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The lobby of the leaning Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel is very modern, with large sleek curved structures everywhere. The beautiful padded lifts take you up to the stunning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant 18°, and we decided to sit outside, where the décor is not as opulent as the interior but you’re treated to a magnificent view of the city.

We were surprised by the number of people out on a Tuesday night; the outdoor section was pretty full, and we were concerned that the service might be slow as a result. But our concerns were quickly put to rest. After placing our order, we went straight for the bread basket. We were pleased to find that it was baked fresh and the baguette had the perfect crust, crunchy enough to be delicious without bruising gums.

The menu is broken up into different sections; Italian, Turkish, Syrian and Lebanese and we ordered bits from each. Our appetisers consisted of an organic rucola salad, fried calamari and a grilled halloumi salad. The salads were great; the rucola had a generous portion of grated parmesan cheese in it. The halloumi salad had large chunks of grilled cheese on top of watermelon slices, which is a common way to eat it in Lebanon. Our only complaint was that the dish needed more watermelon and less of the honey sauce. The fried calamari was served with an interesting sauce on the side, which tasted like it had tahini in it.

Soon after, our veal and sea bass arrived. The milk-fed veal was served in a deep clay pot and looked much more appetising than it tasted. It seemed to be missing some herbs and was rather bland. On the other hand, the sea bass was divine. The fish was cooked to perfection – juicy enough without feeling under cooked. The spices on it were great, although it was doused in sauce, which we had ordered on the side. The fillet sat on top of a generous portion of large asparagus. It was a fantastic dish, but again there was too much sauce overpowering the natural flavours of the ingredients.

Despite the little gripes, we finished our mains and settled on a dessert to end the meal. Chosen from the Lebanese menu, we waited for our kunafa; a very traditional pudding in the Levant. Although meant to be for one, this dish is enough to satisfy two at the end of a meal. It was served with a side of strawberries, cut up and doused with sugar, which took the place of the liquid sugar kunafa is usually served with it. It was very sweet so people who do not worship sugar need to beware.

Having paid our bill, we spent an additional hour just taking in the scenery. It was very nice to note that none of the staff hurried us to leave and in fact everyone was very helpful and accommodating. Our first visit will certainly not be our last.

The bill (for two)
Organic rucola salad Dhs75
Fried calamari Dhs90
Grilled halloumi Dhs65
Milk-fed veal chop Dhs250
Sea bass fillet Dhs200
Kunafa strawberry Dhs55
Total (excluding service) Dhs735

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 596 1440
  • Travel: Khaleej Al Arabi Street
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User reviews

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Ghazi Qarout on 01 May ' 13 at 18:56
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Ben

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