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Zaatar W Zeit

Zaatar W Zeit (Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi) – this restaurant is part of a Lebanon-basin chain of wrap sandwich eateries, which is something of a hit among locals, since Lebanese food is the closest thing to local foods. Inside, friendly service and a child-like crayon drawing décor gives it a welcoming feel, while the menu […]

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Zari Zardozi

Zari Zardozi (Al Raha Mall, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi) – This cavernous eatery is situated in the middle of Al Raha Mall. The items served here include French-inspired desi cheese fondue, and Japanese-style chicken tandushi, along with “Indian fusion” foods such as the Goan fish curry, kai kari korma and the malabar prawn curry.

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Yacht Club

Yacht Club (InterContinental Abu Dhabi Hotel, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi) – patrons are drawn into this restaurant for its “all you can eat” sushi on Tuesdays (for AED125). Aside from that, the wagyu gyoza, tuna taco, lobster yaki udon, teriyaki chicken (and mango cheesecake for dessert) are among the popular items at this Japanese restaurant.

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Wasabi

Wasabi (Al Diar Mina Hotel, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi) – this Japanese restaurant is something of a mishmash – part izakaya (Japanese pub), part karaoke box and part sushi restaurant. Given this eatery’s popularity among Japanese business passing through Abu Dhabi, as well as other foreign diners, this makes Wasabi an appealing destination for a […]

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Tanjore

Tanjore (Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi) – located in the Al Ain section (a.k.a. garden city) of Abu Dhabi, this Indian restaurant reflects the large expatriate Indian community that works there. Indian dishes served there include jahinga angare (barbecued prawns), mushroom pakora, murgh adraki (chicken with ginger) and the spinach paneer.

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Sho Cho

Sho Cho (Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi) — For those looking for great Japanese food, a fabulous bar scene and an ultra-hip setting look no further than Sho Cho Abu Dhabi. This high-end restaurant and lounge serves an extensive menu of modern Japanese cuisine, including fabulous appetizers, main courses and the […]

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Prego’s

Prego’s (Madinet Zayed Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers, Abu Dhabi) — The best of Abu Dhabi’s Italian restaurants, Prego’s offers up authentic, well-executed Italian fare, including delicious handmade pastas (you can see them being made!) and wonderful wood-fire oven pizza and pasta. The fresh-out-of-the-oven breads and virgin olive oil on arrival is scrumptious, with a […]

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Porter’s Pub

Porter’s Pub (Grand Millenium Al Wahda, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi) – Home-sick Americans passing through Abu Dhabi will likely hit this place. Along with beef hamburgers, salads, jumbo hot dogs, this restaurant also serves Philadelphia cheese steaks, and even chicken quesadilla is thrown in (even though that’s technically a Mexican dish). Classic rock and pop […]

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Pars Palace

Pars Palace (Al-Khalidiya, just behind the Corniche Towers, Abu Dhabi) — Tucked away in a Khalidiya backstreet behind Corniche Towers, this excellent Persian restaurant in Oriental surroundings is a hidden gem. Local favourites include the delicious zereshk polo-ba-morgh (chicken and saffron with pomegranate seeds, and spicy kebabs. The complimentary home-baked flat bread with sheeps’-milk cheese […]

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Nautilus

Nautilus (Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi) – located in the marina wing of Yas Viceroy Hotel, this is a fine restaurant for seafood lovers. There is an assortment of fresh fish, clams, caviar, scallops, and prawns. Well-regarded dishes here include the sea bass and salmon. The space-age décor also stands out […]