Scott’s restaurant is world-renowned for its delicious fish and seafood as well as being a favourite celebrity haunt.
There is the original restaurant in London’s Mayfair and just one other in the world at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Scott’s owners have been very careful in taking such a well-respected brand and opening it elsewhere. The hotel in which it is situated is one of the most glamorous and opulent in Abu Dhabi and Scott’s is located outside in a stylish nautical-like building jetting out into the Arabian Gulf. The restaurant itself has all the elegance and style you expect from such an iconic restaurant brand.
Before you even get started on the food and drink, there is one thing that really impresses here: the service. Scott’s is a class act when it comes to looking after its diners, and we were so well attended to by the supremely knowledgeable Jean-Benoit, who knows the menu and wine list inside out and was very helpful when choosing food and wine pairings.
If you have food intolerances, the good news is that if you eat fish and seafood, you can enjoy pretty much anything on the menu gluten free and many choices dairy free. Before we ordered, the Head Chef came out to see us and run through the menu, so we were completely confident we were in safe hands before we enjoyed our meal.
The best way to kick off your meal here is with a glass of champagne and some divine Fine de Claire oysters whilst browsing the menu, which mixes classic fish dishes using fish from all over the world, including a number of locally sourced fish, such as the red mullet-like chargrilled Kingfish and Sultan Ibrahim.
To start, must-try dishes are the exquisite scallops (make sure you have some bread to mop up the juices (good gluten free available)), the dressed Cornish crab and the sensational ceviche.
And for the main course, you can’t beat the classic whole Dover Sole or sea bass, which are just so perfectly cooked and presented. There are a whole host of delicious sides to choose from, too, and I’d particularly recommend the delicious salads and chips. There’s an excellent choice of wines here – we went for the consistently wonderful Hugel Gewürztraminer 2011, which was the perfect accompaniment to our meal.
If you can manage pudding, there is a delicious selection of classic desserts on the menu, including a very good Bakewell tart and some particularly lovely sorbets. Dinner at Scott’s is an absolute must in Abu Dhabi for its fabulous food and glamorous surroundings.