Last Thursday, we got to visit the newly launched Market lunch at Al Safa in Metropolitan Hotel. They have a spacious dining area with tables placed well separated from each other. We could enjoy our time though it got a bit crowded that day due to that pleasing atmosphere. The staffs were quite courteous and helpful and good at service too.
Majority of dishes in the buffet spread was Mediterranean with few exceptions. We started off with soups. Available ones were (1) chicken & mushroom and (2) lentil soup.
I chose to have the former. It was thick and creamy and we quite enjoyed it. They had a good selection of salads and starters too. Some of the interesting ones were chicken Caesar salad, frikeh salad, fusilli pasta salad, insalata caprese, german potato salad, dry fruit quinoa salad. I tried the fusilli pasta salad and it was really fresh and yum.
Among main course, We got to try the palak paneer which is cottage cheese cooked in spinach based gravy, a good combination with rice. Next I went on to try beef sirloin. The meat was cooked medium with mild spices. A good one! Chicken shish taouk was also there on the spread and being a lover of Arabic food, I quite enjoyed it. Moving on next in the row was a grilled fish well marinated in spices. The fish was very soft and tender with spices completely infused inside.
I also liked their creamy and tangy meatballs. Cannelloni gratinated was another great dish in the spread which worth a try. Steamed butter veggies in the spread makes it all healthy.
Moving on to the dessert section, Some of my favorites were chocolate brownies, cream flan, lemon tart( I loved it a lot) Chocolate pistachio corn and an assortment of Arabic sweets.
Verdict: Though the variety among main course was pretty less compared to other places with similar prices, What they serve is absolutely fresh which definitely deserves a visit.