Groovz Bar & Restaurant

A bar serving pan-Asian and Filipino food
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Time Out Says

We love fried food. We know it’s bad for you, but there’s something so satisfying about biting a chunk off a crunchy chicken nugget, or biting into a fluffy proper chip. So, when our waitress mentions the special Groovz Platter while we’re perusing the food menu at the Asian bar, we’re sold immediately.

That’s not to say we were struggling to choose something otherwise. Quite the opposite, in fact. There are plenty of tasty sounding Asian dishes on the menu, with a strong leaning towards Filipino cuisine.

From the starters, we decide against the spring rolls and calamari and instead go for the ensaladang talong (a grilled  aubergine salad), and garlic and paprika prawns.

Then there’s the platter, which is piled high with onion rings, chicken wings, jalapeno poppers and more. The wings, crispy and with a spicy sauce covering them, are perfect. You won’t find many better bar snacks. We also devour the onion rings, though we’re not sure the chef can take much credit for them, and the poppers are great (though we probably should let them cool down a bit before diving in next time).

The prawns come on a sizzling plate, with onions and peppers. It’s a good size portion, and offers something a bit more fresh than the fried snacks. Perhaps the surprise highlight, however, is the grilled aubergine. It doesn’t look particularly appetising, stripped of its skin and lying on a bed of salad, all pale and naked, but it tastes amazing.

It gives us a fair amount of confidence in the kitchen and we’ll be back to try more of the freshly made dishes, such as beef sigsig, the pancit palabok (noodles in a prawn-based sauce)  and Asian-style squid.

The venue is the kind of place that seems to get busy later in the night, but it is open all day. With good drinks deals and cracking staff, Groovz has plenty going for it.

A bar serving pan-Asian and Filipino food

The kitchen does a mean bar bites platter

03 Apr 2019

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12:00 PM to 3:30 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AMMonday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AMThursday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 3:30 AM
Show number 050 544 7977
Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Meena Street,Tourist Club Area - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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