A new year is upon us and a wealth of new dining options are popping up throughout the capital. Here are eight new restaurants that need to be on your Abu Dhabi dining radar.
The Cove at West Bay Abu Dhabi:
The Cove is a vibrant beachfront lounge that extends out over the sands of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche beach while boasting panoramic views of the city skyline. The new venue is open from early morning until late evening and serves a fusion menu of Mediterranean dishes. You can expect oysters, sushi, skewers and freshly grilled seafood accompanied by a selection of cocktails with exotic names such as Desert Fever and The Alchemist.
GO: Visit westbayabudhabi.com for reservations and more information.
Cyan Brasserie at Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi:
Cyan is a modern brasserie that combines French-rooted cuisine with the Middle East’s rich and hospitable culture and is located on the 18th floor of the Guinness World Record-holding leaning tower of Abu Dhabi. The restaurant aims to offer an experience that reflects Joie de vivre and the love of food and social dining. Menu highlights include creative mezze such as salt-baked Heirloom beetroot labneh, artichoke and chickpea hummus, oysters, foie gras terrine, Wagyu flank steak and mango pavlova or pistachio baklava for dessert.
GO: Visit andaz.com for more information.
Beirut Sur Mer at Mamsha Al Saadiyat:
Mamsha Al Saadiyat has exploded into a picturesque beachfront destination in recent months, with an exciting collection of restaurants to match. Beirut Sur Mer provides diners with a culinary escape to the Levant amidst stunning decor. Dine inside a room filled with natural light and foliage hangs from the ceiling while enjoying all your Lebanese culinary favourites.
Go: Call (0)2 546 3492 for reservations and more information.
Villa Mammas Abu Dhabi:
Villa Mamas is a grander version of restauranteur and chef Roaya Saleh’s home. Here, she combines local, seasonal, fresh and organic ingredients with a promise to feed your senses. Inspired by her childhood memories and travels throughout the Middle East and India, Villa Mamas is an extension of Roaya Saleh’s own kitchen. Menu highlights include cherry, feta and lamb kofta, hamour and mixed herb rice and Bahraini Elba. Villa Mamas Abu Dhabi is the third location for the concept which originated in Bahrain and can also be found in London.
GO: Call (0)2 627 8885 for reservations and more information.
Stay Pura at Jubail Island:
An eco-retreat is not necessarily the first place you’d think of when it comes to eating out but Stay Pura on Jubail Island offers exciting gastronomy for those in the know. Tantalise your taste buds with a wholesome menu and embark on a culinary journey that blends local elements with meticulous cooking techniques. Dishes on the menu include carne asada, slow-roasted cauliflower steak and desserts of dark chocolate mousse and foil baked banana. There’s also a sunset afternoon tea available daily for AED 265 per person.
GO: Call (0)50 383 7878 for reservations and more information.
Sole at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers:
Sole is an innovative new Italian restaurant that joins the impressive repertoire of dining options at the new Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Offering a contemporary take on Italian cuisine, the restaurant provides either indoor seating or al fresco dining on the poolside terrace. The restaurant’s fun-loving nature of Sole can be sensed through a range of signature dishes including, We’ve Twisted A Classic, comprising of double dough ravioli, spinach, homemade ricotta, butter-poached red Mazzara prawns and artichoke crisps, and What A Catch, a combination of poached sea bass, roasted garlic, fresh tomato broth and charred lemon.
GO: Call (0)2 811 5666 for reservations and more information.
Catch at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi:
Catch at St. Regis is the newest addition among The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s many award-winning restaurants. Catch represents one of a handful of restaurants in the capital to use a real charcoal grill, imparting a unique taste and flavour to their food. With an ambience of elegance and sophistication, discerning seafood tastemakers and connoisseurs are invited to embark on a culinary journey full of flavours and innovative presentations highlighting Caviar sturgeons, oysters, lobster, sushi and crabs.
GO: Call (0)2 694 4444 for reservations and more information.
Rayana Latin Tapas Bar at Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi:
This vibrant Latin-American concept draws inspiration from the Latin-American and Mediterranean regions’ social rooftop culture, bringing evenings to life with stunning views over the Arabian Gulf and a mixture of indoor and outdoor seating. Rayana Latin Tapas Bar appears to be the ideal venue for sundowners and dinners in the Capital Centre District.
GO: Call (0)2 596 1234 for reservations and more information.