The five-star, down-town Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi will lift the lid off a new culinary discovery experience when its @District BY AMALFI opens Wednesday, April 25.
This urban chic make-over of the much-loved, long-standing AMALFI restaurant brings the distinct flavours of New York’s Upper East Side, Little Italy, Harlem and Meat Packing District eateries into the heart of the UAE capital.
“The design, atmosphere, food and drink will be akin to taking a taxi tour of New York’s most celebrated dining districts,” explained Antonio Mansfield, F&B Director at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi. “It’s uber-cool and a wicked mix of the casual and flamboyant that could only come from a city which never sleeps and that’s alive with its own distinct take on Italian style".
“With décor that speaks to sidewalk chic, including graffiti, @District is an intersection of street cred meets modern art that makes it ideal for a quick bite or a special occasion sit down dinner,” explained Ashraf El Siessy, General Manager. A graffiti artist will be in residence for @District’s opening night.
A menu bustling with no less than 40 choices, including vegetarian, seafood and meat options, takes diners through the tastes and aromas of New York ‘hoods’ with food choices as reminiscent of the delicate flavours of the Amalfi coast to the robust, heartiness of Little Italy.
“And just as in the Big Apple, there’s something here for every price point with small plate choice coming in as low as AED18,” explained Jay Williams, Executive Chef, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi.
From small plates to starters and salads and meat platters, mains and desserts, the menu is just as New Yorkers would like it – high-end, low-brow and always good food. And, then, of course is the pizza-de-resistance ---- a pizza menu that meanders from the classic to the signature, from the savoury to sweet.
“Our signature pizzas have been created with more than a nod to the innovative irreverence that made pizza a New York staple. We’re convinced they’ll go down as well in Abu Dhabi as they would in Liberty City,” Jay Williams, Executive Chef, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi.
A hot @District signatures to look out for are: the ‘Po boy’ – a pizza with crispy prawn tails, tomato, mozzarella and remoulade sauce and ‘The dog’ with chicken sausage, roast onions, pickled jalapenos, mustard, mozzarella – and they don’t get more New Yorker than that! Or do they? @District lets you make your own pizza serving up the tomato and mozzarella base and then you pick from no less than 24 toppings!
And while pizza purists will be satisfied with the classic choices, the sweet toothed will be in pizza paradise with the Nutella and banana, roast fig and local honey and cinnamon sugar fried varieties.
“In keeping with New York tradition, we will launch a take-away, delivery service for homes and offices shortly,” explained Antonio Mansfield, F&B Director at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi.
@District will open daily
Lunch from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dinner from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Friday Brunch from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Source: Le Royal Méridien