Restaurant Spotlights

Lidija takes you behind the scenes with her favourite chefs showcasing their skill & passion in the kitchen


A Holiday Feast with Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

A holiday feast with Il Borro The art of simplicity is a beautiful thing. To transform a few key ingredients into an exquisite dish takes patience, care, and the utmost respect from the hands that prepare it. Since nobody does elevated simplicity quite like  Italians,...

MASTI Part II – Where Fashion & Design Intersect

MASTI - A Design Aficianado's Dream When I first discovered MASTI, it was the intensity of color that attracted me the most as soon as I walked through the door. Signature shades of emerald-green & peacock-blue are intermixed with touches of yellow, pink, and orange....

Desert Rose – Spotlight on Ninive

Spotlight on Ninive What if I told you there lies a secret garden nestled within Dubai’s skyscrapers – an urban majlis overflowing with lush vegetation, Moroccan-inspired woodwork, and lighting so romantic that you can’t help but feel you’ve been swept into a story...

Spotlight on Masti – The Elephant in the Room

Spotlight on MASTI - the Elephant in the Room How do you feel when you hear the word mischief? For me, it denotes a youthful energy, a glimmer in the eyes that hints at a touch of naughtiness – harmless of course – that shines within. Put simply, mischief is a playful...

A Breath of Fresh Air – BB Restaurant Spotlight

BB Restaurant spotlight It was early January when my husband called to share the news of a new restaurant that had recently opened its doors in the DIFC. There was excitement in his voice, and when I asked what the latest addition to Dubai’s dining scene was like, all...

Restaurant Spotlight: In The Kitchen With Rüya

To elevate tradition is no easy task, especially when it’s deeply rooted in history. It takes vision, respect, and plenty of imagination. As I was about to find out, Rüya does exactly that, and so much more. Tucked away behind a pair of mammoth, iron-hinged wood doors...

Restaurant Spotlight: In the kitchen with Coya – part II

What a difference a year makes. It’s been exactly twelve months since I waltzed through the doors of Coya Dubai, where chef Benjamin Wan left me mesmerized by his approach to fine Peruvian cuisine. I had the privilege of assisting Benjamin behind the ceviche counter,...

In the moment with Thomas Keller

Today, I met a legend. There are moments in life that sweep you off your feet and leave you feeling like a teenager all over again. That’s exactly what happened when I came face-to-face with my culinary crush, and the inspiration behind my passion in the kitchen. To...

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