15 NEW PROMOTIONS IN ABU DHABI THIS MONTH

The Best Bites team has been town and around this month, sampling a whole lot of great food for you to add to your culinary lists. We've been to new brunches in town, tried new menus and some newly opened restaurants in Abu Dhabi to set your tastebuds tingling. Read on ...

GATSBY FRIDAY NIGHT BRUNCH

RAY'S BAR, CONRAD ETIHAD TOWERS

RACHAEL, PAIGE, LORENNA


Friday nights sorted! This is a Friday night brunch with a fantastic Gatsby, flapper-era theme, with props, food and drinks to match. This brilliant night out is elevated by the outstanding duo who belt out some incredible tunes that bring the crowd to their feet. There's nothing better than the views from the 62nd floor to make it even more magical. Put your top hat and your boa on and get ready for a few glasses of the cat's miaow!


Time: 7PM - 11PM

Price: AED House AED379 | Premium (with prosecco) AED479 | Bubbles (with Champagne) AED679

Contact: 02 811 5555

OII

AL QANA

REBECCA, NAT


Amongst a slew of great restaurants at Al Qana, Oii is getting a lot of attention for its excellent Mediterranean flavours and suitably fabulous plating. Flavours are fresh and surprising and judging by the multiple reviews on Best Bites Abu Dhabi, Oii already has a firm fan-base in town. There are a load of excellent if not outstanding Greek items on the menu: the saganaki and souvlaki were swoon-worthy according to Rebecca and tiramisu similarly amazing. Mocktails are thoughtfully curated and presented with pizzazz and flair - who doesn't love a spectacle - and there's a children's menu too! Oii should 100% be on your must-try list.


Time: 9.30AM for breakfast till 12AM

Contact: 02 628 2983

STILLS NEW MENU

CROWNE PLAZA YAS ISLAND

PAIGE, NAT


50% OFF WITH BB+ MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY


Our team of BB experts had a great night sampling the new menu at Stills. There's something for every mood: whether you're looking at a bar snack or a higher end meal, Stills has now got it! Our favourites? The Stills flatbread with rosemary and mint pulled lamb and caramelised red onions, feta, fresh cherry tomatoes and a balsamic glaze, as well as the spicy tamarind and honey BBQ chicken wings and the Nespresso marinated short rib. The BB+ discount helps to make this an amazing place to visit, especially for those off-island, with a significantly elevated food experience. Great job Stills!


Time: Daily 12 PM – 1 AM

Contact: 02 656 3066

SATURDAY SPRITZ AT ALBA TERRACE

THE ABU DHABI EDITION

NAT


25% off the house package with BB+


The food offering at The Abu Dhabi Edition is on another level compared with most outlets around town, and the Saturday Spritz at Alba Terrace is no exception, making this an incredible place to spend your Saturday. Nat and her friends loved the paella which they described as Spain-good, if not better! And the veal and lamb meatballs were also a table favourite followed by a spiked affogato for dessert. It's described as 'more than lunch, but not quite brunch' but according to all present, this is a massive undersell - they raved about the Saturday Spritz and will definitely go back.


Time: Saturday 12.30-5PM, 3-hour sittings

Price: AED 215 – soft, AED 325 house (AED 245 with BB+), AED 445 – champagne, AED 550 pool & cabana access, kids 6-12yo 50% off.

Contact: 02 208 5000

TEAN BREAKFAST

JUMEIRAH AT SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT

LORENNA


Breakfast by the sea? Oh go on then! Lorenna loved breakfast at Tean: despite being a Saadiyat local, she'd never tried the a la carte offering and was so impressed she went again the following weekend! The highlights for her were the waffles, with a rose creme fraiche and the Tean breakfast set, with all the breakfast favourites in mini, majestically presented on a tiered stand. This is a great place for a family breakfast or a last minute catch-up with a friend ... watch out for Lorenna, she's practically part of the furniture now!


Time: Weekends 8AM - 11AM

Contact: 02 811 4444

PLANT MEETS MARKET BRUNCH

MARKET KITCHEN, LE ROYAL MERIDIEN

NAT, RACH

 

40% off soft package with BB+ all summer!

 

The culinary team at Market Kitchen have

gone all-out to cater for Abu Dhabi's vegans and vegetarians with Plant Meets

Table Wednesday night brunch, dedicated exclusively to plant-based food. We

invited some vegans and vegetarians from the BB community along to sample the food and they all said the same thing: we're happy to see an effort made to

produce vegetable dishes that are exciting and thoughtful ... not just mashed

potatoes on a buffet!

 

The team has paired up with Fresh On Table to get the best, UAE grown produce available, with the aim of really limiting waste, and the freshness really was reflected in the taste. Even if you're not plant-based, the food is excellent - give it a try!

 

Time: Wednesday 7PM - 10PM

Price: AED250 soft (40% off with BB+), house AED400

Contact: 02 674 2020

ASIA ASIA BB SUMMER MENU

PAIGE AND RACHAEL

 

The BB+ summer menu at Asia Asia is a smasher! AED200 gets you four courses, including everything from sensational Philadelphia maki and hamachi ceviche to some gorgeous steak and the most delicious of prawn skewers. Not to be outdone, we finished with a lotus creme brulee which was an excellent note on which to end. Drinks (3) included both cocktails and mocktails, as well as selected beer, wine and spirits and the AED200 price tag means you can go regularly, have an amazing night out but not break the bank - summer win!

Side note: Asia Asia is completely Insta friendly - take selfies under the big pink blossom tree or out to Yas Bay and post, post, post!

 

Time: Daily from 6PM. Children must leave by 10PM

Price: AED200 for 4 set menu courses and 3 drinks

Contact: 02 235 8663

ANGAR

W HOTEL YAS ISLAND

REBECCA

 

Sunday night - can't cook, won't cook? Book yourself into Angar for the Sunday curry club. While Rebecca was snapping the pics, her friend was diving in, enticed by the beautiful aroma coming from the curries on the thali tray and exclaiming over the amazing taste of the food. For just AED94 per person, you get four different curries, dal, free-flow paratha/naan/garlic naan, and steamed rice. Expect to be filled up and loved up - the curry club is an Indian food enthusiast's paradise! Rebecca's recommendation - get a table by the window!

 

Time: Sundays 6PM - 11PM

Price: AED94 per person, includes 4 curries, 1 dal,

free flow paratha/naan/garlic naan, and steamed rice

Contact: 02 656 0000

SACCI WEEKEND EVENING BRUNCH

WESTIN ABU DHABI

PAIGE


The new Sacci Friday and Saturday night brunch is an exciting edition to the weekend brunch scene. The food just keeps on rolling: we enjoyed the suppli and arancini and the excellent salmon and steak for mains ... oh and we must mention the very creamy and beautiful tiramisu. Drinks are regularly filled, the servers can't do enough. We love the freshness that Chef Giovanni has brought to the restaurant and this is the perfect way to kick off your weekend or finish your week in low-key style.


20% off with BB+


Time: Friday and Saturday 7PM - 10PM

Price: AED 20% off with BB+

AED 156 with BB+ Soft Beverage Package I AED 195 normal price

AED 280 with BB+ House Beverage Package I AED 350 normal price

Contact: 02 616 9999 or email FBreservations.auh@westin.com

MATE LA BARRA WEDNESDAY SUPPER CLUB

PARK HYATT ABU DHABI


To say you need to book ahead for Mate is an understatement. Despite only being open a couple of months, it's popularity is now legendary! The supper club on a Wednesday night offers starters, 6 mains and desserts. Nat loved the light and lovely corn-filled empanadas, tableside made queso using melted Argentinian provolone cheese and the incredible char-grilled skirt steak, with the stand-out dish being the Isla Malvinas toothfish. Nat has high praise for the churros and the Basque cheesecake as well as the excellent beverage selection, made all the more exciting by the passion of Valentino. In short, if you haven't been, you must.


Time: Wednesdays 7.30PM - 10.30PM

Price: AED 295 food only, AED 395 including grapes and hops, AED 495 including cocktails and grains

Contact: 054 581 2576

PJ O'REILLY'S NEW MENU

LE ROYAL MERIDIEN

NAT


PJ's serves great pub food at good prices and the new menu has some really strong additions. Nat enjoyed the pulled beef brisket sliders and the a creamy chicken makhani that ticked all the 'totally British' boxes! The PJ's platter is an excellent option if you're with a group or you can't decide and want to try a bit of everything: dirty fries, calamari, pigs in blanket ... it's got it all in an always-busy, fun atmosphere, made even better with great live music.


Time: 12PM - 1AM

Contact: 800 101 101 or contact restaurants.lrmad@lemeridien.com

OLA BRASIL

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

LORENNA


25% off beverages with BB+


This rodizio experience is one for those who love meat and love to eat a lot at a good price. Start at the salad and sushi bar but Lorenna's top tip is not to overdo it, you'll need the room! Highlights include the excellent Black Angus, and the baby octopus, beautifully cooked and tender and the pineapple grilled and rolled in cinnamon. This is a great mid-week or weekend place to dine out, especially if you live off-island.


Time: Lunch 12pm – 4pm | Dinner 6pm – 12am (last orders 10:30pm) | Weekends 12pm – 12am

Price: OLA Unlimited Buffet Package AED159 (+tax) | Kids 6 – 12 50% off

Contact: 02 505 3323


25% off beverage menu with BB+ (unlimited beverage package not included)

WHAT IS BB+?


With BB+ you can get dine and stay and restaurant discounts at a huge range of venues across Abu Dhabi. We also have offers for brunchbusiness lunches and more! Sign up today!

Rachael Partington

7/3/2022