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Endless Iftars But Who’s Complaining

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 Oberoi's, Business Bay
The Oberoi’s, Business Bay

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 ie 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.

Flavourful Lamb Ouzi
Flavourful Lamb Ouzi

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 choices. 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!

BurpAndBelch meter: 5.0

#5WordFoodReview: Oberois Knows Their Food Period

Yalumba - vast seafood array
Yalumba – vast seafood array

The other place we swung to was Yalumba at Meridien Vilage, 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!

BurpAndBelch meter: 5.0

#5WordFoodReview: Soup And Seafood Makes Happiness

Ramadan Treats at Spontiphoria

a warm, friendly concept store at Wasl Square, Jumeirah
a warm, friendly concept store at Wasl Square, Jumeirah

Imagine naming your shop after your email ID! The first thought races that the ID better be usable. And then came about Spontiphoria, opposite the erstwhile Safa Park at Wasl Square, Jumeirah, where I was invited to preview their pre-Ramadan menu.

Munch on the thought of the day
Munch on the thought of the day

While I was wrestling with the name and what perhaps it meant, I walked inside this unique concept store that is both a bakery and a boutique. I found the store very Parisian. Chalk board messages, quaint curios everywhere interspersed with very artistic looking food items.

Their bakery believes in making it all the exact same way as one would do at home.  And you can tell from the rich and fresh flavours of the rose and lychee cake slice. Their display had a salivating line-up of cakes, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, tray-bakes, and other desserts. I was walking around with my piping hot cup of coffee and enjoying some traditional Ramadan treats.

I met the vivacious and attentive hostess and owner of Spontiphoria, Sidiqa Sohail who named her store after her MSN user that she had since she was 13. The name is concoction of spontaneous and euphoria, both equal descriptives of her. We got talking and I asked her whether baking is something she studied in detail; to which she answered in the negative. She studied ‘conflict prevention and peace building’ at the University of Durham, UK!

The only conflict you could have is on deciding which cake to attack and what dress to take home.