Iftar at Fountain Restaurant (Al Bustan Centre & Residence)

I was recently invited for an Iftar at Fountain Restaurant, and I was rather intrigued by the restaurant’s name. Surely they must have a magnificent fountain that acts as center stage to the ambience? Nothing cliche like that at all. Instead, the restaurant features a cascade of flowing water that acts like a curtain dividing the lounge area from the dining.

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The ambience is brightly lit, spacious and inviting. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the table setting. I love how they’ve used these Bedouin-print tablecloths, and to complete the Ramadan look and feel, the table is set with antique-style lanterns and a vintage-style miniature wooden chest filling with dried fruit and dates to break the fast.

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I broke my fast with the customary dates, and a very refreshing glass of Jalab. Jalab is a traditional Arabic Ramadan drink made of tamarind, and has a tangy-sweet flavour.

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The Iftar buffet at Fountain Restaurant costs AED 110 per person, and features a tantalizing selection of Arabic and intercontinental favorites. Here is a rundown on some of my favorite dishes from the evening:

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A succulently soft herbed lamb roast was carved at the buffet station, and served with roast vegetables and mint sauce. A decadent treat for meat lovers.
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I really enjoyed the Tom Yum soup. Loaded with plump, juicy prawns, this was a great way to start off the meal.
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Kousa Mahshi, or Arabic style stuffed zucchini, is quite a common addition to a Ramadan buffet and also happens to be one of my favorite Levantine dishes. At Fountain Restaurant, they also had stuffed aubergine. Both have the same rice and minced meat filling, yet manage to be so different in taste and appearance. Loved them in both forms!
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The Seafood Gratin at Fountain Restaurant was deliciously creamy and bursting with seafood goodness. I must have had at least two helpings!
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My sweet-tooth was satiated with Fountain Restaurant’s wide selection of desserts. From dainty little tartlets, cakes and mousses, they also had a comprehensive selection of Arabic sweet treats.
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Nothing quite as refreshing as wedges of melon when you’re breaking fast!
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As you can see, my dessert plate is really loaded! Absolutely loved the Cheese Kunafa, it was my favorite dessert from the evening.

The only downside of the Iftar buffet at Fountain Restaurant is that they don’t have a sufficient range of dishes for vegetarians. All I could spot on the buffet was a Lentil Soup, a Mushroom Pasta, and ofcourse the desserts.

Overall, Fountain Restaurant proved to be a hidden gem. I have never ventured inside Al Bustan Centre & Residence, and am so glad I accepted the invite. The ambience is suave, sophisticated and inviting, and would be the perfect venue for hosting a get-together with friends and family.

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For AED 110 per head, the Iftar buffet at Fountain Restaurant is great value for money. The restaurant is located on the Lobby Level of Al Bustan Centre & Residence (Al Nahda, Dubai). For table bookings, give them a call onΒ 04 2630000. Bon apetit!

 

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