Restaurant Review: Solis Beach Club

06 Jun 2012

Casual eatery has a range of healthy dishes for calorie-counting diners

Solis Beach Club
Solis Beach Club, Tiara Residence, Palm Jumeirah
Times: 11am to 11pm, Sunday to Thursday
Tel: 04 432 9848

You know that feeling when you’re on holiday at some luxurious beach resort and spend hours over dinner, peering out over the pool, chatting with your holiday buddies and relaxing, all thoughts of work and your real life a distant memory? Well, thanks to its gorgeous setting at the exclusive Tiara Residence on Palm Jumeirah, Solis accomplishes exactly that vibe.

On our visit to the eatery, we sat poolside and caught the fresh breeze coming off the ocean, which was just metres away. Other diners seemed to be in a similar holiday mood (although we suspect that they too had proper jobs to go to the next morning), and some were even fresh from the pool, decked in kaftans over bikinis and with their hair still wet. And while this is certainly not a super-posh place that you’d automatically break your Manolos out for, there is a definite glam vibe all the same. The menu is varied, with burgers and fries featuring alongside pastas, salads, and our favourite, fajitas. Diners coming straight from the pool to eat will be pleased to know that there are a lot of healthy choices on the menu so that you can maintain your beach bod – just look for items marked with a little red heart, which denotes a “healthy choice.” We’re not proud to say it but we ignored this for the second two courses, when we were tempted by the more calorific options on the menu.

For starters, we tucked into a bowl of edamame, dipped in soya sauce. Cooked al dente, they were still bright green in colour. This is where so many other restaurants seems to miss the mark, instead offering the Japanese staple overcooked and therefore tasteless.

Our main was the “ultimate” beef burger, of which the caramelised onion was the standout ingredient. Accompanying fries were chunkily-cut and crisp on the outside – our favourite part of the dish.

For pudding we choose a deliciously oozy chocolate fondant. Served with vanilla ice cream, the fondant had just the right balance of bitter without being too sweet. A perfect – albeit extremely indulgent – way to end the meal.

While we wouldn’t go to Solis to be blown away by culinary masterpieces, we will pop down for a casual, uncomplicated meal with holiday-like surrounds.

On The Menu…
Edamame – Steamed Japanese soya beans Dhs30

Ultimate beef burger with caramelised onion, tomato relish and Swiss cheese, served with chunky fries Dhs75

Chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream Dhs38