When you feel like enjoying a fine flame-grilled steak with a view of the Arabian Gulf, live music, tango dancers, and a bit Latin flair, you probably already know to head to the 25th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
La Parrilla has been around for years and is a popular steakhouse for residents and tourists alike. They already have their Friday brunch and a Sunday Butcher’s Night, but they’ve recently launched a new offer for late night diners who want great food and good value. So from 9:30pm until last orders at 11:30pm every evening, you can now take advantage of the new Buenas Noches set menu – and enjoy the live entertainment.
For just AED 195 per person, you can select three courses from their Buenas Noches Facil set menu which includes some of La Parrilla’s most popular dishes. Or, you can upgrade to the “Goloso” set menu for an additional AED 180 per person and choose three courses from the full menu (though let’s be clear, goloso means gluttonous or greedy).
With the Facil menu, you have the option of three starters – grilled portobello mushrooms with onion compote and green sauce, empanadas, or prawn and corn fritters. I ordered the mushrooms, which is a dish I never would have ordered off the main menu. But these hearty mushroom were served in chunks on a creamy green sauce made of parsley with a crunchy onion topping and were absolutely delicious.
For mains, you get the choice of tenderloin, chicken breast or a quinoa and veggie dish. If you don’t like tenderloin, you’re out of luck. Looks like it will be the goloso menu for you!
I ordered the lomo a la parrilla, grass-fed Argentinian tenderloin served with mashed potatoes and chimichurri sauce. My preferred temperature of steak is a seared-on-the-outside, raw-on-the-inside bleu – which you can tell by the pat of butter which is still intact.
Mr. S on the other hand likes his steak cooked a bit more. Mmm, cuts like butter.
The sides come in cast-iron pots. The truffled mash is creamy and smooth.
The sauteed spinach is fresh and healthy-tasting.
For desserts, you can choose from churros, pomelo passion or a fruit plate.
La Parrilla’s churros were not as cinnamon-y as the one’s I’d recently eaten at La Tablita, though they came with a scoop of delicious salted caramel ice cream, a splodge of lemon cream, and a bowl of thick foamy chocolate.
Even though I like fruity desserts, I don’t think I ever would have ordered the Pomelo Passion off the full menu – but in fact it turns out it was my favourite of the two desserts. It’s a pomelo custard with passion fruit sorbet, a coconut cream and sprinkles of peanut brittle. This dessert was light and delicious and reminded me of one of my favourite Hong Kong dessert combinations of mango, pomelo, sago and coconut milk.
Verdict: The Buenas Noches menu offers great steak at great value for late diners. Though the options on the Facil menu are limited – particularly on the steak front – there are some decent options, so long as you like tenderloin!
Note to self: Depending on how much you feel like talking to your company, reserve a table by the window or by the dance floor where you’ll have the tango dancers to distract you.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Tel: 04 432 3232
Chow for now!