This was my second visit to this stylish chunk of the very well known Rotana group situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi. Centro Al Manhal …… a comprehensive hotel just next to Al Wahda Mall and many other major avenues of Abu Dhabi. Hotel stands tall prominently, with a small entrance lobby, welcoming staff & nice interior. At its different levels, guests enjoy here C. Deli which has take away dining , C.mondo bar, and C.taste restaurant all day dining.
Wooden flooring, rust leather chairs makes an interesting atmosphere. Restaurant hall is split into smoking and non-smoking areas, additionally families can also opt to sit in some cornered tables set in accordance to dine without being interrupted in their privacy. Although restaurant not very spacious but enough seating capacity is provided. Clear glass windows gives the outer view.
Arabic touch has been given with a traditional Ramadan display of different varieties of dates and nuts in a corner along with Arabic coffee.
We were invited for the Iftar Preview at a special Arabic themed buffet.
The buffet had a reasonable spread of veg & non-veg dishes which does not include a very lavish display but to avoid food wastage, quality has been focussed instead of quantity.
Warm Creamy Pumpkin Soup is great to start your Iftar with.
Salads & Selection of hot Mezzeh:
Let me start by mentioning the long list of salads, we should all focus more on eating healthy light meals during iftar, so here you will find a sumptuous variety of salads …. all sorts of leafy mixed vegetables , Arabic Pickles, Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Baima Bil Zeit – Okra, Roasted Garlic Broccoli, Red Onions & Pine Nuts, Salatat Jarjir Rocca Salad, Fatoush, Fennel & Feta with Pomegranate Seeds & Sumac, Aragula Sweet Potato & Walnut Salad, Stuffed Vine Leaves, Hummus, baba Ghanoush, Tabbouleh etc.
Special Arabic dishes, the centre of attraction is the hearty sumptuous Lamb Ouzi, Lamb Biryani, Mixed Vegetable Stew, Kibbeh Labanieh, Vermicelli Rice, Mograbieh with Roasted Chicken, Grilled Beef Steak with Mushroom Sauce.
Vegetable Ratatouille, Roasted Potato with Herbs, Mix Dolma, Fettuccine Bolognese, Shrimp Salona, Hammour Fillet with passion Fruit Sauce.
Grills & Saj: Very Succulent & moist Chicken Tandoori, Grilled Kebabs, Shish Tawook were being served from live grill station to our tables along with accompaniments like garlic dips, muhamara etc. They also prepare pizza at live cooking stations.
You will get to enjoy a mix of Arabic desserts along with a selection of pastries & cakes ….. Mohalabia with Pistachio, Umm Ali, Spiced Bread Pudding, Chocolate Roll Parfait, Fruit Salad, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cake, Pudding. Chocolate Tarts, Chocolate Eclairs, Mixed Arabic Sweets etc.
Drinks: Special Ramadan drinks like Jellab, Rose with Milk & Tamarind which is also called Tamar Hindi are part of their Iftar menu.
Suhoor Offer: Takeaway packs for Suhoor will be available throughout Ramadan for the price of AED 42. Timings will be from 11 pm to 3:30 am. Orders should be placed at least 30 min in advance.
Iftar Buffet: AED 79 per head.
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