Could the capital be turning into a new dining hub? With so many new lifestyle developments being completed or expanded, there’s a flurry of restaurants setting their sights on Abu Dhabi. Established brands that initially opened outposts in Dubai are fast turning their attention about 110km south of Jebel Ali...
Opening on 6 August, The Galleria – in the now completed Sowwah Square on Al Maryah Island – is where it's all happening. There are well-known names setting up shop including Zuma, Magnolia Bakery, Almaz by Momo, Armani Caffé, Café Bateel, Lemongrass, Taqado and BurgerFuel. Eateries aleady established in the capital are looking to The Galleria for a second location. Nolu’s, the eclectic spot that fuses Afghani heritage with laidback and health-conscious Californian style, is set to open in December while Caffè Pascucci will see the opening of its second venue in the city as well. For new launches in September, we can look forward to Bentley’s Bar & Bistro, which comes to us from the same people behind Tribes and The Meat Co, as well as Biryani Pot – a new eatery specialising in the Indian favourite.
There are also two luxury hotels on Al Maryah Island – Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi. We’ve already seen the opening of the Rosewood, which boasts the capital’s first Catalonian restaurant as well as a Lebanese and an Indian restaurant. And when the Four Seasons opens towards the end of 2015, it will also add to the diverse mix of top-class eateries. Watch this space!
INFO: Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5550, www.rosewoodhotels.com.
Say Yes to Yas Marina!
Not to be left behind, Yas Marina has announced plans to open a further five restaurants later this year. The international eateries coming on board include Spanish tapas restaurant Diablito Food & Music as well as Iris, a well-known rooftop lounge and restaurant from Beirut. Diablito (which means 'little devil') will add some Latin American flair to the marina, serving Spanish and Tex-Mex cuisine in a two-storey venue with an indoor-outdoor terrace. For the trendy set, Iris is going to be a fantastic spot for sundowners accompanied by live performances and lounge music, followed by fresh seasonal dishes for dinner.
Yas Marina is not just welcoming international names; the same team behind local favourite Ornina Restaurant & Lounge, in Al Raha Beach, is also set to open a casual seafood restaurant. Also launching later this year is Café d’Alsace, a brasserie-style café and bakery serving French-German specialities and freshly baked goods. Rozanah, a contemporary Lebanese restaurant that mixes traditional Arabic entertainment with modern dining, also joins the line-up. You can expect the staples of the Lebanese dining experience followed by shisha, of course. As part of their redevelopment, we’ll also be seeing the return of a revamped Stars ‘n Bars and Cipriani to the Yas Marina.