Review: Oriental Buffet at Rangoli – Radisson SAS, a riot of flavors
Last night we were at the Rangoli – Radisson SAS to try out their Oriental Buffet. The buffet is organised on Wednesdays only and will be on for next few weeks. This is my second visit to Rangoli buffet, as the last time they organised the Spice Route buffet [read about it here]. This time its similar theme of Orient but the entire ambience of the buffet has gone up miles high. The presentation, the options and the food itself is absolutely amazing.
The Oriental Buffet brings together a mix of cuisines from the Orient, India, and Middle East under one roof. And the entire spectrum of flavors begins right from the salads to starters to mains to desserts. Another option that they have added is that all the meats [white, red,seafood] and vegetarian is being served to patrons.
The salads / starters offer you an superb choices and my favorites were crab meat served in crab shells, vietnamese rolls, glass noodles and korean kimchi. Add to that the mix of hummous, babaganoush, taboulah. The salads themselves need appreciation in the freshness and taste, and would need atleast two rounds to the counters so as to try the best ones. As for starters I devoured the veg spring rolls, dim sums, seafood broth, and thai chicken with satay sauce. Ofcourse no seafood can be complete without the touch of sushi and they didnt dissapoint on that one as well.
What I liked about the buffet was the fact the entire buffet was spread across the restaurant, with separate serving areas according to specialities. This would give you a chance to walk around the place and take your time, and remove cluttering. The entire restaurant is beautifully set under the hull of the dhow and every bit of space is optimally utilised.
Moving on to mains we tried the grill meats with Middle Eastern flavors. The succulent charcoal chicken and fish/prawns grills were lovely added with the tanginess of spices. The main ‘mains’ that were being served were from the Indian sub-continent with half a dozen curries, of which the beef and seafood with pineapple were outstanding with richness of color, depth of aroma and style of cooking. Along with fresh naan and vegetable biryani they added the soul to the experience.
Next stop, the sweetness factory..and oh boy with a sweet tooth like mine I just had to fill up two plates with bits from all over the place. The sheer varieties of desserts again from all over Asia and Middle East was overpowering. And one had the chance of taking a bite out of each to fall in love with the next dessert. The selection of fresh fruits topped with eye candy sweets was fantastic. I would suggest give the usuals like baklavas and Indian sweets a side, and indulge in other sweets as they give you a chance to explore Asia at your finger tips.
Overall the experience is a must for any foodie out there, as you could count atleast 60-70 varieties to choose from. Again this type of buffet is meant to explore the flavors of the World and believe you me, at this buffet those flavors pour all over. I took nearly 2 hours to sit down and enjoy the experience and time sort of just flew as with every round of servings we had more to ponder over the food and relish the tastes.
Oriental buffet is Wendesdays only, and make bookings prior to arrival so you can get preferred seating. The buffet costs KD 12 [adult] and KD 6 [children]. Here are some more pics from the buffet: