Restaurant Review – The Collective

It didn’t take too long after the launch of The Collective at Grand Hyatt Dubai to single handedly take over social media for its exquisite decor, artistic cutlery and unique concept. We usually aren’t a fan of buffets for the mere chaos and lack of originality, however The Collective is completely different from the rest. For one, its not technically a “buffet” per se. The idea behind The Collective is that the food should be prepared live and made to order, ensuring premium quality and an active interaction between chefs and the customers, which we loved.
Another fact about The Collective that captivated us was the fact that the Head Chef has travelled the world to experience flavors of different regions. He brought the cuisines and dishes that were closest to his heart to The Collective, which added a beautiful personal touch to it.
Which in turn, makes The Collective comprise of five distinctive kitchens:
The Salad Bar comprised of a wide selection of salad dishes that are freshly prepared and look vibrant as ever (we feel the colorful aztec bowls has to do with the vibrancy) and if none of the salads interest you (which is next to impossible) there is also a kind gentleman standing at the counter waiting to whip up a salad that blew us away. Make sure to ask for a spicy salad of avocado, cucumber, rocket leaves, baby tomatoes, pomegranate, and couscous. Delicious!
The Levant Emporium had a live Arabic mixed grilled station that cooked some juicy kebabs which made our mouths water. The also serve authentic Levantine dishes that are rich in flavor and spice. We loved the “Cheese Shawarma” too which is a toasted kaak topped with melted cheese and honey. Tasted absolutely splendid!
The Bombay Café is definitely our favorite among the rest of the counters and was the highlight of our brunch. Focusing mainly on Parsi dishes, the Bombay Café serves Parsi delicacies like the “Dhansak” which is a gravy made with meat and lentils and Mutton Berry Pulav.
We also relished the “Kheema Pav” which is minced meat served in a bun, a Bombay delicacy! A healthy option would be the “Patra Ni Machi” which is a steamed fish marinated in green chutney and wrapped in a banana leaf.
The Grill Bar would be perfect for meat lovers. The chefs sure know how to perfectly grill shrimp, lobster and fish. But what stood out for us was the Lamb Chops that were cooked brilliantly. There are a selection of sauces and mustards to try too.
The fifth counter known as “The Bakery” was our final stop at The Collective brunch. The best part about any meal is dessert, but we’ve noticed that buffets somehow lack in that area. However, the dessert counter at The Collective wasn’t very disappointing other than lack of variety.
The Nutella Tap and Sticky Toffee Pudding definitely stood out for us. And the Crepe Station created some of the softest crepes we’ve had.
The Bill: (per person)
Breakfast – 135Dhs
Lunch – Dhs159
Dinner – Dhs199
Friday Brunch – Dhs299 (with alcohol Dhs399)

Ambience – 4/5
Food – 4.5/5
Service – 3.5/5
Value – 4/5

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