Eatinerary: Saadiyat Island

Every issue, Yalla lets food-lovers in on secret enclaves of fabulous fare in the capital. Fine dining is becoming as predictable as fine art and picture-perfect sunsets on Abu Dhabi’s famed cultural island.

1. Breakfast: Larte

This Italian art bar and café buzzes with friendly banter, children playing, and espresso brewing. The Italian restaurant serves up an artful breakfast. Start your day off well when you opt for the light and fluffy sunny vegetable omelette and discover that the works of art aren’t just limited to the walls at this museum café. Larte, Manarat Al Saadiyat

2. Coffee: Blacksmith Coffee

Plan that perfect piccolo Instagram post at the chicest café you ever did see. It’s no surprise that this level of cool is found on campus. This student hub buzzes from morning until late night. It might be the caffeine, but Yalla thinks the ambiance makes the buzz. Blacksmith Coffee, NYUAD

3. Lunch: Sontaya

Transport yourself to Thailand with an alfresco lunch by the pool. Admire stunning sea views as you nosh on a zesty lunch. Start your Sontaya journey with a papaya salad for a colourful, piquant treat. Sontaya, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and Villas

4. Lunch: Circle Café

Fancy a salad or something light? Circle Café offers a flavoursome menu filled with salads and Arabic fare. Do try their chocolate cake and mint lemonade if you have a sweet tooth — you will not regret it. Circle Café, Saadiyat Villas 4 by the Waitrose

5. Sunset: Beach House

Dine with your toes in the sand and a light sea breeze at the Beach House. Yalla recommends that you catch sunset here with fried calamari with lemon to share — you’re welcome. Beach House, Park Hyatt

6. Sunset: Aptitude

Enjoy a pre- or post-culture caffeinated beverage with an international art luminary in the foreground. FYI… there is perhaps no better backyard to enjoy your Spanish Latte in than the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s at sunset. Aptitude, Louvre Abu Dhabi

7. Sunset: Art Lounge

Wow any out-of-town visitor with a visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s rooftop bar. Not only will you get remarkable sunset views of the city, but also you will find an artful array of inspired beverages as well as some tasty snacks. Wash down your sundowner with a small plate of Vegetable Gyoza. Art Lounge, Louvre Abu Dhabi

8. Sunset: Buddha Bar

How does a sunset set to a live sax soundtrack sound to you? If that appeals to you, head straight to Buddha Bar and pick a table with a view. Nosh on Asian-inspired light bites, such as this Tuna Tartare, and relax into your good night. Buddha Bar Abu Dhabi, St Regis Saadiyat

9. Dinner: Si

Spaghetti Clams and Bottarga Is a traditional dish perfectly reflects the Sardinian sea, with ingredients such as clams and mullet bottarga. Lose yourself in a Mediterranean fantasy when you enjoy Italy's finest fare. Si, Saadiyat Rotana

10. Dinner: TEAN

From marvellous mezze to slow-roasted lamb with freekeh and mango, a meal at TEAN in the Jumeirah Saadiyat features the flavours of the Levant with an unrivalled seaside view and breeze. Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort and Villas

11. Dinner: Little Mexico

Smack in the middle of a residential part of Saadiyat Island, epicureans will find the flavours of Mexico in a funky little restaurant that will transport you south of the border. Savour the lobster taco drizzled in fruity mango and lime sauce. Little Mexico, Within Saadiyat Villas

12. Dinner: Hawksbill Bar & Grill

There is perhaps no better way to cap off a long day on the green than with a USDA certified beef tenderloin served with home-cut potato, turkey ham, green beans, and onions. Hawksbill Bar & Grill, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

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