There’s a reason I can never turn vegetarian – my undying love for meat. Dubai is home to a number of steakhouses, specializing in exceptional cuts and varieties that even a person who prides himself on being a meat connoisseur, would be amazed.
While there exist a plethora of cuisines in this country, Argentine remains not quite explored. We make our way to one of the fine dining venues located in Palace Downtown and goes by the name Asado. A quick search beforehand tells us: a) The restaurant has a spectacular view of the Burj Khalifa. b) It’s known for serving premium cuts prepared on a Parrilla, an open grill in the center of the restaurant.
We make our way to the restaurant and discover that it has had its time in the press by being mentioned as one of the best Latin American ventures in the Time Out Dubai Awards. Raising our already high expectations, we walk in to be greeted by a friendly manager who led us to our seats.
The interiors are suggestive of the cuisine they serve; with chandeliers shaped as horns and bar chairs with cow patches on their backs. The lighting is very dim which is why we’re given reading lights with our menu.
Short and precise, that’s what we’d call it, with the focus on meat cuts. There are a couple of choices for seafood lovers too. Our starters come in soon; Beef and Chicken Empanadas [AED 30 each] and Sopa De Centolla Fueguina [AED 80] The empanadas are nothing extraordinary and steeply priced for only a piece. Sopa De Centolla Fueguina which is King Crab Bisque is not too heavy for our palate and is creamy due to coconut milk served on the side.
Skipping all others on the menu, we order the Parrillada Argentina. A mixed grill consisting of baby goat, baby chicken, beef ribs, lamb chops, sirloin, rib eye, tenderloin, sweetbread, and chorizo. Yes, quite a lot for something that states as a portion for 2 people. Nevertheless, we opt for it so we can have variety.
Two things that hit the spot for us are; cooked to order and tenderness of the meat. The dish provides not just that but comes in a grill with burning coal. Our favorite cuts were the sirloin and rib eye. Of course, all of this is for a whopping AED 495, but the portion size would fit 4 pax easily in our opinion.
I always like ending meals with chocolate, so a Chocolate Fondant is ordered as per custom, which tastes divine. You can see for yourself here…
If we’re going back: Having tried the variety, we’d settle for a la carte next time. The seafood choices look promising, so maybe we’d give them a try next time too…
Have you tried Argentine food in U.A.E? Let us know your thoughts…
For reservations and details: http://www.theaddress.com/en/hotels/the-palace-downtown-dubai/dining/asado.aspx
Until then, happy eating! xx