Beauty doesn’t come cheap. Tempting as it was to try out the Ritz Carlton Spa before tasting the new Spa Cuisine menu at Splendido, it was painfully obvious that a one hour treatment would be immediately missed from our household budget. I would have to settle for Spa food-treatment 9 Reviews
Have a splendid Christmas Eve with a five-course set menu that combines Italian culinary highlights with seasonal holiday twists. Dhss550 (with a glass of mulled grape) Timings: 7pm-11pm 24 December 2013
There’s an extensive range of international dishes on the à la carte menu (dahl sits alongside bolognese, +risotto and roasted veggies), as well as a salad bar, oyster, charcuterie, crêpe and dessert station. Dhs300 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (selected house beverages and sparkling grape), half price (children aged five to 12), free for children under five Timings: 12.30pm-3.30pm (Friday)
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Beauty doesn’t come cheap. Tempting as it was to try out the Ritz Carlton Spa before tasting the new Spa Cuisine menu at Splendido, it was painfully obvious that a one hour treatment would be immediately missed from our household budget. I would have to settle for Spa food-treatment.
This doesn’t come cheap either, but then you do get real china, silver cutlery, crystal glasses and three waiters concerned with your wellbeing – one for the water, one for the food and one to de-crumb your table. Expecting to be surrounded by tables of ladies, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of gents-who-lunch.
The Spa Cuisine menu gives a choice of three different starters, mains and desserts and their nutritional makeup. Fresh focaccia bread and three varieties of tapenade come to the table while you peruse the options and calculate how many calories you can afford to take in without nullifying your early-morning workout. I finally decided on 224 kCal for a starter and 236 kCal for my main.
The tuna carpaccio with grilled zucchini was worth every gram of energy-intake. Seared and chilled slices of tuna, with a drizzle of punchy tomato vinaigrette sizzled my taste buds – this is the type of health food I like. In comparison my main of grilled red snapper with capers, snow peas and fennel salad was unimaginative, not helped by the fact that the fish was slightly overdone.
Furtively looking over my shoulder to ensure a personal trainer wasn’t spying on my eating habits, I decided to sneak in dessert – it’s supposed to be low-cal here after all. The health-conscious part of my brain tried to convince me that avocado lemon sorbet at a whopping 447 kCal really doesn’t fit into a diet, but – as it’s Spa food – I let myself go. I shouldn’t have: although nice and refreshing it wasn’t convincing enough to sin for.
Not counting the bread and tapenade – I finished the whole basket – I leave with more than half of my recommended daily calorie intake. No dinner tonight and back to the gym tomorrow. I’ll bring a calculator next time.By Rob Orchard
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