Lives in: Dubai, UAE
Member Since July 2012

So, Yadiggers, what's the story? It seems that businesses can't get in touch with your support folks anymore to get listings changed, because all emails to support@ or info@ are bouncing back. Messages to your Facebook page go unanswered. Sure, we can still reply to reviews left for our businesses, but we cannot mark businesses as closed, update the name of a business, or claim a new business. As a result wrong info will be shown on search engines thanks to YaDig. Time to post a public update, perhaps?

Update: 9/10/2014: Phone lines appear to be dead, too. Time to pull business listings from the site, I think. Sadly, there's no way to delete listing, so I'll simply have to mark them as "Closed". Good night, folks, it was nice having you around.

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I came here for lunch today with a friend and I liked the place. It's nicely designed and the food was very fresh and tasted great. They could have more options for vegetarians, though. Other than that, it was good and the bread display also looked enticing.
Surely a place to return to, either to buy bread or try out their breakfast sandwiches. Parking is a bit of mess in this cluster, but then that's not the fault of the cafe...

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Shakeism Milkshakes

Woot? How can their possibly not already be a review or even a ton of reviews for this place?! The folks from Shakeism do what are surely some of the best shakes on our planet. I went last night for the first time (having previously ordered a delivery only) and the place is a little hard to find in Al Barsha one behind the the Chelsea Ramada. It's worth getting lost, though, because the shakes are great and the interior of the little shop is very funky.

Shakeism does a large variety of shakes, smoothies, and fresh juices and you can customize virtually all drinks by adding your own ingredients. I chose of one of their Ramadan specials - an Egyptian inspired coconut milk based shake. It was thick & creamy, like a milkshake should be. It was so good, I decided to order a fruit smoothie to take away before I left.

Give this place a try for an impromptu shake fix!

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McGettigan's Irish Pub

McGettigan's finally made it to Abu Dhabi and what a craic the opening night was! The atmosphere and decor are similar to the Dubai pubs, but the space is unique. It's located right next to the Al Raha Beach Hotel, so easy access and parking, plus plenty of taxis if you need them.
This is certainly a nice addition to the Abu Dhabi night-life scene and I'll pop in again next time I'm in the capital.

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McGettigan's Irish Pub

McGettigan's Irish Pub (Business Owner): Dear YaaaaaHooooo, Thanks for your review! It was great that you managed to be part of our opening night and we hope to see you around! All the best, Arthur Timlin, Pub Manager, McGettigan's AUH

15/06/2014 - Report



Bestro is a great addition to the Dubai Mall dining scene and the Dubai food scene overall. As a vegetarian with a penchant for eating vegan, it's nice to have a place where you don't need to question every dish on the menu. The mylk shakes were great (I had a banana one, my dining partner had the cocoa one) and really tasty. Food-wise, we had the zucchini "spaghetti", which were outstanding and would not be out of place in a more mainstream restaurant, and also the shrooms, which were very good, too.
Don't miss out on the desserts. I had the chocolate fondant and it was awesome, filled with some sort of almond milk cream.
The owner Hayley is indeed super sweet and helpful. There's also a small pantry next to the restaurant where you can buy vegan products.
Bestro does a great job in showcasing raw vegan cooking - don't be put off by labels if you're not vegan or vegetarian; give it a try next time you're in Dubai Mall, and see for yourself.

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Bestro (Business Owner): Thanks so much, makes me so happy that you enjoyed the food! Thanks for taking the time to review us. We have a yummy Maple Syrup & Pecan No Cheese cake on this weekend, plus a Wild Mushroom Tart with Kale Salad so please pop in if you are near the mall! So much love, Hayley x

10/04/2014 - Report


YaaaaaHooooo Hi Hayley! Thanks for your reply! Will definitely pop in again next time I'm in Dubai Mall. I also just added your place to happycow.net - they run a worldwide directory of vegan & vegetarian places. Check it out.

12/04/2014 - Report


UBK - Urban Bar & Kitchen

So I went to UBK at the Moevenpick JLT for the first time recently for some drinks and a bite to eat with a friend. I'm not really surprised that the place wasn't on YaDig yet, because it just, well, average. Compared to McGettigan's in JLT, UBK certainly isn't a destination bar - that's to say, I wouldn't really go out of my way to go there from somewhere else in the city.
The space is nice enough, it's just a little confused as if it doesn't yet know what it wants to be - a pub or a cocktail bar.
The beer selection is okay - bonus points for having London Pride on tap. The food menu is large(ish), although sadly lacking in choice for non-meat eaters (even their french fries are fried in beef fat). The service is okay. There is an outside area, but oddly enough it doesn't have anything in it. I mean, there are no chairs, tables, or indeed anything outside - just an empty space.
Overall then? By all means if you're there anyway, else perhaps probably not.

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Cafe Belge

I went here for lunch yesterday and I agree, it's a great venue. Very stylish, sufficiently and pleasantly upmarket from perhaps slightly similar concepts. Great outside area, too. The food was outstanding, albeit that there aren't a lot of veggie options.
Regardless of what starters or main courses you pick, do not forget to order the Dame Blanche dessert. It's fab and I wish I'd taken a video of it (it's kind of interactive in the beginning, in the sense that it virtually implodes on your plate). Good stuff.

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LuLu Hypermarket

I don't usually write reviews for supermarkets, but I felt I should make an exception for Lulu's in Al Barsha. I popped in for a spot of grocery shopping the other day and I have to say that Lulu has hands down the best selection of vegetarian and vegan food items of all the big supermarkets in Dubai. I picked up some really nice stuff, which I never saw at any of the other places I usually do my shopping at.
I'll certainly pop in again!

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Mozzo Centrale

I went here for dinner last night, more or less by accident really, because the restaurant we wanted to go to had disappeared.
This new Italian eatery occupies the space previously used by the Central Perk Cafe right next to Maria Bonita's.
They have a nice outside area and the menu is good, too. They're also one of the few restaurants to offer a creative children's menu, i.e. not just a list of deep fried stuff, and they offer smaller portions of their juices for children.
Service was very friendly and the food was fresh and tasted great. We had gnocchi (nicely home-made with an awesome sauce without cream/dairy) and two different pizzas (good size, nice and thin base). The total bill for 3 adults and a child came to just over AED 200, so it doesn't break the bank.
All in all, it's a place I would pop in again if I'm in the area.

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AL Maha Desert Resort and Spa

This is without a doubt one of the best hotels I have ever stayed it (and I stay in hotels a lot) and it's the top end of hospitality in Dubai quality-wise.
Beautiful resort and villas, complete privacy, excellent food, outstanding service and "real" surroundings devoid of Dubai's usual gimmyckiness.
Everybody should have stayed here once while in Dubai.
They now also do day access for lunch & pool. Their pool is great and usually empty (as all villas have private pools, nobody really uses the resort's main pool).

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SiteBuddy Sweet review. I love the privacy of the Al Maha Resort and it really doesn't feel like you're in Dubai at all! Upload a photo and show us how beautiful it is and go into the draw for our super Claw BBQ voucher!

27/01/2014 - Report


YaaaaaHooooo Done story ;-)

27/01/2014 - Report


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