Manzil, Downtown Dubai is one of the better Iftars offered this Ramadan (priced at AED 170) for an authentic and royal affair. We visited the hotel last year during the Holy Month and my thoughts are only on the basis of keeping that as a comparison.
Sandy tones and dim lighting along with ladies dressed in Jalabiya greet you when you enter the hotel. Manzil is known for its impeccable hospitality that beats most of the places we’ve visited. The buffet is a stretch of food from Middle Eastern influences. The starters remain the same this year too, save an additional bread section. The area boasted different kinds of bread and well, I happened to spend most of my time there. 🙂
While the appetizers won my vote, the main course differed considerably. Especially the grills that were rather dry than juicy and below average options for rice.
Manzil has teamed up with Maward Patisserie this year to serve some delightful sweets from the dessert counter. We loved the creamy tarts that Maward is so famous for. Pair the sweets with some coffee or the much talked about Iced Moroccan Tea from the buffet and you can mark it as one of your favorite experiences this Ramadan.
If I’m going back: The starters and desserts get my vote. These are the areas I look forward to most. Serving Levant cuisine, Manzil needs to up its game in the grill section as that’s what many of its guests are looking for.
The buffet is served at The Boulevard Kitchen with an outdoor area at The Courtyard (with shisha). Priced at AED 170.
What do you look forward to the most in a buffet? Does good service make up for average food?
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