Dining & Nightlife Restaurant Month – Aji, Club Vista Mare
Club Vista Mare. A seaside strip home to many new restaurants all of which are licensed with waterfront views of the Dubai skyline, located on the trunk of The Palm Jumeirah.
The restaurant holds a whopping 400 people inside and out. Although the weather is perfect outside right now we decided to sit inside on these vintage looking bergere chairs. The restaurant has stunning interiors which each section having it’s own charm.
The set menu on offer for restaurant month gives you the choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts to choose from for a fixed price of 249dhs or just 199dhs if you’re an Emirates NBD customer.
We opted for the Oributako Causa & Ajiru salad – translated into Octopus slices with a wasabi guacamole and a black olive mayonnaise and a duck salad, respectively. The wasabi wasn’t strong at all when mixed with the avocado which allowed the saltiness of the olive mayo to shine through.
The duck salad is served on a long platter, with fresh mixed leaves, segmented orange pieces, carrot slices and some of the crispiest shredded duck you’ve ever tasted, drizzled with a tamarind dressing. Two very impressive entrees so far.
For mains we chose a vegetarian option, a truffle mushroom with a sticky rice. It had 3 types of mushrooms, shiitake, shimeji and Dubai’s favorite – truffle. I tried it despite not being a mushroom fan and to be honest it didn’t wow me.
The second main, the Robalo, was interesting dish. More on the Peruvian side than Japanese, it was a base of rice and beans combined, topped with pieces of pan fried sea bass, sliced scallops, octopus and squid with a slightly tangy sauce which brought all the flavors together.
Our dessert choices included the yuzu cheesecake and the mango sticky rice. The presentation wowed us and the taste was mind blowing especially for the yuzu cheesecake. There was such a combination of flavors and textures, the pop rocks took this dessert to a whole new level.
Our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable although being the only floor staff, in such a big restaurant, we found the service a tad slow for a set menu offering.
Though if you’re a lover of Japanese & Peruvian food, Ají might just be the refreshing option you are after.
Check out dining and nightlife’s website for a full listing of participating restaurants. Don’t forget offer ends 30th November so book in quick!