Cascades is the all-day-dining restaurant at the Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road. Located at lobby level behind the hotel lifts, it carries through the general hotel uniform of business with a little nightclub mixed in. Its buffet is not nearly as grand as the Sheraton on the right or themed as the Conrad on the left. In fact, the buffet at the Fairmont is surprisingly compact in comparison with the Sheikh Zayed Road rat pack. And you know what? Maybe that’s not a bad thing.
In addition to the much-mentioned buffet, which covers about everything one could ask for minus pork, there are two live cooking stations, one of which is dedicated to eggs. I am a sucker for masala omelette and invariably order one when I am at a hotel buffet for breakfast. Thankfully (for me) most of the morning chefs are Indian in Dubai and quite masterful at masala omelettes. A sign of the throughflow of their Asian guests is reflected in the big pot of congee and condiments. There’s a decent Arabic section as well.
Service is smiley and friendly but not nearly as accommodating or personalised as at the Sheraton. The truth is that I found Cascades a little underwhelming. In fact, if I didn’t have breakfast included in my hotel package I would go to Prego’s next door for breakfast.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.