NEW ABU DHABI RESTAURANTS TO TRY
No carb left behind! Delivering comfort food to your couch, The Mac Kitchen is the answer to all your mac n cheese prayers.
Flavours are eclectic: choose from
- butter chicken, rich in flavour and boasting chunks of chicken
- the superb Cajun-flavoured prawns
- the Italian with the juiciest sun-dried tomatoes
- chorizo with a hint of spice and ...
- the daddy, with beauteous pulled beef brisket.
Add a couple of sides - we recommend the garlic bread because ... carbs ... and enjoy!
Time: 11AM - 11PM
To order: https://order.chatfood.io/f/the-mac-kitchen
MARRIOTT AL FORSAN
This luscious new wine bar at Marriott Al Forsan is a great addition to the off-island chic bar scene. While food is simple, with small dishes and bar bites, drinks really make an impact.
Time: Sunday - Wednesday 4PM - 1AM
Contact: 02 201 4000
With white jacketed waiters, a beautiful menu of sweet treats and absolutely excellent coffee, you could be forgiven for thinking you're in Italy! The newly-opened Cipriani Dolci is a sweet feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds. The decor is genteel, the waiters mostly speak Italian and the staff genuinely do place excellent service above all else.
We tried the mille foglie, flaky layers of pastry separated by a perfect vanilla bean-laden creme diplomat and a superb cannoli, filled with the creamiest ricotta.
As an afterthought, we ordered the strawberry tart which turned out to be the favourite: a crisp pastry sablée, creme patisserie and strawberries redolent of balsamic. This will be the dish we order again, when we return to Cipriani Dolci for another dose of Italy.
Time: 10AM - 10.30PM
Contact: 050 903 9722
AL REEM ISLAND
It's official: Turkey does great meat, and next in line to prove it is Gungor Chef.
Wait, hold the bus!
It doesn't stop there, Gungor Chef also offers sushi and sports a mochi platter on its dessert menu!
Confused? Don't be. The meat quality is good,(there's a tomahawk for AED500 for 2 and a golden tomahawk for AED900 if you're feeling flush!), the sushi is good - it's definitely a catch-all kind of restaurant, with something to please everyone. And as an added bonus, it's licensed - one of the very few licensed places (if not the only!) on Reem.
See you there!
Time: 12PM - 12.30AM
Contact: 056 889 9987
If you're looking for a non-alcoholic option for an afternoon aperitivo, Herber Hibiskus could be it. This drink, born and raised in Germany, is the perfect drink for those looking for something that looks like an Aperol Spritz but without the sweetness and of course the alcohol. Add tonic and a dash of lime juice and you've got yourself a refreshing mocktail-esque drink. Cheers!
To order: https://dr-jaglas-uae.com
SHEIKHA FATIMA PARK
If you're a lover of the humble prawn toast, done exceptionally well, Mamafri should be the next place on your list of new restaurants to try in Abu Dhabi. The interior boast clean lines, and a cool, chic finish - perfect for a meal with a good friend.
Alongside this comfort food staple, you'll find such South-East Asian delicacies as wagyu sandos, a superb wagyu mashed potato extravaganza and the must-try coco-cloud dessert, served in a new coconut. Mamafri does everything you'd expect but does it a little better than its competitors - and for this, we shall return!
Time: 1PM - 12AM
Contact: 02 633 7816
This new outlet in the very busy Khalifa Park area is popular for its decadent fries, burgers and desserts, aiming to find something to please everyone. With a moody interior, this is a great place to meet friends for a casual dinner - in fact, parking can be challenging so best try later in the day.
Time: Weekdays 1PM - 11PM, weekends 1PM - 12AM
Contact: 02 666 5008
Grill House is a certified, all-out, serious meat place. Located in Al Rawdah, cuts are good and preparation is better. Not just dedicated to steak in all its forms, Grill House also does a great burger, huge and juicy. It's not on the cheaper side of the market but if you're a meat lover who cares about the quality of your steak, you definitely need to try Grill House.
Time: 12PM - 112AM
Contact: 02 667 7767
Abu Dhabi is crying out for more excellent Indonesian restaurants and Rempah looks to be a contender. The interior makes you feel like you're walking into a contemporary slice of Jakarta. With a great range of Indonesian essentials, including what might be the best rendang in town, absolutely excellent satay kambing (lamb) and some ridiculously fresh hand-made noodles, we think this will be a staple for those looking to eat great food in Abu Dhabi.
Time: Saturday-Thursday 12PM - 10PM, Fridays 2PM - 10PM
Contact: 050 573 6724
20% OFF MEAL DELIVERY WITH BB+
Sweet Greens has opened in Reem! Serving excellent allergy-friendly food including baked goods, Sweet Greens is a welcome addition for Reemies for everything vegan, vegetarian and for some allergies.
It's worth mentioning that their meal delivery is rated one of the best in Abu Dhabi by those in the know, and with 20% off these meals with BB+, they're definitely the most reasonable.
Time: 6AM - 11PM
Contact: 02 633 5563, sweetgreens.ae
There's long been a space in the Abu Dhabi market for a good fine dining Spanish restaurant and that place has now been taken by Asador de Aranda in The Galleria, another great addition to the Four Seasons dining stable.
Coming straight from Madrid, dishes include all your Spanish favourites and many you've never dreamed of, all served in one of Abu Dhabi's most stylish restaurants. Enjoy carpaccios, wagyu dishes as well as succulent lamb and great vegetarian options.
Welcome to Abu Dhabi Asador de Aranda!
Time: 1PM - 12AM
Contact: 02 681 4444
MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA
This cute coffee shop has opened in Grand Millennium Al Wahda and will be welcomed by those who live and work in the area. Get freshly-made baguettes, sandwiches, make your own salad and a range of sweets to dine or take away. The coffee is good too. This will be the perfect spot for you to catch up with friends or get some work done.
Time: 7AM - 7PM
Contact: 02 495 3910
ABU DHABI MALL - PICK UP/DELIVERY ONLY
This fantastic new Lebanese fave is now here in Abu Dhabi! With incredibly good fatayer and mou’ajanet (think little manakish, kibbe, olive rolls, sambusek), this will have queues down the mall. If you haven't tried, now's the time!
Time: 10AM - 10PM
Contact: 04 234 0801
New to Al Bahia is Lingua Coffee, great for those in the area who need a great breakfast or a cheeky coffee. Serving everything from breakfast to cake, Lingua is a welcome addition to an area of town that doesn't have too many stand-alone coffee places.
Contact: 02 644 7776