If you’re looking for beautiful food with stunning backdrops you will not go wrong in Dubai, in fact the vast choice on offer can be overwhelming. I’ve just spent the past 4 days eating my way around Dubai and I wanted to share with you 3 of the best restaurants we found for fresh fish and sushi in the Dubai Marina area.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai harbour

– ZENGO –

Located within the stylish & sleek Le Royal Meridien hotel, Zengo overlooks the beautiful Arabian gulf and offers Asian tastes and styles from a beautifully constructed and intricately designed menu. The restaurant itself is contemporary yet earthy, mixing structured metal with natural materials such as paper and wood, fusing together modern with traditional.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The restaurant boasts many intriguing views for feasting ones eyes upon such as the skilful crafts of the sushi masters or Robata chefs; all producing beautiful edible creations. Or you can choose to sit at one of the three bars and enjoy a hand muddled signature cocktail whist taking in the atmosphere.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

We started with a mixture of sashimi and sushi which was absolutely stunning and melted in the mouth. Our sashimi was served in this beautiful, handmade ice sculpture and decorated with petals which was a real work of art and was delicious as it looks.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien

We chose to dine out on the terrace to soak up the balmy evening atmosphere and the view across the sea. Our evening and meal was thoroughly enjoyable and I wish we could eat it all over again! Take a look at Zengo for more details.

The best fish restaurants around Dubai Marina Zengo sushi japanese within the Le Royal Meridien Zengo

 

– The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill –

It is no surprise whatsoever that Maine has won numerous awards for best restaurant newcomer in Dubai. Tucked away in a hotel loading bay on the edge of the marina, The MAINE is a hip Brasserie, free from any pretension and just oozes cool. If you like a Shoreditch beard, a relaxed atmosphere with the odd dancing waiter here and there then you will feel right at home here in this shabby-chic, hipster hideaway.

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The quality and variety of the fresh oysters was boundless, all freshly displayed for us. The menu changes seasonally and provides an abundant selection of gourmet seafood including a raw bar & the best shellfish Dubai has to offer, alongside melt in the mouth Filet Mignon & simple yet elegant pasta dishes.

Once you’re finished dining beneath the enchanting chandeliers head to the bar to let the mixologists charm you whilst whipping up a cocktail to sip on out on the alluring terrace before leaving feeling just that little bit cooler than when you arrived.

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill is Tucked away in a hotel garage on the edge of Dubai's sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a Seaside Brasserie devoid of any pretension

– Asia Asia –

It’s hard to arrive in to Dubai and not hear about Pier 7; Located in the heart of the Dubai marina, boasting 7 different fine dining, diverse restaurants, you really are spoilt for choice. Head to the sixth floor and step into Asia Asia; a lavish & multiple award winning Restaurant & Lounge which takes its inspiration and design from the ancient Spice Route travelled by traders of old.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pitch up at the sprawling bar and enjoy a delicately concocted cocktail while you get your bearings in the soothing ambience of Asia Asia; each of the lounges are designed after exotic destinations, such as Thailand, Shanghai, Macau and Kyoto. Intimate booths line the bar area and provide a relaxing hideaway for small parties and groups.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

The food is exquisite and described culinarily as where the Far East meets the Middle East. Headed up by Chef Sang Lee who’s international kitchen staff create lavish and indulgent pan-Asian dishes like black cod and truffle dim sum. Keep your eye out for unlimited deals such as Sushi-Saturday and ladies night for food on an epic scale.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

The views out onto the marina are absolutely stunning and perfect for enjoying a post meal sake with the warm air cocooning you in an after dinner warm and happy haze as you stare out to the incredible yachts below.

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant with the most incredible yachts below

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Pier 7 best restaurants in Dubai on the marina near the harbour Asia Asia restaurant

Dubai Restaurants

Zengo – For bookings click here.

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill – For bookings see here.

Asia Asia – For bookings take a look here.

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If you’re feeling totally over indulged and like you want to get healthy this year but not quite sure where to start I thought I would share some of my top tips for a beginner’s guide of how to get started with healthy eating.

It’s easy to get bombarded with advice and not really know what is right to listen to, but here are some really easy tips to help you on your way to a healthier life.

Trying to lose weight after the indulgence of Christmas but no idea where to start - check out my beginner's guide to healthy eating to learn the basics of healthy eating and tips for how to get healthy this year

The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating:

  • My first tip is that eating healthy is not a diet, in my opinion these don’t work! The main thing to change to get healthy and fit is your lifestyle and thoughts towards it! It sounds so cliche but it’s just finding a different outlook on the food you choose. You can still be full and eat well, you need to fuel your body – it’s the most complex machine in your life and you need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Choose the options which will nourish your body, give you more energy and make you feel less bloated.

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating | Adventures Of A Mum

  • Secondly, fat is good for you – shocker!! Fats in the right form are good for your body and will help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. You will feel fuller for longer and have more energy if you include fat in your diet. Sugar is what you need to be cutting out from your food. Sugar is everywhere which makes it hard to get rid of it from your diet. A jar of pasta sauce can have 4 teaspoons of sugar in it, and a bottle of coke almost 20 teaspoons! If you are cutting sugar out entirely be prepared for withdrawal symptoms – it is an addiction after all. Headaches, bad moods, bad breath! But these should go after a few days so don’t give up!

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating | Adventures Of A Mum

  • Ditch the Cereal!! It’s full of sugar, and will leave you reaching for the biscuits come 10am! Try to stick to high protein foods for breakfast like fish, eggs, seeds. Swapping a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal for plain cereal could cut out 70g of sugar (up to 22 sugar cubes) from your diet throughout the week! I am thinking of doing a video on quick and easy breakfasts for on the go if you would like, let me know in the comments below!

  • Hydrate! As soon as you get up drink some warm water, with ginger and lemon if you need to flavour it, but make sure you are giving your body water to rehydrate after 10 or so hours without a drink. I aim to drink around 2 liters a day but sadly my bladder isn’t quite what it was before children so I have to really slow down the intake by around 8pm otherwise I am up all. night. long. Swap fizzy drinks for water, or even sparkling water and your body will thank you for it.

  • Finally, be mindful when you eat – this helps you listen to your body when it’s telling you that it’s full. Enjoy every mouthful. Sit at the table to help aid digestion and make sure the tv and phone is off and don’t rush your food. It is a great way of winding down after the day. Talking to your children, your partner, and catching up on what everyone has been doing throughout the day.

The Beginners Guide to Healthy Eating - Adventures of a Mum.

 

I hope you found this guide interesting and informative if you are a total beginner at healthy eating, and I hope I can inspire you throughout this month if you’re looking for new ideas to add to your current healthy eating meals.

Please check out my video if you would like more info and ideas and subscribe to my channel if you would like to see more videos like this!

What tips could you share for healthy eating? I’d love to know more x

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I was so pleased when this gorgeous box of My Little Piccolo organic baby food pouches arrived on the doorstep last month. Both my boys are the biggest fans of fruit pouches even now and the Piccolo organic purées are just so lovely I was thrilled for them to try them out.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

If you’ve been reading my blog since the early days (thank you!!) then you may well have read my post about weaning and preparing food for your little one. You might also have caught my post written second child in about the cheats way of weaning when you don’t even have time to prepare food for yourself!

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

But it’s not just fruit, My Little Piccolo have cleverly disguised lots of healthy veg within these delicious pouches so I can relax when they refuse their homemade supper (seriously, how annoying is it when that happens!!) because I know that they have got some amazing goodness from the Italian inspired pouch offered with their meal. They are also fab for days out because they don’t need to be refrigerated if they are unopened so they’re perfect for car journeys or picnics. Oh and teething. Uh-mazing for teething when they won’t eat anything else!! You can also freeze them in ice lolly moulds for when they want to gnaw on something to ease their swollen gums.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I honestly love everything about them, even the packaging – especially the packaging! The flavours are delicious, yet so interesting, which all include a nod to their Mediterranean roots. Apple & Apricot with a pinch of cinnamon, Peach & Apple with a hint of basil, Banana, Blueberry and Apple with a hint of vanilla, Squash, Red Pepper & Chickpea with a hint of rosemary, Cherry & Yoghurt with wholegrain oats and Spring Greens with a hint of mint.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I really can’t wait for the next range of flavours to be announced, they are bound to be as big of a hit with my boys. They are perfect for all ages if you want to get some organic goodness into your child.

Piccolo also donates 10% of its profits to food education, and is the first baby food brand to work in partnership with the prestigious National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the UK’s largest parenting charity. So all the good feels.

Piccolo organic baby food pouches

I am so pleased that we got to try out these organic food pouches because I’ve never seen my boys wolf down veg like it!

If you want to get hold of a pouch to test out yourself then head to the below for stockists. I don’t think you will be left dissatisfied, and your bubbas certainly won’t be left hungry! Have you tried the range of Piccolo baby food pouches before?

where can you buy piccolo baby food pouches

 

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White Star Tavern restaurant, Southampton.

White-Star-Tavern

Last week we were kindly invited down to the White Star Tavern restaurant in Southampton to enjoy a night out – a date night – which are few and far between as I’m sure most parents can relate to! We set off before the boys were asleep as my parents kindly put them to bed, which felt like a total luxury! Leaving us to leave relaxed and eagerly anticipating the night ahead.

White-Star-Tavern

The White Star Tavern is located on Southampton’s lively, cosmopolitan Oxford Street, which is our favourite place to go in the city.

We were greeted by the manager, Martin, who made us feel welcome and showed us to our cosy table in the restaurant which was located at the back of the bar. It seemed pretty quiet for a Sunday night, but who am I to judge – usually I’m cosied up on the sofa on a Sunday night with the latest episode of whichever box set we are currently obsessed with! I would love to visit on a Friday or Saturday night for a meal and then drink in the atmosphere of the lively bar afterwards.

We were offered bread and olives to whet our appetites and I returned from the bathrooms to be greeted by this whole pot of olives to enjoy by myself! The bread (baked locally) was delicious, so soft with a pleasant outer crunch.

Olives

Chef Matt had only released the new menu a couple of days before our visit, each dish looked well thought out and mouth-watering! Stuart and I took our time to look through the menu while the friendly waitress bought over our drinks – G&T for me to start off. Later I looked more in-depth at the detailed and vast drinks menu and saw that there were about 6 different gins I could have chosen from, so it would have been nice if I had done that – but to be fair I think I was just too keen to get my hands on any kind of gin after dealing with the “Terrible Twos” and a teething baby all weekend 😉

Usually we don’t always like the look of the same food; I prefer to go with food I wouldn’t necessarily cook at home and always choose something different, whereas Stuart will go for pretty much the same thing every time – the theory being why would he pay for something he might not like – despite not agreeing with him on this theory, my questionable menu choices had often left me disappointed and suffering from major food envy; maybe he was right?! I digress. Happily this menu didn’t appear that it was possible to ever be dissatisfied so we went ahead and ordered.

parfait

Stuart went with the chicken parfait with confit chicken leg & red onion chutney – the balance of rich, smooth chicken liver with the fresh chutney was perfect – I can report this as I forced Stuart to share a little with me – for review purposes you understand…

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I decided on the smoked trout pate and it did not disappoint! The crunchy, tart apple was perfectly matched with the smokiness of the trout and the delicate herbs fragrantly lifted the dish.

trout-pate

 

The White Star Tavern holds awards such as The Les Routiers South of England Restaurant of the Year and has held two AA Rosettes since 2010, an award given to ‘Excellent Restaurants’ in the local area – and it’s clear to see why. Head chef Matt Noonan has carefully crafted a superb menu ensuring all ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced, all to a delicious standard. Their ethos is to support as many local companies as possible in order to help create a stronger local economy – it was lovely to know that the veg or meat on my plate, may have only been picked in the last 24 hours!

 

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We both decided on the fillet of beef with braised featherblade for our main which was recommended to us by Martin. Let’s be honest, there was never going to be another option for Stuart and I was completely sold having seen it on the website before we’d even arrived!

I tend to take my lead from the style/quality of restaurant when deciding how to ask for my meat to be cooked – knowing a decent kitchen would cook it correctly, which is why I asked for medium-rare so that it was not too underdone for me but remained succulent and Matt cooked it to perfection!! Literally.

Let’s just take a moment to take this all in –

gastro-pub

We chose a different style of chip each, we were feeling wild – truffle & parmesan for me and triple cooked for Stu; I loved the tin pots they were presented in, matched with our main plates. I also got the peas, bacon & shallots as a side and was tempted by the braised cabbage, but resisted.

Truffle-oil-chips

 

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At this point I was pretty sure I could have been rolled out of the restaurant, however I literally could not resist the “Death By Chocolate” dessert. And it certainly was that! It tipped me over the edge and I couldn’t even finish it – Shame on me I know! Stuart broke his “no chocolate until Vegas” rule – seriously, I challenge you to resist it if you visit! The raspberry coulis lifted the decadent, rich chocolate and the white chocolate parfait was a welcomed pairing.

Death-By-Chocolate

Each course was indulgent, immaculately presented and of course delicious. We’ve already said we would love to come back for our wedding anniversary to enjoy a lively Saturday night – Hopefully then I can test out all of the gin’s on offer! Last year we ate on Oxford street but sadly didn’t know about the White Star restaurant, so I’m so pleased we got to discover it.

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Thanks to the White Star Tavern for having us, I would highly recommend it!

White Star Tavern

28 Oxford Street
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 3DJ

023 8082 1990

White Star Tavern, Southampton

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Ooh I do love a good foodie gift…ok ok…food in general! This was one of my favourite Christmas gift guide to put together as I just love everything on it! These handpicked gifts are perfect for the budding chef in your life or even just those who love their kitchen gadgets or a good Christmas cocktail! All are available online or direct from stockists, click links for details.

Thornback & Peel Apron £24.95

This cute and quirky squirrel and nut print will bring a splash of colour to your kitchen and make any novice cook feel the part, check out Amara online for lots of cute matching items.

Copper Barrista Milk warmer – £15.99

Know someone who is always attempting to perfect their perfect pour skills creating hearts and leaf designs in their lattes? This stylish copper milk jug will make them look super pro even if their designs look more like a squished mouth than a snowflake.

Next Copper salt & pepper grinder – £28

Ok, ok…so I have this thing with copper at the moment, but seriously how cool do these S&P grinders look?! Perfect for that foodie who wants to add some style to their kitchen.

Egg Timer – £1.96

There’s a reason that “how to boil an egg” is one of Google’s most asked questions. Ok…so I may have made that up, but seriously for something so easy I always seem to have to Google the timings! I always forget how long for dip dip and how ling for hard boiled! This inexpensive gift is the perfect stocking filler gift for the foodie in your life to make sure their eggs are never over cooked!

Berry Bros No.3 Gin £34.80

Move over Hendricks! My friend Emily introduced this to me and as a total gin fan I knew I had to include it in this guide! How do you take yours? Lime? Cucumber? or maybe with prosecco!

LSA Glasses £46 for 4

Well you can’t enjoy good gin in a bad glass! I absolutely love these champagne saucers which would be perfect for a classic gin and tonic or your favourite cocktail.

Fortnum & Mason hamper £55

There is something so special and decadent about a Christmas hamper and this stunning festive collection of F&M goodies is no exception. Presented in an iconic printed wicker basket it is sure to wow any friend who you want to spoil this christmas.

 

What gift are you getting the foodie in your life?

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