The restaurant promised intercontinental buffet so Hubby chose Kaleidoscope for our dinner venue in Atlantis. We went down around 10 pm after Andreas finally went to bed. The reception informed that dinner buffet costs 175AED per head (drinks not included) and the buffet will close at 11 pm. We were starving anyway so I didn't consider any other nearby restaurant. We were just glad to be seated somewhere quiet.
|Facade of Kaleidoscope opposite of the Ambassador Lagoon|
Most of the people were just drinking their tea andcoffee and some were about to leave so that the enormous restaurant is pretty much dark and serene much to our pleasure wink wink! We don't get much date night hhiihihi. They have live cooking stations with delights from Asia, Europe and India. We are steak lovers so we headed right to the meat carving station. Both Hubby and I chose well done but we were thoroughly disappointed. It was like the meat had been reheated many times. I would not recommend the place if you are devoted to meat.
|Hubby's first plate|
I got some veggies and roast potato to go with my roast beef and I must commend their roast potatoes. The best I had! Yes, even compared to that of Al Muntaha. It was soft and moist and tasty inside and with the right crisp. It took great effort not to get second serving lolzzz
Moving on with my food, I went for Chinese this time and had some noodles, Jasmin rice with bokchoy, and lotus infused rice dessert. It was good except for the noodles which was quiet rubbery.
We also got some small plates from the sushi conveyor and again another thumbs down. We tried three different sushi flavors but found out all of them had smoked fish. Maybe they do that so they have longer shelf life....no wonder the supposed Japanese delight looked sad and lonely circling the conveyor belt because nobody aside from us, dared to go near.
I was hoping dessert will save our disappointments. There were an array of fresh fruit slices and I just knew Hubby was delighted by the sight. He is such a fruit addict! I got slices of pineapple, melon dew, and watermelon but Hubby who is never choosy with food refrained from eating them because they were all fermenting! My apologies if this restaurant review sound mean but the buffet was pricey and we felt we did not get what we paid for. We're a huge fan of Dubai Friday brunch culture and their food offering don't even come close to The Irish Village where you pay only 85 dirham per head.
I sampled four from their pastry section and it turns out this is their second best offering. You must try their opera cake which is soo heavenly and sinful to eat hahaha. At last I was beginning to enjoy my meal. Hubby praised the dessert as well for not being sweet. Don't be put off if you do not see the tiny glasses with chocolate and strawberry mousse which is a staple in Dubai's intercontinental buffet. Their pastries definitely make up for them.
While we were just cleaning our plate, I noticed I noticed I didn't get to visit their Italian cooking station which had been advertised heavily. So I had a slice of margarita and oven baked polenta (cornmeal). I thought the polenta was creamy and yum, yum..and the pizza, oh boy it was the closest thing to what we had in Rome! This is I think is Kaleidoscope's best offer. I went back for another slice and when I passed by the dessert section, the smiling staff asked if I want some ice cream. When I checked, they came from the local favorite More Cafe. I gave the guy a huge grin and and he handed me a Swiss Chocolate Flavor and Cookies & Cream for Hubby.
We didn't order any drinks because Atlantis gives out complimentary bottled water throughout the stay. Plus Hubby was eyeing the Chivas Regal on our mini bar.
Kaleidoscope is located at The East Tower of The Royal Grand Lobby.
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