The Californian, Dusit Thani Dubai’s international buffet restaurant, plays host to tantalizing dishes from across the globe with its themed nights which change from day to day, satisfying any taste. The relaxed space offers stunning views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, making it the perfect place for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner. The light and bright Californian restaurant provides an ideal venue for group buffet breakfast and lunches. An Asian theme buffet in the evening is a great way to end the day.


I was invited for the Asian night on Wednesdays and I must say it was a lavish spread. Say it the starters, Salad, Main Course or desserts every thing was prepared with exquisite details and divine taste.


To start with the Starters there was a lavish spread of Seared Bonito with Apple Mustard Dressing, Curry Sweet Potato Salad, Asian Okra Salad, Chicken Macaroni Salad, Avocado, Orange & Beetroot Salad etc.


My personal favorites was the Fried Crab Cake with Chili Ginger Sauce, was a light bites but heavenly delicious. The crab all fresh and juicy and left a delightful taste after every bite.


Teriyaki Prawn with Green Asparagus, Egg Rolls with Chili Tofu. This ones was the hit of the show, the parwns with the tofu was heavenly delicious and very appealing to look at. This cute little bites were happiness in my mouth.


Tofu stuffed Eggplant with Japanese Dressing, this also was one of the stars from the kitchen from the Californian. The eggplant was perfectly grilled and the tofu prepared with delicacy.


Vietnamese Spring Roll with Egg, just look at the pic and know hoe delicious it will be to taste.


Tom Yum Soup, Literally, the name “tom yam” derives from two Thai words: “tom” and “yam”. “Tom” refers to the boiling process, while “yam” refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad. Indeed, tom yum has distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant spices and herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth comprises stock and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers. The soup over here was the delicious treat to oneself.


From the Main Course I tasted the Pad Thai with Shrimps and Bean Curd. It was perfectly done and though was served in a buffet spread it was not at all soggy like other Pad Thai’s.

Beef Rendang,  is a spicy meat dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia, and is now commonly served across the country. Along with the main meat ingredient, rendang uses coconut milk  and a paste of mixed ground spices, including ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, chillis, and other spices. The meat pieces are slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices until almost all the liquid is gone, allowing the meat to absorb the condiments.

The cooking process changes from boiling to frying as the liquid evaporates. The slow cooking process allows the meat to absorb all the spices and become tender. To cook the meat until tender with almost all the liquid evaporated requires great care, if the meat is not to be burnt or spoilt. Because of its generous use of numerous spices, rendang is known for having a complex and unique taste. Information by Wikipedia.


Deep Fried Red Snapper with Black Bean and Ginger Sauce, the fish was all juicy, moist and tender. The black bean added so much to the character of the dish.


Salmon Yakitori,  is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. The preparation of Yakitori involves skewering the meat with kushi  a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards, they are grilled over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with tare sauce or salt. It was prepared with grilled Salmon and the spices infused till the last bite.


Here comes the Sushi Bar with a lot of varieties starting from Sushi Salmon, Sushi Tuna, Shrimp Sushi, Veggie Sushi etc. All wee delectable bites of happiness in my mouth.

The Hot Mezze had some of my favorites like Vegetable Dumplings, Breaded Fried Shrimps Balls, Vegetable Spring Roll, Seafood Money Bag, Fried chicken Sesame Ball etc. O wow what a delicacy!!! Each and every dish was so perfectly done with the tasteiest element keeping in mind.

Now here comes my favorite part the Desserts and it was a delicious and heavenly spread of Chocolate Mousse, Saranga Samuit, Fruit Salad, Mango Wantons with Lime Sauce, Lime Cold Souffle, Banana Spring Roll etc. I am a sweet lover so had tasted each and every delicacy and I must say it seems the kitchen is blessed with some sweet delicacies.The desserts were worth a worth, very appealing and taste so divine and pure.

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Overall it was an amazing experience and the buffet was some real spread. Every night was a themed night so you can enjoy your favorite delicacy.

Highlights : Breakfast.Full Bar Available.Luxury Dining,Brunch,Wifi,Buffet

Cuisines : International

Friday Brunch :

12:30 PM to 4 PM
AED 225 (Inclusive of food & soft beverages)
Friday Brunch – Enjoy Friday brunch at The Californian

Buffet :

Lunch 12 Noon to 3 PM | Mon-Thu,Sat-Sun
with Soft Drinks
Lunch 12 Noon to 3 PM | Mon-Wed,Sun
Themed Nights with Soft Drinks
Lunch 12 Noon to 3 PM | Fri
Themed Nights with Soft Drinks
Lunch 12 Noon to 3 PM | Thu
Themed Nights with Soft Drinks

Themed nights : 

Sundays: Tandoori
Mondays: Mexican
Tuesdays: New Orleans BBQ
Wednesdays: South East Asian
Thursdays: Deep Blue Seafood
Fridays: Around the World

Phone Numbers : 04 3174515 04 3433333 Table booking recommended

Cost : AED 350 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours : 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

Address : Level 24, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai

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