Steakhouse Review of Abu Dhabi, 2017
+971 2 6564000
Eastern Mangroves Promenade
+971 2 641 1500
This steakhouse at Dusit Thani in Abu Dhabi surprised all when it walked away with What's On's Steakhouse of the Year 2017 award. The menu is succinct, with about 11 cuts of beef from which to choose.This venue offers great value for money with entry level steaks starting around 160AED. It is not inconceivable to have a main and a glass of wine for 200AED. Capital Grill combines sensible pricing with an intimate venue, with seating not more than about 60-70. Service is warm and personable - make sure you have a chat with the manager during your dining. he has the right idea of how to connect with his guests.
Must try - Roasted pumpkin soup, it is hard not to love that burned pumpkin flavour. For a splurge, have the Master Kobe Grade 9, but please make sure it is at least medium rare.
Budget - 500AED for 2 without drinks
The Capital Grill,
Dusit Thani Hotel,
+971 2 698 8888
Dining on a budget
3 Kelly Oysters 45AED
Australian striploin 120 days grain fed 145AED
Glass of wine 35AED
Salmon Duo 65AED
Master Kobe Tenderloin grade 9 MB 595AED
2012 Meerlust Merlot 390AED
Wow factor - Definitely the heart and soul of Chamas, Cuban band Los Hidalgos have been playing there for a couple years now and it is very hard to imagine Chamas without them. Classy, joyful and entertaining. There is something delightful about having such variety of beef cuts while listening to Latino tunes by a genuinely professional act.
Must try - everything!
Budget - 249AED-519AED++ Tremendous value.
Novotel Al Bustan (Airport Road)
+971 2 5016444
*Added in 2018
Entrecote Cafe de Paris
Southern Sun Hotel,
+971 2 8184888
They insist on calling this a grill over at Marriott Al Forsan, but I am calling it a steakhouse! Yes, it is well lit and family friendly, but every Jane, John and Ali will call it a steakhouse. It is expansive with a well appointed open kitchen. The Grill is incredibly affordable while the feel of quality is clearly visible. A look at the menu will show that quality is not compromised. The Grill is simply challenging the prevailing trend of expensive beef. The same can be said of the wine list. Where else can you get a bottle of wine for 120AED? Even their high end wines are great value.
The Meat Co.
Meat Co is in the process of an overhaul and I have been impressed by what I have seen thus far. A new menu that reflects not only the new direction that the restaurant is taking but also some dishes where presentation, not really a feature of the old Meat Co, will make a marked impression. The menu also reflects a price drop, making some of the best cuts in the city more affordable. This change is also extended to the wine list, offering, for example, some of the best South African wines in the city, at a more reasonable price. Finally, the menu also boasts the widest selection of beef cuts and bragging rights once again belongs to The Meat Co. for being the only steakhouse to offer Japanese beef as part of its regular menu, with Japanese Ohmi Wagyu and Hokkaido Crossbred Wagyu among the priciest in the city, but if you love that buttery feel of highly marbled beef, it will be worth it.
Budget - 650AED for two excl drinks.
The Meat Co.
The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri between the bridges,
The Meat Co
+971 2 558 1713
Park Bar & Grill
The Park Bar & Grill has experienced a bit of a renaissance in the last year or so with the culinary team really upping the ante on all fronts. The team seems to be clear now on what they want the restaurant to be, in terms of an identity. The restaurant offers a very strong surf and turf menu, adept at doing either one really well. Like a few other steakhouses here, there are some strong romantic elements, not least of all the positioning of certain tables to create that intimate dining experience. I am excited about the culinary team that has been in place for a short while now. This restaurant is one to watch in the next year.
The Park Bar & Grill,
Park Hyatt Hotel & Villas
Park Bar & Grill
+971 2 407 1234
While steakhouses are traditionally manly, Rodeo Grill takes it to the nth degree. The seats really make you feel you are in a steakhouse. Luxury is, as is the case with a few other steakshgisues in the city, what greets you as you walk in. In terms of adding value to the guest's experience, there is a cabinet with personalised steak knives of regular guests - nothing unique in that this happens at one or two other restaurants, but what is cool about it is that it is on display. Secondly, the meat master is something you will find only here - different cuts of meat are brought to your table and explained.
+971 2 697 9000
Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar & Grill
Wow factor - need I say it? A revolving restaurant is always going to have a wow appeal. The city lights at night are, to use a cliche, just so pretty. Start your dinner at 8 and you will be able to go around twice.
Must try - Loch fyne oysters, not common in the city, at 120AED for a dozen. This is a no brainer. If like me you want your beef with high marbling, the Master Kobe Ladies cut goes for 325AED, an offer that cannot be beaten.
Budget - 700AED for 2 excl drinks
Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar & Grill
Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa Street,
+971 2 674 2020
Texas de Brazil
Wow factor - how many times have you seen a 235-seat restaurant packed in Abu Dhabi? Go on a Thursday and Friday night and see the lines of people. Also, at 165AED on weekend, this is superb value for a .
Must try - the Filet Mignon and Braised Beef Ribs. Also, try the funky cool drinks.
Budget - 330AED for 2 excl drinks.
+971 2 498 8888
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr,
+ 971 2 654 3333
3. Ray's Grill
What a gorgeous setting for this steakhouse, on the 63rd floor of the opulent Jumeirah owned property, offering 360 degree views the city. It is very child friendly without being a kids' restaurant, if you know what I mean. You will find the second largest selection of beef choice in terms of cut and size, with great value steaks too - the entry marbled beef of 6-7 starts at 125AED! It affords them flexibility of changing the menu and introducing Chef's specials periodically. While Coravin wine technology is not unique to them, they certainly offer some of the most memorable labels. Added value items like a beverage trolley that includes champagne and a fantastic salt and mustard service.
+971 2 81115666
2. Butcher & Still
1. JW Steakhouse
The idea of a chef coming out to a guest's table is nothing new. But at JW, Chef de Cuisine Stephan Benkendorff elevates the simple things ingredients potato and leek. It is really smart. It is also during his Tasting menu that he creates an experience that you are likely to remember for a very long time. Creativity. So many chefs have this but are often not given a platform to show it. Chef Stephan is allowed, through his Tasting menu, to wow the guest. I have never been as excited about a Tasting concept as his. Technology, Drink pairings that challenge ideas we have of pairings and dishes that confound the senses - that is just part of this surreal experience.
Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi
+971 304 7777