When we first heard that Ewaan’s Friday offering was billed as “indulgent”, we pondered whether this would prove a misnomer. We had visions of a Roman banquet, minus the togas, in which you gorge on the finest fare an emperor could wish for.
And this isn’t far from what you’ll get. But if you’re not a seafood fan, you might feel a little left out of the festivities, as fruits de mer is undoubtedly the main attraction.
If you’re hankering after some cold starters, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A lovely prawn and apple salad is matched by some superb salmon, but then blown out of the water by the array of lobster.
You might think it’s possible to get bored of the crustacean king after trying it four ways in one day. But so much care and consideration is paid to each version that lobster lethargy is highly unlikely to sink its claws in.
The lamb also proves a fantastic treat, while the beef tenderloin is so juicy that you’ll want to start mopping it up with one of the warm, freshly-baked mini baguettes.
There are also much talked about live foie gras and scallop stations. It is disappointing, then, to discover that despite each being conscientiously prepared, the accompanying ingredients, apart from the black truffle, only detract from the flavours.
Overall, though, this is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Especially if you’re a fan of lobster.
Dhs325 (soft beverages), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs696 (premium bubbly). Fri 1pm-4.30pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 788804 428 7888).
Most impressive dish
Lobster is definitely king at this enticing buffet.