Heading to the Ritz-Carlton poolside and enjoying a beverage or two at this Thai themed lounge bar is good fun any night of the week. And has also proven to be a refreshing change from the hotel’s other outlets. It’s the food we’re interested in, however, and what better way to be introduced than on a Wednesday during ‘sushi night’.
Despite the fact that we’re heading to a Thai spot for Japanese delicacies, we’re full of anticipation as we’ve already tried the wildly popular ‘Unicorn roll’ from the regular menu. The kitchen has a Japanese specialty chef so it’s on this one night a week that he really gets chance to show off his skills. And this guy has mad sushi making skills.
The deal is that you pay BD17 net per person and get miso soup, edamame and a choice of four sushi platters alongside unlimited beverages right through until 11pm. It might sound pricey at first but once you’ve added up the items separately from the a la carte menu then you realise how amazing this deal actually is. They’re certainly not stingy either.
I head down with a friend after work one night to find the place pretty quiet. That’s no bad thing for us, however, as we’re able to grab a big table with comfortable sofa seating immediately. So we settle in and start perusing the menu. The four sushi platters on offer cater to a range of different tastes and even include a fish-less option for vegetarians. We decide to try this one alongside a full seafood variety.
All I can say at this point is definitely go hungry. The miso soup and edamame are served almost immediately and although they’re delicious we’re wary of eating it all because we need to save ourselves for the sushi. And when it comes, we’re glad we did save room. Lined up on slates are plenty of variations of sushi that would be a struggle to get through even when you’re sharing with more than two people! Which brings me back to the fact that it’s great value for money.
Everything is as good as those notable Unicorn rolls too.
For the most part, without the menu in hand, we have pretty much no idea what we’re eating. All we know is that we’re enjoying it. Immensely. The maki rolls have been perfectly made, the fish is all incredibly fresh and the myriad sauces and garnishes really top it all off. We get nigiri, sashimi, maki and temaki – you’re really spoilt for choice.
The combination of really great sushi in this trendy yet comfy lounge bar with tasty beverages and a chic vibe (thanks to the DJ) is a real winner. We’ll be heading back for their green curries and Tom Yum soup, but it’s good to know there’s a new dimension to their offering that doesn’t detract from the overall theme.
At a push, if I have to find one niggling fault, then all I can say is that in the heat of the summer the team is seriously overcompensating on the air-conditioning. Then again, that meant we finished off in the comfy seats on the terrace overlooking the pool.
The bill (for two) 2 x sushi night BD17 net Total BD34
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