Time Out Says
From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010Without the gastro-pub chic décor of the neighbouring Avenue 3rd, Downtown looks a little forlorn as far as comparisons go. Apart from its high chairs and salad bar, it really has little to no identity of its own. Only the large windows overlooking the street outside offers anything of a feature, but as a people-watching spot it leaves little to be desired – Sheikh Zayed First Street is hardly downtown Manhattan. Overall, efficiency is the name of the game, with the staff, menu and location all slipping neatly into this category.
The menu is suitably varied, covering just about everything you could ever expect of a restaurant in the Middle East, from shawarmas to Thai food. Nothing really truly disappoints, the steaks are alright, the pizzas the same. There are plenty of richer options to be tempted with, although a menu dedicated to cheesecake does at least show a bit of imagination (or lack of it, we’re not sure). If you’re nearby or on an office break then you’re more likely to be tempted. Otherwise, you’re unlikely to make the trek. You never quite know if this is a restaurant or a café with ambitions. We suggest the latter, but the only problem is, it all tends to be a little on the dull side.
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 15 Dec 2009
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