On our latest cuisine adventure, we head to The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, where the hotel’s exceptional culinary team have teamed up to bring together the best dishes of their three bespoke restaurants under one venue, The Signature 3.
The Signature 3 opens daily from midday to late into the evening and combines modern Greek cuisine inspired by the internationally renowned MAZI restaurant, the South East Asian dishes of the flavoursome Sontaya and creative recipes of the Pacific Rim from the popular Buddha-Bar Beach. Here you will embark on a multi-layered journey around the world, full of stimulating tastes and flavours.
Located at the lobby level, The Signature 3 exudes an instant atmosphere of decadence. Whether you choose to dine indoors or outdoors, there is an instant air of indulgence and if you visit during the daytime you will see beautiful, uncompromising views of the beach too.
Choosing a starter is not an easy task. Among some of the attractive hot and cold dishes is the Wagyu Maki Rolls, Ceviche, Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls and a wonderful selection of freshly prepared Salads. We opt for the Mazi Jars; comprising of three appetising traditional Greek dips, including Tarama (seafood), Tzatziki (creamy yoghurt, garlic and mint) and Patzarosalata (beetroot), served with a side of Warm Leek Bread for dipping, a true staple in any Greek family home or restaurant.
We also tuck into the BBB Crispy Lobster Dumplings. Served with Chili Oil and Tom Yum Cream Sauce and topped with strikingly delicate Green Papaya and Carrot Salad, these melt in the mouth with each bite.
Alongside the Crispy Lobster Dumplings comes the Mazi Courgette Cakes, presented beautifully with a light Cucumber and Herb Dip. This particular dish is presented so well we felt guilty cutting into the Courgette Cakes, an emotion that is quickly overridden with pure enjoyment upon our first bite.
Calming mood music and the soft Abu Dhabi autumnal breeze set a relaxed atmosphere as our main course is served. We opt for the Chargrilled USDA Beef Tenderloin that has us salivating at first sight, it is served with Chargrilled Spring Onion and a mouth-watering sauce made of Chili Flakes and Sesame Seeds. The Mash Potato is not the simple kind you may be used to, at The Signature 3, Maris Piper Potatoes are mixed with Shiso Butter, Spring Onion and Lime for a smooth and flavoursome punch.
We also order the Black Pepper Tofu made up of Crispy Moringa Silken Tofu, Red Sweet Pepper, Sugar Snap Peas and Chinese Cabbage tossed in a Spicy Black Pepper Sauce and served with a generous portion of Jasmine Rice. Beautifully cooked and incredibly crunchy, this dish did not disappoint.
After our starters and main course, expectations for dessert is high. The dessert menu is a dream for those who appreciate a good dessert and a nightmare for anyone watching their waistline (unless you opt for the Mint Caipirinha Fruit Salad, that is). Forever being a weakling for a chocolate dessert the Chocolate Sphere seems the obvious choice. It is also a choice I did not regret.
The hand crafted spectacle composes of a flourless Chocolate Cake, Cherry Compote, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Salted Cocoa Crumble, emphasizing just how much care and attention goes into creating this masterpiece. The visual drama is further heightened by a dash of gold foil and a surrounding pool of luxurious Manjari Hot Chocolate Sauce which all comes together to not only create one of the prettiest dishes I have seen, but also one of the best I have ever tasted.
To ease some of the chocolate guilt, we also opted for a somewhat lighter option with a Greek Yoghurt Panna Cotta. Served with Wild Berry Compote, Dehydrated Raspberries and Basil Ice Cream, this dish is clean and fresh but also complex and delicate. The desserts look fantastic and finish the evening on a great high.
The freshness, quality and portion sizes were all precise. The Signature 3 took high expectations and exceeded them by producing the most dazzling menu in a beautiful setting. The marriage of various global cuisines is sensational and will certainly have us returning for more.
Mazi Jars, AED 45
BBB Crispy Lobster Dumplings, AED 90
Mazi Courgette Cakes, AED 50
USDA Beef Tenderloin, AED 130
Smashed Potato, AED 50
Black Pepper Tofu, AED 80
Chocolate Sphere, AED 50
Greek Yoghurt Panna Cotta, AED 50
The Signature 3, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 498 8888