**Guest blogger and food reviewer, SB strikes again! This time, with his tales of weekend love affairs and gastronomic ghosts.**
They say, “The first five days after the weekend are the hardest”, and I couldn’t agree more, as I struggle to get through a cruel Sunday at the office. I am haunted by flashbacks of my sumptuous, crunchy Wasabi Tiger prawns from last night, even as I write this article. A cold gust of wind from the AC duct sends a chill up my spine, just as a juicy apparition, laden with the succulent rib-eye steak in pepper sauce, sneaks past me.
It all began last night at a lovely dinnertable at Solis Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah. The beautiful ambience, the infinity pool sparkling in the lights and the surprisingly cool breeze (yes, in this weather) was the perfect setting for a romantic evening… and that’s where my where my love affair with the exceptional Wasabi Prawns really began.
The lovely South African Sauvignon blanc was an excellent accompaniment to the prawns, as was the smooth Double Apple Shisha. The other starters, Spicy Buffalo Wings were slightly above average, but not revolutionary, in comparison. The spicy sauce was a thick and textured, with regular sized chicken wings, fried to a gorgeous golden brown.
After a long, blissful pause, we ordered the main course, which was a powerful follow up to the amazing starters, something I didn’t think was possible. But I was proved wrong by the fantastic Rib Eye Steak and the Arab Mixed grill. Bravo!
The steak was served generously doused in a savory, thick brown pepper sauce, on a bed of grilled bell peppers, sweet potato and onions. The meat was done exactly how I wanted it – Medium. My cut was marbled just enough, so each bite was had the necessary juiciness. The middle of the steak was the right amount of pink, and the pepper sauce was a welcome add-on for me, although purists might have liked the sauce separately.
The mixed Arab grill, which my companion had ordered, can be called much better than decent. It came with grilled prawns and chicken cubes on skewers, about 3 nicely done lamb chops and 2 generously sized fish fillets fried in brown batter. The latter was the best out of the lot.
This was probably the first time in my life that I’ve skipped dessert but it was only because I was already in gastronomic heaven! Let me tell you, the portions are quite good, so keep that in mind while ordering. What made the evening even better was the impeccable service and warm hospitality of the staff.
All in all, I give it two thumbs up (a few more, if had more thumbs!) for both, the ambience and the food- a winning combination for food enthusiasts in Dubai and a definite next time for me!
Location: Tiara Residence, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Bill for two, including a bottle of wine: AED 650