Arabic treats with a twist at Festival City
Friday brunch (Friday)
An al fresco event, with a selection of Mediterranean food served at the table. Includes live entertainment. Dhs165 (food only). Dhs250 (bubbly).
Apparently I was alone in my misgivings, as the place was fairly full. My date and I sat outside, where we could view the skyline over the creek. It made for a lovely setting, at least until the mosquitoes got the better of us.
I decided to go à la carte while my date went for the buffet. He returned promptly with a limp fattoush sporting soggy bits of fried bread and a cold pasta salad. OK, so the cold buffet was a write-off, but he assured me he had some risotto coming. The restaurant redeemed itself with its arrival. The rice was an al dente, cheesy revelation. My crab cake starter proved equally satisfying, with a thin, crisp shell giving way to an interior as smooth as whipped cream.
My date’s main, salmon with honey glazed beetroot, was also ordered at one of the live cooking stations. The fish was juicy, but could have done with a bit more seasoning, while the honey glaze on the beetroot was barely detectable. I, meanwhile, went for the Crowne burger, which was the most intense sandwich I’d ever witnessed. Made up of ground wagyu and stacked with veal bacon, gruyere cheese and a fried egg, I imagined it possessed an unseemly decadence. It was a good burger, but it was so loaded up it failed to taste distinct. I could only detect hints of the gruyere or egg, and the fact it was wagyu was completely lost in the heap of ingredients. Still, I devoured it greedily, along with the crispy shoestring fries that came with it.
There was a limited selection of desserts, which, to be honest, was a relief. As we were both full up, we decided to split a New York-style cheesecake, which proved perfectly en pointe. The cake itself was light and creamy (sometimes cakes in Dubai can prove too dense and frigid). The meal as a whole was satisfying, if not overwhelming, but then again, the same could be said of the bill.
The bill (for two)
1x Large bottle of Evian Dhs28
1x Mango juice Dhs25
1x Crab cake Dhs50
1x Crowne burger Dhs55
1x Dinner buffet Dhs185
1x Cheesecake Dhs35
Total (including service) Dhs378 Zaytoun
|Tel:||04 701 1127|
|Travel:||Al Rebat Street|
|Cuisine:||Mediterranean, Middle Eastern|
|Experiences:||Alcohol available, Wi-fi, Outdoor seating, Smoking permitted|
Sunday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
Monday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
Tuesday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
Wednesday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
Thursday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
Friday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
Saturday: 06:30 am-11:30 pm
|Credit Cards Accepted:||Yes|
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champagneblonde Dec 27, 2011 07:06 pm
Had brunch on the terrace with husband, father-in-law & baby. Staff attentive & super friendly but the waiter for our table didn't grasp what we were saying, even after 3+ attempts...
Food quality very good & we all enjoyed a delicious meal but stations not replenished enough, no plates...
The desert station was delicious!
Complimentary valet parking is handy...
shafik Nov 17, 2010 08:10 am
its very nice restaurant
Azfar Jun 16, 2010 04:17 pm
Well i have to say to everyone, this is surely one of the best meats I have ever eaten in my life. the chicken wings, lamb chops, steaks, oh my god... But make sure you go only on Wednesday when it is Brazilian nights.
Francois Marcade Feb 14, 2010 07:53 am
As I lived in Brazil and my wife is Brazilian, we went for an early Valentine dinner to the Zaytoun Brazilian Barbecue Night with an idea of what we could expect if it were well executed.
Let me tell you we were not disappointed, it was not 100% authentic but close enough. It started well with the drinks when we asked for a Caipirinha, traditional Brazilian cocktail, we were given the choice of flavors typical of Hip "Churrascaria" in Sao Paulo (Lime, Kiwi and pineapple). Contrary to other places in Dubai that serve lime Caipirinha this one tasted exactly right , there was none of that brown sugar nonsense (Brazilian expect their cane sugar to be snow white).
The appetizers where Arabic mezze, which is often the case in Sao Paulo where there is a has a large syro-lebanese population (in Rio, sushi as appetizers are more common) and it is easy to understand why there were no pork cold cuts. The " Real Churracarias" over there, try to stuff you as quickly as possible by bringing the meats as fast as possible and pushing you to take as many slices as possible early on. That's a part of the authentic experience that was absent as the meats were served at a leisurely pace, letting us enjoy them. I can' t say longed for it!
The meat themselves were tasty, and although the choice was not as wide as in some of the Better Brazilian establishment, it was more than enough for my wife and I to declare ourselves "Satisfeitos" before having to repeat. Some like the "Alcatra" and the "Lamb Chops" were so perfectly cooked that they rate amongst the best I ever ate on both side of the Atlantic.
There is a small selection of Brazilian Dessert, I liked the Banana pudding and my recommends highly the Peanut and Caramel specialty "Pé de Molleque" but I could not try it I was to full at this stage. Again in an authentic churrascaria the Dessert are usually not really inspiring and you pay extra for them. But who cares for the original experience when you can have a delicious dessert buffet for free.
We will come back for more, we will recommend it to our Brazilian friends and to anyone who likes good meats Brazilian style.