Blue Line Bar

From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

Sadly, a great view in no way makes up for a total lack of atmosphere, awful lounge music, and below-par food. If it did then Blue Line would surely have more regulars than it does. As it is, the drab ’70s decor and low lighting make the view from this top-floor bar the only thing worth coming here for. While the menu is varied, with everything from prawn cocktails and pizzas to lobster thermidor (clearly some of it siphoned up from Horizons downstairs), it appears as if the dour atmosphere pervades even the cooking.

Nachos arrive in a thick clump, difficult to pry apart, seemingly drizzled in squeezy-tube cheese and the pizzas aren’t a great improvement. Soft serenade music emerges from a singer secreted in some dark corner, who croons away absent-mindedly to prerecorded tapes. The only patrons are a few hotel guests who clearly got lost looking for the exit or who are perhaps afraid to venture outside. At least the lack of customers means that service is efficient; in fact, the waiters appear glad of something to do. The tragedy is, with such a grand view, this bar has plenty of promise. It’s just too bad that it falls short.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Oryx Hotel, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 681 0001
  • Travel: Corniche Road
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Posted by: Glenn on 01 Sep ' 12 at 19:33
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Not really a restaurant - it's a bar on top of a decent but not really popular hotel that is hard to find. The hotel management clearly had bigger visions for the place (look at the rooftop pool architecture and the spa options, and the rooms are large and well-furnished). But the restaurant downstairs was empty as was this bar the post-Eid week I was there. When there are more staff than customers, you know something's not right. This has a huge amount of potential but needs stronger marketing and management.

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