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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 […]

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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 […]