Cho Gao

A charming Asian restaurant with top service
$$
  • 2
click here to book a table

Time Out Says

It might not be in the swankiest of hotels, or the flashiest part of town, but that’s no reason to turn your nose up at Cho Gao. In fact, it makes us love it even more.

The pan-Asian restaurant (a former Best Asian winner at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards, no less), has been going for a fair few years now, and we still return to it whenever we can. There are no airs or graces about this place, it’s all about the great food, brilliant service, and good-value menu and offers.

Whether you want a drink at the bar or a seat at a table, pretty much every night there’s something going on that should save you a few dirhams.
On this occasion, we’re eating on a Friday evening, and the dining room has a nice buzz, with tables filled with chatting couples, families and groups of friends.

We take a seat and look over the menu. Most of the starters are around the Dhs60 to Dhs80 mark, not the cheapest but portions are usually big (and we’ve never really had a duff dish). Mains are, on average, about Dhs100 to Dhs110. Curries start at Dhs75, steamed jasmine rice is an extra Dhs30.

We start with Sriracha chilli prawns, a classic around these parts. The bowl is absolutely huge, with around 15 massive prawns sitting in it (the picture above doesn’t do it justice), slathered in spicy sauce. There’s also some pickled ginger and a refreshing passion fruit salsa to offset the heat and creamy sauce. It’s a winner.

Next we go for wok-fried vegetables and a side of steamed rice. It’s another whopping plate of food, with the rice it’s definitely enough for two if you’re also having starters and are planning on a dessert (we end up taking some home with us). The veg still retains some crunch and the Szechuan sauce ads a good kick.

Dessert, a baked green lime cheesecake, is a little bland in comparison to the savoury dishes. We’ll stick with mango sticky rice next time.

All the way through the meal, staff are wonderful. Attentive, friendly and keen to make sure you’re doing okay without being too intrusive. It’s a comfort knowing they’re there to look after us, just like Cho Gao itself. We’ll be back (again).

WHAT IS IT...
A charming Asian restaurant with top service

WHY GO...
It’s an excellent place with no pretensions

25 Sep 2019

Be the first to get all the latest Abu Dhabi news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.

Details

Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesAsian
Dress CodeCasuals
12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AMMonday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AMThursday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Show number 02 616 6149
Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya, Hamdan Bin Mohammed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Recommended for you in Restaurants

Try these brilliant set menus for an absolute bargain

Check out these meaty marvels across the city

The Arabic Kebab Festival is offering some huge sharing platters

Time Out has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Culinary Season to bring you delicious set

Get your fill of Italian food for less than Dhs100

From budget Indian food to local breads and spicy noodles