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Choices Breakfast Buffet, Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai

Got a great night’s sleep and woke up starving. As I still don’t have my bearing here in Dubai and have no clue what’s close or even open, filling my belly at the lobby breakfast buffet seemed like the sensible thing to do this morning.

I started things off more locally…

I found the feta softer than I have come to expect, and the pickled vegetables were fantastic.

Smoked Persian Gulf hamour fish…

It was served with a fig paste, probably to balance the saltiness, but I thought it was fine on its own.

Hummus with manakish zataar…

For my second plate, I extended out to India and Egypt a bit…

Poha, a rice dish, mixed with coconut curry and chana masala with paratha…

A local lamb patty with grilled onion…

Foul medamas, which are beans with cumin…

The waiter kept asking me if I wanted pancakes or waffles, and I kept declining. However, after seeing my first two plates, he asked if I would maybe prefer an omelet made with more local ingredients, which sounded more my speed…

The chef made me this one with veal bacon, fresh green chilis, onions, sumac and shredded halloumi cheese…

The halloumi was warmed but didn’t really melt, which gave it a great texture. Simply wonderful with the sumac as well!

And my friend Sana Amanat has insisted I drink as much fresh juice as possible over here, so I ended my meal with a glass of cucumber juice, mango juice and a pandan sago…

Another meal that was an enjoyable and edible education!

CHOICES BREAKFAST BUFFET

Inside the Al Bustan Rotana

Casablanca Road, Al Garhoud

Dubai, U.A.E.

+971 4 282 0000