Confession of a food lover - one of the main reasons I look forward to Ramadan is the endless invitations to Iftars. Of all those, here is a an emotion-drenched tale of the 2 most-beautiful and delicious Iftars I have been to. My partner in crime was friend and editor Anamika. We have both come back home as stuffed as balloons in a birthday party.
The season started off with a warm Iftar invite at Al Majlis at the plush Oberoi's, Business Bay. Here you will be treated to food that is cooked well, ethically and SLOWLY, i.e. sustainable, local, organic and wholesome. They source foods from local farms that grows everything organically and this is The Oberoi's way of giving back to society.
I must admit, I was happy with the hommos and babaganoush and olives, till we trolled the buffet tables and came back with our plates stashed with some flavourful lamb ouzi, grills, koftas, dolma (rice wrapped in vine leaves) and other delectables that included sushi. I am a wasabi enthusiast and this one sure had a Mohammad Ali-kind-of-punch!
The dessert station will leave you wondering what you want on your plate; totally spoilt for choice. Do not miss the dessert station that makes the most delicious traditional sweets with a molecular twist.
In short, this luxury Iftar will make you want to come back daily just so you are able to savour all the goodies put out there to eat! Paradise!
Burp-And-Belch meter: 5.0
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The other place we swung to was Yalumba at Meridien Village, Garhoud, Dubai. Just when you are wondering what is it that they are doing different, you come face-to-face with the most amazing array of seafood - octopus, shrimps, lobster salad, smoked king fish, salmon and mussels. Right next to it you shall find a selection of cheese and accompaniments to go with it. There is a healthy and refreshing warm seafood soup that you wish to have in light winters with a soft blanket around your ankles! Sigh!
Main course included the traditional favourites - ouzi, koftas, kebabs with a sprinking of Indian dishes like butter chicken. I skipped the fried sections of kibbeh and fritters but piled on the mildly flavoured Moroccan chicken.
Unfortunately, we were so stuffed that we had to skip the dessert section of fruits and custards and creams and I cannot even begin to tell you how much that pains us!
Burp-And-Belch meter: 5
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Dev J Haldar is the program director of South Asian radio station Suno1024, an academic and a food critic. Read more about his food adventures on https://burpandbelch.wordpress.com
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