Hidden away in the back corner of the City Max hotel in Mankhool, this restaurant is not an obvious choice for iftar buffet as there’s a wide variety of others that are available in Dubai, but being reasonably priced, I made a reservation for 20 people for Iftar MeetUp.
After a rather long back and forth emailing with the polite Restaurant Manager (Mr.Mohanesh Shetty) regarding the credit card details and ID documentation for advance payment of the booking, we decided upon the menu and pricing for the group. He gave us a discount of AED 10 per head, making it 59 bucks per person, which is a pretty good rate I would say.
When we arrived, parking was not an issue because they have basement parking for the hotel guests, which is a great plus as finding a parking spot in the nick of the iftar time is a difficulty anywhere in Dubai.
The restaurant was spacious and huge with red brown colour themed interiors and we were seated in front of the aquarium that ran across the wall. Loved the low light setting and ambience of the whole place.
The drinks, fruits and dates were already arranged on the table and after we broke our fast, we headed towards the buffet section that is set a little away from our seating area, which I think was a good thing as you can peacefully sit, eat and chat without the intrusion of other customers.
The spread was pretty good with a lot of Asian, International and Arabic style preparations. Here’s a look at the menu:
I started with salads and as you can see from the menu above, there were some good variety to choose from. Tried most of the items at the salad bar, except the Stuffed Vine Leaves and Rocca Leaves, everything was perfect as well as sufficient.
From the starters, the Chicken Vermicelli soup and the Lamb Kibbeh is a must have – a perfect way to start a meal.
The choices in Main course were limited but enough. The highlight of the menu were the Fried Fish (kind of like a fillet), Chicken Biriyani and Seafood Marinara (spaghetti in yummy marinara sauce). The other items in the main course did not taste great but at the same time were not disappointing.
Desserts were the one main thing me and my group were looking forward to, as we are all ardent fans of Kunafa and well, anything sweet. But it was a total let down with few of them tasting fine (like the Ummali and Strawberry Icecream) and others all below average (like the Kunafa which was a rubbery mess).
At Sizzling Wok, the buffet spread isn’t gigantic, but it is adequate for the price you pay.
We all had a great time and enjoyed the ambience. From the neat well placed decor and the diversified food to the polite, pleasant and efficient staff, this restaurant offers it’s customers with good food at reasonable prices.