‘Bring on the Chef in You’ were invited by “Caramel Restaurant & Lounge” for a tasting session at their elegant and classy joint at St. Regis Sadiyat Island Resort. And OMG!!! what a wonderful experience it has been.
“Caramel” brings luxury and opulence not only to the residents and guests of the Sadiyat Island Resort, but also to residents of the Capital City, Abu Dhabi. Located not more than 15 minutes from the Port Area, this is one place that needs to be visited again and again simply for the sheer awesome food that they dish out.
Utilizing elements such as natural wood and textured stone with bold contemporary lines, Caramel creates a one-of-a-kind environment that engages patrons and invokes a new level of visual stimulation. Caramel Restaurant & Lounge boasts a warm inviting ambiance and relaxing atmosphere that offers drinking, dining, and entertainment at one centrally located hot spot.
The team at Caramel is professional, dedicated and friendly and we felt relaxed in the Company of Mr. Mahindra, who made sure that we enjoyed the Caramel experience.
The menu here has over 40-50 items on offer and with help from the staff we began the afternoon with TNT Shrimps, which were served on a bed of finely chopped cabbage leaves. The Shrimp were fried in a light batter and served tossed up in a spicy Japanese Mayo. Crunchy on the outside and juicy and succulent inside, it was absolutely an awesome way to start on a delicious note.
The Chinese Chicken Salad followed closely and was a complete delight. A juicy, nutty and fruity salad consisting of Clementine, cashews, honey, chicken and fresh greens, this was presented in a small ringed tower. We thoroughly enjoyed it and proceeded to order our Beverages of Australian Wine to sip along with our starters.
The Forest Mushrooms came next, sauteed in butter emulsions and fine herbs, which were absolutely scrumptious, to say the least. I never even dreamt that the simple mushrooms could be elevated to such heights.
Next on the menu was Seared Chillean Sea Bass, which was served with a Risotto of Rock Shrimp, a Lobster Broth and Tomato Basil Tapenade. The fish was very tender and delicate and the risotto and broth and tapenade were good accompaniments. Fish lovers are really going to enjoy this amazing delicacy that is so well prepared that you long to have another one then and there.
Next on the Menu was the Grilled Steak with a dollop of herbed butter. We ordered medium rare and it came along with two sauces, the creamy one of which was wonderful and went along perfectly with the Steak. To be honest the Steak was good, but I would have loved if it came with some grilled or sautéed vegetables or fries alongside, just to make it complete. The Steak however was comforting, homely and reminiscent of the beefy old world charm.
The Menu also has a host of other inviting and innovative dishes, and we marked them with a note that that the next time we came to Caramel that would be our selection.
We were too stuffed to have anything more; and we resisted the urge to order more, keeping into mind, that we do not want to skip the desserts…. so we beckoned to our server to bring on the Dessert Menu.
We started with the Baked Alaska, which was a lovely mix and match of ice cream, cake, mousse and meringue. It was a real show-stopper and was a treat not only for the eyes, but for the tummy too. With brown specs on the meringue and luscious strawberry mousse which was light and velvety; a blob of ice cream of the finest quality, thin slice of cake and swathed in a meringue which was baked ever so gently in a hot oven for a few minutes to give it lovely specs of burnt sugar on some of its edges. I can say without hesitation that the Baked Alaska at Caramel has become my all-time favorite and mark it as a must-have at Caramel.
2nd came the Pumpkin Cheese Cake, which wowed both in presentation style and taste. It was extraordinarily rich and creamy and the luscious swirl of cream was as light as a feather and not overtly sweet; but just right.
The Banana Crème Brulee was simple, yet impressive. The brittle Caramel Topping had a bitter-sweet taste and the smooth creamy custard/cream beneath the caramelized layer, was rich, sticky and wickedly sweet.
After we were done, we were given a tour of the lounge and Bar, and were dazzled by the array and collection of wines, champagne etc that were on display. We were told that in the evenings they also have a DJ playing and making the place more exotic. Besides the surrounding areas are so good for a stroll right after you have stuffed yourself jolly. There is a beach close-by and plush gardens all around.
So the next time you are looking to have a special treat, just hop across to Caramel at St Regis; a different, elegant and awesome place which offers you good value for money and delivers delicious, regal and authentic tasting fare too.
Thumbs up Caramel, you positively rock!!!!!!
Ratings by Bring On the Chef In You :
- Food 4.5 / 5
- Service 4 / 5
- Ambiance 4.5 / 5
- Value for money 3.5/5