BOA Steakhouse, a very stylish steakhouse in the city - Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Abu Dhabi
While they are renown for their signature cocktails, I felt at home with a glass of Taittinger Brut NV while nibbling on some excellent mini bite bar food. In a city where big is better, this little bar and lounge is a place I could come back to for just a drink. It has that feel to it. About 30 minutes later, my guest and I made our way to our table.
The booths at BOA are actually quite comfortable - I am often put off by this because I find myself having to stretch or sit on the edge of my seat. No such issues here. It matters of course - three hours is a long time!
We have three starters to share. We start with the the Fine de Claire oysters, which while predictable, are well shucked and with a simple slice of lemon, deliver.
Restaurant manager Geeva Nanthan recommends a South African wine for me, one that he describes as 'taking me out of my comfort zone'. I guess I have become predictable in my choices of late, with my preference for certain labels well documented. He knows his wine and this proves a pleasure to be guided like this. Victor decants the wine, a 2009 Kleine Parys Niclas Selection, a blend of Shiraz and Syrah. Immediately the deep cherry colour grabs my attention, as does the nose. Berries overwhelm - wonderfully so.
BOA Steakhouse is indeed a power steakhouse. It has to be the one of a handful of steakhouses where they have nailed the lighting and got it right. This makes for a gorgeous and sexy restaurant experience. The menu is to the point and allows the guest to spend more time on other aspects rather than deciding on which steak to have. Better pricing means that it is not as expensive as it was in the past, and a Skirt steak at 170AED makes BOA even more accessible. Certainly when it comes to high end cuts, they are also quite well priced here relative to their competitors. BOA Steakhouse - still worthy of the hype!
Eastern Mangroves Promenade
+971 2 641 1500
Starters 40-95 Dhs
Turf (meat) 125-445 Dhs
Surf (sea) 130-299 Dhs
Desserts 45-60 Dhs