Cho Gao

Meal Deal
Friday brunch

Head to this pan-Asian restaurant for a wide range of dishes. You can sample everything from Japanese tempura to Indonesian satay, Vietnamese rice paper rolls to Thai fish cakes.
Dhs158 (with soft drinks and iced tea), Dhs261 (with house beverages) Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday)

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Walk into Cho Gao on almost any night and you’ll see tables packed with happy diners. This is one of the most popular restaurants in the city and it’s easy to see why. The food is reasonably priced and the menu is long and varied. Dishes are labelled with their country of origin; you’ll spy cuisine from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines on the menu. Options include salads, appetisers, soups, stir-fry and mains. All too often in Abu Dhabi you feel as though you are dining in an empty eatery, but here, the sheer volume of guests gives the whole place an upbeat vibe, which is a pleasant experience. The Friday brunch is also a fun one that should be experienced, and even though there are less dishes to choose from, emphasis is placed on quality not quantity.

By Jon Wilks
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 616 6101
  • Travel: Hamdan Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Business lunch

User reviews:

Posted by: shomen on 30 Oct ' 12 at 10:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

excellent place to enjoy chilled tiger, great hospitality and nibble on authentic food.

Posted by: Hanim on 10 Sep ' 12 at 09:34
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Okay, I know its a bit too late to give my review. It was when I am looking for another restaurant to visit, and saw reviews, I remember to do my part for the review. I went to Cho Gao on 30 April 2012, as it was my aunty's birthday. Also, I asked Cho Gao to prepare a surprise birthday cake for her. It was pleasant. Food was quite South-East Asian for my taste.. :D Coming from Singapore, a Food Paradise. I enjoyed my experience there, nice ambience, similar to Emirate's Palace Hakkasan (no offence). Haha... But enjoyed the experience overall. :D

Posted by: Melissa on 05 Nov ' 11 at 17:51
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

As much as I love this restaurant it is in fact one of my favourites, I have to admit the service isn't that attentive, whether its due to the layout of tables or the need for more staff.
I will continue to dine here normally during the lunch/ afternoon periods for either cocktails or the wonderful dumplings and thai fish cakes ( I believe are the best in town).

Posted by: Melissa on 08 Sep ' 11 at 13:17
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Maha on 28 Sep ' 10 at 06:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I can't seem to go to this place often enough!!! Love the food, the ambiance and the value for money feeling you get as you walk out the door. I rated one star less for service because with the nooks and crannies they have (that make for a great intimate setting but) ,they need to have a system in place to get your server's attention without having to call out. Highly recommend Cho Gao to all - especially if you can handle spicy!

Posted by: randy richards on 29 Mar ' 10 at 10:39
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

What a fantastic place,every one is welcome and Akshay is a most polite gentleman serving the best food in Abu Dhabi

Posted by: Peter on 14 Mar ' 10 at 06:53
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great to have a top restaurant in the city now!

Posted by: Karim on 14 Mar ' 10 at 05:57
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Kirstie on 11 Mar ' 10 at 03:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I ate in Cho Gao the first week it opened, and after 2 years of living here, I finally felt as though a hotel in abu dhabi had got it right. I didn't feel that I was in a 'hotel restaurant' - cho gao has its own personality. the restaurant decor made us feel instantly relaxed with its dark wood south east asian theme, and the staff were very friendly.

As far as the food goes, the dim sum is amazing by anyones standards and the wok fried vegetables actually tasted like fresh, healthy vegetables (a phenomenon here in the emirates!!). I had the thai curry, which was delicious, and the black rice, which was really nutty and tasty. The food came out really quickly on gorgeous plates (if i had a bigger bag they might have left with me!), and there was so much food that I couldn't make it to dessert.

A must go to for any food over, this is definitely my new favourite food haunt in abu dhabi, and i can't wait to go back

Posted by: Anon on 10 Mar ' 10 at 10:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The wok fried greens and black rice are really delicious. Highly recommended!

Posted by: Ivanka Zagorska on 10 Mar ' 10 at 06:53
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I had a great experience,the food was delicious,great cocktails, definately something to try.Nice decorations and atmosphere,you have to see the bathrooms.It is a top restaurant in the citiy and would visit again.Abu Dhabi needed such a place and i recommend it to everyone,it is not to missed.

Posted by: Lorna Thompson on 10 Mar ' 10 at 06:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fantastic restaurant with good food and friendly efficient service. It is difficult to select what would be the best reason to go to the restaurant as it can be for a business meal - something quick and tasty or a leisurely gab fest with friends and family.

I would definitely recommend the restaurant to all for its good value for money.

Lorna

Posted by: Mel on 07 Mar ' 10 at 10:56
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My only gripe was that they didnt have a record of our order - a great Abu newbie!

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