Though not the most ‘in’ venue in Abu Dhabi right now, you’d be unwise to ignore The Lemon Tree, as there’s some seriously good Mediterranean food to be found within. FACT went to check out what this stylish venue, at The Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, and its delicious menu has to offer…

This isn’t our first visit to the Lemon Tree at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi – we stopped into sample the food and interview Executive Chef Carl Moore last year, and we were impressed.
So much so that when they called us and offered us a sneak preview of next year’s new menu, we didn’t hesitate! Located on the lobby level, Lemon Tree is a contemporary Mediterranean Brasserie, serving lunch and dinner with a menu that has everything from delicious appetisers, pizzas, pastas, yummy desserts and everything in between. Guests are invited to indulge in Italian, French and Spanish cuisines, and the venue’s themed Greek night has become somewhat of a foodie favourite with diners. First off were two starters from the new menu, the Burratta and Sundried Tomato, and Scallops with Tortelloni and Beetroot Puree.

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The burratta was soft, creamy and delicious, as one would expect, but the real treat came from the tomato. Rather than being fully sun dried, they’re only partially dried in a ‘hot box’, prepared in-house by Chef Carl. This means that they’re not shrivelled and oily as with those from a jar, but still juicy, though with the sweetness and flavour concentrated by the drying process. It makes for a delicious combination.

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The scallops were tasty and tender, and perfectly accompanied by the beetroot flavour – a failsafe tasty dish that we would definitely order again. Next came a deliciously creamy Chicken and Asparagus Risotto, which is actually one of the existing menu’s favourites, and will be kept on for next year; with good reason too – it’s simply excellent. The chicken and asparagus is cooked well and the different flavour and textures in every bite make this main a crowd pleaser. And the last of our mains was the equally excellent Seafood Spaghetti, which comes in a tangy tomato sauce with generous portions of prawn and just the right amount of garlic and chilli. If you’re a seafood lover through and through, this dish will not disappoint. We particularly loved the freshness of the ingredients and the tasty touch of the garlic and chilli. A filling choice!

IMG_9515We rounded off with a rich Cheesecake with Berry Compote and lovely crunchy base. Infusing the classic creaminess with the biscuit-style base, this was the sweetest (pun intended!) end to a pretty perfect meal.

Perhaps the best thing about the whole dining experience was the price. Despite being excellent food, the dishes at the Lemon Tree won’t break the bank, being very reasonable for the quality on offer. And it gets even better for their business lunch during the week from 12pm to 3pm, where you can get a salad and one delicious pasta dishes, for just AED55. This express lunch is known for its quick service (you’ll get your whole meal in 45 minutes!). We thoroughly recommend you drop by and check it out!

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GO: Visit Lemon Tree at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi. Call 800 00 880 for reservations and more information.