Shakespeare & Co Better Known as Shakespeares
Dining out is nothing new for Habibti and I. It is our goal to try a new restaurant in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai each week. After the previous weeks experience at a so-called Mexican Restaurant, our next experience had to be great; it just had to.
On the recommendation of one of my colleagues, we tried Shakespeare and Co. in the World Trade Center, downtown Abu Dhabi.
We were instantly intrigued by the Victorian decor and the quaint dining arrangement. Shakespeare and Co exerted excellent attention to detail and presentation thus encouraging great moods before dining.
The dining table was quite lovely. The touches were delicate and time specific.
Like most dining experiences, Shakespeare and Co welcomes diners with a warm bread basket. The dinner rolls had a firm exterior with soft moist insides that were perfect for enjoying the green, spiced butter.
Initially, I thought the spiced butter was an avocado spread of the sorts but the server informed me that it was not. For me the life of me, I can’t recall the flavor but will add an update later. As you can see, Habibiti wasted no time taking a taste of the spread that was new to us. It met his approval and mine as well.
After the dining tragedy from the previous week, which was a total assault on our taste buds, we opted for simple dishes with the hopes that all would be well.
We tried their mozzarella sticks as they often provide fuss free bites. Shakespeare and Co passed the test with this simple appetizer. The mozzarella sticks were served fast and fresh off of the grill. The cheese was warm and gooey with a crisp, flavorful outside. The dipping sauce was a bit of a surprise because it had more of a sweet flavor like chili sauce versus the normal marinara sauce. Habibti loved the flavor, but it was just OK to me. I would have preferred standard marinara.
Because I was being overly cautious, I ordered a simple turkey sandwich. The turkey sandwich from Shakespeare and Co comes with a side of fries, chips for those influenced by the English and Aussie culture.
The turkey sandwich was a hit. The meat was fresh, the cheese and condiments were flavorful, and the wheat roll had tastes reminiscent of old Paris.
Habibti was a bit more adventurous and ordered the chicken and mushroom dinner. While it didn’t photograph well, the entree was superb. The chicken was tender and seasoned well. The mushroom simmered in the sauce just long enough to adsorb the various spices, and the rice was cooked to perfection. The side salad was a house blend left Habibti wanting more. I had a few tastes of his entree and will try it on my next visit. My colleagues mentioned that this was one of their favorite dishes from Shakespeare and Co.
Because the portion sizes were quite generous, we had a few leftovers to enjoy the following day.
I can’t say enough about the detailing. The payment pouch is neatly decorated with an array of materials that made the small dent the bill charged OK. Actually, the prices are quite moderate and comparable to any standard cantina.
During the remainder of our dining experience at Shakespeare and Co., we engaging with the decor and sights of the decadent desserts. Next time, we will leave room for one of the sweet treats above.
Habibti and I were completely pleased by our dining experience at Shakespeare and Co. in the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi. We will schedule another experience soon at one of their many locations through Abu Dhabi and Dubai.