Pool Bar - Shangri-la, Abu Dhabi.
The Pool Bar at Shangri-la has a beautiful setting. The symmetry is worth noting, with the pool in the middle of the Shangri-la facade. There is really an elegant simplicity about the Shangri-la, and it is no where more evident than here. If you look across the canal, you have a wonderful view of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Not a bad way to spend the evening. Add to this a chilling 20º C outside, and it really is quite an exquisite evening in the making.
|Heaven on earth?|
|Even if just for a drink, this view makes it worthwhile.|
I found the menu fairly extensive for a pool bar, with the highlight being a barbecue selection that bridged land and sea. The waiter recommended I have the Australian Rib Eye Angus-certified beef. He warned me that that is more fatty than the Tenderloin, but having been won over to the virtues of beef with a bit of fat, I followed his recommendation. Call me predictable in some ways, but I like sautéed vegetables with beef. I also had some lightly peppered potatoes. I just don't get having french fries with a fine piece of beef. Each to his or her own I guess. The black pepper sauce was my chosen sauce. For my drink, I had a glass of the now-very familiar Australian Wolfblass Merlot housewine. Nice.
|Loved the presentation.|
|The freshest bread rolls.|
|Look at that centre!|
Nonetheless, this did not detract from what turned out to be a pleasurable meal. I have had quite a bit of good fortune lately with beef expertly cooked. This was no exception. I felt a need to speak to the chef and compliment him. Superb. However, did I say that it was a 400g piece of meat? Now I normally go for the 200g, so this was a challenge, but one that I took. The caveat with outside dining in cool weather is that the food gets cold very quickly, but I asked the chef to just put the remainder of my beef on the grill for 30 seconds or so. Great idea. One of the worst things on your plate is a piece of excellent but cold beef. No such problem then.
Dessert. Are you serious? I have a reputation for eating like a bird, so I had already exceeded that rep! I forwent dessert and settled on some Moroccan tea. A fitting way to end my evening considering the chef for the night was from Morocco!
The Pool Bar is really a great place to chill. But it also offers something surprising along food lines. All in all, it offers a perfect evening.