The season of Ramadan is here again and it means that most of the food establishments will be closed at daylight, in respect for those who are fasting for the whole month(especially in this part of the world, where the majority of the population are Muslims).
In line with this, every night, restaurants are providing Iftars (evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset) as their special offer this holy month of Ramadan. As a food and travel blogger, I’ve received several invitations (mostly from the restaurants that I have reviewed before) to try out their Iftar offering. For the whole month, I will be posting number of food blogs that will focus on this.
First stop, Dusit Thani Dubai.
My very first invitation came from Dusit Thani Dubai along Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road. I have tried two of their restaurants before, Benjarong and Pax Ristorante and so far I enjoyed both. Check out my blog about it.
Ok, back to Iftar. Dusit Thani Dubai is offering an Iftar buffet that features traditional Arabic cuisine and a mix of international dishes (Italian, Indian and Thai mostly). These selections are arranged at the hotel’s 24th floor with the panoramic view of Dubai’s skyline from their restaurants, The Californian, Banjarong and Pax Ristorante & Lounge.
The time for the Iftar buffet is from sunset until the 8:30pm and after that, the hotel restaurants will resume to it’s a la carte menu. Because of the limited time, I was running from work just to get there the earliest possible time. You see, I finish work at 7pm and sunset is normally at 7. In my mind, if I will calculate the time that I will commute, I will only arrive there at 8pm, meaning, I will only dine for 30 mins. As someone who loves to eat, this is a very short time…..whew……….Because of all the running, I arrived a few minutes past 7, perfect to enjoy an hour of selected dishes.
I was welcomed with a big smile by the hotel attendants and immediately ushered to my table. I found several of my food blogger friends already enjoying their appetizers.
Traditionally, to break the fast, one should first eat some dates and yogurt, but because I didn’t fast, I went straight to the soup and salad station.
I got a soup with vermicelli and some green salad to start it of. It was a good time to catch my breath and also to have a chitchat with my blogger friends. I haven’t seen most of them for quite some time, so we TALKED a lot.
After a few bites, I went ahead to the main dish area. If you have been reading my blog before, you already know that I am in love with Thai food. For this reason alone, my first station was the Thai buffet section (which is at the center of the lobby). My favorite was the Duck Curry (I can live with this alone). The rest was alright for me.
Because of the limited time, I wasn’t able to try a lot of the selections so I just zoned in to those that looks interesting and a bit familiar for me. Aside from the duck, I went for the braised beef and a creamed fish dish (I forgot the exact name). Also, I took a shawarma and a spaghetti bolognese. I was so full after finishing my overflowing plate. I love buffets but the feeling after a buffet is something that I dont like (#fooddieproblem).
Realizing that we only have 15 minutes left to get a dessert, we all wrapped up our time for the main dish and jump straight for desserts. I saw that they have a traditional Kunafa (is a Levantine cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup) so in my mind already, this is the one that I will get (^^).
I was a little dissapointed with their kunafa as it was already cold and hard. I love it when it is still very soft and the cheese is stretchy and goooey. Good thing, I enjoyed thier Umm Ali (Middle Eastern version of a bread pudding) and cheesecake. We’ve partnered it with a cup of peppermint tea—- aaah this is the best way to end a full meal.
In general, I enjoyed our meal. The only downside was the time limit as I thought it would have been nice to take time and enjoy the evening and not rushing to get as much food as you can just to get your money’s worth. In all fairness, I love the Thai selections from Benjarong, only with this, you got your money’s worth already.
Aside from Iftar, Dusit Thani Dubai is also offering Sohour Set Menu which is available from 12am – 4am through room service.
Cost: AED149 I Time: Sunset – 8:30pm I Location: 24th Floor Lobby
Sohour Set Menu
Cost: Varies I Time: 12am – 4am I Location: Room Service Only
Group Iftar Menu
Cost: Starts at AED119/ Person for groups of 50 or above
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