Iftar at Tamba - The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall, Abu Dhabi
Tamba's 'Iftar Culinary Experience' as it is called comprises some favourite dishes that regulars would have encountered on the Tamba menu. The iftar experience starts off with a selection of Ramadan juices. This is the most obvious item on the menu that tells you you're in Ramadan.
Then, there is a choice of soup. I choose the lentil soup, again because it gives me that feeling of the period I am in, while still keeping the Indian connection. The soup is a dish in itself, with a thick, hearty texture that makes me want to dip some bread. Homely! It is served in a Japanese style bowl cum cup - you ahve to hold it and drink it. Forget the spoon. Nice touch.
An old favourite of mine, the Delhi mix (not pictured), is a wonderful inclusion on the menu. It is quinoa as you have never had it. Extra pomegranate, in a subtle way, brings me back to Ramadan.
It is really a well thought out choice of dishes when I see the Sweet and sour pumpkin - served on spinach paratha. It really is sweet and sour topped with pumpkin seeds imbuing the dish with great texture. A must have.
The Iftar Culinary Experience at Tamba has some subtilties that make you feel the spirit of Ramadan but it mostly remains faithful to its own philosophy. Matched by their usual level of service where waiters consistently talk about the dishes they serve in effortless detail, this iftar experience continues the Tamba story as it tries to offer something left of centre. it succeeds. When dining after 8pm, you can also have a glass of your favourite bubbles or wine. Finally, priced at 198AED, the iftar undercuts many high end iftar experiencece, making this an all round good choice.