A! List Pan Asian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Address: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 565 0050
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 12pm to 12am, Tuesday to Sunday; closed Monday
Price Range: $$$
This may be perhaps the tiniest fine dining restaurant in Abu Dhabi, but it certainly packs a punch in the taste and see-and-be-seen stakes. Chic pale woods, splashes of bright red and yellow leather, high ceilings and lots of natural light combine to create a stylish setting for superb contemporary Japanese cuisine. Regulars rave about the black miso cod but we suggest you go off piste and opt for the huge New Zealand scampi tails served with creamy spicy wasabi or butter ponzu sauce. The freshest of fish is flown in from all over the globe; Dover sole from the UK, cod from Alaska, turbot and octopus from France and Yellowtail from Australia. Make sure you check out the specials; devised every morning depending on the best ingredients available, they showcase the best of what Yotto has to offer on any give day.
FYI: The special sashimi chopping boards at Yotto are worth Dhs3,500 each!
Signature Dishes: New sashimi salmon, langoustine tempura, apple gyoza with coconut and passion fruit dipping sauce.
Address: The Yas Hotel, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 656 0600
Dress code: Casual
Times: 12.30pm to 11pm, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
Fuss-free, South East Asian street food’s the name of the game at this addition to Yas Island. You can cast aside your Lanvin as the scene is casual, the vibe ultra-chilled. Whether you’re after a spicy laksa, Thai pandan chicken, Malaysian char kway tiow or Indonesian nasi goreng your Pacific-based food fantasties will be fulfilled at this one-stop shop evoking the scents of the food stalls that populate the region. Chinese connoisseurs will want to try out the dim sum - from siew mai to steamed vegetable dumplings and roasted glazed duck, all the local hit list is on offer. Grab a terrace table in the cooler months; as always, the Yas marina-filled vistas never disappoint.
FYI: The Cantonese tradition of eating dim sum (usually described as going for ‘yum cha’ or ‘drinking tea’) is similar to the Spanish tapas; small snack-sized portions served with tea that were not originally eaten in place of full meals but as ight sustenance to keep you going through the day.
Signature Dishes: Laksa noodle soup, red duck curry, coconut tart with mango ice cream.
Address: Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 690 9000
Dress code: Elegant
Times: 6pm to 2am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
This hotly anticipated Abu Dhabi hotspot lives up to its stratospheric pre-opening hype, setting the bar for modern Chinese cuisine in seriously sexy 16,000sq ft of seductive movie-set-like surroundings. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve been teleported to London; just like the original, dimmed lighting, sumptuous black wooden frames, azure blues and carved lattice screens ensure just enough privacy to power lunch, yet not too much to negate people-watching. Chef Lee Kok Hua also ensures the kitchen lives up to the original’s Michelin-star winning standards; meltingly soft jasmine-infused beef ribs, multi-textured crispy duck salad with mango and the richly satisfying tofu, aubergine and Japanese mushroom claypot are just a smattering of the stars that pepper the menu.
FYI: Further outposts in the UAE and Europe are planned, and the next will open in Mumbai.
Signature Dishes: Steamed dim sum platter, jasmine tea-smoked chicken, mango and pomelo consommé.