Iftar - Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Most of the restaurant is non-smoking, except for a small area at the entrance. I am so pleased. I am tired of restaurants pandering to a minority who insist on smoking while others, especially children, are having a meal. Well done.
|Entrance to City Cafe|
|Simple seating creates a homely feel.|
As is customary at iftars, the dishes are plentiful. Despite the small floor space that is occupied by the buffet, it is a fabulous spread of everything you would want and more. Typical Middle Eastern flavours meet a few international ones.
|The spirit of Ramadan.|
|I really liked cold mezze on offer|
|One of my dishes of the day - the muhammara|
When one goes to a small iftar, there is a tendency to have lower expectations. However, after my cold mezze I am really pleased. There are some lovely touches indeed: all the dishes are labelled, dishes are replaced as guests finish them and the waiting staff are very good. The latter in particular gets my attention. The three waitresses I encounter and observe, smile warmly with guests and help children unsolicited. More than anything, they seem to capture the beauty of Ramadan.
Unfortunately the lamb ouzi is gone by the time I want to try it - devoured by the diners. I try the seafood makboos and this is the first sour note of the evening - it is cold. I then try what turns out to be my other dish of the day: laban umm. The mint is simply gorgeous. I have two servings.
|You will enjoy the dessert selection|
|Again, the spirit of Ramadan.|
The low down
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana
Abu Dhabi downtown
02 610 6666
Iftar price 120 Dhs++ incl Arabic drinks