Rouge

Incredible pan-Asian fine dining at the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi Hotel Reviews

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There are few things that are more disappointing than visiting an empty restaurant. There is no ambiance, which ruins the experience. Being able to hear your own thoughts and the gentle clink of your cutlery as it strikes the plate is, frankly, depressing.

It says something about the quality of food on offer at Rouge then that our overriding memory of this particular experience was all about just how blisteringly good the meal was. Just how this restaurant was so empty is beyond us. The food is quite possibly some of the very finest the city has to offer. That its operating hours are only from 7pm-11.30pm in the evening does suggest that not enough people know how good this establishment really is. Well, consider this an education.

Before our starters we were served an amuse bouche of spicy salmon sushi which was enticing and offered the merest of hints of what was to come. For starters, we decided to try out the Manchurian-style crispy mushrooms along with some tiger prawn dumplings. The mushrooms were spicy, crunchy, rammed full of flavour and served on a bed of lettuce and a crispy, sticky lattice. Next up were the tiger prawn dumplings (as suggested by our waitress, who was fantastic all evening and everything a host should be: attentive, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable) which were absolutely divine. Served as a portion of three the prawns themselves were plump, succulent and fresh. The choice of delectable fare at Rouge is actually quite daunting because they have such a wide range of uramaki, futomaki, nigiri, sashimi, dim dum (steamed or deep/pan fried), hot starters, soup, seafood, Korean dishes, chicken, duck, beef and lamb mains. It’s fun ploughing through page after page working out just how much food you can handle. We can’t help thinking that Rouge would be perfect with a group of friends because that way you could make navigating the menu a team affair. They do a fine line in vegetarian dishes too.

After demolishing our starters it was time to turn our attention to the mains. We settled on the double salamander soy honey glazed black cod with parsnip and sizzling scallion oil. To be fair we probably could have ordered anything because every morsel of food that crossed our lips was sensational. The black cod was so soft it practically melted when our knife grazed it and the sweet kick of the parsnip puree offered a tantalising accompaniment. After a brief respite we knuckled down for the final piece of the evening’s culinary events, some green tea crème brûlée.

Again, this was an absolute triumph. Admittedly the crème brûlée was more akin to a mousse than anything else but it was light, airy and topped with a sweet, sugary, caramelised lid. The perfect end to a perfect culinary experience. If we could offer one minor criticism it would be that the menu is certainly on the pricier side but the fare is easily well worth your hard-earned dirhams. A truly great meal and no mistake.

The bill (for one)
Crispy mushrooms Dhs45
Tiger prawn dumpling Dhs45
Black cod Dhs125
Steamed bok choy Dhs40
Green tea crème brûlée Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs295

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.

Details

  • Location: Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 617 0000
  • Travel: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street
  • Website
  • Cuisine: Asian, Fusion
  • Times: Open daily 11am-3pm; 7pm-11pm; Fri noon-4pm
  • Price: Dhs350-500
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Reem on 09 Dec ' 13 at 12:23
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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IT WAS AMAZING! We went there 2 months ago, it is true what's mentioned in the article about the empty place, but I guess that gave the waitress another reason to be extra-friendly and amazing with the service. Our drinks, appetizers, food were served on time and I cant tell you how much I loved the California Rolls !! the way it melted in my mouth - it was a magical experience! i'm visiting it tonight with my husband for the second time. I highly recommend it, even if you didn't like it, the prices are not as expensive as you thought it would be! give it a try :) !

Posted by: Alex on 19 Mar ' 13 at 12:44
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Unfortunately, without a doubt one of the worst rerstaurants we have been to in Abu Dhabi. The service is disorganised (chaotic, actually)and off-hand, the food pretentious and badly under-achieving. The attempt at fusion cuisine fails utterly as the food is bland, poorly presented and in the case of two of our party badly over-cooked (the black cod was particularly badly done).
Overall, a particualrly grim event

Posted by: Mia on 14 Feb ' 13 at 19:14
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

the service is horrible! We got the appetizer before the drinks, our main dish was served before the soup and the rice was served 30 minutes after the main dish was served. We paid a lot for food and money that wasn't worth it

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