We are officially back in our second home after our month long travel to Europe. Missing Dubai like how lovers feel in an LDR was never easy. The usual scene of traditional or modern architecture, shopping malls, beautiful hotels and countless restaurants are some things that we certainly missed! If we have to choose the most, it will be the food and yes – RICE! So last Thursday, we went to Media Rotana‘s all day dining restaurant – Channels to try their Iftar buffet and for Jeremiah to have plenty of rice :p

Location

The luxury hotel is located in Barsha Heights, TECOM and within easy reach of the Dubai Internet City Metro Station red line. We went by car and were offered a valet parking upon arrival. Channels is in the lobby on the right side.

Ambiance

Decorations are of Ramadan theme with an elegant buffet setup, bronze jars and lamps as table centerpieces. Everything looks well placed and decorated. 

Food and Menu

In comparison with last year’s iftar buffet we’ve tried in different restaurants, Channels offered a better and huge variety of fine cuisines. Divided into different sections, there’s a selection of dried fruits and nuts beautifully placed in a cart-like near the juices which are taken first to break the fast for Muslims. Pistachio, hazelnuts, almonds, apricots, raisins, figs, dates are some of the options. I like the Jallab juice and Jeremiah ‘s fine with the orange juice. 

Another section for hot and cold mezzeh, bread, salads, seafood such as mussels and shrimps, sushi were available. We love that the buffet was a combination of Arabic and international cuisines. And with no doubt, everything was cook to perfection and of high quality. Something we always expect in a 5 star hotel restaurant. 

While Jeremiah had his sushi and salmon as his starters, I’ve tried the 5 or 6 fried items from the appetizers along with a bowl of broccoli soup and cannot decide which one taste better since I like all :p 

The selection of main courses was also huge. A mix of Arabic favorites such as mandi, lamb biryani, moroccan chicken, grilled items and international cuisines like pasta make our stomachs very full! 🙂 The live station for chicken shawarma was definitely among our favorites!

A wide selection of arabic desserts was a hit among diners. International options such as tarts and cakes were also available. Our favorites would be the churros and cheese kunafa. 

Overall Experience

It was a lovely and sumptuous dining Iftar experience at Channels. Apart from the huge variety of delicious menu, elegant ambiance, beautiful setup, the attentive staff and prompt service was certainly a great addition to the experience. Thank you so much team! 🙂

Ramadan Iftar Details:

Address: Hessa Street, Barsha Heights Dubai UAE
Timings: Sunset to 8:30 pm (Daily)
Rates per person: AED 180 and AED 90 for children age 6-12
Website: Media Rotana
Social Media: Instagram, Facebook

*We were invited by Media Rotana, but as always all opinions are entirely our own.