Treat yourself this Ramadan to a delectable Iftar buffet at Islamabad Marriott Hotel
The glittering lights and Moroccan lamps decorating the Marquee Hall welcome you to the lavish and wholesome Iftar buffet at Islamabad Marriott Hotel.
I was drooling over the fresh pieces of bread and vibrant salads when I looked over the other side lined with golden pots filled with delicious delights. From Pakistani dishes to Thai, Korean, Chinese cuisine and Arabic food, you name it and they have got it!
Let’s begin with the Ramadan delights. On the rightmost side of the marquee is the Iftar platter with usual samosas, pakoras, spring rolls, channa chat, fruit chat, dahi bhallay, chicken tikka, seekh kebab, halwa puri, fried fish and more which tasted okay and not out of the blue. Fruit chaat was best.
Then comes the salad, sushi, bread and soup counter which has a variety of delightful, healthy and fresh food item. Salad and pasta in small bowls is a perfect idea.
Salad counter is good for those on diet. But I would suggest you forget the diet for a day and give yourself a little treat because you deserve it!
Next to salad and sushi is the counter of deliciousness offering cuisines from Pakistan, China, Thailand and Korea as well as many continental dishes. Pakistani food options are Biryani, Murgh Dhaka Curry, Paye, Nihari, Mughlai murgh, Daal makhni, Mutton Handi among many others.
Chinese food includes chow mien, chicken chili, Szechuan chicken and more. Thai section had my favourite green curry and beef chilli.
The most exquisite looking dishes at the buffet were Roasted beef with rosemary sauce and Korean Bibimbap which I definitely tried. The beef was super soft and Korean dish was basically a salad.
My favourite was Mutton Tawa Qeema which is a must must try plus it is beautifully presented.
I filled my large plate with the most namely: Mutton Tawa Qeema, Baked Fish and Chicken with white sauce, sweet and sour chicken and some pasta. Although I can’t eat much after fasting all day but I managed to finish my plate because it was so delicious!
There was literally no room left in my tummy but how can I miss those gorgeous looking desserts from all around the world? I have an extra sweet tooth. Honestly, I didn’t want to touch the desserts as it was so beautifully prepared. The date, fig and marshmallow trees are a delightful sight for sore eyes. There were small cups of mousse, perfect pieces of cakes, colourful fruit tart, heavenly Kunefe (Turkish dessert) and lots of desi desserts such as gulaab jaman and raas malai and mithai among them. I tried fresh fruits too.
Oh I totally forgot about the drinks! They had lemonade, Rooh Afza, and Imli aur Aaloo Bukharay ka juice which I loved!
Iftar buffet at Marriott is a treat for both eyes and tummy. Makes it hard to decide whether you want to take a photo first or try the food. I took many pictures to show you all how beautifully the food was presented.
To sum it all, it was a memorable experience marked by stunning décor and gorgeous food presentation. The variety of food means there’s something for everyone at the buffet. Most of the dishes I tried were fresh and tasted good. Few were excellent though such as the fish, qeema and roasted beef. Full marks to chef and food presenters!
A little overpriced I know but you deserve a beautiful time and fine quality food in a lovely environment once in a while. That is exactly what this buffet offers!
Price: Rs2900/- per person inclusive of Tax.
Value for money: 9/10
Where: Marriott Hotel, Islamabad