Blue Sap­phire

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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.

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