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Review: Buffet dinner at Al Dar Restaurant, Sharjah Rotana!

Hi!

Recently, I had a buffet dinner at Al Dar restaurant located on the first floor of Sharjah Rotana, in Rolla, Sharjah. Here is my review:

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The restaurant has a spacious look to it and can seat quite a number of people. Since I arrived early, I was able to capture some good shots. I love the relaxed ambience and the lighting. It’s a gorgeous space that is neat and tidy.

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When you enter, to your right there is the main course dishes arranged, straight ahead there is the appetizer section and in the center, arranged around a pillar, is the dessert & bread section.

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I started with the soup. There was only one kind. It was a soup called Egg Drop soup. It tasted good. I have never tried that particular soup before. I topped them with croutons and it enhanced the soup’s taste. Some things that I didn’t like were, the croutons had almost lost it’s crispness and the soup wasn’t hot. It was just warm.

Next I went to the Appetizer section which looked quite good. Here is a part of it below:

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Something new that I tried was a cold appetizer consisting of chicken and pineapple combined together. I have never tried that combination before and it was OK. The fattoush salad was yum. Again, the toasted pita bread on it weren’t so crispy. There was a good variety of stuffed olives. I loved the one stuffed with whole almonds. There was kibbeh, cheese fatayer, different kinds of cherry tomatoes to name a few.

The things I loved the most were stuffed wine leaves (which tasted perfect), marinated artichoke hearts (which I had after a number of years!. I don’t usually see them featured in buffets here) and a cold appetizer consisting of fish, corn and bell peppers (the combination of which, worked really great and was scrumptious!). The appetizer section was the best for me when compared to the other two sections.

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Next I headed to the main course section.

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I expected much more variety in the main course section, this being Rotana after all. The choices could have been more and better. I have got to say that most of whatever was there, did taste good. There was only one kind of rice, which was Parsley butter rice. The dishes that I loved were Creole Chicken, which was juicy, cooked perfectly and tasted very different (in a good way!) since it’s a cuisine I haven’t tried before, Meatballs curry, which had really fresh meatballs in it and baked fish, which was topped with cheese and tasted great. Paneer is one of my favorites and they did have Mutter paneer though it didn’t taste good. Macaroni, dal, roasted potatoes were the other items there. Another customer there, was a vegetarian and he was asking for vegetarian options. It wasn’t many. The highlights were definitely non veg items. The hummus tasted lovely, along with kuboos and plain paratha.

Next, I headed to the desserts section.

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The dessert section, though it occupied only a little space, contained a lot of variety. Since, they were small portions it was easy to try a lot of them :). What I loved the most was Strawberry shortcake, dried pineapple, baklava and custard. But the highlight for me, OMG, was Om Ali, probably the best I have ever had in my entire life and let me tell you, I have had plenty from different places. This version topped it all. It was nothing short of perfection. It was just so delicious and rich!. It provided a great ending to the dinner.

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I definitely hope they introduce more variety in the main course. Otherwise, it was a good experience. Buffet dinner at Al Dar costs AED 90 per person and the timing is from 6.30 PM – 11.00 PM. Do check it out!

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Note: My husband and I, were given this dinner reservation for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Review : Dinner at Nando’s, Al Qasba!

Hey there!

Nando’s is one of my all time favorite restaurants!. It’s located in one of the most scenic areas of Sharjah, the Al Qasba!.

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Nando’s is Afro – Portuguese and their specialty is chicken that has been marinated for 24 hours and flame grilled to order. I have been there several times and the last time was to throw a party for my family to celebrate my wedding anniversary. So, yes it’s a really special place for me.

Recently when I was invited for a dinner at the Al Qasba, Sharjah branch, to experience their renovated look, I was delighted!. The new look is very modern, yet beautifully rustic and old fashioned. There are African inspired, tribal like designs that’s very artistic. Overall it has successfully captured the very essence of the origin of Nando’s.

What I love the most about being at Nando’s is, not only do they serve delicious, top quality chicken, it’s healthy too since it’s flame grilled and all excess fat is removed from the chicken. You can decide the heat level of your food. If you cannot stand a lot of spiciness (that’s my husband’s preference), definitely go for Mild. I always choose Hot which is the next level after Mild!. If you dare to, go for the hottest but warning: it’s freaking HOT!. I went with my husband and here are the dishes I ordered :

‘Appeteaser’

This is the starter. I love how Nando’s has designed their menu. It’s so much fun to read their quirky twists of words and witty remarks!. I ordered a lemonade and a plate of six wings that has been basted in mild sauce. It is perfect to be shared by two people. The wings were big and juicy :). Since I like it a bit hotter, I used a Hot Peri Peri sauce to dip the wings in. A selection of sauces were served to me at the table.

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Main course

I ordered a Butterfly Chicken Breast and my husband ordered a 1/2 Chicken. We had a choice of either 2 regular side dishes or 1 Fino (which means ‘posh’ in Portuguese!) side dish with the main course dishes. I chose Spicy rice and fries for my husband and Grilled Vegetables (Fino side dish) for myself.

The 1/2 chicken platter is perfect to be shared by two. We both simply loved it!. The fries tasted great dipped in their famous Peri Peri sauce and ketchup. The Spicy rice isn’t really spicy. But I loved it’s taste and texture. Even my husband who isn’t a fan of rices like that, had it and liked it a lot.

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I am in love with the butterfly chicken breast. It’s so succulent and grilled to perfection!. Chicken breast is a portion that can easily be overcooked and dry. But this was perfection. I didn’t want it to finish!. This dish is good for a single person. I didn’t quite like the grilled vegetables. It could definitely have been better, taste wise.

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Dessert

Oh my… Now this is the part I had been really looking forward to!. I ordered a Chocolate Biscuit cake. One spoonful of it and I was literally in chocolate heaven ♡. Gosh!. They nailed it!. It was nothing short of perfection.

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The staff were so friendly, cheerful and helpful. The whole ambiance exudes warmth and you feel really at home there!. One thing I noted is that the abundance of overhead lighting plus the heat of the food can make you sweat quite a bit!. I wish it was a bit more air conditioned.

While departing, they gave my husband and me a gift bag each containing a Garlic peri peri sauce!. I am currently loving adding it to my sandwiches. I even added it to my fried rice today :D. You can buy these sauces at the restaurant or at any major supermarkets in UAE.

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Overall, I yet again am super impressed by the amazing Nando’s experience!. This indulgent dinner for two is worth about AED200. So, you now have an idea of how it is priced. If you are a foodie, I urge you to go check out Nando’s today itself and experience their stunning food and service!.

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Nando’s makes waves on Sharjah Canal with brand new look!

Nando’s unveils exciting, fresh look for Al Qasba outlet in Sharjah!

Nando’s, the world’s much-loved Afro-Portuguese, family friendly restaurant is excited to announce that its popular outlet in Al Qasba, is newly refurbished and is ready to open its doors once again to customers in the Sharjah area.

Well-known, interior design company Keane, was asked to bring a rich, new energy to the current space allowing the restaurant, which also has outdoor, canal facing seating, to exude an airy and vibrant feel.

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Nando’s has a massive following within the UAE which is why we’re so excited to be able to offer both our current, and new Sharjah customers the ultimate Nando’s experience in this exciting new, refreshed space, ensuring that every time they enjoy a Nando’s meal in this outlet, everything from the food to the décor is at the top-quality standard that our customers have learnt to expect from us. ‘ said Dinesh Acharya, COO of Nando’s UAE.

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Maintaining a strong South African influence, the restaurant features large willow suspended rafts, which are inspired by unique South African textiles, while the perimeter wall sees rammed, earth green plaster combined with the curved oxide metal louvered screen adding a warm, natural texture to the space. Colourful, handpicked artworks, provided by the Nando’s Arts Initiative, adorn the walls ensuring that whether South African or not, customers will feel right at home the moment they walk into the Al Qasba outlet.

The signature open kitchen and grill allows customers seated nearby to watch as the grillers prepare sizzling butterfly-cut halal chicken pieces, fresh crispy salads, perfectly seasoned fries, and of course delicious kiddies’ meals, ready to satisfy the whole family!

The Al Qasba outlet also offers home and office deliveries, within Sharjah, everyday between 12pm- 11:30pm. Call 600 54 25 25 for deliveries.

For further information, restaurant locations and opening dates of exciting new outlets, visit the Nando’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/nandosuae or contact customer service on 600 54 25 25.

About Nando’s

Nando’s has very humble beginnings, with the founders, Fernando Duarte and Robbie Brozin, having discovered the tantalizing Portuguese flavours of flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken in a tiny town in Johannesburg, South Africa. They were smitten and decided to buy the small restaurant and turn it into one of the world’s leading, emerging fast casual family-friendly restaurants.

The Nando’s brand entered the UAE in 2002 and now offers the tastiest chicken in the UAE at a host of outlets in a variety of locations including, Sheikh Zayed Road, Greens, Al Ghurair Centre, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, Novotel Suites – Al Barsha, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Arabian Centre, The Residences – Downtown Burj Khalifa, Mirdif City Centre, Al Ain Mall, Al Qasba – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi World Trade Center, Al Zeina – Al Raha Beach and Ras Al Khaima (opening soon).

Look for the welcoming Barcelos Cockerel – It’s the sign of the unique flavour of warm, Afro-Portuguese hospitality! Visit www.nandos.ae or www.facebook.com/nandosuae to discover more.

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.