Expat Life in Dubai

Day 8: Let’s add some more fats on my ass shall we?

July 2, 2011

I woke up at around 9am feeling recharged and energized. At 10am, I went out to run some errands and then went straight to Ibn Battuta Mall for breakfast (minced lamb and rice hahaha). I went back to the hotel at around 1pm only to find out that my room wasn’t made up even if I’ve pressed the “make up my room” button before I left. Boo hoo! So much for a 5 star service. 🙂

I slept until around 4pm, watched TV until 7pm and then went to Moroc Lounge for again a pre-dinner drinks. Hehehe. They were having a buy 1, take 1 promo as their happy hour on Fridays so the 50% staff discount is no longer applicable. Boohoo! Afterwards, we went to Sicilia – that quaint little restaurant that we went to 2 weeks back that we fell in love with. The server we had was Junita who is this perky, upbeat, informative and very nice waitress who guided us thru the menu and the wine list. The boyfriend mistakenly ordered a red wine instead of a white wine and the server just shrugged it off and told us that it’s not a problem and we can still change our wine to a white one even if the red wine bottle was already opened. Surprisingly, the white wine that the boyfriend ordered was not too strong as I have expected it to be.

Anyway, for starters I ordered the caramelized octopus while the boyfriend ordered the bruschetta with chicken liver that we ordered before.

Caramelized octopus

Seriously, the very first words that I uttered after taking a bite of this piece of heaven was: OH MY GOD!!!! It was THAT good. The octopus was so tender that it literally melts in your mouth. You don’t have to exert too much effort on slicing it. It was so incredibly good that it deserves a standing ovation with every bite that you’re going to take.

Chicken liver bruschetta

The chicken liver bruschetta was also good but the octopus just overpowered it that I didn’t really mind if the boyfriend ate all of the bruschetta (the last time we ate here, we had to slice the last piece of the bruschetta in half because we both just won’t let the other person have all the good things hehehe).

For main course, the boyfriend ordered Troccolialla Carbonara Vegetariana Con Carciofi – in layman’s term: Pan-roasted artichoke/ homemade pasta / pecorino cheese. 🙂 He gave me a piece of olive that he loved out of his serving and told me that if I don’t like it then he will stop convincing me that olives are the greatest food ever created. With just one bite of it, I had to take a big gulp of white wine to remove its disgusting taste in my mouth. So yeah, I’m not a very big fan of olives.

Yum! Yum! Yum!

As for myself, I ordered Spaghetti ala chittara con arragostae pepperoni arrostiti – in short, homemade spaghetti with lobster, fire roasted bell peppers and vine cherry tomato sugo.


Mamma mia ooooh lala! The homemade pasta was superb, the rich tomato sauce was awesome and the lobster was “oh-my-God-it’s-too-tasty-I-forgot-my-name”! The only downside was, the lobster meat was too hard that I think I developed my triceps/biceps muscles while I was trying to savage this humongous lobster tail. I was THISCLOSE to eating it with my bare hands only if the people dining beside us weren’t on a first date (I can tell by the way they have their very awkward first-date conversations). Nonetheless, it didn’t stop me from finishing it. Need proof? Alright, I’ll give you one:

Crime Scene.

Hands down, Sicilia is the best Italian restaurant Dubai has ever had.

Our bill for the evening:

1 caramelized octopus AED76.00
1 bruschetta AED60.00
1 large bottle of water AED24.00
1 spaghetti (mine) AED116.00
1 troccolli (the boyfriend’s) AED64.00
1 montepulciano d’abruzzo (the white wine) AED135.00
Total bill: AED475.00
After staff discount, we paid AED237.50. Yeehaw!

With a full and satisfied stomach, we went to Moroc lounge for our after-dinner drinks. Of course it’s Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne for me and a Johnny Walker for the boyfriend, just like the previous night.

I went to sleep with a smile on my face and added inches on my waist with all these good food that I’ve been indulging on for the weekend. Carpe diem! 🙂

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