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Meat Co., The

Meat Co., The (Souk Quarya Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi) — Just like most other restaurants in Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Meat Co. boasts dramatic, romantic views of the Grand Mosque. Those familiar with this restaurant are unapologetic carnivores. Portions are huge and steaks come with criss-cross grill marks, reminiscent of an up-market […]

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Le Café

Le Café (Emirates Palace Hotel, Corniche Street, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi) – along with chicken caesar salad, chicken paninis, and desserts such as tarts, caramel tiramisu, novelty cakes and biscuits, the standout dish at this restaurant would have to be the critically-acclaimed Camel Burger (a camel meat patty served with a side of chickpea […]

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Jazz Bar

Jazz Bar (Corniche Road West Al-Khudeirah Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel, Abu Dhabi) — One of the city’s oldest and most consistently fine restaurants serves up fabulous cocktails, clever contemporary fusion cuisine, and live jazz in a modern Art-Deco-inspired interior. The South African bands play on a raised platform behind the curved bar, so it’s possible […]

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Hemingway’s

Hemingway’s (Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi) – Decent-tasting Tex-Mex food and other items ranging from enchiladas, fajitas, jumbo shrimp and burgers through to finger lickin’ Cajun spiced salmon. That, as well as “Inca Arrows” (huge fingers of deep fried chicken breast, breaded mozzarella sticks, and a salad, along with a tangy barbecue sauce).

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Hediard

Hediard (Breakwater Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi) — This Abu Dhabi branch of the elegant French chocolatier and patisserie chain, established in 1854, has proven to be popular with Emiratis – the men love to linger and read the paper over lunch, while the wives like to drop in for coffee and petit fours between shops.

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Hakkasan

Hakkasan (Emirates Palace Hotel, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi) – opened in 2010, this is a well-regarded Chinese restaurant among the expat crowd. Hakkasan’s signature dishes like Peking duck with caviar and grilled Wagyu beef with king soy sauce are served alongside a set of new dishes created especially for an Emirate clientele. The restaurant […]

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De Thali

De Thali (Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre & Gold Centre, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi) — Despite being attached to one end of the Madinat Zayed food court, De Thali wouldn’t look out of place in the more fashionable parts of East London or Soho in New York. There are works of art on the tastefully plain […]

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Chamas

Chamas (InterContinental Abu Dhabi Hotel, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi) – A Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse is the last thing one would find in the Persian Gulf. Those who come across this restaurant and have already been to similar Brazilian steakhouses know the drill: each table has a round green and red disc. If the waiters with […]

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Automatic Restaurant

Automatic Restaurant (Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi) — This Lebanese eatery is a branch of the successful national chain, and while everything on the menu is good, their tangy shwarmas are some of the most delicious around. Automatic has two locations just opposite one another – one with a small outdoor terrace for when the […]