*** A trip to Dubai/Abu Dhabi is incomplete without visiting the famous Yas Viceroy Hotel in the Yas Islands with the F1 Track in its backdrop. Here is my first attempt at a restaurant review with that of the Yas Viceroy Hotel and it got published in ‘the Indian trumpet’ at http://www.theindiantrumpet.com. The icing on the cake was getting to use my own photographs. So here is the story!
We love food, so much so that for us every celebration begins and ends with food. So when this April we woke up with a happy realisation that we have been married for five years we decided to celebrate it by visiting a hotel that is home to twelve different restaurants/lounges. And that’s how on the weekend we reached Yas Viceroy Hotel in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. And I must say that a day later we came back well-fed and satiated. Join me on my food trail.
The drive from Dubai to Yas Island is just about an hour and the route is pretty easy to follow especially with all the signages; so much so that we reached the hotel much before the check-in-time. And luckily for us the sun hid behind the clouds all through the drive and we were happy to look at the puffy grey clouds spotting the skies.
One look at the hotel and you know you are in the midst of luxury. A fish-net inspired façade casts a luxurious spell on you.
As we walked in the lavish white ambience contrasted beautifully against the stylish sofas in different colours made us feel relaxed instantly. The interiors of the resort are a contemporary fusion of elegance and momentum. And what I liked in particular was the use of sensuous curves and sleek lines in the designs.
Now since we had reached there before the check-in time we had time to indulge in a nice and relaxed brunch, and truly kick start our holiday. And that’s when the real fun started for in front of us were twelve wonders, offering sea food, modern Italian, yum sushi and even regional Indian cuisines among other colourful delicacies. We zeroed in on Origins for our first meal.
Origins offer an elaborate and expansive buffet featuring a superb selection of local, regional and international cuisine. In addition to good food, its terrace provides the guests a stunning view of the Yas Marina Circuit. The outdoors also has a BBQ setting for those who love the grills and steaks. I was pretty impressed with their variety of salads on the buffet table.
A lavish spread of Chinese, Mexican, Lebanese and Indian dishes is what we savoured here. My husband, who is a big sea food fan, enjoyed his lovely smoked salmon and a roasted lobster.
But what made it to the winner’s list for me was the range of desserts, they were yummilicious beyond imagination.
I loved indulging into their healthy fruit shots, apple and kiwi and even watermelon and carrot.
What also got me excited was watching the chefs prepare the delicacies in the open kitchen.
I had hardly finished my meal when I was eyeing Rush, a stylish bar with a part-retro feel, as my next stop. And that’s where we spent our evening. The bar is a creative concept from the same bunch of designers who have given us the George V Paris restaurants and Buddha Bars worldwide. Rush Bar is topping the charts when it comes to Abu Dhabi’s nightlife. And why not, for it has the best of international DJs on their console and premium spirits on their menu. What I loved most about Rush was their play with red-coloured lights.
But then this is not the only bar here, there are three other lounges/ bars here too. Skylite is an alluring roof deck destination done up with canopies in different colours. Latitude and Longitude, one of the two pool bars, is the place to stop for finger food, salads and desserts. And Yas Lounge, the other pool bar is a must stop for those who love all things sweet and beautiful. Designer cakes, chocolates, fresh scones, flakey pastries, muffins, croissants, etc. tempted me to overeat here! Also, you would love their speciality, the Yas cake that deliciously compliments tea or coffee.
After spending a lovely evening at Rush we decided to take a long walk to take a closer look at the stunning interiors of the hotel.
It’s interesting how different moods have been given to different spaces here. Also, impressive is the collection of paintings that are on display here.
Together, they transform the plain walls into works of art. I also checked out their gym and spa boutique, ESPA, though I didn’t use any of the services. We ended our day with a lovely meal at Angar, known for its Indian grilled and tandoori delicacies.
Next morning, we woke up still full and happy! We had our breakfast (which, was part of our holiday package) at Origins but this time around the place disappointed me. We had to wait for a long time in the queue and when we finally got to the food it was laid down very poorly and didn’t even taste that good. But that didn’t spoil our mood much for we had enjoyed our stay and meals in the hotel thoroughly.
Will I go back there again? Yes, after all I didn’t get a chance to explore all the dishes and the eateries, and then the hotel did make my anniversary special with its gorgeous food and stunning experience.