It’s well known that Abu Dhabi is a destination in which you can sample the cuisines of the world, whether you want to enjoy Mexican nachos and tacos or British steaks and Sunday roasts. At Cho Gao Marina Walk, which is part of the luxury InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel, you can journey through the many flavours of Asia without having to leave the UAE.
The waterside pan-Asian restaurant features a stylish dining room which is inspired by the interior design trends of the continent. Expect to find intricately carved wooden dividers, deep red leather banquettes and subtly nods to Asian culture via hanging lanterns and upturned wicker baskets. Cho Gao also benefits from an outdoor terrace which overlooks the water and offers a space for relaxed al fresco dining.
On the menu here, you will find an array of Asian-inspired dishes from across the continent, ranging from Thai curries to Vietnamese salads. To start, tuck into the likes of satay chicken slicked with a peanut sauce, or tempura battered wasabi prawns which are served with mango salsa and a coriander and mint dip. Starters are followed by main courses such as grilled seabass wrapped in a banana leaf or Peking duck with cucumber and spring onion, while other sections on the menu see selections of dim sum, sashimi, sushi and bao buns.
To round off your meal, choose from a variety of dessert options; perhaps the classic Asian pudding of mango sticky rice will take your fancy, or maybe you will be more temped by the contemporary likes of green tea cheesecake and black sesame crème brulee.
Cho Gao is home to plenty of drinks options too, ranging from non-alcoholic cocktails to wines, Champagnes and Gin & Tonics. Come evening, you can take your drink out onto the aforementioned outdoor terrace, which becomes a chic al fresco lounge complete with live DJs that is perfect for Abu Dhabi’s cooler nights.