When Fairmont The Palm announced that Ba was closing, we were, honestly, gutted. The chic Asian lounge restaurant was a favourite, serving up great dishes with a reliably relaxed atmosphere.
But this summer, the eatery has re-opened, so we rushed down to check it out. Located in the same part of the hotel, it’s now only half the size, so it’s very unlikely to be hit with the same lifeless curse many of Dubai’s mega-restaurants are hit with.
As we sip on a refreshing welcome mocktail, we check out the updated menu. We’re happy to see all of our old favourite sushi options are still there, along with steamed bao buns and larger sharing dishes.
We start with some sushi, opting for the small chef’s selection platter. A delicious array of maki, sashimi and signature rolls arrives. The fish is straight-from-the-sea fresh and the spicy tuna roll – with lashings of siracha – stands out as our favourite.
A round of steamed buns follows. If you are all about the buns, you could order two or three to make a main for one. We just order one each – essentially adding in a course. The duck, kimchi and sweet onion bun goes down a storm, as does the wasabi prawn with mango and cabbage slaw. The perfect combination of sweet and spicy, we’d happily have a couple of servings of that next time we visit Ba.
As for our mains, we opt for a sharing approach to the meal, with a Kung Pao chicken with chilli and cashew nut, as well as black pepper beef and Szechuan prawns. Yuuuum!
The portions are generous and just spicy enough to please the more adventurous diners on the table. We’re nice like that.
Next time we head back, we’ll be ordering the Peking duck, after seeing the table next to us tuck into the whole duck, giving us a healthy dose of food envy.
Although we’re almost too full to move, dessert is a must at Ba.
The yuzu citrus tart with yuzu sorbet is super fresh and sharp, while the indulgent warm chocolate pudding with poached pear is impossible to say no to – no one has ever turned down a gooey, rich, warm chocolate cake. And if you still have room, make sure you try at least a couple of the mochi. The classic Japanese glutinous rice and ice cream bite-sized sweets are to die for at Ba. The chocolate ones in particular are a must-try.
INFO: Ba Restaurant and Lounge, Fairmont The Palm, 04 457 3457, fairmont.com/Palm-Dubai