Located on the 18th floor of the Andaz Capital Gate – listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being famously designed to lean at 18 degrees – dining at Cyan Brasserie is one for the Abu Dhabi bucket list.
Take a seat either indoors, perhaps at the chef’s table surrounding my calming turquoise blue decor, or on the outdoor terrace, and peruse a menu of Franco-Arab inspired cuisine. To start with, you might opt for some sophisticated lobster and caviar rolls, or a more classic tuna salad. The more adventurous among us might be tempted by Cyan Brasserie’s beef tartare, a French classic accompanied by cured egg yolk, chives and potato chips.
When it comes to your main, you might be reeled in by a half lamb rack, served with melt-in-the-mouth fondant potatoes, burnt aubergine, and zaatar pesto, a Middle Eastern speciality. Alternatively, the Chilean sea bass with chermoula, mussels, and ratatouille is certainly tempting. The fusion of French and Arabian flavours at Cyan Brasserie means a menu of tantalising combinations, sure to please everyone in attendance.
If you're the type who struggles to settle for one option, you’ll be pleased to know that there are various mezze dishes on offer, including a vegetarian sharing platter for 2-3 people, which features hummus, beetroot labneh, moutabel, a tomato and feta tart, zucchini fritters, and pistachio falafel – something for everyone.
Desserts continue with a Franco-Arab theme, including a fresh and fruity mango pavlova, pistachio baklava with rose water syrup and mandarin cream, and a classic French mille-feuille.
If you’re not coming to Cyan Brasserie for a full meal, you can sample some coffee or tea and desserts between 3pm and 6pm. And indeed, the Brasserie is a beautiful place in which to sit back and relax, reflecting the words written up on the walls: “Joie de vivre” and “bon vivant”.
Cyan Brasserie can also offer a private dining room upon enquiry.