Blu Sky

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Meal Deal
Thursday brunch

Sharing starters and desserts and a hearty main course. A sports bar good for groups of pals catching up. Dhs169 house beverages). Thu 7pm-10pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888). Timings: 7pm-10pm (Thursday)

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The sports bar: walls laden with TV screens, raucous cheers from herds of men and testosterone levels to rival a football stadium. That might be the impression most of us have, but Blu Sky at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi is more swanky bar than room filled with man musk.

We take a seat in the more conventional dining area (you can eat anywhere in the venue though) and menus are swiftly brought out. The warm-up (starters) and the quick one-two (sharers) all look inviting, but we opt for the Blu Sky sharing platter. Boerewors sausages, chicken wings, biltong, lamb skewers, mozzarella sticks and three dipping sauces. It sounds a lot, but it isn’t. In fact it’s the exact amount needed over a catch-up with our guest before we tuck into our main course.

Each component of the sharing platter compliments the other, with different textures, temperatures and flavours; and we could have had an entire bowl of that biltong. As the futuristic bar slowly begins to fill up, our now empty platter is cleared before our mains arrive – which takes a little longer than we would have liked. But it’s worth the wait. Veal sausage and mash for us, while our guest scoffs the honey glazed veal short ribs. The sausages and onion gravy are devoured in no time, while the tremendous amount of creamy garlic mash is the only survivor on our plate. The ribs are made light work of too. The meat has been taken off the bone, with the rib used as part of the presentation: sounds weird but it works, strangely.

The final whistle blows on our dinner with the sizzling brownie. This chocolate chip and walnut offering drenched in hot fudge sauce is absolutely delicious, but with slightly too much walnut for our liking.

Blu Sky isn’t your typical sports bar, both in design, atmosphere and dishes on offer.

The bill (for two)
1x Blu sky platter Dhs80
1x Sausage and mash Dhs65
1x Honey glazed ribs Dhs110
1x Sizzling brownie Dhs45
Total Dhs400

The bottom line A place to eat even if you’re not into sport.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 818 4888
  • Travel: Al Mina Street

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