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“Dine to the sound of crashing waves”
Review of Encore Bistro - CLOSED

Encore Bistro
Price range: US$8 - US$30
Description: The Encore Bistro shaped in the form of a half crescent is adorned by the hanging Arabian royal handmade lamps; the mounted torches lead you to another epoch. Its harmonious décor embellished with warm colors features Mediterranean and modern style furniture.The restaurant serves both international buffets with Mediterranean influences and an à la carte menu. The live cooking stations, master chefs and the best ingredients let you discover your gusto right in front of your eyes.Tantalizing dishes are served both inside the restaurant and at the al fresco terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
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Description: The Encore Bistro shaped in the form of a half crescent is adorned by the hanging Arabian royal handmade lamps; the mounted torches lead you to another epoch. Its harmonious décor embellished with warm colors features Mediterranean and modern style furniture.The restaurant serves both international buffets with Mediterranean influences and an à la carte menu. The live cooking stations, master chefs and the best ingredients let you discover your gusto right in front of your eyes.Tantalizing dishes are served both inside the restaurant and at the al fresco terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
Reviewed 1 April 2014

This half-crescent shaped all-day dining restaurant at the 254-room five-star luxury beach resort, The Ajman Palace, certainly has it what it takes to become one of the brightest stars on the culinary scene in not just Ajman, but I dare say, the entire northern emirates.
Set in a shimmering interior of wood panelling and warm colours, Encore Bistro offers a memorable dining experience in Middle Eastern settings.
You can either go for the Mediterranean-influenced international buffet or order from the a la carte menu. I settled for the buffet and, rather than indoors, decided to have my meal at the al fresco terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf. 

With the sound of waves crashing onto the seashore, the aroma of evocative dishes and the caws of seagulls flying overhead, one has to wonder why Encore Bistro even needs to promote its food.
That said, I relished the culinary fare, particularly the pan-fried honey glazed duck breast and oven-roasted sea bass.
The duck breast (Dh75, if ordered a la carte) was served on a lobster potato ragout red cabbage with fava beans on the side while the sea bass (Dh90) came with artichoke, baby leek beetroot and a tangy lemon sauce.
Another standout in the buffet was veal medallions. Served with cauliflower mousse, roast potatoes and glazed baby carrots, it was done to perfection and tasted divine. The best thing I liked about the dishes was that they stood out for evocative flavours rather than good looks. The Arabic mixed grill, however, left much to be desired as barring lamb chops, most other items (sheesh kebab, kofta kebab, sheesh tawook) were a letdown.
Saffron pannacotta (Italian word for cooked cream) with vanilla sauce and bourbon cake shone in the dessert section and more than made up for the slight disappointment.
The service was outstanding without being intrusive and the staff was friendly. In fact, after the dinner, the restaurant manager even took me to the hotel’s rooftop Nujoom lounge where you can enjoy a shisha under the stars.
At Dh180 per head the Encore Bistro evening buffet is worth every fils. But the real steal is their Friday lunch buffet (Dh150) which includes free beach access and 50 per cent off on a massage at the hotel’s Encore Spa.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I recently happen to visit Ajman. While driving through the city, I came across area where we have couple of good hotel, as portrayed. Happen to see a hotel building with the name of Ajman Palace, thought, this hotel must be representing the city of Ajman. And must be a proud to it, however, actually it brings no good name to the city. I visited the hotel, without having any entrance sign, somehow managed to come to the lobby area, and when saw a hotel staff standing there, thought he will come to welcome us. Instead the staff asked if we would like to park ourselves. Anyways he was graceful enough to tell us which way to go to the basement parking. And then the rest i knew I will have to figure out myself. We came to the lobby level from within the hotel building and while going to reach the lobby realized that there is a restaurant right where we came out of the elevators. No one seemed to be caring, who has come to the hotel, what they want, how can they be assisted. Feel like you are in a strange place. Hotel has been built with lots of love and royalty, however, what is missing is the great service, in fact at-least service. Went to the only restaurant in the hotel open so far, was told that the hotel hasn't opened completely. I believe it gives more opportunity and puts more responsibilities on the staffs to showcase it better. But here the trend seemed to be like,"let it be" attitude. We were escorted to the end of the huge restaurant and were seated at the table with a good view of the sea. However, our view was interrupted with the probably morning cup of coffee for some staff, lying right in-front of our eyes on the outdoor table. It was so ugly and annoying. Menu was good, considering a hotel not completely opened yet. Food was relatively much nicer. But around the world whenever, a burger or sandwich is served, we expect to receive french fries or garden salad. It was only after 12 minutes of order being placed that the server came to ask our preference. Local Still water was ordered, however what the server brought was Voss, which is unnecessarily overpriced water in this restaurant. Upon asking that we had ordered for local still water, server said, this is the only still water and that Al Ain mineral water is not still water. What was that, was the question in our mind. We asked the server that what is Al Ain water then, and funny response was, its a local water and not a still water. They made it so noticeably ridiculous, when we observed that while Voss was carried towards out table, the server kept his tray down to open the bottle and serve, however, when Al Ain was brought, it was simply left on our table. Later when the Panini was served no condiments were offered. But upon asking it was quickly delivered. After 8 minutes of Panini S/ch being served did we receive the pasta dish, which kind of looked odd. Because it was clearly 2 separate main course order, for 2 of us, so ideally it should been served together. The pasta dish with Rabbit was delicious and I wanted to thank the Chef for that, but nobody seemed to be concerned regards the feedback. No feedback form was offered, and while we were just served the second main course, the server came and asked if we would like to have any deserts. Very rushed service, must be someone's shift was finishing. What was even more difficult to digest was lack of attention of staffs, kids make the place messy, but dining in a five star we expect that the cleanliness should be more active, well in here it doesn't seemed to be the case. The bread crumbs were lying on the floor till we left the restaurant. Its a clear case of lack of training, motivation and skilled team. Someone should take the responsibility of the place and enhance the service of this beautiful hotel.

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Reviewed 9 November 2015
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Reviewed 13 July 2015
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