First Rhodes outlet opens in St Regis Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, September 25, 2013
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, a leading hotel brand from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, has announced the opening of Rhodes 44, the first restaurant by the Michelin-starred celebrity chef Gary Rhodes in the UAE capital.
One of the hotel’s signature restaurants, Rhodes 44 offers guests an intimate venue for all-day contemporary dining, and is the perfect setting for Rhodes’ masterful reinventions of classic British and European dishes, complemented by Arabian influences, said a statement from St. Regis Abu Dhabi.
Guests can choose to dine inside the richly colourful restaurant or al fresco in the spacious garden terrace. For private celebrations or corporate affairs, Rhodes44 also offers two private dining rooms, featuring ample lounge space for entertaining.
Often referred to as “the chef's chef”, Rhodes, an Officer of the British Empire (OBE), is world-renowned for his tireless attention to detail and unparalleled devotion to the culinary arts.
Commenting on the launch, Rhodes said the new restaurant continues Abu Dhabi’s legacy of bridging Western and Arabian cultures, in a setting graced with local character.
"We’re eager to cater to Abu Dhabi’s diverse guests who have sophisticated tastes, from the large British community who want to savour favourite dishes from home, to the Middle Eastern guests who want to experience a European twist on the culinary traditions from this region," he added.
The gastronomic highlights at Rhodes 44 include Watermelon, Feta and Almond Salad; Asian-inspired Seared Sumac and Pistachio King Prawns; and Pan-Fried Salmon with Flageolet Beans.
Guests can also choose from an exclusive Executive Menu, and “The Daily British Classic” menu that features British staples such as steak-and-kidney pudding, and decadent desserts like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Strawberry Eton Mess.
Oliver Key, the hotel general manager said, "Rhodes is one of the most highly regarded chefs in the world, and we believe Rhodes 44 will quickly become Abu Dhabi’s premier destination for travellers, residents, and businesspeople seeking a relaxed yet refined dining experience in a captivating setting."
Overseeing Gary Rhodes’ vision at Rhodes 44 is head chef Paul Lupton, an acclaimed star in the British culinary scene who has worked with Rhodes since 2002.
Rhodes 44 complements its two additional UAE restaurants Rhodes Mezzanine and Rhodes Twenty10, both located in Starwood hotels in Dubai, said Key.
Bringing Gary Rhodes to Abu Dhabi follows the St. Regis brand’s tradition of having the world’s top chefs at its hotels around the world, including Jean Georges Vongerichten, Gordon Ramsay, and Michael Mina, he added.-TradeArabia News Service