Seven Sands – JBR – Iftar

Iftar buffet at Seven Sands JBR
Iftar buffet at Seven Sands JBR
Me with Chef of Seven Sands JBR
Me with Chef of Seven Sands JBR
Seven Sands interiors
Seven Sands interiors

Finally I find a restaurant that is focused on local culture and heritage. Seven Sands brings you authentic Emirati cuisine from all 7 emirates to your plate. This concept is much needed and quite happy to see they do it in style. I was fortunate to experience their Iftar menu ahead of time. They are very good at what they are supposed to be and they also provide a few selection of international cuisines.

Seven Sands smoking area
Seven Sands smoking area
Seven Sands balcony
Seven Sands balcony
Seven Sands balcony
Seven Sands balcony
Seven Sands balcony
Seven Sands balcony

Interiors are beautiful. A modern Arabic theme. They have a dedicated space for sheesha lovers inside the restaurant. The best part for sure would be sitting in their balcony with panoramic views of the beach. They have different types of seating arrangements and you should be happy wherever you are.

Blue Azure mocktail - Dhs 28 - Blue curacao syrup, coconut syrup, pineapple juice, fresh milk
Blue Azure mocktail – Dhs 28 – Blue curacao syrup, coconut syrup, pineapple juice, fresh milk
Seven Sands Mocktails(Dhs 28) and a tall Date Frappe(Dhs 35)
Seven Sands Mocktails(Dhs 28) and a tall Date Frappe(Dhs 35)

I can’t say less about their drinks. It was mesmerizing be it the mocktail or the Frappe. They pull your senses from all angles. The signature Seven Sands Date Frappe was my favourite which consisted of cappuccino vanilla, ginger bread flavoring, dry dates and milk topped with whipped cream. And It’s like a Burj Khalifa on your table being a center of attraction on your table 😉

Harees - Abu Dhabi homemade wheat and fresh veal, blended to perfection and served with ghee or olive oil on the side
Harees – Abu Dhabi homemade wheat and fresh veal, blended to perfection and served with ghee or olive oil on the side
Salads at Seven Sands dhs 145 Iftar menu
Salads at Seven Sands dhs 145 Iftar menu
Harees - An emirati style soup made from Abu Dhabi white wheat and infused fresh veal with ghee as a side
Harees – An emirati style soup made from Abu Dhabi white wheat and infused fresh veal with ghee as a side

Salads were yummy and scrumptious. The default cold mezzeh such as hummus and Mutabal existed. The Harees is traditional. It comes in two varieties. Either as a soup or a thicker version made from Abu Dhabi white wheat and infused with fresh veal. Quite healthy I should say. Ghee or olive oil is used as a side.

Shark meat - a part of Dhs 145 Seven Sands Iftar menu
Shark meat – a part of Dhs 145 Seven Sands Iftar menu
Shark Sambousa - dhs 30 - golden fried pastry stuffed with minced shark and infused with bezar spice, served with rocca salad and sweet chilli dip
Shark Sambousa – dhs 30 – golden fried pastry stuffed with minced shark and infused with bezar spice, served with rocca salad and sweet chilli dip

Shark meat is also an Emirati special. I haven’t often come across shark meat in Arabic Buffets. It seems this is a local speciality. You are going to love the shark meat especially when it comes wrapped in the golden fried pastry. It was crisp and as long as you have no issue with eating shark meat, you are going to love this one.

King Fish Machboos - a part of Dhs 145 Iftar Menu
King Fish Machboos – a part of Dhs 145 Iftar Menu
Chicken Mashwai - a part of Dhs 145 Iftar Menu
Chicken Mashwai – a part of Dhs 145 Iftar Menu
Traditional Emirati Ouzi - baby lamb
Traditional Emirati Ouzi – baby lamb
My plate mixed with different Emirati Biryiani - A part of dhs 145 Iftar Menu
My plate mixed with different Emirati rice and meat – A part of dhs 145 Iftar Menu

They had traditional Emirati rice with meat. We often get to eat the Arabic rice and meat distributed from the Sheikh’s Palace and this tasted was very much the same. The cooked baby lamb is highly recommended and is one of the best tasting meat which is the called the Ouzi . Typically their Emirati rice is very light in spice and flavour.

Aaliya Sajeer At Seven Sands JBR
My VIP guest at Seven Sands JBR
Desserts From left Seven Sands Date pudding, dark chocolate & cherry dome, cheese kunafa - part of Dhs 145 Iftar buffet
Desserts From left Seven Sands Date pudding, dark chocolate & cherry dome, cheese kunafa – part of Dhs 145 Iftar buffet
Desserts - a part of Dhs 145 Iftar buffet
Desserts – a part of Dhs 145 Iftar buffet
Cheese kunafa - a part of Dhs 145 Iftar menu
Cheese kunafa – a part of Dhs 145 Iftar menu

They have interesting desserts and I just hope you try their signature Dates pudding. The toffee sauce on it was simply luscious. I give an A+ for their date pudding. You start with one spoon and you just carry on. I wasn’t a big date pudding fan until I ate this one. The Cheese kunafa was a bit too cold and didn’t feel at it’s best. It would break off easily and the cheese was not gooey like how it’s supposed to be. They need to better their art with cheese Kunafa for sure. The Pineapple / Strawberry and Vanilla Verrines was well made and after their Date pudding I was after their Dark Chocolate cherry dome. Although the cherry was the spoiler, the thick dark chocolate was irresistible.

Dhs 10 - Karak chai and Sulaimani tea
Dhs 10 – Karak chai and Sulaimani tea

They make typical Karak chai and sulaiman which is a typical scene in the Emirates. This is my first post on an Emirati restaurant and I am impressed with their quality of food and ambience. I hope to come back here to feature more of their tantalizing cuisine. They have an effective website with their full menu uploaded. Click here to visit Seven Sands official website. Click pictures below to see them in full screen view:

5 thoughts on “Seven Sands – JBR – Iftar”

  1. Fabulous Review ! Being in UAE for 17 years never been for a Iftar or have tasted Emarati Cuisine. Thanks for this awesome presentation and now I am really tempted to try this cuisine.

    Hopefully shall visit you this Ramadan.

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