Aqua, Rosewood - Abu Dhabi
Italian cuisine has found a new home in Abu Dhabi. And that is at the gorgeous Aqua restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel on Al Maryah Island.
|The chandeliers are simply breathtaking.|
|Part of the interesting seating options - bar style depicted here.|
|Light tones add to the airy feel in the restaurant|
|An understated elegance in the china|
The menus, also in white, are simple and not daunting. I am reminded of the expression that the essence of beauty is simplicity. In a previous post on Boca at The Hilton, I also commented on the simple nature of its menu - http://mitsukiemma.blogspot.ae/2014/02/bocca-hilton-abu-dhabi.html.
My waitress for the evening immediately showed herself to be adept at dealing with guests and exuded a quiet, calm confidence as she recommended my starter - an assortment of mozzarella tastes, Mozzarella Di Campagnia tasting. While the meat options looked simply inviting, I went with the pasta. Aqua, after all, is an Italian restaurant. So, I ordered the slow braised oxtail agnolotti. However, Chef Harris must have sensed my curiosity and invited me to try an added dish if I was so inclined. I therefore chose the smoked beef carpaccio.
Before my starter, I was offered an amuse bouche which was a deep fried ball of cheese on a lemon base. In addition to this, there was an excellent small bread basket with olive paste and olives.
As good as all of these were, nothing could have prepared me for the mozzarella tasting platter. Chef Harris believes that the mozzarella caprese salad is a ubiquitous menu item in Italian restaurants, so he wanted to create something that brought together tradition and the contemporary - hence this mozzarella dish. There are five different types of mozzarella: The burrata with caviar, the smoked mozzarella in lemon chutney, mozzarella caprese with pine nuts and pesto, fresh mozzarella with dehydrated oilves and buffalo mozzarella with fried capers and tomato marmalade - as I write this I am reliving the tastes. My favorite? That's an unfair question. I just loved the whole dish.
|The dish of the evening|
I chose my main based on the interesting filling of the agnolotti with oxtail. It tasted superb. It is always going to be difficult to create an exciting dish in terms of color when you use beef jus, but the bed of red capsicum played its part in adding color to the dish. The topping of it with Sardinian percorino cheese brought a gentle bite to the agnolotti. Furthermore, the capsicum effused the dish with a hint of sweetness, which really the taste buds in a wonderful manner. In addition, the porcini mushrooms were beautifully cooked. Finally, the portion size was absolutely perfect, rounding off very tasty dish.
|Perfect sized agnolotti|
|You would be forgiven for staring at the rich colors|
|Classic Italian bombolini|
In summary, Aqua was one of my most loved and memorable dining experiences in Abu Dhabi. The food was outstanding and the service bar-raising. Asking what could have been done to make this experience better would be like asking how could Pavarotti have done a better interpretation of Nessun Dorma!
02 813 5550
Anti-pasti 65-80 Dhs
Soup 50-60 Dhs
Pasta 60-80 Dhs
Dessert 40 dhs
( Risotto and Meat dishes also on the menu)
Superb wines and spirits available
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