Guest Foodie: Batul AliAkbar
Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food: Andrew Weil
Location: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Méridien Village Terrace, Airport Road, Garhoud, Dubai. (near Casa Mia, Sukhothai, The Dubliner’s)
Few days ago, I was invited to the pre Ramadan five course dinner buffet at Mahec Rest – Lounge in Garhoud. What caught my attention and got my super excited was the fact that this buffet was going to be beautifully crafted by one of India’s well-known and leading chefs, Chef Satish Arora. Now if you are not aware of who Chef Arora is.. then.. okay NO judgment.
When we reached the restaurant, we were welcomed by Ms. Sharon. They offered us some Kahwa (traditional green tea) and walked us inside. The location of the restaurant is so beautiful in itself. It is surrounded by greenery and beautiful flowers. Walking into the restaurant, the lighting was very dim – which I dig in restaurants and had a touch of Indian and Arab culture. When you step in, you would not think you are walking into an Indian restaurant. Mahec was casually divided into two, the actual dinning area and the lounge area. We were then bought our refreshments; Apricot Drink, the Dates Drink, Rose Milk Drink etc which I believe were free flowing. Rose Milk was hands down my favourite especially after quite a walk to get to Mahec.
The seating arrangements, the decor, the ambience was on point. However, I cannot say much about the service, as it was primarily a buffet dinner and we were to be self served.
What we had;
From the salads I had the egg salad and it was SO good. It was super creamy and made to absolute perfection. Could have had a lot of it more. Apart from this, there were alot of green salads and onion rings you could munch in on.
I tried some of the boondi raita and was a fan of it. Usually, whenever you order the boondi raita, they omit adding sugar to it which gives the raita a nice taste of sweet and salty taste. However the raita served at Mahec was extremely yummy with the right balance in taste.
There was a huge variety in the starters section but the things that stood out for me in specific was the Malai Broccoli, Acchari Jhinga and the masala paneer tikka. Personally, I dislike broccoli SO much but oh my, I absolutely loved this. It was crunchy and well seasoned and super delicious. The Acchari Jhinga was extremely yummy and well cooked. The Paneer tikkas were very delicious as well. They were well coated wth the masala and cooked to perfection.
From the main course, my favourite were Dal Makhni and Tamatari Subzi. The Chicken curry was very average and did not meet my expectations at all. The Tamatari Subzi tasted more or less like butter chicken but only better! It had this mild tangy taste to it which was amazing. The Dal Makhni was extremely delicious and I wish I had served myself some more of it. It seemed like it was cooked and cooked and cooked for hours which is the prime criteria for creating some delicious Dal Makhni. The worst thing on my plate was honestly the Jeera Aloo. It was SO undercooked and tasted nothing like the Jeera Aloo I would normally indulge in.
If asked, they would get you a basket of butter naan which was hot and freshly made and went so well with our main course. They had jeera rice to accompany our food as well which was decent.
Lastly for desserts, there was not a whole big variety which was a little let down, but we loved our Moong Daal Halwa with Gulab Jamun and some fresh fruits. You obviously could not have more than maximum of 3 spoons of the halwa as it was loaded with goodness such as ghee.
All in all, it was truly a wonderful experience being served Chef Satish Arora’s crafted food. It was a great eating experience and a well spread variety of food for people looking to break their fasts this Ramadan. The food was not pretentious at all. I totally recommend this place for a nice Iftaar get together. They also have an outside seating arrangement were they also have a variety of sheesha available.
Ambience: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Service: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Pricing: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ (139 dhs per person)
Eating Experience: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Over All: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦