It’s no secret that Boca is one of my favourite spots in Dubai. The Mediterranean restaurant never fails to disappoint; the bar is fun and relaxed, the staff always super friendly and the food? Well, the food is just everything.
What keeps us going back to Boca is its fresh and inventive seasonal menu. So many Dubai restaurants are guilty of creating a menu at conception and neglecting to reinvent. Boca on the other hand likes to mix it up, try new dishes, focus on seasonal and sustainable produce, which means aside from some of its classic dishes it’s regularly evolving. Boca has also begun sourcing a lot of local products, such as Dibba Bay Oysters. In addition to this the team aren’t shy of an event, whether they’re teaming up with Torres Wine, Grey Goose or Ginmare, I have spent many a wild night here!
We had the pleasure of visiting last week to try out the new menu so here is a round-up of some of the most droolworthy dishes you need in your life!
Let’s start with the “Ice Packed Manzanilla Olives”. I swear to the lord above (admittedly not a regular congregant) these are the best olives you will ever have. Chef Matthijs has been hard at work creating a little party in your mouth with these beauts. Each one is painstakingly filled with lemon gel and then topped with orange zest and dried herbs. You can thank me later.
Next up the Salmon Rilettes. With red radish, lemon and dill mayo it is ridiculously smooth and creamy and the little bursts of lemon are just delightful.
Even to the most avid pizza fan the pulled lamb pizzetta will offer an inventive step. Topped with ricotta, basil pesto and rocket you may not be willing to share this one. The flavours work so well together and the slow cooked lamb is unbelievably soft and tender.
Ratatouille doesn’t really grab me by the balls and isn’t something I would typically order from a menu but the “Boca-Touille” is next level. The balsamic glazed onion and roast cherry tomatoes add some major flavour to this dish. The strained yoghurt and dried herbs are perfect accompaniments.
Onto seafood and the Pike-Perch (which I’ve never heard of let alone tried), a freshwater fish popular around The Netherlands (Chef Matthijs’s influence) was perfectly cooked and utterly delicious. The apple syrup glaze brings to much flavour while the Riesling sauce was nice and subtle. With the fresh greens this is a lovely light dish.
Last but by no means least was the beautiful Wild Spanish Risotto. With black truffle, parmesan, shallot crumble and ricotta piped through the dish it has plenty of texture and a deep, rich flavour.
After all the savoury dishes it was time for sweet (you know baby likes dessert!) and we began with the new Apple Tatin which was good enough to rival the likes of La Serre’s version. Using Pink Lady apples they were perfectly caramelised and sweet and the texture just spot on!
Finally, we couldn’t finish a meal at Boca without one of Chef Matthijs’ famous creations, the Mandarin Cheesecake. This is always one of my favourite desserts and it never disappoints.
It’s very rare that the hubs and I will love every dish we try but I can honestly tell you this was the case with all of the above. We obviously didn’t have enough space to try ALL the new dishes but I have it on good authority from some of my other fave foodies that the Sea Bass Ceviche and Lamb Chops are fantastic.
Boca never lets us down and the new menu gets a huge thumbs up from me!