Entering BU! pretty much seemed like entering a beautiful (slash) lounge-y setting. With beautiful seating in a chic “dim-light” setting, there was no question as to why BU! wouldn’t be perfect for a date! So with weather on our side, we decided to step outside and test the air. As beautifully “pleasant” it was, the seating outside reminded us of a date torn out from a romance novel. The most appropriate lighting to make you believe you were “dining under the stars”, we took a good thirty minutes to breathe in the ambiance. It was beautiful!
Of course now, it was a good thirty minutes before we even had a look at the wonderful menu! (By the way, the menu features a very helpful Glossary of typical Spanish words used in the menu). It was definitely an absolute pleasure meeting Chef Humberto Canales (Executive Chef of the Restaurant). Getting to know the ins & outs of the restaurant was definitely an eye-opener. Latin American food isn’t just about tacos and burritos, its MUCH MUCH more than that! Let’s skip ahead to the food shall we?
Looking at the Menu…
The menu is what I can only call a feast of Latin America! Or maybe a celebration of Latin American dishes! With a variety of dishes to choose from, it can sometimes seem slightly confusing on what to cook (since everything sounds so good!). However, with the chef’s recommendation, it was easier to tap into BU!’s signature items… But obviously before that, we needed a few mocktails!
Starters or Botanas, de La Barra, Tiraditos
Starters at BU! are meant for sharing. But before we get to that, I need you to understand that these small nibble will blow your mind! Quite certainly freshly prepared to order, each dish is “better than the previous”. One of the best parts about it is the type of plates they are served in…you’ll know why soon…
Honestly, the only thing missing with nachos (or tortilla chips) is the oozy gooey cheese sauce. But this is not your average cinema version of a nachos and dips. Again there’s not much I can really talk about nachos, but the Guacamole is definitely “Oh! My God!”. Freshly prepared with smashed avocados, lime and jalapeños, We honestly couldn’t stop nibbling on these. Also, I’m quite sure the plate of Guacamole stayed with us till the very end!
Its a bit of difficulty territory to step into Ceviches. Quite essentially raw seafood mixed with tomato, avocado and serrano chilli, this Vuelve A La Vida is cured in fresh lime juice and served on a bed of ice. I’ll tell you one thing…yes, this may seem simple (as it sounds). However, the form of prep that goes behind it, the absolute freshness and quality of the seafood that goes in it is immaculate! With a combination of shrimps, octopus, fish, calamari and scallops dressed in lime, you can’t go wrong! Highlights from this dish definitely come in the form of “Fresh, Beach-y and Cold” vibes.
A few more Starters…
Let’s talk about some highlights of this dish that blew our minds away. One was the type of plate it was served in. Quite seemingly like a piece of bark, this Octopus dish was elegantly, rather delicately, placed in this extraordinary wooden plate. Secondly, the quality of the Octopus was absolutely spectacular. While a Tiradito represents a Peruvian-Japanese fusion ( much like sashimi, in simpler words), a Tiradito is dressed with a beautiful citrus marinade. This Octopus dish, however, came to us with a sweet combination of garlic, coriander and white vinegar. The third thing that blew us away was the yellow sauce (I’ll double check on the exact name and put it in) as well as the white potato foam. I will stand by it when I say that this dish is an absolutely “Must-Try”!
Tatakis are originally a Japanese dish of very briefly seared fish. BU!’s take on this tataki, however, is gorgeous! Perfectly seared Wagyu beef, this tataki comes rolled in cotlia cheese and rocket leaves and left on a hot stone to continue searing. Topped with a beautiful Huancaina Sauce (made from Peruvian’s Aji Amarilli pepper) and a ginger julienne, each bite is magical explosion of flavor! With that perfect “melt in your mouth” attribute, this Res Tataki is definitely a must order when you are Antojo (craving) for it!
A very pasta-like-looking dish, this Huitlacoche Envuelto is essentially a type of raviolli (made of corn) that is stuffed with a fungus that grows on corn. Yes I know it may sound a bit disgusting. But to be honest, when this dish is drizzled with Truffle oil, a scoop of it actually reminds you of a rich mushroom pasta! You stop thinking about the “fungus”, and start to appreciate the depth of flavors that dish claims! Delicately, I will say that this dish is a must-try for the bold!
There Res (Beef) Tacos are quite everything that defies typically misconceived Latin-American cuisine. Elegantly deconstructed to match everyone’s pallet, these tacos are an extremely interactive way of experiencing Mexican foo! Granted, the beef is a slightly under-seasoned, however, the roasted potatoes that come along with it make up for this! Served with “DIY” bowls of chopped onion, coriander, lime wedges and a slightly spicy serrano sauce, these Res Tacos are definitely exciting!
As simple as it may look, these Pollo Anticuchos is essentially Skewered Chicken in a Ginger and Oyster Sauce, served with a “Blow your mind” marinated corn and potatoes! Put across as a way “street food” would usually get served to you, this version is quite the quirky bit when it comes to BU! Definitely a conversation starter and an “eye-brow-raiser”, I like how simple, yet flavorful this dish is. Yes, you may argue that this dish is simply skewered chicken, but the flavor it holds is amazing!
Guilty as I admit, these “Starters” were quite enough that I could take. Every dish was really really filling! So I had to skip out on the mains this time. However, I am definitely looking forward to going back to try out the rack of lamb or in other words the Costillas de Cordero!
Postres or Desserts
Honestly, it is a bit misconceived that Churros would be the only type of Latin-American Dessert available! But there’s another prime dish that goes with it and BU!’s version is called a “Cheesecake Alfajor”. Dining at this moment, I wanted to try something different, since I had downed a lot of Alfajors during Taste of Abu Dhabi.
Freshly made to order, these Churros represent a sort of “Cactus in a pot” type of dish. Served in a pot that has a base of a Pistachio Parfait to represent soil, I love how fresh this dish is. Served with a Chocolate Sauce, these warm sugar-coasted churros are sure to end your beautiful night on a sweet note!
This is BU!’s version of a deconstructed Piña Colada. Beautifully served in a “Beaker-style” dish on a flat stone, and covered with a slice of dehydrate pineapple, the contents of this dessert are definitely intriguing. With a mixture of pineapple butter sauce, salted coconut ice cream, fresh berries and white chocolate, this deconstructed version is a sort of molecular gastronomy take on the famous drink! Well I do admit that it is a bit too sweet, but beautiful nonetheless. The whole experience of digging in and tasting so many different flavors and textures is absolutely beautiful!
BU! is an absolutely beautiful place! Walking around the place is just so peaceful. Moreover, the weather that greeted us that night definitely made it a beautiful experience!
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