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Designed to recall an airy Bedouin tent, Emirates Palace’s award-winning Emirati restaurant, Mezlai meaning the old lock of the door, serves dishes with ingredients derived from the sea, mountains, oases and desert that evoke the region. A meal in Mezlai is a window into Emirati culture as it pays homage to Abu Dhabi with décor and a vast menu steeped in the heritage and geography of the UAE. Local chef Ali Salem Musbeh Al Badawi is committed to showcasing the best of Emirati cuisine. The menu features decadent updates on staples of the Arabian diet accenting expected ingredients, such as za’atar, camel and dates, and introducing the unexpected flavours of saffron, rosewater and hand-picked wild oregano. Authentic and delicious desserts such as Shebab, Farni, Aseeda and Bethitha are sure to end the evening on a sweet note.
This exquisitely designed Lebanese restaurant serves both traditional and contemporary Lebanese cuisine with European hints, offset by captivating views of the sea from the terrace. Li Beirut offers the classics with ingredients symphonically combined in a menu of Middle-Eastern delicacies. The restaurant’s Chef’s selection also includes a composition of reinvented dishes, with both Lebanese and European taste elements harmonised with the finesse of a maestro. Diners can enjoy Lebanese mezze classics of moutabel (purée of aubergine mixed with tahini, yoghurt and olive oil), muhammara (red chilli and walnut dip), a rack of lamb encrusted with zaatar (a blend of spices that includes hyssop, sumac and sesame) and quail stuffed with freekeh (roasted green wheat), and can end their dining experience on a sweet note with a variety of desserts including Honey Fudge and Umm Ali amongst many favourites.
Serving hand-crafted, regional Italian specialties from Tuscany, Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna, Villa Toscana’s design creates the feel of visiting the inviting summer home of an Italian noble. The decor is elegant and stylish, the staff professional and the ambience perfect for a relaxed meal. Special imports of cheese, prosciutto, cold cuts, and salamis emphasize the quality level of the restaurant. With fresh ingredients, home-made pastas, great seafood options and generous portions, this place is a true Italian gem. Home-made breads, hearty meats, and a rainbow of vegetables take centre-stage on this menu – with wild herbs and fine olive oils bringing an authentic flavour of rural Italy. Guests can indulge in traditional Italian desserts such as fresh fruits with Italian Meringue or almond parfait. The menu changes several times a year including monthly food festivals and pairing events.
Zuma Abu Dhabi is located at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, in the heart of the capital’s luxurious new retail and commerce centre. This stylish and upscale sushi bar undoubtedly features amongst the top restaurants in Abu Dhabi for delectable Japanese and Asian cuisine. Enjoy a twist on traditional Japanese dining straight from the robata grill accompanied by a beautiful waterfront view. It has a chic, sexy atmosphere and the service is impeccable. Delicious dishes such as thinly sliced sea bass, miso marinated black cod, soft crab sushi, sashimi & asparagus with wafu sauce are served with much flair and attention to detail. The bartenders prepare some well-concocted drinks while the addictive bar bites will keep you satiated till you dig into the main course.
Chamas Churrascaria & Bar
Abu Dhabi’s first authentic churrascaria, Chamas buzzes with Brazilian energy and vitality. Located in the heart of the city, this Brazilian style restaurant serves 16 types of quality cuts of meat each tasting better than the last. Diners can enjoy succulent cuts of barbecued meat served straight from the skewer in genuine Pampas fashion. With their eat-all-you-can policy, this is one feast meat lovers shouldn’t miss out on. Once Chamas’s all-you-can-eat selection has guests feeling full, they can head to the upstairs bar to sip a caipirinha and savour the marina views. Servers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the live Latin band sets the tone for energy and authenticity.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
A steakhouse with a big name to live up to, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill certainly does that. The restaurant is located at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr situated within the shoreline of the historical Abu Dhabi canal, overlooking the architectural marvel – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Set apart with its dramatic interior design, including a back lit ‘flame’ wall and awarded with a 2015 Wine Spectator Award for one of the world’s best wine lists, celebrity Chef Marco Pierre White offers guests an unforgettable evening. Guests of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill appreciate an eclectic combination of innovative grill cuisine and classic English fare, accompanied by an extensive wine selection, all under the close supervision of their Chef de Cuisine.