As far as refurbishments go, Hanaaya, which translates to happiness in Arabic, has entered the market with just the right amount of panache. Taking the place of the popular Al Muna, Hanaaya is now a vibrant buffet, rather than the rustic Arabian-inspired restaurant with its copious amount of dark wood coupled with earthy tones.
Etching a new era, the designers have tastefully turned to turquoise as the focal colour, which adds that much-needed fresh pop of colour. Complementing the colour du jour is the bronze feature wall, which shimmers in the light. Then as spacious as the inside already is, the terrace was further expanded to give a more luxurious outdoor dining experience too. Here you'll see abras gently passing by on the blue ocean. It's the perfect backdrop for any-time-of-day dining.
Hanaaya has hand-picked the perfect tasting plates, which are laid across the food stations, featuring food from Asia, Arabia and the West, Arabic. It's a melodious mix in the middle of the restaurant, which ensures that great food remains the focus.
Asian dishes like the spicy chicken curry and pepper beef are popular picks as are the soft crumbly grilled salmon at the Western station. Beautiful breads of the seeded kind right through to pretzels, ensure (carb) cheat days are catered to. There's also a sushi counter, which serves up freshly cut fish and you can even ask for some Unagi sashimi.
For dessert, Hanaaya has channelled Hensel & Gretel's house of sweets. Cakes, chocolates, Arabic sweets, Turkish delights... there's a veritable smorgasbord of deliciously sweet dishes on offer. The ice cream station is also a highlight. With freshly made ice creams and sorbets, think chocolate, coconut and pistachios, with tempting topppings, Hanaaya is a food destination any day of the week.
Hanaaya is located on the ground floor of Mina A'Salam, Dubai, and is open daily for buffet lunch and dinner from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. A la carte orders are taken throughout the day.