Dubai : Day 1 and the Buffet Lunch @ Mistral, Ibn Batuta Gate Hotel
The First Impression:
All the glitz and glam that one imagined before landing here is belittled in no time, for the weird covets of this man-made destination is beyond my wildest dreams. Staring at the skyscrapers that don’t end before reaching the heaven on the way to our hotel left my head whizzing and soon the first look of the colossal gate of our hotel almost got me fainted. Huge is an understatement to describe what my eyes saw as the chauffeur pulled inside the foyer of this Ibn Batuta Gate Hotel.
Movenpick’s Ibn Batuta Gate Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
The imposing architectural genius of this 5 star hotel although located at one far end of the city celebrates the Arabic culture with spectacle. The array of large Moroccan themed lanterns that adorn Al Bahou (the main hall), a life-size wall art of the traveler Ibn Batuta riding his horse with élan, the filtered low-light ambiance had me mesmerized at the word go. The grandeur although had me feeling lost for a moment but in no time a smiling staff jumped to my rescue and briefed me about the hotel, thus assuring a great stay and a friendly service. After he had briefed me at length about whatnots of the place the first that ofcousre caught my attention was that it boasts about 8 restaurants and bars, in no time we were scanning the menu to order our lunch.
Buffet Lunch @ Mistral
Keeping pace with our already set mood we picked the Arabian Cusine buffet lunch at Mistral. The soup and salad buffet caught my attention and I soon settled down with a plate full of Arabic delicacies ranging from a portion of Tabbouleh, Fattoush , Balila and a lot of greens with a delicious hummus to go as a topping on the pita bread. Not to forget the Octopus and Seafood Salad with artichoke, an elaborate Sushi counter, Biryani’s, dal Makhanis, perfect Roasted Chicken, Potatao and cream soup, or the Slow cooked Makhani dal and the list goes on. The buffet all in all had something to suit every palate and enough to feed me till I dropped. A detailed review shall soon be up.
The Dubai Mall and Dinner
The evening we spent window shopping at the big brands of the Dubai Mall, not really being a Mall person myself I am not too sure on how to rate my experience. All I can say that it was too huge for my tiny feet and got me dead tired by the time I could even walk perhaps 1/8th of the entire place. Tired and hungry I reached their food court and realized there were nothing except all burgers and pizzas that you could find all around you, tucked away in a corner was a Moroccan food counter and I settled down to a good Chicken Tajen cooked in olive and lime with some pita bread and called it a day off as soon as I hit my room back at our Hotel.
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