Time Out Says
Quite why this stunning spot didn’t work out for its predecessor, Pearls by Michael Caines, is a mystery, but that’s in the past, and right now it’s all about Richard Sandoval’s South American offering, which has a colourful restaurant serving top food downstairs and a lounge bar and terrace up top.
Inside there’s a smallish bar, with a few stools and a smattering of tables. It’s a lovely space but, really, the big draw is the outside area. Here you’ll find a big central bar and seating around the perimeter. If it’s views over water you’re after, you’ve got them here. Sadly, at the moment, it opens after sunset, or it’d be a good shout for some of the best sundowners in town.
The drinks are good. There’s a top grape selection, and glasses aren’t too pricey, either. The mixed drinks are a little harder on the wallet, but the selection, and their execution, is excellent. Some thought went in to the menu, clearly.
Our latest visit finds the lounge sparsely populated, and barring some interaction with the hostess, there’s not a lot of chat to be had with the staff. Their skills, it seems, are focused on just making the drinks.
However, at peak times you’ll find a DJ spinning funky tunes or a band playing Cuban beats, which should add to the vibes. We absolutely approve.
It’s still early days, but we’re sure Toro Toro would have hoped to capture the imagination of Abu Dhabi crowds by now. It’s surely only a matter of time before they check it out, though. It deserves a visit for the lounge alone.
The bottom line
A brilliant venue serving top drinks.
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 15 Nov 2017
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