What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - MOST OPULENT DISHES -

01. Gold grub at Le Café

There’s no short­age of gold­in­fused foods at Emi­rates Palace and its sig­na­ture 23-karat gold Emi­rates Palace camel burger is a favourite on the menu. The Al Ain­raised camel patty is served on a gold-dusted bun, and the dish is served with chick­pea frit­ters dusted in gold. If you fancy dessert, there’s a cake that may well be the most deca­dent choco­late dessert in the cap­i­tal. Pre­pared with 70 per cent ca­cao, it com­prises of choco­late pra­line and lay­ers of choco­late bis­cuit, mousse and jelly. It’s topped with a rich choco­late glaze, flakes of 24-karat gold and gar­nished with choco­late curlicues.

Emi­rates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, daily 6.30am to mid­night, from Dhs54. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emi­rates Palace. emi­rates­

02. 22-karat gold cap­puc­cino at Alba

A far cry from your usual caf­feine hit, The Ritz-Carl­ton’s lounge of­fers a 22-karat gold cap­puc­cino served with a gold caramel éclair, two mac­a­roons and jas­mine wa­ter. And if you fancy even more sparkle, there’s an ad­di­tional gold caramel éclair, too.

Ritz-Carl­ton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 11pm, Dhs75. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carl­ton. ritzcarl­

03. Dusit Gourmet

The pas­try and cake eatery at Thai ho­tel Dusit Thani has sev­eral gold-in­fused dishes in­clud­ing a choco­late man­jari cake (a lay­ered cake with choco­late nuts coat­ing) and a tra­di­tional Ital­ian tiramisu. Join­ing them is a pis­ta­chio éclair choux bun. Dusit Thani is also ex­pect­ing more gold dishes in the fu­ture and they will be avail­able at their up­com­ing res­tau­rant launch, In­dian out­let Na­mak (set to open in Novem­ber). Dusit Thani, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs24. Tel: (02) 6988137. Taxi: Dusit Thani.

04. WhEAT’s gold éclair

Like your desserts topped with gold pow­der? Good news: the bak­ery and bistro at Le Royal Méri­dien serves a vanilla choux pas­try filled with 72 per cent Columbian dark choco­late and gar­nished with 24-karat gold pow­der and leaf.

Le Royal Méri­dien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to 7pm, Dhs19. Tel: (02) 6742020. leroyalmeri­

05. Gold sushi at 99 Sushi

Mak­ing our list twice, you’ll find Golden Brick, a dish made from toro tartare, avo­cado with to­biko aat 99 Sushi. The tuna is care­fully se­lected: only the chu-toro part of the tuna is used in the dish (be­lieved to be the soft­est and most flavour­some part). The dish is then gar­nished with gold leaves.

The Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm, Thur and Fri 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 12.30am, Dhs159. Tel: (02) 6723333. Taxi: Gal­le­ria.

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