A couple of weeks back, I got to indulge into another lavish Iftar buffet, this time at Liwan restaurant in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana. I was actually invited to the Iftar night for bloggers and media, but it's a weekday and my schedule didn't permit. Good thing Ferry was able to arrange a night for Mark, Cherry, and I on the following weekend.
Liwan is an all day dining restaurant situated at the third floor of this 5-star hotel, which exudes an authentic Arabic vibe and Ramadan spirit with its traditional majlis tent, camels, and Arabic lanterns and kettles.
Ramadan drinks like Jallab, rose water, and tamarind juice; Iftar staples like dates, nuts, and dried fruits; and Arabic spices welcomed us as we were ushered to our seats.
We got to the restaurant earlier than Iftar time which gave us the luxury to check the buffet spread out. Besides Radisson Blu's Iftar spread which caters to different races with its international buffet, it's unusual for traditional Iftars (well the ones that I've been to at least) to include Japanese dishes, but we definitely didn't mind having them on the buffet spread, especially for Mark who had his eyes glowing like a little kid's when he saw this part of the buffet. :p
The main courses revolved around Arabic and Indian cuisines, with shawarma station, and flame grilled and live cooking stations.
Not to be missed are the Chicken Biryani, Indian and Arabic breads, and the star of every Iftar, the Lamb Ouzi!
At the far end of the restaurant is the artisan breads station and the desserts station with a selection of Arabic and international desserts.
As I mentioned earlier, the Arabic vibe is very evident especially with stations adorned by Arabic cloths, camels, dainty glasses, and Arabic lanterns and kettles. They're all over the place! :D
We knew it was already time for Iftar when live Arabian music started to fill the air. I think I was too busy with my Iftar plate that I didn't catch how the instrument at the center was played. Nevertheless, the festive rhythm definitely made our feast a more enjoyable one.
Mark dragged me to the Japanese station the moment Iftar time began. While our Muslim brothers usually break their fast with dates, we broke ours with these delectable rolls. Liwan's version is by far the best tasting among the ones that I've tried, and my sushi-lover Lover couldn't agree more. And yup, we just had to have separate plates because when it comes to sushi, sharing is an obsolete word! Haha! :D
I would have wanted to try the Chicken Biryani, but Mark talked me out of the idea as it was a bit too spicy for his liking and he knew that my palates couldn't tolerate that.
I was also keen about my sugar intake, so even if it was heart-breaking for me to just pass by and ignore the desserts station, I just had to settle with a healthier and less sweeter version with these fruity smoothies and fresh fruits.
Iftar at Liwan is priced at 149.00 AED per person, a reasonable price I must say. Aside from having to share a sumptuous feast with family and friends over an inviting ambience, awesome prizes also await diners with the hotel's Ramadan offerings:
So if you're looking for a place for your nightly Iftar this Ramadan, make sure to include Iftar at Liwan in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana in your list!
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IFTAR at LIWAN All Day Dining
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
Deira, Dubai, U.A.E.
Contact # 04 293 3000
Nearest Metro Station: Union (Green Line connecting to Red Line)
We were guests at Liwan in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana and our meal was complimentary, but as always, this post is sincerely written and all views and opinions are my own.