Signature Asian and Italian dining at the Park Rotana in Abu Dhabi Reviews

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‘Teatro is named to reflect its theatricality,’ says Cyrus, and with a bow, our waiter’s performance begins. We are asked to try the edamame as we peruse the menu and within moments, a large bowl of spicy and pricey beans is placed before us. They taste divine.

As we skip through the menu, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the choice of cuisine. Teatro has an extensive sushi menu along with a host of Far Eastern dishes, but oddly they also offer Indian and Italian fare. We are usually wary of such culinary overreach but with helpful hints from Cyrus, we embrace the eclecticism.

We tell Cyrus that we are in the mood for sushi, and he leans in to inform us that there is a secret sushi menu. He advises us to try their secret and signature volcano roll. He tells that the flavours will erupt in our mouths. He then also suggests we try the crispy squid. We say yes. We then proceed to choose the Miso sea bass and citrus prawns as our main.

Cyrus returns with a platter of volcano rolls. A secret no more, this maki roll is gorgeous and looks like its namesake. The nori is lightly fried to make it crispy. Inside lies salmon, crab and spring onion, topped by spicy mayo and a cone of orange tobiko to resemble lava. It is creamy, spicy and a little sweet, and we devour it.

The squid is served in longer form tubes, rather than ringlets which are adorned with a delightful mix of Thai ingredients, such as cilantro, thinly sliced onions and red chili. The squid is perfectly cooked, tender and tasty, and the salad-like ingredients spice up a starter that needs little extra flavour.

Our mains arrive swiftly. Sadly, the mains are disappointing. The citrus prawns would be flawless and cooked to perfection, were it not for the ruby red citrus sauce that is far too sweet. Tri-colour peppers round out the pretty confection. The miso sea bass is better, but needs a little work. A caramel-coloured thick cut of sea bass rests atop a crispy potato rosti positioned on a bed of julienned, sautéed coloured vegetables. The fish and the vegetables are a wee bit unctuous, which makes the fluffy rosti in the middle soggy. The sea bass tastes good, as does the rosti, but they are worse for their pairing.

Cyrus insists we try a dessert. Ordinarily, we say no, and ordinarily that is enough for the server, and they bring the check. But this is unacceptable to Cyrus, and he is surprisingly convincing. He insists that we will live a life of regret if we do not try the signature baked Hawaiian. Being unwilling to cope with such regrets, we cave and order it, and we’re glad we did.

The dessert is glorious. A toasted meringue cone is constructed atop coconut and mango ice cream and served with berries encircled with passionfruit coulis. The meringue’s texture is perfect and the ice cream, which has the consistency of mocha, is buried beneath the meringue adding a surprising tang to the dessert to balance its sweetness.

The impeccable service and tasty dishes at Teatro make a meal here great value for your money. Its unusual pairings and eclectic menu will delight you from starter through to dessert.

The bill (for two)
Edamame Dhs40
Volcano roll Dhs65
Crispy squid Dhs55
Citrus prawns Dhs125
Sea bass Dhs185
Watermelon juice Dhs23
Lemon mint Dhs30
Baked Hawaiian Dhs45
Total (excl. service) Dhs568

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 657 3333
  • Travel: Eastern Ring Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Marissa Poe on 19 Jan ' 12 at 02:45
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Went there last week, and the food just keeps at the top level we always get there. I don't understand the previous comments about a strange menu. The menu is laid out perfectly, yes even McDonalds menu is confusing to some people, their menu hasn't changed in years, but people seem confused to order. Well I guess thats Abu Dhabi's culinary challenges. You can see clearly as described east meets west. I like Abu Dhabi Teatro over Teatro Dubai.

Posted by: anthony on 02 Dec ' 11 at 10:26
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went last night (01.12.11) and the service is excellent with a high attention to detail. I ate the rack of lamb, it and the sides were amazing. The bill for 2mains, 3alciholic drinks and a juice came to 400dhs. Which is about par with other restaurants.

Posted by: Paul on 06 Oct ' 11 at 04:59
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Thoroughly enjoyable evening. All our food was excellent, service was attentive and quick. Atmosphere was good, be it a little noisy.
Thai green curry, Pad Thai and prawns all really good. Will definitely make this a regular haunt.

Posted by: Laurence Camley on 22 Mar ' 11 at 08:09

Don't know what your reviewer is talking about. This is one of the best restaurants in AUH.
The pizzas are amazing and the atmosphere is really nice.
Me and the wife eat here at least once a month and never have any complaints.

Posted by: Olivia on 07 Nov ' 10 at 06:40
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best restaurant in Abu Dhabi, especially love the japanese and chinese food. Service is excellent!

Posted by: Jane on 01 Sep ' 10 at 15:20
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Went to Teatro a couple of weeks ago as we had an entertainer voucher and Park Rotana is close to where we live. Menu is far too wide and a strange mixture of cuisines. The crispy duck with pancakes to start was very disapointing. The fat was soft - it should have been crispy. I was eating fat in a pancake. Not good! We simply couldn't eat it and we had to send it back. I then had the thai green chicken curry which was nice and creamy but really needed a bit of a kick. My husbands crispy beef again whilst fine texture-wise just lacked any sort of flavour or kick. I would go back (not without vouchers though!) to give it another go and maybe just scrutinise what I chose a bit more. Service was excellent though and they took our constructive criticisms very well indeed.

Posted by: Jo on 23 May ' 10 at 07:49
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fast becoming a firm favourite with us. Service is impeccable and the food divine.

Posted by: Alasdair MacRae on 03 May ' 10 at 08:01
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Menu range is too wide and a little strange - as a result doesn't do anything particularly well and is expensive for both food and wine. Park Rotana needs to learn from its big sister (Beach Rotana) in terms of range and quality of food outlets.

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