Sunday, November 19, 2017

Taste Buds

 

I wrote about Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa and what it has to offer its residents earlier, you can find a link here if you missed it. This article a separate one purely on the food that we enjoyed at the Resort, which is down to Executive Chef David Miras and Senior Sous Chef Peter Sebby and the rest of their amazing team.

After a quick and speedy check-in into Al Maha we headed straight down to the Al Diwaan Restaurant and nabbed ourselves a nice table on the terrace in the shade. The views are amazing, straight out into sand dunes as far as the eye can see, spotted with Oryx and Gazelle, with birds coming and going all the time. The tranquillity of the setting is breathless.  We were immediately offered water and a menu, I knew what I was having, yes seafood, seafood and more seafood.  So off we started on our culinary tour of Al Maha.

I ordered from the Ala Carte Menu a starter of Crumbed Crab and Scallion Cake served on Seasonal Leaves with Lemon Hollandaise Sauce, whilst my husband opted for Chilled Vichyssoisse Soup with White Truffle Espuma, the presentation of both dishes when they arrived was truly spectacular. I will post a link later of photographs for all the dishes we experienced at Al Maha.  We followed this with main courses of Jumbo Prawns with Bearnaise Sauce and Buttered Root Vegetables for me and Dorado Fillet with Spicy Chilli Sauce and French Fries for him, outstanding, the King Prawns were fit a King and cooked to perfection!  The Dorado was very tasty though I don't go too much on chilli if I am honest, unlike my spicy husband who has everything hot!  It was at lunch that we were telling Chef Sebby that we thought a Chilli Chocolate Creme Brulee might be a nice addition to the menu, he seemed rather impressed, not as impressed as my husband was as he had thought of the dish and now had himself down as some famous celebrity Chef!   For desserts we had the Vanilla Creme Brulee with Lemon Shortbreads, and the Baked Chocolate Torte with Orange Sorbet, divine!!

We spent the rest of the day exploring the resort but just managed to pop into the bar for a few little nibbles from the Afternoon Tea, my husband still claims the scones are the best he has ever tasted, I am rather partial to the mini onion quiches it has to be said. I am definitely more a savoury than sweet person, except when it comes to Creme Brulee.  We both agreed that the chicken on curry bread was a definite winner all round.

After sundowners we popped back to our Suite to freshen up and then headed to Al Diwaan for Dinner, my first Dinner ever at Al Maha, I was not to be disappointed.  I started of with (surprise surprise) Lobster Raviolo which was served with Granny Smith Beurre Blanc, my husband opted for the Asian Beef Remoulade with hints of Chilli, Bell Pepper, Fresh Tomato, Ginger and Oyster Sauce, we both said we could eat them again as they were that good. However we went on to order the Sauteed Monkfish Fillet with Coriander Risotto, Purple Sprouting Brocolli and Champagne Butter Sauce for myself and Wagyu Beef Saltimbocca topped with Sage and Pork Bacon with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Shallots Veal Jus.  There was alot of discussion about the "7 hours" Braised Shank of Lamb, but we came to our decision in the end, and we were truly not disappointed.  I adore Monkfish but has been a long time since I had Monkfish that tasted so fresh and flavoursome.  Desserts, yes we did and I honestly don't know how we managed it but I had the Al Maha Raspberry Ripple with Vanilla Greek Yoghurt Cream, Fresh Raspberries and Merinque, and my husband opted for the Lemon Tart with Strawberry Sherbet, fit for Kings is all I can say!

It was when our desserts were being presented that Chef Sebby appeared and presented, yes you guessed it, Chilli Chocolate Creme Brulee!! That is what I love about Al Maha so much, they listen to their guests, Chef David told me that at least ten tables wouldn't be ordering from the regular menu and it wasn't a problem for the kitchen, ever.  Needless to say the Creme Brulee was perfect and we hope to see it on the menu regularly.

Obviously we slept rather well that night and the next morning we headed back to Al Diwaan for Breakfast, I honestly couldn't eat another thing but did just manage half a portion of Eggs Benedict which was Organic Poached Eggs on Pork Ham with Hollandaise Sauce, whilst my other half satisfied his taste for spice and went for the Burghee which is Indian Style Scrambled eggs with lots of spice! there was an extensive breakfast that accompanied the Al Maha Breakfast Menu, the next time I visit I am not going to eat for a few days before I get there!

If there is one thing this Resort do well it is too look after their guests, they know they have alot of returning guests who go back year after year, I think I know why, not only is the location amazing, the staff outstanding, but the two Chef's in charge are amazingly talented passionate men who have a love affair with food that goes way further than just cooking it, I have always believed you are born to be a Chef, these two and the rest of their team truly were.  That leaves me just to say thank you for an amazing culinary experience and I hope to see you all again soon!! oh and here are the photographs of the food we had to eat during our stay at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa.

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