With a third trip to the gorgeous Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, the expectations only kept building and building. Starting off with a lovely Night at Circo to an amazing chilled out evening at the Night Street Fest by the Bayshore, the trip to the Byblos Sur Mer for Iftaar was surely not going to disappoint – and it didn’t. Walking into this restaurant, had the most gorgeous view of the entire Marina at Intercontinental Abu Dhabi.
Being a guest at this beautiful Lebanese restaurant meant one thing – Authentic Lebanese Cuisine, in what I can call a very luxurious dining area. With two floors and spacious terraces, this restaurant seems to be perfect for those family gatherings, where you need the space and privacy at the same time.
There was one thing that caught my eye of course, this was supposed to be an iftaar buffet, and the only buffet item I saw was a table of desserts stacked across a wall of the restaurant. The vast array of chaffing dishes seemed to be missing. We sat down after the friendly exchange of familiar greetings and kept on with the conversations. It was then that we realize, our buffet was going to be served. It was at this moment I took mental notes of how different Byblos Sur Mer was! The very idea of a table service, is when the chef can focus on quality instead of quantity. And that’s what won my heart.
Dining at Byblos for Iftaar is not just about the food, it’s about how this buffet can instill a sense of family on every table. The checklist for every restaurant I visit is all about how the venue executes on experience. In this case, I literally felt at home with my family for dinner. It certainly did far beyond what expectations I ever imagined.
The food served here was fresh as it can ever be. With no room to complain, we went on to enjoy every aspect of the meal, as the chef wanted us to experience.
Of course, apart from quality over quantity being a key element in this iftaar, the sense of table service brings about a hidden meaning no one usually thinks about. As a plate of a dish per 2-4 people (depending on the portion size of course), the idea of sharing food amongst becomes greater. After all, isn’t this whole meaning behind an Iftaar, at home, for example?
Sure I can keep talking about the different varieties of dishes served, but all I can ever seem to pull out of this memory is “Simple, yet, Fresh Lebanese Food!” And that’s all I will say for now.
I believe the only time the restaurant would force you to leave your seat, is when it’s time for desserts. Is that bad? Well, no! A little movement can aid digestion, and make room for the yummy sweets. And I certainly mean yummy!
The desserts at Byblos’ Iftaar features a Nougat Shawarma filled with every traditional type of nut (from almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.). It even has its own Baklava Tower – something that looked so good on its own, I didn’t have the heart to pull out a piece.
Of course, as every buffet does, you do have the option to select your own fresh fruit, mousses, pastries and cakes, as well as the opportunity to dip stuff into a chocolate fountain!
Dining at the Byblos Sur Mer for Iftaar, as well as after Ramadan, is quite certainly sure to leave you more than just satisfied, and put a smile on every guest that leaves the restaurant.
Details about this promotion as well as the other promotions offered by Intercontinental Abu Dhabi can be found here –> http://www.dining-intercontinental-ad.ae/special-offers/ramadan/
Alternatively, you can simply call 800 423 463 for reservations.