La Mer

La Mer

Creative seafood with views of the Corniche Reviews

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For those who are avid lovers of seafood, you will be spoilt for choice with the options on the menu at La Mer, the newly opened signature restaurant at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi. The large menu offers only dishes from the sea but covers everything from sushi to squid, octopus and lots of different types of fish.

We were warmly greeted by our very friendly and chatty waiter and he first asked us if we would like a small tour of the restaurant to explain how it works. You can order from the menu or from what they call ‘the fish market’, where you can choose a particular fish, caviar or lobster and then have it cooked to your liking with a choice of different sauces and sides.

The décor at La Mer reflects the colours of the sea with modern fixtures and lots of sea blues and greens, which is offset nicely with some funky white chairs. The décor is sublime, however some of the finishes could be described as a little bit overdone and we couldn’t help being distracted by the odd wood paneling style wallpaper that made us feel like we were sitting in an office.

To start with, we decided on the prawn maki rolls and the seared scallops. The rolls were very impressive and we were served a huge portion that was freshly made by the sushi chef in the open bar. Big, tasty pieces of prawn tempura were wrapped up and served all piled up on the plate. The seared scallops were cooked perfectly and were also very large. They came served with orange and cubes of beetroot that complemented the scallops well.

For our main dishes we decided to choose from ‘the fish market’ and selected a piece of red snapper and the Canadian lobster. The waiter suggested we go with a béarnaise sauce for the fish and a lemon butter sauce with the lobster and just to have the latter grilled to retain the flavour. The flavour of the lobster was amazing and the sauce was nice and simple. It came with mashed potato, beans and a green salad. The red snapper was a very large piece of fish served on a bed of mashed potato and with vegetables that were perfectly cooked. The béarnaise sauce was a good suggestion from the waiter and it was rich without being too sickly. Even though we had just finished a mountain of food we were intrigued by the chocolate cupcake dessert.

This was no ordinary cupcake. It came served in a small Le Creuset type pot and was heated down so that it resembled more of a chocolate pudding with rich chocolate sauce oozing out of the middle. La Mer is a great choice of restaurant if you are a diehard seafood fan. They are still one of the new kids on the block and have a few kinks to iron out but they have the potential to be great. The staff are excellent and you can tell that they really want you to have a great dining experience.

The bill (for two)
Maki rolls Dhs60
Seared scallops Dhs80
Canadian lobster Dhs470
Red snapper Dhs160
Chocolate cupcake Dhs45
Total (excluding service) Dhs815

By Time Out 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: Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 813 7777
  • Travel: Corniche Road East
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Posted by: Evan Wagan on 24 Apr ' 13 at 06:39
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

A must to visit! Sumptous foods...

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