While I consider my self open when it comes to food, when I think of a raw, hot and melting steak sizzled to perfection, I always seek out an American joint. Americans understand steak. Period.
Naturally I didn’t really think a steakhouse in Abu Dhabi would be all that.
I must eat my words here, because I was completely satisfied.
Naturally, I must start with the most important thing. The food. The steak was awesome.
You know the phrase “a steak so well sizzled, it melts in your mouth”. I rarely use it because few places make steak so great, it literally melts in your mouth. The 55 & 5th is one of those few place.
Steaks were tender, of the right proportions, and sizzled almost to perfection. The steak are very well cut with no stray tendons that run across the steak. The fat is well marbled, it’s not tough as hide, and melts as soon as you bite down on it. Tender on the inside, while the meat is pinkish and slightly bordering on red, there’s no excessive blood oozing out as one cuts into the steak.
I was there twice in my stay at the St Regis Saadiyat, and both times, I ordered a steak medium-rare. I found the steak surface sizzled a little more charred than I usually like my steak. Maybe it’s the chef’s style, so in this context perfection is a subjective thing. Also while I like my steaks a little red-ish, I think it was a still a little too rare in the centre. Again, I’ve come across steakhouses that did their medium-rares more medium, and some do it more rare. Again, it may be a matter of style.
Also awesome were the sides.
I’ve always thought that McDonalds had the best fries period. I’ve been to many places from local fish & chips, to local burger joints, to grill bars, steakhouse to expensive restaurants.
No more. The french fries espelette at the 55 & 5th are in my humble opinion the best fries in the world. Period. McDonalds’ fries don’t even come close.
Crispy on the outside, soft and pipping hot on the inside, with a spice powder that upper-cuts your taste-buds. It is so delicious, I could not resist eating my fries before the steak - and that’s a big no-no in a steakhouse. If not for my diet, I’d have asked them to send a platter of pure french fries.
Then there’s the truffle hash brown. There’s simply no describing it. So innocent, so unassuming. However, once you put it in your mouth and bite down, all the flavours ooze out and wash over your taste buds. It is a very well thought out side, the blandness of the potato neatly balances out the strong spike of the filling. Not too filling or big, it’s just the right size to sate you and make you want more.
In terms of service, I thought that the staff were very attentive and helpful. I did notice that staff stayed out of the seating areas, so it feels a little empty, but every time we called for service, a staff would be by our tables in a matter of seconds. I found the service to be prompt and quick. Maybe nothing spectacular, but definitely good service.
If you're staying at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, it'd be a waste if you didn't try the the 55 & 5th at least once.
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