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When a shiny new hotel opens here in Abu Dhabi, we can’t wait to get our first look inside. But, if we are being honest, while it’s great to check out the plush facilities, slick service or even take a dip in the pool, it’s the prospect of brand new restaurants that really draws us in.

So when we heard about the new steakhouse offering at the recently-launched 400-room, five-star Marriot Al Forsan, at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, we just couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The first impressions are good.

Upon arrival, we are struck by the elegant, yet casual, setting, with a spacious dining area boasting comfy lounge areas curtained off to add that extra layer of privacy.

The large open kitchen also works well as a visual feature in the restaurant, and we are buoyed by the calm assurance of the culinary team as they work away on crafting meals in full sight of diners.

Our starter is a pan-fried crabcake. The crabmeat is delicious, while the flavour is further enhanced by a beautifully creamy sauce drizzled on top. The presentation is top-notch and the flavour pairings are impressive.

Main course options on the menu include over a dozen types of steak, and we opt for a medium-rare American USDA tenderloin with sides of their onion rings and a portion of steak fries.

The meat is tender, juicy and is so full of flavour it barely needs any help, though the green pepper sauce is a more than able addition.

The golden coated house-made onion rings and pile of chunky chips with Cajun spices leave us with a warm sense of satisfaction, too.

It’s perhaps no surprise a sport resort restaurant excels at surf and turf. But this is a tasty addition to the city’s food scene.

The bill (for two)
1x pan-fried crabcake Dhs69
1x fried calamari Dhs68
1x steak fries Dhs25
1x onion rings Dhs25
1x slow-cooked lamb shank Dhs135
1x 250g tenderloin steak Dhs185
Total (excluding taxes) Dhs507

The bottom line
Top class tastes at an elegant eatery.

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.


  • Location: Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 201 4000
  • Travel: Khalifa City A, at the heart of Al Forsan International Sports Resort
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