What’s on the menu? – 5

I can’t believe we waited until Tuesday to have our first outdoor meal this week! On a personal note, I was avoiding too much of the restaurant food as I was gearing up for the #QIFF2015 (Qatar International Food Festival) and thinking about the treats I had last year and absolutely was looking forward to new additions this year as it looked extremely promising. Let’s find out if I was pleased this year and much more.

Tuesday was a ‘try new restaurant’ kind of a day and we visited the much anticipated ‘Dakshin’ at Barwa Village. Authentic South Indian food and my first time with hardcore flavors of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu (South Indian states). I thought it was brilliant and though I didn’t have any past experience to compare it to, I am sure to go back and tingle those taste buds with spicy food and for that filter Kaafi (coffee). The service was a bit of a downside (review soon here).

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What’s on the menu? – 5

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What’s on the menu? – 2

I can write about food everyday and not always being able to share the food love with you each time I think of it is disappointing. There will be a summary once a week with minimal words and more pictures giving you a little insight before you read the detailed review later and I’ll call this little space – What’s on the menu?
This week started slow on eating out and concentration was more towards being home, cooking and trying my hand at making vada pav (commonly known as Mumbai Burger). I, also, experimented with making the Maharashtrian Garlic chutney – which wasn’t the perfect texture but I will give it a try again till I can get the condiment consistency right.
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Shake Shack – Let’s be burger buddies

It’s very rare that you enter Villagio Mall and not see Shake Shack. They have captured the best location at the mall and it’s always lively and bubbling with customers. Although, it was one of the reasons I’ve refrained to be there previously.
This was one of the early dinners on a weekend and we happened to get a good place at the exterior of the restaurant without waiting at all. Seated outside gives the little one all the space to run and play.
Even though we are talking a pure burger experience, this is far from being just fast food. Let’s just say it is fast casual, non greasy and guilt free. The service, opposed to the reviews I’ve heard, was great – fast, friendly and on time. Any restaurant that is kid friendly earns an extra point in the service for me and they did!

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