Decadent – is the only word we can use to describe the opening event at La Patisserie Des Reves in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall.

Housed inside the prestigious Tryano department store, you wouldn’t even know that the quaint little patisserie even existed – unless you were in the know. The patisserie is currently one of Abu Dhabi’s best kept secrets – but we’re sure that’s about to change!

Moshi is one place that we had been dying to try for some time now. Located just behind The Mall Of The Emirates in Barsha 1 – the venue is a pretty nondescript place in an area of little footfall… Yet Moshi has somehow managed to carve out quite a reputation (and dedicated foodie following) in the short time that it has been open, and after dining here, we can certainly see why.

The Friday brunch at Al Qasr is quite rightly the stuff of legend. It is rumoured to be the first Friday brunch to exist in the UAE and remains hugely popular attracting hundreds of hungry guests each and every Friday without fail. It is also arguably the biggest brunch on the Dubai dining scene with an overwhelming selection of food available, that will quite possibly cause your brain to go into sensory overload. This brunch is so large that at one point you were given a map to help you navigate your way through the various bars and food options on offer. Things have changed slightly now but it is still an extravagant affair.

Let’s start this blog post by saying that we don’t follow the Formula 1, but having lived in the Emirates for a number of years now, the Abu Dhabi GP was something that we wanted to experience at least once. The race which is held annually on the Yas Marina Circuit is arguably the biggest sporting event held in the UAE with over 60,000 spectators taking to Yas Island each year to experience the final race of the Formula 1 season.

At the end of last month we here at Out & About UAE were kindly invited by Joe’s Crab Shack to visit the restaurant on opening day and sample some of the food. We were very excited as this was the first occasion since starting the blog that we had actually been invited to write a review by an establishment. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the event and were disappointed to say the least.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and we found ourselves by chance in The Dubai Mall. So instead of heading to one of our usual favourite spots for food (The Cheesecake Factory), the decision was made to try out the newly opened Joe’s Crab Shack, to see if we really had missed out by not attending the tasting event on opening day.