Time Out Says
Housekeeping issues aside, though, there’s actually a lot to like about Al Tabaq. Thought its food is essentially fuel to keep low-income expats pounding away on their construction sites or grappling with the steering wheel of their taxi, there’s plenty of flavour to the dishes, with a complimentary starter of spicy chickpea soup transcending its plastic supermarket crockery with a taste worthy of the city’s finest china.
That said, the chicken mandi curry that followed was disappointing. Though it looked impressive in its mighty earthenware pot, the meat was a mangled array of flesh and bone, as if someone had repeatedly stamped on a roast chicken until it fell apart before pouring some sauce on the results. The mixed grill was decidedly better, with well-cooked morsels of hammour and lamb lending themselves superbly to a stack of freshly baked tandoori bread.
While it’s certainly not a place for romance, then (unless your beau happens to be extremely open-minded), few can argue that Al Tabaq does what it sets out to very well indeed. The only mystery is how, at those barely believable prices listed below, it ever manages to cut a profit.
The bill (for two)
Chicken handi Dhs15
Mixed grill Dhs20
Mutton biryani Dhs12
Total (excluding service) Dhs47
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 16 Aug 2011
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