Ramadan Tent – Hush Lounge

Iftar tents during Ramadan are a common sight in the U.A.E. Trying their hand at these, Emirates Golf Club put up quite a successful tent this Ramadan by offering a Middle Eastern cuisine and a relaxing atmosphere for guests. Continue reading “Ramadan Tent – Hush Lounge”

Iftar at QD’s

QD’s, located in Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Garhoud, boasts a relaxed ambiance as well as good service. Situated overlooking the Creek, with a beautiful landscape to gaze at, it makes your visit one to remember. Continue reading “Iftar at QD’s”

Iftar at the Constellation Ballroom – Address Dubai Marina

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The Constellation Ballroom, located at Address Dubai Marina, is one of the most talked about places in town. Other than the obvious splendid decor, it also boasts an Iftar buffet that is quite different from its counterparts. I was invited to the place for an Iftar last week. The location was easy to find, as it is located amidst famously known hotels such as Radisson Blu and the likes. They also offer valet parking and offer to park your car which is a relief as it saves time.

The interiors are one word – Luxurious. Anyone can notice that there was a lot of time put into design those chandeliers, the lights and decorations and squeaking clean floors. The entrance of the ballroom is impressive. A dimly rim room with candles and roses. Placed aside was a large figure that read “#RamadanSawa”. After this, there is a red carpet to welcome guests. I surely felt like a star walking on it, even if it was for a few seconds 😀

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The ballroom is quite large, with around eight live stations on the sides. While the cold mezze, dates, and mains are served in the center of the room. What distinguishes this buffet spread from the others is that, Address Dubai Marina has tried to incorporate Arabic, Indian as well as Asian flavors in their menu. There were some dishes that totally wowed me.

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The live grills took up most of my plate as they were mouth-watering. They had shish tawook, chicken tikka, and shish kebab.

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There was a separate section for bread. I liked how these included sweet and savory options. As well as, the rotis and khubz.

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There was a small section for salads, but there wasn’t a particular one that I enjoyed. All of them were quite mediocre, more or less the standard that you’d expect from a place offering a normal buffet.

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The mains consisted of predictable dishes like biryani, ouzi and a couple of gravies that were good, but failed to charm me. The sirloin beef had a separate live station, where we were served cut pieces of beef. The meat was well done and went very well with the sauce provided.

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They also had Dumplings! 😀 I loved how the dumplings were soft and not too soggy. They had seafood and vegetable available. Some Korean dishes like Kimchi were also offered in the buffet.

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The desserts were kept in a separate hall, which was used for dining. These had innumerable options which delighted me of course! There is nothing such as too many sweets! 😀

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To name a few, Umm Ali, Muhallabia and puddings served in cute jars, cakes of different types, macarons and a huge pile of Macadamia nuts! You should see how glad I was when I saw this!

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The Chocolate Pavlova was heavenly! It had just the right amount of dark chocolate to give it a perfect mixture of a bittersweet experience. There were also chocolate cakes that were a bit too sweet for me.

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The macarons were another hit! Soft and almost breakable, they were creamy on the inside. I loved the lemon flavor more than the chocolate.

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The Umm Ali was sadly a disappointment. It lacked the right amount of sweetness I was looking for.

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While one stall served dessert, there was another counter where fruits were neatly arranged and also placed on sticks.

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On its side was a place where you could select an ice cream of your choice and garnish it with toppings yourself! I chose a hazelnut ice cream, with chocolate fudge, topped with choco chip and pistachio. And it tasted amaaazing!! 😀

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Priced at 190 AED per person, the Constellation Ballroom is a place for lovers of extraordinary locations and those with healthy appetites alike. Along with an Iftar buffet, Address Dubai Marina offers a place to relax with friends and family and also promises an experience that one can never forget.

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For details, contact 800 2337377

Happy eating. Until next time. xx

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Iftar at Centro Sharjah by Rotana

Rotana, a name is that is not uncommon to anyone living in the United Arab Emirates, manages around 100 properties in over 26 cities, also with sub brands like the Centro Hotels by Rotana. If I’m looking to feature Iftars this Ramadan, I can’t surely miss one by this popular hotel! I was lucky enough to receive an invite for Iftar one evening with my parents. Centro Sharjah is located near the Sharjah International Airport and offers a convenient location for passengers in transit. It also boasts a deli and a restaurant that provides an exquisite buffet during Ramadan.

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What I noticed when I arrived was the beautifully arranged buffet…and the crowd around it. When I inquired about the large number of people, which was obviously a huge group from a work place, I was informed that there was an office Iftar being hosted too that evening. Gladly, Centro Sharjah had organized two areas serving the same starters and mains, which led me into going to the other place that was surprisingly empty. The starters constituted of various types of salads, of which Fattoush was my favorite. The salad was freshly made with greens, topped with fried pieces of pita bread that was crunchy. There were also fried items like kibbeh, pakoras and samosas. From the wide array of drinks, we opted for Jallab for the three of us.

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The mains consisted of Seafood Fettuccini, Tawa Chicken Masala, Chicken Biryani, Fish with Tahina Sauce, Aloo Gobi Masala, Chicken Kadhai and Ouzi. Judging from the food, the cuisine was a mixture between Arabic and Indian which provided different options to all types of guests.

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My favorites from the main course were the Fish with Tahina Sauce, chicken biryani and the tawa chicken masala. These stood out of the mains that were provided to us. What I didn’t like was the Ouzi. By the time I had gotten to the area, it was mostly over. Also the meat didn’t taste quite good.

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From the live grill, I loved the kebabs and tikkas. These were served with garlic sauce that made them all the more appetizing.

I loved the dessert section. Hear me out, I LOVED it. There were so many different options, easily 10-15 of them. My favorites were the mango mousse, Umm Ali, chocolate cake and kunafa. The mango mousse was soft and easy to cut through, placed on top was a piece of mango jelly.

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The Umm Ali and kunafa were not too sweet, which was a comfort as I could indulge in more of these without feeling guilty.

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Lastly, the chocolate cake was the star of the entire buffet! It was presented in thick layers of cake and rich dark chocolate, that provided a bittersweet taste. I couldn’t help myself and had two whole pieces of this! 😀

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Coming to the service of Centro Sharjah by Rotana, we were very well taken care of. We were asked for our feedback during the course of our meal and were also assisted by a kind server who was ready to take any orders that we might have had.

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The Iftar buffet is priced at AED 109 per person, which is very reasonable for the amount of dishes, quality and the service they offer.

For more details, contact 06 5088000 / 06 5088000

Until then. xx

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