The Shortlist

Blue Jade
Best South East Asian Winner
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Pristinely decorated, it feels like you’re in a Ritz-worthy venue the minute you arrive at Blue Jade. The decor is a careful combination of modern chic and Oriental elements, richly dark wood contrasting with glittery glass. The service meanwhile is just right – infinitely attentive without crossing into intrusive. Now, in Dubai we’re used to beautiful venues that trip up at the final hurdle, namely the kitchen. Not so here, with a menu that skirts through Thai, Japanese, Chinese and more. There’s a great versatility on display, culinary concoctions paying adequate homage to the past, yet not afraid of a fusion. The black pepper beef – the twist here a Singaporean rather than Guangdong-inspired sauce – is especially tender and tasty, while the Szechuan-style hot pot bursts with flavours without overpowering the palate. This a classy contender well suited to a blow-out special occasion.
Open daily 5pm-midnight (food served until 11pm). The Ritz-Carlton, JBR, (04 318 6150).

By Time Out Dubai staff

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