Five Star Food

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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

crispy duck

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. 

amuse bouche

poppadums & pickles

butter chicken

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 & 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.  

amuse bouche


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

Italian cake

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!!!!

Thanks for reading
Have a yummy Wednesday Lovelies

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16 Lovely Comments:

Jane said...

Wow, everything looks delicious. I love the ambience of all the restaurants, so calm and peaceful. I can get used to that. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Anouka said...

Mouthwatering! Where do I start? The prawns look amazing, so does the fish and the desserts. Impossible to resist.

Emma Henderson said...

This post was a real feast for the senses! I love Indian and Italian food so I'm practically drooling over your gorgeous pics!

anoddgirl said...

oh wow at all the beautiful cultural cuisine!
looks delicious

Sophio Konjaria said...

aww. after seeing all this. i got so hungry.

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Jenna Fifi said...

SO much delicious food! oh my!

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letiziabarcelona said...

oh my, all this food! ahah, love to try the crispy duck!

TheTinyHeart said...

Everything looks so amazing! Italian food is my favorite too :)

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the chilicool said...

OMG, this is heaven on earth! Gorgeous landscape and delicious food!


Rosa said...

Oh wow. The food on here looks super super tasty. The little Indian desserts are so pretty, too!

Valeria said...

The whole food looks amazing, hope you two had a wonderful holiday!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

I am sooooooo jealous, I love this place and food looks amazing!!!
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Jessica Neumann said...

Super delicious

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M.E said...

In Dubai I've been to the Royal Meridien and I remember the food was exquisite too. I love this post Adele, all the dishes look amazing and I'm like you when it comes to curries, the sauce has to be rich and creamy, that butter chicken looks just perfect :) x


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