Afya - Traders Hotel, Abu Dabi
They had a Chinese chef preparing noodles at a live station as well as a station with a selection of Asian delicacies. I chose to go for their Wine and Dinner special which had a 3 course set menu and unlimited wine. At Dhs145++ this is tremendous. A side note is that there great variety with regards to the main course. An off-putting thing though, was the cheap and tacky menu which was nothing more than a laminated print out.
|Complimentary salad bar|
The wine on offer is the Wolfblass Eaglehawk Merlot that is, incidentally, also served in Shangri-La as the 'house wine'. It is a very passable, easy drinking wine. For my main I ordered the Sirloin steak with vegetables. Having tried their lamb before, I expected it to be very good.
|Deliciously juicy and tender.|
As far as service is concerned, well is hit and miss. If they are full, you will get a sense that the staff are a bit rushed. On this occasion, however, everything was very professional, waiters were visible, so it was easy to get a top up on a drink if needed. After a visit to the salad bar, the latter which is unlimited by the way, I settled down in anticipation of my main course. The beef was, in a word, surprising. It was better than I expected; cooked to perfection. Without doubt I recommend it. The pic posted here comes close to doing it justice, but it does not convey the tender, juicy feeling as you bite into it. I knew that any dessert would be an anticlimax after that entree, but was curious to see if the Om Ali was as sweet as I have found it in every place I have had it. I had a spoonful and...Sweet. I realised it is simply a sweet dessert.
Afya is a worth a visit. It is not 5 stars and does not pretend to be. It offers a good all-round dining experience at a fraction of the price you would pay at a Shangri-la or Jumeirah.