On first glance, La Terrazza has all the charm of a Berlin youth hostel: the lighting is bad and the curtains cheap Discuss this article
The venue: Hilton Abu Dhabi offers two venues – international restaurant La Terrazza with a capacity of 160 people for iftar and a special Ramadan tent serving suhoor with an Arabic atmosphere and capacity for 400 people.
Iftar: La Terrazza restaurant is putting on an iftar buffet with a wide variety of Arabic treats. After iftar, an Arabic tent in the lobby area is serving Arabic coffee.
Suhoor: The hotel’s dedicated Ramadan tent is hosting suhoor, with an Arabic à la carte menu on offer.
Extras: Shisha is available with background sounds provided by an oud player.
Prices: La Terrazza iftar buffet Dhs165++ per person, half price (children aged 11 years and under). Ramadan tent: suhoor cover charge Dhs50++ on weekdays and Dhs55++ on weekends, no cover charge for children aged six years and under.
Timings: Daily sunset-8.30pm (iftar in La Terrazza), international buffet from 8.30pm-11pm; Sat-Wed 8pm-2am, Thu-Fri 8.30pm-3am (suhoor).
Bookings accepted? Yes, reservations are accepted, with no minimum spend or restrictions on the number of guests. (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
On first glance, La Terrazza has all the charm of a Berlin youth hostel: the lighting is bad and the curtains cheap. However, a visit to the smoking section tells a different story, with banquettes upholstered in warm reds and walls adorned with a set of botanical prints, it has the refined look of a London gastro-pub.
As is surprisingly often the case in Abu Dhabi restaurants with little ambience, the food is oddly good. The mozzarella with roasted tomatoes is creamy and bouncy, with the tomatoes packing a well-judged punch. The smoked salmon cured with lemongrass and hazelnut oil is subtle. Fish features heavily in the main courses, and the grilled Gulf seafood comes as a steaming mound of chive- butter-drizzled Omani lobster, sweet scallops, delicately crunchy prawns and succulent hammour – in fact it is a near-perfect dish.
The prawn and hammour masala is beautifully presented, with rice, popadoms and an assortment of chutney and yoghurt sauce on the side. The selection of ‘healthy’ options, including a deliciously light steamed sea bass on cucumber and tomato tartare, is also impressive. A word of caution, though: the portions are huge, so sharing is advisable.
Puddings have an adventurous streak, with pineapple and marzipan spring rolls atop coconut ice cream and choc chips, as well as flourless chocolate chilli cake with chantilly cream and raspberry coulis. Alas, good food alone does not a restaurant make, and with the occasional bleep of a lone Blackberry supplying the atmosphere, Le Terrazza is unlikely to become a destination of choice for anyone outside the travelling business community.By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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