Review: A new, equine-themed bar with unusual pub grub, but still a little wobbly on its hooves Discuss this article

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As well as quality bar food at this six-hour offering, there is also thumping beats from a DJ. Timings: Noon-6pm (Friday)

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A n appaloosa is a race horse. It’s an apt name for a sports bar, and one that also nicely nods to the Marriott Al Forsan’s overarching equine theme. But if sports are not your thing, don’t be put off by that. There are the standard big screens, but Appaloosa also offers an unusual menu. It’s pub grub, but more creative. There is a seared tuna burger on a squid ink bun (pictured), for example, and a duck prosciutto salad.

First of all, we do have to say the A/C is way too cold – we know this is often the case in this city, but it’s something we never tire of being irked by. We shun the tall tables to slump into some low, comfy sofas (there’s no option in between) and soon regret the decision. Our starters and mains arrive, for some reason, at the same time, and we are left balancing plates on our laps as the table is too low to eat at properly. Our food goes everywhere – it’s not a great start.

The starters are strong, though. The Asian roasted duck spring rolls are done well and are surprisingly sizeable, and the pickled baby vegetable platter is truly a delight. The unusual dish is a Greek olive-topped cream cheese and chive dip with sweet pickled veg and crisp bread to scoop it up with.

The mains are decent, too. The fish and chips are of a sensible portion size and come with mushy peas (yes!). The fish is fresh and the batter crisp and non-greasy. We also try the roasted prime rib pie, which is saucy and seasoned well, but seems to come on the wrong sort of pastry – it has more of a biscuit crumble texture than a pie flake.

This place is fairly new, and the staff are clearly still trying to learn the ropes (and directions to the toilets), but hopefully these are just teething issues. It’s a nice enough spot and reasonably priced. If you like sport and pub grub with a twist, you’re on to a winner.

The bill (for two)
1 x Asian roasted duck spring roll Dhs45
1 x pickled baby veg platter Dhs35
1 x fish and chips Dhs70
1 x roast prime rib pie Dhs75
Total (excluding tax) Dhs225

The bottom line
A bright and airy bar with creative food.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 201 4131
  • Travel: Khalifa City A, Al Forsan International Sports Resort
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