Iftar - Fairways, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi
This is a grand iftar in the true sense of the word. In many ways it feels like a scaled down version of their legendary Bubbalicious brunch in the sense that it pretty much occupies a similar floor space.
|Best seats in the house - but options abound.|
|So many elements combine to create a sense of calm.|
|Again, the earthy natural colours - tranquility.|
As I am shown to my seat, I notice the variety of seating options. There are high chairs, booths and your more standard options - making it an ideal venue for all kinds of groups. However, I get the feeling that there are just a couple table tables too many where I am seated, making it feel a bit claustrophobic. Be that as it may, the breaking of the fast is signalled on the tastefully placed television set and people head to the buffet area.
|Part of a great date spread.|
|A sense of abundance permeates the iftar.|
|Cured salmon .|
|Part of the blue crab on offer.|
My friends, meanwhile, can't stop lavishing praise on the iftar. A common thread in their comments is not the quantity of the dishes, but the taste. I concur. This is evident in some of the dishes that I try. The centrepiece of an iftar at numerous places, usually ouzi, is replaced this night by the visually arresting fish sayadia which is really tasty - perfectly spiced, with the right moisture, while the crunch from the nuts rounds it off nicely. Next I try the tagine barouk, and while a friend is put off by the caramelised onions, I like it. I think the sweetness is a welcome intrusion on the rest of the savoury dish. Finally, the kebbeh bil labaan brings me a delicious sour and saltiness that proves my friends' assertion that the iftar is big not only on dishes, but flavours!
|The asparagus - crunchy.|
|This reviewer tried the live pasta station.|
In closing, the iftar at Fairways offers what you would expect from an iftar at The Westin, but provides some welcome extras. The variety of seating options offers something different which directly impacts on your experience. Also, the buffet offers a wonderful balance between Middle Eastern favourites and Western dishes which offer more than just quantity; there is quality on the plates. Finally, the soothing colours in the restaurant genuinely contribute to a relaxed feeling, making it a perfect iftar venue, especially for those who had had a day of fasting; it is very calming. It is an extension of The Westin philosophy of how your mood can be lifted by treating the senses to calming influences. Even at an iftar where there is the shuffling of feet, occasional dropping of silver by guests and the sound of china, you feel placid. Peace.
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