Many of you will have dined at the award-winning restaurant, The Park Bar and Grill, located at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. The Park Bar, situated on the upper level of The Park Grill, has launched a limited time menu, featuring a selection of diverse Vietnamese delicacies. Considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, this authentic menu has been created by Chef Mau, a native of this beautiful country.
As we enter The Park Bar we are warmly greeted by the team. The weather is perfect, so we decide to take a seat on the terrace, this is where we first meet Chef Mau. Chef is full of spirit as she eagerly dashes from table to table interacting with guests.
The special menu offers a wide variety of appetizing Vietnamese dishes, ranging from traditional favourites to more modern plates. We begin with a platter of five dishes, Fresh Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls, Pomelo Salad with Crispy Crab, Mien Tay Chicken Salad, Spicy Squid with Mango Salad and Seafood Black Egg Spring Rolls. The starters are fabulous, the Pomelo Salad has just the right amount of flavour, the Spicy Squid is cooked to perfect and the Rice Paper Rolls taste light and fresh. The most interesting dish is the unique Seafood Black Egg Spring Rolls. It’s the first time we have tried Black Egg, also known as Century Egg which derives its black colour from being preserved in clay, ash, salt, quicklime and rice hulls. Despite its appearance the Black Egg has an appetizing taste, although the texture is slightly more jelly like than a normal egg.
Next, another sensational dish, the plump Crab Cakes, served with Chinese Cabbage Slaw, and Nam Jim Sauce. This is my personal favourite, the Crab Cakes paired with the crispy Chinese Slaw and the sweet sauce is just sensational.
My colleague thoroughly enjoys the Chicken Wings, but the Steamed Buns with Slow Cooked Short Ribs are the highlight of his dining experience and he goes as far as to say, they are the best he has tasted in the city. We also sample a small helping of the Pho, Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup. As with all the other dishes, Chef Mau has managed to capture the essence of Vietnam through her cuisine.
To conclude, Steamed Sticky Rice with Mango and Coconut Milk a superb end to a wonderful dining experience. Appetizing and satiating the senses, guests can choose from flavourful bites inspired by local street food, including the signature Pho Bo and a selection of tropical fruits infused with exotic herbs and spices. Meet the cheerful Chef Mau as she shares her life through her creations. The Park Bar is located at the lobby level of the hotel, presenting guests with indoor and outdoor seating options.
The Vietnamese a la carte menu will be available at The Park Bar daily from 5.00pm till 11.00pm until 6th January 2019.
Fresh Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls AED 55
Pomelo Salad, Crispy Crab AED 60
Mien Tay Chicken Salad AED 55
Spicy Squid, Mango Salad AED 75
Seafood Black Egg Spring Rolls AED 55
Crab Cake AED 75
Steamed Buns AED 45
Pho AED 80
Mango Sticky Rice AED 45
The Park Bar, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, 02 407 1138