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Iftar Review – “Layali al Baraka” at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – #WIN Iftar Buffet for 2! (INSTANT GIVEAWAY)

Iftar Review – “Layali al Baraka” at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – #WIN Iftar Buffet for 2! (INSTANT GIVEAWAY)

IFTAR AT “LAYALI AL BARAKA”

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Like each year Jumeirah at Etihad Towers have their special set-up of Ramadan “Layali al Baraka” in their diversified and multipurpose venue (Mezzoon Pre Function Area). You can Experience the joy of the season with friends and family in the lavishly decorated venue and  immerse yourself in the Ramadan spirit with your family and friends

It is predominantly Arabic food however non-Arabic dishes are also there and been chosen carefully as been best in the menu and also strike a great balance to par the taste of Ramadan menu. Jalab, Karkadh, Laban, Kamar Al Deen & Erk Sous all of these varieties of Ramadan Drinks are available however if you wish you may order for the soft drinks and fresh juices chargeable out of the Ramadan buffet menu.

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We loved the set-up of house Water, some juices, Nuts & Dates available on your table pre-arrival; as it’s much convenient you don’t have to rush to the main food area to find the glasses for juices or to start munch-in soon as you break the fast.

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This might be our last outdoor Iftar this  Ramadan in UAE, but we can’t get enough of our very favorite “Lentil Soup” with Lemon and Zaatar Crouton; oh yes the infusion of Zaatar added that extra zest to this great creation. There was soup of the day also however it’s was not been able to take our attention away from lentil one!

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Another reason I love food at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is their Condiments; we loved the fact how keen observation and special care they gave it to the small portion of menu; we had noticed the same at our previous review of “ROSEWATER”. Cornichons, shaved Parmesan and marinated Mushroom with grilled Eggplants were tasty.

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There is a huge salad bar and of compound salad having Lollo Rosso and Oak leaves with complete range of dressings, balsamic being the best. We also loved Baba Ganoush, Mohamara and Warak Enab, in Cold Mezzah section.

We noticed a large presence of non-Arabs diners too at their Iftar Buffet. How they cater to that in menu, well to mention Thai Green Chicken Curry with Basil and Stir fried Vegetable Rice were indeed top-notch Asian items in “Layali al Baraka” menu and we were fond of it.

To keep a mix they had few western dishes on menu too; Mediterranean Style baked Mahi Mahi, Tomato, Grilled Chicken Breast with creamy Mushroom Sauce, Potato Gratin with Celeriac and Buttered Peas with Lettuce and Shallots. On a side Indian note their Tandoori Jhinga is a must-try.

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Live station for Churros preparation. it was divine..

WOW Factor:

Guess what we found at Hot Mezzah Chicken Wings & Chicken Liver Pomegranate jus which was very well done and juicy too. Ouzi with Oriental Rice kept its soul along with Emirati Station having Lamb Harris, Vegetables Salona and Lamb Majbous.

The traditional Oud player sets a soothing ambience with his notations and you will enjoy the whole ambiance even louder.

Main Course consist of Arabic Mixed Grill (Shish Taouk, Lamb Kebab, Kofta Kebab), Laban Emmo, Dajaj Bel Batata (it has become our favorite potatoe dish now)

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Other main courses includes Samak Makli with Tarator sauce, the Kousa Mahshi (very simple in taste unlike its name), Yaknet Bazella with Lamb Stew and very popular Vermicelli Rice, very appetizing.

  • There is large variety of Arabic Sweets to name what we tasted were Koulaj, Kataif Ashta with nuts, Cheese Halwa, Aysh al Saraya and of course Umm Ali along with Tangy Lemon Meringue Tart and yummy Red Velvet sliced Cake.
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Tamar Hindi being served via Traditional Dallah Style.

Live station of Kunafa was also in progress. We rate it 4.5 out of 5 for being an exquisite buffet of regional delights including live cooking stations. From sumptuous seafood grills to a live Saj station and customary Ramadan beverages served with the traditional dallah, each appetising dish will enchant your palate.

In the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan, they will be donating AED 2, for every person attending their Iftar, to Emirates Red Crescent in support of children in need.

Location: Podium Level 4
Timings: As per Iftar timings
Price: AED 175* per person

For more information or reservations, please contact us:

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Telephone: +971 2 811 5666
Email:  JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers“Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2”

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 14th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Management, Maria our lovely host staff at restaurant. We 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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Iftar Review: Sufra – Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights+ “WIN Table for 2 for Dinner Buffet”.

Iftar Review: Sufra – Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights+ “WIN Table for 2 for Dinner Buffet”.

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We have been invited to dine-in at a luxurious location at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. This the first year they offer Iftar Buffet in Ramadan at their all day dine-in restaurant “SUFRA”.

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Venue Details:

The venue was pleasant and startling. It’s been ornamented with amazing interiors and bits representing great sense of leg room and being chic at the same time. While you are being seated in one corner can actually have a fair view of overall restaurant. The ambiance was quite bright compare to other fine dining restaurants. Incase you prefer not to open sitting they have a wide Private chamber for customized group booking, private reservation and gatherings

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Iftar Buffet:

They were “Live action stations” preparing Lamb Shawarma (was best), Falafel, Cheese Rokkat, Kibbeh, Chicken Ouzi and Lamb and Iranian Jeejeh Kebab which were the most delicious of all the BBQ items. In their hot dishes my favorites were Chicken Tagine and Ajwani Prawn Masala. Aloo mutter (potatoes and Green peas curry) tasted so good with Steamed rice. Fish tasted very tender and juicy along with mashed potatoes. Arabic dishes were not in abundance though however the few which represent it did not disappoint us either. (Harissa rubbed Lamb Chops, Bamiya bill ahem, shek almahshe were tastiest)

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Steaks were scrumptious and WE LOVED Cheese and Zatar condiments at Saj Station.

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Breads were prepared fresh and were served to the table. Buffet was not too large however items have been carefully selected and each tasted delicious. I love Shorbet Adas Soup along with Croutons.

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Salad and Cheese counters were to be commended it has a variety of seasonal salads as well as chef attended live salad preparation for Fattoush. Assorted round bites of plain Labaneh, with dry mint and with Paprika were mouth-watering.

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Desserts were great especially Um ali, macrons, Baklawa and Ash alsraya. Fruit cakes and Lintzer tart were yummy. Ice creams made my kids really happy as they loved variety of toppings long with their favorite desserts.

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It’s a simple buffet but indeed very tasteful. Staff gesture was great we even noticed they were clearing up table and folding napkins for kids each time we went out of our seats. Staff alertness was very evident as they go an extra mile to serve to your table.

For more details, check these pages for Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights: FB, INSTAGRAM

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Dinner Buffet Voucher for 2 at SUFRA”

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 20th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Management, Leenu and our host staff at restaurant. We 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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Time-Out at Pool and Dinner @ ‘SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT’ / Giveaway

Time-Out at Pool and Dinner @ ‘SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT’ / Giveaway

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CONGRATS Krithigha and Nadia Victor. You are choosen as winners. Indivisual msgs are been sent to both in how to claim ur prize.

I had visited SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT along with my family where we enjoyed Pool & Beach Access plus refreshments at Azure Pool. From the moment we entered we found the staff much courteous and even at the reception they made us felt very welcomed.

While we were waiting for our lovely host Sofia, took a trance look at the lobby and admired its elegant structure. After a brief meeting another host has guided us to our way to Beach side of the resort.

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Pool & Refreshment at Azure Restaurant:

There we reached Azure restaurant & Pool which is very big and spacious, adjacent to same is the kid’s pool, showers and changing rooms are situated nearby.

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 The pools are temperature controlled while life guard is available throughout to assist further. Azure Pool bar and restaurant is located connected within the pool hence swimmers can enjoy sitting in the pool and enjoying their snacks. However the very prompt and courteous staff will bring your order to you while you are even sitting in the big gardens just in front of the pool full of beach benches & relaxing chairs. You can relax under sun or under tree overseeing the calm sea and jet skies splashing the water. We enjoyed our refreshment i-e Mini Burgers, pizza and Fish and chips, what actually takes all our attention were the refreshing drinks and shakes.

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All in all it’s a great out-door locations where guests enjoy the outdoors as well as snacks, mezzeh, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, and refreshing drinks as light fare cuisine and in quite a laid back and fun environment. Kids have enjoyed their banana Ice-cream split with chocolate sauce on top.

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PLUS POINT: Setting is along the pool side, however being a resort  you have a large area to choose a spot and rest your head on to the relaxing chair, if you are going with the kids they have inflated slides fun area for those mini-goers, do check in the closing time though.

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After enjoying a mesmerizing view of sea and sun-set, we relaxed in the lobby for a while and enjoyed their speedy internet services; you can’t live without updating social media.. yeah!

Dinner at the Palm Garden Restaurant and Terrace

It is all day dining restaurant serves delicious meals originating from such destinations as Lebanon, Italy, Germany, and India. It is also home to one of the best themed nights on Jumeirah Beach.

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It was Spanish & Portuguese theme night the day we dine-in. Food was good, menu spread is quite interesting with some hot mezzeh. As meat dishes are many, salad bar comes to rescue it is so hefty and full of variety of them. For main course it’s a round station that has predominantly Spanish and Portuguese dishes, the chef is on hand to assist you with any content details & choices that you might need  to  make.

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I loved the Fried Calamari in Oriental spices and another knock out dish was “Sirloin” A Portuguese Style. The food is luscious and delectable, full of flavor. The staff is caring and knowledgeable and will assist in anything from changing your seat to helping you with the buffet selection or to bring Mocktail of the day to your table, it was “Wake Up” Minty Strawberry flavored drink which we really have enjoyed.  Live music was there to entertain the guests.

We even had witnessed their earth hour activities on another visit and it’s quite interactive and awareness campaign.

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Cuisine:                International

Dress Code:          Smart Casual

Parking:                Free parking is available.

Atmosphere:         Garden View

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The hotel has lush trees and a good stretch of beach. It was admirable location, finer service where the front desk was particularly helpful and very courteous. Food was special as it was a new cuisine we had tried. One of the best times I have spent in throughout the summer with kids in splash and joy. You can have more information about the property via their social media pages FB, Twitter & IG.

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GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (2 WINNERS)

Mahi Blog and SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers the following vouchers:

  • 1 for pool access and refreshment (2 pax)
  • 1 dining voucher for Palm Garden (2 pax with soft drinks included)

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 20th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Ramadan at SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT:

Embrace the Spirit of Ramadan at the Hotel as it brings to town the true “Ramadan Nights”. This year they offers a delightful Iftar Buffet at The Palm Garden as well as Iftar and Suhoor A la Carte at Hadiqa Tent during the Holy month. Buffet has wide selection of Arabic and International dishes.

WOW Factor: Supervises kids’ activities are available throughout Ramadan during Iftar, where kids will be busy at Kids’ Club near the Palm Garden Restaurant.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT Marketing Team & Management, Sofia & all Staff. We 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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Iftar Review: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi plus #Contest teaser

Iftar Review: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi plus #Contest teaser

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Guests are invited to enjoy their Iftar in Dusit style! Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, the iconic Thai hotel in the city, is really famous for organizing such themes events evolving from the Social, Educational, Seasonal, Commercial to Traditional festival events like Street Food exhibitions from Thailand where everyone gets involved.

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This year they have arranged the same in Exclusive preview to embrace the spirit of the holy month where the guests enjoyed the magical Ramadan delights under their iconic sky dome in lobby. In addition, Urban Kitchen, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant is preparing special delicacies and items for Ramadan Iftar buffet.

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We sampled an array of Traditional Arabic and Turkish Favourites that are very native to their regions and been widely consumed and liked by the diners during Fatoor and Sahour. All in all it was a great evening with lots of prizes and draw and of course amazing food to satisfy a foodie’s taste buds.

Please click HERE to view about our Ramadan Promotion coverage for the property and also keep an eye on the page as we will soon be publishing the Hotel Stay review and chance for you to win some voucher 😉 Share to increase your chances to win !

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For more information or reservations, please email reservation.table@dusit.com; call +971 2 698 8888 or visit http://www.dusit.com/dtad

 

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Iftar Review: Horizon-Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana+MEGA Contest #WIN

Iftar Review: Horizon-Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana+MEGA Contest #WIN

Marina , Mustafa & rpfbcrec you are the winners. Please send your contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com asap. As the voucher is just valid till end of ramadan. If you won’t send email within today another winner will be chosen tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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It was a great pleasure accepting a Ramadan invite for Iftar from “Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana” at Horizon Restaurant and it was indeed a great experience. The Iftar Buffet setting at Horizon is not clustered, I like the idea that they set-up the main course counters at 3 locations, catering to the needs of diners who are spread-out till their lobby.

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First being the starter or mezze (Hot & Cold) sections which has an array of what looks like over 12-15 menu items to get the Iftar started. There is everything from salty pickles to baba ghanoush, mixed salads, Kibbeh , spinach fatayer, cheese sambusak etc. What tempted me most was Eggplant moussaka in Oriental and Poached Gulf prawns Smoked salmon in International.

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There is a soup and bread station (Oriental Pita was so good!). You can choose from a selection of lentil or clear chicken noodle soup. Also the Lamb ouzi with Oriental rice station is hidden beneath the staircase make sure to take a walk along the wide menu before fatoor (iftari)  so you would know where it’s placed.

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Before you get too full on soup, don’t forget to get your own Shawarma, made fresh at the counter.

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Syrian style Mix grill and falafel were prepared live along with the shawarma live station in the centre of the main dining chamber of Horizon. The chef is on hand to assist you with any menu choices that you might need to make and the junior chef will also assist you to pour in Tabouleh Rotana and Fattoush in bowls over the counters specifically made for these items.

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Oriental & International Cuisine Mix Balance was another strength of menu at Horizon in Khalidiya Palace which we enjoyed over other After reviews we did.

Harees Chicken / vermicelli rice (Emirati style) Arabic Lamb shank Fasoulya, Chicken Frikkeh (Jordanian style), Kibbeh Bil laban & Baby marrow and vine leaves with lamb chops were all at par, I couldn’t decide which tasted better as they were all made to perfection.  Seafood chili, Cumin roasted potato, Steamed vegetables & Ratatouille in International cuisine has kept a great balance. I loved Grilled sherry Fish with honey mustard sauce.

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Make sure you do not miss out on ‘the desserts counter’ as it is located at the end of the hallway. It has a large variety of desserts and was our favorite, you would find everything ranging from Arabic sweet (Um ali & Kunfa roll were tastiest) and a lovely cake selection I must say and the Blueberry panna cotta was to die for, our other favorites include Linzer Cake, lemon trifle in glass. Just in case you are not yet satisfies you can enjoy ice-creams in cone or cup which was equally enjoyed by kids and adults.

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WOW Factors:

  • I simply haven’t had taste such tastier Lebanese salad “Fattoush” ever before. It is so aromatic and crispy with croutons. The Chef “Abu Halab” will make it just right in front of your eyes and will mix and toss it and you won’t just stop tasting on it.

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  • The dates and nuts setting in the main lobby under giant Palm trees structure. Kudri Madeena and fresh red & yellow rotab was a treat to my taste buds.

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  • Traditional dishes “carving” was another highlight of their menu for Kebbe sajiyeh & Chicken mousakhan rolls.
  • The Ramadan Drinks and Assorted Juices been places in circles, those who are following my reads know my favorite Ramadan drink, Jelab Thamar! Yes and it was best I got in Khalidiya Palace.DSC_0068
  • The involvement of Chef in the whole Iftar Buffet along with the staff and management was something really impressed me as its being so interactive.

All in all the food  we tasted at Ramadan After Buffet at Horizon – Khalidiya Palace is succulent and delicious, full of essence and made us happy 🙂

For More information on Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana click these pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (3 WINNERS)

Mahi Blog and Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Three Iftar Buffet Vouchers for 2 at HORIZON

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:20150706_172301_HDR

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 9th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Marketing Team & Management, Faten, Judy, aff at Horizon & Outlet Manager, Dhammika. We 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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Iftar Review: Fairways – The Westin AUH Golf Resort & Spa + WIN Iftar Buffet for 2

Iftar Review: Fairways – The Westin AUH Golf Resort & Spa + WIN Iftar Buffet for 2

Marsha you are the winner. Please send your contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com asap. As the voucher is just valid till end of ramadan. If you won’t send email within today another winner will be chosen tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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Make this Ramadan memorable over Iftar buffet at The Westin Abu Dhabi takes place on Fairways , from sunset till 20:30 pm . You may take advantage of their delicious Iftar and Sohour in this award-winning restaurant.  As far as buffets go I always find Fairways fairly decent and in the Ramadan buffet it features live cooking stations with authentic Arabic delicacies with delicious Asian & International flavors

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The atmosphere in Ramadan get extra nice and rather homely, as we believe that in this location much-needed time can be spent in edifying great vibes, sharing your meal and embracing that spiritual feeling and taking them from strength to strength. Fairways puts on a delicate and delicious offering in form of delicacies from around the world reflecting all the delicious cuisines offered in the hotel.

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The staff is chiefly polite and attentive, though they have a fairly extensive spread, We have been warmly greeted by Leon & Vineeta from outlet Management. I must need t mention “Jose” here, one of the staff who has been so courteous and attended us through out. He was very alert and prompt in his services.

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 The quality of the food varies though, so you really must pick wisely, as they have selected Chinese counter, Indian cuisine as well as Arabic cuisine. Salad variety is amazing. While you’re the buffet selection you’re sure to be tempted by the delectable dishes on offer at Fairways. My kids loved their baked cheesy pasta and

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Dry fruits counter is presented close to the entrance, in the centre of the buffet so that you can take a small plate of dates and dried fruit and a glass of laban or my ever favorite Jallab/Gellab and kamareldin in drinks to your table as you are being seated.

WOW FACTOR:

What amuses us most (adult and kids) is their traditional Dondurma ice cream, and next to it the attractive counter for so many flavors of ice cream to choose from along with over 10 toppings. It’s the finest treat for the mini creatures that went along with me to fairways.

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Our Favorites:

In Cold Mezzeh our favourites were Tabouleh, Fatouch, Shanklish, Mohamara. You must try their Baby Cucumber Pickles, Labneh Ball & Marinated Feta Cheese in the JAR! We like Cheese cigar roll & Meat Fatayer in Hot Mezzeh. Karouf Mahshi (Ouzi Lamb) at the Carving station was scrumptious. I was so full while munching on mezzeh that by the time I reached main course I was feeling so full however I did taste Lamb Stew, Green Beans,  Samak Harra and vegetable biryani which is not and either. I must say I love the variety of seafood in their dishes and so well blended as per Iftar items.

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Desserts section has everything varying from Arabic sweets to Turkish icecream, French pastries to mousses, Indian Sweets to flourless cheese cakes.

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All in all it was a very well genus Iftar buffet loaded with items where most of the dishes are tasteful and has variety too. I hope I dint miss out of Arabic coffee and dates as well which is one of the highlight of the Iftar.

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We love visiting Westin Abu Dhabi golf Resort and Spa, we have earlier dine in at another food outlet “Sacci” (REVIEW HERE) and now at “Fairways” which is again a wonderful experience. Hotels maintain high standards in F&B and the great team adds value to it.For More information on Fairways & The Westin AbuDhabi click there pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2 at Fairways

How to win: 20150704_193532_HDR

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurant at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 7th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

The details

Price – Iftar Buffet AED 180++ per person

Suhoor Set Menu AED 150++ per person

A la Carte available

Contact – To Book a table call +971 (2) 6169999

Email – FBadmin.Auh@westin.com

Website – http://www.westinabudhabigolfresort.com/

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to The Westin Abu Dhabi Management, STAVROULA and our host staff at Fairways. We 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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Iftar Review: Holiday Inn – Al Barsha – Embracing Ramadan

Holiday Inn – Al Barsha is more like a second home to us now, saying that actually means it’s a really close to heart destination and indeed “The 4Star Hotel with a 5Star look”.

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Issa Juha, CFO of EFS Group , Zied Merichko, Head of Middle East, Alcatel One Touch, Atiq Rehman, Citi’s Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and North Africa  Roxana Jaffer, CEO of Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha

We really enjoyed our Hotel Stay and Dine in earlier at Holiday Inn – Al Barsha, read about that review HERE.  We have been invited over for Iftar and a night stay this Ramadan again at the  property. HIAB is hosting Ramadan in its true colors like each year. They are celebrating Ramadan in Embracing spirit, where every After meal generates  funds to feed FOUR needy persons with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). They set their practices as per Dubai’s CSR Initiatives. Ms. Roxana Jaffer, CEO of Holiday Inn – Al Barsha, has pledged that every Iftar meal at The Gem Garden restaurant will enable a donation to feed FOUR needy people in the world.

“Let us Break Fast Together and help feed the needy.”

Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha, a partner with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Citi UAE, Alcatel Onetouch and EFS Facilities Services partnered in the true spirit of Ramadan to help the disadvantaged and embraced Ramadan yesterday at The Gem Garden.

Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha, a partner with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Citi UAE, Alcatel Onetouch and EFS Facilities Services partnered in the true spirit of Ramadan to help the disadvantaged and embraced Ramadan yesterday at The Gem Garden.

I love the fact how HIAB is involved in such initiative and social responsible cause. In the five year’s since its initiation, the hotel staff have triumphantly held numerous awareness and fund-raising drives under this remarkable campaign thus providing, in their own small way, to building civil society in the UAE whilst aiding the needy. Recently they even partnered with Citi UAE partner to Provide Meals for Fasting Workers, where Alcatel Onetouch donates 150 phones to EFS workers while they all enjoyed the delicious iftar and shared great moments of happiness.

Let’s talk about our iftar at The Gem Garden, the outlet  never fails  to astound us. As this is the first time we had their Iftar cuisine we were not left blasé ! Traditional drinks served in Iftar menu i-e Jallab and Kamaralden along with prunes and sultana in assorted dry fruits and dates corner.

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Cold mezzeh has the most tempted Fasouleya and tomato-summak Salad, we loved how well marrow is fried and eggplant Mousakaa staood out in this section.

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The Condiments section is always a favorite attraction for me here at The Gem Garden, as I love their collection of Home-made pickles and flavorsome jams. Olives and Garlic and Tahina sauces were well prepared too.

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Hot Mezzeh counter was concise yet well-maintained to it true temperature their assorted fatayer and pakoras have been freshly prepared and are brought to the section with frequent intervals hence are extremely fresh.

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Lentil Soup was my favorite and I literally had 2 bowls of it ! lamb Ouzi with traditional Rice is delicious too. Moving on to Main Course, Mix Grill and Baked Pasta with Mance and Bachamel Sauce were so authentic and Fried Fish Fillet with Tahina Sauce was extra juicy and tender. I was not a big fan of Okra, however hubby loved the Stew of with Lamb in tomato sauce.

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In desserts I tasted Umm Ali with sufficient nuts portion and mixed fruit cake, I found more of the Arabia sweets in menu but you won’t complaint as they are too tasty and fish fruit cuts are there too for calorie conscious eaters.

All in all it’s a great iftar buffet in such value and with great mix of cuisines and caters to the taste buds of all nationalities and mix.

Ramadan DL 2015 (2)Details:

Price AED 109

For more Information regarding Holiday Inn – Al Barshawww.hialbarshadubai.com

Tel: +971 4 3234333 www.facebook.com/hidubai

 

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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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IFTAR BUFFET VOUCHER GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION:

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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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Featured Ramadan promotions – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Featured Ramadan promotions – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

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EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN WITH DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi unveils authentic Iftar offerings, Sohour experiences and a soothing spa treatment.

In this serene time of tranquillity and reflection, Namm Spa offers a haven for relaxation and an opportunity to hydrate the skin from the heat this summer with a 30-minute Arabian Honey and Milk Bath for only AED300. The treatment combines fresh milk, geranium rose oil and natural honey. While the fresh milk gently exfoliates and moistures the skin, the natural honey will ease one’s worries away, hydrate and clean the skin making it soft and smooth.

For more information, please call +971 (2) 698 8300 or e-mail dtadspa@dusit.com.

Ramadan Special Arrangement & Decor I shot last year at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Ramadan Special Arrangement & Decor I shot last year at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Urban Kitchen invites guests to break their fast with a selection of Iftar buffet offerings from around the world, including Middle Eastern favourites such as traditional Ouzi lamb, live shawarma and falafel stations and mixed grill. Turkish Executive Sous Chef Bulent Canbolat is also introducing traditional specialties from his home country including Imam Bayildi (stuffed eggplants), Begendili Kuzu Sarma (stuffed lamb chops with eggplant puree), Borek (baked filled pastries) and Testi Kabab (braised lamb shank dish).

Mahi Blog highly recommend their ramadan buffet for awsome kibbeh and falafel live stations.

Mahi Blog highly recommend their ramadan buffet for awsome kibbeh and falafel live stations.

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Iftar buffet is available daily at Urban Kitchen during the holy month of Ramadan from sunset until 21:00hrs, and is priced at AED 185 (excluding municipality fees and service charge) per person including Ramadan juices, AED 75 (excluding municipality fees and service charge) for children between six and 12 and complimentary for children of five years of age and below. Guests who book groups between 10 and 25 persons will receive a 20% discount on their total bill.

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Guests who wish to extend their Iftar experience with flavourful shishas can head to the Orchid Terrace equipped with air-coolers to keep guests feeling refreshed. An à la carte Sohour is offered daily from 19:30hrs till 1:00hrs.

Their wide-spread Salad counter is my fav of all-time

Their wide-spread Salad counter is my fav of all-time

For groups larger than 100 persons, tailor-made packages are available for memorable Iftar and Sohour evenings under the majestic Skydome, the perfect location to celebrate Ramadan together with colleagues and friends. Menu prices starting from AED 235 include a lavish Iftar or Sohour buffet, complimentary Arabic coffee service, Ramadan theme and unlimited flow of Ramadan beverages. Guests who book their Ramadan event before June 15th 2015 can avail a 10% discount for groups of 100 – 199 guests, 15% discount for groups of 200 – 299 guests and 20% discount for groups of 300+ guests.

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You can read about my earlier experiences at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi in Ramadan here &

“Iftar Dine Out at Dusit”.

Mahi Blog will be attending their Exclusive Ramadan Preview next week hence will bring you more details soon. !

For more information or reservations, please email reservation.table@dusit.com; call +971 2 698 8888 or visit http://www.dusit.com/dtad

“Ramadan Kareem”

Here are more links for the reviews regarding the restaurant and F&B at tsame same property.

Bangkok Street Food Week & Celebration at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

“Capital Grill Review and meeting with Sous Chef ”

 

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Featured: Ramadan Tent / Mega Contest teaser @ Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

Featured: Ramadan Tent / Mega Contest teaser @ Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
It’s great to hear about Ramadan Tent – The Biggest Ramadan Tent in Ras Al Khaimah.
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We are looking forward to explore it in the special month of Ramadan.

Important Info:

Savor superb authentic, oriental dishes from throughout Asia in the stunning Hikayat El Arab Restaurant at the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa.

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa.

Ø  Opening Hours from 6:30 pm to 3:00 am From 17th June – 18th July, 2015

Ø  Total capacity 250 pax / 500 square meters (able to extend to 400 pax using two restaurants located in the same are in case of big group event)

Ø  Ramadan buffet every day from 6:30 to 9:00 pm @ AED 130 + 10% SC including water & Ramadan Drinks

Ø  Snack & Suhour menu every day from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am

Ø  Live dessert station every day from 6:30 to 2:00 am

Ø  Suhour Tray every day from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am @ AED 95 + 10% SC

Ø  Hot & Cold beverage list available every day from 6:30 pm to 3:00 am @ average rate of AED 21

Ø  Shisha inside the tent every day from 6:30 pm to 3:00 am @ AED 35 net

Ø  Entertainment live Oad traditional music performer every day from 9:00 pm to 11:45 pm

For more details or to book a table feel free to call 07 22 888 44

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Keep an eye on Mahi Blog as we are bringing very soon a mega contest courtesy Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort &Spa. If you wish to have double entry in the Hotel Stay contest share the post and stay tuned !

 

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