Hotels all around Dubai are getting ready for Ramadan. Recently, I was invited for a tasting preview of their Iftar menu. After that, another invite came. This second restaurant is called Brasserie 2.0 which is located at Le Royal Meridien Dubai. This time, I came with my friends Maizy Colleen and Hannah Magsayo for a quick get together while enjoying some of their food buffet.
Compared to Al Maeda, Brasserie 2.0 offers much more extensive options. They have live cooking station dedicated for seafood meats wherein you can choose from salmon, parrot fish, tiger prawns, and other seafood items for grilling/frying. They also have one for beef/lamb meats. Beef steaks and Lamb chops are the highlights of that part of the cooking station.
The seafood was grilled perfectly well. It tasted pretty well and was served fresh on our plate. The beef was also juicy and tender. The lamb chops were good and satisfying.
Aside from that, the buffet also has a Pasta section wherein you get to choose which pasta you like. Since pasta would be too heavy to consume we just chose one type of pasta which is a white sauce. Too bad, we didn't really liked the pasta. It was too dry for us.
There was also pizza but it was only limited for a single topping which is cheese. I would love to see this section grow with various toppings to choose from simply because I am a big fan of pizza. :D
Roasted Chicken, Lamb Roast, Beef Roast were also available in the meat section. This is already cooked and you just ask them for some and they give you a slice. They offer various gravy to choose from. My favorite was the one with a little bit of spice in it.
Probably, the best part of the menu for me was the Japanese Section. Japanese cuisines are my favorite and simply having sushi around the buffet table will automatically win my heart. There is a vast of different type os sushi and sashimi to choose from. I got to try all and everything was good and fresh. The meat used in the sashimi was very fresh and amazing. The wasabi has a good quality. Simply put, I love this part of the buffet.
For the drinks, I find the selection fairly good. There were options to get some Laban, Tamarind Juice, and Orange juice at the dining table but you can also ask the waiters for some fresh watermelon/apple juice/sodas/water which they will happily serve you. :D
They also have a cheese section where different types of cheese are available for your consumption. I never get to fully try this part of the buffet because we were already too full to eat some more.
Lastly, you can't leave the buffet without trying out some of their desserts. Brasserie just has a lot of dishes to choose from. From ice cream to cakes to cream cheese and Arabic sweets such as chocolate dates or simply plain ones. There was also a chocolate fountain and an array of choices to dip in it which includes marshmallow, fruits, and Oreos.
We tasted all the ice cream flavors but didn't quite liked the mango flavor. The cakes were ok but the cream cheese was a bit bland. The chocolate fountain was delicious. The chocolate tasted like Nutella which was rich and good.
Overall, Brasserie 2.0 literally took Iftar dining at a higher level. With its vast array of options and beautiful interiors, this place would be an excellent dining area during Iftar.
People who loves to eat are always the best people.