Smooth comfort at Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Tent

Al Marjan Tent in Ras Al Khaima. Courtesy of RAK TDA
Al Marjan Tent in Ras Al Khaima. Courtesy of RAK TDA

The biggest challenge about having an iftar or a suhour in a Ramadan tent is that it can be a lot of work.

We are talking about reservations, parking, noisy crowds and being one of over 150 tables requiring the attention of busy staff.The whole experience is enough to forgo such comfortable surroundings in favour of a more low key affair the next time you want to break bread with friends.

The Al Marjan Tent, however, has struck the right balance between large scale opulent comfort and an attentive dining experience; it is ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a plush iftar without sacrificing intimacy.

Located in the quiet surrounds of Ras al Khaimah’s Al Jazirah Al Hamra — and across the road from The Double Tree by Hilton — the tent is a fine mix of old Arabian charm and modern comforts. With a soothing maroon colour theme coursing throughout, the venue is spacious with dining tables placed along the perimetre and large couches occupying the centre.

When it comes to the food on offer, it is a mostly Middle Eastern affair. A great selection of hot and cold mezzes were readily available on the table - the generous cheese platter (from Swiss to cheddar) was a welcome addition. The hummus came with small yet juicy meat cubes while the vine leaves were deliciously tangy. The main dishes were available from the buffet and included the usual suspects: white beans with curry, a selection of kebabs, Moroccan rice, the lamb ouzi and a spicy Moroccan rice with chicken. I loved the Kibbeh with Lebneh: grounded meat sautéed with hot yogurt. When cooked on a large scale, it is often the yogurt that suffers. However, the Al Marjan Tent variety was perfectly cooked and the garlic flavours came through with each bite.

Then came the best part of all, the Al Marjan Tent has pleasant outdoor section home to couches overlooking the tranquil sea. Seated with a small serving of a rich Umm Ali and a glass of strong Turkish tea, it makes for a lovely way to conclude a hearty meal.

After a few minutes of listening to the waves, you will forget you are actually dining in a Ramadan tent.

For details on prices and packages go to www.rasalkhaimahtourism.com

sasaeed@thenational.ae

Published: July 11, 2015 04:00 AM

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