(Finding Hans Restaurant was a little tricky; located in Al Reem Island which has this landmark resembling Marina Bay Sands Hotel of Singapore .
Writing this post is quite like a tribute to Hans Restaurant (otherwise known as Al Reem Cafe) which serves the most authentic (so far) Malaysian dishes in Abu Dhabi. It is not too long since I learned about it from a Malaysian blogger and since then I have been consistently taking lunch there every Saturday.
Hans Restaurant is specifically located inside Tamouh’s office (a construction company). It is cafeteria-like and originally intended to cater to its employees only. It was a generous decision to open it to outsiders like me who long for a real taste of Malaysian food without the need to re-visit or travel to Malaysia or its neighbouring countries. In a short time, I got along with Auntie who is always pleasant to the diners and we chatted about Penang (of which she is a native of) and how much I liked my visit there in 2012.
(A real taste of Malaysian food while in Abu Dhabi, reasonably priced and served in a homey environment – you will never get in any of the resturants/ hotels in Abu Dhabi or probably the entire UAE claiming to be serving authentic Malaysian food.)
Alright, the next part is HEARTBREAKING. I literally cried when I knew it. They will cease its operation after end of October and will be replaced by a different provider (an existing Chinese restaurant in Abu Dhabi). According to Auntie they will go back to Penang.
It is bittersweet because it has been less than 3 months only since I found it and would have to part with it too soon. I even reached a point when I considered applying for a job in Malaysia (particularly in Penang) just because I liked the dishes there a lot!
I guess I will grab the chance till their last fews days. Yes, I am a fan.