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We try an evening at Intercontinental Abu Dhabi's latest dining venture…

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More Manhattan than Cape Cod, dinner at the Yacht is more an excuse to be adventurous than to try out a pair of deck shoes. For validation, a few boats bob in the harbour outside, and you might be able to see them if seated at the bar, which rests at the base of a tower of glowing vodka bottles.

From our lofty booth, my dining companion and I were joined by Charlie Chaplin, who appeared in a silent film flickering on an enormous screen to our left. Under the glow of a fibre optic chandelier (a new competitor in the battle for the title of ‘most creative lighting fixture’ raging in Abu Dhabi’s trendy restaurants), I perused the menu of Euro-Asian fusion, choosing a salad of mixed greens with salmon gravlax. Cured with salt, sugar and dill, the marbled filets were gentler on the palette than smoked salmon, but more complex than a simple carpaccio. To the side were two delectable pieces of roulade, thin pastry rolled around herby cream cheese and salmon crowned with a drop of pesto.


Our waiter had an instinctive sense of timing, knowing when to offer another drink or clear a dish, mere minutes separating the disappearance of my salad and the arrival of our mains. My companion opted for the Phad Thai with slices of Barbary duck. The crimson meat was leaner and richer in taste than its brethren, and the perfect accoutrement – it didn’t add excess grease, but the full bodied flavour earned the dish its place on a competitive menu. While he dove into his food without a second thought, I spent a few seconds staring in awe at my tempura, two golden orbs filled with pumpkin and feta. Breaking the crispy shell open with my fork, bits of cheese and gourd tumbled into a pool of beurre blanc sauce. It was tangy and sweet, soft and crunchy, and close to perfect.


Offsetting the richness was a scoop of miso rice and tomato confit, a simple finale to a meal that achieved decadence without going overboard. Such toeing the line seemed the norm at the Yacht Club though, exemplified by my desert – a trio of brulees. I couldn’t get enough of the chocolate and chili, its gentle burn urging me to scrape up every last bit with pieces of almond biscotti. I spent the better part of the week reminiscing about my meal, desiring another bite of roulade or sliver of duck, but also imagining what I’ll have on the next visit, which had better come soon.


The bill (for two)
Salmon gravlax Dhs45
Phad Thai Dhs50
Tempura Dhs45
Brulees Dhs30
White Wine Dhs40
Total Dhs210

Time Out Abu Dhabi 1 March 2009



    Location: InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi

  • Tel: 02 666 6888

  • Travel: Baynunah Street

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Posted by: Christina Heiser on 02 Mar ' 09 at 05:02



  • Best for: Business lunch

  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes


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