Back at the St. Regis Hotel, Saadiyat Island for yet another feast, only this time Seafood is on the menu. This hotel's famed restaurant Turquoiz had developed a good reputation in a short period of time through some friends and colleagues, but I needed to taste it for myself to really understand the extent of their offerings. Our friendly and accommodating waiter, Bobo, was enthusiastic about assisting us with all aspects of our meal. Upon seating, we were presented with the fresh fish selection of the day scribbled onto this retro chalk board. With eclectic menu items like Skate wing, Mullet, and Bream they seemed to know a thing or two about these ocean delicacies.
After some serious contemplation and meal strategy, we made our choices so we could maximize on our experience and really understand the scope, Turquoiz at St. Regis Saadiyat offers. We had to take advantage of at least one of the fresh fish choices and opted for the Faskar pictured below. Not only is Faskar a delicious light white fish, but it is one of the seven local fish that the Choose Wisely campaign said could be eaten without restrictions.
We started our meal with an order of the house specialty soups, which came highly recommended by our waiter. Being a New England native, once he mentioned New England Clam Chowder on the menu, it was a must! Not as creamy as the original, this soup was chock full of clams, potatoes, corn, and garlic croutons. The potatoes were not cooked consistently, and overall this one could have done with a touch more seasoning as well as extra cream. The presentation was gorgeous, but perhaps focusing more on flavor development could do a little more justice to my hometown classic.