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By bazaar staff, March (2012) edition of bazaar
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Silk Road 
Silk Road 

Let me start by telling you, this is a buffet brunch unlike any other. Inspired by the trade route that led from Europe through Africa and Asia, this magnificent smorgasbord of amazing dishes from around the world will leave you impressed and very satisfied.

Held every Friday afternoon from 12:30pm until 2:30pm at the Regency Hotel, this brunch event is not to be missed. In fact, it can easily become a regular place to meet with family and friends over a delicious and leisurely meal. The selection of food is impressive, the service is perfect and it is clear that every small detail has been carefully thought through and considered.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling apple juice, to be followed by a selection of cocktails from the top-notch bar. Feeling like you can conquer the world? The Bloody Mary (with green chili galore) is the drink not to miss.

An extensive seafood buffet that includes sashimi and sushi, and poached, cured and smoked salmon, among a variety of other delights, greets you as you enter. Or you can start at the US-style salad bar - pick your items, select your dressing, and ask the salad chef to toss it for you. Craving some Middle Eastern salads? The selection here comes highly recommended! Top up your plate with a side of fresh bread or focaccia from the extensive variety on display, and head back to your table to enjoy the start of your meal.

If you liked a particular sushi dish, or are craving something specific, walk up to the sushi station and ask the chef to create something especially for you.

Brunching with young children? Don’t worry about taking turns supervising the kids while your partner gets their food. The highly considerate people at Silk Road have brought in high chairs on wheels that swivel across the marble floors with such ease, so that all members of the family, with kids in tow, can enjoy their buffet experience together.

Moving onto the barbeque selection, the rib eye and the tenderloin are two cuts that simply must be tried. The flavor and perfection of these cuts can rival the best steak house in town any day. 

The traditional qouzi prepared at the Silk Road is fresh, and full of aromatic spices. Try it out, and then move onto the Egyptian koshari station. Rice, lentils and pasta, topped with tomato sauce and just the right amount of toppings… bliss!

Now it’s time to move onto the hot plate section, where you can enjoy over a dozen carefully prepared dishes to your heart’s content. Our favorite, hands down, was the aubergine cannelloni in saffron sauce. Yes, it was that good. Chapeau, Chef Austen, for your recommendations as well as for the love and care that have obviously gone into each and every dish.

While you enjoy your dessert, whether it’s from the Italian / western section or from the Middle Eastern desserts, you will most definitely not be disappointed either way, the in-house magician will make rounds to your table to show a few tricks and offer up-close and personal entertainment. Once you’re done with your meal, a henna artist and face painter will also pass by to check on the children and offer their services.

What an amazing experience. We visited this restaurant as a family, and we were not disappointed. In fact, we’re still talking to our friends about how great the food was, and how hospitable and welcoming the staff is. We can’t wait until next Friday!     

Silk Road is located at The Regency. For more information or to make a reservation please call 2576 6666 or log onto .

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