The Thurs­day Night Carvery at Blu Sky Lounge & Grill

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→ Dhs99 (food only). Thu 7pm-10pm. South­ern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street Tourist Club Area (02 818 4888).

FOR MANY OF us, week­end roast din­ners are one of those tra­di­tions that go back fur­ther than we care to re­mem­ber. So when we heard the South­ern Sun’s Bly Sky Lounge & Grill was launch­ing a Thurs­day night carvery brunch of­fer­ing our favourite meats and all the trim­mings, we got very ex­cited. Upon hear­ing it was just Dhs99 we al­most rushed straight there and waited for it to start.

One of our favourite bars, serv­ing one of our favourite meals at such a great price. It seems too good to be true. And you know what? In some ways it is.

On our visit there’s one ma­jor is­sue that we can’t over­come, the food is nowhere near hot enough. Carver­ies, by their very na­ture, have food sit­ting un­der heat lamps, be­ing kept warm un­til it needs to be re­plen­ished. For the whole thing to be a suc­cess, the op­ti­mum word in that sen­tence is “heat”, un­for­tu­nately Blu Sky’s food seems to be sit­ting un­der, well, just lamps.

It’s a shame, as the choice is good and the food is tasty. For just less than Dhs100 you get a choice of sal­ads, cheeses and bar snacks, such as the su­per jalapeño pop­pers, Àsh gou­jons and na­chos, topped with salsa, sour cream, cheese and more. While the roast din­ner side of things of­fers an ex­cel­lent rib-eye of Karan beef from South Africa (all the meat served in this ho­tel is bril­liant, by

the way), roast chicken, es­sen­tial York­shire pud­dings and plenty of gravy.

As we say, it all tastes good, but it could just do with be­ing hot. Some of the dishes don’t suf­fer too much from be­ing tepid, but in oth­ers cases, such as that of the stonecold chicken sausages, it re­ally sours the ex­pe­ri­ence. The beef, on the other hand, is full of Áavour with just the right ten­der­ness, and the gravy – the lifeblood of any good roast din­ner – is a de­li­cious ad­di­tion to the meal.

The chicken is a tasty op­tion, too. Its crispy skin is coated with a del­i­cate spice to give it a kick with­out be­ing over­pow­er­ing.

No roast din­ner is com­plete with­out the side veg­eta­bles and Blu Sky lay on the usual sus­pects plus a sur­pris­ing guest. We can’t say we agree with the chef’s de­ci­sion to in­clude green pep­pers at the ex­pense of green beans, but each to their own. There must be an au­di­ence out there for them.

And while we’re on our high horse, we’ll never un­der­stand the fas­ci­na­tion with serv­ing food in ma­son jars, plant pots or on planks of wood, so get­ting a Cae­sar salad in a mug seems a bit odd.

What’s wrong with a plate or bowl? There’s no nos­tal­gic rea­son for serv­ing salad in a mug is there? Please let

“Gravy. The lifeblood of any good roast”

us know if we’re miss­ing some­thing, read­ers.

If you’re a dessert fan like us, this brunch prob­a­bly isn’t for you as there’s noth­ing sweet on of­fer. There’s the cheese, of course, but a clas­sic pud­ding wouldn’t go amiss af­ter all those savoury goods.

Some of th­ese gripes are per­sonal opin­ion, of course, and we know they won’t be shared by ev­ery­one. So, putting those aside, we have to say that for Dhs99 most peo­ple will be

happy with the se­lec­tion and qual­ity of food. We also think most peo­ple would pre­fer the food to be warmer and that a drinks pack­age would be wel­come, es­pe­cially af­ter work on a Thurs­day evening.

We’re al­ways happy to spend time in Blu Sky, which al­ways of­fers good value and good times. We reckon this of­fer­ing could be­come one of the cap­i­tal’s big­gest bargains – af­ter all the hard work is al­ready done, the food is great, it just needs to be kept warm.

WHAT IS IT... A cheap and cheer­ful new Thurs­day night carvery WHY GO... Be­cause it’s a good se­lec­tion of savoury treats that won’t break the bank

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