Inexpensive international grub in Traders Hotel... Reviews

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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2011

A particularly lurid shade of green dominates an otherwise brown interior at Afya, and the furniture and fittings suggest a retro, ’70s motif. It’s not unattractive, but it’s very similar to the Traders' hotel lobby and so it quickly becomes obvious that Afya is just the breakfast lounge in disguise. However, if you start off with the mushroom soup, you'll forget your surroundings, and maybe even your own name: the extraordinary soup takes the simple mushroom and makes it a Broadway star. ‘There’s No Business Like ’Shroom Business’. The mains are also good, although not at the level of the star soup.

A thick hunk of grilled, well-cooked salmon rests on a bed of mussels and greens, and the whole assembly is drizzled with a cheese sauce that is adequate if not exceptional. The Thai cashew nut and fish dish is an interesting item, too – the fish chunks come coated in a light cockney batter, helped on by a nutty sauce that tastes as though it may have originated in China. Thai? Questionable. International? Undoubtedly. Ultimately, the meal is inexpensive and the service good. Traders Hotel, the restaurant’s happy home, has been designated a four-star property, and – mushroom show-stoppers aside – that suits Afya right down to the ground.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi Staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 510 8818
  • Travel: Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: wafa on 25 Jan ' 12 at 07:33
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Dear Timeout Abu Dhabi Team,

Why my reviews arent posted in the page, only the rating? everytime i am posting a feedback it is not coming!!

Thank you,

Posted by: wafa on 18 Jan ' 12 at 09:46
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Outside terrace is just so amazing, the view of garden, sands & beach is spectacular, food was wonderful as well & prices are affordable & reasonable. This place has it all & we will definitely visit it again.

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