Time Out Says
From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2011A particularly lurid shade of green dominates an otherwise brown interior at Afya, and the furniture and fittings suggest a retro, ’70s motif. It’s not unattractive, but it’s very similar to the Traders' hotel lobby and so it quickly becomes obvious that Afya is just the breakfast lounge in disguise. However, if you start off with the mushroom soup, you'll forget your surroundings, and maybe even your own name: the extraordinary soup takes the simple mushroom and makes it a Broadway star. ‘There’s No Business Like ’Shroom Business’. The mains are also good, although not at the level of the star soup.
A thick hunk of grilled, well-cooked salmon rests on a bed of mussels and greens, and the whole assembly is drizzled with a cheese sauce that is adequate if not exceptional. The Thai cashew nut and fish dish is an interesting item, too – the fish chunks come coated in a light cockney batter, helped on by a nutty sauce that tastes as though it may have originated in China. Thai? Questionable. International? Undoubtedly. Ultimately, the meal is inexpensive and the service good. Traders Hotel, the restaurant’s happy home, has been designated a four-star property, and – mushroom show-stoppers aside – that suits Afya right down to the ground.
By Time Out Abu Dhabi Staff | 11 Nov 2010
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