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Dine around the world with Channels Media Rotana Dubai

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“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” – Ruth Reichl

Not many people realize that it takes far more effort to plan a buffet than an à la carte menu.
Choosing dishes that match the theme, anticipated palates and running the extra mile by including dishes that don’t necessarily fit the theme but are still a part of the menu to accommodate guests with a different preference are some of the areas that are covered whilst putting the buffet together. The smart(er) buffet also looks into portioning – lesser portioning means lesser food wastage.

Channels, Media Rotana, Dubai opens its doors to the smarter dinner buffet. For AED 185/- per head, diners can choose a cuisine depending on the day of the week. My friend and I were recently invited to have a taste of the British – Indian Sunday special and were surprised to experience how well both menus could blend with each other.

The entrance - Channels, Media Rotana

The entrance – Channels, Media Rotana

The restaurant manager, Maurice Zahr was kind enough to give me a tour of the  menu by taking me through each dish and explaining which sections were Indian and which ones were English. There were a few international dishes as well that studded the vibrant display of soulful food.

Dining Area - Channels, Media Rotana

Dining Area – Channels, Media Rotana

A couple who had walked in just around the same time as we did, received a tour of the buffet by the Executive Chef Francesco Napoletano. I was quite impressed by the personal touch added to the services at Channels.

A challenge that I face when it comes to sharing my dining experiences at a buffet is taking pictures of the food itself. You can’t really stop people from taking generous portions of food and sometimes, that doesn’t leave the photographer with much to capture. Having said this, I have tried to visually share our dining experience the best way possible. One of the diners present there told me, “Child, aren’t you going to eat anything? By the time you’re done taking pictures, half of this dessert section will be missing thanks to me!” Her friend chimed in saying, “You can’t blame her. The food here is fantastic!”

Can’t say I don’t agree with them.

The canapés included lentil coated quail scotch eggs, which went well with the saffron infused grilled prawns with mint and coriander salsa. Adjacent to this was the ploughman’s lunch station bearing a selection of cheese such as Stilton Blue and Wensleydale along with cold cuts and assorted greens. The Tandoori roasted cauliflower and potato salad was delectable as was the roasted butternut squash. The poached salmon with saffron mayonnaise was my personal favorite. Speaking of salmon, the poached salmon with broccoli wasn’t too bad either.

Poached Salmon with saffron mayonnaise and herring roe

Poached Salmon with saffron mayonnaise and herring roe

Poached salmon with broccoli

Poached salmon with broccoli

Apparently the green peas soup seemed to be the popular one from the soup station, as one of the guests had suggested that I try it with some bread from the European bread section. It was almost as though the food was speaking for itself.
The bread station gets an extra brownie point from me because the rotis or Indian bread were made fresh and in limited quantities – the best part? You get to see them swirl the paper-thin dough gently in the air while they’re preparing it.

The carving station offers tender roasted beef with mushroom gravy (medium rare) and if you’re in the mood for tandoori, I recommend the oven roasted tandoori lamb leg with charred vegetables.

Roasted beef with mushroom gravy

Roasted beef with mushroom gravy

Oven roasted Tandoori lamb leg with charred vegetables.

Oven roasted Tandoori lamb leg with charred vegetables.

The good ole fish ‘n chips with mushy peas and tartar sauce will leave you feeling a bit nostalgic. Combine these with the honey roasted parsnips and you’ve got a bunch of appreciative taste buds.

Fish and chips with honey roasted parsnips along with fried Indian snacks - pakoras

Fish and chips with honey roasted parsnips along with fried Indian snacks – pakoras

Vegetarians, feast on this – the vegetable pie.

Vegetable pie

Vegetable pie

The malai kofta and lentil curry (dal) seemed to complement each other alongside the soft Indian bread.

Malai Kofta , Pilao rice, Lentil curry (dal) and a few Indian snacks

Malai Kofta , Pilao rice, Lentil curry (dal)

 

The mains in the chafing dish included some of the classics – British style roasted potatoes, chicken tikka masala, Beef Guinness pie (yes, definitely alcoholic as it says so on the dish card). The salmon and leeks pie was my favorite.

Salmon and leeks pie

Salmon and leeks pie

And now, for desserts – an array of English, Indian and international desserts were up for grabs.
The sticky date pudding hit the nail right on the head along with the lemon meringue pie, Victorian cake, green apple mousse cake, summer pudding and a few easy treats like the fruit trifles, rava kesari and the rather familiar jelabi.

Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie

Summer pudding

Summer pudding

Fruit trifle

Fruit trifle

Rava kesari

Rava kesari

As with most buffets, don’t forget to carry a good appetite with you to get the best of what’s on the menu. We did enjoy the hospitality and service at Channels and thank the team for the kind invitation.

In my opinion, this is well worth  AED 185/- inclusive of  10% service charge and municipality fees. You’ll agree with me even more after having a slice (or two, or three) of the green apple mousse cake.

Green apple mousse cake

Green apple mousse cake

First impressions:
Ambiance and decor: Good
Service: Excellent
Menu presentation and design: Excellent
Food: Excellent
Value for money: Excellent
Overall dining experience: Excellent

For bookings and directions to Channels, Media Rotana, please click here

Comestible regards,
Judy Sebastian

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