It was a special occasion, with friends we had not seen for a number of years, so we were looking for somewhere extra special to dine, and thought we had found it in one of the most glamorous buildings in Abu Dhabi and part of a hotel group we had used in other cities and found to be excellent.
Firstly, finding our way to the "Hyatt" was difficult, as it is not sign posted by name from the main road. The Restaurant on arrival was spectacular, with brilliant views over the city, and we were shown to a good table.
The menu was described as Mediterranean, featuring dishes from Greece, Syria and other Med classics. The menu is quite small, there was 5 or 6 vegetarian starters, but not one vegetarian main, the waitress offered to size up a starter - effectively a pizza or ask the chef to make a pasta arrabiata, not exactly imaginative or fine dining. With some persuasion she approached one of the many chefs on show and asked for his input, an imaginative pasta dish was suggested, which was accepted. The wine list was extremely expensive, with the most inexpensive wine costing out at over 10GBP a glass, so we did without.
The food ranged from excellent - the steak, to truly abysmal - the Lemon Tart with Meringue. An over sweetened lemon filling on poor pastry swimming in soft egg white, that had had a blow torch passed over, thus ensuring the egg was not cooked out.
The service was intrusive, at least 3 people stopped to enquire how everything was, but did not cope, when it was pointed out the soup was cold and had not been served with the lemon and toasted pitta as described on the menu. We counted 16 times we were asked in total! and if you said thank you the waitress launched into an effusive speech on how welcome you were. Then when you did need someone, they were too busy chatting to notice! On the whole, the food was pretty average and not worth the price - the above mentioned soup being 55Dhm ++
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