that there are two kinds of Biryani, the overly original one served in small restaurants at a cheap price, and the high class Biryani, where they do not flood the rice with herbs and spices that need removing. This is certainly on the higher class side of Biryani, as there was barely one or two things to remove and even the Chicken was boneless!

The one I ordered was the small Biryani and it is certainly enough for 1 person. There was plenty of flavor and the Chicken’s sauce was really nice. There was enough spices and herbs to give it a very nice flavor.

The meal did come with 3 small containers that had Raita, Yoghurt and Onions. On the side, there were some  Spoons, Forks and Tissues. So they pretty much cater for the sides and utensils, it does not seem like they are forgetting anything for the dining experience

Value:

Just a week before the order, they had increased their prices by a bit, and these are the updated ones. One Chicken Biryani was 32 Dhs, and the Chicken Tandoori was 26 Dhs, totalling to 58 Dhs. They do not charge for delivery. I think it is a decent value for the food.

Ratings:
The Packaging: 6 / 10
The Food: 6 / 10

Overall: 6 / 10

I’d recommend Royal Kebab, they have a wide variety of food to select from and I believe their food is good.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Delivery

 

Best Burgers Forever

About time the vacation ends and I got some food up in this place! Interestingly though, some restaurants that deliver to work do not deliver to where I live… the way I see it, this means more restaurants! A place I keep seeing every time I drive out of JBR is Best Burgers Forever.

Now here’s the thing, the name is very optimistic, so even before trying it everyone’s expectations are to sky-rocket.. I tried not to, but they are claiming they have the best burgers forever! They better mean it.

So I had to go with the basics to give them a chance to prove themselves and I made a typical delivery order. I ordered online through 24h.ae (An online portal to order all your food delivery with absolute ease) and waited..

It wasn’t too long that the delivery had arrived in two white bags.

That was a sign I was afraid off. Yes, I am not judging the place depending on what the bags look like but white bags have a bit of a history on this blog..

Quickly unpacked everything because I was starving and also, wanted to get to see what the rest of the packaging looked like!

Again, everything was pretty simple. White paper bags closed with their “Best Burgers Forever” sticker, their branded tissues, the ordered drink and a few tiny packets of ketchup.

The Main meal I ordered was their B-Cheese Burger Meal with Wedges instead of Fries.

The first thing I noticed was the “Happy Burger To You” written on the sandwich box… a bit random… maybe that is what was intended? Anyways! The Wedges. I did not really like them. They were soft rather than crispy, and outer layer/skin wasn’t tearing off or getting cut so easily. So when I took a bite it would squish the potato inside till it ripped off. It was fresh and tasted so, just wasn’t the best execution of Potato Wedges that I have seen

Still, it is Best “Burgers” Forever, I thought to myself, lets wait for the burger!

Before I begin, I ordered their B-Cheese Burger with Extra Cheese. Why I ordered the Extra Cheese I will never know but I just did. So how was the supposedly Best Burger Forever?

Good. Not Best, Not Forever, just good! I mean if they weren’t so optimistic it would have been great! They could call themselves “Good Burgers”… anyways, The bread and everything else seemed really fresh, even in the picture everything’s color is vibrant and it really did taste so. A nice touch was that the bread seemed to have been tossed on some flame and also, is shaped like the B in their logo.

So, the Beef Burger? Well the burgers are “Omaha Natural Black Angus Beef” as stated on their website and is nice. It does have a different flavor to it than any other burger I have had around town, whether fast food or gourmet, so it does give them a little distinction. Overall the burger tasted nice, although there was a lot more vegetables compared to the beef patty itself but I guess that is what the Double Burgers are for right?

For dessert, I wanted to try their New York Cheese Cake. I thought it would be a good ending to the supposedly Best Burger Forever.

Before I make the comment I have been waiting to make, since the moment I saw this, let me just say that the Cheese Cake was alright. It was in its own packaging with a fork and knife.

So the comment… If the slice of Cheese Cake looks exactly like the ones sold at KFC/Pizza Hut, and if the packaging of the Cheese Cake looks exactly like the ones sold at KFC/Pizza hut as well, I have the immediate impression that it is the exact same one. Was it? I have not had one in a while, but I could almost guarantee that aside from the stick, it was at least 90% the same. That was disappointing.

To conclude, Best Burger Forever? No. Nice burger, differently different and worth a try for a change but not the Best.

The Value:

This is where things got a bit weird. I was not sure what I was expecting in terms of a bill. There are the Gourmet type of burgers and there are the Fast Food Burgers and I wasn’t sure where Best Burgers Forever sat on that list. The B-Cheese Burger Combo was for 39 Dhs + 4 Dhs for Extra Cheese. The Cheese Cake was 18 Dhs and a 5 Dhs delivery charge. The Burger’s price might seem fair enough if one considers it isn’t necessarily Fast Food and is prepared on the spot with fresh ingredients but 11 Dhs to add a can of Coke and Fries/Wedges seems a bit overpriced. Also, the Cheese Cake… Overall, Not the Best Value either.

Ratings:
The Packaging:   5  / 10
The Food:         5.5 / 10

Overall: 5.25 / 10

I’d Recommend Best Burgers Forever for a try, the flavors might kick in for some people and the freshness is an appeal, just don’t go expecting what the name suggests.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Delivery

 

N_K_D Pizza

To be completely honest, I have seen N_K_D delivery bikes many times and I have always brushed it off and never tried it. Why? Absolutely no clue. Recently though, I got a menu left at my door (Do they know I’m Ihab?! No other door had one! Spooky!) and at the same time, I interacted with them on Twitter, so I said alright alright, I’m giving in!

There is so much to N_K_D than I actually thought! This might actually be a long review.

First of all, I wanted to know what I was going to order, so I picked up the menu, and they have a fixed set of Pizza’s that you can choose from, like any other place but also, they have Custom Pizza, what more could I say to explain this? You can have any pizza with any combination or amount of toppings you wish! I did not want to risk a weird creation and review it so I went with 2 Small Pizzas off the menu.

I saw they had an order online option, which was intriguing so I went ahead.. Their website is nice and after creating my account and set everything up, I came to make the order and I was asked which branch of the restaurant I would want. I mean, I dont know! Dont ask me that! Just bring me my pizza! The rest was pretty cool, I do assume some might find it a little complicated but there are some really awesome features like the ability to select toppings for the whole pizza or on a particular side! A friend who hates Green Peppers comes to mind, and if you were to share a pizza with someone you can just add/remove toppings you like/dislike. That is awesome.

Back to my food, they estimated 35 minutes to delivery, and they even let you watch this little time bar that fills along every step (Ordering, Making, Delivery, etc) I just find that really cool! They really wanna keep the customer involved and up to date, like it is some high tech up to the second project. I like that a lot! More importantly, the food arrived. Hot.

What was funny though was the Delivery guy. They apparently asked the Delivery guys to greet their customers with a line that goes something like “Thank you for ordering NKD Pizza for your dinner” or some thing similar to that, and after payment again, there is another line they say. I mean it is a nice touch, but the poor fellow just wanted to leave and he felt a little embarrassed having to say all that he did. It’s a nice touch but isn’t really necessary.

The boxes were very orange! thats all really (Weird since their logo is usually Green). Normal Pizza boxes, but there is a thing about them that I liked, more on that later..

First up! Firehouse. Yes, that a name of a Pizza. In Original Crust.

You might ask what is in it… but the question might probably be whats not in it.

Officially, this pizza has: beef pepperoni, spring onion, cherry tomato, orange bell peppers, grisu chili, pimento chili, and gambia chili.

I have absolutely no clue what those Chilis were, but let me tell you, this is one flavorful pizza!

First of all, it is spicy. I mean, that’s quite a given right? The Crust isnt thick, its fairly medium and cooked well with the crust being slightly crispy. You really do get to taste a whole load of flavors from the Peppers, Onions and Chilis that even the Pepperoni might be missed. This is definitely one of the most flavorful pizza’s I have had in a while! “Firehouse” definitely suits it for all the spice for sure! I can literally say, I have no criticism, its a very good pizza.

The second pizza I ordered had a lot to make up for, lets see if the “Omnivore” could. I ordered it in a thin crust called “Skinny Crust”

It looked pretty good too! The menu list the follow as its ingredients:

“pepperoni, hamburger, turkey ham, mixed bell pepper, mushroom, black olive”

Right off the first bite, I knew 2 things. 1) This is a nice pizza and 2) It isn’t as good as the “Firehouse”.

The Omnivore is an overthrow of meats. First thing to clarify is that the “Hamburger” ingredient is basically tiny meatballs. I was wondering how they managed to get a hamburger on the pizza.
The Flavor was nice and you really do get to taste all the meats and it does go well with the Olives and Mushrooms. The Bell Peppers were cut really tiny and spread all around the Pizza. It did spread the taste quite well! If you like your Pizza with a lot of meats, this is a very good option and as always, you can play around and add or remove ingredients! The Skinny Crust is really nice and crispy. Slightly thinner than the Original one but very nice.

As a side option, I went with their Potato Wedges

You do get a selection of Sauces, and I went with Barbecue Sauce. If anyone is wondering where the Sauce was… I did too. Then I realized it was under the foil on the bottom right of the picture above.

It was a Medium sized cup with lovely Barbecue sauce.

The Wedges themselves were all spaced out as much as possible not to stick together and were nice. Nothing special really. They were nice, soft and were well seasoned.

The thing I wanted to mention about the Pizza Boxes might be easily over seen by many people, but I dislike Pizza Boxes. They never just close with ease. I do not know why they choose to widen their flaps and all. For some reason, N_K_D’s boxes just open and close. I do not know if it was because they were small sizes or their boxes are good, but it was worth mentioning because it just closed! Finally! a Pizza box that works!

The Value

One thing quite cool about N_K_D Pizza is their pricing is one per pizza size, not based on toppings. Of course if you go Custom, that’s different. So, 2 Small Pizzas were 29 Dhs each, and the Potato Wedges was 12 Dhs. This totaled to 75 Dhs including a 5 Dhs Delivery Charge. I think that is quite good value for good quality Pizzas.

Ratings:
The Packaging: 7 / 10
The Food:         7 / 10

Overall: 7/10

I’d really recommend N_K_D Pizza for sure. They have very nice Pizzas.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Delivery

 
 
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