Sometimes getting the cuisine of a country you're not native to can be tricky. You incur a number of issues right from the start because you don't know how it 'should' look or taste. At Cho Gao Pan Asian Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza however, they have in-house Asian chefs who know exactly what they're doing.
Cho Goa restaurant
I dined here with my family a few weeks ago on an impromtu trip to Abu Dhabi. We decided to try the fare in Abu Dhabi City, which is the 'new' part of town, and weren't disappointed.
To start with, the Crowne Plaza is a lovely hotel, very clean, large, polished to a high shine, and the service is fantastic. The restaurant is located on level one, and as you draw near, your senses seem to be taken over by delicate, but noticable Asian flavours.
'Cho Goa' means rice market in Vietnamese, and that is exactly how the restaurant smells: fresh and fragrant rice, punctuated with Indonesian, and Thai flavours.
Our meals were delicious. It's rare that my family are all speechless, but we were all munching in silence because talking would distract from another precious mouthful. My soup was incredibly flavoured, and blew me away. I tried some of my sisters' meals, and their dishes, both completely different were exceptionally flavoured. I can only imagine how the chef worked, but he or she is extremely skilled in the kitchen.
Over the years I have tried to make East Asian dishes, but they never come together very well - they'll always a little bland, or too spicy, even when I follow recipes.
Now that I've dined at Cho Gao, I'd rather pay 84 DHS (for a main, and two drinks), and enjoy true Pan Asian cuisine, rather than my botched home versions of - especially when an Express Lunch costs 150 DHS.