Lunch at Nasimi Beach, Atlantis – The Palm:
Atlantis, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeriah, Dubai
I am hoping that you’ve already read (here) about how we had to struggle to get ourselves a reservation at most restaurants during the love-struck week in Dubai. So when I called up Atlantis, The palm for reservation at one of their much talked about restaurants Nobu or Ossiano I did’nt have any luck either. My heart had almost started sinking by then for we were scheduled to depart the following day and I was losing hope already, that is when the cute-voiced operator perhaps gave into my almost pesky requests and suggested ‘while we are running overbooked, I may get you a lunch booking at our beach side restaurant, it’s a sea-view restaurant with an open bar and a mixed Mediterranean menu’. I did immediately take the offer with nothing better at hand and also because the idea of eating at the beach was quite appealing.
The moment my taxi drove past the trunk of the Palm Island and hit the Crescent Road (the outer periphery of island that breaks the water of the gulf) we were taken captive by the turquoise blue waters of the magnificent sea facing which the luxury hotel Atlantis, The Palm stands tall. That’s not all for when the cab pulled outside the parking I was yet again held captive, but his time by a manmade wonder, the array of Aston Martins, Porsches, Ferraris, you name it and there it was. Okay you sure think I am going astray on my review, I accept, so now I’ll tell you what happened as I walked into the Nasimi Beach Restaurant. I was held captive for the third time, (ha ha) the restaurant is situated facing the pristine white beach, well I knew there would be a beach but this was out and out spotless white, simply PRISTINE (in caps and bold)actually (take a visit or just see the pics and you’ll know it for yourself).
It is primarily a private beach, and you may feel a little out of place at first if you are not in you beach wear like us but then you’ll soon be too occupied admiring the splendour of the flawless ambiance. The receptionist received us immediately and got a nice sea-facing table at the deck, with a huge open Bar by the beach in sight, an open DJ station from where the DJ tried to spin music to match our ecstatic mood and very soon an Indonesian waiter came smiling for orders. He did try to start some small talk as we scanned the menu; he even suggested that we plan a holiday to his beautiful country soon with a smile. It was quite sunny and we needed to quench our thirst so we simply ordered our drinks first, that also bought us a little time look deeper into the menu.
The experience then took a little spin, after keeping us waiting for about 10 or 15 minutes the drinks arrived, two beers, a green apple and white rum cocktail and a cranberry and vodka cocktail. We then immediately placed our orders for lunch. The menu was quite a precise mix of light Mediterranean and Asian mostly, with some salads, sushis, even some grills and a few Italian inclusions. The starters had only a handful of options and with our resolution to keep it light for lunch we decide to just order our main course straight away. So we made our picks in a Nasimi Meditarranean Torte, a Nasimi marinated Lamb Kofta served with flatbread, Lemon and Herb Chicken Escalope and Nasimi Salad. The food too kept us waiting for so long that we had enough time to take a walk to the end of the deck, click some beautiful pics of the Colossal Hotel, the cutlery designed by Robert Welch (which I could tell only from the name inscribed on the knife) and the beach. Oh, the cocktails too could not keep us tied to the seat and we barely managed to finish our glasses by the end of the meal, precisely the Cranberry and Rum was like some crappy medicine, the Green apple and vodka was slightly better and the best without doubt were the pint of Heineken that was served because they do not serve Corona, strange but whatever. The mixed breads basket with a tomato dip, olive oil and some hummus came as a relief while we kept waiting for the food. Anyhow the food arrived and our plates looked scrumptious. Everyone expect me immediately digged into their plates while I quickly took the pictures, and within a minute all three of them in harmony looked up with peculiar expressions on their faces, unable to comprehend I picked my spoon and digged for a bite from each plate (not without their permission of course). The Nasimi Salad that had Mesclum salad leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, sprouts, olives, feta and a Nasimi dressing had no flavour, there was hardly enough dressing to add flavour I’d say too bland and too raw. The Lemon and herb chicken escalope was ordinary, it were the accompaniments that saved the dish i.e, the piri piri mayonnaise, radish & feta salad and the sweet potato wedges. The biggest disappointment was the Nasimi Mediterranean Torte, with zucchini, onion confit, asparagus and roma tomatoes; it was dry and over baked, all in all a poor savoury connotation to a torte’. It was now my turn to take a bite of my Nasimi marinated lamb kofta served with flat bread, harissa, red onion, mint yoghurt and rocket leaves and finally we had something worth appreciating on the plate. The lamb kofta was delicious and tender, cooked medium, the harissa and mint sauce added the balance of flavour to the recipe, the flat bread was a little hard but nonetheless made a perfect combination. I was smiling and then decided not to make my company jealous and offered to share my delicious plate since it was a decent sized serving. With no time and an intentional check on sugar intake we called for the bill and it was a decent total of approx 650 AED including drinks, or was it too much for the average quality of food, but I’ll give decent for the place it was served at.
The final verdict:
All in all it was a good experience and I’d love to go back, although more for the beach but also to try some of the other recipes from their menu, all in hope to better my earlier food experience. Go there for a breathtaking view, serene and pristine; sit back and relax; stick to the basic drinks, no experiment, no mixing; enjoy the music, have shisha and get drunk; eat only to kill hunger but not to treat the palate and fall in love with the general aura of the place. We later learned that the Nisimi beach is a happening Friday night party destination and the night view of the Dubai’s Skyline from the beach is amazing. So if you love loud music then, want to party with the cosmopolitan Dubai crowd, this is sure is the place to land and party to your heart’s content.
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