Review: Matt, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s fine dining scene has added Maté, combining north and south Argentinean with Lebanese flavours in the form of a vibrant and unique culinary experience.Housed within the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, word missing offers a selection of classic Argentine dishes, presented through an eclectic journey
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lebanese immigrants to South America adopted the South American drink known as yerba mate and brought it back when they left Argentina. Yerba mate is not just a herbal drink (similar to green tea) with many benefits. It’s a ritual, it’s a gathering of people. That’s the story of Maté, the inspiration for the venue’s name.
The modern venue offers a vibrant yet relaxed environment that creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere, offering not only food and drink but a truly impressive culinary adventure. The eclectic interior provides a modest environment that is both comfortable and refined. The walls of the restaurant and bar are decorated with stylish portraits of Argentine and Lebanese legends Diego Maradona, Fairuz, Evita and Che Guevara. This artwork was created by talented British Moroccan artist DAZ in collaboration with Deep Wall Art Designers. An artistic central pendant light adds dramatic scale to the space, complemented by faceted lighting that creatively integrates into floors, ceilings and walls.
As we entered the bar upstairs, we were greeted warmly by the hospitable Argentine bartender who enthusiastically explained the history of yerba mate and prepared us two creative blends that incorporate yerba mate , they blend perfectly and are refreshing. This is the perfect start to a truly unforgettable night.
As we headed to the dining room, we were greeted by a tantalizing oak scent, a striking open brick grill sitting in the middle of the dining area, embers shimmering around.
On Wednesday, the venue showcased the Maté Supper Club, a stunning 16-course menu offering sophisticated modern yet rustic Argentinian dishes with Lebanese influences.
The first is humita and provoleta empanadas. To my surprise, the empanadas were light, crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, full of flavor. It was followed by pizza fugazetta, an Argentinian-inspired pizza that combines the sweetness of onions with the aroma of roasted oregano burrata. Soon after, the waiter brought us smoked parta asada and beef tartare with egg yolks and crispy parmesan. The perfectly seasoned beef is delicious.
The feast continued with fresh oysters with seaweed chimichurri and blue shrimp salad with rocket grapefruit and roasted fennel. My dining partner doesn’t usually like oysters, but I was impressed because the seaweed added a subtle touch. A drummer showed up and entertained all the tables with a playful Latin voice. Continue the culinary experience with raw toothfish wrapped in corn husks that are so soft, tender and luscious.
We were brought wood-fired pork ribs and kilts chargrilled. The ribs were cooked to perfection, falling off the bone and melting in our mouths. My dining mates were especially in awe of the chargrilled outer skirt, cooked medium rare and delightfully juicy.
We managed to make room for dessert and tried the churros with dulce de leche and vigilante Matt, baked cheesecake and sweet potato ice cream, which were rich, soft and lush.
If you’re looking for a luxurious dining experience, a truly memorable culinary experience, truly excellent service and a vibrant Latin atmosphere, look no further.
Wednesday 7:30-10:30 PM. From AED295 per person (food only).Call +9715 481 2576 and visit website or Instagram