I have discovered something last weekend! There is a sports bar which doubles as wonderful weekend lunch venue hidden behind 2nd of December Street. Who would have thought?
Ed and I went out to find The Boston Bar in Jumeira Rotana, a hotel tucked in between Jumeirah and Satwa. Since I am not into the typical loud bar atmosphere, sports shows and heavy alcoholic drinks, I opted to visit for lunch. It was the perfect time to discover what is beyond the "bar" at The Boston Bar.
When the wooden pub door of The Boston bar opened up, it revealed a cozy bar resembling the setting of the famous old sitcom "Cheers". It looks pretty much a quintessential American sports bar; classic dark wood furniture, large screens on sports channel, and happy hour essentials like karaoke, table football, and yes, dart boards!
|The Boston Bar|
|Sports Bar without the crowd at 12nn. It had a whole new vibe an hour later!|
|Built just like the bar in the American sitcom Cheers!|
|Bar Essentials: beer and games|
I, who came to The Boston Bar for nothing but lunch, had my full attention on the food menu which happens to be written on the paper placemat. The menu is focused on American comfort food and British pub grub. The husband, on the other hand, happily scrambled through the long list of drinks.
I started my lunch with a bowl of Boston's Seafood Chowder. It is a creamy soup enriched with seafood chunks and topped with soft rosemary brioche. Ed had Nachos to pair with his beer. The Tex-Mex starter looks tempting! The crispy corn tortillas were served fully-loaded with salsa, cheddar sauce, sour cream, guacamole and jalapenos! It was a beautiful, delicious kind of mess!
For the main course, I had Bangers and Mash. It is a traditional British comfort food of sausage and mashed potatoes. The Boston Bar's take on the British fare blew me away! The bangers (beef sausages) were perfectly pan seared, juicy, meaty, and very very tasty! Truly heart-warming when paired with the potato puree and drizzled with red wine gravy.
Ed had Lamb Chops with chips and red wine sauce on the side. He had it cooked medium-well and it turned out to be faultless. Pink and juicy inside, brown and tender outside!
|Bangers and Mash|
For dessert, we shared a serving of Mississippi Mud Pie. It is a rich chocolate fudge cake layered with amazing textures - chewy buttery crust at the bottom, soft dark chocolate pudding in the center, fine dusting of powdered sugar on top, and lightly sweet whipped cream on the side.
So, what is beyond the bar and the booze? Excellent food! This lively venue was not just made for drinking!
|Mississippi Mud Pie|
Of course, it is not only what is beyond that I discovered, but also what The Boston Bar is popularly known for. We came in early for Friday lunch, hence we had the dining hall all to ourselves for almost an hour. At half past one, guests started to arrive and the atmosphere went from quiet to lively. It was not loud, just a good place to chill out on a weekend.
I skipped the cocktails and had mocktails instead. I loved it! The Virgin Mojito and Strawberry Mojito were refreshing, tastes fun and exciting even without the alcohol! :) Ed, who is into wine and food pairing, received wonderful suggestions from the staff. We simply adore, Maya, the staff who took care of us very well. She's friendly and knowledgeable; the person to run to when you're confused on which wine would best compliment your meal!
|What's in the bar at The Boston Bar? Refreshing mocktails, a variety of alcoholic beverages and awesome service.|
What we had (Prices as of May 2016):
Boston's seafood chowder: 50 AED
Nachos: 55 AED
Bangers and Mash: 75 AED
Lamb Chops: 140 AED
Mississippi Mud Pie: 40 AED
The Boston Bar
2nd of December Street
Contact # +971 4 345 5888
We were invited to dine at The Boston Bar in Jumeira Rotana.
Opinions in this blog post are my own.