Gulnaz Restaurant & Cafe, Marina

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on July 26th, 2016

About

​Located in the Heart of Dubai Marina, Gulnaz Restaurant and Café opened its doors in January 2010 and has since then become a favorite place in Dubai for Russian speaking population and other nationalities as well. Here you can enjoy the best of Central Asian hand pulled noodles, homemade Kazakh pasta dishes, tandir baked Uzbek bread – lepeshka, and tandir samsas, kebabs, famous Russian borscht and pelmeni dumplings, delicious seafood selections and so much more. All prepared to perfection to satisfy your taste buds!

Interior so tasteful and unique, as you enter you will see impressive high ceiling with beautiful chandelier, wooden stairs curves up to mezzanine level by the beautiful hand painted walls, so mesmerizing.

Review

Being the food bloggers that we are, we love when our part-time job allows us to try new cuisines at uber interesting and off-beat locales!! Incoming Gulnaz, that is of an Uzbeki/Russian cuisine, we were thrilled to be invited here to try them out. I'm honestly fascinated with Russia and everything Russian so the mere connection here made me want to reschedule everything and visit Gulnaz. It wasn't very hard to find once on Google maps and they have parking available inspite of being in Dubai Marina! 

Ambiance

So the moment you step in to the restaurant, you will notice these fun "arabian" influenced artifacts and paintings, with an EXQUISITE chandelier made out of colourful Moroccan (looking) lamps-pictured below. The ambiance felt authentic Russian world with prints on the sofas, low lying seating options and the opulence of it all. There were cute artifacts in traditional clothes imitating, street vendors selling goods. #adorable.
It is quite impressive that they managed to get such a huge space in a place like Dubai Marina. And, honestly Gulnaz has a following of its own. I initially assumed it would uncover as a "hidden gem", but we saw quite a few people who seemed like regulars occupying almost all the spaces.. #impressive

Food

Parmuda Samsa:
Authentic Uzbek mini samsa pies baked in tandir clay oven with chicken filling. Starved, we flipped through the menu and ordered a few appetisers, one of them was this freshly baked bun filled with a simple yet aromatic chicken filling! The bread had some latent sweetness and we completely devoured the freshness of it all.. It was served with some home-style tomato sauce, which turned out to be an amazing flavour enhancer for us!
Cheburek:
Deep fried Russian pastry filled with cheese, minced beef, onions and herbs. This one was really tasty but a tad bit too oily, because of it being fried obviously. A baked version of this would have been amazing! Doesn't mean that we didn't eat it all, it was yum nonetheless..
Varenyky:
Pasta dish with potato and cheese, who wouldn't love this? It was served with a dip that resembled yogurt in the name of sour cream. Is this how the Russians did it? Otherwise, it was he fastest inhaled dish on our table! 
Manti:
Delicious steamed dumplings stuffed with spiced beef. So, on our trip to Georgia a couple of months back, we ended up eating something so similar, that it refreshed our memories.. We are still a bit confused about the yougurt dip part, but otherwise Manti is a treat to anyone who loves dumplings..
Chicken With Mushrooms:
How gorgeous is our tomato and cucumber salad? This dis was another favourite with crispy fried chicken thigh stuffed with garlic-butter sauteed mushrooms. All boxes checked and made this our best main! 
Mixed Kebab Platter:
Oh who doesn't love a platter? We had ours with beef kebabs on the bone and a sheekh variety, and chicken thighs.. ALL cooked to perfection. We were just so stuffed from everything else(portions are generous) that we couldn't manage to complete this, but we tried. The red sauce you can see in the background was of a spicy variety and went well with almost all the dishes! 
Traditional Tea:
I think the restaurant people saw the stuffed agony on our faces(LOL) and decided to get us some hot and SO tasty digestive tea. It comprised of black tea brewed with lemon and orange slices and some sugar maybe that gave it its sweetness.. The taste of it grows on you and indeed you do feel better after having ingested it! Thank you Gulnaz for this magical cure!

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Good

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Excellent

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Good

Cost –
About AED50-75 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Uzbek, Russian

Phone –
04 4534887

Address –
​The Point Tower, Behind Amwaj Rotana,Dubai Marina, Dubai

Verdict

It is such a gorgeous place and has lively music to compliment it! The food is one of the best off beat cuisines we've tried and the staff is literally very helpful and sweet. They also have those private dining area options that makes it opportunistic for special occasions, while being very decently priced. We strongly recommend Gulnaz to break the monotony of cuisines you've been living with. This place is adventurous but also a safe bet! Make you way here as early as possible! 

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with russian, uzbeki, marina


1 Comments

Nunu - July 27th, 2016 at 6:53 AM
Amazing review, beautiful photos! Nice to read such beautiful description of our cuisine from others, going there today :-)

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