Tuesdays are Arabian nights at Diamond Hotel buffet

By Joko Magalong

Posted at Apr 15 2014 01:41 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2014 09:41 PM

A Middle Eastern buffet wouldn't be complete without a shawarma station? Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA -- The Corniche Restaurant of Diamond Hotel goes Arabian every Tuesday with exciting dishes from the Middle East added to the usual buffet repertoire.

Diners can mix and match dips, mezzes and salads like hummus, babaganoush, fatoush, moussaka, tabouleh and tzatziki with pita and an assortment of filling flat breads.

Make your own mezze platter. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

Enjoy the creamy and rich Yellow Lentil Soup, eaten together with some crispy bread flakes, creamy homemade yogurt and fresh cilantro.

Shawarma all-you-can with free-range chicken marinated in Middle East spices, an array of shawarma vegetable staples, and a choice between tahini garlic sauce and a spicy herb sauce.

Corniche’s hot items spread gets Arabic additions with Whole Steamed Fish with preserved lemons and exotic herbs on Seafood Rice for an Arabic version of the Spanish paella.

Paella goes Middle Eastern. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

Steak lovers, meanwhile, will enjoy the Middle Eastern version of their churrasco or barbeque, recommended to be eaten with grilled sweet corn.

A cupful or two of basmati rice, moujadara (a dish of mixed lentils and rice) or couscous can be topped with the full bodied Arabic Lamb Stew with Smoked Onions, or the Kofta Meatballs made with Beef and braised in vegetable curry.

Kofta meatballs. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com
Baked prawns. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

If you are feeling sinful, try the Garithes Yiouvetsi, baked prawns with a filling of feta, ricotta and herbs, salty and sweet.

For dessert, enjoy the Diamond Hotel’s premier homemade gelato with Baklava or the Kunafa, made of phyllo dough strips with a cheese layer. Nunnmoora, meanwhile, is a light, sweet almond cake, or if you want something richer – the Dates Fudge Bar, which has chocolate.

Varios Middle Eastern desserts. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

Or end your meal with a piece of Lokum or two. Lokum, otherwise known as Turkish Delight, are little jelly cakes that are flavored with rose water, hence its very appetizing jewel-like pink color.

The Arabian Delights buffet dinner in Corniche is only held every Tuesday for P1,980 per person. On the other days of the week, diners have the choice of different specialties, such as US Cut Steak on Steak Night every Thursday (P2,350 per person), Salmon Nights every Friday (P2,395 per person) or Cena Mexicana with Mexican favorites every Saturday (P1,750 per person).