April 08, 2014 Dead Sea Jordan Middle East

Buffet Lunch and Dinner at The Movenpick Dead Sea Resort


Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 6.5/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 23/30

Architecture / Interior: 6/10

Food presentation: 7/10

Service: 5/10

Value for money: Soon

I had to eat here four consecutive times during my trip to latest Jordan: Two lunches and two dinners... and believe me, it was good. The food was correct, the choices were varied and the different preparations which included cold mezzes and hot dishes were created using premium ingredients. I enjoyed the food... Movenpick_Dead_Sea06 Al Saraya restaurant is the main dining area at the Movenpick resort, Dead Sea. Located in the main resort building, Al Saraya offers a Mediterranean kitchen ambiance with garden terrace, warm stonework, arched windows and tiled floors. The restaurant offers an all-day à la carte or buffet dining. Enjoy their sumptuous dinner buffet, with Oriental carved market carts and live cooking stations. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. It was my second time at the Movenpick and because the choices were limited, Al Saraya was part of the game. The week-end’s buffet had a wide choice of Middle Eastern specialties all distributed in eight different stations serving cold and hot preparations until 10:30pm. Movenpick_Dead_Sea19
On the menu today:
  • Steamed rice, Daoud Basha stew, fish filet with olive and sweet pepper, eggplant with tomato sauce, potato wedges, vegetable mix, braised duck legs with figs and star anise, hot mazzah, soup
  • Pasta station, lamb skewers, salmon steak, Indian stir fried chicken
  • Salad bar with fourteen choices of vegetables
  • An individual Caesar salad station with a mix bowl
  • Appetizers cups (corn salad, tomato sauce, black mussels, salmon salad)
  • Five choices of cheese
  • Chicken terrine
  • Fish terrine
  • Eggplant salad
  • Grilled vegetables
  • A bread station
  • Tiramisu, but cakes, kiwi mousse, strawberry cake, cheese cake, orange mousse, buyer scotch, qamar el deen, aysh Saraya, fruit salad, white mousse, hariesah, tart
  • Yellow noodle salad, cauliflower salad, Greek salad, moutabbal, potato salad, fish salad, hummus, fattoush
The buffet was not bad at all. They are consistent in quality and taste. Imagine, it's exactly as I remembered it when I first tried it in October of 2012. 
The pluses:
  • Plates are always refilled
  • Food taste is good
  • The choices are many and changed daily
The minuses:
  • The staff needs more training and should learn to be more welcoming
  • The beverage service needs much more professionalism
  • The dishes presentation is not up to the standard of a 5 star hotel
  • The ambiance looks like a giant cafeteria. It lacks a certain finesse a 5 star hotel demands
A pleasant experience you're bound to try if you're staying at the The Movenpick Dead Sea Resort... It's not really a choice.





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