Food:🐂🐂🐂🐂1/2 Service: 🛎🛎🛎🛎🛎 Ambience:🎭🎭🎭 🎭🎭 Value for money:💲💲💲💲💲
So yet again another Birthday celebration 🎉...this time my own...yaaay !!! Last year I had booked the Terrace with my family however due to unforeseen circumstances I had to jet out...but my family went to celebrate my bday without me 😞
My first disclaimer...i have found through extensive first hand experience gained through excessive dining out in Ramadan, (pretty much to the chagrine of the "Tenant for Life"), that the whole dining experience seems a little rushed...too much focus on stuffing ones face and consequently less time actually savouring the food.
But anyhooos, here it goes...and mind you I will only talk about what we ate!
Start light my friends...the salad bar was extensive and immaculately tabled especially with the mile high chillie pyramid. The wife enjoyed her "wark aynab"...vine leaves...and my son thoroughly enjoyed the cold shrimp, especially the unpeeling activity (a la Hooked 🦐). As for me...i kept space for more meaty pursuits.
To open the fast we started with some light fare...hereto known as the Bermuda Triangle consisting of spring rolls, kibbeh and "watchamacallit" (see pics). Dipped in the red chilli sauce they were fantastic. The kibbeh were especially tender and crumble in your mouth!!
I waltzed across the ballroomesque room and proceeded to make a "thali" with small portions of food...tasters if you will, however my plate was soon overflowing.
The Lamb Ouzi was tasty...meat was tender and I loved the fried onions on the rice. I took a slice of the leg of Lamb.. .again from the outside to get a bit of the caramelized meat...it was nice and soft, however a pinch of salt would have sealed the deal. The Lamb Stew was tender and the okra nicely cooked.
The Mrs. had both the Lentil and Harira soup but found the garlic a little overpowering.
To cleanse my palate i moved to the Calamari...cooked just right...it was soft, tender and flavourful. Thank heavens they didn't turn it into a rubbery mess.
The next batch started off with Biryani...i tried a mouthful which was typically Desi in a good way. I gotta tell ya, I'm a liver man...and the chicken liver did not disappoint...the liver was buttery smooth and fab...I should've had more. A cube of Shish Tawook followed which was moist, however it could have had a little more heat. The one disappointing thing was the Beef Fillet which imho was over cooked and a little tough.
My daughter had the Guinea Fowl which she said was a more juicier and softer version of gamey chicken.
The grilled Shawerma was well cooked and seasoned and retained its juiciness. A few mouthfuls of the grilled fish confirmed that it was moist and light with a mild taste. Personally I am a fried fish n' chip man and enjoy a good battering 🤕(not from the wife mind you)!!! In continuation of the seafood theme I scoffed down 6 or so Devilled Prawns which were coated in a thick masala-ey sauce...very nice.
But the winner of the night was the Seafood Gratin 🏆...who doesn't love the cheesiest...creamiest...salty seafoody goodness ❤ I desperately wanted more but by this time my belt was digging into my belly!!
All of us decided to call it quits and to focus on the desserts. First up was a complimentary Bday cake...it was chocolatey and so smooth...i don't know what it was but it was fantastic...i would like to know though as I need it again!!! I tried the Turkish Delight which was very nutty...a little too much for my preference. Did I mention the Chocolate Fountain...I could have just put my 👄 to the fountain and chugged away...however the thought of the food police handcuffing me stopped me in my tracks. There was this desert like a Birds Nest...very oooh la la...it was nice and decadent and not too sweet, in fact. It had a thick custardy cream inside. My personal preference would have been to have it filled with whipped cream.
We ended the night with Tiramisu which was superb and not overpoweringly coffee-ish, and the Double Chocolate Cake which was rich, dark (like me) and decadent.
There was certainly a lot of other fare on offer...however there was no way in tarnations that I could have eaten anymore.
The overall atmosphere was fab....the decor is nice with an upscale and opulent feel. The staff are plentiful and attentive and kept the place clean and the tables clutter free. At a price of AED 216 per head you can't go wrong...and coupled with the Entertainer you'd be laughing all the way to the bank!!
As Arnie says..."I'll be back"