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Coming to this post, this Ramadan, we had our first Iftaar at the Al Maeda, an upscale Arabic cuisine restaurant in DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah, JBR. The restaurant was chosen at random by Mr M. This blog is the restuarant review.
We had our reservations and were warmly welcomed by the staff who seated us. We could smell the yummy food being cooked and see a very dim and cosy seating arrangement. They have a live kitchen where you can see the meat being grilled and the bread being prepared. The ambience was really great. The interiors and the decor was so beautiful and chic. The live music added to the charm of the place. The restaurant is quite huge and offers both indoor and outdoor seating (sheesha option available).
Coming to the food, the buffet spread was perfect. The number of items at the counters was not overwhelming. The buffet catered mostly to the non-vegetarians( main course).
We started off with the dates that were kept at the table. Next, we went ahead and stuffed our plates with the cold mezze from the buffet spread. We tried Hummus, Ganouj, various tabbouleh, Fattoush, quinoa salad, Mutable, Beetroot Mutable etc. The hot oven baked bread was served at the table.
The hot Mezze included the Kibbeh, Spinach Samosas and Cheese Rekakat. Since I don’t eat red meat, I did not try the Kibbeh. The spinach samosa was okayish. Loved the Rikkat.
For drinks, there were Jallab, Qamar el deen, sweet tamarind juice and Laban. I had tried the Jallab and Tamarind juice for the first time and I loved it. Tamarind Juice infused with rose water was just wow.
The items for the main course were very extensive. We started off with the lentil soup, which was delicious. Next, I got some grilled chicken from the live grill counter. The chicken was succulent and delicious. We also had some Pilaf and chicken curry. I absolutely loved the fish ( guess it was called the fish in cream) and had to take the 2nd serving. There were a lot of other options that had lamb and beef, which I did not have. The only issue I faced here was the placard placed in front of each cuisine did not mention if it was beef/chicken or lamb.
The dessert spread here was fabulous. There were so many varieties to choose from. I tried the Umali and laqamat here along with other things and both were delicious. The chocolate truffle cake was too good.
Overall it was a great experience. We loved the food here. The service was prompt and the staff was friendly and courteous. The musicians playing the live music went on to play the “nari nari” song ( It is an Arabic song shot in India) for us when we told them we are from India.
We will definitely visit this place again for a brunch 😊
Here are my ratings:
Value for money: 5/5
Overall rating 4/5
Price for the Iftar: 139 AED PP
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, The walk, JBR
PS : Kindly excuse the low quality images as they were all taken in very dim lighting using a phone camera.