Oceana Grill

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It’s big and swanky, and that’s the first thing you’ll notice. The name is a tad misleading, because you expect to be on a beach with people in straw hats tossing shrimp and fish on a barbecue. Misleading, yes, but it’s far from disappointing. The place is shiny, elegant and understated, and it makes you feel like dressing up. The service is on par with the swank; elegant, organised and you expect your name and preferences will be remembered if you head there again. And while it looks like the kind of place at which you’ll shell out a large wad of cash, it isn’t – not by a long shot. Oceana Grill’s buffet system is rather interesting, too; you get to order your mains from the à la carte menu, and it’s included in the price. The dinner buffet items are also creative and mostly delicious.

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  • Location: Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 617 0000
  • Travel: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street

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Posted by: Shari on 30 Apr ' 13 at 09:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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Unfortunately, the Oceana Grill did not live up to the review above. They no longer allow patrons to order a la carte and include this in the buffet price. The dinner buffet itself was extremely disappointing. The salads were what one would typically find in most 3-star restaurants and unfortunately the mains were unimpressive in taste and quality. The mixed battered seafood was what one would expect to find in a frozen package and there was no seafood sauce accompanying it. The pheasant and the chicken dishes were both dry and flavourless. The roast beef, which looked absolutely delicious, was difficult to cut through when plated and the accompanying gravy was heavy with olive oil. The horseradish gravy that was especially made for me was excellent, but unfortunately it outdid the meat when it came to the palate. The dory in a dill cream sauce was a hit. The sauce was delicate and an excellent accompanyment for the extremely professionally cooked fish. The deserts, especially the chocolate mousse cake and the passion fruit cake were also excellent. As I had waited twenty minutes to get a cosmopolitan, which was then served at the same time as my wine, the waitor later brought me a complimentary cosmopolitan during the meal. A nice touch, but a glass of wine at that point in time would have been perferable. As another gesture of goodwill, the waitor also brought the chef's signature salmon dish. This is a dish that I would not hesitate to order again. The salmon was delicately cooked and served on a sweet potato topped with herbs. I could have done without what tasted like a peanut sauce that was added; however, the fish itself was perfectly done. I am not sure that I would recommend their buffet at this point in time; however, if you enjoy great salmon, then I would highly recommend ordering a la carte for this item and then completing your dinning experience with their chocolate mousse or passion fruit cake. The Domestic Chef

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