There’s no shortage of excellent hotel restaurants in Abu Dhabi. (See our first-hand report here.) The latest eatery to make a splash on the emirate’s dining scene is Tori No Su, located on Podium Level of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. It’s an urban setting; the design is sleek with “dramatic interior accents” and living grass walls. Tori No Su combines both restaurant and lounge elements. You’ll find live Teppanyaki and Robatayaki counters, a Sushi bar, and a beverage bar where you can taste the house signature mocktail known as 'Tei-en' or 'Japanese Garden'—a mélange of fresh kiwi, cucumber and apple juice garnished with a traditional Shisō leaf.
In the kitchen, chef Ando emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients in “hito kuchi” (bite-sized nibbles) at the bar; skewered delights at the Robatayaki counter; and more sophisticated platters in the dining room. The day’s catch is served as sashimi or sushi. Order up the “omakase” course and you’ll have a surprise tasting of dishes based on the chef’s whim. Tori No Su is open for lunch from 12:00 - 3:30 pm and for dinner from 7- 11:30 pm. For more information about the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, visit www.jumeirah.com/en/Hotels-and-Resorts/Destinations/Abu-Dhabi/Jumeirah-at-Etihad-Towers/