Pacifico TIKI

The rebranding of the venue is fresh faced, but the food lacks that Polynesian punch we desire Discuss this article

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LUAU TIKI Friday BBQ Brunch

A selection of grills from the barbecue with sides of jacket potatoes or french fries. Add Dhs35 to access the unlimited salad and dessert buffets. Selected beverages are available for Dhs20. Dhs99 (barbecue only). Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday)

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Protruding out of Al Bandar marina is a Frank Lloyd Wright-esque building, shimmering in glass, encased with curved wood. It’s now adorned with the new branding – a giant tiki head and “Pacifico TIKI” emblazoned underneath – letting you know that this Polynesian restaurant is open for business (and so is the new Arabic restaurant that now resides upstairs).

The first thing we notice is the menu is certainly expansive, which is not necessarily a good thing. It takes us a while but we eventually settle on two starters – the chicken liver pâté and the Wagyu beef skewers, both of which are presented in immaculate fashion. We’re buoyed by this sign of good things to come.

However, while there’s more than enough pâté, there is not enough toast to smother it on. Even after we order extra bread, we’re still left unsatisfied.

Meanwhile, the skewers, which are strewn atop new potatoes, are too large and could easily be served as a main. Having said that, the meat is undoubtedly tender and it makes for a pleasant start to the meal.

Once our mains arrive, we again fully appreciate the stunning presentation. However, these dishes are outdone by their looks. The honey and sesame salmon fillet, while well-cooked, lacks glaze. The same goes for our 220 gram Angus steak, which is cooked to our liking but has virtually no seasoning. Finally, we move on to dessert and, as you may have guessed, it is beautiful to look at. The raspberry and passion fruit cheesecake is enjoyable, as is the crème brûleé, but that’s about it.

As this spot is new, we’d like to think it’s still finding its feet. With such a lovely location and great presentation, we still believe the potential for this place is huge. We just hope it taps into that. And soon.

The bill
1x Wagyu beef skewers
Dhs85
1x Chicken liver pâté Dhs45
1x Angus 220g Dhs220
1x Honey and sesame salmon Dhs120
1x Creme brûlée Dhs35
1x Cheesecake Dhs35
Total Dhs480

The bottom line This place could be a winner if they pay attention to all the details.

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: Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 556 6090
  • Travel: Al Raha Beach, Opposite Etihad Complex
  • Cuisine: Polynesian
  • Times: Open Sat-Wed noon-1.30am, Thu-Fri noon-2.30am

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