Taste Kitchen (created by chef duo Nick Alvis and Scott Price). If they had a mantra it would be simplicity is best.
The simple design of their restaurants, with their easy-to-read menu, along with a focus on fresh quality ingredients.
And it works.
Tucked away inside Cedre Shopping centre at Silicon Oasis, this decent sized cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating with modern/industrial decor. The service is great here with all the wait staff being super attentive.They serve warm bread with olive oil and vinegar whilst you wait (not long) for your mains to arrive.
The lemon and ginger water was nice and refreshing. I’ve also tried the virgin Pina Colada which was a tropical delight.For mains I’ve tried the Salmon with greens. The salmon was char grilled in Chinese 5 spice and served on a bed of beans spinach and cabbage.
However it’s the beef short rib served on a bed of mash with a side of greens that is the show stopper.
The tender beef literally melted in my mouth and the creamy mash and crisp greens were a nice accompaniment.For dessert we tried the pear crumble which was a little too hard in terms of the crumble topping which made it difficult to chew but the warm pear inside was a nice change from your standard apple filling.Overall Taste Kitchen offers a clean, fresh cafe concept with healthy options too which keep me going back for more.
My friend invited me to stay at The Park Hyatt in Abu Dhabi. I happily accepted as it’s not often I go to Abu Dhabi and if I do, it’s only to Yas Island. So getting to see a new part of Abu Dhabi (this time Saadiyat Island) was a nice change.
The hotel is next to the St Regis and boasts it’s own private beach as well as suites, villas, 3 pools, multiple restaurants and conference rooms.
We checked into our suite in the morning which i’m quite sure is the biggest hotel suite I’ve ever stayed in.
After we recovered from the grandness of our suite we got changed and headed down to the beach to soak up the sun. Towels and cold water are provided by the friendly staff. The ocean was warm and welcoming, the sand was toasty under our feet and the beach was one of the cleanest I’ve seen in the UAE.
For lunch we headed to The Beach House where we sat outside on the comfortable lounges. The service here is faultless. The burrata cheese salad was out of this world. My first time trying burrata and I was so impressed. Softer than a mozzarella and the fresh cherry tomatoes, rocket and balsamic dressing accompanied the cheese texture perfectly.
For mains we had a mix of the catch of the day. Two fillets, one Sherri and the other Sea Bream. The Sea Bream was light and flakey, a delicate fish. The Sherri was a thicker fillet, a very fleshy fish.
Then we headed to the poolside cabanas which sit along side the infinity pool. I tried the homemade strawberry ice cream which was just divine.
We made a reservation for dinner at the Park Bar & Grill however due to a function we had to sit outside. The outside seating area is poolside and by night the palm trees are lit up with fairy lights creating a nice ambiance.
The service here is impeccable with every wait staff looking after us from start to finish.As well as a bread basket, they also served us a starter of sliced smoked duck breast and shredded beetroot. A fabulous combination of flavours.For an appetizer I ordered the king crab leg. Super fresh and delicate flesh served with wedges of lemon.
For mains we opted for a wagyu tenderloin. So tasty and perfectly grilled. I had a bernaise sauce on the side but it was not even required as the meat was so flavorful. I also had a side of asparagus sautéed in butter.
For dessert we decided to move inside and upstairs to the bar. We shared a dessert sampler and also a pineapple flambé served with ice-cream and a caramel sauce, the latter being my favorite.Before we checked out the next morning we had breakfast at The Cafe. It’s buffet style and they serve the usual breads, cereals, fruits, sausages, beef bacon, roast tomatoes etc, as well as pancakes & waffles and a chef on hand to make eggs as per your request. I also noticed they served congee, typically an asian speciality was a nice touch. The restaurant gets very busy inside though so would recommend going down early.
Overall I had such a pleasant stay at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and I’m sure you would too!
Eat well, travel often.
Once an oil retailer that was on the verge of closing down, Din Tai Fung has been making Xiao Long Bao dumplings in Taiwan since 1972 and now has over 100 branches worldwide.
Made fresh in-house these bite size soup dumplings are one of the best I’ve tasted in my life and with Michelin stars to it’s name, it’s not surprising.
I thank my lucky stars for social media as I had no idea otherwise that a branch was opening in the Level 2 expansion of Mall of the Emirates, with little to no advertising it snuck under my dumpling radar.
Being of Asian heritage, going for yum cha (dim sum) is a weekend ritual where hours are spent around a lazy susan with family chatting, eating and drinking tea.
Therefore dumplings are one of my favorite foods. Din Tai Fung offers a variety of xiao long bao, pot stickers, siu mai, steamed buns, soups, noodles dishes and desserts.
On this occasion we had the chicken xiao long bao, the chicken truffle xiao long bao, the mutton pot stickers, the steamed mushroom & vegetable dumplings, the shrimp & chicken wonton soup and the beef chow mein with a pot of refillable Chinese tea. My favorite being the xiao long bao dumplings, hands down.
The service here is impeccable and the waitresses and chefs are all of Asian descent.
This place will definitely be my new favorite hang out and I personally think it’s worth the lengthy wait!
Verdict: Stick to the dumplings and you won’t be disappointed!