"Taza" means Fresh

Clockwise:  Taza’s super spicy chicken broast meal, normal chicken broast meal, and a part of the dining area, and maglouba.

In my first two weeks here I had a total no-pork-meat meals.  As we should all know, hog meat is not readily available anywhere in UAE.  Later on, I was told that Spinneys is licensed to sell halal foods.  Nonetheless, those two weeks I stuffed myself mostly by chicken meals from KFC, Popeye’s, Mc Donald’s, interchangeably.  The vicious type of meals didn’t include rice and the well-loved Filpino style gravy.  I definitely miss the gravy back home.

Occasionally I still opt for chicken meals (with the burger, fries, chicken as hot and spicy, or normal: meaning original recipe) when I go out.  But sooner I did miss Jollibee’s chicken joy and original recipe of KFC in the Philippines.  The best.  I was told that there’s Jollibee in Dubai, but I wouldn’t bother to go there (it’s almost 2 hours away from here) just to taste second-rate Filipinized meal.  You know, the ingredients are originally not from the Philippines, so expect the Mid East effect on the meals.

Until one day, good news came that I tried Taza.  Wow, how come I learned about it so late.  Its chicken broast tastes better than Jollibee’s and KFC’s chicken!  And my homesickness from gravy was taken away by the garlic mayo sauce.  While in the Philippines, tasa means “cup”, Taza means “fresh”.  It is interesting to note that while the establishment is indian owned, the employees are mostly Filipinos.  That makes it a plus reason to come there.  It would make you feel like being at home.

I have not decided yet if I would ever try maglouba (looks so indian) and the super spicy chicken (uberly hot).  But for sure, when I am back for a vacation I would be hitting Jollibee in the first 48 hours.


  9 comments for “"Taza" means Fresh

  1. ReD
    June 14, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Hahaha… Another find to look for my DESTINATION: DINING (Middle East Adventure)… Honestly I want to try Maglouba… It looks like Paella in some sort…

    However, I should go now, kelangan ko pa MAGLOUBA ng mga damit ko… hehehe…

    lol. ^_^

    ReDs last blog post..Destination: Dining

  2. June 14, 2008 at 9:59 am

    It’s really good to explore the food in Mid East. Btw, maglouba is a best seller. I might try it. And next time I will ask what does it mean. :)

  3. June 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    dear managment ……. i am mohamed hussein a world authorised tour leader in abu dhabi having over than 50 employee all of them are eating lunch and dinner in al taza abu dhabi branch in hamdan street ………

    today i was there by my self to order cause i heard alot of complaints everytime i send someone to buy lunch or dinner for us …..

    when i was there and ordered i never ever see in my life such kind of rude treatment for custmors like i had there today

    they never look at me always giving them back to me and speak and them back to me and they start to pass me to each other to see what i want ….. and all what i wanted is just a piece of bread nothing more ……. and they even didnt care ……. everytime i take 2 pieces of bread when we order chicken broast but today they didnt want to give ……. i ill accept it if they did it in respectable way but they were so rude to me

    even the one in charge there his name is donn or dunn he was watching them and laughing which really makes me so mad and i just paid and i took the food and throw it outside cause i didnt have the ability to eat ……….

    iam working always in hosbitality and tourism but what i saw in al taa hamdan branch was totaly and profesional custmer service and no attitude at all ……….

    thank you …..

    best regards ……

    mohamed hussein amin.

  4. June 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Mohamed, this post is a food review (on chicken broast) after I’ve dined in Taza-Hamdan Branch. I have been there thrice and I was treated very well. I emphatize with what you had and I think it would be better if you can elevate your complaint/observation to the management itself or at least to the store manager. I am sure they would take action on your issue. Of course, Taza would not want to lose 50 customers who regulary take their lunch and dinner with them.

  5. Jojo Briones
    August 10, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Do you have any idea where I can inquire about franchising Taza?

    • witsandnuts
      August 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      No idea right now. I’ll let you know once I get a reliable feed.

  6. gerry riggs
    February 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Was in ADH nearly the whole 2007. I keep seeing TAZA in Hamdan Rd as I live in TCA along Electra Rd., and whenever I set off to work after clocking at my office in Mashreqbank on my way to Ali & Sons Cars which is exactly across the place. I remember the park in between and the mosque right beside the Taza store (am I right? memory is getting fuzzy now…). Amazingly, I never tried TAZA, didn’t know it taste very good. Missed a great deal. Thought the taste and flavors are intrisic and exclusively Indian, which is too hot for my palate.

    My question is—-where did you ate at a POPEYE’S? Coz I never saw one when I was there. Had I known one, I would have dug in and stuffed myself. Love them when they were here in Manila. Had a taste of it last Summer 2011 at Singapore and it was such a letdown, chicken taste like a wet carton box. A waste of S$7.50 for a dry meat and a disappointment.

    Thanks for the info, though. Will try now TAZA once I got back to ADH late this year.

    • witsandnuts
      February 25, 2013 at 4:10 am

      There are Popeye’s branches in different malls in Abu Dhabi as well as those branches in Airport Road, etc.

      • gerry riggs
        February 25, 2013 at 7:12 am


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