Choice Cut Steak House - Novotel Al Bustan, Abu Dhabi
Choice Cut at the fairly recently opened Novotel on Airport road, part of the Al Bustan complex, intends to bridge that gap.
|This picture gives you a sense of the openness.|
|The salad bar|
The menu, despite being unwieldy, offers tremendous value for money with options that include Australian Angus beef grain fed, French Beef grass fed and also Irish Beef Donald Russell. Finally, on the menu you will also find Australian Wagyu Grade 5 beef. Considering the prices you are paying for your dining experience, it is a nice surprise to see Grade 5 on the menu, again showing it is a perfect fit for the gap between the expensive steakhouse and the shopping mall. There are also a couple of sea options, with Chilean sea bass and salmon fillet available.
|Interesting amuse bouche.|
|Foie gras - a nice surprise on the menu|
|The mash and truffles were so delicious.|
|Australian grain fed Wagyu|
For my main the chef brings me the Australian wagyu tenderloin on asparagus. It is more rare than medium rare, but I must admit, I lap it up. The glorious pinkish colour reflects the tenderness as I put apiece in my mouth. On my plate I also have mashed potatoes with truffles. The consistency is just right, and the taste of the truffles makes it even better. The asparagus, finally, lightly sauteed, has an appealing crunchiness. Overall, a good dish.
|Three berries and meringue.|
The service is very attentive, at times too attentive, but I will rather have waiting staff err on this side. Staff are very engaging and friendly and I am looking forward already to my next visit.
As for the wine list, Choice Cut has some decent wines in the 155-235 Dhs price range including a La Grand Chapelle Bordeaux 2012 as well as a very reliable South African Nederburg Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. But if you want to spend a bit more, there are some other wines as well in the 300-500 Dhs range. like All in all, there are 10 by the glass options, more than adequate for a 4* hotel restaurant.
Choice Cut, in conclusion, is an exciting steak house that plugs the gap between steakhouses offering cuts for 200-500 Dhs in 5* hotels and restaurants in malls. For significantly less money, you can get a dining experience with some nice beef, service that really aims to please - in a stylish and relaxed setting.
The low down
Novotel Al Bustan (Airport Road)
Mains 85-380 Dhs
Desserts 24-42 Dhs
Sides 22 Dhs