Time Out Says
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 | 30 Aug 2017
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