As soon as you walk into this restaurant, you’ll immediately be assured that everything is going to be okay. Like a familiar friend putting a welcome arm around you, BU! will never fail to disappoint.
The décor is cool, retro and contemporary (yes, somehow both), staff are always smiling and the food, well we’ll get to that part…
In case you missed out on a big Friday brunch, there’s always the Saturday Familia brunch at this Latin-American venue at the The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center. Head here to enjoy a fill-your-boots banquet with the whole family. For big kids’ starters, there are unlimited maki rolls, spicy edamame and two types of skewers: chicken grilled in truffle teriyaki sauce, punchy beef tacos and shrimp with a habanero sauce.
For kids under 12, there’s a special menu including chicken skewers, nachos and tacos and pizza. For mains, the brunch turns à la carte. We punt for the pollo adobado and pescado al grill – and in true BU! style the level of cooking just gets higher and higher.
These dishes are simply brilliant. The chicken is served with sweet potato gnocchi – our only criticism is that we aren’t given a big bag of these to take home and munch on for the foreseeable future.
The meaty fillet of fish is delicious, too. Well-cooked, well-seasoned and well-demolished. We won’t lie, it’s a struggle to fit it all in, but when food tastes this good we make an exception.
It’s for that reason it’s upsetting that we’re the only ones in the restaurant on our visit. This should be one of the city’s greatest haunts based on the food alone, alas, we make our peace with the lack of atmosphere and move onto dessert. Crunchy churros and chocolate cake oozing with warm fondant give the afternoon a sweet uplift.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house drinks). Sat 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Hub, Mall at The World Trade Center, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).
The bottom line
Top food, but empty.