Yalla’s going to let you in on a big local secret. Between the capital’s most iconic bridges lurks fine dining, unforgettable views, and good fun. Shhhh! Don’t tell— just go!
1. Sofra BLD
Sofra BLD in the Shangri-La has one of the most talked about arabesque breakfast buffets in
the capital. There is an option for just about every breakfast you hanker for at this allday dining spot.
2. Al Fanar Restaurant & Café
Discover an Emirati breakfast at Al Fanar Restaurant & Café. Set along Abu Dhabi’s canal, enjoy a memorable alfresco coffee and Arabic breakfast in peace and quiet.
3. Café Sushi
Café Sushi at the Fairmont is a lovely spot for a bit of Japanese fare. Its revolving sushi belt
will wow customers with its vast array of sushi, sashimi, maki, and nigiri.
4. Meat Co.
Though the Meat Co. is known primarily as a splurge steak spot, a fine lunch with an amazing view can be had here. The staff is well trained at explaining the menu and ensuring your steak is cooked as you like.
5. Punjab Grill
Punjab Grill in Venetian Village may soon become your spice of life. There’s a genuine atmosphere to the place, and the delicious starters will knock your socks off.
Teatro means theatre, and this restaurant will not disappoint those who like a touch of flair with their fine dining. Its vast international offerings ensure there is something to satisfy all.
7. Hoi An
Hoi An is a tranquil restaurant within the Shangri-La and is a must for lovers of Vietnam’s fresh and delicate flavours. Yalla recommends ordering a few plates to share to discover the cuisine.
8. Li Jiang
Li Jiang is renowned for its terrace and mosque views. Go for the dim sum starters and do allow the resident mixologist to take you on an unforgettable beverage journey.
9. Abd El Wahab
Locals flock to Abd El Wahab for its divine Lebanese cuisine. Word has it that this spot serves the best hummous in town if you are keen to explore Levantine cuisine.
If you relish a night cap after dinner, head straight to the cosy Barfly and enjoy a lovely terrace with canal views, superb music, great ambience, and inspired food and beverages.
11. Sports Café
Big game on? Hit up the Sports Café with your mates! Located in the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, this spot stands out with its unique décor, comfy lounge zone, and dedicated game area.
Take an Abra
Who needs a bridge when you can take the “Abra Water Hopping Service” to get across the
canal and explore Abu Dhabi by water.
Published on October 2018