A confession before the review… we got quite lost on our way to The Ritz-Carlton, JBR. Oh, we had directions but add the construction madness that is the JBR area to the fact that there’s no road signage to the hotel and it took a bit of finding. Our tip is to keep your eyes peeled on the left for The Ritz-Carlton logo on a high wall once you hit JBR Walk. Moving on, once we got there and found Blue Jade, things improved for the better very quickly.
Classic and understated in its décor (we loved the thatched roof effect), the restaurant puts its money where its cuisine is; navigating comfortably through the flavours of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China and Japan. There’s no need for complicated theatrics when you can deliver such exquisite and unfussy dishes as the pomelo salad. The core ingredient was bursting with freshness and its pairing with shrimp tasted all the more inventive with the addition of Vietnamese lime chili dressing. The Thai piper lolot leaf wrapped duck sausage that came next scored top marks with us too. With a handmade look and authentic taste, it firmly banishes all those bad memories you might have of assembly line sausages.
And then the star of the meal arrived. The ginger lotus sea bass reached our table wrapped in burnished lotus leaves. It’s pale and delicate, until you bite into it and experience a true festival of robustness. With hints of lemongrass and galangal, touches of mint and lime juice, it all adds up to a superlative feast.
And to end the dinner on a similar note of quality, there’s the banana sago. It’s just the right amount of sweetness with a cute play of textures: think jelly-like sago, super-soft banana, the kick of coconut milk and the personality-packed pandan leaves that make for the ice cream. Sweet end to a sweet meal.
On the Menu
Pomelo salad Dhs75
Duck sausage Dhs85
Ginger lotus sea bass Dhs125
Black pepper beef Dhs145
Banana sago Dhs40
Want to recreate the flavours of Blue Jade in your home? Check out Chef Ta Van’s dimsum masterclass where you can learn how to make 5 different types of dimsum, including a dessert. The masterclass also includes Blue Jade’s signature welcome tea, interactive culinary demonstration followed by dimsum tasting served with a signature infused Asian mocktail and specially crafted masterclass souvenirs.
INFO: Dhs425 per person, Blue Jade, 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday, 25 September, 2013.