Time Out Says
Maybe it’s just us, but we want to spend as much time outdoors as possible before retreating back inside to the comforting welcome of a cool AC unit.
Compared to the other venues along the strip, Waterlemon is an understated venue with a minamilist design, flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass windows that showcase the view over the water. It’s quiet on a weeknight as we arrive but we have the pick of the seats on the small outdoor terrace, so that’s fine by us.
We start with dynamite shrimp and we’re glad that we do. The combination of a thin, crisp batter, succulent seafood and a fiery sauce is a winner. The calamari rings are wonderfully tender, too, requiring less of a chew than your standard squid, so our teeth and tums are delighted.
Despite making eyes at the pizza, the grilled salmon with moghrabiyeh (a sort of giant couscous) hits the spot. The fish is fine but the grilled artichoke, sun-dried tomato and mango sauce do the heavy lifting on the plate.
The portion of stuffed chicken breast is enormous. The veg is undercooked and the pesto mash is cold but the chicken is the star. The creamy ricotta and spinach filling keeps us going back for more, despite the lurid green, pistachio-laden sauce slathered all over the meat.
We leave stuffed, satisfied and with a few great pictures of the view on our phones to boot.
WHAT IS IT...
A relaxed waterfront café with generous portions
Because you definitely won’t leave hungry
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 29 Apr 2019
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