Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blue Marlin UAE

Blue Marlin Ibiza now in U.A.E - t he perfect weekend beach club hideaway for the partying jetset clientele.. 

Visiting luxurious Dubai isn’t just about going out and eating in the finest restaurants, drinking in the finest bars and dancing in the finest clubs… It’s also about soaking up the sun and it just so happens, that we found a place that combines all the above! Plus you can do it all in your bikini! 

Blue Marlin U.A.E is now open at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Ghantoot en route to Abu Dhabi, but if you’re staying in Dubai and making the 40 minute journey over, let me tell you, it’s definitely worth your while. It’s definitely the beautiful people that frequent this fine and glamourous Ibiza export, so if you’re going anytime soon, you’ll be thankful for a few sessions down the gym before you go. It’s the kinda place you can dress up, or down, but bikini’s with heels (and a perfect pert bottom), did seem to be the main dress code! 

It was already an absolutely scorching day when we arrived at 1pm, (call in advance and Blue Marlin will come and pick you up if you’re a member) and as we made our way through the hotel and down the steps to our secluded, hidden beach club, we were a little unsure what to expect. We shouldn’t have worried. Paradise awaited… Stylish… contemporary… white… Lots of white, everywhere – tables, chairs, loungers, canopies… A VIP area, a terrace upstairs, a fabulous open DJ booth on the decking, a huge long white bar stocking every spirit you can think of, and beyond all of that, the beach and a gorgeous bay to swim in. 

We made our way over to the restaurant area for a long lazy lunch, welcomed by some gorgeous super friendly staff who sat us down and gave us water without asking, and a jug of Sangria – perfect. This is unlimited if you’re taking advantage of their brunch experience which includes all the food you can eat from the bbq and chef’s selection. The service throughout lunch was impeccable. Service generally is great in Dubai, but this was exceptional – super attentive staff, amazing presentation of each dish and you never sat with a dirty plate, or most importantly, an empty drink, ever! 

Starters included a really rich tapenade with big hunks of fresh bread, green salad with mango, and a sharp but deliciously tangy tomato gazpacho. There were also delicious Thai meatballs with peanut sauce to tuck into, tuna carpaccio, and brie with fig pasties… A generous portion of California rolls with cream cheese, crab, avocado and asparagus (which definitely hit the spot), while the chicken and cream sauce pasties with mango and pepper salsa were incredibly more-ish. We decided our favourites were definitely the Thai meatballs and the California rolls. 

From the barbecue, we sampled the super meaty steak with barbecue sauce and the pepper, zucchini and mushroom skewers which were fresh and crisp and obviously a great choice for vegetarians. Big fluffy potato wedges provided a great side, while even the sweetcorn tasted that little bit better than usual, which we were later told was down to the ‘milk infusion!’ The saffron rice was also that little bit special – golden, fluffy and incredibly more-ish. 

Time for a break between courses and a few more cocktails… In addition to the unlimited sangria, there’s a whole range of amazing cocktails to choose from, which aren’t in with the price, but are absolutely amazing. 

With the cuisine adopting a modern Mediterranean taste mixed with a hint of Japanese / Asian fusion, we were especially looking forward to the mains, which didn’t disappoint. Huge dishes, including 24 hour slow braised beef – perfect in colour and texture and taste, was my favourite main course, although we also sampled black rice with squid and the stir fried vegetables with tofu – a very varied menu and every dish as pleasing to the palate as the last. 

An extremely unique desert followed, something I’ve never tasted before, but it really wowed the tastebuds! A combination of vanilla, banana, mango, pear and apple peppered with jelly gelatine balls which popped on the tongue like caviar. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to eat in Dans Le Noir which is a restaurant which operates totally in the dark, so you can fully appreciate and experience the tastes and textures. 

Ironic really then, that this huge, extravagant lunch which includes so many amazing dishes that you just want to keep eating, also requires you to wear a bikini! We realised the error of our ways as the sun set and the music started. How could we possibly dance after eating so much food?! We managed. Probably down to the fact that Blue Marlin is renowned for its’ superb dj sets…well it is an internationally award winning beach club after all. 

And after dancing the night away to some awesome beats along with a classy crowd of cool revellers, we hopped back in a cab for the journey back to Dubai, happy, content, and even ever so slightly hungry again…. 


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