I also was privileged to be able to go to a most fantastic eco-resort here called Al Maha
. (Maha means oryx which are extinct in the wild but are being bred on the reserve.) The experience was absolutely wonderful but I should talk about the food there, shouldn't I?
All meals are included in the price so it could be average but since you're paying a premium, the food is really quite good. Breakfast and lunch are daily changing buffets. You know, the lunch buffet even had duck, so I recon it was pretty good.
The current chef had been there for 2 weeks. His name is James (I sadly cannot remember his surname); originally from Perth Australia and had been working in the UK for a while.
Dinners were generous and had reasonable choice considering the small number of people to be served. I enjoyed the food most especially because the whole experience and setting was fantastic. Had oryx walking past our window as we dined.
The first night we had this:
*warm tomato basil tart with mozzarella, served with lamb's lettuce salad and balsamic mayonnaise
*gazpacho with pesto toast-normally I wouldn't have this because I don't like cucumber but since it was part of the meal I tried it anyway. I actually liked it! What is this world coming to?
*Samak Salamoon Mashwee: Grilled salmon in pink peppercorn sauce, accompanied by chive mash and wilted spinach-I had this as my main course
*Lahm Chanam Bi Salset Khamr-Braised New Zealand lamb shank with tomato & cannelli beans served with red wine and rosemary reduction-Hubby's main (There was also a duck main so it was really hard to decide what to have.)
*Dessert was a passion fruit sponge, fresh fruit or a cheese plate. We had the latter 2 and shared.
*Followed by coffee and mini Arabic pastries.
The second night:
*Asparagus salad (Hubby had)-Bocconcini cheese & grilled asparagus salad with date vinaigrette
*Eggplant couscous salad (I had-was the vegetarian salad)-it was unusual eggplant since it was actually zucchini!
*Veloute De Choux fleur'-cauliflower soup with herb croutons
*Filet de boeuf au fromage de chevre-beef filled with grilled peppers and courgettes (zucchini), topped with French goats cheese (Hubby had this)*Dajaj Mehshi be fetr-leg of chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms accompanied with tagliatelle of vegetables and thyme jus (I had--there was also a lemon sole dish and a vegetarian main too)
*Baileys flavoured cheesecake (Hubby had)
*Cheese (I had--chose a little of the cheeses I had particularly liked from last night)
*coffee and little Arabic pastries, some different than last night.
On the last day we me James and had a tour of the kitchen. He seems really keen to soon put some changes to the menu; once he settles in a bit. I'd love to go back to see the changes but it's unlikely I'll make it anytime soon.
The days we had there were some of the most wonderful days we've had on vacation. Highly, highly recommended.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. – Elsa Schiaparelli, 1890-1973, Italian Designer