Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening out with a loved one or taking clients out for a business dinner, Abu Dhabi doesn't fall short of fine-dining establishments. Here’s our list of top picks covering a range of cuisines.
Located inside the extravagant Emirates Palace Hotel, Hakkasan is consistent when it comes to great food and service. It’s one of our favourite fine-dining restaurants in Abu Dhabi as it never disappoints. Our go-to dishes include the signature Peking duck, Szechuan style French beans and the crispy duck salad. If you appreciate sommelier service, ensure you check the price of the bottle before confirming your order. They tend to suggest high priced bottles, and you could end up paying a lot more than you expected. hakkasan.com
For meat lovers
From LA to Abu Dhabi, BOA Steakhouse is a popular haunt with a chic interior and a fantastic terrace over-looking the Eastern Mangroves — perfect for pre-dinner cocktails. A carnivore’s dream, BOA is known for delectable steaks cooked to taste. You’ll be asked to select your spice of choice and home made sauce to complement your beef. Favourites include the prime Omaha beef, dry-aged New York strip, rib eye, and premium Australian Blackmore Wagyu. If a party atmosphere is what you’re looking for, BOA offers a Thursday evening supper club style brunch from 9:30pm in their lounge area, complete with DJ. This all-inclusive brunch serves free flowing beverages and tapas-style dishes until midnight.
BBQ Al Qasr
The most romantic table in the city
BBQ Al Qasr
This October, BBQ Al Qasr is re-opening for the season at Emirates Palace with a new menu and live entertainment. Located between the hotel’s dining terrace and the tranquil Arabian Sea, BBQ Al Qasr combines an idyllic beachside setting where guests can dine under the stars. This outdoor grill serves up an extensive a la carte menu designed for sharing. Chef Yann Lohez ensures all meat and seafood is sourced for their provenance and quality like. On the menu you’ll find: Master Kobe, bison prime rib, Irish john stone, Australian angus, chateaubriand, Atlantic lobster, Mediterranean sea bass and Scottish salmon. www.kempinski.com
Best French CuisineBord Eau
Located in the Shangri-la hotel, Bord Eau tops our list for fine French cuisine. This lavish, award-winning restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with tables over looking the creek and the Grand Mosque. Head Chef Didier Quennouelle creates a complete dining experience with each dish crafted to perfection. The refined menu includes escargot, frogs’ legs, and venison tenderloin to name a few. The menu changes every three months with the seasons, and most of the ingredients are imported from France. If you love cheese, ask to see the cheese trolley and make sure you leave room for desert. www.boaabudhabi.ae
If you’d like to experience the true taste of Levantine cuisine while taking in the Abu Dhabi skyline, sambusek located at the Rosewood hotel is a great option. If you’re new to Lebanese cuisine, go with the mixed grill platter which includes shish kebab, shish taouk, kofta kebab, lamb chops and the cherry kofta: Minced lamb, cherry, sesame seeds. The kebbeh al barsha, aubergine muttabal, hummus and the mezzeh come highly recommended too. The best seat in the house is on the terrace. www.rosewoodhotels.com
KOI is a contemporary Japanese restaurant & lounge originally from LA with a celebrity following. KOI’s 6th location is at The Collection retail and dining complex in the prestigious St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. You can expect high-grade seafood, including daily selections that appeal to an adventurous palate. Their evening brunch is great value offering guests an unlimited selection of sharing-style platters including rock shrimp tempura and California rolls, squid karaage, Teriyaki Chicken Wings and the delectable steamed beef buns. Free-flowing select house beverages and koi saketini cocktails are all included. www.koirestaurant.ae