Stratos is Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi’s revolving bar and grill. If you’ve never visited Stratos we highly recommend a visit in the evening, just as the city is coming to life with its twinkling lights. Stratos offers 360 degree views which are second to none. Making you realize that the city is just as pretty from the air as it is the land.
Tonight, we are excited to dine at Stratos, it’s been a few months since our last visit and we are curious to see what is on offer. As the elevator doors open the smooth sounds and fine grilled scents welcome us, we walk in and take a seat by the window. The gold, black and cream interior sets a stylish yet almost 1920’s elegance to the restaurant. The views of the city are incredible. What better way to dine, this sophisticated and trendy venue is the real deal in so many ways.
For starters, we select the Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, crispy croutons, crisp veal bites with parmesan and the 9 Loch Fyne oysters. Loch Fyne is a beautiful sea loch that cuts 40 miles into the coast of Argyll in the west of Scotland. Founded in 1978, by the Laird of Ardkinglas Estate, these are amongst the finest oysters in the world. With a dash of ginger shitake dressing the oysters are soon devoured. Medium sized but meaty, these divine oysters are a must. The Caesar salad is enjoyable but after we did wish we’d ordered the burrata, we hear Stratos has an amazing burrata.
As we wait for our main course to arrive we select a few beverages from the extensive beverage menu. We sit back, relax and take in the view. I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful and tranquil it feels to watch the world go by.
Our mains arrive and the large plates fill the table. For our main course, we opt for the grilled rock lobster 700g and the John Stone grass fed tenderloin 220g and slow braised carrots with star anise, mandarin oil and ginger bread along with lyonnaise potatoes as side dishes. The rock lobster is enormous, admittedly I’d not looked at the weight, however the steak looks almost as large. At least we can say that Stratos offers value for money. The lobster is grilled to perfection and still has that smoky scent that can be tasted as every bite is enjoyed. The steak is succulent and almost butter like when cut. The sides are nice and alternatively compliment both dishes.
For the dessert, we struggle to decide between the strawberry posset and the lemon curd tart eventually the strawberry posset with strawberry granola, meringues, lemon sorbet and 20-year-old balsamic wins us over.
If you are looking for a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day with your partner we would highly recommend Stratos and if not grab your friends and make a night of it, after all who doesn’t want to enjoy fine food, spanning views, five-star service all set in one of the Capital’s chicest venues.
Treat your beloved to a classy Valentine’s dinner at one of the most romantic restaurants in the city and enjoy a 3-course menu for AED 360 net for 2!
Stratos, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101