*Pictures are clicked by Chandru, the official photographer of ‘Ramadan 2016- 3o days, 30 reviews’ feature*
The sad reality about Iftar buffets are that the rate of food wastage is really high but we were impressed with Vida Downtown’s effort to cut down on food wastage which is one of the main initiative of the holy month of Ramadan.
Am I the only one who had 3in1, Vida Downtown on the list? 3in1 is simple, calm and spacious with elegant settings. The starters, salads, drinks, desserts were placed through out the hall making the experience comfortable with plenty of space to move around. As for the main course, you may choose and it will be served hot at your table!
3in1 Iftar offers semi buffet for AED 160.
Adorable buckets and baskets filled with our favourite middle eastern starters- Falafel, Flatbread with meat and cheese, Kibbeh, Sambousik and Fatayer including Dates and Lentil soup. Limited variety but nonetheless all the appetizers were fresh, temptingly tasty and you could tell that they are made with good quality ingredients.
- Salads and fruits
- Water, Ramadan drinks and juices
Very rare to have Ramadan drinks in a bottle but I believe they have no better home than these beverage bottles so a bonus point to 3in1! Just grab, drink and enjoy a cold and refreshing beverage of your choice! (I had four bottles of fresh juice- well #sorrynotsorry)
- Main course
After all the great starters, we had high expectations but it turned out to be disappointing. You can choose two among four options but we were given tasting portions for each.
- Lamb Ouzzi
- Chicken Mulukhiyah
- Arabic Mixed Grill
- Vegetable Salona
All of them tasted below average and it’s not the kind you would expect from a well known hotel, such ad Vida Downtown. If I had to pick one, It would be Arabic Mixed Grill.
Overall, it is a shame that everything from appetizers to desserts was fantastic but the a main course led to a great disappointment for the overall experience. Also, highly appreciate the concern on food wastage and having limited vairety which taste good. The poolside opens after 9PM and it’s definitely one of my favourite set up in Dubai as for the cool vibes and beautiful shacks!
- AED 160 per person and 50% off hubbly bubbly, à la carte from 10 pm onwards
- +971 4 888 3444
Thank you Lyaila, Farah, Divya from The Qode and the Vida Downtown team!