Restaurant Review:

Murooj Rotana Hotel

We’re back with another one from our brunch chronicles; Pergolas at the Murooj Rotana. The word itself refers to an arched structure that is covered in creeping and trailing plants and the restaurant aims to give you this very feel with an indoor and outdoor section filled with bright light and looking out into the gardens and pool of the hotel. We were invited to sample the Friday brunch at the restaurant that features a vast buffet that includes delicacies from Indian, Italian, Arabic cuisines among others. Additionally, there’s a live barbecue on the outdoor terrace as if you weren’t spoilt for choice enough already.

Our session commenced with salads, hot mezze from the Arabic station and cheeses and we quite enjoyed feasting on the plethora of dishes available here. From these sections, we recommend trying the following:

  • Tabbouleh
  • Shanklish
  • Vine Leaves
  • Baba Ganoush
  • Burghul (similar to Cous Cous) with tomato
  • Parmesan, Brie, Gouda and Gorgonzola
The cheeses were fresh and flavorsome and we took multiple trips back to the station for more! There was also someone making Shawarmas at the restaurant which were alright.

The Italian, Asian and British delicacies shared counters and food enthusiasts can gorge on some Yorkshire pudding in this section. Our favorites were:

  • Freshly baked Pizza & Garlic Bread
  • Noodle Salad
  • Nile Perch in Butter Sauce

It was then time to head to the most colorful counter of all and the most preferred one (slightly less than dessert) of one half of Stamps and Stubs; the seafood and Sushi station! Take your pick from colorful Hosomaki, Chumaki, Futomaki, Uramaki, Salmon Sashimi, Shrimps and oysters and vegetarians need not be disheartened as there are vegetarian varieties of Sushi as well, albeit much lesser than its non-vegetarian counterparts.

We managed to make some room for the Indian station too and suggest you try the Lamb Rogan Josh and Butter chicken from this section.
Finally, Desserts! Two extensive counters house the desserts at Pergolas; one with Indian and Arabic favorites along with an artistic chocolate fondue while the other boasts of cakes, mousses and puddings. Our top picks from the desserts were:

  • Baked Cheesecake
  • Basboosa
  • Tiramisu cups
  • Red Velvet cake
  • Chocolate pot de crème
  • Ras Malai

And of course, the fondue with fruits and marshmallows

In summary, the brunch at Pergolas is a decent one where some of the food delighted us to no end while other items fell short of expectations.  Overall, Pergolas made for a nice venue to spend a Friday afternoon at!