Monday, May 23, 2011

Finally, a good steak place!

We've been looking for a good steak place since we arrived in UAE about 4 1/2 months ago (can you believe it's been that long already?!) with very little luck. We have found a few restaurants that serve steak, that's not the issue. The problem had been the quality. We both grew up on Dairy farms with access to really good steak joints in the midwest, so I guess you could call us steak snobs. The steaks we've had up to now have either been overcooked, or just really lacking in flavor.

Well, all that changed when we went out with some neighbors to "The Meat Company". I know, cool name, huh? First, the restaurant is located at the Souk Qaryat Al Beri which is between the Shangri-La and Fairmont hotels in the Between the Bridges area. Souk Qaryat Al Beri is a very nice, posh market area with local shops and a slew of really nice restaurants. In addition, there is a nice view of the water that separates Abu Dhabi island from the rest of the city. They've even got a little boat that takes you through the canal of sorts within the market area and the hotels. It's a very nice area, caters to tourists so is a bit more upscale ... and as a result a bit pricey too. But pricey isn't an issue because we've got our Entertainer book with 2 for 1 entree coupons to all the nice restaurants.

We arrived and were seated right away - the place wasn't very busy - on the second floor with a great view of the water and the new Four Seasons hotel that's being built. The restaurant is beautiful and done up in an African theme, which we of course just loved. They also have an extensive wine cellar and a huge tower of a room of their wine collection which you wind around as you climb the stairs to the second floor. Then there's the menu, prime cuts of beef from US, New Zealand and Australia, all cooked to perfection and served with either garlic, mushroom or pepper sauce (any guesses which sauce Brian selected? :) We had a lovely meal with really great company - our neighbors who we met because of this blog! She ran across one of my postings about the apartment complex and then got in touch when they moved in. How cool is that?

So, thank goodness, we've found a good steak in UAE. Now our only challenge is that we've only got 3 coupons for this restaurant in our Entertainer book! :)

This is from their website and gives you a sense of the place.

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