And so the much awaited day!!!!!
Whew what a milestone achieved! I’ll be frank…I’m a bit insecure about turning 30 – I’m not confident about my job yet, my MBA certification is still stuck at the University, my marriage is not yet confirmed and I still weigh 78.6 kgs. Shucks!
On the other hand, since I look forward to every day with much positivity I plan on remembering what I have achieved successfully so far, without letting myself into unnecessary comparison. I am by far a more firm and outspoken person unlike before and try not to panic on petty issues if it can be helped. I’m glad I have a job, and someone to love immensely for today. Tomorrow will see for itself.
Leaving it to that, I must inform that right now me and my sister are enjoying the independent freedom of home-alone kids (our parents are on vacation)…hehe not that we’re kids anymore, but the spinsterhood shows all over the house. Its the time when the laundry is over-piled, so also the dishes in the sink; cooking and cleaning is done once a week, trash is thrown in the morning and our work clothing is hanging about all the chairs and sofas. My sis however still keeps the discipline of sleeping early at night, I drowse myself with unlimited TV sitcoms.
Back to my birthday….I waited impatiently for midnight as Jaan was the first to call up and wish :), followed by his mom 10 minutes later! This is the first time she called for my birthday and that too by midnight. The plan was to dine the next day, as my sister was looking forward to a much awaited outing after a couple of weeks, and what more better way to compliment it than with Entertainer Vouchers. I wanted to try the new hotel – The Dusit Thani and so we used corresponding coupons. We had a single voucher for Friday Brunch at Urban Kitchen and managed to wake up on time to dress and arrive at the lunch hour.
Dusit Thani Lobby Front
The entrance to the place was splendid, and so was the lobby. Beautiful, clean, exquisite and spacious. The restaurant was located at the lobby level just behind the coffee lounge. The buffet spread was marvelously awesome and seemed unlimited! The restaurant respected the word brunch and therefore put up breakfast as well as lunch items mostly patronising the Thai cuisine along with other international dishes. We were greeted by desserts at the entrance, which I found peculiar, owing to being the last course. My sister however explained that she found the idea more attractive than a typical salad welcome. Point noted!
After the endless array of mouth-watering pastries (I noted they had the suddenly popular opera pastry), puddings, Indian and Lebanese sweets, fruits and creme brulees, was the egg station (for breakfast), followed by a live cooking station for dim sums and appetisers. Parallel was the American breakfast items of pancakes, waffles, cereals, breads and cold cuts. We were then shown into the next phase – which was more like an adjoining room that kept the fruit juices and cocktails, followed by the opposite table for live sushi preparations and salads.
The main course was divided into the larger table hosting rice and grilled preparations, and a small table for the kids with french fries, fish fingers and pasta. Another room at the back of the corridor had the live roast stations – for duck and meats. The kids had their own dark and milk chocolate fountains. Coffee and other hot beverages were not included on the buffet menu, but since I saw the coffee machine I inquired into it, and the waiter was kind enough to provide me and my sister complimentary drinks. Perhaps it was because we did not take advantage of the other house beverages.
After lunch we took a quick tour of the place and noticed the lobby was way bigger than what it seems from the outside. There were several more restaurants on the same level including a Grill bar and a Royal Thai Restaurant. A beauty salon was also located on the opposite end beside the restrooms. An escalator led you to the Ballroom at the basement which was huge and lavish. Altogether the hotel experience was wonderful.
After this we drove off to The Ritz Carlton, for picking up a Birthday Cake that I had ordered at Dolce – a chic coffee lounge with bright orange colors. Overall the place looks like a bright candy house and I’m sure will be the kids favorite. The pastry chef definitely has some distinct tastes when it comes to pastries. The Resort by itself is grand and lavish with several valets at your service at the entrance. When they came to know of my birthday I was greeted with a complimentary pastry from the staff. That was too sweet!
Ambience: Grand, Quite, Posh, Executive
Dining Experience: Urban Kitchen, Thai Cuisine, Friday Brunch Special
Price: AED 225++ per person, excluding house beverages.
The Ritz Carlton:
Ambience: Posh, Grand, Awesome.
Dining Experience: Dolce – best for tea and candy.
Price: As ordered.