A brand new hotel has opened its door in Jumeirah Beach Residence and it’s slowly but surely becoming a firm favorite of team WhereMyFoodAt. The Rixos Premium Dubai is sleek, modern and architecturally brilliant with its faultless crystal design. The hotel is also blessed with a breathtaking view of The Dubai Eye – the world’s largest Ferris wheel.
But that’s not our favorite part about the hotel. It’s the impeccable array of dining choices, of course. PS: For all you freakshake-enthusiasts, they’ve got Black Tap opening soon too! It’s obvious that we wanted to go on a culinary tour of the entire hotel, so we started with their homegrown Turkish restaurant – Turquoise, first.
Turquoise is their all-day dining restaurant that has a buffet concept and serves predominantly Turkish food with a few International options as well. We tried their newly launched Friday Brunch that’s already become a popular choice in the vicinity. We know what you’re thinking. Most buffets we’ve been to as well don’t really focus on taste and rather focus on quantity. But Turquoise isn’t like most buffet’s we’ve been too. In fact, it’s one of the very few buffets that pay so much attention to flavors, quality, and variety as well. Their traditional Turkish dishes were some of the best Turkish food we’ve had, with bags of flavor and succulently cooked meat. As we walked in, we noticed their dedicated mixed grill counter with a ginormous array of meats to choose from and being avid meat-eaters, we were in heaven! There’s also the seafood counter filled with soft shell crabs, lobsters, oysters, jumbo prawns, and a variety of fish to choose from – all freshly displayed and cooked live. There’s also the usual salad bar, international counters, and dessert section, but our favorite would definitely have to be the Turkish main course dishes that were incredibly delicious.
For desserts, we enjoyed the Turkish ice cream section, being served the traditional Turkish way. And when we say ‘traditional’ we mean the ice cream man maddening his customers for a good three-five minutes, until they finally get their ice cream in hand. He tried it on us too, and believe us, this guy is swift. There’s also the Kunafa section, which we LOVED! It was honestly one of the best kunafas we’ve had in Dubai. The proportion of chewy to crunchy was just right.
All in all, it was a delicious brunch, served good Turkish food, some funky drinks with a Turkish twist and live music to keep you entertained. Of course, the service was pleasant too, with the waiters at our beck and call.
Will we dine here again? Of course, we will! But next time, we’re definitely going to defeat the Turkish ice cream man!!