By Lubna Hamdan
Suhoor at the base of Burj Khalifa? Yes please
The Armani Hotel in Dubai has won us over again – this time with its Ramadan tent Saraya.
Located at the base of Burj Khalifa, the hotel created the tent with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking Downtown Dubai skyscrapers, the Burj Lake and the dancing Dubai Fountain.
The brand’s signature white, black and beige palette is apparent in traditional wooden latticework and oriental decorations.While the tent has a daily-changing Ramadan menu from the hotel’s five restaurants, we opted for its most signature suhoor dishes. For starters, we tried prominent mixed greens, fattoush salad and babaghanoush. Both tasted fresh, but we especially liked the salad because the bread remained crispy and the dish had just the right amount of citrus.
For the main course, we enjoyed grilled shish taouk, which was perfectly cooked and tender, with potato wedges that were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and, of course the celebrated Italian dish, spicy penne pasta arrabiata. We do not know the Italians’ secret to cooking flawless pasta, but we want in on it. The arrabiata with black olives, garlic and pepper had subtle tastes that did not overpower one another. The pasta itself was soft but not overcooked. We paired our courses with a freshly squeezed mixed juice of orange and mango.
For desert, we tried baklawa and Turkish ice cream with pistachio – both which were tasty and not overly sweetened.
During our evening, soft live Arabic singing filled the relaxed atmosphere, later making way for UEFA Euro 2016 football playing on large screens across the venue.For all the latest gourmet news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.