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Looking forward to experiencing a newly launched Iftar in Abu Dhabi?
Well, you should go and check Marriott Al Forsan then. This hotel located beside Al Forsan Complex in Khalifa City A has opened its doors in March and we were given to taste in avant-premiere their Iftar buffet at Khayal, their buffet restaurant.
The first impression when you enter this wide room is stunning as the restaurant proposes an impressive buffet including 15 cooking stations and six live cooking stations for all tastebuds. It mixes traditional Arabic delicacies along with favorites from far corners of the world (Japanese, Asian, Arabic, Indian, cheese, fresh salads, and more).
The Arabic cuisine is definitely honored with all classic hot and cold mezze, two gigantic specialties that take center stage in the restaurant: the Murg Musauam Byriani and the Lamb Ouzi. We also loved the Arabic sweet display with different traditional sweets arranged in huge domes, the classic Umm Ali and Kunafa cooked in huge old fashioned pans. It just gives a magical and unique feel emphasized by the Ramadan decor with intricate lanterns and trays of stuffed dates awaiting guests at their tables.
We actually fell for the colorful and imaginative station decors using nice crockery ranging from traditional Middle Eastern platters to Indian crockery and many pots here and there filled with spices, vegetables, fruits and other edible items. It is a real feast for the eyes and we actually spent quite some time browsing the various food stations before starting to fill up our plates.
While kids will certainly order their own pasta, shawarma at the live station or homemade icecreams, we noticed that the roast station was constantly busy.
As every single dish available at the buffet is labelled – which was an added bonus – we actually focused on the Indian and Asian sections as there were many different appetizers, soups, and main courses we had never tasted so far and looked tantalizing. Waiters and chefs were always on hand to help and give us details for us to enjoy the different booths.
The Iftar buffet also includes still and sparkling water, chilled Ramadan juices such as Tamrhindi, Laban and Kamar el dein, as well as Arabic tea and coffee.
We felt like all the guests were really having a pleasant experience as most stayed longer than usual for an Iftar.
Perfect for the individual diner or sharing with friends and family, the buffet is just AED 180++ per person with children between 11 and six at AED 90, children below the age of six eat free. The Iftar buffet will run from sunset through to 9.30pm throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
MARRIOTT HOTEL AL FORSAN, ABU DHABI | Website
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