Buro 24/7 Middle East Review: No. Fifty Seven Boutique Cafe in Abu Dhabi
After touring the spectacular artworks of Abu Dhabi Art, Buro 24/7 Middle East was lucky enough to be invited to try out the new No. Fifty Seven Boutique Cafe.
Nestled amidst the apartments and other eateries that face the water in Al Bateen Wharf, you can spot No.Fifty Seven from a mile away, with groups of people walking in and out of the new cafe. Upon entering you will be welcomed by the most polite staff, however, it will be hard to take your eyes off the unique black-and-white monochromatic decor, and decorative moose heads, cactuses, books and picture frames that pepper the walls and tables – all brought together by Alamira Noor.
After taking in the stunning surroundings, we started our experience with a trio of the most popular starters – hand-chosen by the duo for our special Buro 24/7 tasting menu. Beautifully prepared pink spicy tuna sitting atop a bed of crispy rice and light asian-style coleslaw kicked off our taste buds for the evening, followed by the cafe's homey mac & cheese, which comes with a delicious marinara sauce and tangy green aioli – crispy on the outside and filled with soft cheesy goodness on the inside. With our starter set we also tried the colourful quinoa salad, which had just the right amount of greenery and zesty dressing to it.
For the main course – 'Surf and Turf' style – we were treated to lobster linguini, lamb chops and a side of truffle fries. The lobster was perfectly cooked and presented with a sea of creamy red sauce, while the spaghetti would have made any Italian mama proud. The lamb chops melted in your mouth – and were accompanied by sautéed green beans, a potato cake, and a minty yogurt sauce, which took me straight back to one of the best grill houses in Greece. And, when it comes to the truffle fries... One word – addictive!
Sadly, our meal was coming to a close, but No. Fifty Seven knew exactly how to end it on a sweet note with some of their most tempting desserts. We first sipped on our decadent chocolate milk, which would take anyone back to their childhood, as its smooth, whipped texture puts you in a chocolate haze. Banoffee pie was also put in front of us, with its crispy crumbly base and juicy banana slices on top.
Saving the best till last, we then dug into No. 57's signature dessert, the 'Ermahgerd' – which is a dreamy marshmallow topped dish, that was named after the "oh my god" reaction people consistently have whilst chomping down on Buthaina's secret recipe. Additionally helping cleanse our palette was the refreshing beverage we sipped on throughout, the cafe's homemade ice-tea that is sprinkled with lavender and honey.
From the gorgeous interiors to the divine, unfussy dishes packed with flavour, the local duo has hit the nail on the head with their new cafe – adding a light, fun and scrumptious addition to Abu Dhabi's growing culinary scene.