Ramadan is only a few weeks away, and at this time of the year, my inbox is full of invitations to come and pre-view (and pre-taste) the restaurants’ iftar menus.
Yes, it’s a free meal, and yes, you’ll get the chance to mingle with a lot of other bloggers, but the food served is usually just standard buffet fare, a little heavy on the mezze side, and with a couple of dates on each table to break the fast with.
If it weren’t for the dates, you could easily mistake most iftar buffets in town for just being random, mediocre Dubai buffets. I’m really busy working on other things these days (have you seen my new website design? Still WIP..), so I had actually decided to skip all blogger/media iftar buffets this year, but then I received an invite from Seven Sands, and I got curious.
Seven Sands is a newly opened Emirati restaurant, and even though one would assume Emirati restaurants to be abundant down here, they aren’t. I only know about a handful of Emirati restaurants, and they’re either not very accessible, literally and non-literally speaking, or they’re very expensive.
During my years in Dubai, the number of times, I’ve had real Emirati food, are so few, it’s almost embarrassing. I therefore decided to go to the Seven Sands iftar tasting, and I’m happy that I went.
The dinner was kicked off with a selection of starters followed by different main courses including a very tasty dish called Harris. At first I thought it was a moutabal (eggplant dip) gone wrong, but it turned out to be a delicious buttery paste of blended wheat and veal.
For dessert we had Um Ali (a puff pastry pudding) and Aseeda Bobar, which was a sticky, heavy pumpkin puree. The taste of it reminded me of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Hmm. Shouldn’t it be the Pumpkin Spice Latte that reminds me of pumpkin? What can I say? I’m a Starbucks child.
It was nice to see a lot of new and old blogger friends at the iftar tasting at Seven Sands. I was going to another event later that night, but I ended up running 2 hours late, as I was so caught up in food chat and blogger talk. Thanks Seven Sands for a nice evening.