One of the best moments in a blogger’s life is when they are acknowledged to receive a special invite from one of the most well-known hotels in the country. Yes, and fortunately, that was me!
Delighted like a small child, I entered the building in all its glory, also known to be a seven-star hotel. The sail-like structure perfectly complimenting the area it’s located in; Jumeirah Beach. The interiors definitely live up to the hype. Gold and blue being the colours that adorned the carpets and reception areas. Oh! And there’s an aquarium too at the lobby!
Leaving the glitz and glam behind, we entered the ground level that looked completely different. Enter Bab Al Yam, a small and cosy area with a huge buffet counter covering the centre and sides of the restaurant. We initially expected to be served Middle Eastern food but heard that it does International cuisine. A quick question to our server, Inden, and we were told that all the restaurants located at the hotel have an Arabic name no matter what they serve.
After the drinks came in, we started towards the buffet section. It’s a little confusing, with the dessert station placed close to the entrance and starters behind. It takes around a minute to figure out what’s placed where.
Not too many items and nothing too meagre. That is what best describes the buffet. It was mostly ordinary fare, though, I had a few favourites that I went back for. First off, the grills section is something you should look out for. We ordered some beef and shrimps. Well seasoned and had a nice smoky flavour. The shrimps didn’t need any sauce to enhance its taste. Second, ask the Chef to prepare some waffles for you. Topped with salmon, sundried tomatoes, pickles and mayonnaise, the waffles are something you’ve got to try. Third, the main course offers some decent options too. My favourite being the pan seared fish and spinach and ricotta cannelloni.
The servers are quite nice and offered to bring dishes from the live section. Paired with dinner were two glasses of Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Juice with 24 Carat Gold Flakes. Something you’d want to order if you’re looking to make your meal extra special.
Bab Al Yam is located right next to the sea, so you can opt to dine outdoors with the beautiful view for the next few days. Enjoy the good weather while it’s still there!
We ended the meal with some of their delectable desserts and a cappuccino. I loved the moist carrot cake, profiteroles with custard and their chocolate tap! I had a lovely time dipping strawberries into the rich chocolate sauce.
If I’m coming back: With good things that I can count on my fingers of one hand, I don’t think I’ll be coming back for the buffet. However, I heard that they do à la carte in the afternoon, so I’d probably try that out sometime.
Bab Al Yam serves European food with Mediterranean influences. The service is exceptionally good and the servers are knowledgeable. My favourites were Shrimps and Rib Eye Steak from the Grills section and Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni from the main course side. Though, if you’re looking to impress someone, Burj Al Arab has other restaurants that might serve something better.