Dinner at an Argentine Grill is something special. Combine that with a beautiful venue in front of the Dubai fountain and you have the recipe for a fantastic evening at Asado. The rustic Argentinean grill restaurant is the perfect place for succulent meat cuts prepared in the Asador Criollo-style served with an extensive selection of Argentinean wines.
Argentina is the land or horses and ranches. The gauchos are tough men of the range and have mastered the art of cooking meat over a flame. Asado is Spanish for grill and the Asado Argentine restaurant has taken this form of cooking as its foundation and augmented it with the finest cuts of meat available which are juicy, tasty, and cooked to perfection.
Asado is one of the restaurants of the uber luxurious The Palace Downtown Dubai. Once you make your way through the Bentleys, Ferraris, and Rolls Royces and valet, you pass through the hotel and enter Asado. In this exquisite venue, you’ll see the ranch memorabilia and rustic exposed brick walls as if you were in a grand Argentinean farm house. Argentina is known for its wine as much as its beef, soccer, and the tango. La Bodega cellar offers the largest collection of Argentinean beverages in the Middle-East, direct from the Argentinean vineyards. As you walk through you’ll see a cozy sitting area and the massive bar with rich woods and cathedral ceilings.
There is plenty of dining space inside, but it was a cool night so we elected to dine alfresco on the terrace. The terrace is uber romantic with candles flickering in the gentle wind. We get a prime location with views of the Dubai Fountain and every half hour our romantic conversation is broken by the fountain’s beautiful water formations dancing to music and lights.
After perusing the extensive menu, our waiter takes our order. I choose the scallops and my wife chooses the prawn for the starter. Both were delicious with the perfect combination of taste, preparation, and presentation. I accompany my dish with a fine Argentine glass of cabernet and she has their signature Sangria. Many of my favorite wines are from South America so I relished the glass from their extensive wine list.
Asado’s culinary team is lead by Chef Gabriel Stivala who has learned the secrets of mastering a perfect barbeque. From wood and charcoal, to marinade, sauces and how to cook meats, seafood and vegetables, he and his team masterfully pack each morsel full of flavor. As we continue our culinary journey, for the next dish we had the beef consume which was very flavorful with an exceptional presentation. For the main course she opted for the lamb that was flavorful with a good presentation.
Next our waiter walks up with a curious tray of small bottles. He goes on to thoroughly explain the selection of mustards and salts to add extra flavor to the feast before us. Such is the experience of gaucho on the range in Argentina; cooking over a grill and flavoring his juicy meat with salts, spices and mustard. Our waiter, dressed in gaucho attire, reminds us of this as he goes about serving our dishes and sharing with us information to make our meal more enjoyable.
He brings the asador which is a grill and the Parrillada Argentina. The restaurant boasts the "most varied Mixed Grill in the world" and they just may be correct. Cuts of rib eye and tenderloin, with short ribs, baby lamb, lamb t-bone,baby chicken, and home made chorizo (sausage) are brought on a sizzling grill. There are charcoal below to keep the meat warm while I work through this banquet large enough to feed a small army. The presentation is perfect for this meal and with a little encouragement and the salts and mustards at the ready, I dive in. The marinated fine choice of meats is flavored to perfection with a hint of charcoal.
It is a delicious meal and we ended with the seleccion of home made Argentine desserts and the leche ice cream. It had a good presentation and was a sweet end to an exquisite meal.
Before we left we decided to take in a bit of the ambiance inside and take a seat at the long bar. It was Sunday night so we were in luck as they had Tango Night where there were couples dotting the floor, who twirled and moved in perfect step as they mesmerized on-lookers with their dance.
The night dining at Asado was a splendid on and flavorful evening of dining alfresco on authentic argentine fare. It was one that we will long remember and to which we will soon return.
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Published on May 23, 2014