Ramadan Kareem to all of you. We hope that all of you are fine and had the chance to spend great Iftars with the family and loved ones already. We recently had the pleasure of experiencing an Iftar at the RitzCarlton DIFC, in Dubai.
It was our first Iftar this year and we were extremely excited to try out the extensive buffet and Arabic dishes the chefs prepared. The experience was great right from the start. The RitzCarlton offered a dedicated valet service to guests who visited for the Iftar feast, where friendly staff greeted us and welcomed us to their property.
We left the car with them and moved on to the hostess desk where two beautiful ladies, welcomed us again. One looked up our reservation, the other one accompanied us to our table in the ballroom.
The space was huge, yet delicate and intimate; the ballroom is able to accompany up to 500 guests at once.
Our table was right in the centre, behind two life performers, playing traditional Arabic music during the evening. Once the prayers were over, we had the chance to look at the extensive buffet set up (over 2 rooms and function areas), including,: Arabic mezze, salads, cooked lamb and chicken tagines, and Arabic sushi.
What a feast, what an offer. The buffet was set up in a way that allowed 500 guests to choose their food in a calm and efficient way (all items were displayed on both sides, equally). Having a thing for sushi in general, we could not resist trying out the chefs’ creations: maki with kofta, beetroot, hummus and California roll – chicken shawarmas. Wow – what a choice and what a taste.
Despite the fact that there were no seafood items in the makis, the seaweed around the filling as well as the soy sauce and the fresh ginger combined made the maki taste like maki – if you know what I mean. It was a unique experience to try out the Japanese – Arabic fusion.
Another great idea implemented by the ”ladies and gentlemen” working at the RitzCarlton, was the hummus fountain; a huge stand – alone fountain with hummus flowing up and down all evening. Guests were able to fill up cups of liquid based hummus or dig in their Spinach Fatayar, if they wanted to. We tried both and were amazed.
The set-up, food and of course the service were great during the entire evening. We felt like ladies and gentlemen the whole evening and simply had to share our experience with all of you. If you did not have the chance to visit the RitzCarlton in DIFC for Iftar yet, please call them up and book your table.
Ramadan Kareem from all of us, SE