AUSTRALIAN WAGYU AT BLUE GRILL
Blue Grill is one of the more affordable steakhouses in the city, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on quality. The Australian wagyu, with a marbling score of six, is a brilliant option. The fat running through the tender meat gives it an amazing flavour in every bite. All the venue’s steaks are served with their signature triple-cooked sumo chips, too, making all of the choices worthwhile, whatever cut you go for.
STEAK OUT: It’s good value here, even if there are no regular deals at the moment.
Daily 6pm-midnight. Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island (02 656 4000).
28-DAY RIBEYE AT BOA STEAKHOUSE
The classy restaurant is a master of both surf and turf grills, with lobster and stone bass among the steak-free options. But if you’re a steakhouse purist and crave a piece of high-end meat that is full of flavour, order the 28-day, dry-aged bone-in ribeye (Dhs395 for 450g) and come thank us later. BOA Steakhouse was highly commended at our restaurant awards last year, and with good reason.
STEAK OUT: Stop by for an early dinner and be treated to top-of-the-line cuts of meat – BOA’s daily deal offers any steak with a bottle of grape or mixed beverages for Dhs220.
Dhs220. Daily 6pm-8pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Markaziyah (02 641 1500).
BBQ BRISKET AT THE CAPITAL GRILL - READER OFFER
The chef’s signature steaks include entries from major players like the United States, Japan, Australia and Ireland and come with the option of converting it into surf and turf. But we suggest you order the 72-hour BBQ brisket (which is Dhs121 for 343g and Dhs199 for 610g). It comes with thick-cut fries and a salad. The slow-cooked meat is infused with flavour and falls apart when you cut into it. Just brilliant.
STEAK OUT: The kind folks at The Capital Grill are offering an exclusive buy-one-get-one-free deal on main course à la carte dishes. All you need to do is quote TOTCG when you’re ordering.
Prices vary. Until October 31. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Muroor Street (02 698 8888).
GRASS-FED ABERDEEN ANGUS AT JW STEAKHOUSE
This is a seriously classy steakhouse with a menu covering American, Australian and Irish cattle. There are vegetarian options (including a quinoa risotto with goats cheese and pistachio), and we love the diverse choice of potato accompaniments. But it’s the meat that really matters. And while Kettyle’s Northern Irish grass-fed Aberdeen Angus 28-days, dry-aged bone-in ribeye may be an awkward mouthful to say, it certainly goes down easily.
STEAK OUT: The steakhouse’s eight-course tasting menu is a brilliant way to sample its greatest hits. There is also the option to add a beverage pairing with the courses.
Dhs250 (food only), Dhs350 (beverage pairing). Daily 6pm-10pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
JOHN STONE TENDERLOIN AT STRATOS
This revolving restaurant specialises in quality Irish cuts and the John Stone grass-fed tenderloin (Dhs235) is impeccable. It’s served with a choice of sauce, but by no means is it necessary – the meat is full of flavour. It’s one of the reasons Stratos won a highly commended steakhouse gong at our most recent restaurant awards.
STEAK OUT: Stratos’ Date Night in the Sky offers a three-course set menu including some incredible steak (not to mention top views) for a very reasonable price.
Dhs360 (per couple). Wed 7pm onwards. Le Royal Méridien. Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).
NUSR-ET BURGER AT NUSR-ET
From the moment you see the huge metal chiller-style doors you know Nusr-Et is going to be something special. Thankfully, the interior doesn’t resemble a walk-in fridge, but there is a lot of meat sitting on ice, waiting to be chosen. In many ways, this is the ultimate meat-lover’s destination. There are huge racks of beef, steaks of every size and cut and the famous Nusr-Et burger. And, yes, it is the best burger we’ve ever eaten. We’re sure you all know of #saltbae by now, but behind all the celebrity hype is an excellent restaurant serving superb meat. You really need to try it.
STEAK OUT: #SaltBae doesn’t do deals.
Open daily noon-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 679 9949).
CÔTE DE BOEUF AT THE FOUNDRY
When you’re a South African hotel’s steakhouse, you’ve got to be good. And The Foundry is. So good, in fact, it was named Best Steakhouse at our 2015 Restaurant Awards. The French Côte de Boeuf is about as good as it gets. At 1,000g it serves two, and at Dhs395 it’s a steal. The restaurant itself is a really cool place to eat, and the service and attention to detail is superb.
STEAK OUT: The restaurant’s Thursday Steak Feast is a great way to sample the best of the menu. It includes a tray of freshly-shucked oysters, beef carpaccio, prime cuts of beef (or fish) and a selection of top desserts. Count us in.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages). Thu 7pm-11pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street (02 818 4888).
The Extra Mile
The Foundry’s executive chef Manish Law says a steakhouse is about much more than just meat.
● THE BUTTER TROLLEY Diners can enjoy six homemade flavours with freshly baked breads at the start of the meal. “It’s The Foundry’s signature that adds a touch of flair to the meal,” says Law.
● THE KNIVES Diners get to pick theirs from a handcrafted box holding Claude Dozorme Laguiole steak knives branded with the trademark bee design. Regulars also get their initials engraved onto a knife.
● THE SALT The restaurant’s Salt Guru goes from table to table, recommending to diners the perfect salt to enhance the flavour of their steak. It’s another nice bit of attention to detail. The salts on offer are river salt, Himalayan pink salt, palm Hawaiian black salt and Maldon sea salt.
TOMAHAWK CHOP AT BUTCHER & STILL
Take a look at this week’s cover and drool. That is the signature Tomahawk chop at the Chicago-style steakhouse Butcher & Still. It’s a massive cut of meat that will take a few people to do it justice. The sides are awesome, the starters are great and the décor and atmosphere in the venue is hard to beat.
STEAK OUT: Every Tuesday there’s a Prime Rib special. The finest Black Angus beef, a side salad and a baked potato and dessert will set you back Dhs150. You can leave the diet until Wednesday. Or altogether.
Dhs150 (280g), Dhs195 (330g). Tue from 6pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).
USDA PRIME RIBEYE AT RAY’S GRILL
The USDA prime ribeye (Dhs190 for 300g and Dhs270 for 500g) makes our hearts sing at this venue with a vantage point. It’s delightfully tender and juicy and is one of the best cuts in the city. The prices are good here, too. Add that to the beautiful view and quality food and you’re in for a great experience.
STEAK OUT: The restaurant’s flambe experience is on offer every day. A succulent cut of tenderloin is sliced into medallions and flambéed at the table. It comes with a side, a potato dish and a sauce. Very nice.
Dhs240. Daily 7pm-11pm, Until Sep 30. Jumeirah at Eithad Towers, Corniche Road (02 811 5666).
WAGYU FILLET AT MARCO PIERRE WHITE STEAKHOUSE AND GRILL
The bad boy of British cooking may have calmed down and become a bit more respectable in recent years, but White’s steakhouses still offer the full-blooded passion that made him famous. The beef cuts are phenomenal here, with top-class cuts from Japan to the UK. This wagyu tenderloin is a perfect example of what the restaurant does best. The depth of flavour is amazing and the cooking is perfect. At Dhs195 for 200g, it’s pretty good value, too, especially considering the quality.
STEAK OUT: Every Wednesday, the restaurant hosts The Great Steakout offering unlimited steaks, sides sauces and drinks (depending on the package).
From Dhs195. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).
WOW BURGER AT THE FORGE
As the name suggests, this burger has got the wow factor. And at Dhs350, you’d expect so. The 300g wagyu patty is topped with pan-seared foie gras, truffle sauce, cep mushroom compote and caramelised onion. Wow indeed.
STEAK OUT: The No Mobile Challenge is perhaps our favourite deal of them all. As the name suggests, it rewards diners who manage to successfully resist the urge to use their phone during their meal. If you manage it, expect 15 percent off your bill. You’ll be provided with a box on your table to lock your phone in – a cell cell, if you will.
Prices vary. Every Wed, 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 818 8282).
PICANHA CUT AT CHAMAS CHURRASCARIA AND BAR
For those who don’t know, a churrascaria is a venue specialising in grilled meat. Various cuts are cooked on skewers then brought to your table and sliced straight onto your plate. It’s a simple, fun and, most importantly, tasty way for meat-lovers to dine out. The picanha cut is perhaps the venue’s most popular (as it is in South America). To most of us, it’s sirloin steak, but the way it’s cut and cooked (with just a hint of salt) makes all the difference.
STEAK OUT: Chamas’ Friday brunch is two-for-one at the moment. As well as 13 cuts of meat there’s a cheese room. The free pre-brunch hour includes a complimentary platter of oysters and bubbly. Bonkers.
Dhs274 (soft drinks), Dhs348 (house beverages), Dhs448 (bubbly). Fri11.30am-12.30pm (pre-brunch), noon-4pm (brunch). InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
MOUSSAKA BURGER AT EAT GREEK
Okay, we’re breaking our own rules by branching out from steakhouses. But this new, casual spot’s moussaka burger (Dhs65) is worth telling you about. The burger itself would be great even without the toppings – aubergine, bechamel and caramelised onions.
Dhs65. Daily noon-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 309 2323).
SLOW-BRAISED LAMB AT 55&5TH, THE GRILL
This venue is our reigning steakhouse of the year. And if you check out the opening pages of this feature (page 12) you’ll see why. The venue is about much more than just steak, however. We’re especially fond of the tender 12-hour slow-braised lamb (great value at Dhs150, too). It’s served with quartered baby beets on a bed of sundried tomato polenta and finished with a cherry puree. Sublime.
Dhs230. Daily 7pm-11pm. St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8888).