The Black Lion located in H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the many restaurants that boasts great interiors and ambiance. But, not only does it promise all that, it also has good food with perfectly knowledgeable staff that assist you when needed.
My experience with The Black Lion was on a lazy afternoon, when a friend and me decided to catch up after a long time. We were welcomed by Mr. James Griffiths, the General Manager of the place, who was kind to recommend a few favourites.
Since I was parched by the heat outside, we settled for drinks first. A non- alcoholic Mojito and a Fruit Lemonade was brought to the table. I have no words for the drinks! They were freshly prepared and fully quenched my thirst. Later, I also ordered a fresh Apple juice, which was my favourite among the drinks.
For starters, we decided to go with the Truck Stop. This was one amazing platter! It perfectly suits two very hungry people. The platter consists of crispy chicken wings, mac n cheese balls, sweetcorn hush puppies and two mini angus burgers with red cabbage slaw.
I loved the chicken wings the best. They were so flavourful with just the right amount of spices that any person can handle. The chicken was succulent and easy to bite into. Every bite was heaven! I would really love if this was made a separate dish.
Next favourite was the mini angus burger. The beef inside was juicy and the burgers were bite sized which didn’t make us too full, as there were more dishes to come.
Deciding the mains was a hard decision. Everything on the menu was appealing and given the time and chance I would totally try out all of them one by one. We went for the most ordered dishes, Southern Fried Chicken and Angus New York Strip Jumbo Shrimp.
Considering how big a fan I am of Angus beef, my dish was the New York Strip with Jumbo Shrimps. My plate consisted of a well done beef which was easy to cut through and was prepared just the way I like it. But what stole the show, were the shrimps! These were soft and so well done that I could almost feel it melt in my mouth. Yes, I really did. And though some may find that weird, I actually really liked it.
Coming to my partner’s choice, the Fried chicken was like no other I’ve had before. You could really feel that the chicken used was fresh. Also, the spices used in their mixture stood out.
And lastly, we come to the dessert. We were too full to try anything after such a heavy and lovely meal, but as Mr. James insisted, we couldn’t resist. And so, we ordered a tiny portion of the Salted Crumble Cheesecake. And my oh my! Where have I been eating all my life? I’ve just found my soul-mate restaurant. If that even is a thing!
While I do have to agree The Black Lion seems to be a bit heavy on the pocket for daily visits, it surely can be reserved for special catching up sessions with friends or family. I would recommend the Truck Stop platter for anyone planning to visit. Do have the chicken wings first, as you do not want to keep that for last or you might miss it. For dessert, the cheesecake would be the perfect choice.
Disclaimer: Though I was invited as a guest to The Black Lion, my reviews remain honest and unbiased as always.
Until next time. xx