Bocca Abu Dhabi

Italian cuisine that stays true to its roots and is good value for money
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Time Out Says

First impressions count, and once you get inside Bocca, an Italian on the first floor of Hilton Abu Dhabi, you are welcomed by a friendly face and authentic ‘bonjourno’ greeting.

But, as you walk through the intimately-sized eatery, the décor is a little uninspiring. Maybe it’s going for the fine-dining ‘stiff upper lip’ look. Some would say the dark, dimly-lit space is quite romantic. So it comes as no surprise that the few diners out tonight are couples.

The open kitchen means you can watch chefs kneading dough and hurling pizza bases in the air – great fun! Bocca has just revised its menu, so it’s a great time to sample its offerings.

Once seated, it doesn’t take long for the food to arrive. The complimentary basket of warm bread and dips features a tasty roll stuffed with olives, which is utterly delicious when paired with the sundried tomato paste.

The service from the outset is excellent and the genuinely warm staff are attentive to our needs.

We start with the fritto misto, a medley of fried fish. The squid is crispy and the batter has bite. Add a dollop of salsa verde and the starter comes alive. Next comes the standout dish – chicken ravioli. We savour each bite of the creamy, melt-in-the-mouth sauce. The calzone, on the other hand, lacks depth and has an overwhelming taste of mozzarella and little else. Portion size is generous and although we are already satisfyingly full, we succumb, like most, to a classic Italian pudding. The warm chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream is decadent, gooey and, quite frankly, addictive. The complimentary petit fours made up of crunchy meringue, shortbread and biscotti adds an extra nice sweet touch to our meal.

The lacklustre ambience is forgiven once you taste the food – and the staff will win you over.

The bill (for two)

1x fritto misto Dhs45
1x calzone Dhs65
1x ravioli alfredo Dhs75
1x cohoclate cake Dhs35
1x large water Dhs26
Total (excluding service) Dhs246

The bottom line
Intimate setting with great food and service.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 04 Oct 2016

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Details

FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesEuropean, Italian
Dress CodeCasuals
12:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMMonday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMThursday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Show number +971 2 681 1990
Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Corniche Road West

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