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Romantic Restaurants For Valentine’s Day

Veganism, Fad or Future?

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EDITION 37 | FEBRUARY 2018

Curry Club, A Must For Foodies


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EDITION 37

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

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Editorial Editor In Chief Leanne Smart Email: Leanne@diningandnightlife.ae Dear Foodies, In this edition we round up the most romantic restaurants to take your loved one this Valentine's Day, debate if Veganism is here to stay or not and visit Yas Viceroy for their weekly Curry Club. We try out Royal Orchid's new menu at Al Seef Village, visit Yas Island Rotana for their Fire and Spice Friday Brunch, check out one of the best Asian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Sontaya and discover Bentley Kitchens new menu. If you are looking for a great nightlife gig, why not check out the Bob Marley Festival taking place at Yas Beach this month. Journey with us as we explore one of Abu Dhabi's top-rated luxury hotels, the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi. We review the hotels, rooms, spas and dining options Culinary Regards

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February Contents 28 Yas Viceroy Curry Club........................................page 6 Sontaya...........................................................................page 8 Valentine's Day.........................................................page 10 Bentley Kitchen.........................................................page 14 Fire and Spice Brunch..........................................page 16 Exclusive Culinary Travel...................................page 18 Al Nafoura Lounge.................................................page 24

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Royal Orchid................................................................page 26 Veganism, fad or future?....................................page 28 Red Bull Air Race......................................................page 30 Bob Marley Festival................................................page 34

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Curry Club Every Wednesday guests can enjoy a unique Curry Club at the popular Indian restaurant, Angar, located in Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi. Priced at AED 220 per person, guests can indulge in three set starters, a choice of four mains, served with rice, cucumber raita, naan and chass along with two set desserts and a beverage. We venture to Yas Viceroy to check out Curry Club and all that it has to offer. As we enter, the restaurant is already busy with large groups enjoying their evening. Angar offers a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance. Tables are decorated with retro Bollywood movie posters and small tea lights. As we look through the menu, we are presented with a selection of poppadoms and dips. We begin with the Pani Puri, hollow puries served with tangy water. We pour the tangy water into the Puri and enjoy in one bite, it bursts in our mouth releasing a myriad of flavors. The Jhal Muri is presented in a small tube, the tangy mixture of puffed rice, peanuts, sev and spiced tamarind vinaigrette is enjoyed in small handfuls. Our final dish from the starters the Bhatti Ka Murgh is our favorite, home smoked chicken breast marinated with onions and spices. The chicken is delicious, it flakes off the fork and the marination with the spices only further emphasizes the scrumptious taste from fork to mouth.

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For our mains we each have a choice of four dishes from the twelve on the menu, dishes range from spicy to mild, fish, chicken, lamb to vegetarian. We make our selection and eagerly await our main course. Whilst waiting for the main course the waiter keeps us entertained with a game. We are given a scented cloth and asked to identify the herbs and spices. This is much more difficult than it seems but yet good fun.


The main course arrives, we are both presented with a large tray that holds each of our bespoke selections along with burning cinnamon sticks, used to clear our senses. I have selected the Vegetable Jalfrezi, Dal Makhani, Goan Fish Curry and the Kadai Prawns whilst my dining companion opts for the Butter Chicken, Lamb Coconut Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala and the Saag Aloo. Both are served with steamed rice, cucumber raita, naan and chass. All the dishes taste phenomenal but the Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani and Kadai Prawns are our favorite. The Butter Chicken is chicken tikka steeped in tomato butter sauce, rich, thick and creamy. The Dal Makhani, slow cooked black lentils with butter and tomato has a lot of texture and is perfect for dipping our naan bread. The Kadai Prawns offers thick juicy black tiger prawns sautĂŠed with bell peppers and Kadai spices, delicious. Finally dessert, dessert consists of two set desserts the Saffron Rasmalai, poached milk dumplings infused with Kashmiri saffron and Hai Panna Cotta, panna cotta flavored with Indian tea. Well presented the Saffron Rasmalai is our favorite and the perfect ending to our Curry Club experience. Overall if you enjoy Indian cuisine and like value for money we cannot recommend Curry Club enough. The dishes are delectable, the team are welcoming and the portions are generous. Curry Club has just made Wednesdays the new night out! Curry Club every Wednesday from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, AED 220 net per person including a beverage. Angar, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, 02 656 0600

*Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality charge and 5% VAT.

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Sontaya

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Today we are visiting Sontaya, one of Abu Dhabi’s most celebrated Asian restaurants located in The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Sontaya is nestled in the hotels grounds, set amongst a series of floating pavilions that look out onto the pristine beach and the glistening Arabian Gulf. Its late in the evening when we arrive at Sontaya, the sound of water flowing under the pavilions and the dim amber lighting set the tone for a relaxing evening. As we enter the restaurant we are taken back by its exquisiteness, the sliding doors have been opened to give the illusion that Sontaya is floating on a bed of water, the moon shines down from the clear night sky illuminating our surroundings, a perfect setting. As we look through the menu we enjoy two refreshing mocktails, Natura, fresh strawberry, grapefruit juice and rose syrup, floated with berry tea and Nirvana, fresh lychee muddled with sour mix, cranberry juice, topped up with ginger ale. For appetizers I decide to order the Pan Fried Crab Cakes, four plump pieces of crab meat, dill, shallot, chili, served with lobster mayonnaise and mango salad. My dining companion orders the Pomelo Salad from the vegetarian corner. The Pomelo Salad is tossed in homemade tamarind dressing, crushed peanut and roasted coconut. The appetizers are delicious but the Pomelo Salad is exceptional. The chef has perfectly balanced the flavours to create a memorable dish. Before our mains arrive we decide to sample the Tom Yum Soup, hot and sour soup with king prawns, lemongrass, coriander, kaffir lime leaves and mushrooms. We request that the team prepare this mild. The Tom Yum Soup is rich and flavourful, we’d go as far as saying this is one of the best we have tasted in the city. Our main courses compromise of the Caramelized Chili and Lemongrass Salmon, glazed fillet salmon with chili and lemongrass sauce, compressed cucumber, burnt spring onion and bok choy along with the Poached Seabass Fillet in soya sauce, bok choy, coriander, spring onion, red chili and ginger. The Poached Seabass perfectly flakes off our fork and the light chili and ginger flavours compliment the fish. The Caramelized Chili and Lemongrass Salmon is an impressive dish and one we would return for, the chili and lemongrass offer a distinctive and palatable flavour whilst the salmon skin has been removed and fried adding additional texture to the dish. For our side dishes we enjoy Coconut Rice and Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce. Its refreshing to see the Broccoli isn’t being served with chili like most restaurants, Sontaya’s version offers a subtler flavour complimenting the mains. For dessert we opt for the Fallen Coconut. This dessert is beautifully crafted, light meringue is dipped in chocolate forming the coconut shell, this is then filled with creamy mango bavaroise, mango caviar, passion fruit coulis and Thai coconut sherbet. A perfect end to our dining experience. Overall Sontaya exceeded all our expectations, from taste to presentation each and every dish was enjoyable, from salty to sweet and hot to sour the menu offers something for all palates. Sontaya also offers a comprehensive vegetarian menu alongside gluten free options. With its fabulous cuisine and elegant setting, we would highly recommend Sontaya as the perfect Valentines destination. Enjoy a romantic four course dinner at Sontaya for AED 350 per person food only. Pan Fried Crab Cakes AED 95 Pomelo Salad AED 65 Tom Yum Soup AED 80 Caramelized Chili and Lemongrass Salmon AED 195 Poached Seabass Fillet AED 190 Coconut Rice AED 25 Broccoli AED 40 Fallen Coconut AED 55 Sontaya, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8443

*Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and 5% VAT.

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Romantic Restaurants For That Roberto’s Abu Dhabi Take in the beautiful indoor surroundings or the blissful outdoor scenery as you and your loved one enjoy an exquisite evening of fine fare at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi. A 5-course menu awaits featuring dishes such as Calamarata con Ragu di Agnello e Zafferano, and Filetto di Manzo con Salsa alee Ciliege. End the evening on a sweet note with a specially created Valentines dessert. Price: AED 800 per couple, AED 1,000 with two glasses of bubbles or AED 250 per person with grape pairing option. Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, 02 627 9009 Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi This Valentine’s Day Market Kitchen has crafted a special sharing menu for you to enjoy with your loved one. This includes a signature bubbly infused beverage upon arrival, amuse bouche, starters to choose, main course to share and dessert to share. Price: AED 320 per person. Treat your beloved to an intimate dinner at one of the most romantic restaurants in the capital. Enjoy magnificent 360-degree views of the city while indulging in an exclusive 3-course sharing menu. DJ Lola Nova will provide the tunes. Ladies will each receive a welcome rose. Price: AED 325. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101 Café Milano An elegant 5-course menu awaits you at Cafe Milano. Following an appetizer of Fried Oyster with Braised Shallots and Raspberry Vinegar, a Beetroot Salad with Goats’ Cheese and Marinated Salmon precedes a lovingly prepared heart shaped Ravioli with Lobster. With two choices of main course on offer, between a Roasted Rack of Lamb and a delicately cooked Sole Filet, diners will have the perfect finish with a Dark Chocolate Millefoglie with Strawberry Macarons and Ginger Gelato. Price: AED 400 per person. Café Milano, 02 333 2630 Four Seasons Abu Dhabi Butcher and Still is serving up a vibrant and satisfying 3-course menu, after a Foie Gras Amuse, diners can expect a choice of three starters and two main courses, followed by a dessert. Chef Marshall Roth invites you to choose a starter from Oscietra Caviar, Grilled Boston Bay Scallops with Butternut Squash, or Beet Tar Tar with Capers. Enticing main course options cause a selection headache between the permanent crowd-pleaser of Beef Wellington and a line caught Sea Bass with Cockles and a Roasted Pepper Jus. A dessert to share offers a finale of Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Fondue and Strawberries. Price: AED 485. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, 02 333 2222 The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa Indulge in a delectable 3-course set menu at the acclaimed Italian restaurant Sacci and dance the night away with your loved one. Price: AED 280 per person including soft drinks or AED 380 per person including grape paring. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, 02 616 9999 Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi On February 14th treat your Valentines to a romantic candlelit dinner for two and savor a sumptuous dinner at either Amici, Kazu, Atayeb or Angar from 7.00pm to 11.00pm and make it a Valentine’s Day to remember. Choose from the a la carte menu and enjoy a complimentary glass of Italian fizz and a gift for the ladies. Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 0600 The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Exceed all expectations this Valentines with an exclusive dining experience at the signature venue 55&5th, The Grill. You and your amour will be welcomed with a bubbly infused beverage and canapés followed by a delectable 4-course dinner. The evening will be enhanced by intimate seating and live entertainment from the steakhouse’s resident jazz band. Price: AED 1,000 per couple or AED 1,690 per couple including a bottle of French fizz. Southeast Asian flavors are on offer at Sontaya with a 4-course set menu. Sontaya’s floating pavilions set a relaxing tone as the moonlight glistens over the shimmering pools. Price: AED 350 per person food only. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8443 10 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi


Special Valentine’s Day Dinner Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Set to offer an intimate, yet an exquisite dining experience, the team at Benjarong, Dusit Thani’s signature Thai restaurant, have created a lavish Valentines delight. Begin your experience with a complimentary glass of bubbly before embarking on a tastefully crafted 5-course set menu. Ladies will be presented with a stunning red rose. Price: AED 200 per person. Head for a romantic rendezvous at The Capital Grill, Dusit Thani’s popular steakhouse. Start with a complimentary glass of bubbly and proceed with a sumptuous 5-course dinner. Conclude your evening with a red rose for ladies. Price: AED 250 per person.                                               Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, 02 698 8137 The St. Regis Abu Dhabi This Valentines, Azura Lounge will present a 4-course Valentine’s Day epicurean menu of Arabic grills and classics along with a glass of complimentary bubbly. Price: AED 320 dinner with soft beverages or AED 470 dinner with grape, hops and mixers. A la carte also available. Savour a spectacular selection of fresh seafood cooked to order with Arabian flair. Indulge in fresh scallops, lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and an exquisite array of fresh sushi. Fresh oysters are opened and served on your table. Includes grape, hops and mixers. Price: AED 260 dinner with soft beverages or AED 550 dinner with 1 bottle of rose bubbly per couple. Visit Villa Toscana one of Abu Dhabi’s most romantic restaurants for a truly Italian Valentines. Enjoy a delightful array of divine food with a 4-course menu. Price: AED 530 dinner with soft beverages or AED 720 dinner with grape, hops and mixers. Enjoy the ultimate Valentines Sunset Supper. Ten couples, will be able to experience a very unique Helipad Sunset Supper, 255 meters in the air. With ambiance created by the sounds of a live saxophone, free flowing bubbly, canapés and the view from the highest active helipad in the Middle East. Price: AED 1,300 per couple with canapés and soft drinks or AED 1,700 per couple with canapés and French bubbles. The St Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553 Beach Rotana Chefs at Finz, Beach Rotana’s fashionable and chic restaurant and lounge have specially crafted a succulent set menu for this special occasion, served with a glass of grape. Seafood lovers, will be happy to hear that the a la carte menu will also be available. Price: AED 395 per person. Beach Rotana, 02 697 9000 Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort Enjoy a beautiful Italian experience at La Mamma created especially for your Valentine’s Day, live piano music will compliment the atmosphere. Dishes include Crudo di Gambero Rosso Di Manzara (Manzara prawn) served as amuse bouche or Risotto Acquerello (Alaskan crab risotto) served as a second course. Price: AED 230 per person for a 4-course set menu with a welcome drink or AED 340 per person for a 4-course set menu with unlimited grape. Share in Spanish delights at Bravo, surrounded by romantic flamenco guitar tunes. Tempt your senses with Spanish flavours and fresh Spanish infused beverages. The sharing tapas menu will feature dishes such as Gambas Al Pilpil (garlic prawns in extra virgin olive oil), Chachetes Con Pure De Nabo (beef cheeks with Parsnip puree), Ensalad De Gambas Hinojo (salad of marinated shrimps and avocado). To make your evening even sweeter, do taste the Churros Con Chocolate. Price: AED 220 per couple for a sharing menu with a welcome drink and free flow of Spanish beverage or AED 280 per couple for a sharing menu with free flow of Spanish beverage and grape. Get into the romantic spirit of Valentine’s Day with a movie night under the stars! Watch a romantic movie on the beach at The Beachcomber, cosy up under warm blankets and enjoy a sharing platter of canapes and nibbles with a bottle of grape or four beverages of your choice. Price: AED 210 per couple for a platter of canapes and a bottle of grape or 4 drinks of choice. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, 02 677 3333

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Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Spend an relaxing evening with your Valentine savouring delicacies such as Foie Gras, Oyster Ceviche, Brillat Savarin with Truffle and much more. Enjoy a cosy, evening with blankets and bubbles under the stars, with a warm fire and city views overlooking Al Maryah Island whilst nestled on the sand. Served by a dedicated service team, you will experience a romantic date like no other. Price: AED 799 for two, inclusive of a bottle of bubbles. Express your love by treating your Valentine to a romantic Italian evening filled with bubbles and charm at Pappagallo. Chef has designed an exclusive 3-4 course set menu to tantalize your senses and ensure an elegant dining experience for you and your partner. Price: AED 189 3-courses inclusive of a glass of bubbly per person or AED 239 4-courses inclusive of a glass of bubbly per person. Upgrade to a package with unlimited house beverages for AED 100 extra per person or upgrade to a package with unlimited bubbly for AED 150 extra per person. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, 02 644 6666 Cipriani Yas Island True to the concept of simple Italian food made to perfection, talented chefs will serve a memorable 4-course Valentine’s Day set menu, inspired by famed Italian cuisine from Harry’s Bar in Venice. On arrival a Cipriani signature beverage will be served as a welcoming start to the evening. The set menu food highlights include Fresh ”Burratina” with “Datterino” Tomatoes and “Taggiasche” Olives, Roasted Veal Shoulder with Chestnut Sauce and Mashed Potatoes, and Cipriani Chocolate Heart with Strawberries and Vanilla Sauce. Whether dining a la carte or from the set menu this Valentine’s Day, guests can expect an unparalleled experience of elegant and authentic romance. Price: AED 820 per couple or AED 1,050 per couple including a bottle or red or white house pour. Cipriani Yas Island, 02 657 5400 99 Sushi Bar This Valentine’s Day, couples are invited to indulge in a gourmet 9-course offering that has been artfully created with fine care and lots of love, ideal for the gourmand couple. For starters, guests can experience the light Capu Miso Soup gently topped with Truffle and Tofu Foam. A nod to ‘Yatai’ traditions, delight in the Crispy Tiger Prawn Tempura complimented impeccably with a vibrant spicy creamy sauce. Highlights from the mains call for a fresh selection Alaskan King-Crab Gunkan, offering a perfectly soft and delicious Gunkan Nigiri, stuffed with fresh crab meat, complimented perfectly with a bottle of bubbles. Price: AED 999 per couple. 99 Sushi Bar, 02 672 3333 Southern Sun Abu Dhabi It will be a night to remember at The Foundry Steakhouse as the team serve up the finest sharing menu. Seasonal ingredients come together in an exquisite presentation of delicious dishes from land and sea, rounded off with a gorgeous dessert buffet inspired by Willy Wonka. Price: AED 559 per couple for set menu inclusive of soft drinks or AED 699 per couple for set menu inclusive of a bottle of bubbly or a bottle of grape. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, 02 818 4888 *Some prices are subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and 5% VAT. We always recommend that you call the restaurant in advance.

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Bentley Kitchen One of our favourite hangouts, Bentley Kitchen, started the new year with a fresh look and a revamped menu. Many of you will recognise Bentley Kitchen by its previous name, Bentley Bistro and Bar, the new name reflects the restaurants new focus, highlighting its social vibe, chic décor and appetizing new menu. Located in The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, guests can expect a cosy setting inside and a stylish al fresco veranda, boasting spanning waterside views. Courtesy of Group Executive Chef, Praba Manickam, the new menu focuses on a selection of international flavours, whilst maintaining core favourites, such as the ‘Famous’ Bentley Burger and Lobster Thermidor. Guests will be pleased to learn that the range of succulent grills are still on the menu but with a few new additions. Bentley Kitchen has also introduced a selection of new sharing dishes such as bao buns, sliders and tacos. We tried the new menu and would highly recommend the Steak Tartare, prime beef fillet, grape mustard and traditional condiments, Burrata Salad, slow cooked puy lentils, heirloom baby tomatoes, tomato and basil jam and the Bao Buns, served with fries these light and airy buns come in three options, soft shell crab, crispy chicken and meatballs. The new menu features a selection of mouth-watering dishes from Braised Lamb Shank, New Zealand Grass Fed Beef Back Ribs to Giant Tiger Prawns. Starters range from AED 38 for the Seafood Chowder to AED 75 for the Steak Tartare, whilst mains vary from AED 65 for the Sliders to AED 260 for the Stockyard Australian 250 Day Grain-Fed Fillet, worth noting is the Butchers Board priced at AED 350 this sharing mixed grill platter is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. Specials vary daily, ensuring you never get bored of dining at Bentley Kitchen. Iva, Bentley Kitchen’s expert mixologist and the team have put together a sensational new drinks menu. You can expect all the classics but with a contemporary twist. Set to become the ultimate venue for post-work beverages or a stylish evening with friends, Bentley Kitchen will host not one but two of the capital’s most affordable happy hours. The Share, the Happy Hour concept runs from 4.30pm until 7.00pm, whilst the It’s Never Too Late Happy Hour runs from 11.00pm until 1.00am, both offering discounted drinks and mixers from just AED 20. And because no venue is complete without a top-quality soundtrack, Bentley Kitchen will be hosting a line-up of the region’s best DJs, musicians and bands to set the mood as the sun goes down. Open from 12.00pm to 1.00am daily.

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Bentley Kitchen, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, 02 626 2134 All prices inclusive of 5% VAT.


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LOVE MOVES IN 360 at stratos Indulge in an intimate 3-course sharing menu while overlooking the panoramic views of the capital along with live music by DJ Lola Nova. 15th & 16th February from 7pm to 11pm, AED 325 with a welcome rose for ladies. FOLLOW US FOR a chance to win #STRATOSABUDHABI

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Fire and Sp

Today we are venturing to Yas Island Rotana, Abu Dhabi to try their Fire and Spice Brunch. Fire and Spice promises brunch goers a gastronomical journey from east to west combining, BBQ grills, Rangoli’s authentic Indian dishes and the international flavors of Choices restaurant, all into one delectable brunch.

We approach Choices and are welcomed by the team who also take the time to show us around the brunch, ensuring that nothing is overlooked. Located in Choices are the salads, desserts, cold cuts, soups, breads, cheeses, sushi, seafood, Asian and Arabic selections. As we walk outside onto the patio here is where we find the grill area. The grill area offers a selection of succulent grills from chicken, ribs to beef. Finally, we make our way to Rangoli, here are a selection of aromatic curries served with warm naan. Having skipped breakfast today the tour of the brunch and the smell of the cuisine only heightens our sense of hunger, we grab our plates and head towards our first stop, the seafood. We fill our plate with marinated mussels, clams, crab and the half fresh oysters, the seafood is fresh and perfectly marinated. My dining partner opts for the fresh black mussels in fennel broth with a slice of rustic bread, perfect for dipping in the broth. Next, I decide to try the grills, the smell is to alluring to pass. I select the 72 hour smoked BBQ ribs, they flake off the bone and the smoky flavor compliments the sauce. My dining companion returns from Rangoli with a selection of curries, the butter chicken seems to be a favorite. Wanting to try a few of the Arabic and Asian dishes we sample the chicken stir fry with cashew nuts and the lamb ouzi both are delectable and appealing. 16 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi


pice Brunch

Now for the part we have all been waiting for…dessert! Admittedly we’ve had our eye on the desserts ever since we arrived and it proves to be our favorite part of the brunch. The desserts section boasts a wide variety of scrumptious desserts from apple crumble, kunafa, mille-feuille, chocolate pudding, cupcakes, nitro-ice cream, chocolate fountain and religieuse, the choices are endless. All desserts are picture perfect and delightful to taste. Hats off to the pastry chef for creating such a delicious offering. Overall, Fire and Spice Brunch at Yas Island Rotana served a wholesome, fresh variety of international cuisine in a relaxed setting. This brunch comes with pool access alongside live music entertainment and great fun activities for the kids with bouncing castle, playful clown and face painting making this brunch the perfect family outing. Starting from AED 208 inclusive of soft beverages and AED 308 inclusive of selected house beverages, every Friday from 12.30pm to 4.00pm. Yas Island Rotana, 02 656 4000

*Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee and 5% VAT.

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Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi This month we venture to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi located on Al Maryah Island. The hotel is renowned amongst residents for its high caliber of dining and entertainment. The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi offers six restaurants and lounges each with waterfront terraces. Highly regarded are Café Milano and Butcher and Still. Café Milano originates from Washington, DC, where it is visited daily by dignitaries. Whilst offering delicious cuisine and sophisticated surroundings the clientele at Café Milano Abu Dhabi are more of the see and be seen crowd. Butcher and Still has a more masculine tone, the sleek steakhouse boasts some of the most rustic and retro vibes we’ve seen. Inspired by the times of Al Capone and his wise guys the décor even features bullet casings, best of all are the restaurants secret features like a retractable wall that leads to an outdoor patio and a private elevator that takes guests down two levels into an ultra-private dining room. The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi also has one of the most lavish spas in the city. Dahlia Spa has eight spacious luxury spa suites and one exclusive couples’ suite, all feature private showers. Guests can also utilize separate men’s and women’s fitness centres, therapeutic facilities or the expansive outdoor pool. The hotel has two hundred accommodations, including thirty eight luxury suites which are located from the 4th to the 13th floor and offer the best views. The décor is light, airy and modern. Rooms feature a Four Seasons Bed, a plush sofa for relaxing, an oval desk that doubles as a dining table and a spa-like bathroom. Our Four Seasons experience begins as soon as we arrive at the hotel, when the valet opens my door and greets me by name, nice touch and one I wasn’t expecting. As we enter the lobby we are taken back by the bright, open space, details on the walls conjure images of ocean waves, whilst the clean white lighting only further illuminates the intricate detailing. The wealth of natural light is a theme that we will later find echoes throughout the hotel. We stop to enjoy an aromatic coffee at Al Meylas before making our way to the room. Al Meylas is located adjacent to the hotel’s lobby and has been described as a modern majlis. The views are picture perfect and as tempting as it is to visit the outdoor terrace we must make our way to our room.

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For our visit, we will be staying in a Premier Four Seasons Executive Suite. As we enter the suite we are surprise by how spacious and luxurious the surroundings are. Large windows offer views across the turquoise Arabian Gulf and the city skyline. The suite features a large living room adjoining private dining room, a kitchenet, spacious bedroom, walk-in closet and a marbled bathroom, which offers guests the option of a large bath tub or separate rain shower. The suite has the option of connecting to a Premier Room for families who require additional space. The dĂŠcor features earth like tones adding to the sense of space. The luxury bath amenities are superb and by far the best we have seen, we especially like the Four Seasons branded vanity kit. We spend sometime relaxing in our room before we make our way to the spa.

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As we arrive to the spa we are warmly welcomed by our therapists. They take the time to explain the various treatments and we eventually opt for the Signature Dahlia Massage. This treatment focuses on creating a bespoke massage, guests can customize their time and therapist touch by selecting oils and massage techniques. We are given a pre-therapy form and asked to detail areas we would like our therapists to concentrate on, the style of massage, be it Swedish for an energizing effect or Asian for de-stressing. Eventually we select the 50-minute, Asian Fusion with Serenity oil, focused on releasing muscle tension. The massage is performed perfectly and we are left feeling relaxed. After our treatment we are lead into the relaxation room and offered a selection of teas and dried apricots. The relaxation room is dimly lit and feature reclinable beds with individual headsets allowing guests to prolong the sense of relaxation. After a while we decide to make use of the facilities. We enjoy a dip in the large heated hydro pool followed by a sauna. Sadly, we are rushing to get to dinner, so we don’t have time to use the steam room or the heated lounge chairs. However, we do plan on a return visit as this is one of the best spas we have experienced.

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For dinner we will be dining at Café Milano. Located on the promenade level, Café Milano serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a setting reminiscent of a stylish boutique. The weather is perfect and the views and atmosphere have us feeling like we are dining on the Amalfi Coast. We order a selection of starters from the Antipasti Dal Mare we select the Sea Bass Tartare with Winter White Melon, Avocado and Thyme alongside the Roasted Octopus Salad with Diced Pumpkin, Rosemary and Taggiasche Olives followed by the Grilled Calamari, Watercress Salad, Datterini Tomato and Jalapeno. The starters are delicious but my favorite dish is the Sea Bass Tartare, this dish is light and palatable with the melon and avocado adding texture. My dining companion however is more taken by the Roasted Octopus, the lightly charcoaled essence almost dissolves in the mouth when met by the creamy pumpkin. From the Antipasti Dalla Terra we share the Burrata Chesse with Pumpkin Carpaccio, Pumpkin Seeds and Black Truffle. We are big Burrata fans and we must say this has to be one of the freshest and creamiest Burrata’s we’ve tasted in Abu Dhabi. For the main course, I select the Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, Chili Pepper, Cherry Tomato and Seafood. My dining partner opts for the Paccheri Pasta with Sautéed Shrimps and Imported Capaccian Tomato. Again, the pasta impresses, simple flavors well executed by chef and his team. At this stage we are wondering if the team at Café Milano can do no wrong, the food is perfect and the service is warm and friendly. So, we decide to test their attention to detail. I carefully place my napkin on the floor just by my feet wondering how long it will take for them to notice. Impressively enough within 10 seconds one of the team has picked up my napkin and replaced it with a fresh one. Attention to detail at its finest. For our desserts, we share the Lemon and White Chocolate Cake, Strawberries Sauce and Cocoa Crumble. A zesty finish to our dining experience. After a refreshing sleep we decide to have breakfast in our room. The breakfast consists of a fresh pancake, seasonal fruit platter, an omelette, warm muffins, a pastry selection, coffee and juices. The perfect start to the day and a wonderful end to our visit. From arrival to check out expect to be surrounded by pure luxury and bliss at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi. However apart from the beautiful rooms, tranquil spa and delicious dining options what truly makes the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi exceptional is the level of hospitality. Going back to when we first arrived at the hotel we were welcomed by name by the valet, small touch points like these are what stay with a guest and it seems that the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi has not only lived up to the Four Seasons reputation but in our opinion exceeded it. The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi makes for the perfect destination to create those special Valentine’s Day memories. Book a Romance Package and enjoy specially selected romantic amenities including a rose petal decoration on the bed, celebration cake and a bottle of sparkling grape or sparkling grape juice upon arrival. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, 02 333 2222

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Al Nafoura Lounge Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi has unveiled Al Nafoura Lounge, the hotels new outdoor lounge and dining area. This trendy urban hotspot boasts spanning views across the water and of the neighboring Al Maryah Island. Al Nafoura Lounge is located in the courtyard and surrounds the majestically lit fountain, which is the eponym for the lounge since Al Nafoura means fountain in Arabic. Al Nafoura Lounge has been designed as a place for gathering and relaxation with family and friends. The lounge’s comfy sofas, armchairs and carpets in grey, petrol, malachite and teak colors perfectly match the Arabic touches that blend in with the modern furniture. The concept is influenced by regional tunes showcasing Levant inspired street food alongside international creations, all intended for sharing. The menu, which includes a separate breakfast menu, is based on sharing platters and offers an immense variety from Arabic favorites to sushi, accompanied by refreshing and innovative beverages, mocktails and long drinks, only to be completed by delicious desserts, Turkish coffee or Moroccan tea. The culinary trip takes guests across several continents, one may start with traditional fattoush, continue with prawn tempura, followed by lamb kofta or a classic cheeseburger and end with a chocolate lava cake or iced watermelon with lychee. Al Nafoura Lounge is open daily from 10.30am to 12.00am, last food orders are at 11.00pm. Al Nafoura Lounge, Beach Rotana, 02 697 9011

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Royal Orchid

Today we are visiting Royal Orchid, located on The Walk in Al Seef Village Compound to try out their new menu. The multi award winning restaurant offers a modern Asian menu with highlights from Thailand, Japan, China, Korea and Singapore. The weather is perfect, so we decide to sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere of The Walk. Whilst we look through the menu we enjoy some fresh coconut water straight from the coconut itself, a nice touch. To start we try two types of Dim Sum, the Philadelphia Cheese and Wild Mushroom Dumpling with Truffle Oil and the Prawn Hargow with Thai Green Curry. Both taste amazing but the Philadelphia Cheese is our favourite, its rich and creamy texture is delicious. Next the Boa Buns, these come in three options duck, tofu or chicken we opt for the Crumb Fried Chicken. Beautifully presented the light fluffy buns are filled with a generous portion of crispy chicken and topped with a sweet chili mayonnaise. Our waitress recommends we try one of the salads, admittedly we probably would have overlooked this section if she hadn’t mentioned it, but we are so glad she did. The Juicy Minced Chicken Salad with Fresh Mint, Red Chili, Paprika and Roasted Puff Rice offers a faultless combination of hot and sweet. This dish is light and full of flavour, we especially enjoy the mint.

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Next the Whole Fish Cooked with Coconut Milk, Kaffir Lime Leaf and Fresh Red Chili and from the Signature Bowls the Khao Suey with Black Rice. Again, both dishes impress. The Whole Fish offers a thick and creamy broth with a slight kick from the chili, the fish is cooked well and the flavour of the ingredients echoes in every bite. The Khao Suey is however our favourite dish, we select the Black Rice which proves to be an excellent accompaniment. This dish tastes amazing and is the perfect dish for the cooler weather. Finally, to conclude we order the Sticky Banana Pudding with Homemade Coconut Jaggery, a perfect end to a great dining experience. We would recommend trying the new menu at Royal Orchid, not only does it taste great but the price makes it excellent value for money! Royal Orchid, Al Seef Village, 02 677 9967


In recent months you would have heard the word vegan mentioned quite a bit as veganism increases in popularity, but our question is, will veganism be another fad that will fill our Instagram feed for a few months or is veganism the future? During the month of January, I decided to take the Veganuary challenge and attempted to go vegan for the whole month. Here is my experience. Firstly, what is a Veganism? As described by The Vegan Society, ‘Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey - as well as products like leather and any products tested on animals. Aren’t Vegans and Vegetarians the same? No, vegetarians commonly choose to eat eggs and dairy as vegans would not. However, both would not eat meat or fish. Not to be confused with Pescatarians who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. In recent years we have seen Pescatarians increase as more people are phasing out meat before adopting a full vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. What do Vegans eat? Quite a lot it would seem. Admittedly when I first started to research a plant based diet I instantly started thinking of all the yummy food I would miss and lets be honest the word ‘plant’ doesn’t exactly conjure images of mouthwatering cuisine however once I started researching recipes I discovered that there was a whole new culinary world waiting to be explored. Here are a few meals I typically ate whilst partaking in Veganuary. Breakfast · Cereal with coconut milk · Oatmeal · Toast with jam · Pancakes · Tofu omelettes Lunch · White bean salad pita pockets · Fresh or dried fruit · Chips and salsa · Roasted veg and quinoa salad · Southwest lime corn salad Dinner · Pasta and tomato sauce · Bean burrito · Tofu lasagne · Veg and hummus tart · Sugar snap pea and carrot soba noodles Why go Vegan? Upon my research I found that many vegans had decided to go vegan because of their love of animals, this wasn’t the only reason but for many it was the key motivator. For others their health played a key factor. Adopting a plant based diet is needless to say one of the healthiest diets, many vegans report lower blood pressure and cholesterol than non-vegans. Some research has also shown vegans to have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. For many vegans environmental issues were also a concern, with so much land needed for cattle farming deforestation and its impact on global warming continue to be a concern. Why not go Vegan? I struggled to find any evidence against going vegan, but I did find a few common myths which need to be addressed. Myth - You can’t get protein from plants. Research - Green vegetables like kale, broccoli, seaweed, peas, beans and pulses, grains and nuts like brazils, peanuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios and walnuts are all excellent sources of protein. 28 | Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi

Vega Fad or


anism, Future?

Myth - Plants feel pain. Research - Plants do not have a nervous system and brain necessary for this to happen. Myth - Soya is just as bad for the environment as meat. Research - Soya isn’t the issue, it’s the amount of soya being produced to feed the cattle (not the vegans) that is causing environmental damage. Myth - Vegan diets make you weak. Research – Not true, like any diet ensuring that it is well balanced is key, if in doubt contact a nutritionist. Myth - We need milk for our bones. Research - We actually need calcium for our bones and Vitamin D to help absorb it. Calcium can be found in tofu, kidney beans, kale, broccoli, sweet potato and butternut squash, all easily accessible ingredients. A reliable source of Vitamin D is as simple as sitting in the sun. Well Known Vegans Many celebrities have adopted a vegan lifestyle such as, Brad Pitt, Lewis Hamilton, Woody Harrelson, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Jared Leto, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. Challenges I Faced The first few days were frustrating I didn’t know what I could or couldn’t eat. I spent most of my time Googling ‘Can vegans eat…’ but after some extensive research I had a better understanding, so I headed to the supermarket. This is where my next adventure began many of the products weren’t available, so I spent some additional time researching alternatives. Two hours later I finally left the supermarket confident in my efforts. Eating out was another major cause of frustration. Many restaurants didn’t even understand what the term vegan meant, and a lot thought it was the same as vegetarian. One even asked if it was an allergy (I did my best not to laugh out loud). What I Learnt Over the course of the last few weeks I learnt to cook more recipes and expanded my knowledge of flavours and nutrition. I became more conscious about what I was eating and balancing my plate to ensure I was getting all my vitamins and minerals. Planning my meals in advance helped me save a lot of money because I was only buying what was on my list. Going out also became easier, Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi are one of the first hotels to implement vegan menus, Café 302 has also introduced a vegan menu and Pizza Di Rocco has a selection of vegan pizzas. Products such as body wash and make-up were the easiest change to make. The Body Shop has a wide range of amazing, great smelling cruelty free products. And has even introduced a new vegan range. A quick trip to Yas Mall and I was kitted out with more strawberry moisturizer than I needed. Conclusion Throughout the last month I have learnt so much about what goes into our day to day products that I have been left shocked and disappointed by many brands. Going forward I will only ever buy cosmetics from companies like The Body Shop or Lush Cosmetics who do not test on animals. Personally, I could never go back to eating meat, I never much enjoyed the taste. I ate meat purely out of lack of time and effort, it was always easier to cook a piece of steak than prepare a wholesome meal, plus with my new found culinary skills I am enjoying exploring new flavours. Dairy wasn’t a challenge for me, apart from the occasional visit to the cheese room at brunch I’ve never enjoyed dairy. Seafood was a bit more difficult for me to abstain from however I currently eat seafood once a week and am planning on eventually phasing it out completely. I haven’t seen any changes in my skin but I have lost a few kgs as a result of Veganuary. Would I now call myself a vegan….no I wouldn’t but am I more conscious of the products I buy and the food I consume…yes. I do hope that in time I will be able to fully adopt a vegan lifestyle. As I learn more recipes and as hotels create menus to cater for vegans it will become easier to adopt a vegan lifestyle. To conclude, is veganism a fad or the future? It would seem that veganism is here to stay, is it the future? Yes, if veganism can shake its hipster image and focus on educating people about their dietary and environmental choices then I can predict more people will look to adopt a vegan lifestyle however if it continues to portray itself as a self-righteous elitist group, veganism runs the risk of becoming just another fad. February | 29


Red Bull Air Race Weekend

The rivalries of the fiercely contested World Championship will reignite on 2nd and 3rd February, as the Red Bull Air Race kicks off for the record 11th consecutive year in Abu Dhabi. New pilots, raceplane innovations and updated rules will only add to the anticipation. The 2018 season promises thrilling action as thirteen of the world’s best pilots will resume their rivalries at 370kph with forces up to 10G, joined by a new opponent boasting impeccable credentials. With a first-time World Champion leading the rankings, many teams have radically revised their raceplanes and the opener in the Emirates will set the stage for a season of suspense. For more information please visit, www.redbullairrace.com

· Full access to The Nation Riviera Beach Club BBQ including activities for the entire family (2 adults, 2 Children). · Late check out, until 6pm. Guests can Stay Exquisite for just AED 975*. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4444 Hiltonia Beach Club Hiltonia Beach Club will create an exclusive seating area with a choice of beach or a floating lounge seating. Guests can enjoy a five-star buffet along with unlimited soft drinks, water and Red Bull energy drinks. Live video and audio coverage of the race by official Red Bull Air Race commentators will be available along with live music.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi – Editors Choice The St. Regis Abu Dhabi welcomes spectators for action-packed race afternoons best shared with family and friends. From the hotel’s · Tickets are priced at AED 419 for the qualifying day, AED 524 for race prime location on the Abu Dhabi Corniche guests are invited to enjoy day and AED 629 for the weekend. the thrill of the Red Bull Air Race. · Children aged 5 years and under can go for free. Tickets can be purchased from ticketmaster.ae Situated in the exclusive Nation Riviera Beach Club, the picturesque beachfront location presents a variety of children’s activities, Hilton Abu Dhabi, 02 681 1900 featuring bouncing castles, clowns, arts and crafts, face painting plus many more children’s activities along with a BBQ, followed by live Asia De Cuba music evening entertainment. Experience the Red Bull Air Race at the chic and contemporary Asia De Cuba. Foodies and partygoers are invited to spend a vibrant afternoon The beachfront BBQ style dining packages are priced as follows, showcasing the best of Asia De Cuba’s delicious menu, set against the reservations and pre-payment are required to avoid disappointment: serene backdrop of the relaxing corniche and live entertainment from Khathia. · Adults: AED 250* BBQ with soft drink and one house beverage. · Family Tickets: Two adults and one child: AED 650* BBQ with soft Guests can indulge in a 2-hour house beverage package with the drink and two house beverages. Two adults and two children: AED perfect vantage point on the outdoor terrace or beach. 700* BBQ with soft drink and two house beverages. · Children: 6 to 12 years, AED 150*, children 0 to 5 years, Free. · Qualifying day beverage package priced at AED 180* per person from 12.00pm to 6.00pm. The St Regis Abu Dhabi has also put together an overnight stay · Race day beverage package priced at AED 220* per person package so that guests can make the most of the weekend and from 12.00pm to 6.00pm. enjoy a full day of activities before or after relaxing in one of the · Children’s tickets age 6 to 12 years old can be purchased at the door hotel’s luxuriously appointed Superior Rooms. with 50% Discount. · Children below 5 years old enter for free.   The Weekend Family Stay Package includes: Asia De Cuba, 02 694 4444 · Complimentary upgrade from Superior Room to Sea View Room *Prices are subject to 10% service fee, 6% tourism fees, 4% municipality fee and 5% vat. · Signature St. Regis Private Butler Service. · Buffet breakfast at The Terrace on the Corniche.

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Foodie News

Enrico Bartolini & Friends at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi Chef Bartolini, with 4 Michelin starred restaurants, returns to Abu Dhabi to present a new edition of “Enrico Bartolini & Friends” showcasing a unique combination of tradition and contemporary Italian dishes. Bartolini is joined by Chef Antonio Pirozzi, a friend from his hometown, who will showcase the true rustic Italian side through a 6-course menu, which is set to shine as a diner’s delight! Wednesday 7th February 2018 from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. 6 course dinner AED 495, optional grape pairing AED 250. Reservations are essential. Complimentary valet parking available at Rosewood Hotel. Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 627 9009

Irish Fest! Get ready to party like the Irish this Irish Fest as Sheraton Abu Dhabi is set to go all out and celebrate everything Irish. Party the night away at The Beachcomber and also enjoy traditional Irish fare. Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February 2018 from 6.00pm to late, buffet available 7.00pm to 11.00pm. Free entry. Unlimited Irish buffet for AED 130. All beverages sold as per consumption. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, 02 677 3333

Tortelli Festival at Villa Toscana This February, the award-wining Tuscan style restaurant welcomes a festival dedicated to the love of Tortelli. Chefs bring to your table a spread of unlimited tortelli cooked to perfection. 16th to 24th February 2018 from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. Unlimited Tortelli from AED 160* per person. Villa Toscana, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553

99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant Welcomes Omakase 99 Sushi Bar, located in The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, launches Omakase, literally translated as ‘Chef’s Choice’. The latest addition to the menu offers guests a lavish spread specially-curated to create the perfect option for a business lunch or social occasion. Sunday through Thursday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 99 Sushi Bar guests can indulge in an epicurean 9-Course offering for just AED 199 per person. 99 Sushi Bar, 02 672 3333

Filini Garden Yas Island launches “The Garden Brunch”  A colourful selection of bruschetta and antipasti is served on the table followed by a variety of pasta dishes, risotto and mouth-watering pizzas to share. Four different main courses with portions adjusted to the table Viva Goa! Viva Carnival! size are then served. Live stations offer fresh salads and starters, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi has announced the return of the Goan various Italian cheeses and a selection of premium wagyu and angus Carnival to the UAE’s capital! Join the festivities this year for an beef as well as cured meats sliced for you. unforgettable day of Goan rhythms and food. The special Goan corner The Cacio e Pepe station is one to look out for. This traditional Roman will feature traditional dishes such as Goan Pulao, Chicken pasta dish is prepared by chef on a giant wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, Cafreal, Fish Recheado, Chicken Xacuti and Potato chops. There will making it more flavourful and inviting. No brunch is complete without be exciting prizes to win so make sure to participate in a raffle draw dessert. An array of lusciously sinful Italian sweets are available to and catch your luck by the tail. Presenting Abu Dhabi’s most famous conclude your brunch. Goan musicians, this year’s Carnival is promising to be as grand as Funky soulful house tunes by DJ Cliff Townley and saxophone music by ever. Milan Ivkovic provide the soundtrack to this delightful afternoon affair. Friday 9th February 2018 from 12.00pm onwards. The Garden Brunch, 12.30pm to 4.00pm, AED 200 inclusive of soft Free entry for ladies and children. AED 50 for gents including one beverages, AED 365 inclusive of house beverages and AED 500 house beverage. inclusive of premium beverages. The Village, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, 02 644 6666 Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, 02 656 2000

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WELCOME TO THE CROSSROADS Discover Abu Dhabi’s newest trendy urban hotspot. Meet, share and unwind as you enjoy great food and beverages. Al Nafoura Lounge, your new outdoor living room.

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Bob Marley Festival returns to Yas Beach

Art competition The organisers are calling out to the artistic community to submit their works that embody Bob Marley’s character and his causes. Artworks could be in any visual art form as long as it represents the man, his legacy, music and art. The artworks will be exhibited at the festival to Paying tribute to the Jamaican legend who would have been 73 years be judged by Ky-Mani. The winning artist will get a chance to meet old this year, the celebration of music and art will carry Bob Marley’s him at the festival and the winning piece will be displayed at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. Deadline of submissions is ideals introducing them to the present generation. Grammy nominated musician Ky-Mani is following his father’s footsteps in February 1st 2018. For more information please email: taking the world by storm with his talents. Joining him on the stage to info@reggae-beachfest.com pay homage is Reanno Devon Gordon a.k.a. Busy Signal, a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist, who ruled charts and has done collaborations Bob Marley Memorabilia Reggae Beachfest is also running an online competition for a chance with No Doubt, Major Lazer and many more. to win tickets to the festival. Fans only need to take a photo of their Following a successful event last year in Dubai, Ky-Mani is excited to most precious Bob Marley memorabilia, post it on the event Facebook come back to the UAE. He said, “The number of followers my father page, ask friends’ support to like the photo, and the person with most has in the UAE is impressive. I did not expect reggae to be big in the likes wins an entry to the Bob Marley Festival with five of their friends. country, because of that, I have prepared an even better line up along with my band Konfrontation. I look forward to celebrating my father’s Tickets Early bird tickets cost AED 125 at Virgin Megastore and UAE Exchange legacy again with the amazing people of Abu Dhabi.” retail outlets and online at Virgin and Platinum List. The first 100 Gates will open at 3.00pm for reggae fans to enjoy themed décor full tickets can be purchased at AED 73 instead of AED 125. Tickets at the gate will be sold at AED 160. of memorabilia while listening to funky reggae beats. The tropical scene will take guests to the Caribbean while being served authentic Jamaican dishes by local food trucks. Guests can also shop For more information, please visit Reggae Beachfest handmade creations by local talents that make up Artisans of the www.reggae-beachfest.com for VIP tables please email Emirates (ARTE). info@reggae-beachfest.com The annual Bob Marley Festival will return to Yas Beach for its fifth year on 9th February 2018. This year the event will feature reggae legend Bob Marley’s son, Ky-Mani Marley, an acclaimed artist in his own right.

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Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm EAT Package: AED 330 (soft drinks) PLAY Package: AED 456 (house beverages) LAUGH Package: AED 540 (posh bubbles)

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (Old Airport Road) www.eatplaylaughbrunch.com | +971 2 304 7777 All prices are in UAE Dirhams (AED) and inclusive of 10% service charge, 6% tourism fees, 4% municipality fees and 5% value added tax (VAT).


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Awarded as Abu Dhabi’s most romantic restaurant, Sontaya will be serving up a tantalizing four-course set menu within the seductive setting of the floating pavilions. 14th February 7:00 pm onwards AED 350* per person (food only)

Go beyond expectations this Valentine’s Day with an exclusive dining experience at our signature venue 55&5th The Grill. Guest will be welcomed with a bubbly cocktail and canapés followed by a four-course delectable meal. The evening will be enhanced by live entertainment from our resident jazz band and intimate seating. 14th February 7.00 pm onwards AED 1000* per couple AED 1690* per couple inclusive of a bottle of Louis Roederer

DINE UNDER THE STARS Exuding romance by night as the lights shimmer over the pool, couples can enjoy an intimate dinner under the stars in the pool cabana set up featuring a delectable set menu with beverage pairing.

14th February

8:00 pm onwards AED 1300* per couple with vino pairing AED 1600* per couple with premium pairing Limited space available.

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Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi Edition 37 February 2018  
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