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18A- in Abu Dhabi: Mediterranean inspired.

Abu Dhabi: The 18A restaurant at Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi has more than one reason to boast. Besides offering delectable Mediterranean fare and situated in an enviable spot, the eatery offers one of the most spectacular views of the Corniche.

For the uninitiated, the Capital Gate Tower is listed by the Guinness World Records as the World's Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower. No wonder then, how the restaurant got its name -- the building actually leans 18A.

Back to the food: the outlet's menu looked like it was inspired by the eastern Mediterranean region -- Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon as well as some dishes from Italy.

I started my meal with an Italian Burrata with Datterino Tomatoes and Basil (Dh95) and a platter of assorted mezze and warm Pita bread (Dh120).

Burrata (Italian for "buttered"), is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The exterior of the Burrata was made of mozzarella and the inside was soft and buttery.

The Burrata had a creamy, soft and mouth-melting texture.

The Assorted Mezze, which was the next item on my appetiser list, was quite interesting because of the liberal use of fresh herbs and cheese, spicing up the taste. The platter featured chickpeas mint puree, tahina, lemon yofka muhammara and cheese cigars, sesame seeds and laban.

Garlic ztar and hot pita bread accompanied the platter.

For the main course, I ordered Spaghetti with Shrimps and Sundried Tomato stuffed with Red Chilli and Basil (Dh120). This dish unfortunately fell short of my expectations. While the spaghetti was not done well, there should have been more sauce.

One of the must-order mains at 18A is the Pan Fried Salmon Fillet (Dh170). Served with Potato Spinach Cake and Oregano White Sauce, the salmon was fresh in taste and the sauce accompanying it enhanced the flavour of the dish.

Spring Chicken with Yoghurt, Sumac and Paprika (Dh140) was the next on the mains list. The chicken had a crisp exterior with a soft and juicy interior. For dessert I ordered Kunafa with marinated strawberries (Dh60). Kunafa is a popular Arabic sweet made with spun shredded wheat. It is usually topped with raisins, nuts and cream. But the version served at 18A was different, it was topped with freshly-cut strawberries.

But I found it was not sweet enough and to compensate for the lack of it, I ordered a Painter's Palette (Dh90). It featured a selection of the outlet's six best desserts -- in small bites. This brought a sweet end to a lovely dining experience.


Meal for two: Dh400

Location: Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

Breakfast: 6-10.30am

Lunch: Noon to 3pm

Dinner: 7-11.30pm

Days: Friday to Saturday

Contact: 02-596 1440

We recommend: Burrata, Spring Chicken, Sumac and Paprika, Pan Fried Salmon Fillet, Painter's Palette

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Date:Dec 12, 2013
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