Embrace the month of Ramadan by feasting on a scrumptious iftar held at the ambient Layali Zaman located at le Merdien Garhoud. Layali Zaman which means “ancient times” when translated, holds testament not just for its food factor but also the ambience showcasing arabesque interiors and beautifully lit chandeliers making for a promising atmosphere, to be shared with loved ones.
With a lavish spread varying from salads and mezzes, live cooking stations featuring an indian bread counter, italian and shawarma station and an assortment of main dishes originating from far and near and a satisfying dessert counter, you will undoubtedly have yourself tempted to try out all the dishes even if you had to queue up more than once.
Some of the highlights of the iftar were the lamb ouzi, the meat was genuinely soft and tender and when combined with aromatic and flavored rice was enjoyable to the very last bite.
The prawn tikka was one of my cult favorites as the culmination of various spices lent flavor to the plump prawns making them succulent ,and was a definite best seller and a perfect treat for seafood lovers as we had ourselves coming back for second servings.
The arabic mixed grill was another favorite as there were an assortment of various meats such as lamb chops, shish taouk and beef koftas. It was hard for me to pick a favorite but if i had to choose it would be the lamb chops, which were juicy, perfectly grilled and held a wondrous flavor.
The beef stroganoff was a pleasant surprise as it is not common to find this dish on the menu during the iftar but Layali Zaman takes care to have a little something to suit all palates. The tender strips of beef are cooked beautifully in a creamy and light silky sauce, robust with flavor and best enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice.
As the fragrant aroma of crepes called out to me ever so softly, i could not resist and had myself a crepe made in seconds, thanks to the live counter on display, which could be paired with a choice of sauces , as i leaned towards a gracious dollop of nutella. From rich and diverse arabic sweets consisting of umali, rice pudding and varieties of ice creams, i could not help but dive into a serving of gulab jamun , small round sized dough balls soaked in a sweet syrup, though a little on the sweeter side, they literally melted in my mouth as the interior was ultra moist, thanks to the syrup.
The iftar is priced at Aed 165 per person and is a definite must try for this steal of a price. For reservations: 04 702 2618.