Waves Bar located inside Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan is the perfect place to wind down and fill up.
The casual dining spot offers two distinctly different settings. The indoor accommodation, which is essentially a pub featuring a full bar with flat-screen televisions, while the outdoor lounge, where we choose to sit, is outfitted with a variety of seating options including covered cabana style nooks and colourful beanbags situated around wooden platforms. We take our seats under the night sky and spread out across two cushioned benches in full on relaxation mode as we peruse the menu, which comes with a little clip-on light – a nice touch that makes reading in the dark a lot easier.
Waves offers a mixture of starters, small bites, main courses and refreshing handcrafted signature drinks and we start with two Waves Originals; Very Berry which includes lime juice and raspberry puree for flavour and Passion Spice, which fuses passion fruit and ginger ale with a chilli infused base. These mixed beverages hit the spot
and truly make our time awaiting food a ‘happy hour’.
The starters arrive piping hot and generously portioned for sharing. We tuck into breaded fried shrimp served with tarter and sweet chili sauce and a substantial nachos platter drizzled with tomato salsa, green chili, shredded parmesan, cheddar sauce, guacamole and sour cream. After more lively conversation in our semi-private seating area, the mains are served.
The Avocado Banger is an instant hit arriving with vials of Waves’ signature bao sauce protruding from each bun. Crispy, breaded avocado, pickled radish, carrot and coriander are folded into a fluffy bao bun, which is best described as eating veggies on a cloud. It’s light but substantial and squeezing in the bao sauce makes eating it quite the experience too.
The second main is a trio of sliders including one chicken patty on a green bun, one roasted beef filet on a black bun and one beef patty on a regular mini burger bun. The toppings vary across each making this dish the epitome of a tasting plate. There’s still time and a little room left for a treat so we indulge in apple pie served a la mode.
Whatever you’re craving at the end of a long day, Waves Bar has something on offer to take the edge off and leave you feeling good.
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