I went here without a lot of expectations just the other day and I was highly impressed.
I hadn't heard of the place before but I was getting some car work done near the Rocco Forte hotel (not Hilton hotel apparently) and decided to give it a try.
First off we arrived before the restaurant opened at 7pm, and the matre d was so nice that she opened the place 5-10 minutes early just for us. Being impatient I definitely appreciated this.
We ordered some dim sum which was good, but didn't blow me away.
For our main we ordered bulgogi and then the wasabi tenderloin. Both were absolutely unbelievable. They were so good.
I must say the bulgogi was totally not authentic like I've had at some other places in Abu Dhabi. It's more crispy and thick meat kind of like a Mongolian beef. however I love Mongolian beef so this wasn't a big disappointment. The flavor was very thick, but leaves you wanting more rather than overpowering you.
Hard to believe but the wasabi tenderloin was even better. it had a thick spicy/peppery black sauce that was rich and delicious. Unlike any other sauce I've had before. The meat was cooked to a perfect medium rare (strange they didn't ask me how I wanted the steak cooked). I was quickly full, but ate the whole thing simply because it was too good for me not to eat.
For our entire meal the service was very attentive as well.
the only potential gripe is that this is a very expensive restaurant, even by Abu Dhabi standards. So only go there with caution. That said, I've been to a number of restaurants in this city that charge just as much as Rouge and are not nearly as good.
This place is worth the price.
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