I was been invited to bloggers preview of Mahec, Le Meridien Dubai recently, was super excited about it as Mahec is one of fine dining restaurants preferred by many.
Mahec is a cozy, fine dining restaurant with some beautiful lighting. The dining hall lights are dimmer and the bar area has a beautiful chandelier. I am a sucker for beautiful chandeliers and the one at Mahec was just lighting up the atmosphere perfectly.
As you enter the restaurant, you can see the Ramadan spread at the far end which is essentially the display of the dishes available in buffet. Coming to the food, my guest & I both vegetarians weren’t expecting much of variety but were surprised to see whats in store. Both vegetarian & non vegetarian varieties were equal. We were served rose milk which was scrumptious! After which we proceeded to an open area at the back of the restaurant that has the buffet spread. The area where the buffet is located not not exactly well lit & needs to have a bit more light so that dishes can be seen properly.
In salads we had fattoush, aloo channa chat, beetroot raita & hummus, all tasted good! We moved on to the starters which were malai broccoli, Tandoori Paneer & mixed Bhajia (fritters) . I particularly loved the malai broccoli which had very delicate flavors running through the dish. The tandoori paneer was fab too with soft paneer, well marinated with spices. The mixed bhajia were alright, nothing extraordinary but just about alright. The peas & Broccoli soup was so delicious and not at all heavy even though it was creamy in texture. There were many other salads and chutneys but we didn’t opt for those.
Coming to the main courses, we had choice of Vegetable Nizami Nihari, Dal Makhani, Aloo jeera, jeera rice (cumin spiced rice) & accompaniments. I would have loved some vegetable biryani though. However the dal makhani was the highlight of the day. It was buttery, rich, delicious and slow cooked as told to us by the chef. The Nizami Nihari was good too but a tad bit rich gravy again. The aloo jeera were spicy & delicious but I was so carried away by the flavors of dal. The service on the side tables that day was a bit slower, we wanted some accompaniments but couldn’t get it on time. Nevertheless that was a slight glitch but understandable as there were many bloggers present as well.
The desserts didn’t look as exciting as I thought it would be. However I was so wrong about that as there was moong dal halwa, bombay pudding , gulab jamun & fruit salad. The one that looked less appealing was bombay pudding but again I was proved wrong because the taste was spot on! Light custard with chunks of chocolate brownie, gulab jamun pieces & walnuts, absolutely delicious! The bombay pudding is a sure hit for kids & adults too. The moong dal halwa was fab as well. Gulab jamun being gulab jamun was moist and sweet.
Overall, for AED 139 p.p this iftar option is great! A bit of service glitch but I am sure that will be resolved as highlighted. Also the iftar spread doesn’t need to be extensive, it just has to have right flavors and should be a hearty meal like we had at Mahec. Presentation wise these dishes were presented in a simple and beautiful manner. Its certainly not fancy but hey fancy looking food ain’t always tasty isn’t it?
Be sure to park in the right area as there is bit of walk from main entrance to the restaurant.