Every now and then I pass by Baskin Robbins to get a fine milk shake with scoops I pick, I’ve been doing it since college days. I passed by recently and found they were now serving caffeinated ice cream which I thought was a nice idea to add to my milkshake so I did. It turned out pretty well, you can’t taste the coffee, just an ice cream that will keep you awake.
I posted this photo on my BBM where I broadcast new blog posts (add the PIN 7EF24ACC ) and I got so many asking me where I got the shawerma from. When I’m in Dajeej area I sometimes pass by Sultan Center branch there since they have good shawerma.
This time around the shawerma guy asked me if I wanted to try the Iranian bread shawerma and I said sure. They have a custom Iranian bread made to make a shawerma with and it tasted pretty good. I’m not sure if other Sultan Center branches offer this but Sultan Center Salmiya might.
After reviewing a dozen of restaurant throughout the years I think I’ve nailed the secrets of success. Don’t take this post too seriously, as it comes with a grain of salt and a dip of sarcasm. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a very long time but kind of didn’t have the time until now.
1. The Nutella, The Nutella, The Nutella
If you don’t have a dessert with Nutella or at least a huge bar of Nutella on stand then you’re missing out on a big portion of customers. Some guys think of a place to eat in based on the fact that they’ll have a Nutella-full dessert after it. The more Nutella’s you show off, the more people are inclined to eat at your place.
2. A Ceasar Salad is a Must
It doesn’t matter what type of dine-in you are be it Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Arabian or an infusion. Having a Ceasar Salad is a must in Kuwait and I’m not even sure why it’s so craved. I’ve reviewed an Iranian restaurant that had a Ceasar Salad on their menu, just comes to show how they were complying with popular-demand.
3. You Gotta have That ‘Secret Sauce’
The moment you mention your salad or burger has a ‘secret sauce’ or ‘special sauce’, (especially if it’s an homemade secret sauce) then suddenly everyone wants to try it. Just make sure your secret sauce has some ranch or 1000 island sauce in it so people don’t get disappointed. The more secret sauces on the menu the merrier.
There’s no time to waste, go grab all the Nutella jars in the supermarket and have someone work part time sitting at the entrance of your restaurant munching on Nutella all day.
I don’t watch any tv shows during Ramadan, most are boring and pointless for the most part. What I do watch and highly recommend watching is the popular show Khawatir. You really do learn something new everyday by watching it. The other day I was shocked to find out about Heart Attack Burger, a shop in the US.
It prides itself for being the unhealthy and the worst food because their concept is the worst the food, the better it tastes. Khawatir went to the States to document the experience, to this day someone has actually died in the restaurant, his ashes are kept inside the restaurant.
I was left in shock-mode after this video, a 10,000 calorie burger. I’ve enabled English subtitles for those that don’t understand Arabic.
I posted one of these milk cookie cups on instagram and some people went crazy over them (myself included), though unfortunately it was a crazy recipe I found online. So to my pleasant surprise, I found a bakery in Kuwait that does them, maybe in smaller size though. Will order a bunch soon, here’s their [instagram account]. Still waiting for someone to introduce a cookie mug.
Cucina, the Italian restaurant at Hotel Missoni invited me over to try their new pizza menu. They just finished installing their new old school oven and I was pretty excited to have another decent place that serves pizza in Kuwait. The place I currently go to for good pizza is Solo Napulitana, and now this.
Although I was there for the pizza I couldn’t stand not ordering their shrimp salad (Gamberoni alla Piastra), it’s one of my favourites. It’s a light appetizer to start with before the main course that can be shared, I mainly like the marination used on the shrimp.
I undoubtedly went for the pepperoni pizza, except I would order it without olives on my next visit. The dough used is close to the one in Sicily, so it’s a bit thick, not the super thin type some people would expect. The dough itself is imported from Italy as well as many of the ingredients used.
They have 12 different pizzas on their menu which was great because normally on launch a restaurant would only have 2-4 pizzas. My friend went for a more veggie-full pizza which he said was good. The pizzas come in a bit bigger than medium size. There’s also a kids meal pizza, something to have if you want a small pizza.
We had to go for an explosion dessert at the end, Dolce Pizza comes with their special chocolate sauce (which tasted a lot like Nutella), crushed hazelnuts and sugar powder. This dessert is definitely for sharing, unless you want an extra few kilos for yourself. I know I’m going overdose but a vanilla ice cream scope on the side would top it off pretty well.
You might have noticed the popular Döner restaurant Slice located in Kuwait City and it’s pretty packed. Shawarma Shuwaikh now servers Döners, there’s another Döner restaurant opening in Kuwait City (photo below), suddenly Döners are the new shawerma. I’ve only tried the Döners from two different restaurants in Kuwait.
They’re like tacos with soft bread and shawerma ingredients except the chicken and beef is sliced differently, it’s sliced much thinner (Wikipedia). I prefer them over a shwerma right now. I guess you can blend trends and order a Döner with Karak tea.
I was first introduced to this brand by a friend at SmallQ8, then happened to find them at Qout Market so I bought some. They’re a local tea brand with a variety of tea flavours with some fancy branding. Each pack has 12 cups with sugar and a wooden stick for steering, they’re great for dessert hangouts or occasions. Prices range from KD 2.5 – KD 3.75.