A KINGLY FEAST

Break­fast op­tions in Dubai

Business Traveller (India) - - CONTENTS -

It is a known fact that break­fast is the most im­por­tant meal of the day. It helps to be­gin your morn­ing with a big serv­ing of nour­ish­ment, rather than a small one — sim­ply be­cause it keeps you full for longer hours. This is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial when trav­el­ling for busi­ness, and when lunch hours are un­cer­tain.

Recently, we were in Dubai for Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket. Hav­ing stayed at dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties through the week, my col­leagues and I had a chance to sam­ple some of the more el­e­gant spreads in this emi­rate. Here is a list of five such break­fast buf­fets you may want to in­dulge in.

Dunes Cafe

Though Dunes Cafe, at the lobby level of Shangri-La Dubai, is an in­door restau­rant, its large win­dows, plenty of nat­u­ral light and stone floor­ing with sand wave pat­tern make you feel other­wise. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the flavoured waters in jugs buried in an is­land of ice at the break­fast buf­fet. It was a hot sum­mer morn­ing and this was re­fresh­ing to say the least. I took the ta­ble by the win­dow that was clos­est to the dessert counter. De­spite my sweet tooth, I en­joyed the savoury dishes here more. The as­sort­ment of dim sum — veg­e­tar­ian and non-veg­e­tar­ian — is un­miss­able. Ev­ery few min­utes, due to pop­u­lar de­mand, they ar­rived pip­ing hot from the kitchen. The rice flour wrap­ping was thin and al­most translu­cent, let­ting the taste buds en­joy all flavours of the stuff­ing. I de­cided to go for a full-Asian break­fast and or­dered a soup at the Chi­nese noo­dle sta­tion, which was cus­tomised by noo­dle type and a va­ri­ety of fresh veg­eta­bles. The In­dian sta­tion that is just as pop­u­lar here in­cludes dosa (savoury rice pan­cake) and spiced chick­peas — walk past them and you will be hit with a whiff of tempt­ing aro­mas. Other coun­ters of­fered cold cuts, seafood, and hot Euro­pean and Ara­bic dishes.

Open daily, break­fast tim­ings are 6am-10:30am; the buf­fet break­fast is priced at AED 145/`2,545;

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