Two years since opening and BU Trinity at The Hub in Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Centre Mall continues to forge the way when it comes to educating diners in the capital on Pan Latin cuisine.
The multi-faceted venue presents a sleek industrial feel centred around a large open kitchen, a cigar humidor and an appealing bar area. As well as featuring one of the biggest restaurant spaces in the capital, the restaurant is also home to one of the cities largest terraces.
BU represents a venue that’s hard to dislike thanks to fun and frivolous decorative touches that fill the gargantuan space. Wall art spells out the word ‘flesh’ in passionate red hues, while red velvet curtains are draped seductivley around the far reaches of the venue. Yet the main problem BU suffers from is a lack of patronage that feels heightened given the size of the space.
It’s a real shame as the food offering is particularly strong and offers exceptional value for money (especially when using the trusty Entertainer) and what we appreciate most about BU is that they offer a brunch for every occasion. From the Lunar Street Eats Thursday offering, to the Friday BURNCH, and now they’ve launched the La Familia Saturday Brunch.
BU’s Saturday brunch is more far restrained than its other weekend offerings. With the approach more casual in nature with the emphasis placed upon a sharing concept that revolves around the restaurants signature dishes. The cocktails are still present, but with the majority of diners likely to have work the following day this brunch culminates in a far more subdued atmosphere.
It should also be noted that despite being described as a family brunch there is nothing more than a children’s menu to keep young diners happy – no entertainment, no kids area, but we suppose BU is not really the venue for this.
The La Familia Brunch begins in a similar vein to all meals at BU with their Serrano chilli guacamole. The accompanying crisp tortillas have been upgraded in recent months through the use of a spice rub that gives the corn chips an extra bit of oomph. Two varieties of maki rolls arrive next, atun picante rolls (tuna, mango and cucumber) and the far superior aguacate roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and Teriyaki) that latter of which are wonderfully crisp and enhanced by the sweetness of the teriyaki.
Food continues to arrive in pairs with the pollo and camarones anticuchos (skewers). They are served amidst smoke upon the tabletop barbecues which have now become synonymous with BU. Much like the maki rolls (and come to think of it, the tacos) one skewer is much better than the other, with the sweet and sticky teriyaki chicken easily trumping the habanero slathered prawns.
Live-cookery appears to be the staple of most brunches and things at BU are no different. With two live stations for tacos and ceviche, these are the only items not delivered directly to the table. The ceviche makes for a fun and interactive choice as diners are invited to create their own from a selection of seafood, vegetables and condiments. Resulting in a mini ceviche masterclass that adds an additional layer of fun to this particular brunch.
We’re pretty stuffed by the time the main courses roll round and there are four options available – baby chicken, barramundi, lomo saltado and vegetarian cazuela. We enjoy the latter two choices which are both firm fixtures on the BU business lunch menu. The cazuela is a sticky and somewhat sweet rice dish mixed with mushrooms, asparagus and truffle oil. While the flavorsome lomo saltado is served a respectable medium and accompanied by rice and potatoes. Two years in and the consistency of these two dishes remains the same as during opening night – a rare feat in this particular city.
Brunch finishes strong with a trio of desserts that again remain unchanged since the restaurants opening. A glorious chocolate fondant, the gold flaked cheesecake alfojor and churros. We’re pleased to note that the churros have been vastly improved since our previous visit. Crisp on the outside as opposed to the stodge we encountered before and slathered in a sweet dulche de leche sauce.
Assistant manager Joshua Shah who was very much the life and soul of BU may have moved onto pastures new (you can now find him at Waka in Dubai) but he has clearly left his mark on the young and trendy front of house team who offer some of the most accommodating service in the capital (ask for Noah as your waiter if he’s working).
Bu’s latest brunch successfully manages to make the transition out of the weekend that little bit easier and represents another strong brunch offering from the team . It’s a real shame that we’re the only table in the entire restaurant when we visit because with food this good and a competitive price point, BU should be constantly heaving.
La Familia Brunch: Saturdays from 12:30pm – 4:30pm (AED 195 soft beverages / AED 295 house beverages)