A fantastic atmosphere and excellent food at the Hyatt Capital Gate Reviews

Meal Deal
Friday brunch

A Mediterranean brunch with an extensive international buffet along with fantastic views over the city. Dhs280 (with soft drinks), Dhs350 (with hops, grape and sparkling) Timings: 1pm-4pm (Friday)

Business lunch

The daily-rotated three course set menu is suitable for entertaining clients and colleagues alike. With free Wi-Fi and a strong internet connection, this is the ideal location for an interactive lunch meeting. Dhs150 Timings: Noon-3pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

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As surreal and outlandish as the Hyatt Capital Gate is, it’s also oddly intimate. Similarly, so is its main dining outlet, 18°. In fact, 18° is like how your local would be if we all lived on Mars in a giant space station that leaned sideways at and 18° angle. And for this, their excellent service staff can take all the credit. Now we’d prefer friendly staff to the decorous kind that hover about almost apologetically to fill your glass and unfold your napkin then begone. And in that vein, the staff here are so friendly, forthcoming and happy to engage in brief snippets of conversation that we almost feel bad that we don’t know their names.

Furthermore, they are very keen to have you trying out the cool 18° concept of sharing, which makes things all the more laid back and chummy.

Appropriately, the cuisine is Eastern Mediterranean. And the menu covers all those cultures that have one very essential thing in common (aside from plentiful olive oil); the importance of dining as a social experience. To that effect, all the food is brought to your table in serving dishes or small pots and pans, and placed in the centre for everyone to help themselves. Which is great, since you’ll want to try everything.

And because our eyes are larger than our stomachs, we ordered a starter from both the Italian and Turkish sections of the menu and three mains, one each from Greece, Syria and Lebanon. The organic rucola salad was simple and satisfying, and the Turkish melted kashkaval with pastirma ham passed the Turk-test with flying colours, because that pastirma was the authentic stuff, its smell guaranteed to linger on your person for two days.

Our mains were steamed mussels from Greece, which were tasty and plentiful. It shared table space with beef tenderloin with pomegranate glaze and pistachio pepper crust, as well as a giant milk-fed veal chop, both served with a spattering of creamy mash. The first was tender, juicy and complemented by such wonderful tangy and nutty flavours. The second was succulent and so satisfyingly fatty, it very nearly tasted of duck.

To top off the satisfaction, we partook of some Turkish coffee and the excellent desserts on offer. Chef Brigit’s specialty of Maracaibo chocolate fondant with chocolate cake and burnt honey sesame ice-cream was a real treat. But the best thing here really has to be their homemade ice creams. The date burnt honey was a heavenly experience that tasted like sticky toffee pudding. Our choppers are still smacking to savour its memory.

The bill (for two)
Organic rucola
Melted cheese pastirma Dhs65
Beef tenderloin Dhs240
Milk-fed veal chop Dhs250
Steamed mussels Dhs110
Ice cream Dhs20
Maracaibo fondant Dhs50
Total (excluding service) Dhs815

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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.


  • Location: Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 596 1234
  • Travel: Khaleej Al Arabi Street
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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: suleyman cakmak on 07 Nov ' 14 at 23:11
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

atmosphere was awsome but food was disaster

Posted by: Ghazi Qarout on 01 May ' 13 at 18:56
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food , Great atmosphere , great view and very poor service

no enough staff to serve guests

Posted by: Arul Haq on 16 Jan ' 13 at 09:42
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The Steak tasted absolutely good, however the decor and ambience is pretty average for the price your pay. There are better resturants out there.

Posted by: Ricardo on 06 Oct ' 12 at 03:55
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

In Abu Dhabi we now have a wonderful number of really fine dining venues. All have more to offer than this one - including the view.

Setting: Spectacular
Ambiance: One of the best in the city
Food: Splendid
Presentation: Adequate
Service: Impeccable
Value: Average - setting far more exciting than food
Price: Way out of line unless one considers the priceless view. (Six people - appetizers and four glasses of wine = AED 1,800 - 450 per person.

ADVICE: 1) Do not have the chef select your menu; it will cost you big time and you will be served far too many items.
2) Be sure to ask and order a wine in your price range - the wine was barely OK but not great and cost AED 110 - 120 PER GLASS. Labels on the house wines served could not be read as it was washed off. A Chablis was served at room temperature.

Prepare yourself.

Posted by: Ben on 26 Apr ' 12 at 04:27
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Management at the new Hyatt did a fantastic job !

We had a fabulous time at the Restaurant... The waiting staff was excellent and very accomandating while not doing "too much", they called the head chef to our table for recommendations. For the wine, a young charming Gentleman recommended us a perfect match with out flavousome food we had. The Codfish mousse was just amazing and the Beef Tenderloin the best i´ve ever tried.
Just the dessert varioation isnt really outstanding, but fantastic in taste and texture... We were invited for a last digestiv on their terrace with a beautiful view.

It was such an enjoyable evening and we´ll be back soon.
Thanks to the Hyatt Management, those guys are a new standard in Abu Dhabi.


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