You can hear Ba before you see it. With trendy tunes pumping as you are shown through the bar downstairs to the restaurant. low lighting with an interesting glass bamboo highlights compliment the minimalist decor in the large dining space. The low light enhances the intimate feeling in the restaurant.
It’s very clear the template was the iconic Buddha Bar, a Dubai legend, and it does miss a few beats. There isn’t the assault on the sense that Buddha Bar offers, but there is still a great vibe without the velvet ropes.
We chose the set menu, which provided a 3 course journey through modern and classic Asian dishes. We used an Entertainer Voucher from the standard book – bringing the cost down by half. We complimented these with a selection from the speciality cocktail menu; a highlight was a fruity cocktail called ‘Sparkling Pomegranate Martini’ which turned the glass gold.
The service was flawless throughout, with each dish being introduced with confidence. All the food was beautifully prepared from a tender duck dish through to a sweet battered fish. Flavours and spices were delicately placed in each dish.
A complete shock was the Asian twist on creme brûlée which was perfectly topped with toasted sesame and completed with a fruit sorbet. It has to be one of the first Asian deserts I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling.