Last week we received an invite to try out the iftar at Yalumba in Le Meridien Garhoud, having been here before we were psyched to try out their Ramadan iftar menu.
We started with a tour of their newly opened ballroom which is nothing like what we’ve seen before. It’s huge – the main feature is it’s height and it has an open kitchen. Great for huge gatherings, has its own entrance and assorted suites.
Moving on, back to the food they have a huge buffet ranging from salads, main courses, grills, desserts and everything in between. We started off with the traditional dates I liked the one with sesame seeds.
As soon as we reached our table all the bloggers had a fun time searching for social media handles which were on instagram cookies. How cool is that plus they even taste great!
Yalumba has a lot of variety but for Ramadan it is heavily Arabic centered (don’t worry the food is still amazing). They have a huge salad section with: make you own rocca and fattoush salads, normal salads, multiple cheeses, smoked meats and more. We loved everything we tried.
For main courses they mainly had Arab dishes with a few Indian items thrown in.
The grill section was well loved: manakish, shawarma, steak, lamb ouzi, a few fish items too! The cheese and zaatar manakish were light and fluffy, the shawarma wasn’t overloaded and had the perfect balance of flavors. The shish tawook had to be the highlight of the night – insanely tender and juicy.
Desserts were fantastic as always: kunafa, umm ali, blueberry symphonies, multiple cakes (cheesecake, dates), an ice cream counter, you name it Yalumba has it. We loved the: fresh fruits, cheesecake, strawberry ice cream, kunafa and the umm ali. We heard that the santos cake, chocolate cremeux and dates cake were great too.
I almost forgot about the make your own eclair or macarons. You pick up an eclair and fill it with either: chocolate, vanilla, kalamasi or caramel cream. You then get to top it with multiple sauces and fresh fruits or nuts.
Iftar at Yalumba is priced at 159 AED per person from sunset until 8.30 pm.
Disclaimer: we were invited to this iftar preview but our opinions are as usual unbiased and completely honest.