4 years back, when I came to Dubai as a tourist from London, me and hubby were pretty sure that during this trip we got to enjoy three things to the fullest – the sun, the food and the glittering nightlife this city is so famous for. And so, with a checklist of top 10 things we must tick off during our trip, we were most excited to check out the Cavalli Club which proudly reckoned itself as the hottest nightlife spot in the Sheikhland in all google searches. I remember feeling all stunned as soon as I stepped into the Club and its glamorous ambience with those giant chandeliers took me off my feet. Well, you cannot expect anything less than a place that has the name of someone like Roberto Cavalli associated with it. I absolutely fell in love with Cavalli Club and always recommended it to friends visiting Dubai.
4 years down, here I am, living in Dubai and once again absolutely love-struck with Cavalli Club. The only difference was that this time over, I had the pleasure of being invited to try out their new sumptuous Italian menu, handpicked by Roberto Cavalli himself.
And it was a delight to enjoy the lavish dinner whilst learning all about the dishes from none other than the Head Chef of Cavalli Club, Chef Francesco Stara, who describes his delicious creations as traditional, fresh, natural, seasonal, passionate and humble.
The very talented Bar-tender of the club made the most amazing cocktails for me and hubby and shared the history behind them too.
So, wanna know the details of the lavish dinner? Well, here it is but prepared as the description of the dishes in the words of Chef Francesco (CF) himself is surely gonna make your taste-buds go samba. (smiles)
Burrata , pomodori canditi e melograno e quinoa
Fresh Italian Burrata with tomato confit, quinoa and pomegranate
CF- This is a combination of healthy ingredient put together with the amazing textures of the creamy burrata cheese.
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Crispy Eggplant parmigiana and pinzimonio salad
CF –This is a really traditional recipe just seen in a different way and combine with a more crunchy texture from the fillo pastry
Capesante,topinambur e cicorie
Scallop saltimbocca, topinambur cream,and chicory puntarelle salad
CF – The scallop is super fresh and very sweet in flavor, we wrap it with goose speck to give it smoky flavor and we serve with topinambur cream and some chicory to balance the acidity and bitterness in the dish
As middle course
Fregola ai funghi di bosco e tartufo nero
Fregola with wild mushroom and black winter truffle V
CF –The fregola is a pasta originally were I am from (SARDINIA) and usually is made with seafood but this time we have an amazing seasonal mushroom that with the help of the winter black truffle gives a sensation to be in the mountain forest with all the perfume and flavor.
Culurgiones al formaggio di capra e melanzane alla Sassarese
CF – Handmade Culurgiones with goat ricotta , Sassarese eggplant cream and Canonau wine reduction
This kind of ravioli is as well originally from my beautiful land and is very hard to make because of the shape. It’s 100 % handmade and filled with goat ricotta coming from the hearth Sardinia. We propose the dish with eggplant cream (sassarese style with garlic parsley and chili ) like in my original city is SASSARI and finish with some fresh cherry tomato and Canonau wine reduction also from Sardinia.
As main course
Salmone, consistenze di rape rosse e radicchio
Pan fried wild salmon, variation of bloody beetroot, and radicchio
CF – The salmon is a really simple dish in terms of ingredients but we try to make it more interesting by deconstructing the beetroot and serving in different consistence (cream, sous vide, raw,powder, gelly, and bubble) we finish with some radicchio tardive and shisso cress to stay on the same tone of colour.
Pollo cotto a bassa temperatura, carote, funghi e salsa di pane
Slow cook chicken supreme, baby carrot, wild mix mushroom and bread sauce
CF – The chicken breast is cooked sous vide to preserve the softness and the nutrient characteristic. We serve it with some purple carrot puree and some seasonal heirloom baby carrot. It’s finish with some pioppini mushroom and chanterelle with touch of bread sauce
Semifreddo alla liquerizia e tartufo
Liquorice and truffle parfait
CF – This is frozen mousse with truffle and liquorice taste serve with chocolate crumble and a reproduction of stone made with white chocolate.
Sorpresa di cioccolato
CF – The chocolate texture is a mix of 6 different consistencies and flavour of chocoolate that combine together to give this sensation of surprise in the mouth.
Delizzia al limone di sorrento
Sorrento Lemon delight
CF – The lemon is definatly our signature dessert because of the beauty and the goodness of the lemon that we reproduce in different variance with more aggressive acidity and more fruity appeal .
Now, coming to my verdict –
The ambience of the place – This place has a stunning ambience and it reminds me of Vegas clubs.
The feel of the place – Cavalli Club is one of those rare places where you can enjoy a fine dining experience along with some serious clubbing in a lavish setting. You would so want to book this place for your special occasions.
The food – Undoubtedly one of the best food experiences I h.ave had in my life until now, hands down.
The service – The staff of Cavalli Club is courteous, friendly and prompt.
So peeps, Cavalli Club gave me yet another beautiful memory and it certainly is one of my most favourite places not only in Dubai but in the world. The new menu is amazing and totally worth it. Do give this place a try and trust me to fall in love with it, just like me. And if you do visit it after reading my review, I would absolutely love to hear it from you here or on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat at @ChandniLahoti.
Until I see you with another post,
Hello lovely people of the internet!
Refreshed, rejuvenated and full of positive energy – Yes I am and that’s because I am just back from a fabulous holiday around the East coast of France road-tripping around Lyon, Annecy and some of the most beautiful villages in France. And I can’t wait to share some pictures and stories from the trip with you guys.
But for now what is helping me get over my holiday Blues are two pretty colours from the Nail Enamels by my favourite drugstore brand Revlon. The folks at Revlon Middle East were very sweet to send these two oh-so-pretty shades for me to try and boy, I am smitten!
The nail enamel range is easy to apply and the colour goes on pretty smoothly on to the nails. It is made with chip-defiant formula. The best thing about it is the size and shape of the brush side of the bottle, which makes the task of self-painting the nails reeeeally easy and less clumsy.
Talking about the colours now. The range comes in 72 different shades. The ones that I got are ‘Serene’ and ‘Ravishing’.
Shade number 320 ‘Serene’ is a lovely light Brown coffee nude. It is soft, subtle and looks really classy. With an extra coat or two, the colour builds up and the darker version too looks fabulous.
The other shade is number 675 ‘Ravishing’. Pretty much living upto its name, this colour is just the perfect melange of Coral-Orange-Red. It’s a statement colour and it quite boldly and beautifully stands out. Date night, party night or just when you wish to look like a diva, go ‘Ravishing’ baby.
I am pretty impressed with the Revlon nail enamel range. As a true Revlon fan, I would say ‘Love is on’ and I am definitely going to buy more colours. My eyes are on ‘Fashionista’ now by the way. Go to this link and check out this sexy shade –
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Until I see you next,
Hi lovely people of the internet!
Sheikhland is braving the heat it is known for. Another couple of months to go before temperatures begin to behave but no complaints until and unless I get to sit in my air-conditioned room and try/test some ‘luscious’ products for y’all.
Lush it is people … the brand we all love …. the brand so totally lovable. Fresh, handmade and with such ahhhmazing fragrances – the Lush products got a big fan in me.
And today I am gonna be talking about two latest fragrances launched by Lush and what these make really unique is that these are inspired by family memories of Mark Constantine, the founder of the brand.
Dad’s Garden Lemon Tree –
With this unisex fragrance, Mark pays a tribute to the memories of his father’s verdant South African Garden, full of light and bright colours. And people, you got to love the packaging of this product – so vintage, so living upto the fact that it is something inspired by memories.
Talking about how it smells, Lemon Tree is a rather simple and fresh aroma made from a combination of lemon, lime, bergamot and lavender oil.
It has a bright and sweet citrus scent, which made me feel all refreshed. It is uplifting too and if you apply it after a long tiring day, you would feel both fresh and clean.
But it has a pretty short lifespan. Just lasted on me for an hour before I felt the need of reapplying it.
People who love refreshing citrusy not too complex scents would like this one but it is not meant for those who love complex, long lasting fragrances that are more dimensional in nature.
Dear John –
Guys and gals, Lush has totally won when coming to this new cologne body spray, very dramatically called ‘Dear John’, which again is a tribute to Mark’s father.
He wanted his remembrance of his father to smell of coffee, and went on to add notes of coriander, lime and tobacco. When you smell some on your skin, all that fills your head is a memory of the familiar.
What I reeeeeeally loved about this unisex fragrance is the unique blend of the fruity, coffee, earthy notes that generate an absolutely pleasing aroma.
When sprayed on the skin, the layers beautifully disintegrate allowing a whole experience of the all the different layers and the elements of the pine, vetivert, coffee, tobacco, cedar and clove.
If I had to describe the fragrance in one word, I would say ‘sensual’.
It has a great lasting span and goes on for good 4 hours.
I totally LOVE this one.
What are your favourite Lush products?
Did you find my review useful?
I would love to hear from you. And if there is any specific Lush product you would want me to review, do let me know in the comments.
Disclaimer – I was sent the above samples by the PR. However, my opinion on the products is honest as always and based on my experience with the products.
Until I see you next,
Greetings beautiful people!
This post is going to be a mommy special one. Oh yeah! This new mommy@Sheikhland is loving every bit of being one. My little bubba turned 8 months old recently. The little cuddles and hugs seem to make every day a lot more brighter, the adorable coos have filled in my little nest with so much joy that words can’t explain and this mommy here definitely feels like the happiest girl on the planet after this munchkin has come into her life. BIG SMILE
And I am sure all you mommies to little ones would agree, how great a joy is to shop for the babies and a greater joy to fill in your phone memory with endless pictures/videos of them with the cute outfits on to make the most precious memories when these little ones are not little anymore.
And to add to my excitement for baby-shopping, one of favourite brands Mamas & Papas have come out with a NEW DUMBO COLLECTION – a collection of clothes for babies and toddlers featuring Dumbo – the adorably big-eared elephant who can fly. The exclusive range for 0–1 year-olds includes rompers, all-in-ones, bibs, jersey sets and a hat & mittens set for boys and girls. The softness of the sketches, created for the collection, perfectly capture the magic that has led to Dumbo becoming loved across the world.
The Mamas & Papas Team was very sweet to send a personalized Dumbo outfit for my little boy Neil. I love the softness of the fabric used and how comfortable the outfit is designed to be. Above all, Neil looked really happy flaunting his Dumbo dress with his name on and here my little Bubba makes his debut on my blog 🙂
Needless to say that both Mommy and Daddy were all elated too to and could not stop clicking him and adding up to some wonderful memories.
Check out more of Neil in this cute outfit on my Instagram. smiles
Also, usually baby’s clothes usually fade in colour after machine -wash or become hard. But Mamas & Papas clothes have always passed this test for me. They retain their colour and softness even after wash for several times. Mamas & Papas have always maintained a great level of quality, design and a good value of what you pay.
“Disney is at the heart of childhood – exciting adventures and lovable characters – so we jumped at the chance to bring a little of that Disney magic to Mamas & Papas”. Richard Harris, Mamas & Papas Fashion Director. The collection got available from early May, 2015 and is gonna be there for just 12 weeks, so don’t miss out – especially since it is likely to fly off the shelves!
I absolutely recommend this collection to all mommies out there – very cute, very comfy and easy maintenance.
So, hurry up as this exclusive collection is going to be around only for 12 months.
If you go ahead and buy one of Dumbo outfits, I would love to hear from you as to how you like it.
Hugs to your little ones!