Welcome the arrival of Ramadan by celebrating the descent of the sun amidst the perfect backdrop of Al Bahou’s stunning 88 Arabic lanterns in the Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel. It has luxury accommodations, fine dining restaurants and business facilities. My Iftar at the Movenpick Hotel was equally mesmerizing, just as the hotel. This place has a rooftop pool, and complimentary access to Palm Jumeirah with shuttle service as well. It is royal yet modern. There is a gym and spa available too, for all guests coming in. The Iftar had tastes from all around the world.
The Iftar was quite amazing here. The restaurant is Moroccan themed. Therewere hanging baskets with dates and dry fruits which was very unique. Dates are sweet Arabian dry fruits, full of nutrients and carbohydrates. It is the most loved item to begin Iftar with. Any meal is incomplete without having dates first.
There was a live manakeesh station. Manakeesh is a dough, flattened and baked, topped with herbs and spices. It is a popular baked bread in the Middle East. It also has cheese or ground meat. The presentation and service of food was good. There was sushi to relish, a nice and different element for Iftar. Sushi is a Japanese dish made with rice and fish generally. The rice is steamed and then a flat roll is made. Then they are layered with cooked fish and fresh vegetables, cut to stripes and rolled. There was also a selection og veg sushi. There was a variety of Italian foods in the buffet. The soups and breads were also nice fillers. A variety of Arabic food was available too including hot and cold mezzeh.
I liked the way the Hummus was presented in a circular form. Hummus is a traditional Arabic dish, and it is usually creamy in texture.
Bring your family and friends along to “Al Bahou” and indulge in a sumptuous Iftar buffet inspired by Ibn Battuta’s travels through India, Italy, Morocco and Asia, accompanied by the soothing sounds of a traditional Oud player.
Al Bahou’s iftar features an extensive spread of traditional iftar dishes and Ramadan drinks from all over the world, including; lamb ouzi, fatteh and mixed grills as well as an array of cold and hot mezzeh.
Those with a sweet tooth can spoil and delight themselves with a widespread selection of sweets and desserts including; umm ali, kunafah, and much more! For my sweet tooth, I got satiated by the sticky toffee pudding. It is a very moist spongy British cake dessert covered in toffee sauce, and often topped with Vanilla icecream or finely chopped dates. It can also be served with custard. I highly recommend this place!
Sunset to 9.00pm for AED 185 per person inclusive of food, water,
Ramadan juices and soft beverages.