55&5th, The Grill, is the signature venue at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. Inspired by the address of the original St. Regis New York, this classic grill and lounge offers fine dining steakhouse-style.
As a venue, 55&5th has presence in abundance. With its grand and lofty interior making an impactful first impression, one immediately feels a sense of occasion upon arrival. Dark wood and leather provide the perfect backdrop for the traditional fare that is served here, but the glamorous contemporary backlighting and marble cladding on the walls hint that one is to expect something far more theatrical and creative than your average cut of meat.
We are given a warm welcome from the chicly clad hostess who guides us to the grand marble bar where the resident Mixologist offers us a mouth-watering array of signature cocktails and aperitifs. Knowing that we have a gastronomic feast to look forward to, we opt for a simple welcome drink to whet the appetite and as we sit back, relax and enjoy, an impeccably dressed waiter serves us homemade potato chips – still warm from the oven – and some chili popcorn.
Once we are ready to move to the table, we are led through to the grand central atrium of the main restaurant and up some steps to a gallery-style area boasting cosy romantic booths for a more intimate dining experience. As we are handed the a la carte menu, the charismatic Chef de Cuisine, Kreaton Cutajar, joins us at our table to offer us the spoiling option of creating our own tasting menu from the a la carte dishes, or choosing the tasting menu currently on offer to diners, which was designed by Kreaton himself in order to showcase the restaurant’s signature dishes. One look at the latter and we are sold! We also opt for the grape pairing as the reputation of the resident Sommelier and her team suggests that doing so will compliment the flavours of the food and enhance the gastronomic experience still further – we are not disappointed.