We were slacking pretty much weeks before Christmas Day and when it’s time to face the question “Where are we gonna celebrate December 25? (Of course, aside from work)”, we found out that almost all good restaurants in town were fully booked already. Gaaah. Panicky and all, we searched and called and finally got a last-minute booking at Latitude Restaurant in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Yes, it’s that perfectly curved shaped building mimicking the waves of Jumeirah Beach.
Entering the small lobby, we were welcomed by quite a number of guests, mostly tourists, I think. Further is a bridge that leads to a door out to the beach. This little bridge is over a small pond where a Christmas tree was standing on its right and a lady playing the piano on the left.
Outside is a lush garden with a good view of the 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel.
Hungry and all, we glided to the restaurant, 15 minutes earlier than our reservation. One guy from the restaurant toured us around the buffet rooms (yes rooms! and there were 3 of them) before we started dinner. We chose to sit outside and take advantage of the cold winter breeze.
Guests were serenaded by a group of jazz musicians making the feel of the place all the more Christmassy. Anyway, on to the buffet rooms! First room was filled with a variety of breads. Add to that this cute gingerbread house.
Also in the first room was a selection of appetizers, salads, sushi and seafood. We were too excited to eat that on this first round alone, we felt we filled half of our tummies already.
The next two rooms were dedicated to a variety of main courses ranging from Indian to Chinese food, pastas to rice, roasted turkey to grilled prawns.
The dessert station was located in the midst of a sea of dining tables. The selection was pretty huge but still, nothing beats that of Saffron’s.
We left Jumeirah Beach Hotel with happy tummies although it’s worth mentioning that there’s no specific food that stood out amongst the sea of buffet tables. We’ll give Latitude 6.5 stars out of 10.
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