AQUA ROSEWOOD, ABU DHABI
We love this restaurant for its chill-out lounge vibe. From the music to the blue glow-lamps and aromatic shisha, the venue oozes cool. Nab a table on the terrace by the pool when the weather allows, to enjoy fabulous views across the water that take in Al Maryah Island and the glittering Abu Dhabi skyline.
The uncomplicated menu delivers beautifully presented Italian dishes. Choices include pizza, pasta, meat and fish, but we suggest the unusually presented Canadian lobster risotto, which arrives as two separate elements of tender meaty morsels of seafood on your plate, while the risotto itself is served tableside.
Mozzarella lovers are in for a treat. With an entire section devoted to cheese, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The creamy burrata is a must-try – simple, creamy and perfectly offset by the accompanying truffled honey and roasted lemon purée.
Desserts get a big shout-out here. Imaginatively presented while sticking to its authentic Italian roots, expect the traditional sweet dishes of tiramisu and panna cotta, as well as the exciting olive oil ice cream, which is smooth, creamy and balanced, making it a perfect companion to the rich chocolate torta.
Starter Burrata truffle honey-roasted lemon purée, Dhs75
Main Canadian lobster risotto lemon supreme, with sea urchin and Oscietra caviar, Dhs175
Dessert Ricotta chocolate torta, olive oil ice cream, Sicilian pistachios, poached peach, Dhs45
Address: Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 02 813 5552
Timings: Breakfast 6.30am-10.30am, lunch 12noon-3.30pm, dinner 6.30pm-11.30pm daily, 12.30pm-4pm Fri (brunch)
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