It’s not every day you get to dine in a restaurant that leans at 18 degrees. The aptly named venue is on the 18th floor of the 5-star Hyatt Capital Gate, best known for its curved architecture. 18 Degrees is not new on the dining scene, but rather a chic and modern restaurant that continues to stand the test of time. This beautiful venue boasts both indoor and outdoor seating in a spacious setting with slick décor, pulling in the city’s food enthusiasts for dinner and a recently launched Friday Brunch.

The restaurant has just changed concept from a super high-end venue to a more relaxed setting with the same impressive quality and service, but now there’s a lovely sharing concept menu. Using simple flavours, 18 Degrees offers specialty dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. The open kitchens add a casual, friendly feel to the restaurant and it’s fun to watch the chefs at work. The new sharing concept reflects the Mediterranean lifestyle, serving high-quality and innovative cuisine in an elegant yet laidback atmosphere.

The menu recommends three dishes per person and we start our meal with the Burrata Salad, Calamari Fritti, Ceviche and Prawn dishes. The Burrata Salad is simply divine with the creamy cheese taking centre stage, served with shredded basil and super fresh cherry tomatoes. The Calamari Fritti is equally good with a beautifully crisp texture, served with a spring onion mayonnaise, which compliments the seafood perfectly. The Ceviche is light, incredibly fresh and really tasty; it’s flavoured with lime, chilli, passionfruit and red onion – a one-of-a-kind ceviche combo that we haven’t tried before and loved every spoonful! The prawns have quickly become a favourite dish for diners and there’s no secret why; they’re submerged in mouthwatering garlic, chilli and parsley – giving your taste buds a real treat.

You could easily have a meal with just the tasty sharing options as they stand but since we really love food we order a main each, too. We opt for the Chuletas de Cordero and Seafood Risotto. The Chuletas de Cordero is a delicious lamb short loin with a generous serving of aioli potato and mint sauce. This dish is so good that we practically begged for the recipe in the hopes of making it the main star of our next dinner party. With its pink centre and flawlessly cooked potatoes, we’d definitely order it again. The Seafood Risotto is also a hit with succulent prawns, clams and scallops in a creamy Arborio rice – just divine. We also accompany our dishes with a mixed green salad and mushrooms with lemon which work nicely as sides.

If you can’t resist dessert (and why should you?) go for the Tiramisu and Almond Pear Tart. Two spoons for sharing (if you must) but we highly recommend having one sweet tooth satisfying dish all to yourself – they’re both THAT good. You’ll be wowed by the view from the restaurant when you visit, be it day or night with spectacular vistas over Abu Dhabi city for miles. The staff are also excellent; friendly and knowledgeable without the feeling of the in-your-face stuffy fine dining vibe.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a larger gathering with lots of options for sharing, the new menu at 18 Degrees is well worth trying and, we’re sure, will become a regular favourite amongst the capital’s true food fans. ✤

GO: Visit 18 Degrees at Hyatt Capital Gate. Call (0) 2 596 1234 for reservations and more information.