Restaurant review: KOI at The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort


Before visiting KOI, the contemporary Japanese restaurant at The Collection in the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, I’d already heard plenty about it. Most notably: the service is poor and it has the best food I’ll ever taste. My verdict? Neither is true.

It’s possible that service is flawed during busier times, but we saw no sign of that on the crowd-free Saturday night we turned up. Our team of waiters was efficient, knowledgeable and unobtrusive.

It’s a chic, upscale restaurant – just stepping through its doors instantly ups your cool factor. But, though many will appreciate KOI’s dimly lit, moody vibe, I found the lack of light, black floor and dark decor inconvenient at best. An employee had to point out the too-dark-to-see slope at the restaurant’s entrance and another on the way to the bathroom. Even after the alert, I still misstepped. Additionally, the only usable light at the tables comes from small, mushroom-shaped lamps (which, we found out later, cost Dh1,300 each).

We started with the lobster avocado salad (priced at a shocking Dh154). The generous lobster tail and claw came with crispy shiitake mushrooms, fresh, dainty spinach leaves, a mound of crushed avocado and a tofu-lime dressing. More info

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