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“2nd expereince...best lunch buffet in AD so far!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana

Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana
Ranked #35 of 2,023 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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139 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“2nd expereince...best lunch buffet in AD so far!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

After my first visit, I was invited by the restaurant team to revisit them and to give them a chance to make up for the not so good experience of the last time. It was really good to get their call and to see their dedication in trying to make up for the past experience and the lengths that they go to ensure that each person who eats with them leaves with good memories of their visit.
This time the experience not only make up for the past bad experience, but was one of the best lunch buffets I can remember. All kudos to the restaurant managers for trying and for Chef Saurabh (who has recently joined them) for delivering the best culinary experience for me so far in Indian cuisine. Each dish on the sit down buffet was excellent, from drinks, starters, main course to dessert. He also tried a new plating for his dishes which was also impressive. Especially loved the samosas, papadi chaat and papad wrapped paneer. On the non-veg side tried the chicken items and they were amazingly soft and well marinated.
And about my first experience, I guess we were just at the right place at the wrong time!
My congratulations to the entire team and if they keep delivering like this, nothing will stop them from being called the best Indian restaurant in town!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SonalCG
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YasIslandRotana, Manager at Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Dear SonalCG,

Thank you for such a wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experiences with us at Rangoli.

We are delighted to hear that your experience this second time with us was nothing short of amazing – and that you recommend and see us as your best culinary experience in Indian cuisine. Your compliments have been shared with the entire Rangoli team for the attentiveness of their service, in particular with the management and with Chef Saurabh.

Its positive comments like yours that keep us motivated to continuously strive to do better, and we are very glad you gave us the opportunity to share with you the specialties of Rangoli.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Please feel free to contact me directly in case I can be of any assistance in making your next visit an even more wonderful one.

Best Regards,

Hossam El Said
Director of Food & Beverage
Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Chef Sourabh! Superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were on invitation for brunch and were surprised to see tasting menu from the chef, which he might be incorporating in the main menu, starters were delicious and so was the main course.

To mention few of my favorites from that day: Papdi chaat, samosas, paneer wrapped in papad and Dal tadka.

Hope to see continuous gr8 food and evolving menu! Gr8 place to sit outside during winters.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rajatkgupta
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YasIslandRotana, Manager at Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Rajatkgupta,

Thank you for your five star rating and for taking the time to write your lovely review.

We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your dining experience at Rangoli and were pleasantly surprised with both the tasting and the regular menu. Your kind comments are greatly appreciated.

It is truly great to know that you enjoyed your time with us, and we certainly hope to welcome you back again soon!

Kind regards,

Hossam El Said
Director of Food & Beverage
Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Value for money restaurant with spacious seatings and exceptional service......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

This 27th June '14 was NOT the only time I have visited Rangoli, I had been there before too with my Clients.

But unfortunately, both the times I have been there; has been for lunch on a Friday and so had to choose from the same menu (set menu - unlimited servings for each course, and served at table).

What brings you back to this place is VALUE FOR MONEY and good food....a fine Indian restaurant at a 4 star hotel and truly nominal pricing for an unlimited meal option - Superb value for money!!

The food is good, well prepared; as you can taste multiple dishes it's always great and the ambience is good.

The service staff at this restaurant do a great job, a manager comes to you to check if everything's fine and I should admit that the servers are very professional in the way they handle the guest - they get TOP marks/ranking for that!! The chef met us this time and made us feel special - thanks to him for that level of service!

We had Aloo Tikki Chat, Veg Samosa, lamb Sheek kabab, Chicken Tikka, Mustard salmon Tikka, Lamb Bunna, Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai. The verdict is that with the exception of lamb Buna (which I thought was average bordering good) and Gulab Jamun (which tasted good when had along with Ice cream and NOT otherwise) all the other dishes were good tasty Indian dishes! Plus you will surely have memorable time here with the spacioius seating, courteous staff, the pool side, etc...

For two people and an unlimited meal offering we paid Dhs 322.50 (Incl. of 10% service fee and 6% Tourism fee) - so mind you, THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT CAN GET IN TERMS OF VALUE FOR MONEY.

Cheers,
Syed M. H

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank syed h
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YasIslandRotana, Manager at Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Syed H,

Thank you for such a great review and for taking the time to share your experiences with us at Rangoli.

We are delighted to learn that you have always enjoyed your dining experience with us – the quality and variety of the food, the ambience, the friendliness and professionalism of our staff, as well as the great value for money we offer every time!

The entire Rangoli team is very happy to see such a feedback, and we will be sure to extend your positive comments to all – in particular to our Chef who allowed for such a memorable experience.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Rangoli in the near future.

Best Regards,

Hossam El Said
Director of Food & Beverage
Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island Abu Dhabi
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“One of the best Indian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

We are residents and live local to Yas Island and use all the restaurants in the area. For one of the best Indian restaurants in the area you will not go wrong with Rangoli located within the Rotana Hotel. Reservations are usually required although we have just turned up in the past and received immediate service. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. The food is a good mix of meat, seafood, and vegetarian with the dishes offering a slight modern theme to Indian cuisine. Smoking and non-smoking seating is available inside although outside seating is also available.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ian H
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YasIslandRotana, Manager at Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Dear Ian H,

Thank you for such a wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experiences with us at Rangoli. We are delighted to hear that your experiences with us have always been nothing but positive.

I would like to thank you for your kind words regarding the accommodating and professional service as well as regarding our wide-ranging and unique menu. Your compliments have been shared with the entire Rangoli team and we are all very happy to see such feedback. Its positive comments like yours that keep us motivated to continuously strive to do better.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Rangoli in the near future. Please feel free to contact me directly in case I can be of any assistance in making your next visit an even more wonderful one.

Best Regards,

Hossam El Said
Director of Food & Beverage
Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Brunch at the Rangoli”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014

The brunch is excellent value for money, our waitress Sanjeeta looked after us extremely well as usual, the new chef Saurabh treated us to some very tasty dishes. A good way to sample a wide variety of dishes in a relaxing atmosphere, well worth a visit when in Abu Dhabi.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stuweb24
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YasIslandRotana, Manager at Rangoli at Yas Island Rotana, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
Dear Stuweb24,

Thank you very much for your positive comments and for taking the time to share your experiences with us at Rangoli.

We are delighted to hear that your experience with us was a positive one, and I would like to thank you for your kind words regarding the professional service, staff and relaxed atmosphere. We are also very happy you found the best of Indian cuisine with us! Your compliments have been shared with the entire Rangoli team, in particular with both Sanjeeta and Chef Saurabh.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Rangoli. Please feel free to contact me directly in case I can be of any assistance in making your next visit even better.

Best Regards,

Hossam El Said
Director of Food & Beverage
Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island Abu Dhabi
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