As the self-acclaimed international leader in contemporary Japanese cuisine with sister sites in bagkok, Las Vegas, Los Angles and New York, it’s hardly surprising that Abu Dhabi residents and visitors alike flock to try the food at KOI restaurant and lounge and reservations are hard to come by. Located on Saadiyat Island within the prestigious St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, the interiors at KOI are every bit as sleek and sophisticated as the food it serves. From the unique and contemporary light installations, to the leafy bamboo corners, cosy and secluded alcoves and plush furnishings – KOI oozes the modern sophistication of Tokyo. A narrow open kitchen with counter-top dining enables guests to admire the talented chefs at work as they produce dish after dish of perfectly executed and beautifully presented Japanese fare.
The restaurant group prides itself on elevating food and hospitality to an art form that appeals to all the senses, and is delighted to have gained a strong following of A-list diners across the globe. The menu at the Abu Dhabi site may seem somewhat overwhelming at first but the friendly staff is on hand to guide guests through and give advice based on diners’ personal tastes and preferences. KOI signature starters include lobster tacos with a mango salsa and yuzu guacamole; tuna tartare on crispy wontons; and Wagyu beef tataki with summer truffles and a ponzu dressing. Popular choices from the Main Dishes comprise grilled sea bass with a honey balsamic glaze and shiso-pea coulis; sautéed tiger prawns in a sweet and spicy glaze; and braised Wagyu short ribs with a wasabi risotto and Sansho jus.
Naturally no Japanese restaurant would be complete without a sushi and sashimi menu, and KOI boasts an extensive list of classic seafood and vegetable options which can be ordered as 2 pieces, 5 pieces or hand and cut rolls. From the Koi signature rolls don’t miss ‘Rock n’ Roll’ – a combo of soft shell crab, spicy tuna, and baked crab, topped with toro and gold leaves; and the KOI Dragon Roll with shrimp tempura, eel and baked crab.