Living in UAE, you are overthrown by alternatives for Friday Plans particularly the options available for lavish brunch with family. Yet, when I received an invite from Downtown Palace, I was downright excited! Why may you ask? Though 21 years in UAE, it was my very first time visiting Traditional Arabic Architectural Palace known for its Award Wining luxurious Middle Eastern themes.
As we entered through the beautiful royal doors, the sumptuous spread at Ewaan left us astonished as ever. The buffet was mainly filled with over 200+ Arabic & Oriental dishes with live cooking stations. Brunch begins at 1pm and is usually jam packed with the hotel guests as well as the residents of UAE. Despite this being one of the busiest brunches that we have attended, the tables were not crammed together so we felt like we had a little bit of space and privacy amongst our dining group.
This mega-brunch is all about the live cooking stations shockingly serving everything a meat lover wants, from Chicken to Duck, Fish, Lobsters, Veal & beef also a Sushi station you had it all under one roof. You are definitely spoiled with countless choices of meat.
The cooking station continuously grilled meat as per your liking & served it as hot! With various sauces & dips to try with. Focusing on the Arabic Traditions, the food flavours were mild but they did offer chilli sauce for the Indian Spice lovers too. The Pasta station has always been my favourite & at this particular one, I asked the cook to add veal on to my pink pasta sauce which turned out to be a perfect combination.
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Venturing into the dessert section, you will be left delighted with Arabic sweets particularly the popular Umm Ali. Another surprise for the inner child in you would be the live cotton candy station, chocolate fondue & crepes. Plus, you can help yourself to mini modern dessert like chocolate, mango mouse & all flavours of cheesecakes.
Before making your way out do ensure that you stop by the outside terrace for outstanding views of their swimming pool – the perfect way to end such a luxurious brunch.
“I am on a Sea Food Diet! I see food and I eat it”
A glimpse of what I thought, when an invitation to try out the very first fondue restaurant based in the Hipster district that is BoxPark Dubai, landed on my email. Yes, you read it right, the international cheesy melty goodness has opened doors in UAE market since mid-2015. Revolving around the extravagant fondue experience, ‘The Melting Pot’ offers a premium fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads, and indulgent desserts.
The very essence of Melting Point is to have interactive & fun time with others on your table sharing an uplifting pot of hot fondue, which makes it the ultimate destination of “Yumminess”. A sensible & cost effective decision would be to go with their four course menu option, which allows you to select a themed set menu of one of each of the four sections (cheese, entrée, salad, and chocolate), expertly chosen specifically to complement each other as you move joyfully from one to another.
LOCATION & AMBIANCE
As they say, the first impression is the last, the ostentatious venue was a total love at first sight for me, but mind you Box Park at Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah has some of the most lavish eating houses with exclusively intricate designs you will ever see (though parking area could be a real pain). Melting Pot is quite a big & spacious restaurant, with seating areas inside & out, we could also choose their hidden seating arrangement for more privacy too. With warm yellowish lighting tone & green leafy interior it creates a warm earthy, inviting atmosphere. Every table is completed with a built-in glass stove tops where the fondue pots are heated and ready to start the fun!
You are welcomed by the staff with such a beautiful smile and the most friendly ones I have come across. As you take your seat, your assigned waiter greets & introduce themselves in the most heart-warming gesture. Unfortunately, I can’t recall his name, but I love when the staff is so well informed about the menu & help you out with the orders.
FOOD & EXPERIENCE
It was time to start the dipping process, for our cheese course, my Indian spicy insights were on fire & we ordered the FIESTA Cheese – A blend of cheddar cheese with non-alcoholic beer, jalapeno peppers & salsa. Although you really can’t go wrong with any of them, FIESTA cheese was so flavorful & creamy served along with white & brown bread cubes, raw veggies (baby carrot & cauliflower), nachos and apple cubes.
I never expected to eat “Apples” dipped in cheese and by the way, it was the best thing on the table. The bread was crunchy enough, just the way I like it. Though the veggies are not seasoned you could ask your waiter for different seasonings too.
My biggest regret would be not trying out their main course dishes which looked impeccable & astonishing (but I had a very heavy breakfast). And jumped directly to their desserts which to be honest I’m craving till today. We got the Mint Chocolate Chip Fondue which came with a distinct aromatic fragrance which melted my heart away.
As promised by the waiter this was the best part of our dining experience. Your preferred chocolate fondue comes with a mixed platter of assorted fruits, marshmallows & pastries. To be specific you are served with 2 pieces of pineapples, dates & melons, 4 pieces of strawberries, 1 small square of brownie, 1 small square of cookie dough, 2 small squares of soft pound cake and finally two different seasoned marshmallows. Each flavor sensation better than the last, it’s a great, decadent end to any fondue feast.
For a sugar lover like me, this was truly the most overwhelming part of my lunch journey at The Melting Point, I just wanted to have it all. My favorite was the cold brownie and hot chocolate combination and even the strawberries blended so well with green mint chocolate fondue.
VALUE FOR MONEY
I agree, some might find it a tad bit expensive and at the first instinct, the food portioning may look insufficient. But believe me, the creamy fondue makes it an extra hard task to finish off the entire platter in one sitting. If you don’t want it to be so expensive, instead go for the cheese or the chocolate fondue alone. Also, a more cost effective way would be to go for a BIG NIGHT OUT special offering four course meal for AED 349 for two, perfect for couples.
Absolutely!!! Melting Point is must go, especially for people who have never experienced a fondue restaurant before. The whole concept of sharing the hot fondue with others on the table is so intriguing & beautifully enhancing your entire meal. It is perfect for couples for an easy chilled out date, as for me, I have already marked a day to take my mom out on a date at this restaurant.
Address: The Melting Pot, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skye & Walker or any other company. The meal was offered complimentary for review purposes, however, no compensation was given.