New menu at The Yacht Club - InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Also on the table is a very exciting dish - a Prawn-Dog. (not pictured). Those who follow American cuisine will be familiar with a chilli dog - this is a play on that. It is a dish that aims to bring the street to the table. I love the idea. This is one of the new ideas in the new menu - street food coming to the table. Served on a stick, it is fun and engaging - a real conversation piece. It is the kind of dish you cannot help but like. Shrimp in tempura batter with furikake crisps attempt to bring texture to the dish, but I would like to see even more texture, mainly because the American corn dog has a bit of crunch when you put it in your mouth. But it is a clever dish that will be very popular on the new menu.
For our main courses, my guest and I share two dishes - again, the sharing concept is an integral part of the menu. Ideal for sharing, we have the Soya-Anise Glazed Short-rib. The latter is beautifully cooked and just falls off the bone. It is accompanied, and these for me are the most thrilling aspects of this dish, kimchi and steamed Hirata buns.
A question I had in my mind when I met Chef Yoon regarding the Korean influences on his menu is answered. This bodes well for The Yacht Club. Despite a growing population of Koreas in Abu Dhabi, no high-end restaurant has really taken the lead in making Korean dishes.