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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 on 04 2630000. Bon apetit!