Marco Pierre White is an acclaimed chef but he is also a recognised and cherished brand. Starting his culinary adventures in the United Kingdom, he became well known for his timeless British cooking fused with French techniques. I had the pleasure of dining at the Marco Pierre White (MPW) Steakhouse at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi and discover that during my visit, the restaurant was in the process of aligning to the same brand vision and values as other MPW locations across the world – shifting the focus from fine-dining concepts to what Chef Marco likes to call 'affordable glamour'. The newly launched menu at MPW includes a combination of classic comfort dishes and modern-day delicacies. Marco’s philosophy is all about simply cooked food using the best ingredients.
The revamped menu, a traditionally British one-pager, features selected timeless dishes such as the classic 1970’s prawn cocktail, roast rump of lamb à la Dijonnaise and shepherd’s pie. Not to mention, their main speciality – succulent cuts of steaks. The offering of these dishes is closely matched to those served worldwide at all MPW locations. Their menu also attempts to bring back the affordability of a true steakhouse. Some of my childhood favourites also made it onto the menu, such as macaroni and cheese as well as traditional British fish and chips.
Sitting across from the bespoke fireplace, I enjoyed the meal with my friend in gorgeous yet comfortable surroundings. The décor is opulent but I can already imagine having the signature photos hung on the walls to make the Marco Pierre White ambience fully complete. They aim to curate an intimate yet welcoming atmosphere, establishing it as a restaurant not only for special occasions but ideal for every-day pleasures.
From the time the starters were brought to the table – a 'Mr White's Fresh Crab' and a classic 1970’s prawn cocktail – I thought to myself that the dish looked rather simple. However, it became clear to me that the Marco Pierre White ethos has resonated fully in the dishes, shifting the focus of meticulously planned presentation to offering their guests wholesome portions, showcasing the simplicity of the ingredients.
Their servers were quick to recommend brilliant wine pairings to harmonise with the meals and ultimately enhance your experience at the steakhouse Alongside their eclectic wine list, they also have refreshing cocktail selections where a specialised gin and tonic trolley is wheeled to the table.
My night was complete with 250g of grilled 35-day aged striploin masterkobe. The delectable steak makes evident the superior quality on offer at Marco Pierre White. The butter-soft texture of the steak, complemented with grilled wild mushrooms in garlic butter was phenomenal. And the triple cooked chips make you crave for more.
Every Wednesday they offer an extraordinary 'Steak-Out' where guests can choose from an unlimited steaks selection, including black Angus beef, USDA prime striploin and ribeye, paired with free-flowing sauces and all the triple cooked chips (and more) you could ever eat. I cannot wait to be back to get the full Marco Pierre White experience in Abu Dhabi – top quality simple food at a great price.
What: Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
Where: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 460 for two, without drinks
Tel: +971 2 304 8291