BU! Trinity, Abu Dhabi’s hotly anticipated pan-Latin destination located on the fourth floor in the iconic World Trade Centre Mall, throws open its doors in April. Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, Time Out got a sneak peek of the new venue. Expect flamboyant feasts, heel-clicking rhythms and flowing drinks that are set to revitalise the Abu Dhabi social scene.
Mexican head chef Humberto Canales takes to the culinary stage in a vast theatre-style kitchen where home and street-style recipes are injected with contemporary sophistication, and succulent cuts of meat and fresh seafood are prepared for his audience using traditional grills and smoking ovens. Diners will be taken on an epicurean adventure celebrating authentic South American cuisine via a sharing-style menu which features the heady flavours of Latin America from Peru and Argentina to Mexico, Brazil and beyond.
The true spirit of BU! is to be found in its extensive bars – both indoor and out. The broad drinks menu has been expertly constructed by the talented BU! team, working closely alongside renowned international mixologist, Nick Strangeway. The result is an exotic and visually exciting beverage selection, packed with imaginative mocktails inspired by the vibrant flavours of Latin America. The opulent prohibition terrace – a large outdoor veranda – is a cutting-edge concept predicted to make an impression with the city’s ultra-chic social circles.
Of course, no Latin venue would be complete without a soundtrack of exhilarating and energetic beats. Music sets the rhythm of Latino life, and that’s exactly the case at BU! DJs, artists and bands from South Americ, London, Miami and the Balearics will encourage guests to get their Latin groove on. From rumba to samba, mambo and merengue, it’s safe to say the venue will have an upbeat atmosphere. Weekly themed evenings such as Wednesday’s Destination Nigh’ – which will see BU! transformed into a dedicated South American country for the night – add to the energetic ambiance of the venue.
“In inimitable BU! style, lively celebrations and traditions such as Brazil’s Rio Carnival and Mexico’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be brought to Abu Dhabi, allowing people to experience the true vibrancy and soul of South America, here in the heart of the city,” says Yana Kalwani, vice chairperson at Retail and Beyond. “A full year in the making, from concept to completion, BU! represents a stylish and striking addition to Abu Dhabi’s dining and social scene,” adds Mahesh Kalwani, chairman. “From the food and the drinks, to the world-class entertainment and elegant urban interiors, everything at BU! evokes distinctive South American sensuality and style. Stunning features such as our chef’s tables, bespoke vibrant murals and our free-standing cigar humidor put BU! in a class all of its own… it is a legend in the making.”
We’ll certainly be swinging by again later this month once it’s open for business.
Opening end of April (exact date TBC). Weekdays noon-3pm, 6pm-2am, weekends noon-3am. 4th floor, World Trade Centre Mall Abu Dhabi, www.wtcad.ae.