Market Kitchen Iftar Preview - Le Royal Meridien Hotel, Abu Dhabi
The four course set menu has the Market Kitchen standard all over it. Of the starters, there are some familiar dishes from the Market Kitchen stable, but with changes to reflect a connection to an iftar.
Of the main courses, the short ribs (not pictured here) are just outstanding. I enjoy the mild sweetness. Finally, the Sea bream. It must have been tempting to put hamour on the menu, but I am pleased they stayed with the sea bream. I think that its skin lends itself naturally to holding flavours. The lentil and quinoa salad complete what for me is my dish of the day.
For those with a very sweet tooth or those who can be quite possessive about their desserts, they will be pleased to know that they do not have to share dessert, as each diner is served a dessert platter. I especially like the Citrus Fruit Salad and how it was paired with dates, the latter being such a culinary icon at iftars, as well as the Creamy Rice Pudding with rosewater. Rosewater, for me, is such an integral part of dessert at an iftar.
Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa Street,
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