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Saturdays are Sunnier at Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek’s Sunny Saturdays & Meal Voucher for 2.

Saturdays are Sunnier at Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek’s Sunny Saturdays & Meal Voucher for 2.

SUFRA SUNNY SATURDAYS is basically a new late and leisurely breakfast concept for the whole family where you can enjoy your time by the Creek. Introduced at Sufra by Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, it is available every Saturday from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

 

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810_0244The whole concept of Sunny Saturdays is unique and representing family routine where you sit and eat on a perfect leisurely afternoon to enjoy breakfast beyond the traditional morning hours and routine setup. You will find it as a complete package be it healthy, hearty fare or continental classics along with everyone’s favorite breakfast item.

 

It definitely was a Saturday packed with pleasure of relaxed dining experienced by myself and family. Tantalizing aromas of coffees and quintessential breakfast fare was served amidst casual vibe and in chic surrounds.

 

Since we first reviewed Iftar Buffet at Sufra, we are completely in love with ambiance and décor of this contemporary venue, it’s chic, uber and very spacious and you get to enjoy the family and friends set-up. The seating arrangements are managed with round table as well as the square tables to facilitate the group of 4, 6 or couples.

Bright, green and gold interiors overlook the neighboring Dubai Creek Park through huge floor to ceiling windows giving the impression of an inside/outside feel and the ambience of an urban garden.

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When seated we were welcomed with a signature bread basket. Later we took a tour around the spread out buffet featuring Cold variety of cheeses, assorted cold cuts and composed salads.

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Grill – selection of succulent meats grilled a la minute

Carving – whole roasted meat with accompaniments ·

Eggs and Hash – eggs cooked any style alongside traditional Eggs Benedict, Steak and Hash  ·

Shawarma  · Crepes and Waffles  ·

 

Hot Buffet focused more on Western, Arabic and Indian breakfast favorites.

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Last but not the least is desserts and Ice-cream corner which win over hearts of those tiny creatures along with us. They enjoyed home-made gelatos, pan cakes, fruit yogurt etc.

 

Beverages team has introduced some quirky and new anti-oxidant and detox drinks, made up of fruity as well as veggie flavors. One must try the refreshing cucumber and broccoli mixture.

Highlight of the evening was when chefs actually pass around bringing down to your table those small tasty small bites of Crab Cakes, Sliders and mini Pancakes.

 

Kids were more than welcome with a separate buffet setup just for them as well as an Activities’ Corner with games and entertainment (however this particular setup is subjected to number of booking) while the adults can relax and recharge, preparing for the week ahead. Swimming Pool is just around the Kids Club and you can surely enjoy the weather or beat the heat by dipping into the spacious pool, book early to avoid disappointment.

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Great New:

Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek is offering Mahiblog’s subscriber a discount of 20% on dine in. To get the code, simply mail us at info@mahiblog.com with your blog registered email address and we will send you the code.

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi Blog,

2- It is MANDATORY  to LIKE & FOLLOW Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Facebook & Instagram pages and mention that @mahiblog has sent you.

2- Share this post using buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc

Tag Mahi Blog on FB, Instagram, Twitter to let us know that you share !!!!

“WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON MAXIMUM SHARES BASIS”

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on October 5th, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Leenu Bablani, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek, Sufra’s Management & humble staff for coordination. We were invited however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Please do not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Food Reviews, hotels, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Per Te Ristorante – Truly Italian For You + Giveaway (200 dhs Voucher)

Per Te Ristorante – Truly Italian For You + Giveaway (200 dhs Voucher)

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Per Te Ristorante E Café, is an Italian restaurant with a modern twist. It has opened its doors in the UAE on January, 14th 2015. Nestled in the by lanes of Jumeirah 1, away from the hustle-bustle of the modern day chaos. It is a quiet and serene corner haven with elegant and welcoming interiors. Per Te is tastefully designed to offer multiple dining experiences consisting of a cozy coffee lounge, an elegant dining section overlooking the open kitchen, alfresco terrace seating for exclusive corporate or private events. It’s serving authentic Italian cuisine made from fresh and carefully sourced ingredients mostly from Italy. While celebrating Italian Cuisine on Mahi Blog we decided to explore the taste at this venue and it’s splendid.

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Upon our arrival, we were greeted warmly by Kaye and a very humble and ever smiling host & Manager Anushka, who then gave us a tour of the premises. He also introduced us to Chef Glady, who has an impressive list of credentials on his CV. I noticed him being so well-versed in Italian cooking and found him too involved in, and aware of every aspect/every ingredient in Per Te kitchen. We also noticed lots of coordination and team bonding he had with team of other chefs which is commendable. He has worked for the likes of Sheraton, Urbano Dubai, Carluccios and Ferrari World. Originally from Chennai, India Chef Glady has worked with big names in the Italian food business and his twelve year long career in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens has given him a sixth sense when it comes to Italian flavors. Chef Glady owes his success to Chef Samuele Crestale who helped him realize his true culinary strength.

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STARTERs

Antipasto Classico

Tartare di tonno al frutto della passione

Tuna tartare with passion fruit

Fritto Misto

Mixed fried seafood and vegetables with rock salt and pepper served with pesto mayonnaise and lemon wedges

While we waited for chefs team to plump up above starters, we were served the squashy cubes of bread Focaccia stuffed mushrooms with three delectable dips and it was divine; Basil Pesto, Arabiata Sauce, and Sundried Tomato. All three were thoroughly enjoyable but the sundried tomatoes sauce was op notch. We even requested for chili oil and were promptly obliged.

First Starter had arrived  which has Beef bresaola, spicy salami, rocket and parmesan, black sesame tuna fish, grilled vegetables, semi- dried tomatoes, olives, focaccia, prawns wrapped with turkey bacon, sun dried tomato pesto and buffalo mozarella cheese, in short it’s a mini world on antipasti and Per Te does complete justice to it. It is full of taste and every minor details is been well taken care of on this black round slab. The Seafood Fritters were a big attention grabber, served in a stainless steal Colander it consists of Calamari, Shrimps, Broccoli and Fried Potatoes. This was just a regular dish you will find in other places too however it had lots of flavour and is cordially accompanied Tartar sauce. Next up, we received a numinous Tuna tartare placed on a bed of passion fruit and topped with olive tapenade. Hubby was a little undecided about raw fish, but as soon as I had a guarded little nibble, I just dove right into and couldn’t stop munching in anticipation of more passion fruit tangy taste with tuna . It was the such a tropical and invigorating amalgamation between the softness of the fish and the crusty sourness of the fruit. It is indeed a sensational starter ❤

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MAIN COURSE

Orecchiette con Polpette

Typical Italian ear shaped pasta with spicy meat balls

Bistecca alla’ Grigilia

Grilled beef rib-eye steak with mashed potato and wild mushrooms

Pollo Piccante Pizza

Marinated chicken, red onion, roasted bell pepper, oregano and chili

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Mashed Potato with truffle

The next spectacle, Grilled beef rib-eye steak from the main courses arrived, it is well done and the premium quality meat just presented itself very well being tender and juicy along with perfect concotion of spices and herbs. We tasted our main course steak with Mashed Potato with truffle along with that arrived Pollo Piccante Pizza being inspired by Antonnio Carluccio they kept it simple and concentrate more on core elements i-e great crust, fresh sauce and good quality cheese this pizza was very much like an attainable dream. Larger on size but compact on attainability.

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DESSERT

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At the end the chef himself came along with the manager to ask if we enjoyed our meal and well presented his unique Per te dessert platter. The whole presentation of the dessert was fantastic and it seems indeed prepared with special care and complete dedication.  It is 75% Cocoa smooth and shiny chocolate brick with roasted nuts, orange sweet zest (beautifully crafted and placed), creamy coffee sauce served with passion fruit semi freddo, vanilla semi freddo and mixed berry semi freddo.

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Chef gladdy also shared his simple recipe of tuna tarter that we loved. Team Per Te also invited us to visit their newly opened branch in which we are heading to very soon. In actual fact their service was tremendously awesome. Per Te in it’s literal sense means ‘for you’! Kaye, Anushka, Chef Glady and the whole staff do make sure to make us feel that they are there for us by giving exceptional service and notice! The vision of the owners literally speaks in it’s true version by hospitality at Per Te and its presentable & best taste dishes. The portion size was decent and so were the prices. If I had to give some criticism, I’d suggest softening the lights in the Restaurant to strike out more into their wall hangings etc.  Though I love the variety of set-up and you may still choose a corner suiting your mood and gathering actually. Other than that, these guys need to just keep putting that awesome food on our plates and keep up the great service. After visiting Per Te I feel more vicinity Italian restaurants should definitely be introduced in Dubai with same temperament and this is indeed a hail toting up in the Italian cuisine

All in all, a great find and a new favorite for Mahi Blog. Can’t wait to go back and take friends and family with us.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (1 WINNER)

Mahi Blog and Per Te have teamed up to offer One lucky reader “200 DHS value voucher valid for 2“ to spend at the restaurant.

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For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi Blog,

2- LIKE & FOLLOW Per Te Dubai Facebook & Twitter pages and mention that @mahiblog has sent you.

2- Share this post using buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc

Tag Mahi Blog on FB, Instagram, Twitter to let us know that you share !!!!

“WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON MAXIMUM SHARES BASIS”

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on October 5th, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Anushka, Per Te’s Management & humble staff for coordination. We were invited however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Please do not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Food Reviews, Restaurants

 

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Carluccio’s at YAS Mall – Win Meal Voucher worth 200 dhs #ItalianCuisineCelebrationonMahiBlog

Carluccio’s at YAS Mall – Win Meal Voucher worth 200 dhs #ItalianCuisineCelebrationonMahiBlog


Congratulations, And the winner is:

1) OMAR SAMI

– Thanks for sharing a lot – Please send us your full name and contact details on mahiblog.ae@gmail.com within 2 days to claim your prize. Incase of failure another winner will be chose.

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Carluccio’s at Yas Mall:

Those who are following my blog are already aware of my love for this brand. I once read an interview of Founder “ANTONIO CARLUCCIO” where he has mentioned that Olive oil, flour, tomatoes and basil are the ingredients you can’t live without; yes we are talking about 78-year-old Italian chef and restaurateur himself who was in Abu Dhabi last year to open Carluccio’s in Yas Mall – his third restaurant in the capital. Having about 100 restaurants around the world, he shows no signs of slowing down, and his great concept of love for Italian Cuisine is beautifully cascaded to the recipes at Carluccio’s restaurant menu.

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Super Gorgeous and our Ultimate Favorite Antipasti Mixed Board, it has each element of our liking ranging from home-baked Focaccia bread to roasted bell pepper with basil pesto.

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Well, apart from covering their FESTA DELLA PIZZA offerings and tasting from the best pizza festival in town, we did taste their main menu items too, and this time in a different location i-e @ YAS Mall. It is quite a big and spacious venue. In the evening, Carluccio’s welcomes those who are looking for a more relaxed dining experience. Carluccio’s deli here is unrivalled – offering a scrumptious selection of fresh meats, cheese, salads, olives, tarts and baked food items, in addition to a range of take-away dishes, they even sell these handy gadget so you can make similar dishes at home! In short YAS Mall Carluccio’s is not just a food outlet but it is a food shop that offers a range of specially imported products from Italy to give it the authentic taste of Italy to this region.

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I must say we had found our spot for comfort food that goes to our very heart. Our visit was memorable; we have been well greeted by the branch supervisor. Kids were well entertained with a customized kid’s pack they offer having a number of fun activities for kids aside from coloring too, I found myself well engross while they were solving the puzzle mysteries.

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Starters were best to name few were Tomato, Pesto & Garlic Breads. We tried on our host’s recommendation their Ravioli and it is just divine, so full of flavors and the tiny pouches will do the magic mix in your mouth where sauce is so carefully coordinated with soft home-made ravioli which is filled with tender spinach and cheese giving the classic breakdown of each ingredients, it’s just absolute harmony. Being served in a traditional way with butter it kept it’s true essence.

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LAGAGNA is also up there in this same category, baked at its perfection simply must-try item on the menu. My kids have thoroughly enjoyed the dish.DSC_0067

Hubby ordered Lamb Shank which is basically slowly braised lamb shank with herbs and vegetable, served with rosemary and mashed potatoes. Meat was well done and juicy at the same time the aroma of braised lamp just satisfies your taste buds and you will fall in love with this dish.  Uncomplicated ingredients, basic taste! It can even cater to my craving for lamb roast incase I am up for big challenges next time.

Kids enjoyed the very simple and basic Penne Pasta with pink sauce, which is too good and accurate to the taste and liking for the kids. The fact that the staff gave extra attention while taking your order you can actually customize your dish by requesting to add on or reduce the selected ingredients.

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As for the Desserts, they have a lovely selection. We tried 3 in total, 2 from the new range and one regular.

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CASSATA which is Semifreddo Sicilian Dessert with Chocolate pieces (I hardly felt any in mine), pistaccio ice-cream and candied fruits (as it’s comparatively hard to chew dint give me much of my dreamtime while enjoying this dessert.)

 

CHERRY SUNDAE: Being a die-hard fan of cherries I had no reasons not to fall in love with this awesome treat, very well proportionate dessert made by simple amalgamation of Italian Amarena Cherries and Vanilla Ice-cream and the syrup was there to balance the sweet ratio too. Love it! DSC_0068

Last but not the least Chocolate Fondente a warm chocolate pudding served with Ice cream. It was a chocolate lovers dream. Thick, chocolaty goodness all over with a layer of ice-cream. If you want a drinking chocolate version, try the Ciccoletta fiorentina.

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WOW Factor:

  • On weekend they are serving new Nutella e Banana so go for it!
  • If you looking for real taste of Italy at home their colorful cornucopia of fantastic fresh food, Keep sake & store cupboard items and gifts you should definitely pass by their deli.
  • Their fondants are mind blowing – pure choco lovers, welcome.

Buon Appetito!

I loved the romantic ambiance and an extended space where you can enjoy with your loved ones or close group of friends for a special dine-outs. There is even possibility to get variety without giving up on your Italian cravings. Categorically worth next visit, maybe even after to try some more Gnocchi next time 😉 I would rate my overall liking for Carluccio’s 4.6 on 5. And it can take mouth-watering 5 for just deli itself as it’s too good to ignore.

Find more info on their FB page here or go to their Website.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Carluccio’s have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Gift meal Voucher worth AED 200” to be used at any Carluccio’s outlet across UAE

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For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the PIZZA offering at Carluccio’s during FESTA DELLA PIZZA?

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 September 10th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to CARLUCCIO’S Management, Andjelka Pavlovic 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. Pictures are owned by Mahi Blog. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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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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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.

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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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“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.

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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
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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,

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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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Californian Review+WIN ‘Dusit Thani Dxb’ Dine-in Voucher for 2!

Californian Review+WIN ‘Dusit Thani Dxb’ Dine-in Voucher for 2!

And the Winner is “Arti Bhatia”

Please email your full name, contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to clolletc your voucher.

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Recently we Dine in style and enjoy sensational views of Burj Khalifa over an international buffet restaurant, It’s in Dusit Thani Dubai, the hotel is an exciting and exclusive addition to a sophisticated global group. For over 25 years, Dusit Thani hotels have offered travelers exceptional luxury and classic Thai elegance and refinement in a number of exotic locations around the world.

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We have been invited to enjoy Tandoori Night at “The Californian”, which is available every Sunday Night. The restaurant plays host to tantalising dishes from across the globe with its theme nights which change from day to day to offer diners an endless amount of choice, satisfying any taste. The relaxed space offers stunning views of the tallest structure of the world and downtown Dubai, making it the perfect place for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Some of the highlights of the themed night dinner were:

  1. Pani Puri & prawn curry
  2. Tandoori station with delicious kebabs
  3. Rasmalai (dessert)

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We loved the view on Sheikh Zayed Road but that won’t be enough alone to send us back to the place so let’s talk about the main thing i-e FOOD. The menu selection was not scarce & their BBQ items and Tandoori Chicken is unbeatable very tender and juicy at the same time rich in taste. They offer much oriental fare. I must commend on their kindliness & courtesy of the staff however they need some refit in ambiance and lighting through the restaurant.

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I was actually confused on what to eat all items look so tempting, with in the capacity of the same buffet I loved the selection of the salads, and my favourite was mushroom and potato cold salad. The waiter introduced himself and took the order for our drinks and special starters – yummy pani puri. While we were scanning the buffet area, the Executive Chef Tissa Kuragodage described to us some of the mains on the buffet. Californian has a simple menu but simultaneously caters to different tastes. Chef Tissa has indeed brought a lot of variety and fusion to the menu at the same time. We chat long about his expertise and journey in the region and the kitchen challenges of day-to-day allocation. He has been so gracious in his gestures and serving both, we heard some great stories of his kitchen pickets and guards, it was indeed a lovely afternoon very well hosted that we dint feel our 3 hours there.

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Each of the mains and desserts were tasty and delicious, and also replenished swiftly by the chef at live counters. The only thing I wasn’t satisfies was the light at night time, I am sure it must have been great natural light in the day time which might have been enough to brighten the area however there is nothing to complain about the food, we liked it alot.

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Astounding views of the surrounding area made our dinner even more interesting at this novel vantage point. I can’t wait to explore more if the other restaurant’s offerings are relatively this adventurous in Dusit Thani; this all in one buffet is a reasonably-priced desi menu with some interesting Chat/Pani Puri Trolley alongside the spreaded menu items. There Tandoori items are indeed much to stand out about the Californian.

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If you’re in the market for fuss-free, frill-free lunch/dinner and a reasonable buffet deal, you could give this a try and will not be disappointed. You may also enjoy their Mexican night on Monday (Being famous for Quesadilla) & New Orleans on Tuesdays. (Must try their Chicken Jambalaya)

Hours:

Buffet Breakfast: Daily; 6:30 – 10:30 except on Fridays until 11:00

Buffet Lunch: Saturdays to Thursdays; 12:00 – 15:00

Buffet Dinner: Sundays to Fridays; 19:00 – 22:30 except on Thursdays until 23:30 ; Closed on Saturdays

Friday Brunch: 12:30 – 16:00

To find more info about the restaurant you can go to Dusit Thani Dubai website here, or “The Californian” FB page.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Dusit Thani Dubai, Danelle Ruth, Chef Tissa, F&B team at the property & Kaby Klick. We were guests at the venue but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews and all opinions are our own.

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