Dinner @ HATAM, Burjuman

So as me and my son are back in Dubai and we thought taking our son out for a walk would be ideal as he feels like an alien already and seemed like he misses sri lanka. So we drove towards Dubai mall and met up with a humongous line up of vehicles waiting to enter the parking. It was no wonder as the weekends are always jam packed in many malls so we decided to head over to Burjuman. It was my husband’s idea and was less crowded. As we walked around Burjuman heading towards the food court looking for somewhere to sit and eat. Yes Burjuman centre had a very nice food court in their new phase which had upstairs as well.
I wanted to sit up in one of those cabins and eat in style after all it’s my first weekend out in Dubai after my vacation. So we decided to go for grills and chose to dine at HATAM. Am not sure what cuisines they serve but it sure is Arabic food. There menu was awesome. I asked the manager to get us a seating upstairs and he straight away rejected saying “no ma’am, we don’t give upstairs seating”, is that it? Well I saw the opposite restaurant masala house served food upstairs for the customers. I was disappointed. They might or might not have a proper reason for not providing upstairs dining but it was very impolite. Anyway as they were the only ones who had a grills option we decided to sit and eat though not hungry.
The person took the order in a few minutes and went away.
Serving was quick and we were in no time digging into our plates. The portion was fine. Even my 9 month old enjoyed the piece of rotti 🙂

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The salad was good and I loved the kebabs. It was a mixed grill with rice.
Finally as we finished our meals and paid for it we walked out towards the parking taking pictures as any tourist would do and finally I remembered that we were not served hot water as I requested and they even forgot to provide Bavaria as ordered. It was good they dint charge for it though. Anyway the first weekend in Dubai dinner was good :

Burjuman World Food Festival 2012

Burjuman world food festival 2012 was held for 12 days. During the 12 days there were a series of workshops, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations, free food sampling and competitions. there was also a 5 day Burjuman junior chef competition where nearly 350 chefs from across the UAE participated under 14 different categories.

masterclasses gave participants a whole new experience bringing to reality the dream of home cooks with a golden opportunity to create a restaurant style signature dish along with a partner of their choice under the guidance of renowned chefs.

kids were also found happily decorating cup cakes. it was really a great joy to see kids walking pass the cup cake decorating stand playfully asking their dads for permission to join the session.

guess the ingredient competition with gifts for the winners gave the participants some fun and a whole new experience. food created by chefs were on display for the public during the junior chefs competition.

The festival is an annual event and I was glad to be there and discover.

I would like to share some pictures from the burjuman world food festival.