High-end steak in this elegant eatery 14 Reviews
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Plenty of places in the capital serve up good steak, and for the most part you’ll be able to fill up for a couple of hundred dirhams or less; so when we shell out almost Dhs900 for two, we expect nothing short of perfection. We’ve had our differences with Blue Grill in the past, but this time they did not disappoint.
We started off with a plate of crispy calamari and a steak tartar, making the mistake of asking for extra pepper with the former (which didn’t need it, so skip that). It tasted great, but could’ve used another 30 seconds in the fryer. The (pre-mixed) steak tartar on the other hand was simply fantastic: rich, creamy and perfectly balanced in flavour – a definite must-try for fans of raw meat. The mains came in with a bang: two gorgeous pieces of tenderloin, one of which was wagyu, with some steamed veg, chips and mash. The mash and chips were beautiful, and as soon as we tucked into the steaks the waiters came round with a dozen varieties of mustard, some we already loved, and others we’d never heard of. Our advice? Experiment! We stumbled upon a couple of instant favourites.
The wagyu was tender, succulent and cooked exactly to order – plus you could cut it with a butter knife. The blue cheese dip we requested was creamy and delicately flavoured, and the steak disappeared very quickly. The regular tenderloin was slightly disappointing in texture, and we felt that much more attention had been given to the wagyu – not in the kitchen, as both cuts were cooked to perfection, but in the choice of cuts. Having said that, if you’re going to shell out for good steak, you might as well take the best a restaurant can offer, so next time round we’ll be sticking to the wagyu.
Blue Grill is a classy affair, and between the dim lighting and gentle decoration the place makes for an excellent dining spot. Add to that the knowledgeable and incredibly attentive waiters and restaurant manager and the great bubbling vibe, and you can’t go wrong with Blue Grill. Watch out for the bill though, it’s a whopper.
The bill (for two)
Crispy calamari Dhs49
Steak tartar Dhs90
Steamed veg Dhs20
Wagyu tenderloin 300g Dhs310
Australian tenderloin 250g Dhs235
Total (excluding service) Dhs704
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