A classic Marriott steakhouse in Abu Dhabi - JW Steakhouse, Marriott Downtown, Abu Dhabi
Trolleys are one of the extra value 'gimmicks' that steakhouses offer guests. They allow for natural interaction between staff and the guest. JW Steakhouse has opted to go with a Bourbon-meets-mixology trolley; something different. It makes sense - an American steakhouse of course.
Chef de cuisine Stephan Benkendorff has assembled a fine team of chefs in the kitchen who certainly have put meaning behind the word 'contemporary'. Their subtle variations on certain dishes show a deft balance between respecting tradition and innovation.
For my main course, there is no doubt what I will have. While we have around 5 top steakhouses in the city, there is something predictable in most with the type of beef that is on the menu. The latter, by the way, is very succinct, in keeping with the trend at other steakhouses around the city. I find that something different in the Kettyle Northern Irish Grassfed Aberdeen Angus. I am very excited about this beef, grown on the grasslands and islands of Lough Erne. The usual USDA and Australian wagyu cuts are also available, including a flagship Master Kobe cut, but this is by far the most alluring on the menu. Incidentally, there is no tomahawk on the menu, but they do offer an Australian Wagyu Tenderloin for 2. In anticipation of my choice, I am offered a Laguiole steak knife - a given in a steakhouse these days.
Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi
+971 304 7777
Heirloom Tomato and Burrata 65 AED
Beef tartar 70 AED
Kettyle Northern Irish Grassfed Aberdeen Angus 210AED