3in1 – Vida Downtown Dubai – Iftar

My iftar at Vida Downtown Dubai, 3in1 restaurant
My iftar at Vida Hotel, 3in1 restaurant

My first post on iftar for ramadan 2015. Been here last ramadan and definitely was in my list this year as well. The menu was 80% same as last year, guess they didn’t want to change the winning formula ;). Iftar at 3in1 always makes me feel at home. Quite, pleasant and just the right atmosphere for a peaceful iftar. The buffet is priced at Dhs 170 per person where you have a stretch of international and regional items followed by main course served at your table.

3in1 restaurant interiors, inside vida hotel
3in1 restaurant interiors, inside vida hotel
3in1 restaurant interiors, inside vida hotel
3in1 restaurant interiors, inside vida hotel
3in1 restaurant interiors, inside vida hotel
3in1 restaurant interiors, inside vida hotel
Kids gets to play complimentary xbox 360 game
Kids gets to play complimentary xbox 360 game

The interiors at Vida hotel can’t disappoint. Elegant and beautiful. Cozy seats.The best part was their games station. We got a peaceful Iftar while the kids enjoyed their xbox games. The food items are nicely displayed especially their desserts and dryfruits counter.

cheese and zaater manaakish freshly made
cheese and zaater manaakish freshly made
Special drinks for Ramadan
Special drinks for Ramadan
Fatayer
Fatayer
breads - beetroot bread, spicy bread, regular bread
breads – beetroot bread, spicy bread, regular bread

They had special ramadan drinks like jalab, laban, tamarind etc. I was more in love with their fresh juices such as orange and green apple juice. Fresh fatayers are made as you need them. Their cheese manakish was pretty good but I’d say for the fatayers they could improve the bread further. Although they did have one special round bread which tasted great but you know nobody is in a mood to have breads for Iftar. They had this beetroot and spicy bread as well which I don’t usually see, so had  a few bites of that one along with their wonderful hammous.  Their dry fruits and dates section were quite impressive. Love their king sized dates and roasted walnuts 🙂

cold appetizers
cold appetizers
Salad bar 1
Salad bar 1
Fresh fruits
Fresh fruits
Cut fruits
Cut fruits

They had all kinds of fruits you wanted, cut and uncut. I was impressed with their cold appetizers. The fattoush, moutabhal and other green leafy salads were yummy. The secret was it’s dressing. The quality of the hammous and moutabal were also brilliant. They have mastered arabic cuisine for sure. Actually I enjoyed it so much that I kind of over ate the cold mezzeh, leaving very less space for the mains.

main course - lamb ouzi, chicken moulokieh, vegetables salona curry, mixed grill
main course – lamb ouzi, chicken moulokieh, vegetables salona curry, mixed grill
Mixed grill - shish taouk, kofta lamb, lamb chops and sumac onion
Mixed grill – shish taouk, kofta lamb, lamb chops and sumac onion

The mains were exactly the same as last year. The sheesh taouk and the lamb chops were a melt in the mouth. Very nicely done. The chicken inside the chicken moulokieh(Moulokieh with chicken, garlic, coriander and lemon juice) was super tender. The lamb ouzi was ok, I’ve had better ones. I had enough vegetables from the salad bar so I ignored the vegetables salona curry entirely.

Arabic cream filled pastries
Arabic cream filled pastries
halawat el jeben - arabic sweet
halawat el jeben – arabic sweet
Indian sweets
Indian sweets
Arabic sweets
Arabic sweets
date pudding and arabic sweets
date pudding and arabic sweets
arabic sweets
arabic sweets
English desserts
puddings

One side of the buffet is entirely dedicated to desserts. The arabic desserts was their highlight. If you’ve been eating arabic desserts you could appreciate the taste and quality here. Specially love arabic desserts with cream and cheese and made the most of it. Interestingly there were indian desserts this time, gigantic white rasagullas and malai cake. They were so many other desserts like sago pudding, mango mouse cake, chocolate pot of cream, choux , coffee cake, mouhalabiya, cream caramel, rice pudding, cream brulee, umm ali etc where at the end I just had to give up a few as I didn’t have anymore space in me. Iftar has been very satisfying at 3in1 Vida Downtown Dubai and looking forward to more of these this ramadan.

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4 thoughts on “3in1 – Vida Downtown Dubai – Iftar”

  1. My gosh !! You were really spoilt for choice. I totally enjoyed all your captures – was actually intrigued by the beetroot bread. Never heard of it before. Felt like this Iftar was real value for money. Thanks so much for the review. Totally enjoyed dining with you. Looking forward to more.

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