I was truly overwhelmed when I got the opportunity to dine in at the cozy and beautiful restaurant ‘The Californian’ at Dusit Thani , Dubai . They have an awesome view overlooking Burj Khalifa from the 24th floor with a spacious dining area.
On Fridays the theme for the buffet is ‘Around the world’ with some drool worthy dishes from different parts of the world. We called for some fresh juices to start with. Ordered pineapple, orange and watermelon and all were absolutely fresh.
We started off with the salad section and the variety they have is mind blowing. I tried the minced chicken salad which is a simple yet delicious salad for people who love to add an extra element. Another interesting salad was fried fish and onion salad!!
Yes they had that too. The flavors were on point and it is one of a kind salad for seafood lovers. Other interesting ones were crab sticks, octopus cubes etc.
A special mention about the live grill table where we could choose different fresh steak, chicken, sausage and seafood like squids, prawns etc to grill and I must say it was absolutely divine. The flavors were subtle and suiting our taste.
Among the main course, the options we had were quite plenty indeed. I tried the prawns Biryani which was done in Indian style. A must try here at The Californian. Next I went on to try the grilled fish in a tangy sauce. It was very tender and soft and the aroma of it made me go for it again. Barbeque chicken drumstick was another one worth the try. The pieces were properly cooked and tossed in barbeque sauce. I also tried the penne arrabiata which is penne pasta prepared in tangy tomato and bell pepper based sauce. A good one.
Other dishes in the row were tossed veggies, wagyu beef, potato jack , lamb curry etc.
Next was the most exciting part of any meal, the desserts. They did not let us down here either. Most favorites among them were crème brule, cheesecake, chocolate tart, tiramisu and chocolate pastry. A true heaven for the dessert lovers. Freshly cut fruits were also among them.
Definitely visiting again to try other themed buffets like Sundays: Tandoori, Mondays: Mexican , Tuesdays: New Orleans BBQ , Wednesdays: South East Asian and Thursdays: Seafood .
Verdict: A restaurant to enjoy a great view along with some drool worthy dishes.