One dish worth the drive to Abu Dhabi

Ossau-Iraty cheese souffle at Brasserie Angelique, Jumeirah Etihad Towers

Ossau-Iraty cheese souffle at Brasserie Angelique

Four days, 13 restaurants, 59 dishes later and I now know Abu Dhabi’s dining scene inside out. The highlight? One dish that’s worth the drive down that treacherous highway, or if you’re a resident or visitor to the capital, get down there pronto.

The dish in question is an Ossau-Iraty cheese soufflé at French restaurant, Brasserie Angélique in Jumeirah’s Etihad Towers. Ossau-Iraty is a firm yet supple ewe’s milk cheese that is PDA protected from France’s Pyrenees mountains. Cooked as a twice-baked soufflé, this dome perches rather precariously on a hidden bed of creamed spinach, whilst floating in a cheese fondue. With a distinct, slightly nutty flavour, this moreish dish goes down as one of the most memorable I have tasted in a long time, appealing to the cheesaholic in FooDiva. Soft, buttery and crumbly all in one. Served as a main course, it’s a very reasonably priced AED75. It also makes for a great sharing dish with some crusty French baguette for dunking, or even better pommes frites!

Ossau-Iraty cheese souffle at Brasserie Angelique, Jumeirah Etihad TowersBrasserie Angelique at Jumeirah Etihad Towers

This Parisian-style restaurant has just won Gourmet Abu Dhabi’s Restaurant of the Year accolade, one of four categories I was judging with chef-cum-Instagram champion Faisal Naser and Suzanne Husseini, alongside public voting. I should clarify we were dining incognito and only now have the judges been revealed. Click here for all the winners, and here for a round-up from the chefs and judges (FooDiva included) on Dubai One TV.

Do you have a favourite dish ingrained in your memory and taste buds? Anyone spotted a similar dish in Dubai? I am testing out a different and much shorter format to my posts, so I’d welcome your thoughts as always :).

A bientôt!

FooDiva. x

P.S – Dubai Food Festival is in full swing – more here on what to do and where to eat, plus five Gourmet Trails from cheap eats to glam restaurants mapped out by six food bloggers, FooDiva included 🙂

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5 Responses to “One dish worth the drive to Abu Dhabi”

  1. Ianto Pren February 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This sounds like a must visit restaurant, when I am next in the UAE. Thanks for the tip

    • FooDiva February 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Abu Dhabi is really beginning to give Dubai a run for its money, restaurant-wise Ianto. So many new openings, and hence why I am starting to cover the capital 🙂

  2. Kelly February 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    My kind of food…cheesy!!! It looks as if Abu Dhabi is going forward as far as food/restaurants is concerned. Dubai though will always be my favourite city.

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