While there are a fair few business lunches and lunch deals in the country, for the most part, offerings are not that exciting. So when we heard about the new one in Swiss-Belhotel’s Swiss Café, we were intrigued, as six days a week they have a lunch buffet.
On the afternoon we go, it’s quiet. The décor is modern, spacious and airy, with fabulous views over the city on one side and the sea on the other. We choose a booth by a window that allows us to look out onto rolling ocean views.
The buffet itself offers quite a spread of cold mezzes, alongside a selection of salads from seafood to potato, green varieties and the chance to make your own. The flavours throughout these dishes are spot on – nothing to gush about but definitely nothing to complain about.
We also try the lightly fried cheese fatayer and meat kibbe which are excellently prepared.
It takes a few minutes after we’ve sat down with our starters for bread to come, but we aren’t complaining when we hits the table because it’s fresh, warm and fluffy.
As for the main courses, there’s a nice selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options. On the day we go, they serve a fantastically flavourful Balinese style grilled grouper with coconut cream sauce that has all of us at the table going back for seconds. Once we’ve finished with each of the courses, by the time we’ve returned to our table, our empty plates have vanished. Throughout our meal, we are warmly greeted by each of the staff that passes by and so we’re impressed by the attentive and eager service. Although, it has to be said, we’re only one of two tables there.
Finally, we finish up with the mains and dash towards the dessert station which is prettily presented with a variety of fruity, chocolate-y and pastry-based sweets. We also walk past what we’re told is a chocolate fondant that seems to be covered in custard. Dubiously, we take one of these, along with a chocolate cake and dig in. It is in fact a chocolate fondant covered in custard, which when combined is pleasant but fairly bland and leaning more towards a liquid consistency. The chocolate cake, however, is moist and intense in flavour without being too sickly.
If you’re in the Seef area looking for a quick, tasty lunch at a reasonable price then I would recommend this option, particularly as with daily changing dishes it’s unlikely you’ll get bored of the offering.
The bill (for two) 2 x lunch buffet 11.6 Service charge 15% Gov levy 5% Total BD13.920
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