Iftar at Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani, the 65 year-old five star hotel chain hailing from Thailand, has been a part of the UAE hospitality scene for nearly a decade now. Renowned for their service and delicious meals, I was quite excited about trying out their Iftar buffet last night.

The Iftar buffet at Dusit Thani has been set up on the 24th floor of the hotel with spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The menu is predominantly Middle Eastern adapting to the theme of Ramadan.

dusit thani iftar review (2)To break the fast, there is a large counter showcasing a variety of dates as well as other dry fruits. A small cup of Arabic kahwa (black Arabic coffee) goes wonderfully well with nibbles of fine date.

dusit thani iftar review (5)The buffet also has a wide variety of traditional appetizers often found on an Iftar table. From Arabic kibbeh to deep-fried pakodas, guests were spoilt for choice with all the options.

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The buffet includes a live shawarma stand, and let me tell you the ones here are absolutely divine!

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For drinks, the buffet includes orange juice, a traditional rose-flavored drink, and an Arabic yogurt drink.

dusit thani iftar review (4)Here is a look at some of the delicious dishes that were on offer last night:

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The salad bar.
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Traditional Kharouf: Lamb cooked whole and served on a bed of mildly spiced pilaf. The meat was beautifully tender.
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Samak Harra: A traditional spiced fish with tomato dish.
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The salmon at Dusit Thani’s Iftar buffet is to die for! I assumed cooked salmon at a buffet will be overly cooked and dry, but this dish did not disappoint.
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Dusit Thani’s Iftar buffet includes a few dishes from Benjarong, the hotel’s very on Thai restaurant. I am still raving about the Beef Masaman and Thai Duck curries I had last night.
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One of the busiest counters at Dusit Thani’s iftar is the live pasta counter. I waited for almost 15 minutes in queue with my daughter!
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However, the wait was well worth it. The pasta was made just the way my demanding toddler likes it, and she even ate up all that Spinach Ravioli!
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The dessert counter is loaded with a wide variety of intercontinental delights such as Black Forest cake, cheesecakes and tarts. However, I went for the Arabic section.
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Here’s a shot of our shared platter of Arabic sweet treats. The Umm Ali here is deliciously sweet and creamy, and being a huge fan of Kunafa, I had that huge slice of bright orange all by myself 🙂

For AED 149 a head, the Iftar at Dusit Thani is very generously loaded with a variety of dishes. The service is immaculate, with staff regularly upping our water and changing the plates as needed. Moreover, you can really have your fill of flavorful, deliciously cooked traditional Arabic dishes. Don’t forget to try their Thai curries too! They were definitely my favorites for the night.

For reservations at the Dusit Thani Iftar, call 04 343 3333.

Ramadan Kareem!