Hotel restaurants are often overlooked when looking for places to eat. Unless of course it happens to be:
- A Japanese restaurant (extra woohoo for weekend buffets)
- Wedding banquet at Chinese restaurant
- Ramadan buffet (packed with 80% non-Muslims!)
- If you've purchased a priviledge card that comes packed with dining discounts
So it was No.4 that brought Lyrical Lemongrass and I for lunch at Al Nafourah (Le Meridien Hotel). Judging from how full the restaurant was, LL was just one of many who needed to take full advantage of the free dining voucher before it expired. Our free Al-Jabal set lunch consisted of a chicken pate-like starter with pita bread and a butter fish stew with heavily spiced cous cous. The combination of the cous cous and light broth was incredibly appetising. The only thing we were disappointed with was the dessert. It was a strange concoction of 10% apricot and citrus tasting jelly topped with 90% cream that had been infused with dessicated coconut. I looked around the restaurant and we were the only 2 who didn't like it. Every other table had emptied their glass. Huh, guess we're just spoiled by the Peanut Feuillantine Cake! Al Nafourah is a funny old place. Everyone I know has said how much they like it, especially the ambience in the evenings and the vivacious belly dancers is always a bonus. However, it is always forgotten compared to its sister restaurant Prime. It is probably for this reason that Al Nafourah will be closed sometime in early 2010. A spanking new restaurant will be taking its place. To prepare for the closure, the sumptuous semi-buffet and belly dancers are no longer. What a shame. Guess I am going to take Hunky there solely for its romantic setting and ala carte menu.
Al Nafourah is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information and to download their menu, click here