It was already quite late when we arrived at the venue because of the heavy weekend traffic. The line outside to claim the tickets was quite crazy, but inside the venue itself was even crazier (I mean the good kind of crazy). Jampacked, busy and also very much alive! Signs of the fun experience that awaited us inside.
They had quite an impressive selection of restaurants, drinks and desserts, including retail shops (more like fashion and art pieces) who participated in the festival.
We roamed a little bit to get a feel and know what our options are, and immediately tested a couple of servings from Boa Restaurant's booth, which included American beef corndogs and Wagyu beef slide with broccoli. Super yum!
The menu offered by Koi Abu Dhabi was definitely my favorite of the night. Their trio of chicken Yakitori, creamy rocky shrimp tempura, and steamed black angus beef bun was truly a winner on my books (plate, rather). We're planning to actually go to their restaurant and dine this weekend.
To be honest, I would have been a little bummed with the very small servings offered if I were a paying customer.
I also had a little fangirl moment when I saw Celebrity Chef Siba Mtongana giving a live cooking demo at the OSN booth. She was just as bubbly and charming in person. Exactly how I imagined she would be and maybe even more. She was very refreshing to watch and her jokes were so on point.
Australian author Gregory David Roberts said it best: "Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart". And that is exactly what Taste of Abu Dhabi was all about. I can't wait for next year!