No. 57 Boutique Cafe

Admirable gourmet food at the Al Bateen Harbour in Abu Dhabi
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Time Out Says

Having heard so much about The Dinner Club by No. FiftySeven, TOAD was thrilled to be able to go to the newly opened brick and mortar location at Al Marasy.

A little hard to find since the area is still undergoing construction, No. FiftySeven is tucked away in a new residential and commercial area. The café is still awaiting clearance for outdoor seating; we cannot wait to sit outside in this quiet, chic area. No. FiftySeven is known for its elegant, indie interior: the palette is dominated by white, grey, and black hues, from the chairs and plates to the servers’ stylish uniforms. They clearly pay attention to detail; books line their shelves, a linen apron hangs delicately on the wall and a small cactus is the centrepiece of each table.

We go for dinner, but the breakfast menu looks like a winner. We would come for lattes, gourmet breakfast pudding, or even a B.L.T. croissant to go. Back to business: the lunch and dinner menu is certainly creative, with dishes including lamb chops with mint labneh that mix European and Arabic flavours. There are two ways to go here: rich foods, which seem to come in smaller portions, or healthier options, which are served more generously. We try a little of each, starting with fried macaroni and cheese, and a lentil soup. In the meantime, we sip on their signature drinks. The No. 57 Iced Tea with earl grey, lavender, and agave nectar is a triumph – mellow and not too sweet. The mint lemonade is like we’d never seen, with the mint pureed very finely, all large chunks sieved out. A perfectly civilized presentation, but we miss chewing on the big leaves.

Though there is a mix-up in the kitchen that keep our starters waiting for a bit, they are presented nicely when they do arrive, on black tablets (that look like chalkboards without edges). Unfortunately, these platters are a little hard to eat from. The three macaroni and cheese squares are served with a garlicky sauce and salsa, which are delicious; the mac and cheese itself is a little greasy and, when cut open, the cheese dries out a little fast. That said, we eat them happily. The blended lentil soup is perfectly piquant.

For mains, we order a roast pumpkin salad and lobster linguine. The pumpkin salad is delicious; its chili lemon dressing keeps each bite interesting, as does its mélange of seeds and feta cheese. The lobster, prepared perfectly, is one of the best dishes of the night, its creamy, spicy tomato sauce accompanies its tender meat perfectly.

We have to try the restaurant’s signature Ermahgerd dessert, and we also order a mixed berries and clotted cream. The Ermahgerd, with a deep layer of toasted mini marshmallows, is served in a small clear bowl, which is beautiful, but makes it hard to get all of the good bits in one bite. The berries and cream are simple and delicious; the burnt caramel sugar adds a nice crunch to the ripe fruits and soft cream.

All in all, we have a great time at No. FiftySeven. With a very nice, professional and attentive wait staff, top of the range design, and gourmet dishes, we leave eager to return, probably on a weekend so we can really linger and appreciate the restaurant’s ambiance.

The bill (for two):

Fried macaroni and cheese Dhs45
Lentil soup Dhs35
Roast pumpkin salad Dhs45
Lobster linguine Dhs125
Ermahgerd Dhs40
Mixed berries Dhs45
Total (excl. service) Dhs335

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 20 Jan 2015

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9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PMMonday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PMTuesday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PMWednesday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Show number 02 441 6100
Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Building Two, Al Marasy, Al Bateen Harbour - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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