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“Great food, in a strange location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rouge

Rouge
Ranked #68 of 2,040 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A stylish restaurant, experience the best in Pan Asian cooking at Rouge, serving delicious signature dishes. Location : First Floor, Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi Opening Hours : Tuesday to Sunday Dinner: 07:00 p.M. To 11:30 p.M.
Hong Kong
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“Great food, in a strange location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

We tried out the Rouge restaurant at the Rocco Forte for three principal reason - 1, we always like to try something different, 2, it is quite near where we live, and 3, it had come recommended by some friends.

We turned up on a Thursday night without having made a reservation. The first thing is that the Rocco Forte Hotel is located is a rather strange location, well away from the main part of town. The hotel itself is a nice piece of modern architecture, with a sculptured glass front with the now almost obligatory coloured LED lights adorning the outside. Finding the restaurant is strange too. You are directed to some lifts on one side of the hotel, then as you come out you walk away from the lifts trying to find where it is. There must be some signs, but we didn't see them. It turns out that the rather understated doorway is right by the lifts.

The restaurant occupies the entire eastern end of the first floor, with the centre being part of the atrium that looks down on another restaurant below. The roof is a load of floors up, so the general impression is one of space, and as the walls are glass you have a good view of the outside, not that there is anything worth looking at!

The tables are ranged around the outside, and a lot of the table have little hoods that proved lighting furnished by red LED's; not to everyone's taste perhaps. One other minor gripe was that the air conditioning vents blew quite a strong current of air, which after a while became uncomfortable.

Despite being a Thursday, there were maybe three or four other occupied tables, only a small proportion of the total number; we put this down to its location not being a good selling point.

The service was a little slow, as there were not many staff for what is quite a big restaurant. However, they were courteous. A small Japanese style complimentary dish was given to us while we perused the menu.

We went there for the Japanese food, and we ordered a selection. It arrived in a timely manner, and we were very impressed by the presentation. We have tried sushi and sashimi in a number or restaurants around the world by this was the best presentation by far. For example, the salmon and tuna sashimi arrived prepared in the form of a rose, with the different coloured slices of sushi forming the petals. However we are pleased to report that the sashimi itself matched the quality of the presentation; the slices were razor thin, and the quality of the fish used was excellent, in terms of both taste and texture.

The rest of of the dishes ordered were equally good, and we also went for a Chinese dish in the form of the Beijing Duck. That too was excellent.

My wife commented to the staff on the quality of the presentation, and very soon after the Chef, Shella, came out to ask us how everything was. She was very attentive, and keen that we gave her our opinions of her preparation and quality of the food. She also invited us to taste a dish that she developed and wanted to put on the menu. The dish was salmon rolls dressed with crab meat, and like all the other dishes was great. Hopefully she will indeed include it.

To sum up, for us this is an excellent Japanese restaurant that we would heartily recommend. It is out of the way, but we believe it merits the effort to get to for the quality of the food. The only shame is that many will probably deem it too far away from the centre of Abu Dhabi to try it. If they do, they won't regret it.

  • Visited December 2012
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing atmosphere, Delicious food, Welcoming staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

I've been there for the first time, the staff are very welcoming, all the attention is with you, the described the menu & dishes clearly.
Food is amazing & delicious, you will enjoy every bite, all spices are really balanced that you will feel the taste of every dish. Desserts are just WOW, we cannot get enough of it !
Atmosphere is very calm, great for couples on special occasion, I am not sure if it is suitable for families with children.
For sure I will go there in shaa Allah many times in future,

  • Visited September 2012
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Mexico, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

The restaurant needs to be known, the service, the ambiance, the food were just phenomenal. This restaurant anywhere in the world would be ranked top 3. Rocco Forte has a gem that hopefully will be advertised so the locals (expat included), the visitors will know. The hostess was very gracious, she was knowledgeable of the menu. The welcome drink was interesting and brought knowledge to my culinary world. The dim sum are just exquisite, my duck was done perfectly as well as the prawns and cashew. Keep up I shall come back again!

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank thew0rldwidetraveler
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“Delicious duck”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Fab restaurant in the Rocco Forte hotel. We started with some great cocktails - my cosmopolitan had a nice sharp citrusy edge to it, just the way I like them. I had the tuna tartare tower to start, which was lovely, but the highlight of the meal was the duck - seriously the best duck I have ever eaten. It was moist and juicy, whilst the skin was crisp and delicious. Every mouthful was an absolute delight. The service was top notch and the restaurant is a feast for the eyes too. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank MerionT
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“Wonderful food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

We were staying at the Rocco Forte Hotel and went to Rouge for a special meal. The hotel is amazing and so is this place. My wife and I both started with a cocktail and then moved onto to the food. She had the tuna tartee tower and I had lightly seared tuna which were both nice and beautifully presented. We then went onto the mains which were equally amazing - my wife having the duck and I had the Australian John Dory - both delicious. The accompanying wines were great - particularly the New Zealand Chardonay.
The service here is fantastic and it is one of only a few places I can ever remember where I did not have to ask for anything. Rouge is not cheap but I think it is value for money and is the best restaurant at the Rocco Forte. Treat yourself for the environment, the food and the wine.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank stephentaynton
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