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Ramadan Kareem COMPLIMENTARY

EDITION 40 | MAY 2018


EDITION 40

Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi Published 12 times a year by Smart Communications FZ LLC

EDITOR’S BITE

Editorial Editor In Chief Leanne Smart Email: Leanne@diningandnightlife.ae Dear Foodies, Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a blessed Ramadan from the team at Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi.

Management Michael Hine CEO

In this edition we round up a selection of Iftars from across the city, from the most unique to the best value for money. We also feature a list of Abu Dhabi’s best Suhoors.

Graphic Design For those not fasting, we list a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood guide of restaurants open for daytime dining. We experience two new restaurants, Turtle Bay Bar & Grill located at the newly opened Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, and The Warehouse located at the recently launched Pearl Rotana. Alongside this we are happy to announce that the wait is over, and Buddha-Bar Beach has made its Middle East debut, bringing Pacific Rim cuisine, beverages, and cutting-edge beats to The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi’s Exclusive Culinary Travel feature sees us travel to Hong Kong and experience everything from Michelin Star restaurants to renowned food stalls. For the latest news visit www.diningandnightlife.com Ramadan Kareem

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May Contents 20 Turtle Bay Bar & Grill...............................................page 6 Smoking Doll................................................................page 8 Hakkasan........................................................................page 10 The Warehouse...........................................................page 12 Buddha-Bar Beach...................................................page 14 SushiSan.........................................................................page 16 Suhoor.............................................................................. page 18

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Turtle Bay Bar &

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& Grill

Currently the hottest address in Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas is making waves across the hospitality industry. This property offers plush interiors, extensive dining options, a large swimming pool, a pristine beach, a spa and the ultimate clubhouse for youngsters, all whilst still managing to incorporate a warm Rotana welcome. Tonight we are dining at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas signature restaurant, Turtle Bay Bar & Grill. This pool front restaurant offers guests the opportunity to sit indoors amongst the cool interiors and enjoy views of the open kitchen or outdoors on the deck next to the water feature. Once open guests will also be able to conclude their dining experience at the stunning rooftop bar. The weather is perfect this evening and we take the opportunity to sit outside on the deck. Turtle Bay Bar & Grill serves a selection of surf, turf and grilled delicacies however the menu also boasts a range of splendid ceviches and chilled seafood options. During the day guests are invited to relax and enjoy the views whilst in casual attire, come the evening the restaurant is transformed, the menu becomes more upscale, with mouth-watering grills and locally-caught fish amongst the star dishes. To start we select the Lobster and Scallop Ceviche with Coconut, Tamarind and Chilli and the Poached Lobster Salad and Herb Crème Fraiche with Asparagus, Edamame, Peas and Leeks. Both dishes taste sensational, but the Lobster and Scallop Ceviche is divine. The juxtaposition of the ingredients work amazingly well, the understated creamy coconut contrasts the sharp chilli tang. For our mains we select the Angus USDA Prime, USA 350g Tenderloin, served as ordered, medium-rare and the Scottish Salmon. The Tenderloin is thick and juicy, this cut offers very little fat, exactly how we like our steak. The Scottish Salmon tastes fantastic but what really impresses us is the bespoke way we can order our Salmon, we opt for baked throughout and flash pan seared for a few minutes, to ensure a crispy skin. It’s this level of attention to detail that separates a great dining experience from a good dining experience. For sides we order the Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus, both are very generous portions. To conclude we enjoy the Raspberries and Lemon Creme Brûlée and the Chocolate Fondant. The Chocolate Fondant hits the spot, the culinary team have managed to thin the Fondants spongy exterior just enough to contain its layers of oozy chocolate. The Brûlée is sublime, thick and creamy, the raspberries add an element of sweetness that does well to refresh the palate. It’s not very often that we find a restaurant that is able to deliver high quality seafoods and steaks under one roof, usually we find one is better than the other, but not at Turtle Bay Bar & Grill. Here the culinary team ensures that whatever you order from the menu will be sure to tantalize your taste buds. Lobster and Scallop Ceviche AED 91 Poached Lobster Salad and Herb Crème Fraiche AED 90 Angus USDA Prime USA 350g Tenderloin AED 370 Scottish Salmon AED 180 Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes AED 30 Grilled Asparagus AED 30 Creme Brûlée AED 40 Chocolate Fondant AED 45 Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, 02 697 0000 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT.

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Smoking Doll

Today we are dining at Smoking Doll’s, Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island outlet. Smoking Doll, offers guests the opportunity to indulge in fine Thai and Japanese cuisine, as it effortlessly brings the Far East to the Middle East. Thai dishes offer the perfect harmony of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors, whilst Japanese dishes will excite you with their tasteful creativity, both are guaranteed to thrill your taste buds. With elegant yet modern interiors inspired by origami and ancient hand fans, Smoking Doll offers a minimalistic casual atmosphere.

We move onto our mains, the Sushi. We select The Doll Rolls, Spider Rolls and California Rolls, classic Maki rolls served in eight pieces. The Doll Rolls are our favorite, made with Tempura Prawns, Unagi, Wasabi Mayonnaise, Togarashi and Cucumber. For those perhaps trying sushi for the first time we’d suggest keeping it simple and ordering The California Rolls which are made with Crab, Avocado, Roasted Sesame and Tobiko. Offering an alternative are the Spider Rolls, made with Crispy Fired Soft-Shell Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Mayonnaise and Tobiko. These are much more elaborate.

As we enter the restaurant we are warmly greeted by the waitress and shown to a table by the window. For starters we order the Bangkok Tom Yum soup, a Traditional Hot and Sour Soup with Lemongrass and Lime Leaves, we opt to have it with prawns. The soup has just the right consistency, despite its amber appearance the soup is infused with lemongrass.

We also enjoy the Pad Nampeung, Honey and Soy Stir Fry, Morning Glory, Carrots and Broccoli, we order ours with tofu. Don’t be fooled into thinking this dish is bland, chef has brilliantly balanced the honey and soy to give this dish a luscious flavor.

Our next pick is the Satay Nuea, Sate Marinated Beef Strips with Peanut Sauce. The Satay Nuea is delicious, we dip the thick chunks of beef generously into the peanut sauce, take a bite and allow it to flake off into our mouth. The classic chicken satay is available for those who prefer chicken. Keeping it healthy we decide to try the Som Tum Thai salad, A Spicy Green Papaya Salad with Beans, Tomato and Chilli. Admittedly first time round we underestimate just how spicy the salad would be and we send it back to the kitchen. Once the salad re-arrives it is much better and tastes superb. The team are very accommodating to our requirements.

Being located inside a mall doesn’t take away from the quality of the food, it just means you can enjoy a more relaxed dining experience. If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a selection of great Thai and Japanese cuisine, without breaking the bank we would recommend Smoking Doll. Bangkok Tom Yum AED 32 Satay Nuea AED 32 Som Tum Thai AED 32 The Doll Rolls AED 40 Spider Rolls AED 38 California Rolls AED 38 Pad Nampeung AED 48 Smoking Doll, Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island, 600 560 603 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT .

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Hakkasan Set in the majestic Emirates Palace, Hakkasan Abu Dhabi comprises of a restaurant, bar, lounge, four private dining rooms and a newly launched terrace. The new 108-seat terrace boasts a stylish bar area complete with a bespoke beverage menu and laid-back cabanas overlooking the city-skyline. Following the extension, the Abu Dhabi restaurant is now the biggest Hakkasan outpost in the world. Inside, carved wooden screens and latticing echo the rich interiors of its London flagship restaurant. The main dining area is crafted to offer an open space, yet small panels give those seeking privacy the option. Blue dimly lit walls give the restaurant a cool and trendy vibe. The menu is a modern interpretation of authentic Cantonese cuisine, created by world-class Michelin-starred chefs: Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee and International Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon. We begin with the Vegetarian Steamed Dim Sum Platter, Crispy Duck Rolls and Sesame Prawn Toast. The Vegetarian Steamed Dim Sum Platter comprises of four varying flavours, Yam Bean Carrot Wrap, King Oyster Mushroom Dumpling, Chive Dumpling and Sweetcorn Dumpling. The Dim Sum is pleasing, but we really enjoy the Crispy Duck Rolls and Sesame Prawn Toast. Perfectly pulled duck is enclosed in the large crispy rolls, making each bite as flavourful as the next. The Sesame Prawn Toast tastes exceptional and its unique presentation shows off the culinary teams’ innovative style. Up next another vegetarian dish this time from the salad section of the menu, the Sesame Lettuce Salad with Yam Bean and Pomelo. The salad offers a movement of subtle flavours to bitter zest, light and flavourful this salad would serve well as a lunchtime dish.

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For the main course we are surprised to see such a wide selection of great options. From the fish section I opt for the signature Charcoal Grilled Silver Cod with Bubbly and Chinese Honey whilst my dining companion selects the Charcoal Grilled Wagyu Rib Eye Beef with Sea Salt and Lime Dressing. To accompany our mains, we select the Edamame Egg Fried Rice. The Charcoal Grilled Silver Cod with Bubbly and Chinese Honey leaves us in awe. The fish beautifully flakes off the fork and the Bubbly and Chinese Honey adds a deliciously sweet taste, whilst the Charcoal Grilled Wagyu Rib Eye Beef focuses more on the texture, we are taken on a journey of mouth watering Wagyu moments. The Edamame Egg Fried Rice is an ideal side as its relaxed flavours do well not to overwhelm our palate. For dessert, we select the Apple and Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Apple Sorbet and the Lemon Tart. The Lemon tart is sensational perfectly zesty without the bitterness, this is the perfect dish to end our dining experience. If its been a while since you visited Hakkasan Abu Dhabi we would suggest its time to go back, since our last visit the food and service has improved tremendously. Vegetarian Steamed Dim Sum Platter AED 110 Crispy Duck Roll AED 75 Sesame Prawn Toast AED 75 Sesame Lettuce Salad AED 100 Charcoal Grilled Silver Cod AED 288 Charcoal Grilled Wagyu Rib Eye Beef AED 340 Edamame Egg Fried Rice AED 55 Apple and Vanilla Crème Brûlée AED 60 Lemon Tart AED 60 Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, 02 690 7739 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT.

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The Wareh

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Introducing our readers to a unique new dining experience to Abu Dhabi, The Warehouse, grape and tapas bar, featuring stylish, urban chic interiors, a lively roster of global grapes and an irresistible menu of small plates, sure to tempt even the most discerning palate. We make our way through the small winding corridor and emerge into The Warehouse where we are warmly greeted by the team and shown to our table. We are introduced to the menu by the team who share their recommendations with great enthusiasm. The food options are clearly displayed on one page, as the concept is sharing style we decide to order a wide variety of dishes. The light bites offer irresistible options, we opt for the Maple Glazed Smoked Duck with Rucola, Citrus Segments, Toasted Peanuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette, the Avocado Hummus with Vegetable Crudités and Pita Crisps and the Spicy Tuna Poke Tacos with Toasted Sesame, Soy Ginger Salad and Red Radish. The Spicy Tuna Poke Tacos are delightful and by far our favorite dish, the crisp taco shell adds the texture whilst the marinated tuna filling brings all the flavor you could ask for. The Avocado Hummus is a must for avocado lovers, rich and creamy we cannot resist slightly overindulging. The Classic Cheeseburger with Angus Patty and Dill Pickles comes served as six mini sliders we have to pull apart, again emphasizing the sharing concept. To compliment the Cheeseburger, we decide to order some fries. Options range from Halloumi Fries, Battered Parmesan Fries and Sweet Potato Fries. We eventually decide on the Sweet Potato Fries with House Dips. It’s refreshing to see that even simple fries come in so many options at The Warehouse. From the Fondue section of the menu we choose the Classic Swiss Fondue with Gruyere and Emmental Cheese served with all the filings. The Fondue tastes delicious, the rich and creamy cheese offers a fragrant aroma, given the richness of the cheese we opt for the bread as our dipping option. The Fondue is great fun and makes for a talking point during the evening. From the Sweet Endings, we select the Strawberry Yum, Two Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Popping Candy, Melted Chocolate, Whipped Cream and Strawberry Ice-Cream, served on crushed ice in a wooden box, make for a posh ice-cream sundae. This dish is yummy and the perfect ending to a great dining experience. Overall the food at The Warehouse is fantastic. Don’t let the tapas style fool you, portions are generous and more than enough to be shared by two if not three people. The menu is dynamic and offers unique and creative tapas style options ensuring something for everyone. Located at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s business district, the 4-star Pearl Rotana Capital Centre is a modern deluxe hotel. Inspired by Mediterranean-style dining, paired with warehouse-stimulated design, The Warehouse at Pearl Rotana Capital Centre is sure to become the hippest hangout in the city. Maple Glazed Smoked Duck AED 56 Avocado Hummus AED 53 Spicy Tuna Poke Tacos AED 56 Classic Cheeseburger AED 65 Sweet Potatoes Fries AED 45 Classic Swiss Fondue 105 Strawberry Yum AED 50 The Warehouse, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, 02 307 5555 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT.

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Glamorous Global Lifestyle Concept Buddha-Bar Beach Arrives In Abu Dhabi Buddha-Bar Beach has made its Middle East debut, bringing Pacific Rim cuisine, beverages, and cutting-edge beats to The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. The Buddha-Bar concept was born in France in 1996, thanks to the visionary imagination of its founder Raymond Visan, owner of legendary Paris hangout Barfly. Raymond opened Buddha-Bar Paris on the chic Faubourg St Honoré. Combining a restaurant, bar and lounge, the concept took aesthetic and culinary inspiration from the exotic cultures of the Pacific Rim coupled with Western touches inspired by his numerous trips to California. In the subsequent decades, the concept has flourished, with its unique vibe now found in destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Today, Buddha-Bar and its sister brands have a combined presence in more than 25 countries, with further launches planned. Its portfolio of restaurants, bars, lounges, spas and hotels combine French elegance with neo-Asian design elements including rich color palettes, sleek furnishings and plush, opulent textiles. At The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi the day-to-night destination takes the famous brand alfresco, bringing bohemian chic design and opulent decor into all-natural elements that integrate stones, wood and colorful organic features with futuristic undertones and vintage flavors. “Buddha-Bar Beach is a concept based on a unifying philosophy. It creates a space in which guests enjoy diverse yet complementary experiences. Raising the bar worldwide for its innovative blend of gastronomy, hospitality, music and mixology, it is sure to become a magnet for discerning travelers alongside the UAE capital’s most sophisticated clientele. From its relaxing lounge area to its elegant dining space, the venue serves up a plethora of pleasures, all set to a stimulating soundtrack from its skillful resident and guest DJs. Our guests will definitely have a unique dining and lifestyle experience combined with breathtaking beachfront views.” said Marwan Fadel, General Manager of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. With exotic dishes from across the Far East, Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi is an enticing prospect for gourmands. Its Pacific Rim menu includes a divine Wagyu Rib-Eye Steak and the signature worldwide-known Buddha-Bar Chicken Salad that features Chinese Leaves, Coriander, Honey Sauce and Molasses. Its show kitchen features cevicheria, sushi counter and a robata grill visible to guests as they enter the space. The food is complemented by an extensive selection of beverages. Imaginative mixers concocted by expert mixologists include The Art of Essence, which takes inspiration from the world of perfume, featuring fragrant ingredients including bergamot, dry lemon and jasmine. Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi has a seating capacity of 290 covers, comprising 94 for the terrace, 78 for the restaurant, 54 in the bar, 52 in the lounge and 6 each for the sushi bar and robata grill. Designed by Sedley Place Design Ltd of London, the interior mixes classic beach items with more modern ones, while the soft lighting creates a special, comforting atmosphere, providing a sense of serenity. Saxophonists will perform sunset sessions 5 evenings a week; there will also be a steady rotation of guest DJs. For its first few weeks, Buddha-Bar Beach’s bar and lounge area will open from 5pm to 2am on Thursdays and Fridays and from 5pm to 1am on all other days; the restaurant will open for dinner from 7pm to 12midnight daily. The standard opening hours for the entire venue, due to come into effect later this summer, will be 12noon to 1am from Saturday to Wednesday, and 12noon to 2am on Thursdays and Fridays. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Buddha-Bar Beach’s bar and lounge area will open from sunset to 2am on Thursdays and Fridays, and from sunset to 1am on all other days; the restaurant will open for dinner from sunset to 12midnight daily. Buddha-Bar Beach, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8888 14 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi


SushiSan Thursday Night Fusion Brunch

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Located at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, SushiSan boasts bold red walls, cozy hidden booths and an open sushi counter, making this one trendy Japanese eatery. Tonight, we are visiting SushiSan to try their Thursday night Fusion Brunch. As we enter SushiSan we instantly get into the weekend mood, the DJ is spinning the tunes and the atmosphere is electric. We are welcomed by the team and escorted to our table. Our waitress explains the concept to us, we are shown a menu which features eight Maki Roll options and three Nigiri options, we can select either three or six pieces of each option. Guests simply tick their preferred sushi option and how many pieces they would like, and the talented chefs freshly prepare the selected sushi. Whilst we wait for our fresh sushi to arrive we have the option to graze from the open Asian buffet. The buffet features an array of delightful Asian delicacies from Asian Slaw, Crab Stick Pizza, Ramen Soup, Prawn Tempura, San Chow Bow, SushiSan Mini Salmon Burgers, Shanghai Dumplings, Miso Soup and Vegetable Spring Rolls to name a few. Not wanting to overindulge before the sushi arrives we select a small helping of the Prawn Tempura and Vegetable Spring Rolls both are delightful and piping hot. Shortly after our bespoke sushi platter arrives. Our selection consists of three pieces of five varieties of Maki Rolls and two varieties of Nigiri Rolls. The Maki Rolls selected are, California Rolls with Avocado, Cucumber and Crabstick Tobiko, Philadelphia Rolls with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Cream Cheese, Tiger Tempura Rolls with Carrot, Cucumber, Parmesan and Sesame Seeds, Dynamite Rolls with Tempura Shrimp, Tobiko, Mayonnaise and Avocado and the unique Beetroot Rolls, with Beetroot, Goats Cheese, Celery, Grapes, Nuts and Apples.

All are delicious, its impressive to see that even though the restaurant is busy the chefs have managed to consistently deliver a high quality of sushi. The Beetroot Rolls are not to be dismissed, the slight sweet taste is so intriguing we place another order. Our Nigiri Rolls are simple yet pleasing, although we are hard pressed to decide which is the best, the Salmon or the Tuna. After we finish our sushi platter the waitress asks us if we would like to try some of the sashimi, we opt for a small helping of the Salmon and Tuna. With each bite the Tuna melts in our mouth, it’s some of the best fresh Tuna we have tasted in a while. For those feeling more adventurous you can also order Octopus, Red Snapper, Squid, or Eel sashimi. For dessert we head back to the buffet, although many tasty desserts are on offer from Coconut Truffle, Chili Chocolate Fountain, Mango Macaroons to Pandan Panna Cotta, it’s the Japanese Cheesecake that gets our vote. The Thursday Night Fusion Brunch at SushiSan, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi is the perfect way to start the weekend. What sets this Thursday night brunch apart from all the others in the city is its vibrant atmosphere, excellent quality food, friendly staff and affordable price point. What better way to end the working week than a visit to SushiSan. AED 185 for soft drinks package and AED 250 for selected house beverages package. SushiSan, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, 800 78 744 726 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT.

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Abu Dhabi’s Best Suhoors Here are our top picks for Abu Dhabi’s best Suhoors

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Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi Celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan with one of the finest traditional tents in town, the “Layali EI Hilmiya” tent. A Suhoor a’ la carte menu with a variety of entertainment will be available to guests. The air-conditioned tent will offer an array of hot and cold mezzes, fateer, and traditional saj to name just a few of the many delicacies on offer, all made in front of you. Sweets cannot be missed either with the season’s specialties like achtaliyeh, kunafa and qatayef. Ramadan juices and teas complete the offerings. A variety of live entertainment options will set the mood, such as games, large TV screenings of your favorite Ramadan programs, a live Oudh player and more. Set menu options available starting from AED 150, a’ la carte options also available. Open daily from 9pm to 3am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101 Emirates Palace When Emirates Palace does anything, it’s memorable and their Suhoor experience is unrivalled. The Palace’s custom-built pavilion offers comfortable seating, sheer curtains and grand windows with stunning views of the beach that create a magical ambiance for your perfect Suhoor. The a’ la carte menu features inspired culinary creations. AED 180 minimum spend for the Suhoor a la carte menu. Served from 10pm to 2am. Emirates Palace, 02 690 7999 Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Set in the Al Andalus tent guests are invited to fully indulge in a delicious array of Lebanese inspired a la carte items, including savory and sweet treats. A live Oud player will set a relaxing tone for guests enjoy Suhoor. From 10pm to 3am weekdays, 10pm to 3.30am weekends. AED 180 minimum spend per person. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, 02 654 3238

Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Take in the spectacular views of the city on the 25th floor, unwind and enjoy the evening breeze. Held at Grill@25, Suhoor will be available daily. An a’ la carte menu is available from 8pm to 2am. Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, 02 304 7777 The Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Mijana welcomes guests in a relaxing al fresco setting, where family and friends enjoy an a’ la carte menu featuring Arabian favorites served daily from 7.30pm to 2am accompanied by a variety of board games and a traditional oud player. The Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 02 818 8282 Anantara Eastern Mangroves Recreate an authentic Bedouin experience at this enchanting Suhoor overlooking the Mangroves. Share tranquil moments with family and friends while relishing in a light a la carte menu. Suhoor will be served in the hotel’s tent from 10pm to 3am. Prices start from AED 150 per person. Anantara Eastern Mangroves, 02 656 1000 Hilton Abu Dhabi Hilton Abu Dhabi is preparing for the Holy Month of Ramadan by bringing back its cherished tent. The airconditioned space can house up to 150 guests and will be open daily starting from 15th May for Iftar, from 7pm onwards, followed by Suhoor. Located near the popular Hiltonia Beach Garden, the Ramadan tent has been a favourite of Abu Dhabi residents for several years. For Suhoor, an a la carte menu featuring cold and hot mezze will also be available in the tent from 9pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, 02 692 4247 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT. Information was correct at time of printing. We always recommend that you call the venue in advance to avoid disappointment.

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi Al Maryah Ballroom acts as the central staging point for the property’s month-long series of daily Iftar and Suhoor packages. Transforming for the Holy Month into an authentic Ramadan tent inspired by a traditional, Middle Eastern design. Suhoor promises to deliver a range of exciting tastes, with a sharing-style set menu of Middle Eastern and International cuisine. Suhoor will be AED 175 per person and available from 10pm to 2am. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, 02 333 2444

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A Guide To Abu Dhabi’s Best Iftars

Taste the flavours of the Middle East like never before, as the sunsets the city comes alive with a myriad of Arabic hideaways. Here is our neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood guide of Abu Dhabi’s best Iftars. New Iftars

Unique Iftars

Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas This Ramadan, newly opened Sim Sim restaurant at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas welcomes families and friends for an immersive Arabic souq inspired Iftar experience. Traditional Arabian delicacies will be served daily, with highlights including fresh Arabic bread and popular Luqaimat, authentic Emirati sweets. A family-friendly venue, where an oud player will be performing following prayer, and little ones will be entertained, celebrating Emirati culture with a selection of engaging activities throughout the month. In the spirit of the Holy Month, the light, contemporary venue will also display indigenous arts and crafts products from the Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts Centre, empowering the underprivileged women through sustainable crafts. Price: AED 209 per adult, AED 104 for children aged 6 to 12 and complimentary for children under the age of 6. Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, 02 697 0000

Iftar in the Sky The capital’s most exclusive Ramadan experience, an unparalleled Iftar in the world’s highest suspended suite, situated 220 meters up in the sky. These truly memorable moments are available exclusively for up to 50 guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the Holy Month. The Abu Dhabi Suite promises a special affair for families and friends to enjoy with an extensive Iftar array of exquisite, traditional Arabian delicacies, a dedicated dessert room featuring Kunafa and Atayef and Ramadan beverages. Price: AED 320 per person. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553

Pearl Rotana The Pearl Rotana invites guests to share the ceremonial breaking of the fast with loved ones for its inaugural Ramadan in Saffron. From sunset, guests may indulge in a plentiful selection of International and Middle Eastern inspired specialties as well as an array of sweet desserts for all to share. Visitors can also take advantage of the 20% discount on early bookings for tables of 10 or more guests, which applies before the 10th May. Price: AED 165 per person inclusive of soft drinks and Iftar beverages, children 6 to 12 years enjoy a 50% discount and children 5 years and below dine for free. Pearl Rotana, 02 307 5555

Emirates Palace Emirates Palace invites you to its spectacular Ramadan pavilion. Signature dishes and traditional delicacies of the Holy Month will be offered in a seemingly never-ending buffet every night for Iftar. Live cooking and carving stations will whet every palate, as guests select the most succulent grilled meats with traditional accompaniments and Emirati favorites. Followed by a selection of continental delicacies and an assortment of desserts. Price: AED 320 per person. Emirates Palace, 02 690 7999

On-Island The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Break your fast with a sumptuous Iftar buffet at The Terrace on the Corniche as The St. Regis Abu Dhabi takes you on a culinary voyage of discovery across the region, with live cooking stations, authentic dishes and traditional flavours emblematic to the Holy Month. Price: AED 235 per person. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553 Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Latest Recipe, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi’s popular all-day dining restaurant will be offering a traditional Iftar buffet every day after sunset during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Price: AED 159 per person, AED 75 net for children aged 5 to 12 years and children under 5 dine free. ​Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, 02 644 6666 Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Kuzbara at Marriott Downtown offers a family friendly traditional Iftar buffet with a variety of international dishes accompanied by daily specials alongside live cooking stations. Book before the first day of Ramadan and receive a 30% discount. Price: AED 200 per person. Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, 02 304 7777

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Beach Rotana Delight in a sumptuous Iftar buffet with all the traditional favourites every evening at Essence. Price: AED 230 per person including free flowing Arabic juices, soft drinks and water, 50% discount for children aged between 6 to 12 years old and children below 6 years dine with compliments. Buy one, get one Iftar, for the first five days of Ramadan. Beach Rotana, 02 697 9011 Courtyard by Marriott Bistro buffet features favourites including Lebanese, Egyptian, Indian, Asian and local Emirati fare, served in a unique ambience comprising of Arabic lanterns, date displays and traditional fabrics. Price: AED 170 per person. Courtyard by Marriott, 02 698 2222 Grand Millennium Al Wahda Enjoy an unforgettable Iftar feast made with organic and locally sourced produce at Layali Al Saadiyat. ​Price: AED 199 per person, children aged 6 to 12 get a 50% discount and children 5 and under dine for free. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, 02 495 3915 Hilton Abu Dhabi Iftar will be held within the spacious tent serving a buffet of traditional Arabic delicacies, like lamb ouzi, kofta, shorba soup and shawarma, in addition to a free-flow of Ramadan juices and water Price: AED 210 per person and AED 85 for children aged 6 to 12 years. Hilton Abu Dhabi, 02 692 4247 Centro Capital Centre From hot and cold mezze to a wide array of main courses and desserts with unlimited Ramadan beverages await you at c.taste restaurant. Price: AED 129 per person. ​Centro Capital Centre, 02 409 6666

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort Flavours Restaurant will be welcoming diners with traditional Arabic flavours. Price: AED 174 per person, children 6 to 12 years old AED 87 and children below 6 eat for free. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, 02 677 3333 Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi ​Gather your family and experience the spirit of the Holy Month with a sumptuous traditional Iftar buffet at The Garden Restaurant. Price: AED 175 per person. Buy one get one free offer. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, 02 616 6838 BU! To mark the Holy Month this year, BU! captivates Arabic traditions with a modern Latin flair, by offering guests a variety of dishes. Price: AED 195 per person. BU!, The Hub at The Mall, Level 4, World Trade Centre, 02 666 8066 BOA Steakhouse Enjoy a delightful four-course menu for the ultimate Iftar experience. Price: AED 199 per person. BOA Steakhouse, 02 641 1500 Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara Ingredients offers a generous international buffet featuring authentic flavours this Ramadan, afterwards why not relax in their Ramadan tent. Price: AED 232 per person. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, 02 656 1000

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi Relax and enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet in Layali El Hilmiya. Buffet offerings include traditional Iftar favourites alongside international cuisine. Price: AED 170 per person. Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101

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Khalifa City The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa Enjoy a contemporary selection of world cuisines presented buffet style at the award-winning Fairways. Live cooking stations dishing up delightful selection of Arabic delicacies. Price: AED 225 per person. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, 02 616 9999 Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi This Ramadan, Khayal will delight guests with a very special Iftar buffet at the stunning all-day dining restaurant that combines traditional Arabic cuisine with favourites from far corners of the world. Price: AED 170 per person and AED 70 per child. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, 02 201 4131

Reem Island and Al Maryah Island Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi For the Holy Month Al Maryah Ballroom transforms into an authentic Ramadan tent inspired by a traditional Middle Eastern design. Price: AED 200 per person, children 3 to 12 years save 50% and children under 3 years old dine free. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, 02 333 2444 Rosewood Abu Dhabi This year to celebrate Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s 5th anniversary, Iftar has been extended to the Majlis Lobby Lounge where guests will find a food Bazaar with live cooking stations as well as a brand-new Ramadan tent with the popular breath-taking views over the Abu Dhabi waterfront. Price: AED 206 per person. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5550

Saadiyat Island The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Indulge in a luxurious Iftar buffet at Olea with a selection of Arabic flavours combined with continental cuisine, served with fresh juices. Price: AED 275 per adult and AED 135 per child ages 6 to 12 years old. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8443

Yas Island Yas Island Rotana Rangoli Make your Iftar gathering a special one with Rangoli’s impressive menu that showcases the depth of traditional Indian cooking, combined with modern tastes. Price: AED 150 per person inclusive of soft beverages. Choices Experience an extraordinary gathering with delectable Iftar buffet, highlighting the unique blend of Arabic specialities at Choices. Price: AED 150 per person inclusive of soft beverages. Yas Island Rotana, 02 656 4157 Yas Viceroy Enjoy Arabic delicacies from the award-winning Origins, with an incredible Iftar buffet of mezze platters, seafood selections, traditional Arabic grills and Emirati dishes as well as mouth-watering pastries and desserts. Price: AED 220 per person includes Ramadan juices, AED 110 per child aged 5 to 12 years old and free of charge for children aged 4 years old and below with a paying adult. Yas Viceroy, 02 656 0600

Khor Al Maqta Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi All-day dining restaurant Sofra bld offers a grand Iftar from sunset until 8pm featuring local favourites such as the signature ‘Extravaganza Arabian Stuffed Whole Lamb’, ouzi. Price: AED 205 per person. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8555 This Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal The Iftar buffet at Giornotte features family favourites from the region, including Lebanese, Egyptian and local Emirati cuisines and delicious Ramadan beverages. Price: AED 235 per person, AED 120 per child aged 6 to 11 years and children aged 5 and below eat for free. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 02 818 8282 Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Iftar will be served at Al Andalus Tent, bringing the ultimate Iftar experience with a breathtaking buffet featuring all the culinary favourites. Price: AED 235 per person including water, soft drinks and juice. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, 02 654 3238 *Prices displayed are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 6% Tourism Fee, 4% Municipality Fee and 5% VAT. Information was correct at time of printing. We always recommend that you call the venue in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Irresistible Iftar Daily from sunset to 11:00 pm AED 235* per person

There is no better time than the Holy Month of Ramadan to gather the whole family and friends to experience the full spectrum of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s hospitality while getting immersed in regional traditions. Break the fast with a sumptuous Iftar buffet at The Terrace on the Corniche that takes you on a culinary voyage of discovery across the region, with live cooking stations, authentic dishes and traditional flavors. Reservations may be made online, by calling +97126944553 or emailing restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com

The Terrace on the Corniche The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE 02 694 4553 | restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com | theterraceonthecorniche.com *Prices are inclusive of 10% service fee, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and VAT taxes


A Symphony Of Fine Dining At Roberto’s Abu Dhabi Renowned Italian Chef and Culinary Advisor to Roberto’s Group, Enrico Bartolini has created a series of events, Bartolini & Friends, each event sees the introduction of a new concept, ensuring that guests at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi can always experience something new. The last Bartolini & Friends series took place at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi on April 25th. Chef Enrico Bartolini was joined by Italian Master Pianist Scipione Sangiovanni. Sangiovanni is a multiple award-winning pianist and one of the most distinguished of his generation, he has performed on prestigious stages around the world. Chef Enrico worked closely with Chef Francesco Guarracino, Executive Chef of Roberto’s Abu Dhabi to curate a menu that employed the finest contemporary Italian flavours with the unique experience of expert musical accompaniment. Each course was served with a live performance by Scipione Sangiovanni. To start we enjoyed an appetizer of Caviale, Mandorle e Fave, Caviar, Almonds and Broad Beans. The Caviar was delicious, the Almonds and Broad Beans were made into a paste allowing the flavours to blend effortlessly with the Caviar. We enjoyed this to the backdrop of with Vivaldi’s Primavera ed Inverno-Da le Quattro Stagioni. Another highlight of our evening was the main course of Agnello in Crosta Tartufo Nero con Salsa Genovese, Slow-Cooked Baby Lamb Shoulder with Black Truffles in Genovese Pesto sauce, which was matched by Wagner-Liszt: Isolde’s Liebestod. We spoke to Chef Enrico and Pianist Scipione Sangiovanni ahead of the event. What made you decide to collaborate? Enrico: We’ve known each other for years and when Francesco had the idea to create a piano concert during one of my evenings in Abu Dhabi I was pleased to get in touch with Scipione to create this experience. Scipione: Working with Enrico is always a pleasure, first and foremost he is a friend and a great Chef, so I was happy to collaborate with him. How does the music relate to the cuisine? Enrico: Music is everywhere at any moment, all over the world, in a restaurant you will have a live performance or background music, depending on the type of restaurant. Music creates an ambience that can amplify or ruin your experience. So, I think it’s very important for restaurants to have a proper balance of ambience and music selection. Scipione: The music and the cuisine are expressions of two artists, so I think they can work and complement each other. Bartolini & Friends has gathered quite the following in the city, what can we expect from future events? Enrico: My collaboration with Francesco is always exciting, we look to create new experiences and something magical for our guest, he usually comes up with some interesting ideas, like when Alfio e Antonio came to visit. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so you’ll just have to wait and see what we are planning next. Many people are adopting a vegan lifestyle will Roberto’s be adding vegan items to its menu? Francesco: Since its inception Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, has created a selection of dishes from our a la carte menu that are vegan. It is a different menu that guests can have upon request. Our customers are really pleased about this, we have a full a la carte where all the dishes are suitable for vegans. Daily, we have a Chef’s Table that consists of a bespoke menu, Roberto’s can prepare an entirely vegan option with only 24 hours’ notice from guests. 24 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, The Galleria, 02 627 9009


ENCHANTING RAMADAN CELEBRATIONS Experience the splendour of the Holy month of Ramadan with a lavish Iftar Buffet at Sevilla Restaurant and enjoy Ramadan evenings at the Saraya Tent. Saraya Tent embodies the essence of Ramadan featuring live oud melodies and Moroccon tea; making it the perfect place to enjoy Arabian hospitality after Iftar. Make your bookings for Ramadan before 6th of May & avail 25% Discount. IFTAR BUFFET IN SEVILLA FROM AED 195 NET

GROUP IFTAR BUFFET IN SARAYA TENT FROM AED 138 NET

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Kunafa Recipe

Ingredients 454g Mozzarella Cheese 400g White Sugar 1 cup Water 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp Rose Water 120g Ricotta Cheese 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted, for the pan ½ tsp Kunafa Pastry colouring or orange food colouring 454g Kataifi shredded dough ½ cup Milk ¾ cup Unsalted Butter, melted and lukewarm 3 tbsp Ground Pistachio Method Cut the Mozzarella Cheese into 1-inch cubes and soak in cold water for 6 hours, ensure the cheese is kept cool by storing it in the refrigerator. This can be done overnight. In the morning remove from the refrigerator and rinse with cold water. Dab dry and shred the Mozzarella Cheese, then add the Ricotta Cheese. On a medium heat place the White Sugar, Water and Lemon Juice on a boil for 10 minutes then add the Rose Water. Turn off the heat and leave cool. This will be your syrup. Take the Butter and Orange Food Colouring and spread around a 10-inch round, 2-inch deep pan. Take the Kataifi Shredded Dough and part into 4 equal pieces add the Milk, warm the Butter till lukewarm and add to the mixture. Ensure that the Kataifi is fluffy. Place ⅔ of the Kataifi in the pan and press down and along the sides of the pan. Place all the Cheese on top and press down. Cover with the remaining ⅓ of the Kataifi. Press down well. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C and bake for 40 minutes. When done, remove from the oven and let the Kunafa cool down for 15 minutes before moving it to a large plate. Take the Ground Pistachios and sprinkle all over. Pour the cool syrup over the entire Kunafa or pour on individual servings. Enjoy!

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Daytime Dining In Abu Dhabi

For those not fasting during the Holy Month there are several daytime dining options. Here is your neighbourhood-

On-island Villa Toscana, open daily 12noon to 3pm. Family Friday Brunch, The Terrace on the Corniche, every Friday during Ramadan, serving soft beverages only during Ramadan, 12.30pm to 4pm. The St Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553 Le Vendome, open daily 6.30am to 11am and 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Emirates Palace, 02 690 7999 Bay View, open daily 11am to 6.45pm. Beach Rotana, 02 697 9139 Living Room Café, open daily 8am to 10pm. Khalidiya, 02 639 6654 La Terrazza, open daily 6.30am to 10.30am and 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Escape, open daily 9am to 8pm. Oceans Café, open daily 7am to 7pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, 02 692 4247 Latest Recipe, open daily 6am to 11am and 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Al Finjan Tea Lounge, operated from Pappagallo, open daily 9am to 7pm. Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, 02 644 6666 Flavours, open daily 6am to 11am and 12noon to 3.30pm. Café du Foyer, service from La Mamma from 7am till sunset. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, 02 677 3333 Kuzbara, open daily 6.30am to 11am and 12.30am to 3pm. Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, 02 304 7777 Wheat, open daily 7am to 7pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101 Cho Gao, open daily 12noon to 1am. Spaccanapoli open daily 12noon to 11pm. The Garden, open daily 7am to 10am and 12noon to 3pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, 02 616 6166 Tamba, open weekdays 12noon to 1am and weekends 12noon to 2am. The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall, 02 672 8888 Bu Trinity, open daily 12noon to 3pm and 7pm to midnight. The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall, 02 666 8066 Jazz@Pizza Express, open daily 11.30am to midnight. The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall, 02 444 7752 Eastern Mangroves and Khalifa Park Carluccio’s, open daily 9am to 10.30pm. Eastern Mangroves, 02 641 2231 Flooka, open daily 12noon to midnight. Eastern Mangroves, 02 441 8244

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Pachaylen, open daily 6.30am to 10.30am. The Pool Deck, Anantara Tent, open daily 10am to 3am. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, 02 656 1000 Ginger, open daily 6.30am to 10.30am. Park Rotana, 02 657 3333 First Clique Café, open daily 9am to 3pm. Khalifa Park, 02 449 9810 Reem Island and Al Maryah Island Roberto’s, open daily 12noon to 4pm. Rosewood Hotel, 02 627 9009 Zuma, open daily from 12noon to 3.30pm on weekdays and until 4pm on the weekend. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 401 5900 Bentley Kitchen, open daily from 12noon to midnight Sat to Wed and till 1am Thur to Fri. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 626 2131 Eat Greek Kouzina, open daily from 12noon. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 309 2323 Aqua, open daily 12noon to 3.30pm. Rosewood Hotel, 02 813 5552 Crust, open daily 12noon to 6pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, 02 333 2444 Sushi Art, open daily 11am to 11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 677 0830 Magnolia Bakery, open daily 8am to midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 674 9380 Loca, open daily 12noon to 1am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 582 3639 Saadiyat Island Olea, open daily 6.30am to 11am and 12noon to 3pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8443 Larte, open daily 8am to 10pm. Manarat Al Saadiyat, 02 657 5888 The Café, open daily 6am to 5.30pm. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, 02 407 1138 Yas Island Origins, open daily 6.30am to 10.30am. Amici, open Wed to Mon 12.30pm to 3pm. Latitude, open daily 12noon to 7pm. Yas Viceroy, 02 656 0600


i During Ramadan

-by-neighbourhood guide.

Café Firenze, open daily 7am to 11pm. Al Zeina, 02 556 4643 Off-island Frankie’s, open daily 12noon to 3pm. Poolside open daily 11.30am to 6pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, 02 654 3238 Giornotte, open daily 12noon to 3.30pm. Al Fresco, open daily 12noon to 5pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 02 818 8282 Todd English’s Olives, open daily 12.30pm to 12am. Venetian Village, 056 996 8845 Kaizen, open daily 12.30pm to 12am. Venetian Village, 056 996 8845 Sho Cho, open daily 12noon to 1am. The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri, 02 558 1117 Sofra bld, open daily 6am to 11am and 12noon to 3pm. Sofra bld lunch guest will be seated in Hoi An. Shang Palace, open Friday and Saturday 12noon to 3pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, 02 509 8555 Appaloosa, open daily 12noon to 3am. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, 02 201 4131 The Lounge, open daily 7am to 11pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, 02 616 9999 Jim’s Kitchen Table, open daily 9am to 9pm. Masdar City, 02 491 9401 c.taste, open daily 6am to 10.30am and 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Centro Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi, 02 409 6666 Tamarind, open daily 6.30am to 10.30am and 12.30pm to 10pm. Capital Centre Arjaan, 02 495 4444 Dine Restaurant, open daily 12noon to 3pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, 02 654 5193 The Sportsman’s Arms, open daily 8am to 2am. Zayed Sports City, 02 447 1066 Al Ain Olive Tree, open daily 6.30am to 10.30am and 12noon to 5pm. The Rooftop, open daily 9am to 2am. Aloft Al Ain, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Community, 03 713 8888.

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Park Hyatt Masters Of Food

Recently we visited Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas to experience their annual Masters of Food. Park Hyatt Masters of Food is a series of global sophisticated culinary and beverage experiences. It endeavours to create uncommon engaging events, where residents and visiting gourmands can connect. This year the hotel was excited to welcome, talented French Chef, Thomas Progeas from Michelin Star restaurant Pur’ by Jean Francois Roquette in Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. Thomas together with Martim Moreau from Brazil, Chef de Cuisine of The Park Bar and Grill, and the hotels Colombian Pastry Chef Julian Mejia, prepared a menu that was a celebration of universal creativity and craft. Masters of Food took place at The Park Bar and Grill, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas signature restaurant. The restaurant is spread across two levels, a bar area upstairs, perfect for a relaxing pre-meal beverage and the restaurant downstairs. The restaurant boasts an open kitchen, an indoor and outdoor seating area and stylish interiors. For our experience we opted for the 3 course chefs choice menu at AED 350, it was at the chefs’ discretion what dishes were sent to our table. Our first dish arrived, it was the Herbs Ravioli with Asparagus, Green Peas, Citronella Emulsion. The Herbs Ravioli was delectable, full of flavour the medley of Asparagus worked surprisingly well with the Green Peas. The presentation as expected was excellent, this dish was full of creativity and the Emulsion was a superb touch adding a dynamic form of texture. Our second dish was the Bluefin Tuna Ventresca with Green Almonds, White Asparagus, Fromage Blanc, Broad Beans and Tuna Bottarga. The Bluefin Tuna has the fattiest flesh of all the tuna. It has a distinctive medium-full flavour and firm, “meaty” texture. It is best cooked rare to medium-rare. Our dish was served medium-rare. The thin cuts of Tuna allowed the other flavours on the plate to be explored. It’s not every day a chef combines these creative flavours into one dish, but it worked and worked well. Creative, flavourful and delightful, this dish was a big hit. Our third dish was the Masters of Food signature dish, the Atlantic Lobster ‘Aiguillettes’ which consisted of Peanuts, thinly sliced Baby Carrots, Coral Dentelle Biscuit and Fine Herbs. The Atlantic Lobster had a distinct flavour of its own, when contrasted with the Peanuts the taste was sublime. We would never have though Peanuts would have worked so well with seafood. What we really enjoyed about this dish was the journey of flavours from the meaty Lobster to the gritty Dentelle Biscuit to the aroma of the Fine Herbs this dish was exceptional and by far our favourite. To conclude our dining experience, we were able to select our dessert from the dessert trolley. We enjoyed this approach it was much more interactive. We opted for the strawberry tart which had been baked fresh that morning. Overall, we would highly recommend Park Hyatt Masters of Food, this unique experience is something that any seasoned foodie would not want to miss. Keep any eye out for the next event. 30 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, 02 407 1234


RAMADAN KAREEM Embrace the Spirit of Ramadan at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi IFTAR BUFFET Have a blessed Ramadan with your loved ones at Khayal Restaurant and experience a heartily prepared Iftar buet, all amidst a traditional ambience where warmth and hospitality come to life. Daily, 6.30 pm - 9 pm AED 170 per adult AED 70 per child*

SUHOUR AT AL HILAL TENT For an authentic Arabian Suhour experience, come together with your family and friends for a Suhour a la carte meal within the serene interiors of Al Hilal Tent our air-conditioned outdoor tent. You will also be treated to live entertainment. Daily, 9.30 pm - 3 am

EID LUNCH BUFFET Enjoy a lavish Eid lunch buet complete with Arabic treats and juices, international dishes, live cooking stations and a range of desserts at Khayal Restaurant, as well as lots of activities to entertain the little ones. AED 125 per adult AED 70 per child First two days of Eid 12 pm - 3.30 pm

For reservations, contact +971.2.201.4131 or email mhrs.auhal.restaurant.res@marriott.com Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi Street 12th Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, UAE | marriottalforsanlife.com MarriottAlForsan @marriottalforsan @Marriott_Forsan *Subject to availability. Booking in advance is required. All prices are subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee and 5% VAT.


Hong Kong Serious foodies will love their time in Hong Kong. The city offers something for everyone’s budget from outdoor market stalls to Michelin Star restaurants. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Hong Kong can only offer Cantonese cuisine, this bustling city has a diverse gastronomical offering.

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Traveling to Hong Kong Direct flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport take approximately 8 hours with economy prices starting around AED 3,145 per person. If you want to travel direct in style business class will set you back approximately AED 8,846.

Amber - Two Michelin Stars Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus’ uses his classical training and creativity to invent dishes to excite and enthuse even the most jaded palate. Blending cutting-edge style with inventive lighting, the restaurant’s dramatic design provides the perfect setting for Amber’s award-winning contemporary French cuisine.

Our Top 10 Hong Kong Foodie Experiences

Yan Toh Heen - Two Michelin Stars Recognized as one of the world’s finest Chinese restaurants Yan Toh Heen specializes in Cantonese cuisine. Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai uses refined Chinese cooking methods combined with the best ingredients and top quality fresh seasonal products. The restaurant features an extensive a la carte menu, plus set lunch and dinner options and special menus showcasing seasonal Cantonese specialties.

The Eight - Three Michelin Stars The cuisine here is a mix of Cantonese and Huaiyang however the kitchen are known for their own innovative touches. This is the place to dine in Hong Kong if you are looking for exceptional Dim Sum. Be sure to visit at lunchtime when you can indulge in over 40 kinds. Also, worth trying is the steamed crab claw with ginger and Chinese grape. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana - Three Michelin Stars The only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have received 3 stars from the Michelin Guide. Chef Umberto Bombana trained under Ezio Santin. He was a prime mover in introducing the white truffle to Hong Kong’s restaurant scene and he introduced the World White Truffle of Alba Auction to Hong Kong. In 2006, Bombana was appointed by Piedmontese Regional Enoteca Cavour as their International White Truffle Ambassador.

Épure - One Michelin Star This restaurant is renowned for its simple yet elegant contemporary French cuisine. Headed by Chef Nicolas Boutin, dishes showcase the finest seasonal ingredients from France. The beautifully designed venue, by internationally renowned design institute Yabu Pushelburg, resembles French heritage and natural habitats. ÉPURE provides a wonderfully intimate setting with attentive service.

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Mammy Pancake - Michelin Guide 2018 - Street Food These egg waffles set themselves apart from any other by their crispy outside exterior and warm chewy interior, plus Mammy Pancake has perfected the recipe so the egg waffles have zero sogginess. Mammy Pancakes keeps diners in anticipation as they run through a range of flavors from coffee to green tea. If you fancy something extra sweet, ask for the waffles stuffed with condensed milk or peanut butter. Three Potatoes - Michelin Guide 2018 - Street Food Forget having your side dish of potatoes, Three Potatoes have made this simple root vegetable the star attraction. Yummy snacks include French fries, baked potato to hash browns. The baked potato with sour cream and cheese is a signature dish. Joyful Dessert House - Michelin Guide 2018 - Street Food If you have a sweet tooth head straight to Joyful Dessert House, as the name suggests its sure to put a smile on your face and chocolate down your shirt. Be sure to try the signature Napoleon Mille Feuille these come in a variety of flavors from blueberry to strawberry, but we’d always recommend the mango. Linguini Fini – Hot Brunch Spot If BBQs are your thing you’re not going to want to miss Linguini Fini’s weekend brunch. Every weekend the team cook up a spread that resembles a Brooklyn cook out, held in the yard just to add to the authenticity. 34 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Hong Kong Foodie Tours – Local Tour Guides These tours are organized by passionate Hong Kong foodies, most have grown up in Hong Kong. What also makes this tour so unique is that it is one of the very few walking tours. If you take this tour you’ll get to savor everything from dim sum to egg tarts, roast meat to wonton noodles, Chinese dessert to local seafood. We’d highly recommend this tour for anyone that wants to do something fun. Also, worth noting is that Hong Kong Foodie Tours partners with Hong Kong Tourism Board, giving you peace of mind. The Verdict Hong Kong is a must visit city for any foodie. From its cheap food stalls to high-end restaurants, foodies will be challenged on choosing a dining destination. What we love about Hong Kong apart from its warm and welcoming residents, is that this is a city you can enjoy regardless of your budget. For more information on planning your trip to Hong Kong visit www.discoverhongkong.com


Illuminating Ramadan experiences at the beach Ramadan Kareem. Mark the holy month of Ramadan at Essence. Experience the finest Iftar cuisine in a mesmerising Arabesque setting featuring traditional and international favourites. Iftar Package: AED 230 per person including free-flowing Arabic juices and soft beverages AED 200 per person for groups of 10 guests and more Buy One, Get One Iftar for the first five days of Ramadan 50% discount for children between 6 to 12 years old Children below 6 years dine with our compliments Prices include 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and 5% VAT.

Only at Beach Rotana‌ For bookings call 02 697 9011 or email fb.beach@rotana.com

Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi Edition 40 May 2018  

Vlog, print and digital foodie magazine. Written by food and beverage experts. Proudly established in the UAE for the UAE!

Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi Edition 40 May 2018  

Vlog, print and digital foodie magazine. Written by food and beverage experts. Proudly established in the UAE for the UAE!

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