One of my chocolate restaurants in Kuwait, Life With Cacao, has opened their new branch at the Grand Avenue in Avenues Phase III just next to COS store. They serve a wide variety of fine chocolate and deserts plus food dishes, this branch is bigger than the one in 360 Mall with outdoor and indoor seating areas.
I’m sure you guys have heard about them and how they are supposed to be the Kings of cookies in town? Well, I was offered a few to try and taste and give feedback. I had a chocolate cup cake, a scone with nuts in it and a few cookies.
I initially thought it would be just another cookie business in town boosting to know what they are about but geez was I wrong. Every single one of their cookies,scone and cup cake was GREAT. I was skeptical about the scone since it had that sugery white powder on top but it turned out good.
Would I recommend it to anyone? Definitely
They are not called cookielogy just for games! They get a 5/5 from me.
Our friend AlMubarkia spotted Chocolate Bar opening in Jabriya area just beside Champions Health Club in a fresh under-construction location. It looks like that they will construct a restaurant court in that location because Johnny Rockets and Nino will also open in the same location. Hail to State of Jabriya!
I noted that McDonald’s started printing the nutritional values for each of their sandwiches and burgers on their new boxes, the nutritional values include the calories, proteins, total fat, carbs, sodium…etc. in an attempt to help consumers choose the right meal that fits their diet. I liked the idea but I got surprised when I saw that the big french fries has over 808 calories, that’s high. The Big Tasty sandwich had the highest amount of calories 896 while Fillet-O-Fish had the lowest calories 360. The McChicken has 530 calories and McRoyale 659 calories.
This is indeed a good step but personally I stopped eating fast meals for a few months now.
A few weeks ago I posted about Lebanese franchise Le Sushi Bar opening at Al Hamra Luxury Center and promised to make a review, well here I come. Kuwait has many, many Japanese restaurants scattered around, let alone burger joints that keep popping up, so it’s a lot harder now for new restaurants to attract customers attention because the food market has become very competitive. As I said before, Le Sushi Bar is the first Japanese restaurant to open in Beirut, Lebanon and considered as one of the finest in the country serving a variety of sushi’s and maki’s that according to them can’t be found else where.
So we decided to try Le Sushi Bar for lunch, it was almost empty when we arrived. The staff were friendly enough to cozily salute us and take us to our table. The interior design was quite simple consisting of a wooden bar with tables uniformly distributed around with total capacity around 170 seats, there was also private cabin with windows overlooking Kuwait City for special group gatherings. We were given the option to either use traditional menu or an iPad based menu which is becoming a trend in Kuwait but I can’t complain since iPad menus provide high resolution images and more details on food items plus they are easily browsed but I recommend that you use hands sanitizer after you are done ordering.
They started off with serving us a little treat consisting of ginger along with cucumber on-the-house. I opted for normal sticks but my friend picked the easy ones. We started off with my all time favorite; steamed edamame beans coupled with green tea, the green tea taste wasn’t strong enough for me but probably because it wasn’t given adequate time.
Temaki: Cone shaped and stuffed with rice (tasted good).
Crazy maki and shrimp tempura maki (both tasted great when dipped in soy sauce).
Wakame Shrimp (picture above): I didn’t like it because it had strong raw shrimp odor but I know people who don’t mind this.
Beef Teppanyaki: It tasted delicious coupled with boiled vegetables and sesame on top.
Steamed Rice: It was light and cohesive because of the starch I think but this is how I like it.
The level of service was great and orders came relatively fast and general ambient felt good. As with other Japanese restaurants the prices of some of the items were on the high side (our check was KD24), please check the invoice below for prices breakdown.
Address: Al Hamra Luxury Center, Sharq
Note: Pictures were taken with Samsung Galaxy Note II camera.
One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Kuwait Altissimo which is currently located in Al-Nassar Tower in Kuwait City has just opened another branch in Belajat street in Salmiya opposite to Shaikha Complex’s Starbucks. They call this one Altissimo Express because it’s more like casual dining than luxury with simple tables and seats, also the staff wear dressed casual. The supervisor said they serve the same menu items and that they are currently in soft opening. They have a tasty crispy shrimp platter but I can’t recall the exact name, I remember the window tables had an amazing view at their Al Nassar Tower branch.
It has been a while since I cheated on my strict diet plan, I’m glad that I managed to stay healthy and eat clean for a few months now and I’m doing great in the weight loss department. Good news is that I’m finally starting to see my 6 packs (I’ll write a separate post on my experience for getting 6 packs) but I still have a long road ahead to get my abs more prominent. So I decided to invite myself for a cheat full of guilt meal at the newly opened Lord of the Wings (no not the movie) restaurant.
So I finished my workout at the gym and instead of having my healthy low-fat & low-carbs & high-protein meal I headed to Discovery Mall at Soor Street in Kuwait City. As I arrived at Lord of the Wings (from now on I’ll call it LOTW) I noted that design was pretty simple with tables scattered around, I can tell the waiters got kinda confused when they saw me in my training shorts and Nike t-shirt sitting at the table but they were friendly enough to give me a warm welcome. So I picked the relatively small menu and saw a variety of traditional food items (Viz. salads, soups, burgers, beverages among others) but clearly I was there to taste their chicken wings.
They handed me a pencil to help me with customizing my order and it kinda reminds me of college years back in the day, those pop quizzes remember? They basically serve three kind of chicken wings; traditional, grilled & boneless. To help minimize the guilt I scanned their menu for any healthy & low calorie items (I know I’m in the wrong place) but fortunately I managed to find some items. For starters I picked their plain nachos that comes with tomato sauce (tasty & light with the sauce), grilled potatoes with blue cheese sauce (tasty but the potatoes felt like they needed a little more pepper & salt but that’s easy to tackle).
As for the main dish I tried their grilled wings (tasted good when dipped in the Buffalo mild sauce), there was a variety of sauces for the wings plus the free soda refill. The restaurant manager insisted that I try their boneless wings along with the Garlic Parmesan sauce, I was reluctant at first but I gave it a go and my impression is that the taste was good but my remark to them is that the wings were soaked in oil but they said customers can ask for less oil if they wanted. The funny part is that they provided me with gloves so I don’t have to worry about getting my hands all smeared, they also used stickers to differentiate between customized orders, good idea. Prices-wise, they varied between KD1.5 to around KD3.5 . So to sum it up, I was satisfied with LOTW because we don’t have restaurants that are specialized in wings in Kuwait since Nando’s was shutdown long time ago.
Every time I’m in Dubai I enjoy dining at Ribs and Rumps in Dubai Mall because I’m in deep love with their tasty ribs, it’s an Australian steakhouse. I knew they were planning to open in Kuwait yet neither knew when nor where, but now I’ve got all the answers. They are actually going to open their first branch in Menus food court in Mahboula probably in February or March, I overheard they are operated by The Meat Co. though I’m not sure but at least it’s not a burger joint.
It’s been quite sometime since I did any food reviews because I’m cutting on my calories just like Tazmania did but heck food is too tempting since Kuwait is abundant with restaurants everywhere. I was at Bida’a the other day and spotted this newly opened Lavida Cafe opposie to Wasabi, it looked kinda cute with the violet lights so I got little curious to see what they serve. The staff said they opened a few days ago and that this cafe is a franchise from Jeddah, I was also wondering about the name Lavida so I grabbed my phone and searched Google, turned out la Vida is Spanish term meaning life.
Inside it was small with a few tables scattered around and decorations were simple with wall mounted TV. They say they mainly serve breakfast but they also serve lunch and dinner, some of the stuff I saw included pasta, salads, sandwiches, mini burgers, pancakes, waffles…etc. My starters consisted of the chicken ceasar salad (tasted good), Mozzarella sticks (tasty with the dipping cheese sauce), as for main dish I picked their Chicken Platter which is a grilled chicken fillet served with chicken mushroom sauce and vegetables (light but vegetables were little salty). For dessert, I had their pancakes which are filled with pancake syrup and chocolate sauce and strawberries (tasty).
The service level was good but staff were slightly unfamiliar with the menu but I suppose this will improve with more experience. I was generally satisfied with Lavida Cafe but my remark is that their prices are on the high side since my order total was KD13.350 including a diet soda, that’s relatively high and hopefully prices will be improved.
Note: I’ve only experienced what I talked about above so I can’t judge the other things.
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