After a long, stressful week of work, it is perfectly acceptable to reward yourself with something scrumptious and indulgent during the weekend. And nothing can be more satisfying and decadent than having a steak dinner at one of the renowned steak restaurants in your area.
If you want to reward yourself with the best steak in Abu Dhabi this weekend, here are five tips that will help you have the perfect dinner at a steakhouse:
- Choose the right steakhouse
If you already have a favorite steakhouse, there is nothing wrong with heading there straightaway for dinner. However, if you want to try other restaurants, make sure you pick one that is known for serving great steaks.
The best steakhouses offer premium-grade, flavorful steaks at reasonable prices. They also offer a variety of delectable sides and an impressive beverage selection. Lastly, a great steakhouse consistently provides all customers with an amazing dining experience.
To make sure you choose the right steakhouse to satisfy your craving for an excellent steak, do some research beforehand.
Go online to read customer reviews about the restaurants that pique your curiosity. If you have some time and you can check the steakhouse for yourself, do so and see if it always has a good number of diners. This is a good sign that the restaurant will give you a wonderful dining experience.
- Find out what grade of steak the restaurant serves
Steak restaurants serve different grades of beef. The grade is given based on the fat marbling the cut of steak has.
The most sought-after steakhouses offer only USDA prime cuts. These are cuts that have abundant marbling and have the greatest potential to yield juicy and tender steaks. They usually have wagyu — widely regarded as the highest grade due to its intense levels of marbling — on their menu as well.
Many steakhouses serve USDA choice beef cuts. These are high-quality meats but have less marbling than prime cuts.
If you want to splurge on and enjoy a superb steak dinner, you have to select a restaurant that serves wagyu and USDA prime cuts of beef.
- Select your steak cut
Once you are in the restaurant, peruse the menu to find out which type of steaks they offer. If you already have a preferred cut, you won’t go wrong with ordering it.
However, if you are not too familiar with the different types of steak and want to try something you haven’t had before, here’s an overview of the most popular cuts steakhouses serve:
- Tenderloin – This is a cut from the short loin and sirloin located at the sides of the cow near its hind legs. It is boneless, low in fat yet one of the most tender cuts of meat you will ever try.
- New York Strip – This is a filet, boneless cut taken from the area above the ribs. It has moderate fat content and is less tender than the tenderloin. However, it has a strong beefy flavor and aroma.
- Porterhouse – Also known as the T-bone, this type of steak comes from the loin and has a T-shaped bone. This cut comes with a tender filet on one side of the bone and a firmer cut on the other side.
- Ribeye – Ribeye comes from the ribs of the cow but is served without the bones. This cut contains more fat than the other cuts and has a grainy texture. Due to its fat content, the ribeye is the richest and tastiest beef cut you can order at a steakhouse.
- Choose the doneness level of your steak
Now that you know which type of steak to order, the next thing you have to decide is how you want it cooked.
Steaks can be cooked according to the following levels of doneness:
- Medium cooked
- Medium rare
Most chefs will recommend you order your steak medium cooked. However, moststeak enthusiasts order their meat medium rare since, with this level of doneness, the steak remains tender and juicy.
- Select your sides
A steak dinner won’t be complete if you don’t order the right side dishes.
If you’re looking for a traditional steak meal, you won’t go wrong with ordering a side of mashed or baked potatoes, creamed spinach, and sautéed or steamed vegetables. If you’re craving for something more contemporary, choose gnocchi, poutine, or truffle cheese fries.
Don’t forget to order pair your steak with the right beverage. Steak is always best paired with red wine but you can choose from otheralcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well. This greatly depends on your personal preferences.
Once you have everything down pat, you will have a satisfying steak dinner – one that will be enough to make you forget about your stressful week.
Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.