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Wonder how life is when you are vegan? Come and try the new offer Aqua that Rosewood Abu Dhabi has just launched every Sunday night. Their “V for Vegan” buffet is definitely worth sharing!

Great news if you have adopted or willing to switch to a plant-based diet, or for all those curious (just like us) about experiencing vegan flavors!

Why? The restaurant AQUA located in Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel at Al Maryah Island offers a weekly Sunday night vegan buffet dinner with the menu changing every week.

We were there the second week after the launch on September 2019 and must say we had a blast as all the plant-based dishes were appealing for the eyes and were recipes with a twist, mixing healthy food and gourmet slow-cooked recipes.

The buffet was arranged in a classic way, displaying soups – broccoli soup with almonds – a large variety of healthy and colorful compound salads, assorted vegan breads, a large fritto corner – made with oyster mushroom, asparagus, crispy lotus, eggplant and more, vegan sushi station, various vegan main courses and a separate buffet corner for desserts.

There are a few highlights we absolutely recommend tasting such as the baked tofu which was creamy, soft and comforting, the Tang cu qiezi – sweet and sour sliced eggplant with chili and crushed peanuts – amongst others.

We enjoyed trying the Okonomiaky topped with fried seaweeds for the first time ever. Better known as Japanese pizza in the US, this flat pizza is filled with thinly sliced vegetables and definitely surprised our tastebuds with its mix of savory and sweet. A must-try!

Okonomiaky | this vegan Japanese Pizza at Aqua is a must-try!

The salad corner is worth checking out and we couldn’t help but take many pictures as it actually gave us inspiration to make them at home. The sprout and papaya salad, baby spinach served with roasted pear and avocado were our favorites.

For the mains, we adored the braised onion caramelized cabbage, the vegetable lasagna and the vegetable quesadillas (see picture above).

If you are into burgers, just go for one of their vegan options; they are prepared on-demand at a live station and include either the green avocado bun – avocado, guacamole, sweet potatoes, and red bean patties – or the hand-pulled burger – shredded BBQ king oyster.

Make sure to leave room for dessert. We must admit the variety and small bite options were too tempting and we might have over-indulged on the chocolate balls, tiny apple muffins and vegan roasted pecan nut brownie.

If you wish to accompany your vegan dinner with a glass of wine, Aqua proposes a pack that will allow you to taste some organic vegan red and white options they have selected to pair with the buffet.

The + of this buffet?

This dinner delivers what it promises, a large variety of vegan dishes prepared by the fantastic AQUA team. The simple, healthy and comforting homemade recipes allows you to (re) discover vegetables or ingredients we don’t often cook at home – tofu, cabbage, eggplant – and we realized these were the dishes we appreciated the most, going out of our comfort zone and sampling unfamiliar tastes!

The buffet dinner is available every Sunday from 7 pm to 11 pm at AQUA and is priced at AED 180 per person and AED 80 for beverages.

AQUA RESTAURANT | Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island | +971 2 813 5575

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