Bentley Bistro & Bar | The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi

The capital never ceases to impress and this time around with the French-inspired Bentley Bistro & Bar nestled away in the picturesque The Galleria on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

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A primarily French inspired cuisine, the menu boasts traditional fare, such as beef bourguignon cooked in wine, as it should. The plus side of a alcohol licensed venue serving true French and many more on the menu for one to reminisce about France or even travel through the food served at Bentley Bistro and Bar.

Family sized wooden seating’s coupled with intimate dining tables and low hung white-washed ceiling fans set the tone for the bistro. Semi-open kitchen offers a peek-a-boo view of the chefs in action as the encapsulating aroma escapes from the backend of the kitchen.

A taste of the Spanish style garlic prawns flavored with chilli, parsley and topped with crunchy crispy potato – one of the few dishes straying away from the traditional bistro recommendations was made with perfection and served with slices of toasted crusty bread which soaked in the flavorsome oils. Incredible.

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The succulent pan seared venison steak with beetroot and soft chestnuts was tender with the beetroot adding the perfect bite to flawlessly served venison. Personally, the chestnuts did neither justice nor a sensational factor to the appetizer.

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For a classic take on burrata, Bentley’s warm lentil salad topped with the soft burrata cheese, tomato and chilli jam was hearty and a wholesome meal on its own capturing the warmth of the French cuisine.

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Vegetarians, look away. Now!

At the table, arrived a magnificent plate with a 500g rib-eye on the bone served with Paris mash, truffle butter and two baked crab claws. If the plating and size did not cause a “jaw-drop” effect, allow the taste to do so. From the medium-rare chef cooked suggestion coupled with the potato mash proved a captivating meat dish at the bistro.

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One of my favorite at Bentley Bistro, the roasted red snapper served with buttered saffron potatoes, prawn and clam velouté was perfection on a plate. The crispy fish skin with the softness of the sea bass and the eruption flavors from the velouté and saffron was overwhelming enchanting.

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I ended the bistro experience with desserts and coffee as one should, always! As a French restaurant, Bentley rebels and uses the famed Italian coffee, illy for a frothy and strong taste to the cappuccino…

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paired perfectly with the chocolaty goodness of the chocolate crumble tart with lime caramel sauce alongside pistachio ice-cream.

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A twenty minute wait offered, the appealing raspberry clafoutis with honey, toasted almond and yoghurt ice-cream. The warm clafoutis on its own did not appeal to the taste buds but paired with the yogurt cream, the sourness of the raspberry uplifted with the mellowness of the honey.

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A fabulous experience for one to savor the French cuisine in Abu Dhabi all within an intimate bistro setting with great views of the Abu Dhabi city in a lively setting with a DJ to set the mood and for those who require, a buzz from the bar.


Bentley Bistro & Bar
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
02 626 2131

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