Happy Wednesday Lovelies!
A different kind of food post today....I wanted to talk about the amazing food we ate last week at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. It really was five star food using the freshest ingredients, beautifully presented & definitely some of the best food we've eaten on our holidays abroad.
The hotel had a number of bars & restaurants which you could dine in for both lunch & dinner, so we opted for the Dine Around all inclusive package, which meant we could eat at all the A La Carte restaurants the hotel had to offer.
Taste - Thai
Taste was the hotel's signature restaurant & was one of our favourites. The menu choice was vast, so it was nice to have a little advice & a few dish recommendations from the waiter, who really listened to the sort of dishes we liked & recommended accordingly off the menu.
crispy prawns in a sweet chilli sauce
thai red prawn curry
I found the metal chopsticks slippery little buggers to get to grips with!
chicken with cashew nuts
Eating here really was a taste sensation with all dishes freshly cooked to order. There was only one problem - we always seemed to eat too much here & left the restaurant feeling stuffed!!!!!
Swaad - Indian
As soon as we walked into Swaad I was drawn in by the sumptuous traditional decor of the restaurant.
I'm sometimes a little apprehensive eating Indian food abroad, mainly because I like mild curries & am always unsure about the strength of the dishes compared to Indian dishes I eat back home. I needn't have worried, as the dishes were cooked beautifully, according to the strength you liked.
poppadums & pickles
I like my curries on the creamy side with a nice rich sauce so opted for the butter chicken. I adored the Black Lentil Dhal side dish we ordered & asked the chef if he could tell me the recipe so I could have a go at making it back home. The chef came to our table to talk to us about the dish & brought out a printed recipe for me to take back to the UK.
As soon as I have tried out the recipe I'll put it on the blog, as it was the best lentil dhal I've ever tasted.
selection of traditional Indian desserts
I never tend to have desserts in Indian restaurants here in the UK, but the chef insisted we try a selection. They were each so unique & soooo delicious. I especially loved the rose flavoured ice bream with the white chocolate & pistachios (centre).
Gonu Bar & Grill
This is where we tended to have lunch, overlooking the Indian Ocean, listening to the waves lapping on the beach. Here, they cooked the most amazing fresh fish, meat & steaks. Due to the time of year & this being an outdoor only restaurant, it was a little too cool to eat here in the evenings, but I can imagine it's so romantic eating beach side in the evenings.
Being a fish lover, I more often than not opted for the grilled fresh catch of the day - my favourite being Mahi Mahi, accompanied by balsamic grilled vegetables & salad...so deliciously fresh.
Ian was impressed with the beautifully cooked, melt in your mouth steaks
Sapore - Italian
Italian is one of mine & Ian's favourite foods, needless to say we ate at Sapore the most during our stay. It had a slightly more casual dining style & you could eat inside or outside.
aubergine & tomato bake
My favourite dish was the Swordfish with borlotti beans & capers, which was cooked to perfection & just melted in the mouth.
selection of italian breads & dips
spinach & ricotta pasta
What I loved in each of the restaurants was the chef always came out from the kitchens to check you were enjoying your meal - a really nice touch!
The service in each of the restaurants was second to none & is possibly some of the best service we've ever received both at home & abroad. The waiters were courteous, polite & very knowledgeable about the food they were serving & genuinely wanted you to enjoy your dining experience.
As you can imagine it's a bit of a come down to be back home to normal meals!!!!
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Have a yummy Wednesday Lovelies