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Lunch at Farzi Cafe Dubai - #DubaiGetsFarzified

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Tucked on the inside of City Walk Phase II, a first time visit to Farzi Café will definitely involve asking a couple of people how to get there. This beautifully designed outdoor mall that conjures up images of the streets of London (complete with red telephone boxes!), was pretty quiet on a Wednesday afternoon as I was making my way to a small pre-opening tasting lunch arranged by Ishita and Debbie, the ladies behind foodemag.com.

The chocolate invite

The personalised chocolate invite.

The restaurant itself has a fun and quirky vibe, with exposed ceiling ducts and pipes, and upside down planters hanging from the ceiling on long cables. The menu gets even quirkier, as it looks like a child’s notebook with hand drawn, coloured in and highlighted typography in several different fonts. We are greeted with pineapple pina coladas in interestingly shaped glassware with built in straws that look like a mix between a lantern and a decanter! A good first impression for sure, so let’s hope the food measures up!

Pineapple pina coladas to start

Pineapple pina coladas to start.

There are plenty of other interesting mocktails on the menu, many of which we get a chance to sample during the course of the afternoon.  Fortunately for some, and unfortunately for others, this is not an alcohol licensed location.

We are seated at a long table and the amuse bouche of solidified molecular yogurt rounds with berry compote are served over liquid nitrogen.  I am not supposed to be eating dairy today but one look at this and I decide that today will have to be an exception.  Next, there's a basket of about 4-5 different varieties of papad served with interesting dips, some better than others, the standouts being the khandvi paste and the edamame hummus.

A series of appetizers follows quickly, and I sample as many of the vegetarian ones as I can after they have been sufficiently photographed and snap-chatted at every possible angle by all the bloggers present at the event (including myself!) – each of them has an interesting Mediterranean or molecular twist:

Farzi Cafe Pani Puri

Protein filled pita Golgappas filled with couscous & hummus, and served with cumin & labneh pani - an interesting twist on pani puri that certainly has novelty value.

Farzi Cafe Raj Cachori

Tangy Chat Puffs with pumpkin puree, sweetened yogurt, tamarind chutney foam and crispy okra salad.

Dal Chawal Arancini - yellow lentils and rice coated with Panko and topped with achaar, papad & chutney

Dal Chawal Arancini - yellow lentils and rice coated with Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) and topped with achaar, papad & chutney - a relatively healthy & wholesome dish that can probably serve as a meal in itself!

Tandoori wild mushrooms with truffle haze

Tandoori wild mushrooms with truffle haze - a fragrant, light and earthy dish that melts in your mouth.

That's it for the appetizers.  Quite a few mains are then brought out, but its just one for the veggies - an asian yellow curry khao suey with summer vegetables, and some condiments to add a little crunch.  It's nice for the main course to be light for a change, a perfect way to end a delicious meal.  Other than the 2 desserts that follow, it has been a relatively healthy meal so far, and definitely one that I will be back for very soon!

Semolina & banana syrup cake - possibly the fluffiest banana sponge cake I've ever had

Semolina & banana syrup cake - possibly the fluffiest banana sponge cake I've ever had.

Farzi Cafe Rasmalai tres leches

Rasmalai tres leche - rich and creamy with just the right amount of pistachio flavouring makes for a fantastic end.

 

7/10stars

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