I’m just going to start by saying this is currently my favourite restaurant in the city. From the cuisine to the décor Cho Gao Marina Walk ticks all the boxes. Dishes are based on Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, if you love Asian cuisine you must try Cho Gao Marina Walk.
The Pan Asian restaurant and lounge features rough wooden interiors with warm glowing orange paper lanterns, that hang delicately around the room, as though they were floating. The attention to detail is evident, even the tableware is consistent with the theme. Outside guests can enjoy the tranquil terrace that has been designed to represent a bamboo garden, all to the backdrop of moon lit marina views.
To start we try the Grilled Beef and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce. The beef is beautiful, it delicately falls off with ease, melting in the mouth. Next is one of my favourite dishes the Salmon Tartare with Tobiko and Truffle Soy Mayo. Light yet appetising, the flavours are perfectly balanced to ensure a subtle truffle taste. The Wasabi Prawns are also delightful, perfectly crisp to the bite, the wasabi compliments the thick prawns without overriding them.
The Pomelo Salad is a must try, chicken, prawns, chili jam, lime and peanuts are tossed together to create a refreshingly zesty dish. Chef and his team have perfectly balanced the ingredients to ensure that with every bite you discover a new flavour.
Sushi lovers will be pleased to learn that Cho Gao Marina Walk has its own dedicated sushi bar, chef and his team are gradually adding more sushi dishes to the menu but you will still be able to find all the classics like, Salmon, Spicy Tuna, California, Spider, Dragon Roll and Spicy Prawn Tempura Maki Rolls.
For the main course we enjoy the Black Pepper Beef, Crispy Prawn Red Curry and the Char Kway Teow, wok fried beef noodles. Although all the dishes are delightful, my personal favourite is the Crispy Prawn Red Curry, the coconut element gives the dish a wonderful rich creamy texture and the kaffir lime adds a beautifularomatic, astringent flavour.
For dessert we struggle between the Mango Sticky Rice, Bitter Chocolate Cake and The Brûlée Trio. Eventuallywe decide on the Brûlée Trio, made up of three small pots containing a traditional Crème Brûlée, Black Sesame Brûlée and a Green Tea Brûlée. A delicious end to a great dining experience.
Cho Gao Marina Walk has now launched its Friday brunch, every Friday 12noon to 4.00pm starting at AES 249.
Grilled Beef and Chicken Satay AED 58
Salmon Tartare AED 38
Wasabi Prawns AED 62
Pomelo Salad AED 48
Sushi AED 45 to 58
Black Pepper Beef AED 140
Crispy Prawn Red Curry AED 72
Char Kway Teow AED 86
Brûlée Trio AED 32
Cho Gao Marina Walk, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, 800 423 463