Bocca

Italian cuisine that stays true to its roots and is good value for money 13 Reviews

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First impressions count, and once you get inside Bocca, an Italian on the first floor of Hilton Abu Dhabi, you are welcomed by a friendly face and authentic ‘bonjourno’ greeting.

But, as you walk through the intimately-sized eatery, the décor is a little uninspiring. Maybe it’s going for the fine-dining ‘stiff upper lip’ look. Some would say the dark, dimly-lit space is quite romantic. So it comes as no surprise that the few diners out tonight are couples.

The open kitchen means you can watch chefs kneading dough and hurling pizza bases in the air – great fun! Bocca has just revised its menu, so it’s a great time to sample its offerings.

Once seated, it doesn’t take long for the food to arrive. The complimentary basket of warm bread and dips features a tasty roll stuffed with olives, which is utterly delicious when paired with the sundried tomato paste.

The service from the outset is excellent and the genuinely warm staff are attentive to our needs.

We start with the fritto misto, a medley of fried fish. The squid is crispy and the batter has bite. Add a dollop of salsa verde and the starter comes alive. Next comes the standout dish – chicken ravioli. We savour each bite of the creamy, melt-in-the-mouth sauce. The calzone, on the other hand, lacks depth and has an overwhelming taste of mozzarella and little else. Portion size is generous and although we are already satisfyingly full, we succumb, like most, to a classic Italian pudding. The warm chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream is decadent, gooey and, quite frankly, addictive. The complimentary petit fours made up of crunchy meringue, shortbread and biscotti adds an extra nice sweet touch to our meal.

The lacklustre ambience is forgiven once you taste the food – and the staff will win you over.

The bill (for two)
1x fritto misto Dhs45
1x calzone Dhs65
1x ravioli alfredo Dhs75
1x cohoclate cake Dhs35
1x large water Dhs26
Total (excluding service) Dhs246

The bottom line Intimate setting with great food and service.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 681 1900
  • Travel: Corniche Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Hani Bakr on 30 May ' 12 at 09:06
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It is a great place.

It is not a traditional Italian restaurant, you know the one with shelves and antiques or wine bottles put on it but still wonderful.

I believe the selection of table size, design of chair and indirect light were excellent - 100% no flaw.

When it comes to the food, it was great. No flaw.

What I did not like are two things. The electric piano was loud that with the crowd around us I had to raise my voice. The other thing is that smoking is allowed every where.

Posted by: Giorgia D'Andreta on 23 Oct ' 11 at 14:26
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Valentina on 20 Oct ' 11 at 10:16
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Valentina on 20 Oct ' 11 at 10:16
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Jan Moenkedieck on 05 Jun ' 11 at 08:11
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Jan Moenkedieck on 05 Jun ' 11 at 08:02
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

From: Jan Moenkedieck (General Manager - Hilton Abu Dhabi)

In reponse to Mr McNeill's review, my team and I regret that we were unable to satisfy the McNeill's during their recent visit and will strive to improve on the feedback provided to us.

It is a concern to us to learn that Mr McNeill is a chef of a competitor Italian restaurant but are delighted that his restaurant has decided to recruit our BiCE chef for their operations on Yas Island.

We trust that some of the BiCE success will now be spread to improve the Italian dining options in Abu Dhabi.

Posted by: Shane Macneill on 23 Mar ' 11 at 15:52
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The worst Italian food I have ever tasted. After living in Milan for three years I have come to understand the excellent quality of food that can be produced from an Italian kitchen. It is not dry Vitello Tonato, Soggy Calamari with spicy tomato sauce (it was then served with 3 sauces and the spicy tomato sauce was not spicy at all and was like a pizza sauce) Chefs veal escalope I felt was pre cooked and served warm with an msg type sauce. The pizza was then served and to be honest you could wrap it around a football in one piece. After sending it back twice it made little difference and to add insult to injury my wife tried to have a conversation with the manager only to be told about the pizza "It's like this, I know I am Italian". The sommelier then pouring the wine and spun it in the glass like a washing machine, no elegance what so ever. The bill was then 750 dirham.
Anyway we were happy to leave but after following time out religously since september we will be careful as to where we book in the future.
I have been working as a chef for 15 years and understand that sometimes the most simple of things can just be too difficult for some cooks. Food for thought!

Posted by: JW on 29 Nov ' 10 at 12:18
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This restaurant is far better than Frankies... pls think about it... ask for cheff Marco to join you in the table, je is very nice and this is a way for you to get sm free ;) like a nice panacotta from the cheff ;)

Posted by: private on 18 Nov ' 10 at 17:44
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good Good GOOD
Best restaurant on town

Posted by: Carry on 08 Nov ' 10 at 20:55
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Every time I visit Abu Dhabi we love to eat here before flying home. Great ambience and the food is always totally delicious . Recently had the most divine chocolate souffle.Wow!

Posted by: Jose on 06 Nov ' 10 at 09:02
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Me like it lot, food maravillosa!! service like in Europe... thanks Bice, love italians

Posted by: G.William on 05 Nov ' 10 at 17:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This is one of my favourites Italian... love Marcho and Alessandro, always remeber my name and my preferences!!! They should have win over Prego´s... what were you thinking... prego´s NOOOOOOO!! (same filling reg. Frankis)...

Posted by: Princess on 26 Feb ' 09 at 12:19
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best ambiance for a romantic dinner with a loved one, be it family or your partner. Not to mention that Hilton is always the BEST!

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