That’s Sally right there. She’s responsible for why I could be found around 5pm on a Friday leaning against a wooden pillar, moaning softly. Now, now, don’t jump to weird conclusions. I was merely stuffed after 3 hours of going on a food safari at the Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, and I could do nothing but lean against something before I fell from being full, and moan in FooDee pleasure.
“Is anyone interested in a food safari at the Atlantis?” she asked many moons ago (or it could be one, or two. I never know).
Am I a carnivore? Do I now own two lovely cameras, a Canon 5D and a Canon SX120 IS? YES!!! Of course I was going!
We entered the posh grand lobby of the Atlantis and were met by Amanda Chong and Tarik Kaddoumi from Atlantis. Once Sally was done ticking us all off the list, we started our safari! A host of women carrying camera and/or notepads were to be seen, prowling the halls of Atlantis, hungry for food!
First stop: Seafire.
I had thought Seafire might be a fish joint (I hadn’t done my research and was going in blind; I’ll pretend that was my plan all along as opposed to be just not having the time or inclination to run a quick Google), but it was a beef joint.
I woman. I eat meat.
We were given a quick talk about the Atlantis beef (say hello to the executive chef, Chef Sacha Triemer!) …
… and the food bloggers listening…and…
…then it started.
First there was juice!
Platters of food suddenly started appearing before us. It was a fight of the flashes trying to take pictures, and the fight of the hands trying to elegantly grab forkfuls of Beef Carpaccios (I’m not a cold beef sort of person, otherwise it was decent) and toothpicks with JD BBQ’d ribs.
It was at this point, I did a wonderful slo-mo (that’s slow motion to you lot). As I gently chewed the awesome, tender, yummy BBQ’d ribs, I tried my hardest to say, “Nooooooooo Yasmin!” as she reached for the toothpicks. Lesson learned: JD = Jack Daniels, my dear friends. Even though it was just in the marinade and you couldn’t really taste it at all, it’s in there somewhere. Always ask what’s in what you’re eating! I loved them btw!
JD BBQ’d ribs
There was the Beef tartare with poached quail’s egg. I didn’t try it so I can’t tell you what it was like. Why didn’t I try it? I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try the quail’s egg. So I didn’t.
That’s FooDiva, the hand model with the beef tartare!
Then we had the steak bits come out (sirloin, ribs and fillet). Here was the masterpiece. We were told about the different kinds of beef and how they bring them to UAE, what is the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed cows, and about marbling of the fat in beef.
There are, apparently, three important stages of cooking steak properly (And might I add, the beef we had just now was not marinated in anything; what we tasted was its own juices): sealing (trapping all the juices in the middle), roasting and resting. Oh and did I mention, the steak we ate had this really nice charcoal-y tinge when we chewed into it, which just added to the superb flavour.
We even got a flame preview!
The lightest steak you’ll find at Seafire is 250g and it goes on up from there.
After we were done, we were led out again to our next pitstop. What was it? Stay tuned for the next post to find out!