Restaurant Review: Atayeb, Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Location: Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 656 0600
Dress code: Smart-casual
Times: 7pm to 1am
Price range: $$$
With traditional Arabic guitar filling the air as you step out onto the terrace overlooking the Yas Marina, there’s a welcoming vibe as you sit among large tables filled with families relishing a leisurely meal. While on the pricier end of the scale for Arabic cuisine, Atayeb provides a holistic experience with its unique setting featuring views of the water and the racetrack, and its attentive service.
In typical style, a flurry of small plates of mezze kicks off the evening and the staples like hummus and fattoush are delivered with top-quality ingredients that elevate them from your usual fare. The enticing smell of barbeque fills the air and with various promotions that include mezze, grills and beverages you can enjoy a real feast for significantly less than the á la carte pricing. If you like a bit of heat, opt for the entabili kebab with its kick of chilli paste. For more subtle flavours the braised lamb shank with yoghurt sauce is delicately aromatic and falls off the bone. Before some fragrant shisha, squeeze in a sugary hit of homemade baklava and your al fresco Arabic experience is complete.
On the Menu
Mezze selection (eight dishes for two people) including fattoush, hummus Beiruti, baba ganoush and sanklish, Dhs180
Grilled spicy kebab with chilli paste, Dhs100
Braised lamb shank with yoghurt sauce and white rice, Dhs150
Fig and saffron crème brûlée, Dhs30
Baklava with honey sponge, caramelised nuts, pistachio crème brûlée and honey mousse, Dhs35