Rock Bottom Café
Time Out Says
The bar and lounge area is festooned with weird Wild West paraphernalia, there’s a pool room and two separate eating areas: one smoking and the other non-smoking – not that it makes much difference in a place like this mind you, because no matter where you sit it’s a bit like spending the evening in a smouldering cigarette.
Settling into the well-worn leather seating we perused the rather gargantuan menu. Offering everything from ‘Asian delights’ (Asian? Yes. Delightful? Well…), burgers and pasta dishes to Mexican, curries and loads more. We weren’t sure where to start so opted for the peculiarly titled ‘Motorbike’ combo to share. After a few minutes a huge platter crammed with fried calamari, chicken, onion rings and a bread basket was delivered. It came with a selection of sauces too and, rudimentary as the food itself was, it actually did its job and hit the pit of our stomachs with a gentle thud. All that bread and batter can often spell trouble for a main course but we were prepared for the long haul – you need to be if you’re going to gorge. Forgoing some of the more slightly exotic options we decided if you’re going to come to a pub and eat then you should tackle what any establishment of this nature should do well: a cheeseburger and some fish and chips.
Both portions were, frankly, massive. The fish and chips in particular looked like someone had just hauled in a couple of whales and slathered them in batter. Our poor eating companion had to leave the entirety of the second piece. So, be warned, if you decide to get the fish and chips: don’t bother with a starter – you won’t need it. The fish itself was crispy and decent. The meat was succulent and tasty and while the chips weren’t exactly mind-blowing they certainly weren’t the worst we’ve ever tried.
Finally, it was the turn of the cheeseburger and we have to say it was great. The meat patty was thick, delicious and juicy with a very liberal dose of tomatoes, lettuce and a huge dollop of cheese that melted tantalising down the side of the burger, off the side of the bun and onto the plate where it mixed with the chips. We love it when that happens.
It means you can mix the chips and cheese with a nice big splurge of ketchup. Delicious.
All in all, Rock Bottom Café is a very homely, down to earth affair.
It might be a million miles away from the glamorous surroundings offered elsewhere in the city, but if it’s simple pub grub you’re after then this could be the place for you.
The bill (for two)
Motorbike combo Dhs75
Main Island fish and chips Dhs70
Total (excluding service) Dhs190
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 30 Jul 2013
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