On the second night of our stay at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, we headed over to Azura for dinner. Thankfully our little Khalifa was already asleep, so we were actually able to enjoy a (gasp!) peaceful dinner, which is always a rare treat!
We went to 3rd floor of the hotel and made our way to the restaurant. Azura has several different seating areas: by the pool, on the terrace, and the main dining area with a panoramic view of Abu Dhabi’s gorgeous skyline. Since we had little Khalifa bundled up in his stroller, one of the staff helped us carry the stroller up the stairs and into the main dining area, where our table was waiting.
The vibe in Azura’s main area is perfect for an evening lounge, shisha with friends or even for a dinner date. We were surprised to see that nearly the entire restaurant was full, so I would highly recommend that you make a reservation prior to your visit, and make sure to request a table where you can make the most of the gorgeous view!
After being seated at our table with a beautiful view of Abu Dhabi’s city lights, we were presented with the menu. The menu is actually a really clever fusion of Arabic traditional food and sushi; and I use the word clever because this is the only way I could ever drag my husband out to a sushi restaurant! I absolutely love sushi, but he’s definitely not a sushi-kinda guy, so the fact that they have a great selection of Arabic dishes allows him to have his favorite food, while I have mine.
The kind staff took our food and drink orders and were back with a small bread basket and our drinks within minutes. For our mocktails, we ordered the Fruity Cooler and the Passion. Both were really good, but my passion fruit drink was delicious! I think the ginger ale is what really gives it a good edge.
First came my husbands starter– he ordered a Cold Mezze Platter which includes hummus, fattoush, baba ganoush, quinoa tabbouleh and stuffed vine leaves. Its a traditional starter but with little twists here and there. The quality in each every one of the components of the platter was perfect. Even the simplest things like hummus tasted so lush.
I didn’t order a starter because I wanted to indulge on my mains, which of course, was sushi! Soon after my husband was finished with his starter, our mains came to the table. While he had the Mixed Grill, I had several different rolls of sushi.
I ordered the Lobster Maki, the Spicy Tuna roll and half of the Kani Tempura Maki. I was expecting a much smaller portion, but lo and behold– three gigantic rolls were served.
First of all, I’m very, very picky when it comes to sushi. Being from California, I definitely know a good sushi place when I see one. I always look for the several things: freshness of the sushi, creativity of the rolls, and taste.
Out of all of the sushi that I’ve tried in the UAE, I would say that I can only recommend about 2 restaurants to have it at, and Azura’s sushi tops that list. All of the sushi was beautifully presented and packed with levels of flavor. The Lobster Maki was especially exquisite because the chef shaped it in the form of a lobster; head, tail and all!
While I was enjoying my sushi, my husband had a great Mixed Grill dinner that included kofta, shish tawouk, lamb chops, and shish kabobs. Along with that, there was also a side of french fries and grilled vegetables. He said everything was cooked to perfection, spiced very well and the portion was ideal– not too small, not too heavy.
Since Khalifa was still miraculously napping, we even had time to enjoy dessert after our filling meals. For dessert, we shared a Key Lime Cheesecake.
It was a slice of fluffy, baked key lime cheesecake with a layer of lime jelly. Its served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream which perfectly balances out the citrus flavor. After finishing dessert, the staff once again happily helped us carry Khalifa’s stroller downstairs and we were soon on our way back to our suite.
- Staff/Service: 5
- Ambience: 5
- Food: 4.5
- Presentation: 4.5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Value for money: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.75
Worth Trying?: Yes, and we’ll definitely be coming back, especially since its the only place I’ve come across so far that serves both really good quality sushi and Arabic food.
For more information call Azura in The St. Regis Abu Dhabi at +971 (0) 2 694 4553.