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If you like the combination of unique food choices and fine dining then you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Sardinia. The cuisine served is best described as contemporary European although some Mediterranean dishes are thrown into the mix, blending unusual ingredients that create a powerful but delicately tantalising affair.

Tucked away at the back of the Abu Dhabi Country Club, Sardinia is an intimate – and perhaps slightly dated – fine dining restaurant.

The décor is a little old fashioned and probably caused a stir in the 1990s but that really doesn’t matter though, because in Sardinia it’s the food that’s king. Indeed, the ambiance (or lack of) blurs into utter insignificance. The menu promises mouth-watering meals and the detailed descriptions of the food are so good that choosing your evening’s dishes is somewhat of a chore, albeit an enjoyable one.

Don’t be overwhelmed by choices such as ‘truffle cloud’ and ‘roquefort milkshake’, because we assure you you’ll be happy with what’s served.

To start with we ordered the scallops with apple chutney and the ‘like a caprese’ (it’s actual name) salad. The scallops were beautifully seared and very fresh. The chutney came served in a cute glass jar and we were impressed with how the chutney complemented the scallops. The caramelised flavour of the scallops and the tart tang of the apple blended perfectly and there were also small blobs of pureed pea that were absolutely delightful.

The ‘like a caprese’ salad didn’t disappoint us either. Served as a salad deconstructed, all the ingredients were plated up in neat lines – reminding us of a bright and colourful vegetable garden with the tasty mozzarella, fresh sprigs of basil and ripe tomatoes, the flavours and presentation were perfect. It also came with kalamata olives and a very unusual but tasty watermelon jelly. It quickly became clear that Sardinia wants to impress you not only with the food but the way it is presented so that it’s a complete experience, from plate to palate.

If our entrees were very good then our mains were excellent. After a long deliberation we decided on the salmon and the lamb loin. As with the starters, the presentation was sensational.

The salmon was beautifully seared so that the skin formed a crispy crust.

It was served with cubes of pumpkin and potato with a beetroot jus. It also came with a very tasty Middle Eastern style couscous that was packed full of flavour but not so rich as to overpower the salmon. The lamb loin was definitely the best meal of the evening. Three perfectly cooked pieces of meat arrived with spring vegetables, beetroot and semolina and we were devastated that we couldn’t get through the last piece.

Sardinia is great for a special occasion and it’s not overly expensive. Overall, it’s an experience you won’t find elsewhere in the city.

The bill (for two)
Scallops Dhs90
Caprese salad Dhs70
Salmon Dhs120
Lamb loin Dhs145
Total (excluding service) Dhs425

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: Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 657 7640
  • Travel: Abu Dhabi Country Club, 19th Street - Al Saada Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Rob Brown on 17 Jul ' 12 at 07:56
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

After more than 20 years in the region we have struggled recently to find a good restaurant serving good food with good service.

Our previous favourites have all fallen by the wayside, so we were particularly delighted when we joined friends at the Sardinia for their wedding anniversary.

The menu gives you choices that you wont find elsewhere, and for the first time we found ourselves discussing the subtlety of different textures and tastes. Unusual for us.

It's expensive, the decor is a little different and yes, there were more staff than guests, but the excellent food and service mean we will definitely be returning for those "special' occasions.

Posted by: Mohamed alali on 11 Jul ' 11 at 22:38
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Mohamed alali on 11 Jul ' 11 at 22:35
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Joanne Diggles on 28 Feb ' 10 at 14:07
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Sardinia, and it truly lived up to my expectations and more. What an exquisite dining experience, very fitting for a most special occassion.
My only surprise what that there weren't more people there! Only our table and another, really the place was empty. A shame really, to have such a fantastic restaraunt, and not many people taking advantage of such a fabulous dining venue.

Posted by: Eve Johnston on 31 Jul ' 09 at 12:55
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Absolutely amazing dining experience. Although it's a little on the pricey side, it's worth every penny and I cannot recommend highly enough. We will certainly be visiting again!

Posted by: Macveety on 28 Apr ' 09 at 11:26
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This really is a top class restaurant and easily as good as anything in London. First rate food, wine and service. 10/10.

Posted by: Ian Wood on 01 Mar ' 09 at 18:53
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Truly excellent food. Very attentive staff. Deserves to be full every night of the week.

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