Flavours Restaurant at Hilton Al Ain is the hotel’s all-day dining venue. The restaurant has recently been renovated, and features stunning Arabesque decor.
During our staycation at Hilton Al Ain, this was the very first restaurant we tried out. We got to the hotel around noon, dumped our luggage in our suite, and after a quick cup of tea, we headed to Flavours for their international buffet lunch.
The weather was very pleasant, and we chose to dine at the patio facing the pool.
Flavours restaurant’s lunch buffet is an elaborate spread of international cuisines. Being a fan of fresh seafood, I was very excited seeing the variety on offer, including a smorgasbord of sushi.
There was this particularly mean looking fish on display. This whole fish has been baked in a thick salt crust. This baking process ensures just the right amount of salt goes into the flesh of the fish, and the end product is beautifully soft, steamy, flavorful fish. It is as delicious as it is ugly!
Meat lovers can load their plates with this very rich, wholesome Irish Lamb Stew. This slow-cooked stew is falling-off-the-bone delicious!
The buffet also includes freshly grilled lamb chops that are delivered to the table!
Yet another carnivorous treat from the Flavours lunch buffet is their Shepard’s Pie. This classic combination of beautifully smooth potato mash with mince can never go wrong for me.
If all this is far too ‘meaty’ for you, cleanse the palate with Flavours’ healthful stir-fried vegetables!
Flavours specializes in freshly made, health-enhancing smoothies. Here I am getting a Strawberry-Yogurt smoothie made for my little tot.
This is when I met Mr. Ali, the multi-talented Restaurant Manager at Flavours!
Mr. Ali is a Pakistani national, and has vast experience in the hospitality business. Apart from his managerial role, he has a keen interest in cooking and shred many fond memories of his family home and mother’s cooking.
Mr. Ali introduced me to a very special mocktail he has created himself. This is Flavours’ Pink Wink, a very refreshing combination of lemon, orange, mint and cranberry. This pink beauty makes its drinker ‘wink’ on first sip thanks to its surprising sourness.
The Flavours lunch buffet includes alcoholic beverages. Heineken in hand, and a plate of freshly grilled lamb chops to go with it, Hubby was one happy diner at Flavours!
Flavours is truly a family restaurant. They have a special buffet for young children, and it includes all the kid-friendly dishes they love including nuggets, pizza and pasta.
I was mighty impressed when I was informed the cartoon decor by the children’s buffet was created in-house by the restaurant staff themselves!
The staff at Flavours truly love their special little customers. My daughter was more enthralled by the live performance at Flavours. Two gorgeous Cuban ladies with husky vocals, were singing on stage. They were sweet enough to let my little one play the maracas with them on stage. This really made her day!
The lunch buffet at Flavours includes an wide range of desserts.
They also have a chocolate fountain! We coated marshmallow with chocolate lava, and even had a go with the fruit kebabs.
We were back for breakfast the following morning. Flavours offers an interesting mix of breakfast options.
Susages and hash browns make for a very continental breakfast.
They also serve pretty pots of muesli.
Our favorite dish from the Flavours breakfast buffet was their mushrooms in white sauce. This is a must-try dish for mushroom lovers, and that buttery sauce is so sinfully good!
Those wanting a heavier start to the day can opt for the very Indian paratha (flaky Indian flatbread) and aloo sabzi (potato curry) combination.
I helped myself to an Arabic breakfast of foul medammes.
They also have a section of Arabic spreads including Hummus and Moutabbel.
For drinks, Flavours offers a range of options including fresh juices, made-to-order smoothies, laban, and milk.
The very accommodating Mr. Ali insisted on making us glasses of fresh lassi (a yogurt-based drink that he has grown up having in his native hometown in Pakistan). We really enjoyed this light, frothy-sweet glassful! The drink looked forbiddingly large in the tall glasses it was served in, but we did a great job at finishing it off 🙂
We ended our long, leisurely breakfast at Flavours restaurant with warm cups of coffee and handfuls of locally grown Al Ain dates.
Flavours restaurant was a delightful addition to our stay at Hilton Al Ain. We enjoyed both their lunch and breakfast buffets, and I was highly impressed with the variety of international options on offer. The service at this restaurant is absolutely exemplary, and we have made good friends with the very entertaining Mr. Ali.
If you are booking a room at Hilton Al Ain, you will enjoy a complimentary breakfast at Flavours restaurant. However, you do not have to be a checked-in guest to dine here. Do give Flavours a try next time you happen to drive by Al Ain, their buffet options have something for everyone.
Breakfast: 6:30 am -10:00 am on weekdays and 6:30 am – 11:00 am on weekends.
Lunch: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm during the Friday Brunch.
Dinner: 7:00 pm -11:00 pm daily.
Flavours restaurant is located on the Ground Floor of Hilton Al Ain (Al Surooj District, Al Ain). Call 03 7686888 for details. Bon apetit!