You can read about my previous trips here, here and here. So far I’ve only eaten at Al Maha but I want to stay over soon as it’s just a perfect place to relax and get away from everything.
After picking up a group of twitter peeps at my gym (I had to have my workout first !) we were soon on our way to Al Maha with various twitter stories being exchanged – you know, the usual twitter banter – who follows who, who has met who etc.
Chef David had inserted a few surprises into the menu – crab cakes and vanilla creme brulee which are both personal favourites of @geordiearmani and myself from previous visits.
As usual we were treated to a great menu with both hot and cold starters, a great main course and a lovely light pudding with a few surprises along the way too.
After an Amuse bouche of Caprese Minuto, we moved onto a cold starter of a duo of Tuna with pickles and Melba toast, Tuna Tataki & Tuna Cream.
Visually stunning, I loved the combination of different tuna textures in the cold starter and could eat the tuna cream on toast at home any day 🙂 Both rich and indulgent it left me wanting more, and more 🙂
Whilst not a fan of parsnips, I really enjoyed the hot starter which consisted of parsnip soup with sour apples and scallops. The sour apples added just the right level of tartness to compliment the sweetness of the parsnip soup whilst not overpowering the delicate flavour of the seared scallops.
The Wagyu beef spoke for itself – imported from Argentina – it was cooked rare as requested (something a lot of chefs seem not to be able to do) and was so tender it literally melted in my mouth. More, more, more please ……..
The white chocolate and pistachio parfait was a perfect light ending to our meal and I loved the quirky coconut almond and pistachio sand which decorated the plate as well as the chocolate Twitter bird logo which made us all smile.
During the meal we were also treated to a beautiful palate cleanser of a mint lemon sorbet which was tasty and not overly sweet.
Just when it seemed like the meal was over, Chef David treated us to a trio of creme brulees. The tried, tested and loved Vanilla, a new saffron one which I liked as I really love saffron and my absolute favourite and please, please, please add this to the menu permanently – a chilli chocolate creme brulee which I LOVED. Rich and chocolatey and with just a perfect level of chilli this was a real treat and I’m going to try and make this at home soon.
Throughout the lunch my fellow table mates were treated to a variety of different fruit juices and mocktails including a strawberry and mango juice which I misheard the name of and which I shall always call the Strawberry Bellydancer – since that’s what I’m sure someone said it was called 🙂 By the way – it tasted lovely (even though I didn’t order it I did sneak a sip or two when Nick wasn’t looking!)
Finishing off our meal with a coffee we were treated to talk about the various pieces of artwork and mainly Omani jewellery, chests and artifacts which are seen throughout the resort which was really interesting.
Sadly after a quick visit to one of the suites, it was time to leave Al Maha and once again to hit the Al Ain road back to Dubai.