As we approached Sowwah Square on Al Maryah Island in downtown Abu Dhabi, it was understood by my guests and I that we were in for a unique experience. Rosewood hotel isstrategically positioned just across from the iconic Abu Dhabi trade center and mall. This brand new locale is going to be BIG with a skyline that will emulate the top financial hubs of the world complete with tall modern buildings and top notch shopping and eating facilities.
We made our way over to Sambusek where the Iftar was being served after being greeted by the exuberantly friendly staff and valet of the hotel. As we entered we found ourselves enchanted by the the aroma and magical culinary display at the entrance of the restaurant.
We were seated at a lovely little table facing the water with stunning views of the sea and a slight glimpse of the classic Abu Dhabi skyline just across the water. As the sun set, we anxiously awaited for the moment to enjoy the decadent feast we were greeted with.
The first stop on the Iftar buffet was at the cold canape and salad section. The colorful array of food was aethetically pleasing to the eye, and beautifully presented on the elegant glass buffet tables. The selecton consisted of everything from a roasted pumpkin and sun-dried tomato salad (my favorite) to a mushroom and artichoke quiche, a vegetable terrine, and even bresoala wrapped mixed greens. It was refreshing to see so much variety in the types of cuisine offered as opposed to the standard mezze found at several other Ifatr set-ups.
There was also a seperate buffet line dedicated to the hot mezze items, sambusek, fatayer, and kibbeh. Rightly so as the restaurant is named Sambusek for a reason, and the restaurant takes pride in there presentation of this regional delicacy.
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