When the month of Ramadan is approaching, everyone is on the mood for iftar preparation. That includes hotels who would love to bring a feast on the moment of iftar for everyone. We witnessed their pre-iftar review last night which was held in Liwan restaurant in Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai. Media and fellow bloggers were there to take coverage of this event.
We reached the place at around 7.45pm because we got hold with the traffic going on along the creek side (long and big sigh!) and we got relieved when we finally reached the parking inside the mall (free for 3 hrs). Don’t worry though, during Ramadan it will be less traffic! Upon reaching the venue, it was studded with guests! The tables for the media and bloggers were separated from the normal guests. A centre stage was placed on the media’s side and that’s where all the announcement happened and even the live entertainment from a band, giving the spirit of Ramadan on its way.
Our table was just beside the buffet. I went to explore what they have in-stored for iftar and I observed that they have selections of Arabic cold mezze, Salad Bar, International one for the appetizer, some shot drinks as they call it Powershoot such as Mango & Basil, Kiwi, Orange & Carrot and even Watermelon. Fresh herbs were also added to the setup. I’ve tried 3 of them and they are great! Next to this, are fresh sliced fruits and go more around the buffet you’ll find the Corn and Bread stations.
Iftar will not be completed without an Ouzi station. They have made this to perfection even the meat is cooked just right to make it tender and for the flavour to be overflowing on the rice. Matching this with the yoghurt made just for it is absolutely making it taste much better.
Main course is near the kitchen. Soup & hot mezze will be there including some of the Arabic dishes. On this area, the Tandoori Roti station can be found and chefs are busy topping up other dishes. Next to this will be selected Indian and International food for more on the main course. Dessert on the last end are mixed with Arabic and International ones. However, giving more emphasis for the Arabic ones this time and they were flaunted very well.
There are wide range of dried fruits on display and the Arabic coffee (qahwah) station is very close to it. I always love ending my meal with this. Now moving forward towards the entrance of the restaurant, a sort of market style was placed for different kinds of pickles and spices. The beverage counter is loaded with Ramadan beverages but of course you can always opt for other drinks like fresh juice or soft ones.
To stress more of the Ramadan spirit, traditional lanterns, camel figurines, other arabic decors were used. The hotel didn’t limit the availability of iftar in this restaurant. During Ramadan, if any company or anyone who would love to have a private iftar celebration, the Al Khor Ballroom can be used. A separate room for the buffet setup and for dining.
Shayan restaurant will not be left behind for this as well. Shayan has given more space by removing the center borders. There will be a combination of Persian & Lebanese buffet waiting for you.
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Ramadan Kareem my fellow muslims!