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Bord Eau – A French dining experience in Abu Dhabi


Most of Abu Dhabi’s grand hotels have excellent restaurants, and one such hotel is the Shangri La. It has some of the best fine dining restaurants and one such classy French restaurant is Bord Eau. The restaurant has won many awards, including the award for the best European restaurant in 2010 as well as in 2012. Those who have dined at this elegant restaurant consider it an unforgettable experience, as the food as well as the ambience certainly captures the essence of French beauty and perfection.

The menu is exquisite, with fine French cuisine being offered along with the best French wine. A speciality of the restaurant is that all the ingredients are imported from France, to ensure a delicious and authentic meal, which adds more exclusivity to the menu and further raises the standard. Two dishes on the menu are even directly flown in from Paris. Not only is the essence of France present in the food, but also the atmosphere certainly complements its image. The chandelier lighting, French ballerina paintings and immaculate table presentation transports you to another place, and the ambience created is peaceful and romantic. Elegant fabrics and furnishing add beauty to the place and increase the elegance of the ambience. Outdoor sitting on the terrace is also there, which gives a grand view of the Grand Mosque and highlights the wonderful location of the restaurant. The overall ambience created is romantic and peaceful, which is why children under 12 are not allowed here. The staff is co operative and attentive, and give good advice about the dishes on the menu.

The menu is something else in itself. Every dish is better than the latter, and showcases fine French dining at its best. The menu is updated every three months to include a greater variety of exquisite food, and is split into four categories. Some may find it confusing, but the staff is there to help clear out any doubts and explain the different categories. As the menu is in French, some may have difficulty in understanding it, but those familiar with French cuisine will love every single dish Board Eau has to offer. The setting of the dishes is perfect and eye pleasing, which add further beauty of the food. Attention is given to detail to create signature dishes worth trying. The food is rich in flavour and perfect in texture, making it divine and unforgettable.

However, such a grand dining experience comes with a grand price as well, and the price range for this restaurant is more than 500 Dhs, which can be expected from a high class restaurant such as this. The high price can be justified for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries, as the restaurant has even won an award for the most romantic restaurant in 2010 as is ideal for a romantic evening. Smoking is allowed, and alcohol is also available. Outdoor as well as indoor seating is present, and the timings are 7:00 to 11:30 pm.