Food in Abu Dhabi is incredibly cosmopolitan, with influences taken from all over the world. The city's top hotels offer a feast of dining options. Here are some of our favourites...
If you would to enjoy international food whilst relaxing at the beach or the pool, then Abu Dhabi’s Monte Carlo Beach Club is the perfect spot for you. This pristine beach experience has a vibrant open kitchen called The Deck. A smart casual venue, the restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Italy and the French Riviera. The venue provides several intersecting settings, ideal for an intimate meal or a group gathering nearby the pool. During the cooler months, make sure you sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the blissful al fresco ambiance.
LUXOS recommends: Scallop with pumpkin purée and miso dressing
Le Deck: Monte Carlo Beach Club Tel. +971 (0)2 656 3500
The city’s first Catalonian restaurant, this elegant eatery is situated at the Rosewood Hotel on Al Maryah Island. Dressed in a contemporary setting with arabesque Spanish influences, the venue resembles Gaudí’s architecture as well as Spain’s robust design. On the menu is a wonderful array of Spanish gourmet specialities, including a comprehensive wine list with some of the country’s best grapes.
LUXOS Recommends: Catalan seafood paella
Catalan: Rosewood Hotel Abu Dhabi Tel. +971 (0)2 8135 552
55th and 5th The Grill
55th and 5th The Grill
Don’t miss this uber-classy New York-style grill at the St. Regis resort in Abu Dhabi. The restaurant features high ceilings, dark wooden floors and high-backed black plush armchairs offering a comfortable and sophisticated ambiance. Dinner is in the form of a bespoke culinary experience complete with one’s own sommelier offering an extensive wine list from which to choose. Meals come in the form of gourmet American cuisine.
LUXOS recommends: Irish Beef Ribeye of bone marrow, garden peas and Tokyo turnips
55th and 5th The Grill: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Tel. +971 (0)2 498 8888
The Dubai hotspot Zuma has opened a venue in Abu Dhabi. At the heart of the restaurant is the Japanese tradition of izakaya, or shared eating and drinking. It is set in a contemporary ambiance evoking the design of the Dubai restaurant, with its wooden furnishings left in their natural state, open bar and cutting-edge design elements. Enjoy a delicious menu with all your Zuma favourites as well as riveting cocktails.
LUXOS recommends: Black cod
Zuma: Sowwah Square Tel. +971 (02) 401 5900
One of the Emirates Palace’s most popular restaurants, this award-winning seafood restaurant offers delicious dishes using sustainable produce available in season. Sayad, which means ‘fisherman’ in Arabic, presents specialities including ocean trout cured in salt and honey, which is then confited in clarified butter, and halibut with artichokes. The restaurant’s decor is contemporary and classy and offers the ideal venue in which to enjoy a light and sophisticated meal.
LUXOS recommends: Barramundi with asparagus-chevre risotto, orange and fennel
Sayad: Emirates Palace Tel. +971 (0)2 690 9000
If you’re craving Asian, venture to Saadiyat Island to experience KOI, one of Abu Dhabi’s top venues for Asian cuisine. The restaurant’s imaginative dishes creatively infused with traditional dishes from throughout Asia will immediately intrigue and delight guests. Modern recipes are inspired by KOI’s Japanese fusion of popular and historical dishes. The creations offered are paired with the restaurant’s signature cocktails and intriguing yet calm ambiance.
LUXOS recommends: Lobster tacos and dragon roll
KOI: Saadiyat Island Tel. +971 (0)2 678 3334