The Cafe

Traditional café food in a beautiful setting
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Time Out Says

A trip to the Park Hyatt on Saadiyat Island is always a treat. There is nothing nicer than being ten minutes from the city but feeling like you are miles away on some sort of resort holiday, and this was how the night began when we headed to The Café, the all-day dining restaurant at the hotel.

The Café has a long and impressive menu serving Arabic food as well as café-style cuisine such as burgers, pizzas and much more. In terms of Arabic food, you can sample Middle Eastern hot and cold mezze, as well as grills and oven-fresh bread, while the café menu serves up classics like good old fish and chips and a very tasty steak sandwich. Though you can order à la carte, The Café also offer a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On the night we visited, the large restaurant was packed. It features an impressive show kitchen with a large wood-burning oven. Service is prompt and you’ll enjoy looking out onto the hotel’s gorgeous pool area and out to the beach, so we suggest trying to book ahead to get a table outside when the weather is pleasant. The décor is stunning, with simple seating and high timber ceilings featured throughout. The best thing about The Café is that it doesn’t have a buffet feel to it. It’s not empty and sterile like a lot of other restaurants of the same type. It has a great warm and inviting aura and even though it is a big space it’s well designed so that the tables feel intimate.

We started with tomato soup and tuna carpaccio. The soup was bursting with flavour and came with crusty bread and a zesty pesto drizzled on top. The tuna was equally delightful and was very fresh served up with a rocket salad and capers.

We then followed with the fish and chips and the Angus tenderloin. The steak was a lovely cut of meat but unfortunately we asked for it rare and it came out well done, which was our only gripe of the evening.
It was stacked with tasty Portobello mushrooms in a red grape jus that complemented the steak beautifully and it also came with crisp kipfler potatoes. The fish and chips were the hit of the night. Three giant pieces of lightly battered sea bream were served wrapped in paper with chunky style chips, and both were perfect. We also liked the sides of freshly made tartare sauce and malt vinegar. A sensational dish.

The Park Hyatt has wowed us with its restaurants and service since it opened, and we’re also pleased with this venue. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends while enjoying good food, and the menu is sure to have something for even the harshest taste buds.

The bill (for two)
Tomato soup Dhs45
Tuna carpaccio Dhs80
Fish and chips Dhs130
Angus tenderloin Dhs160
Steamed vegetables Dhs35
Total (excluding service) Dhs450

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 15 Jan 2013

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