Iftar Series: Liwan, Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana

Next in line for my Iftar Series is Liwan Restaurant in Al Ghurair Rayhaan. I got invited along with some other food bloggers and media agencies to try out their Iftar Buffet. It was my first time to try the buffet in Liwan so once I received the invitation I said yes right away. I went with my friend Zheena and also another blogger who specializes in lifestyle (including parenting) Candice of www.theisaacsjournal.com.

The night started with an Arabic music performance. It was a nice way to welcome guests and It actually became one of the focal point inside the buffet hall (plus we sat next to them, so definitely, we'll notice them).

[caption id="attachment_3015" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan LIVE ARABIC MUSIC[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3016" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan WELCOME TREATS[/caption]

There were a lot of guests that night and the whole restaurant looked so lively. A great mood to end the whole day of fasting.

On our table placed an array of dried fruits and nuts which are what you eat to prepare your body before a heavy meal (if you are fasting). I think it is a good touch to add in the mood and feel.

[caption id="attachment_3024" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan SOME DRIED FRUITS AND NUTS ON OUR TABLE[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan JUICE SHOTS[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3023" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan TIME FOR SOME APPETIZERS[/caption]

Like most of the Iftar buffets around Dubai, Liwan offers an international selection of dishes plus some Ramadan Specialties (I guess these are the Arabic selections).

What I loved about it is that, even though there are a lot of people the night I've visited, it didn't feel too crowded.

[caption id="attachment_3018" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan THE ARABIC SECTION OF THE BUFFET[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3020" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan SLOW ROASTED LAMB. I GUESS THIS IS PART OF THE RAMADAN SPECIALTIES[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3021" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan JAPANESE!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3022" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan INDIAN!!![/caption]

I loved the variety of food that they are offering. There was certainly a hit and a miss but in general it was a decent Iftar Buffet. I personally enjoyed the Chicken Biryani, which my friend Candice said tasted home cooked (her husband is Indian, so she knows her biryani). Also I enjoyed the moroccan tea that will be poured in front of you will a dash of flare. ^^

[caption id="attachment_3019" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan THE MOROCCAN TEA BAR[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3025" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan I MUST ADMIT, AS SIMPLE AS POURING THE TEA GRABBED ALL OF OUR ATTENTION. HE WAS AN INSTANT STAR. HAHA[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3026" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan TEA ANYONE?![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3027" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan MY SHAMEFUL ( VERY FULL) BUFFET PLATE[/caption]

If there is one thing that for me was a missed, it was the dessert selections. It fell short in terms of selections and taste. I am a bit picky with desserts because I have a sweet tooth, so if my friend knows about Indian food, I can say that I know my way around sweets.

[caption id="attachment_3029" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan DESSERT STATION[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3028" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan TRADITION ARABIC DESSERT[/caption]

All in all it was a great night. Ferry was a great host and he made sure that we were all taken care of. More than the food, I love going for Iftar after a long day of work because you can unwind and talk to your friends/family over a feast. What can be better than that (sleep? haha).

[caption id="attachment_3030" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Liwan Iftar Buffet dubai food blog mydubai rotana rayhaan GREAT FILIPINO BLOGGER FRIENDS[/caption]

[blockquote source="Liwan Al Ghurair Rayhaan"]"...Join Liwan for an Iftar buffet for 149 net per person, including a selection of international and Ramadan specialties while enjoying Live Arabic entertainemtn. Or settle down and unwind over Suhour starting from AED 95 net per person, while enjoying a traditional bubbly at Liwan Terrace. While a special Persian Iftar set menu awaits you at Shayan Restaurant for leisure diners too."[/blockquote]

Contact Liwan Restaurant Here:


Location: Al Ghurair Rayhaan, Deira Dubai


Phone: +971 (0)4 293 3000


Email: fb.alghurair@rotana.com


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