Bentley Kitchen

Review: Buzzing, modern restaurant serving superb grills Discuss this article

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We can’t be alone in breathing a sigh of relief when walking into a restaurant and seeing other people there, can we? There are two reasons we like to see a packed dining room. Firstly, it’s brilliant when you see the city thriving, and lots of people eating out means things are going well. Secondly, when a venue has a bit of a buzz it just lifts the whole experience.

Bentley Kitchen, if you haven’t been, is one of those rare places that pretty much gurantees a bustling dining room (and terrace). Formerly Bentley Bistro & Bar, it had a slight revamp at the end of 2017 after losing some of its space to new neighbour Eat Greek Kouzina. The change makes for a cosier room and gave the kitchen a chance to freshen up the menu.

We’ve always been fans of the steaks and grills here, and are happy to see they still play a big part on the menu. They’re joined by some more on-trend additions such as bao, tacos and sliders.

However, our choices don’t stray too far from the tried and tested meaty options, with starters of wagyu beef cheek croquette and steak tartare being followed up by two good-value steaks (a grass-fed fillet from New Zealand and a grain-fed rib-eye from the USA).

All the dishes look great. There’s nothing too fancy going on, but then food like this doesn’t need any fripperies to taste good.

The crispy and rich croquettes are superb, as is the tartare, which makes perfect use of the seasoning and condiments it comes with.

Both steaks are super value considering the prices at similar places. Of course, the meat has to be good, too, and we can happily big both of them up. On the side, creamy mash hits the spot, and the crisp, fluffy fries are perfect to dip into a cracking béarnaise sauce.

Atmosphere, top service and great food. This meal has it all. It’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed eating out this much.

The bill (for two)
1x wagyu cheek croquette Dhs58
1x steak tartare Dhs75
1x American Angus rib-eye Dhs180
1x Silver Fern New Zealand fillet Dhs175
1x Béarnaise sauce Dhs15
Total (including taxes) Dhs503

The bottom line
A lively venue with brilliant dishes.

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.

Details

  • Location: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 626 2131
  • Travel: Al Falah Street
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