Summer has well and truly hit in Abu Dhabi and with temperatures inching towards 50 degrees Celsius with each passing day, the prospect of al fresco dining has well and truly dissipated for the next few months. The arrival of summer also marks the end of brunch season (boo), but fear not for there are still plenty of exciting places to drink and dine in the capital.
We’ve partnered with our favourite ride-hailing app Careem to offer Out And About readers discounted rides to ten of our favourite dining destinations in Abu Dhabi this summer. Use our exclusive promo code OUTANDABOUT for 25% off * and let your Careem captain whisk you away on a culinary adventure. Ditch the car, ride in style and why not utilise the comfort and convenience of Careem in the Capital for your weekend lunch date, post-work drinks, a special dinner or a crazy night out on the tiles. Yalla, let’s go…
MARE MARE: Our venue of choice at the new Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort has to be Mare Mare, an al fresco Italian venue that has the ability to make diners feel immediately relaxed. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the seafood-heavy menu features Italian favourites elevated via their unique and often audacious plating. Portions are large and the price point is reasonable and we would certainly recommend the tuna tartare and burrata pizza, masterfully created by Chef Simone Federici. The venue has been encased in glass for the summer months, meaning diners can still enjoy the waterfront views within air-conditioned comfort.
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TAMBA: One of Abu Dhabi’s most beloved restaurants is Indian hot spot Tamba. The restaurant offers exceptional cocktails, a beautiful wrap-around terrace and desserts that have gained such a strong reputation that many people visit the restaurant just for the final course. The menu offers a succinct selection of global dishes, with a distinctive modern Indian twist. Our favourite choices include the king crab puri and the texturally satisfying Bombay baji roll, but it’s the ‘break-up’ dessert of chocolate, salted caramel and peanut semifreddo that’s the real winner.
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Zuma: Often regarded as the best restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Zuma has redefined the notion of eating out in the capital. Revolving around the Japanese Izakaya style of dining, where food is designed to be shared Zuma’s reputation revolves around remarkable food and a lively bar scene. There’s little doubt that when you’re craving sushi, Zuma is the place to go! Boasting remarkable waterfront views, a well stocked sake bar, stylish interiors and exemplary service. Zuma is the place to impress out of town diners and is just as good as the New York, Honk Kong and London locations.
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Hakkasan: The Cantonese restaurant has stood proud at the majestic Emirates Palace for the last nine years with little change to the award winning formula, aside from the addition of an expansive outdoor terrace and the annual reinvention of the menu. Dining at Hakkasan often feels like eating within an upmarket nightclub, thanks to the modish lighting, amped up soundtrack and high-end clientele and is easily the best dining destinations in the Palace’s dining repertoire. Blending opulence with the distinct Asian ambience of a Chinese tea house while replicating the design of the Michelin starred London flagship in the process, this is the place for dim sum and drinks or why not try the new special dietary menus which include gluten, nut and shellfish-free options, in addition to vegetarian and vegan signature dishes.
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Alba Terrace: The Abu Dhabi Edition has created quite a stir since opening it’s doors late last year. The boutique hotel with its communal pool table, gentleman’s barbershop and distinct food and beverage concepts masterminded by British Celebrity Chef Tom Aikens, has injected the Abu Dhabi dining landscape with a rather sharp jolt! Alba Terrace presents a bright and appealing space for diners with a dining room that is anchored around a large bar area. Modern in feel, the poolside restaurant is divided by bi-folding doors which open out to reveal the pièce de résistance in the form of a terrace complete with sunken couches. Alba’s thirteen course Rose Brunch is still running on Fridays this summer so don’t miss out on he classy Mediterranean feast accompanied by exceptional service.
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Butcher & Still: Steak houses are a fixture of many of Abu Dhabi’s five-star hotels but no one does it quite like Butcher and Still at the Four Seasons. Presenting a modern interpretation of the 1920s prohibition-era Chicago steakhouse, Butcher and Still is exactly what you’d expect from a haven to all things meat. An abundance of dark wood and retro inspired decor culminates in an intimate and inviting venue. Yet it’s the small touches, such as the bullet casings embedded in the bathroom stalls and the meat cleavers included in the cutlery that add character and memorable appeal to this establishment. Steakhouse classics prevail and the meat is all prepared masterfully by charismatic Chef Marshall Roth, but it’s the 34 layers of chocolate cake named after Chicago’s tribune tower that will likely leave a lasting impression. Don’t miss the 2 for 1 happy hour on all drinks between 4pm – 8pm daily.
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Mr. Miyagi’s: Arguably the liveliest venue on Yas Island at the moment. A slice of Bangkok’s frantic Khao San Road comes to Abu Dhabi via cocktails served in buckets and karaoke performances in a venue that resembles a Thai beach bar. Miyagi’s boasts a menu of Thai favourites such as Pad Thai and green curry but the venue is more about fun with its Hello Kitty ladies night (Saturdays) and frivolous brunch (Thursday and Friday evenings) that segues into a nightlife experience like no other in the capital.
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Catch: Perched on a pristine strip of sand on Abu Dhabi’s corniche, Catch offers views as impressive as the food. The location is especially fitting for a restaurant specialising in seafood and represents a concept which instantly engages diners from the moment they enter. With an exciting menu of haute-cuisine, a penchant for flavours that champions fresh seasonal produce and impeccable plating. Catch remains one of our favourite dining destinations in the city and promises an elevated dining experience.
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Buddha Bar Beach: The perfect spot for sundowners and shisha overlooking the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Buddha Bar Beach provides a chic dining room to enjoy sumptuous sushi and captivating cocktails. Staff are friendly and on hand to offer recommendations but we would highly suggest you order the deep fried lobster dumplings with Tom Yum cream sauce that are a definite highlight of any visit to this bar-driven concept on the sands of Saadiyat.
Leave The Car Behind: Use promo code OUTANDABOUT for discounted rides to Buddha Bar Beach at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island.
Vakava: South American food is currently the cuisine to be reckoned with in Abu Dhabi and it would seem that diners in the capital just can’t get enough of ceviches, tacos and tres leches. Newly opened Vakava arrives in the Middle East courtesy of renowned Chef Richard Sandoval. The colourful venue which juts out into the ocean much like a boat, features vibrant decor, a remarkable roof terrace and signature dishes such as smoked guacamole, grilled octopus and a halloumi stuffed pancake that is simply divine. If you’re searching for a place with Latin Fervour then look no further…
Drink & Dance: Use promo code OUTANDABOUT for discounted rides to Vakava at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche.
Book a Careem using the application to any of the ten restaurants listed above using the promo code OUTANDABOUT and avail 25% off 4 rides per user.
Terms and conditions:
- Promo code valid from 23rd June – 31st August 2019
- Pick-up must be in Abu Dhabi
- Pick-up & Drop-off can only be at the mentioned locations
- 25% off 4 rides per user
- Maximum discount per ride AED 20
- Available on Economy, Limo, Careem Kids and MAX vehicles
This post is sponsored by ride-hailing application Careem. All views are our own and photographs are © Out & About UAE