Hey everyone! This post is going to be the continuation of the previous post, which was also about the Iftar at Olea, St, Regis, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In this post, I wish to share the photos I clicked of the Main Course(s).
The Traditional Arabic Cuisine section was my favourite! They had many new dishes that I had never had before and there was a great variety of dishes to choose from.
If you’re a non-vegetarian, I’m pretty sure after seeing the Highlight of the Arabic Section: Lamb Ouzi with Oriental Rice, your mouth will start watering!
After seeing all the sections of the Iftar Buffet, I felt it was Arabic/Middle East oriented buffet, which was good for people like me who prefer to try out dishes from other cuisines! From the welcome drinks, salads, appetizers to main course(s) and desserts, each had a touch of Middle Eastern/Arabic cuisine to it! I say this because, one of the welcome drinks was Date Milk, in the salads side, there was Shanklish salad, they also had many of the Middle Eastern dips and cheese such as the Baladi cheese. In the desserts section, they had the famous Kunefe too!
I would say that the Main Course section was divided into three different cuisines. First, we’ll start off with the Traditional Arabic Cuisine, then move on to the Indian Cuisine and the last, the International Cuisine. I have given the heading of the last one as International as there were dishes from different places around the world, and not oriented to one specific region.
Don’t forget to write what your favorite dish was, in the comments section (at the end of the post)!
Traditional Arabic Cuisine
The Highlight of the Arabic Section: Lamb Ouzi with Oriental Rice
Ouzi is the Lebanese word for a dish of baked lamb and spiced rice. A blend of sweet spices, including allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom, gives the recipe its Middle Eastern accent and makes it a favorite at the six locations of Lebanese Taverna.
The lamb pieces were extremely well cooked and soft while the rice was moderately spiced.
Salmon with Harra Sauce
Warak Enab with Lamb Chop
Warak Enab was a new name for me, so, as usual, I searched about it. Warak Enab basically means grape leaves. The leaves are stuffed mostly with meat.
As you can see from the photo below, Horra Osbao was garnished with pomegranates.
After I saw the word ‘Mansaf’ in two of the dishes above, and noticed there was something resembling a pita bread (a type of flatbread eaten in the Middle East) as the base of the Mansaf Rice, I searched about the Mansaf Rice.
According to websites, Mansaf Rice is the National Dish of Jordan. And yes, I was almost correct about the pita bread, the article said that a flatbread is kept below the rice and meat.
(Note: There is a difference between pita bread and normal flatbread)
Couscous, Shrimp Chermoula, Beef Tagine, Chicken Tagine & Vegetable Tagine
Meat Pide & Kashkawan Pide
2. Indian Cuisine
Mutton Rogan Josh
Paneer Tikka, Shish Tahouk, Tandoori Salmon, Lamb Kofta, Papadum & Sharwan Aloo
3. International Cuisine
Grilled Sea Bass with Cheese Sauce
Mexican Black Rice
There was also Grilled Beef Steak with Pepper Sauce & Steamed Green Vegetables.
The Mexican Black Rice and the Grilled Sea Bass along with Cheese Sauce was really nice! It was the first time I had Mexican Black Rice and the fish was well grilled.
The next post will be the last post on the Iftar @ Olea, St. Regis, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Any guesses on what is it?!
Yes, you guessed it right- It’s Desserts!
Before we end this post, I’ll share some photos:
Indoor and Outdoor Seating Area and View (separated by the huge glass door):
Can you see the view of the sea, in the photo below?
change in the colour of the sky…
Don’t forget to write what your favorite dish was in the comments section! I hope to hear from you all soon!
The next post is going to be a great post with many photos of the desserts plus a chocolate fountain too!
SEE YOU IN THE NEXT POST!