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Iftar Review @ Channels-Media Rotana + #WIN Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2!

Iftar Review @ Channels-Media Rotana + #WIN Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2!

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 In our culture The Iftar meal is a significant solitary and is commonly shared with family and friends. In the UAE many restaurants have Iftar buffets that are fine worth for currency and also serve in getting friends and family together. It’s indeed a great platform for even non-Muslims and other culture / nationalities/ religion people and expats to understand the spirit of the holy month and enjoy a feast together along with their Muslim brothers and sisters. Last night I went to sample one of the finest and by far the most huge Iftar buffets at Channels in Media Rotana Dubai. As per the rising standards, hotel puts on a well sorted and well-balanced iftar menu. The menu keep rotating each day and offers delicacies from around the world reflecting all the delicious cuisines however oriental cuisine is in abundance being it’s major influence and strikes great taste up to perfection.

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The Iftar buffet consists of a variety Juices, Fruits and Nuts. Rose Water, Kamardine, Laban Eyran, Tamerhindi, Gellab my favourites. I didn’t mind shamelessly standing twice in the queue behind the kids just making sure to fetch 2/3 glass of Gellab as good as it was!

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Apricot, Prunes, Figs, Raisins, Walnuts, Almond, Pistachio, Hazelnuts along with variety of Dates were displayed to break your fast.

It was a colorful, elegant set up at Channels, while all of the food is top quality. The buffet is held in the centre of the hotel and is well decorated according to Ramadan theme. The buffet is divided into different sections after the dates and juices section. Selection of Arabic & Continental Cheeses was superb, kashkwal ,baladi, moushalala were at par I can’t decide which one is more better. The most stand out feature is the items sorting in Hot and cold mezzeh keeping the best of it’s selection they were committed to their true definition and attention. Batorosh eggplant, Rocca Salad were my fav in cold & chiken kebbeh, Spring Roll, cheese rakakat in hot side. Seafood On Ice was a great concept to oomph the International array with Mussels, King Crab & Prawns sitting on frozen slab, also to compliment assorted sushi was there and the-oh-very-huge International salad spread. Asian Chicken salad, Egg and beef pastrami salad with gherkins and pasta Salad with Tuna and Olives were delicious.

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Fried Fish was very crispy and tender at the same time Chicken Fajitas with Condiments is so yummy , Lyonnais Potato taste much desi and is a treat to find in that menu.

Live cooking stations were so prompt be it for Chicken Shawarma, Ouzie, with yogurt and daquoise sauce or Chickpeas fatteh.

We were thoroughly impressed by the well greeted gesture of whole restaurant team along with their Restaurant Manager, Maurice who has been so interactive and reaches out to guests table with his kind gesture to ask if they are keeping well and enjoying their iftar, we have even observed the Chef been so active on Live counters and reaching out to nearby guests providing the freshly prepared Ouzi and we did take few minutes to chat and ask few question to Oriental Chef Ali Siblini from Lebanon and has been connected and serving the same group for a long time now.

With attentive service and very nice furnishings, there’s great sense of quality food at decent buffer at Media Rotana. It just serves best Oriental dishes with International items in their Iftar Buffet.

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How’s is Ramadan turn up for people in the region for such buffet?

Oh its immense its crowded, they love sharing the spirit of Ramadan and having Iftar with family and friends, you will stand in long queues over the buffet.

Is the menu remain same throughout Ramadan?

No, it’s changed everyday ! you won’t find the same dish for eight days, that counter over there for salad will be thoroughly different next day, we keep a rotation and very keenly select a menu to cater the needs and likeness of the customers and wish to produce the quality menu so they can enjoy their Iftar as much myself and like preparing for them.

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Let’s talk about Iftar Menu features?

We have live cooking, we also have arrangements for the banquets and we have regular functions there. Ramadan is the month for Oriental and that is the best feature we want to present here.

How about the readiness and likeness of oriental food to other nationalities and particularly for the customers you have in this specific month?

True, we have mix nationalities and as you can witness lots of European and non-arab Expats here who actually love to spend time and having iftar meals with their Muslim friends and equally enjoy this cuisine, as it’s not very spicy but rich in taste in flavors they all love it even its different taste as they are keen to witness the Arab hospitality.

Do you find this kind of cooking difficult than Mediterranean?

Well Oriental cooking is not so easy , however I love cooking I enjoy specialty dishes too. Oriental cuisine is always a challenge but as you see we have a touch of even Mediterranean dishes along with pure local , Jordanian , Syrian, Italian and Lebanese dishes. So I believe this is the selection which makes our buffet a success.

You biggest challenge in Ramadan buffet?

It’s the crowd and we take in pride in providing them with most alert service we can. Ramadan Iftar timings are firm , we have to be on our toes literally to re-filling the dishes and at Live station well equipped and rapid with the deliveries as it’s almost an hour in which the consumption peak is there. We have whole team of back kitchen preparing mix grill while you are enjoying the food and for Sajj at live station is non-stop! It’s the time versus perfection and we are committed to deliver quality with promptness.

What is the biggest strength of Oriental Cuisine?

Spices and Flavors, the combination of Hot and Cold Mezzeh, their preparation to its excellence.

Any Ramadan Cook & Eat tip you want to share with my readers?

I like cooking and eating and wish to keep balance. You have to know what you eat and how you eat !

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The details

Channels – Media Rotana

Price – AED 175* per person

Contact – To Book a table call +971 (4) 4350201

Email – fb.media@rotana.com

Website – www.rotanatimes.com/mediarotana/offers/12172

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Media Rotana Management, Sahil Gour, our host Marketing team and Hotel Staff at ChannelsWe were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

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Here comes the Pizza – Grand Launch of Russo’s NY Pizzeria!

Here comes the Pizza – Grand Launch of Russo’s NY Pizzeria!

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“Mangia bene! “ [Eat well] -Chef Anthony Russo. The Russo’s Dalma Mall “Grand Launch” was a private event, as guests are welcomed by CEO himself along with Marketing team and during the event there is a free flow on Pizza and appetizers via attentive hostesses. You won’t miss the store at this location in mall because it is located right near the Cinemas. This restaurant displayed a Russo’s board at the entrance and there is a strong aroma indication to guide to further !

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Had an incredible time at the festive cooking demo at Russo’s by none other than the man himself, founder and Chef Anothony Russo. The variety and colors are so fresh and yummy. It can literally turn an adult into a child in a pizza world. Today, you can find Russo’s New York Pizzeria all around the world. Yet, it is no typical franchise. No matter which location it is, almost everything is made in-house, from the pizza dough to the gnocchi and mainly handpicked and exported from their sorted locations.

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All in all it was great evening I simple loved the menu of the night in Starters my favorite were Caprese Salad, Pomodora Brushetta and Fried Portobello Mushrooms. Of course you can’t beat their originals Cheese and Chicken Rustica Pizzas !! DSC_0392 DSC_0352 DSC_0342 DSC_0343 DSC_0345 IMG_20150610_193945 Lasagna Al forno was indeed a great touch and how can I not mention very tempting Panna Cotta & Tiramisu. I am not a huge fan of Risotto however did taste their Porcini one with drizzled Truffle Oil and it is indeed very delicious! DSC_0377 One could smell the oven baked pizza while you are just passing near cine royal on the same floor. I’m normally not a fan of the thin crust, but this is the right blend of crisp and juicy with each slice covered with fresh toppings. Russo’s is worth a visit. The quality of food and service definitely won’t disappoint! DSC_0400 DSC_0362 DSC_0340 DSC_0433 IMG_20150611_105124 Russo is the story of a chef with immense dreams and have done it in grace, someone who was able to take a winning perception and wrap up it in a way that, in the hands of the right people, can be replicated over and over again. Anthony Russo has developed one of the first New York-style pizzeria concept in Houston, after Mastering his family’s recipes for his own restaurants, he took the idea and started franchising it. That concept was Russo’s New York Pizzeria. I loved the opportunity to taste some of the finest Russo’s creation customized that day and to know about him and chat over some desserts in late evening on same day. We break it down our cluster conversation with him into below main Q & A: Where do you source your ingredients from? Some from Italy and some from US. What about the local market, do you think it’s readily available or is it the procedures and policy of the company/ management decision? It involves a lot of items about 60-70 and in most of the cases we usually bring it from abroad. You have a lot of Arab based and UAE restaurants? Do you adjust/alter your recipes  to meet the demand of the customers in this region? The recipes do not change much, except recipes where it’s pertaining to the nature of ingredients and meat (halal) to be replaced others which do not involve any such obligations remain same and as healthy and full of taste as I have inherited and created some hence It’s a family recipes which we are making for years. What sort of R&D is involved, as you have to make sure it shall be liked by the residents here and matches to their taste buds? Indeed. We want clients & foodies in every market to suit the liking for our food, whether locally or internationally, to enjoy their experience at Russo’s. A big part of that is integrating local gastronomy and ingredients into dishes. Luckily in case of UAE it’s quite Mediterranean and this is a plus for us and a lot of material like egg-plant, veggies  cheese and sauces are rich in such tastes and help us win over the hearts of locals and other nationalities in the region. DSC_0390 DSC_0386 DSC_0385 DSC_0381 What about the chefs at different outlets of Russo’s , are the only from particular region? No, they vary however all of them are being trained for one month to six weeks under an extensive program, even in some locations I’d come in to train them and show them how to do it. I teach them how to cook and carry on the family recipe, I won’t mind doing it as I love my family recipes and treasure them. I wanted to make sure when I handed it off to someone who pizza was going to taste really like New York-style pizza. We make sure that the recipes are ideal. That, no matter who maneuvers the restaurant, the food is going to taste the same as I would make it from our family recipe. What is the reason behind Russo’s being distinctive? It’s the ingredients that you use. Also the simplicity which goes in making this Italian cuisine, the beauty of compatibility and adaptability of its taste by different customs and regions. It has to be high-quality and you need to know what kind of flour to use, back home I pick all the ingredients from flour till veggies on my own. I use high-gluten flour with the highest protein. It’s milled in a certain part of Illinois. The flour, the cheese and the sauce is significant. DSC_0422 DSC_0411 How many branches in region? We have 6 units in total, and are planning to have 10 more in the coming year. However, in the next month we will be opening a branch in Riyadh. What is the biggest challenge you face here in this region? To maintain the quality, as I have been to some place here in UAE and it was really different from the US, in terms of quality, I found it that it is quite challenging to keep the same level of quality that we find in the US, although it is improved over the years, as you can find the best category of Parmesan over here due to export. We also have to bring in ingredients from abroad to maintain the quality of food and that is the only challenge we face. What is the biggest strength you have and what advice you want to give to my readers? My biggest strength is food off course, cause if not, we would not be successful. The only food advice I can give to your readers is if they require pizza and pasta, only go to russo’s 😉 Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to CEO, host Marketing team at Russo’s, Prime Hospitality, Mutaz (for coordination), charming Layal, Suzzane & most Importantly my favorite Chef Anthony RUSSO! from NY PizzeriaWe were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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“Short break in Paradise – Hilton Ras-al Khaimah Resort”/ WIN 2nights stay+breakfast for 2 – Featured Staycation

“Short break in Paradise – Hilton Ras-al Khaimah Resort”/ WIN 2nights stay+breakfast for 2 – Featured Staycation

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“Short break in paradise resort – Hilton Ras-al Khaimah

Roof_Shots0866 (1)RAS – AL- KHAIMAH BEAUTY We have decided to visit for a family Staycation to some distant spot this time, hence after careful scrutiny we chose an emirate which names after it’s meanings “Top of the tent” or alternatively “headland of the small hut, RAS-AL-KHAIMAH, The city was historically known as Julfar, is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman’s exclave of Musandam.

We chose to be at some resort this time! “Any time spent at the beach is time well spent”. Our search for the same indicated “Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa. Being state-of-art property in the region huddled in a dazzling private bay on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and overlooking the sea, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & spa offers an tranquil getaway for business or leisure. Combining tasteful Chalets with trendy modern rooms, having a balcony or private patio with open way in to the striking pallid sandy seashore.

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City Walk We dint even feel the time while we were at the property, as it has literally a world of activities to keep yourself indulge in, however if you’re a keen traveler and have a longer stay there are many activities to enjoy and places to discover around the resort like horse riding, golf or quad biking in nearby areas.  Souks and RAK Museum and main tourist attractions. Fly the aviation Club or join a sky tour by seaplane. Trips are also available inland to see the desert, go on a mountain safari or sail in a traditional dhow in the beautiful Musandam.

On our previous trips to Ras-al-Khaimah we have been to Iceland Waterpark and Dreamland and it was indeed an unforgettable day out, they are not too far away, so if while staying at Hilton Resorts pools and beach is not enough give a try for that thrilling experience at these places.

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DSC_0085Hilton RAK Arrival & Check-in:

If you are driving along your GPS, it will bring you to exact location without much confusion, do not go for alternate route options though L After reaching hotel our check-in was prompt and smooth, with ever –smiling faces at the front desk staff. We were been given the directions for elevator area to reach our floor. The property is immaculately kept and the eminence of service is incredible. DSC_0086

DSC_0265Room & Amenities:

We stayed at one of their Hilton Family Suite without balcony, but it had pool & beach view from full glass wall in the living room; There is enough space for our family in this spacious 90 sq. m. /967 sq. ft. suite with separate living room and two king beds, that plush bed made my sleep truly peaceful. Some similar suites also have a balcony (subject to availability).

We experienced the oh-so-comfy room feeling, my kids just relaxed on the sofa, surf the web with WiFi and enjoyed kid’s movie on the LCD TV. The suite also features a large bathroom with walk-in shower & the surprise treat built-in jacuzi, as I was so tired in travelling that same day we couldn’t go down to the pool but kids had their due share of enjoyment in our mini in-house Jacuzi. We will definitely go back to this great resort and recommend it to everyone we know. Make sure to do a spa treatment while you are there! we missed it but it is a must as mentioned by a friend!

Double King Deluxe Plus Suite

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Pools & Water Sports:

 The resort’s pools are indeed a great feature, you may dip into one of six different swimming pools and enjoy a great range of water sports, including snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing, jet skiing and diving. We loved the fact that beach location was the best in the area, had everything our party of 4 could want and best of all, the staff at this resort was so kind and went out of their way to anticipate our every need. We had fun doing several activities in the day ranging from Swimming fun to pool aerobics, Jumping castle to Park rides and Kid’s Paradise activities.

DSC_0422 DSC_0548 DSC_0120 DSC_0453 DSC_0323 Indulge yourself in this contemporary 84m²/904 sq. ft. suite offering a large living room. This luxurious suite features 2 king size beds and a balcony (subject to availability). Relax on the sofa and watch a DVD on the LCD TV or surf the net with WiFi. Stimulate your senses in the spacious bathroom which features a walk-in shower. Sleeps 4 adults.

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At night we roll again as the sensational beach walk is 1 minute away and it was fun for all of us. On the next day we enjoyed benches yes you may lay on the beach or pool side and it was like a trance!

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We love the Kids Club with indoor and outdoor playground, pools and slide, my kids have spent most time there. A world of fun awaits even when you go outside in the front area of Kids Paradise from water slides, kids pool and playground, to gardens and indoor playrooms with supervised activities with humbled, kind and moreover professional staff.

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I love the level of cleanliness and well kept tools at kids paradise with special care to kids hygiene.  There is something for Kids of all ages there, the upstairs section feature many educational toys and learning objects and the fun cradles for kids from 0-5 age, we love the “Groovy kids” statement. Professional babysitting services are also available and trust me the staff mingled and had their bonding with my kids in no time.

WOW FACTOR:
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  • A very family-friendly spot and an ultimate Spot for Staycation (Stay in Vacations) covering over all activities for all ages.
  • If you love calm ocean water – this is the place! Because of the location/direction of the beach the resort has a rare stretch of very calm water. This made for excellent swimming, if also a less exciting time in the water 🙂 DSC_0534
  • The resort is just a 25-minute drive from
    RAK International Airport
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  • 14 restaurants including 4 specialty restaurants

Other Features:

Spa Facilities You may choose from different treatment rooms, two hammam Turkish baths, as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The professional spa team soothe your senses with pampering body treatments, rejuvenating facials and blissful massages.

Fitness Resort’s fitness centre features the latest generation of cardio and strength training equipment, If you are health conscious you can simply stay fit with yoga and aerobics room.

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Mahi Blog Recommends:

Highly recommended!! We rate it 4.5 out of 5 (as we couldn’t review the Spa in this trip but will head their soon) ! Overall, we loved it and would definitely recommend it. Definitely going back to this resort again. It was much nicer than we expected, from the front of the hotel to the incredible ocean-front view directly in front of our room, which was located up on the high floor.

We stayed their with our kids who are aged 5, 6 and we all agreed this was the best resort in the area. The staff was incredible and every single person on staff acknowledged and greeted us with a friendly hello and a genuine smile.The rooms were amazing (clean, airy, beautiful views).

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It has a wealth of fine dining and outstanding amenities and we will never forget the magical moment when we witnessed a magnificent sunset from the Garden area, infront of Shallots.

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It’s Grand, Services are very functional and pleasant.  a tad expensive per head, but one could forgive it for the quality and variety they serve. Courteous and attentive staff are very alert and you will see them moving around you to assist all the t ime. Breakfast & dinner both were perfect and what I loved the most was lassi they serve on the buffet! I was so thrilled and impressed with their live counters especially at the breakfast, swift and very well organized, it won’t make you stand in long queue as they mastered their trick and provide you with your order in no time. Suuny side up! Omellete with capsicum or mushroom anyone !

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It offers diners not just the finest selection of authentic dishes from around the world, but an elegant, luxurious setting in which it’s lovely to enjoy the pool outdoor views as well as peaceful in-house dining. I loved the fact how the table and seats setting is compatible suiting the needs of  diners and their family mix, encounter this group of 6 young kids sitting in high chairs with table slab setting spot near fruit/salad/Yogurt area having their own fun chat and giggles while the elders of the family are enjoying their breakfast in cozy sofas nearby.  Live cooking stations located at 2 places at the venue combined with a sumptuous buffet provide for a truly unique dining experience.

DSC_0142 The beauty of Maarid is not only the huge array of buffet style cuisine, but also being able to watch the chefs cook up something special of your choice at one of the live cooking stations, in a open-theatre-style setting having buffet at both sides of it. We enjoyed the buffet inside once and were seated at a table outside the other, overlooking the pools.The buffet is well thought out and includes a wide range of options including seafood consisting of fresh lobster, prawns, crab and fresh fish, steak that is cooked to your liking, curries, an array of Arabic style meat and lots of fresh sides to choose from. Desserts have many choices too. DSC_0146

MAARID overall has stylish interior and as soon as you enter the place you feel the  flavors and tempting aromas from live cooking areas. Their kid’s menu area is separate incase they want to get busy with some arts and activities while eating their food from the counters nearby.

Pura Vida – A little bit of Brazil shine on Ras-al-Khaimah 

It is a place where you can simply coddle your sanity with a taste of Brazilian Churrasco all-you-can-eat-meat, served rodizio style. Although Maarid Restaurant in same hotel truly is an all-day dining destination however this is a specialty restaurant.

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We were humbly invited to have a special dine-out in a concealed and tranquil spot, I would say perfect spot for lovers! beach front restaurant, amazing atmosphere, delightful food, very romantic ambience, and yes definitely need to mention the Brazil strong impact of churascos.

We simply loved the place, you can find our detailed review of Pura Vida HERE !

RAMADAN OFFERS:

Here is more to savor during Holy month of Ramada. Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa launches a huge feast to be held at its Ramadan Tent. It’s something new for everyone who would like to experience Islamic traditions, local culture, atmosphere of spiritual wellness and happiness.

Marc Guenther, General Manager, explains: “This month marks the most important month in the Muslim world. We are excited Sales_Flyerto offer our guests and citizen the largest Ramadan Tent in Ras Al Khaimah this year, combining our experience in hospitality and great chef’s talents”.

Let the flavors of your Arabic favorites dazzle you, from luscious appetizers, main course to desserts at the wide Iftar buffet. The guests will be happy to enjoy special offers of Sohour tray, selection of shisha, coffee, tea and many more.

Experience the variety of Iftar buffet at AED 129*

Enjoy all the best of the Arabic selection from Sohur tray at AED 95*

Have an excellent after-dinner experience and enjoy your favorite flavours of shisha at AED 35*

*Prices are per person and subject to 10% service charge. Discounts are applicable for reservations made minimum of 10 persons. Offer is valid during the month of Ramadan 2015 (17 June until 18 July).

For more information, please call 07 22 888 44

Facebook page for Ramadan Tent:

You can find more details regarding the property via following:

HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH RESORT & SPA | Al Maareedh Street | Ras Al Khaimah | PO Box 12298 | UAE T: +971 (0)7 228 8844 F: +971 (0)7 226 0020 ras-al-khaimah-resort@hilton.com rasalkhaimahresort.hilton.com
Facebook page for the hotel:
Website page:

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Mahi Blog and HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH RESORT & SPA have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Voucher for 2 Nights Hotel Stay on BB for 2

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Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Hilton RAK & Staff , Our lovely host Alona, Management and F&B team at the property and of course Kaby Klick.

We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Pura Vida at Hilton – A little bit of Brazil shine on Ras-al-Khaimah

Pura Vida at Hilton – A little bit of Brazil shine on Ras-al-Khaimah

Pura Vida – A little bit of Brazil shine on Ras-al-Khaimah 

It is a place where you can simply coddle your sanity with a taste of Brazilian Churrasco all-you-can-eat-meat, served rodizio style. We were humbly invited to have a special dine-out in a concealed and tranquil spot and sharing this close-to-heart review on Mahi Blog, I would say perfect spot for lovers! beach view restaurant, amazing atmosphere, delightful food, very romantic ambience, and yes definitely need to mention the Brazil strong impact of churasscos.

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It is located in the vicinity of Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa (Click HERE for full Hotel review) at another end of the private bay. You can reach in buggy from the hotel main entrance just need to request at concierge and it shall be arranged shortly.

This wasn’t my first time to dine in Brazilian cuisine. I actually went to one in region earlier and was actually pleased with the food, ambiance and service. This time around, we tried even more variety blend in with great concepts. We were welcomed and greeted by the restaurant’s manager and were asked for our stay and then warmly showed us around the restaurant and asked us if we wish to sit in or out, we pointed a sopt outside under some light fixed near trees and it seems so appealing, they asked us to give few minutes and made it ready. As soon as we were seated in the open area outside (yes, they arranged it in 4 minutes literally!) of the restaurant, we were given this fresh bread slab along with their very yummy butter, which my little munchkins devoured! The table was thoughtfully laid with white bright lamp on our table, and the staff were friendly. Our attendant that night explained to me the whole concept of churrasco, what are they made of. Then we started off with some soup and friend shrimps.

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Our petite niggle was the lack of music outside. We felt the ambiance suffered and it was possible to hear the conversations of the other diners, even though there is plenty of room between the tables and it’s very spacious.

Staff will bring to your table on sword-like skewers (the idea we simply loved) They will give you this cylinder wooden block colored Red & Green in half. If green is atop you will keep getting fresh, hot, flaming, charcoal aroma churassco’s non-stop. If you need a break invert to show the red colour and they shall wait till you go green again 😉

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What an amazing night,! overall it was a very very enjoyable and best experience we have had so far for Brazilian cuisine, with lots of Churasscos to be savored we’re sure to be back again with more hungry stomach to relish a scrumptious pour-in of succulent char-grilled cuts under stars and seeing the full-moon reflection over Arabian Gulf. Pura Vida it is ! We will be back.

A generous à la carte menu is also available.

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THE CHURRASCO:

It is the traditional Brazilian custom of cooking various cuts of seasoned meats (Chicken wings, legs / Beef / Lamb) over an open fire. This style of cuisine is known in Brazil as churrascaria; meaning “house of barbecue”. It is tradition that is more than four centuries old in Brazil. This original and unique way of roasting meat conserves the characteristic taste of each portion leaving the cuts full of its own natural juices and flavours.

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in hotels, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Featured Buffet – Rosewater Style!  Grand Spread, Outstanding Quality in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers + Competition for readers!

Featured Buffet – Rosewater Style!  Grand Spread, Outstanding Quality in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers + Competition for readers!

WINNER:

Congrats “Jennalyn Calibara”

Please claim your prize before Monday 22 June, 2015.

We have recently attended what we wish to feature as one of the best Buffet in town. It is at “Rosewater” restaurant in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Here is our break down of the most amazing areas we review it for. truly a worth buffet for it’s cost !

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Impression & Entry: Neat, Stylish and Impressive! you can’t miss those breathtaking vistas of Hotel Lobby while making your way to Rosewater Restaurant which stands out for its stunning setting. Once we are in front of the restaurant at Podium Level the hostess greet us immediately upon entry and bring us to our table in main dining area, we were been given a short tour of whole restaurant, live stations as well as their stunning terrace (balcony open areas) which has pool view on one side and western coastline of Abu Dhabi sea on the front side.

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While we were comfortably seated, the server soon approach for taking order for our hot or cold beverages.

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Wide – Spread Buffet: The brilliant array of cuisines at Rosewater restaurant’s buffet will make you marvel since it’s not that effortless to maintain the standards so far above the ground from corner to corner especially with such an ample wide –spread buffet. We were been invited over their dinner buffet offering an extensive range of delicious options including canapés, sushi, salads, a variety of dishes from all around the world and live cooking stations serving pasta, noodles, steaks and even yummy crepes.

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Modern Traces &  Intelligent draftsman: The architecture is striking and well set up, decor of the restaurant is eye-catching and contemporary. The restaurant is so spacious and has excellent interior boasting an elegant yet trendy seating arrangement which is so well distributed making it ideal either for couples or large families or any business meeting . I was seated along with family on the most Royal spot, festooned with sparkling chandeliers and interesting wall treatments.

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Ambiance & Environment: It has a tranquil peaceful amazing atmosphere. we loved the terrace too and stood their for a while and enjoyed the amazing views. Rosewater provides a tranquil setting with ceiling to floor windows creating a sense of space over all and you won’t  feel it crammed or heaving even if it’s full house. The set-up of the buffet area on one side on the floor spread even give enough space to walk in and forth while you are choosing upon your dishes as well as the walking passage in between the cooking stations and counters is so wide.

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Staff: The restaurant’s best features however are their delectable concoctions, but they are made even pleasant with the staff considerate service. They were so attentive without being intrusive; and it was very timely service with attention to detail. We even noticed one of the waiter always clearing our dining area and fixed  napkins for kids every time we visit the buffet. I could say it’s fine dining feature of the service which is so rare in a buffet restaurant to this level.

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Food: The excellent quality of food is absolutely satisfying. We like the very fine diversity of food! Whether it’s seafood or steak, Indian curry or Arabian salad, Salad or desserts every item on buffet is prepared with keenness and aptness. I can suggest this restaurant to everybody to make this fantastic experience of Abu Dhabi´s Best International Restaurant!

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Although the selection of food is so wide, even then you will be surprised by the quality, they give complete attention to breads, salads and desserts too.  I love their Classic Caesar Salad, Crispy Croutons, Quality Parmesan, marinated Chicken appetizers and the Prawn delicacies so juicy and infused with aroma. Kids love pasta so we custom ordered  from the live station and Chef prepared it to perfection, I wished for a Grilled Portobello Mushroom and it was been fulfilled.

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There were some specials mini platters at of glazed BBQ Sauced shrimps with spring onions they taste so amazing ; The Chef at live counter made sure that Chicken and meat is perfectly grilled and seasoned it involves communication but believe me from  a lamb fillet to a tuna steak everything is available and the expert chefs will prepare it for you just the way you like it.

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Soup was nicely seasoned with an abundance of sautéed ingredients. If only there is a choice od creamy one too;  Asian sauce is some dishes were a wee bit salty for me, but then always you have asian food live stations for ordering the noodles and curries in the way you want, you can add any items been dried out earlier like sprouts, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. They look so visually remarkable, I have asked for sauce on the side and crisp fried vegetables.

Vegetables were finely chopped up in dishes and risottos tasted amazing too. I should say that the price is definitely worth it.  Too bad that I am really not good on buffets as I get full easily. The choices were endless! I will definitely give my thumbs up to Rosewater for their dinner buffet due to added factors of ambiance and services along with great food.

Desserts : Finally for dessert it’s a long list , I had creme brulee, raspberry sauce, chocolate cake and that macron mini sweet burger over there, which again I forgot what it is called.  Creme brulee was creamy and the top was crystallized to perfection!  Rosewater have the largest variety in desserts ranging from Arabic to Indian Sweets, Crème Brulee to fruits tarts, flavored Mousse that incorporates air bubbles so well to give it a light and airy texture, Chocolate fondue and the Crepes counter was my kids’ favorite and it’s so difficult to move them away from it’s sight, honestly it attracts grown-ups equally.

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Our Take: Personally, I couldn’t taste completely even 50 % of the items on menu as I get full so easily! All in all, it is a really elegant founding to have a special meal with friends, family or for a special occasion. Service along with visually beautiful menu items make this a place must to go back. we were blown away by the quality of their preparation.

Surely after this scrumptious buffet and indulgence in delicacies, you will kick off your day perfectly, you will return back there in no time. I guess our quarter tradition (visiting best food spots in town quarterly) continues strong as they won’t  fail to make each visit a bit more special. We are returning to Rosewater soon !

  • Location – Podium Level 2, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Cuisine – International
  • Dress Code – Smart casual
  • Breakfast – 06:30 to 11:00 daily
  • Lunch – 12:30 to 15:30 daily
  • Dinner – 19:00 to 23:00 daily
  • Telephone +971 2 811 5666
  • Email – JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com
  • Website – https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/abu-dhabi/jumeirah-etihad-towers/restaurants-and-bars-at-jumeirah-at-etihad-towers/rosewater/

“May the spirit of the Holy Month shine upon children in need and bless them with peace and great fortune.”

Here’s a sneak peak into their Ramadan offers at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This Year, for every person attending their Iftar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will be donating AED 2 to the Emirates Red Crescent.

IFTAR AT ROSEWATER

Located on Podium Level 2, Rosewater offers guests authentic Arabian traditions. Start the Holy season after sunset with a mouth-watering display of Arabian classics. Dine on sumptuous grills, freshly prepared oceanic fare, refreshing Ramadan beverages and savour each precious moment with family.

As per Iftar timings

Price: AED 185* per person

*Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee

GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers  voucher for dinner for 2 (incl. soft drinks)at Rosewater the award winning restaurant.

How to WIN:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Where in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is Rosewater located ??

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To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on June 8th, 2015. The more you share this post & Mahi Blog on social widgets, better the chance to win! All UAE fans can take part.

Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers & Staff , Maria, Kaby Klick. We were invited but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews,  all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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City Walk – Event Review: “Short+Sweet” theatre festival.

City Walk – Event Review: “Short+Sweet” theatre festival.

Abu Dhabi enjoyed its first taste of the international theatre festival ‘Short+Sweet’ this weekend, when a touring show of the festival’s 10-minute plays visited the capital as part of a day of theatre events at Abu Dhabi Theatre. The Short+Sweet festival has run successfully in Dubai for the last three years, and organisers hosted the theatre day to give locals a taste of the fun and energy involved in the event and to promote the idea of having a full Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi theatre festival in early 2016. The day began with an acting workshop on stage, a  playwriting workshop in the afternoon and a performance of ‘Short+Sweet – the Best of Short+Sweet Dubai’ showing some of the most successful, and funniest, 10-minute plays in the world.

HR Shereen Saifudeen, Beth Burrows, Taraash Mehrotra and Salman Qureshi in No 22, Shorter+Sweeter

Says Alex Broun, world-leading playwright and producer of Short+Sweet Dubai: “Short+Sweet has really helped to promote homegrown theatre talent in Dubai. Last February we had over 250 actors, writers and directors involved in staging 70, 10-minute plays and it really brought out the best from local theatre groups”. He continues “there is some incredible creative talent in Abu Dhabi, both Emirati and expatriate. We want to start a full festival of 10-minute plays here, Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi, to give local people a challenge and to enable them to collaborate across cultural divides”.

Short+Sweet currently runs across 23 cities, in seven different countries, although Dubai is currently the only Emirate to host it. The Shorter+Sweeter show, a touring production, hopes to tour the GCC and then Italy later in the year. Anyone who wants to get involved in Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi should contact alex@constellation.ae, at Dubai’s newest performing arts company Constellation.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES

 

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