Residents of Abu dhabi will confirm there's a serious dearth of GOOD FOOD restaurents here.
This is a fact. Chinese restaurants absolutely NADA and the same goes for good subcon cuisine.
We could travel to Dubai this weekend but my older one is having her finals.
The food at Chilli's, Fuddruckers or even TGI Fridays is about as insipid as Mickeydees or the other fast food outlets.
India palace used to be good but the last trip 3 weeks ago, resulted in very malbari restaurant type of food. i.e where the curry looks like its been pureéd in a blender and not sauteéd properly so as to allow oil to separate. (This was ROGHAN JOSH btw, a Kashmiri dish which definitelyy needs to be cooked very carefully).
The Mongolian (orchid) next to India Palace is okay ,but if you ever get a chance to go to Oman do not miss out the Mongolian BBQ at THE GOLDEN ORYX. You eat there once you will know what I mean.
Our favourite hangout, was a Chinese place on al Wahda street (CHINA TOWN) in Sharjah, but that got burnt down and unlike the Phoenix remains burnt and buried.
Have been to The Hilton, le Meridien, Bustan Rotana, and Sheraton. The thing with 5 star joints is that you pay a bomb, get all the fancy shmancy napkins, glasses, cutlery and real PURTY food. But there's nothing distinctive in taste.
Most of them almost never keep any nice hot sauces and too often you are lumped with that foul vinegary red concoction called Hotsauce.
For the record tehre is only one tongue zapping hot sauce. (Most Scotch bonnets have a heat rating of 150,000–325,000 Scoville Units.)
Its ENCONA's SCOTCH BONNET PEPPER hot sauce.
(Available at random at the MINA Co-op).
There used to be a tiny place called KABAB CORNER, where the food was heavenly but sadly that's closed down too, for reasons no one knows. (it belonged to The chappan bhog people so it cant have been bankruptcy).
The tough part of being a good cook is too often my family will eat out and say: " NAAAH! We get better food at home." Yes, well very complimentary no doubt, but no fun for the person who has to cook on a special occasion. ( I want to dress up and feel special not smell onions in my hair and nails).
The only good option remains an indian place called "HAVELI", near Choithraam supermarket in Khalidiya area. They have a fab chef from Kolkatta.
Heres a tip. Ask where the chef is from when you try a new place. The Kolkatta, Delhi, chefs are A++.
So now where do we go?