Restaurant Review – No.57 Cafe

We rarely make trips to Abu Dhabi, but when we do, it’s only to try out some of the most unique and extraordinary cafes and restaurants Abu Dhabi has to offer. One such café (located at Al Bateen) is No.57 café.
About the Café:
In 2012, two Emirati women – Buthaina & Noor founded The Dinner Cub by No.57 where they transform unexpected locations into spectacular events. (Gourmet picnics at fish markets and Black tie events at construction sites to name a few). In just two years, their bold concept had grown into the most sought after dinner invitations in the UAE. However now, everyone can enjoy the essence of the Dinner Club with the launch of No.57 Café in Abu Dhabi
Our Experience:
with great expectations and excitement we decided to do a mini road trip to AD to not only enjoy breakfast, but lunch as well (because why not).
So we began our morning with No.57 classics. We ordered the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce and spinach served on an English muffin. The eggs were satisfyingly runny and the hollandaise was smooth and of the perfect consistency and balance, it was just what we needed to kick start our No.57 journey.
But what really stood out during our breakfast definitely had to be the Classic French Toast with a delicious berry compote and caramel sauce. The hype is legit with this dish. Not only does the French Toast have a perfectly crisp crust and sot interior, but it also has a slight vanilla essence that soothes the tongue. The berry adds a unique tartness to the dish and the drizzle of caramel adds both theatre and depth to the dish. This dish is comforting and perfect on so many levels.
With our breakfast being done we had a glance at our lunch menu and could barely wait for lunch time! After exploring the city of AD we decided to head back to No.57 Café (yes, again!) for lunch – starving of course.
We decided to try the Thai Shrimp and Avocado Salad with rice noodles, pepper, tomato and fresh herbs. The shrimp was cooked perfectly with a hint of Thai marinade. The salad tasted simple; however it didn’t wow us and could use a little more depth of flavor.
However, what did wow us though was the Lobster Linguine served in a creamy tomato chili sauce. This dish is a signature of No.57 and we could clearly see why. The presentation was spot on making us stare at this dish for a good two minutes before we tucked in. What impressed us more was that the portion of lobster was very generous making it value for money. The sauce as a whole tasted wholesome and flavorsome however we could not get the hint of chili sauce and really wished it was a bit spicier. Nevertheless we absolutely adored this dish.
To wrap up our No.57 journey, we couldn’t leave without dessert. Our server vouched for the Toffee Skillet Cookie served with Toffee sauce and that’s what we went with! A bite of this dish made us go weak in the knees and we couldn’t digest (not literally) how something could taste this perfect. The cookie had a perfect crust on the top and gooey on the bottom. The portion and balance of toffee sauce was generous and that’s never a bad thing. Although this dessert could be heavy for some, it will definitely keep you coming back for another spoonful. It was luscious, sinful and extremely satisfying!
The Bill:
Eggs Benedict – Dhs55
Classic French Toast – Dhs55
Thai Shrimp and Avocado Salad – Dhs55
Lobster Linguine – Dhs125
Toffee Skillet Cookie – Dhs45

Ambience: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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