Lazy Lunch Saturdays at BOA Steakhouse review

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The city’s foodies can be divided into two types of weekend feasters. Those who prefer to chatter and chomp in a lively, bustling setting. And those who prefer a slower, more leisurely arrangement, as they watch the world go by.

BOA’s Lazy Lunch Saturday, as the name suggests, is more inclined towards the second group. The mood is quite casual and the restaurant’s outdoor deck is the perfect location to park yourself for a few hours, and enjoy wide views of both the cityscape and the lush mangroves park.

The set menu continues the relaxed theme, as each course is brought out to your table, rather than making you scramble to the buffet. First up are the tortilla chips. They are crispy, the salsa is light and the guacamole is fresh – you couldn’t ask for more from this humble starter. The Caesar salad is also a tasty standout that comes with plump, juicy prawns, or, if you wish, grilled chicken.

For the next course, the waiter brings out fish tacos and squid rings. Now, every second restaurant does a version of the calamari dish – some succeed and some fail in getting each piece beautifully battered and golden, and not too greasy. The BOA team treats them slightly differently, however, coating each ring in fine grains of semolina. It’s a great match, resulting in a crunchy exterior, and juicy interior – the squid is cooked perfectly, and they’re far from chewy or oily. There’s no lemon on the side, as is usually the case, but we don’t miss it, dunking our rings into the tangy tartar sauce instead.

Next, the yellowfin tuna tacos come with a dollop of guacamole on top. Two bites and the tasty treats are gone.

The culinary adventure continues with the arrival of the BOA slider. The mini burger isn’t crowded with vegetables. Instead, a slice of molten camembert cheese rests over a juicy meat patty.

The bun’s bread is soft and complementary in texture and proportion. Meanwhile, the tender chicken kebabs, served with dots of a cooling mint chutney on top, are just as irresistible.

The staff let you take your time in between the plates of food – nobody seems like they’re in any hurry. Which is just what we need before our next course – BOA’s signature steak. The marbled meat is cooked exactly to our preferences, and, as a result, it’s buttery-soft and practically melts away with each bite. We’re glad we saved room. It’s a great final act.

Given the price, quality of food, service and atmosphere, this lazy afternoon deal is a good bet for the weekend.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). Every Sat 12.30pm-4pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed Street (02 641 1500).

The bottom line
A high-quality weekend feast.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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