Claws Lobster night at Fairways - The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa
Having seen the clever print adds for the Westin's Claws evening at Fairways, I gave it a try. My last visit to Fairways was for an iftar, and I remember how packed it was with insufficient space between tables. This time, I am pleased to say, tables are well spaced out, affording more room and more privacy.
|Canadian lobster display|
We choose one of the booths because my 8 year old has come along. I waste no time in going to see if they really have all those lobster dishes on offer. At the Arabic station I see Lobster sayadia, a Middle Eastern dish similar to kabsa. At the same station I also seem doing lobster grills. The Westin offers Canadian, Omani lobster and Cigali or slipper lobster. However, it is the first two that seem to get the most attention.
I start off with some Fine de Claire oysters. They are fantastic. Deep shells with a lot of water inside. With the exception of a couple. they are well shucked. Probably among tastiest oysters I have had in Abu Dhabi.
|Three starters - all a la carte worthy.|
There are three drinks options - soft drinks, sparkling wine and Champagne . For some perspective, I try the Australian Sparkling wine, a Jacob's Creek Brut. Great value. However, they have a Moet Chandon special offer, so I switch to that.
|Bubbly options to suit your budget|
A visit to the Asian station follows next, and I try some sushi and sashimi. Highly recommended, with more than the usual tuna and salmon options. I also try the miso soup, but the soup is much too salty.
|Loved the sushi|
|Stuffed lobster Torteau - Canadian in the back and Omani in the front.|
|Singapore chili lobster|
|Goan curry lobster|
I have commented often on the beauty of Fairways. All-day dining restaurants are generally functional in many aspects and stylistically they seldom have a wow factor. Fairways, though, has that understated beauty that sets it apart from many others. The earthy colours and the water features are very calming indeed.
|Not a bad looking venue. Not at all. Aesthetic appeal|
Claws is a unique concept, but it is more than just a concept. It is actually realized. It is not just a marketing gimmick to attract gullible guests. On the contrary it delivers what it promises - an evening of lobster and more lobster. While it takes place on a Wednesday, a school night, it starts at 18.30, so you can certainly bring your kids without worrying too much about school the next day. My daughter was fine the Thursday, and at breakfast kept talking about the 'cool live' lobsters! With many seafood nights around the city, this is one that you have to try. In fact, as a theme night, it is unrivaled.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa
Every Wednesday 18h30-23h30
02 616 9999
Adult buffet 205 Dhs++
Soft drinks 240 Dhs++
-Glass 95 Dhs net
- Bottle 450 Dhs net