T he moment my wife and I entered the Blue Sapphire restaurant in Jumeirah Lake Towers, we decided where we would like our table – with a view of the lovely lake.
The amiable manager, John – who has more than a decade’s experience overseeing Chinese restaurants in Dubai – was quick to seat us at one of the best tables, which boasted an amazing view of the water and the lovely walkway.
Once we were comfortably ensconced, we realised that spectacular views are not the only thing this Chinese restaurant is fast becoming known for. For one, the menu has a mouth-watering range of dishes with an almost never-ending list of starters including Crispy Thread Chicken, Golden Fried Prawns and Crispy Chicken Balls.
I opted for the prawns and John gently suggested that if I liked seafood, I should also try the squid rings. I agreed, pleasantly surprised he had guessed my penchant for all things marine. My wife went for Char Sui Pao – a kind of dim sum, but larger, with chicken filling.
The prawns were perfect, as were the squid rings – neither too rubbery nor too crispy and with just the right bite. Dunked in the spicy chilli dip, they set the tone for what was to come. Having polished off my prawns I had a go at the Char Sui Pao and it was heavenly. The steamed buns stuffed with tender pieces of chicken marinated in Chinese spices and sauces were redolent with flavour.
Not one for soups – although there was one interestingly called Blue Sapphire Thong – we decided on a bed of crispy fried noodles - was delicious. Together with the Malaysian Noodles and the rice, it was supremely satisfying.
As soon as the plates were cleared by the very efficient staff, we were served Man’s Desire – fresh slices of mango with two large scoops of strawberry and vanilla ice cream, topped with dried fruit and nuts and drizzled with chocolate sauce. My wife, concerned about calories, took just a teaspoonful and I gladly finished it. I’d walk around the lake to burn it off, I told myself.
“How about some jasmine tea, sir?” asked John, clearing the table. But I had to politely decline. I was stuffed. Later, taking a walk along the lake, I promised myself I would return.
The spectacular views are not the only thing this Chinese restaurant is fast becoming known for
to go straight for the mains. Seeing us debate which to choose, John suggested Malaysian Noodles, Duck Honey, Taro Nest Chicken and the Chef’s Special Rice with Eight Vegetables. We nodded in agreement.
Sipping a fresh orange juice we waited for our food to arrive while watching a few families take a stroll around the lake.
In no time, steaming bowls of noodles and rice appeared. The portions were generous. The Taro Nest Chicken – succulent pieces of chicken marinated in sauces then sautéed with peppers and served
Blue sapphire is on Lake Level, Platinum Tower, in Cluster i of Dubai’s JLT. To book a table call 04 451 5552. Open 12pm- 10.30pm (sun-Thurs), 1pm- 11pm (Fri-sat) On average, a meal for two will cost Dh150.