Sun& is the newest addition to the foodie scene on The Palm, Jumeirah. A creation of UAE’s construction giant Nakheel, the restaurant opened its doors in June this year, and acquired its liquor license in August. Offering a range of tapas-style treats, and very reasonable deals at the bar, Sun& is the ideal place to socialize with friends whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the sunset.
Apart from scenic views of The Palm Jumeirah’s harbor, the restaurant itself is very tastefully decorated. With plush, inviting couches at every corner, and vintage-style picnic tables adorned with gingham napkins, Sun& is a space I can see myself lounging at for hours on end.
Why is it called Sun&? The unusual name was coined by senior management at Nakheel. It is a clever use of words to denote the restaurant’s sharing concept. Sun& friends, Sun& tapas, Sun& drinks. You get the drill.
We started out meal with Sun&’s Beef Carpaccio.
Meticulously thin slices of melt-in-the-mouth beef has been further accentuated with the decadence of truffle-infused mayo. A shroud of fresh rocket leaves acts as a generous garnish, and very finely shredded deep-fried potato crisps add texture to this delicious mouthful.
And here is our serving of Empanadas, pastry parcels originating from Spain. At Sun&, this Empanada platter had an interesting mix.
The black one caught my fancy. Owing its color to squid ink, the black empanada has a stuffing of prawns. The pale green one has fresh herbs in its pastry, and is stuffed with oozing feta cheese. The red is beef, and the brown is chicken.
One thing all four empanadas had in common was the beautifully flaky, crumbly texture of the pastry. With just the apt amount of savory, the pastry dough has a near rustic feel and goes wonderfully well dunked in the salsa dipping served on the side.
Sun& also does a mean Chargrilled Octopus. A revamped version of something Captain Jack Sparrow would have for supper, the chewy tendrils of the 8-armed sea dweller is served on a rustic wooden platter alongside a pumpkin puree, and a delectable quinoa salad mixed together with a tangy-minty picala salsa. Sound appetizing enough?!
The more Arabesque dish to hit the table was the Grilled Halloumi. The saltiness of the cheese was juxtaposed with the fresh sweetness of strawberries and mint. Delish!
And how tempting are these Cauliflower Croquettes? These golden-brown dumplings are a decadent marriage of cauliflower and thick, creamy white sauce, and is served with a special tomato coulis that has been made in-house.
Carnivores would appreciate the next set of dumplings; Sun&’s Meatballs! These beefy meatballs sit on a pool of rich feta yoghurt, and is topped with generous shavings of fresh parmesan cheese.
Who would have thought that a round of tapas would be this filling? We quite enjoyed the delectable selection of bites at Sun&, and looked forward to the dessert round.
First came a deconstructed Cheesecake. The cheesecake had a beautifully subtle hint of citrus running through it, and the fresh berries added a lovely color dimension to the platter.
The second dessert for the night was Sun&’s Churras Bolas. I’ve had churros in their elongated form. These have been made as bolas, or balls. It was served with a home-made strawberry preserve, and a very rich, sweet ‘milk jam’ that is more akin to a soft caramel sauce. Despite the calorie overload, I could have done with some more of that delicious ‘milk jam’!
Overall, I loved the beautifully laid-back ambience at Sun&, and their platter-sharing concept makes it an ideal venue for hanging out with friends. With the weather finally taking a cooler turn, Sun& has opened up its terrace seating with gorgeous views of The Palm harbor. We plan to be back at Sun& soon, this time with a bigger crowd!
Sun& is located at Palm Views, Marina West (Palm Jumeirah, Dubai). For more details and table reservations, call 04 375 9333 or visit their website.