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Taking the lift to the 63rd floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, our expectations of Quest start to rise as the lift does. We are certainly not disappointed with the décor. Low lighting, an almost black and white theme and modern pendant fixtures result in a stylish ambience.

The staff are excellent at their jobs and it is evident that they genuinely want you to have a good time. Clock watching to see when the shift is over is not something that happens at Quest, a pan-Asian restaurant blending flavours from Japan, Malaysia and China.

We are seated at a beautifully laid table complete with fresh white linen, white hydrangeas and lovely Rosenthal crockery. The views are stunning and we are left suitably impressed on this lovely, clear evening – it seems like you can almost see out to the edge of the Earth. Our waiter, Rajesh, greets us and explains what the special menu items are for the evening. He is lovely and very knowledgeable, making sure we are set to enjoy the evening.

For starters, we choose miso soup which is cleverly served in a big bowl with just the dry ingredients for you to see. The warm liquid is then poured over the dry ingredients before our very eyes. The miso soup is spot on. Fresh ingredients like seaweed and silken tofu really hit the spot and make this dish sensational. We also try one of the specials; langoustine atop a cream based jelly made with langoustine essence, topped off with a clear langoustine-based stock that was drizzled over upon serving. This dish is also a winner, the langoustine and the cream jelly making an unusual but utimately good combination.

For mains we choose the strip loin which is seasoned with ginger, scallions and garlic and has a soy sauce flavor. Such a simple combination, it’s truly delightful and we can’t quite get enough. We also try the halibut which is one of the daily specials and comes highly recommended by Rajesh. The fish is pure white and very soft yet meaty. It is flavored with a generous amount of garlic, ginger, scallions and soy sauce and was simply divine. Both mains are served with excellent wok fried rice and green vegetables, both are really delicious accompaniments.

Feeling very full, we don’t really need it but can’t resist the lychee dessert, which consists of the fruit prepared in different ways. Lychee jellies, lychee ice cream, lychee sorbet and, of course, fresh lychees served on a delicious vanilla custard sauce. Very tasty and good to see something different on offer.

Quest has consistently high standards and nothing is compromised. Only the best service and freshest and ingredients will do.

The bill (for two)
Miso soup
Langoustine Dhs95
Strip loin Dhs205
Halibut Dhs220
Lychee Dhs65
Total (excluding service) Dhs640

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 811 5555
  • Travel: Corniche Road
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  • Cuisine: South East Asian
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Fri 7pm-11.30pm
  • Price: Dhs500+
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Anik on 27 Mar ' 12 at 12:11
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Menu is Limited, though food is of excellent standard. Service is friendly and helpful.

Posted by: Petyo on 27 Mar ' 12 at 12:08
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent service, Imaginative food and Superb Ambience!

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