*Note- Al Maeda is reviewed by Haroon Tahir who is not only a great writer but an excellent poet as well. Read his poems, musings and ramblings at @musingsofharoon on Instagram (I guarantee that it’s worth following, go do it!)*
Variety is essential to any hearty Ramadan buffet, and Al-Maeda restaurant certainly doesn’t disappoint with its Iftar buffet (139 AED per person).
The North African eatery is situated at the end of The Walk, with its own driveway and lobby inside the hotel, setting the scene for a grandiose affair. The ambiance of the restaurant was right on the mark with lanterns decking out the lobby and soft Arabic OUD music playing in the background. It was a similar feel inside with the Moroccan-inspired decor balancing magnificence and simplicity perfectly.
The sous chef emphasized the home-cooked aspect of the various dishes on show and the sourcing of high-quality ingredients as we stepped in, and it definitely showed through as we sampled the starters. Following with my own Iftar tradition, I started with the Harirah soup, it’s light and sprightly taste being an ideal start to a ginormous buffet ahead of me. The starters included the usual Arabic Mezza favorites such as Hommous, Mutable, Baba Ghanoush and Vine leaves. A personal favourite was the Pink-tinged Beetroot Mutable, an unlikely combination of the light, creamy taste of the mutable and the tanginess of the beetroot that proved to be perfect on the palette.
The main course was just as hearty with Moroccan favourites such as vegetable couscous (which was cooked to perfection), Kousa Mahshi (stuffed zucchini), Dawood Basha (a personal favorite with the tangy tahini sauce being an ideal match to the soft dough-wrapped meatballs), Chicken Molokhiya (a chicken broth with molokhiya levales), Lamb Ouzi and roast beef rib eye on offer. All the dishes were high on quality and on-par with all the other 5-star Arabic Iftar buffets.
And if that didn’t cater to your palette, there was an expansive set of desserts on display too with Arabic desserts such as Mahalabia, Cheese Kataif and Umm Ali and western desserts such as Pistachio Caramel Brownie, Chocolate Tart, Date Cheese Cake and Coconut Tart. My personal favorites were the Umm Ali –one of the best I’ve tasted so far – and the coconut tart, with the light, airy texture of the sweet coconut topping complementing the hard biscuit and sweet pudding in the tart effortlessly. The dessert section of the buffet was a visual delight too, with brilliant presentation on display.
To top off all the food, there was shisha at the restaurant too, which was the only part of the buffet which disappointed gravely with the servers taking too long to arrive. The shisha itself sorely missed the mark too with the grape flavor in our Grape-Mint shisha barely showing through.
All-in- all, Al Maeda’s Iftar buffet is definitely a Ramadan treat, as long as you miss out on its shisha and ignore its poor services.
Thank you Cristina and rest of the team!
- 7:00pm to 2:00am
- Al Maeda restaurant will be offering Iftar buffet and Sohour every day during the month of Ramadan with live cooking station, live entertainment during Iftar, boarding games available upon request, TV screens and shisha offered in the terrace.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach will be serving Iftar inclusive of Ramadan drinks AED 139.
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