The Yacht Club at the Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi is one of our favourite haunts. Every Tuesday Hubs and I satisfy our sushi cravings by taking a trip over there for the “Taste of the Orient” night. Steaming hot bowls of Miso soup, followed by a delicious selection of Sushi rolls and succulent Sashimi, topped off by fresh fruit dipped in the chocolate fountain, it’s our idea of food heaven! The best bit is that you are limited only by your own stomach as it’s an open buffet, though we do try not to over indulge!
The Yacht Club is a restaurant cum nightclub with a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the marina. The décor is industrial in style and features a huge ceiling fan that looks rather like helicopter propeller blades and funky seats made from plastic cylinder shapes that you sink into when you sit down. On week days, aside from Wednesday (it’s Ladies Night!) the vibe is chilled and you can choose to sit in one of the many raised round booths, a high top or just a regular table.
A while ago they introduced a new dining concept on Monday evenings which has proved popular and has now been extended to also include Thursdays. Tabehodai is best translated from Japanese as “all you can eat”, here in the UAE these words will be nothing new to your ears, however, the difference here is that you are given a menu and the food is freshly prepared and delivered directly to your table. There’s no need for you or your fellow dining companions to make the usual toing and froing from the table to the buffet thus allowing your conversation to flow freely without the interruption of anyone having to pop off for another slice of that humongous cows leg or whatever else you wish you’d taken more off! In fact, here you can have as much as you want of anything from the Tabehodai menu, if there is something you particularly enjoy you can simply ask for another portion of it or indeed if there is something you don’t like just ask for it to be omitted, otherwise just sit back, relax and enjoy the Asian inspired tapas journey.
Wanting to see what else the Yacht Club had to offer aside from sushi, Hubs and I decided to give it a go one Monday evening. We skipped the sushi since we already know that it’s good and cracked on with sampling the rest of the menu instead. On the Tabehodai evenings you will find some of the Yacht Club hot and cold favourites from the usual menu such as Pickled Watermelon with Crab, Minted Avocado and Pickled Caviar, Roasted Duck Quesadillas and Coconut Shrimp served with a Thai Peanut Sauce.
Here’s some of what we enjoyed tucking into that night…
These mini chicken burgers were given a twist by being served in Asian style steamed buns, the fresh flavor from the ginger and coriander was particularly delish, this dish proved popular with us both.
The Prawns were super good so we had to ask for more of them, whilst the Beef Tartare Cornettos made for an interesting flavor combination. I particularly loved the presentation.
We also enjoyed several other dishes including Salmon Teriyaki and Chicken Yakatori, however, unfortunately my camera skills that evening were a little. Perhaps it was all that lovely conversation time that Hubs and I put to good use leaving little time for anything else aside from eating!
Sufficiently stuffed of all things savoury we moved onto dessert which was served in a beautiful Bento Box. As expected the sweets here feature Asian influences and include the likes of Fruits in Coconut Milk, Azuki Pancakes and Banana Fritters, which I must say were pretty fine, the perfect combination of hot and cold served with vanilla ice cream.
We enjoyed almost everything we ate during the evening and we were pretty stuffed, no doubt we shall return to give it another whirl at some point. The presentation of the dishes was superb and the staff are always very attentive here, remembering little details such as how we prefer to have our soy, wasabi and pickled ginger on the table instead of in our sushi boats. It’s small things like this that make guests feel special and valued, they are very good at that here which is why we keep on returning.
Oh dear I’ve gone and made myself feel hungry now looking at all these pictures of food!
Tabehodai is available Mon and Thurs evenings from AED 108 ++ please check the website or call+971 2 6666 888 for further details on dress codes, age restrictions and reservations, etc.
Peace and Love
Ginger and Cream XOXO
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