Time Out Says
Drinks arrived quickly while we perused the menu of Asian delicacies, including a decent selection of sushi rolls, sashimi and platters. We greedily chose the mammoth fresh flavours platter, which was supposed to serve three, although we were confident two hungry people could make light work of it, with side orders of calamari and Chinese duck wraps.
Two giant platefuls arrived surprisingly fast and we tucked in with relish, even though it turned out that dining at Relax is a little awkward – the tables are uncomfortably low and the lamps dim. Unable to see what we were eating, we ended up fishing at random from the platter and holding our haul against the table light with our chopsticks. And it was a good catch. Pieces of unagi nigiri, salmon sashimi, and three types of maki rolls, one topped with tempura and the others coated in fish roe. It was all skilfully prepared enough to stand up next to some of the capital’s dedicated Japanese restaurants. The huge heap of calamari, deep fried with little crispy bits of ginger and served with a tangy tamarind sauce, had a real wow-factor. As for the duck wraps – eight of these parcels stuffed with crispy moist meat and dipped in thick hoisin sauce left us very happy customers.
No doubt Relax does a superb line in bar food, and it’s refreshing to be served something healthy with your drinks for a change. You’ll pay for the privilege, though; it might be delicious but it doesn’t come cheap.
The bill (for two)
Fresh flavours platter Dhs142
Chinese duck wraps Dhs48
Total (excluding service) Dhs240
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 21 Mar 2011
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