The choice of dining options in Abu Dhabi is nothing short of inspiring. These days, visitors can choose to sample authentic Emirati cuisine in a fine-dining setting, eat at a celebrity chefs’ restaurants, or grab a bite from one of the many food trucks along the Corniche waterfront. On top of this, there is a great selection of bars across the city to enjoy.
Martabaan - Emirates Palace Hotel
Located in the five-star Emirates Palace hotel, Chef Hemant Oberoi’s Martabaan restaurant serves ‘contemporary classic’ Indian cuisine. Internationally recognised for his innovative approach to Indian dining, the imaginative menu features distinctive offerings including varqui crab, masala chai creme brûlée and more to satisfy every discerning palate in a meal fit to be housed in a palace.
Alternatively, Emirates Palace is renowned for its 23K gold-flaked palace cappuccino and classic afternoon tea which is served within Le Café.
Oak Room & Library Bar
Fans of British celebrity chef Tom Aikens can indulge in fine steaks and wine at Oak Room, the signature restaurant within The Abu Dhabi EDITION. Oak Room combines a traditional English oak panelled restaurant with world-class ingredients and British rock ‘n’ roll flair.
For an after-dinner tipple, guests can unwind in the Library Bar within the hotel, where craft gin inspired cocktails are served alongside classic drinks.
Shaikha Al Kaabi
True Emirati food can be difficult to come by in the UAE however, Abu Dhabi local Shaikha Al Kaabi serves modern takes on the dishes of her childhood at Meylas. Originally working from a food truck, she now has a restaurant on Al Muneera where diners can tuck into fareed (a meat and veg stew), before moving onto harees (a wheat pudding with beef).
For drinks with an unforgettable view, visitors should head to the Observation Deck at 300, a sky-high cafe and observation platform on the 74th floor of the luxurious Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. From here, guests can look down on the Presidential Palace, Emirates Palace, the Arabian Gulf and the rest of the city whilst sipping on Champagne enjoying the afternoon tea.