Splashing the cash at Sontaya restaurant

By Brian Kappler  www.thenational.ae

Sontaya, in the sprawling St Regis complex on Saadiyat Island, offers an arriving diner all the upscale charm we expect – but do not always quite get – from high-end hotel restaurants.

The Sontaya restaurant serves up contemporary South-east Asian cuisine. Courtesy the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

The Sontaya restaurant serves up contemporary South-east Asian cuisine. Courtesy the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

As Sontaya offers South-east Asian cuisine, this takes the form here of sleek Asian-contemporary decor, a multinational staff to match, water views (in daytime, anyway) from every table and soothing Far Eastern elevator music.

But these pleasing elements fade into the background when your food arrives. The menu here is a short but remarkably rewarding choice of mouth-watering cookery, though it comes at eye-watering prices.

“South-east Asian” here means mainly Thai, and the chef Komsan Thongchaiprasit has added Thai touches to a cosmopolitan variety of raw materials, from Omani lobster to Wagyu short ribs. More info

Sontaya (www.sontayaabudhabi.com), at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, is open daily from noon to 3pm and from 6.30pm to 11pm for last orders, closing at midnight. A meal for two cost Dh871 incluing service.

For reservations, call 02 498 8888 or email reservations.saadiyat@stregis.com.

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