What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

New out­lets L’Eto and Pearl Lounge get re­viewed, as does the brunch at SushiSan. Plus, meal deals for two that won’t cost more than Dhs500

Much of the talk about Al Maryah Is­land at the mo­ment is fo­cused on Al Maryah Cen­tral, the new shop­ping mall that will open at the end of this year. But that hasn’t stopped The Gal­le­ria mall next to it from ex­pand­ing. It’s still open­ing restau­rants, all of which now fall un­der the ti­tle of The Din­ing Col­lec­tion, and the lat­est to open is cake and pas­try ex­perts L’Eto.

It’s a brand born in Lon­don’s Soho and there are sev­eral branches in Dubai. It’s a civilised lo­ca­tion, with a white mar­ble in­te­rior, li­brary books lin­ing the walls, Swarovski crys­tal green chan­de­liers and some green­ery.

While known for its cakes, L’Eto also serves mains and sal­ads. Most of the dishes are on dis­play at a huge counter, and when it comes to giv­ing out points for pre­sen­ta­tion, L’Eto scores highly. You’ll want to try most of the grub on show.

L’Eto serves a se­lec­tion of dishes on an a la carte menu, and there’s also a sep­a­rate menu for the items on dis­play in the coun­ters, which the res­tau­rant tweaks from time to time. A salad of wild rice with za­aatar glazed beef, cran­ber­ries and pump­kin seeds was a promis­ing start to pro­ceed­ings. Just a lit­tle bit salty, it was re­fresh­ing and light, and the zataar didn’t over­whelm. The two-colour beet­root salad with as­para­gus and kale and goji berries was more sim­ple in pre­sen­ta­tion and taste, but also worked well. The win­ner, though, was a honey roasted pump­kin, bul­ger and crispy kale salad. The pump­kin bossed this dish but didn’t push aside the other flavours.

For mains, the miso-glazed chicken breast with crispy kale (they are big fans of the healthy green at L’Eto) also de­liv­ered. The meat was moist and ten­der and the glaze sub­tle, while a mouth­ful with the crunch of the kale el­e­vated it to an­other level. An oys­ter mush­room quiche was sat­is­fac­tory al­though sim­ply or­di­nary. For dessert, a dulche de leche nougat cake was creamy, nutty and a hit, as was a blue­berry and lime cheese­cake. The fruity fill­ing was a lit­tle bit spe­cial and the cheese was smooth and not sickly sweet. What’s On vis­ited L’Eto on its third day of busi­ness and the place was packed, but there’s plenty of good rea­sons for that. The menu of­fers unique dishes that are tasty, too. The Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to mid­night. Tel: (02) 4413318. Taxi: The Gal­le­ria. leto­

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