BOA Steakhouse - Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Abu Dhabi
|A very special ambience created by a number of elements.|
|Not your typical steakhouse.|
|Light, glorious light.|
|High on mood - BOA|
After indulging in some small talk in the super cosy and chilling bar area, I am shown to my seat. The specially prepared set menu looks inviting. I am part of a group this night, so sharing platters or small portions will be the order of the evening.
|Caesar salad made tableside.|
|Pepper crusted carpaccio|
We are brought our starters and they look impressive. Aromas waft through the air while I stay transfixed on the starters, not knowing where to begin. A nice problem to have. I smile.
There is a fabulous selection of starters. The goat cheese baklava is delicious. The pastry, still crispy, is so enjoyable. Black truffles/ who does not like these? Next I try the pepper crusted beef carpaccio. Lovely touch with the canneloni. Nice. Finally, the heirloom tomatoes with burrata, more than just the effusion of colour on the plate, provide a variation from the normal tomatoes that one gets. The lack of sweetness is actually a welcome change. I find the burrata a bit firm though, with the centre not as creamy as I would like. However, the basil yogurt emulsion is smooth and creamy and I end up having a couple of servings. My favourite dish of the evening up to that point.
|Goat cheese baklava|
|High scores for presentation of the seafood platter.|
|The rib eye.|
|New York strip.|
Exceptional setting, gorgeous decor, a creative menu, beautifully cooked dishes and an approach to dining that makes it hard for BOA to placed into any one category, make this a fantastic dining venue. Add to this the sumptuous views of the mangroves, and you feel that BOA Steakhouse will continue and grow to be a favoured destination for people. The matter of service that is efficient and incredibly professional but is lacking in soul, is something I am sure will be addressed. I am excited about my next visit in September.
Restaurants like this make one feel that Abu Dhabi genuinely has so much going for itself from a culinary perspective!
The low down
Eastern Mangroves Promenade
02 641 1500
Appetisers 50-200 Dhs
Seafood platter 250-1100 Dhs
Turf (meat) 125-495 Dhs
Surf (sea) 130165 Dhs