With the crazy amount of eateries here in Abu Dhabi, you won’t be surprised to hear of a restaurant having a ‘re-vamp’ or release of a new menu. The competition is absolutely endless in the capital city, and I can only assume that restaurants really need to keep on their toes if they are to carry on being popular.
The lovely guys at Park Rotana invited me to a Gourmet Experience at their newly re-vamped Teatro restaurant last week, and after having a look at their website, I quickly got excited for what was to come. With influences from Thai, Chinese, Japanese & Indian cuisines – I already knew we were in for a treat. After being such a ‘plain’ eater throughout my teens, I can definitely say that my palate has been broadened through working in restaurants and hotels in various different countries. And I am SO glad for that, because this experience at Teatro just wouldn’t have happened if I had been stuck in my old fussy ways.
Unfortunately, my lovely Matthew was in the UK, so he missed out on this one – but I took my new work colleague along with me for some moral support and company. We hadn’t been given any indication of what the evening would entail, and so we finished work on Sunday evening and headed straight to Park Rotana to indulge.
Upon entering Teatro, we were led to the bar to wait on the rest of the guests, and I used this time to have a little look around the restaurant itself. Teatro was lovely; lights dimmed, soothing background music and a nice warm feeling to it. There were large booths situated along the back wall opposite the bar area, and the wallpapered ceiling was definitely a beautiful talking point. A wall of wine took pride of place in the middle of the room, right opposite the live sushi station. After spending some time in Coopers before Teatro, it’s quite strange to even think they are situated in the same hotel. A world apart with decoration and ‘theming’ – one of the things I love about the restaurants in Park Rotana.
Once the rest of the guests had arrived, we all took a seat at the table and were greeted with some very delicious-looking cocktails. Now, if you have been reading any of my blog posts recently, you’ll know that I am in the middle of a twelve week exercise/nutrition programme, and I have taken the decision to cut out alcohol completely. Though this is a HUGE struggle sometimes, I stuck to my guns (even on this occasion) and my work colleague got to do all of the cocktail-tasting for the evening – lucky her!!
1. Teatro Caipirinha
A muddled cocktail of Cachaca 51, Lime, Passion Fruit, Pineapple & Honey
2. Mai Tai
A muddle of White rum, Dark Rum, Orange Curacao, Orgeat, Sugar & Orange Juice
3. Lychili Martini
A blend of Vodka, Lychee, Grapefruit Juice & Bitters
4. Honey Berry Sour
A shaken cocktail of Vodka, Raspberry, Blueberry, Lemon Juice & Tamarind
Every single one of these beautifully presented cocktails were explained to us by our servers, and everyone at the table appreciated the perfectly poured concoctions throughout our Teatro Experience. Me…? I was very jealous!!
Though the cocktails would be reason enough to head to Teatro at Park Rotana, that’s not all we were invited for. An incredible menu was placed in front of us, with a lot of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ coming from our little group as we all read through.
Selection of Sushi Maki
Passion Torch Roll
Tuna, Salmon, Avocado, Tobiko & Soya Reduction
Crabstick, Avocado, Cucumber & Tobiko
Salmon, Tuna, Cucumber, Avocado, Surimi Crab & Spicy Mayonnaise
Grilled Kalbi Beef Salad Rolls
Lettuce, Cucumber, Scallion & Sweet Soy Dip
Crunchy Green Bean Tempura
with a duo of Dipping Sauces
Sweet & Sticky Veal Ribs
with a Malaysian Sweet Black Pepper Glaze
Asain Sampling Place
Peking Duck Spring Rolls, Vegetable Samosas, Fried Prawns
Laziz Mahi Tikka
Hammour marinated in Tandoori Spices
Jumbo Prawns marinated in Indian Spices & Yoghurt
Kai Pad Med
Stir-Fried Chicken, Cashews & Oyster Sauce
Stir-Fried Lobster & Scallop
in Szechuan Sauce
Grilled Corn-Fed Chicken
with Potato-Onion Ragout, Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms
Australian Lamb Loin
with Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables
Oh. My. God
It was incredible. Everything was incredible. All cooked beautifully, explained to us by our servers and enjoyed by every single person at the table.
My stand out dishes were definitely the Veal Ribs (cooked for 36 hours and just fell off the bone) and the Fried Prawns which had a surprising but incredibly yummy kick. Being a recent convert to the world of sea-food, I am surprised by how quickly I am falling in love with sushi too! I really enjoyed the California Maki & Passion Torch Rolls, and got well involved with using chopsticks…after a bit of a coaching session by the others – thanks!
“If you can’t see the sea – don’t eat the fish!” – Abu Dhabi PTA
From a fitness-foodie point of view – obviously the freshly prepared sushi was right at the top of list for go-to meals, but with Teatro being such a diverse restaurant, there are plenty of things on the full menu for a health conscious eater to choose from. From Asian Salads to Stir-Fry’s and noodles – you can’t really go wrong with a bit of Eastern Cuisine.
WARNING!!!! The healthy-ness definitely ended when dessert was delivered to the table…
The Big Show
Gelato, Green Tea Cake, Chocolate Truffles, Banana Fritters with Dulce de Leche, Mochi Ice Cream, Creme Brûlée & Sorbet
I don’t even know how to describe this. Mouth-open awe-inspiring dessert. That. Is. All!
Silence hit the table as everyone dug in to this amazing platter of desserts, trying a little bit of everything (and ensuring nothing got missed). Having a variety like this for dessert is something I love about Abu Dhabi restaurants, and I would definitely order this with a group of friends for the final course.
The wonderful chefs came out to the table to answer our questions about the Mochi Ice Cream, we couldn’t thank them enough for the incredible experience that we had just had.
All I could do on the way home that night was talk and talk and talk to Matt about how incredible everything was at Teatro, and how I couldn’t wait to take him there to try some of the dishes we had sampled. I’ve already told countless people about my Teatro Experience too – so that pretty much speaks for itself, right?
Thank you so much to everyone at Teatro & Park Rotana for inviting me to try out the new menu and re-vamped restaurant. I will definitely be coming back soon!!