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“Tremendous experience.”
Review of Catalan - CLOSED

Catalan
Price range: US$250 - US$300
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: An evening at Catalan is special. The elegant venue is the first Catalonian restaurant to open in Abu Dhabi and it effortlessly merges traditional and contemporary. The finest produce from Catalonia's tranquil mountains and deep seas are combined with the freshest local produce by the restaurant's team of talented chef. The results are truly awe-inspiring. Vibrant, authentic dishes seduce the senses and bring the colour, traditions and warmth of Barcelona to the capital. To complement the dishes a beverage menu consisting solely of specially selected labels from Spain is available. Impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in a relaxing ambience - a perfect Catalan evening.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tremendous experience.”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

I took my partner here for his birthday on March 6, 2014. It is an intimate, friendly and elegant space. The food was absolutely exceptional, and the service impeccable. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable, without being in your face. Perfect service. A must for anyone living in or visiting Abu Dhabi.

  • Visited March 2014
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3 Thank Brontelad
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FilipaCdeSousa, Marketing Manager at Catalan, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
Dear Brontelad,

From all of us at Rosewood Abu Dhabi a belated Happy Birthday to your partner!
Thank your for taking the time to review Catalan, we hope to see you again soon for another special occasion!

Warm Regards,
Filipa
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Comfortable fine dining experience!”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Me and my husband tried this amazing fine dining Spanish restaurant in Rosewood Hotel and was happy to share my experience here. The place was elegantly furnished and decorated. We were sat beside the glass wall which overlooks the view of the water and the city. We tried their anniversary special and was delighted on this gastronomic experience which were served to us. Overall, great food and will come back soon!

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank traveat
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FilipaCdeSousa, Marketing Manager at Catalan, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear Traveat,

We highly appreciate your fine comment on Catalan!
Thank you for celebrating our anniversary with us, we do hope to see you back soon and please be informed that Catalan will be closed during Ramadan, so you might want to take the opportunity to enjoy Catalan once more before it closes for the holy season.

Warm Regards,
Filipa
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Finest restaurant in the UAE”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

My wife and I have been over a dozen times to Catalan since it opened a year ago and it has consistently been a fabulous experience: exquisite food and impeccable service in a cozy ambience. Gastronomy being an important part of our life, we have been to most top restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and I would say Catalan definitely stands out.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Laurent D
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FilipaCdeSousa, Marketing Manager at Catalan, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear Laurent,

Thank you very much for your kind review on Catalan! It is a pleasure to see you enjoy Chef Antonio's exquisite food and the team's impeccable service!

We can't wait to see you again at Catalan!

Warm Regards,
Filipa
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exceptional Food and Faultless Service”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

My sister and I were fortunate to dine at Catalan in May to. The food was amazing! We were offered an assortment of amuse-bouche all which prepared our taste-buds for the courses to follow. we shared a chicken paella for entrée which was wonderful and for mains, we had the veal cheek and beef tenderloin. The meat was so incredibly tender and full of flavour. For dessert, you simply must try the extra virgin olive oil ice-cream. It is simply stunning.
This restaurant is better than many Michelin starred restaurants we have dined at through Europe and look forward to visiting again when we return to Abu Dhabi later in the year. The service is impeccable and food without hesitation is some of the best we have ever had. Congratulations to the chef and team for what is truly exceptional restaurant. We wish you the best.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank thegirlintheredshoes
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FilipaCdeSousa, Marketing Manager at Catalan, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Thank you very much for your review and recommendation!
Chef Antonio really appreciates your comment on his authentic dining experiences and of course team.

We hope to see again very soon at Catalan,
Kind Regards,
Filipa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Me and my partner had the pleasure of dining at the Catalan, and we were left speechless! The food was absolutely wonderful, and by far some of the best we have been fortunate enough to experience ! This was all accompanied by impeccable service, with the staff making the evening even more spectacular.
For starters we had the Beef Tartar and the Steak of Fois Gras. The seasoning was perfect on both dishes, simply melt in your mouth. For our main we had a Seafood Paella and Beef Tenderloin with creamy gnocchi, our waitress was so sweet she asked the chef to split both the mains and to bring them out one after each other so that both myself and my partner could share the dishes. The seafood paella came out first followed by the beef tenderloin which the chef had cut in half and prepared the dishes beautifully for the both of us. The paella was simply the best we had ever tasted, better than all the ones we had ever tried in Barcelona. The beef tenderloin was definitely the winning dish and we were glad it was served second, the beef needed barely any pressure to be cut, it was cooked medium rare and to perfection, I've never tasted beef so good. We both sat in silence because we were so speechless to how amazing it was cooked.The night was nicely rounded off with two very good desserts. The passion fruit soup and the smoked and caramelised torrija...epic! This was topped off by being perosnally greeted at the table by Antonio, the chef behind all these creations!
We will definitely be visiting this restaurant again , and would like to thank Catalan for a wonderful night!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank dominickp935
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FilipaCdeSousa, Marketing Manager at Catalan, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Dominick,

Amazing review! Thank you for your visit and taking the time to share this great feedback with us!
Chef Antonio will be preparing an anniversary menu next week starting the 22 of May until the 29 of May so please come on by to enjoy more of his delicious creations!

Hope to see you again soon,
Best Regards,
Filipa
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