Abu Dhabi

A CULINARY DESTINATION

Abu Dhabi’s culinary scene offers diners an enormous diversity of choices ranging from authentic regional fare to European and Asian options that creatively fuse local ingredients for a decidedly unique, international flavor. Whatever your culinary preferences, food in Abu Dhabi will prove to be a memorable aspect of your trip. Most fine-dining establishments will have a dress code requiring at least smart casual attire.

LI BEIRUT

Classic Lebanese fare is catapulted to a fine-dining experience at Li Beirut, a sumptuously-designed contemporary restaurant in Jumeirahat Etihad Towers. Cold or hot mezzes kickoff the meal. Superbly grilled kebabs and lamb crusted with zaatar (a lemony, tangy and aromatic spice mix) are just a sampling of traditional options. Li Beirut also features a selection of Lebanese wines.

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SAYAD

Considered the best seafood restaurant in town, Sayad (Arabic for “fisherman”) offers an amazing array of delicious options for seafood aficionados in an elegant setting witha panoramic sea view. Sayad’s clams, oysters, crustaceans, fish and various catches of the day will delight, regardless of whether you enjoy your seafood seared, poached or grilled.

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SONTAYA

Sontaya, with its picture-perfect beach setting amid floating pavilions, will beguile you even before the first bite of your meal. Thai and Asian-fusion comes alive with unique takes on traditional dishes that include papaya salads, grilled chicken satay, fish with tamarind sauce and a selection of curry options. Sontaya holds a Saturday brunch from 1-4pm.

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COYA

COYA’s Incan heritage-adorned, atmospheric and contemporary interior will immediately whisk you to Peru while its modern approach to Peruvian cuisine wills impress you with its creativity. COYA’s dishes meld with flavors from Japan, China and Spain with selections like miso and soy laced ceviche, Peruvian sashimi and chargrilled whole sea bream wrapped in a banana leaf.

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DAI PAI DONG

Dai pai dong (open air food stalls in Hong Kong) fuels the influence behind the aptly named Dai Pai Dong. Elevating classic Cantonese street food, you’ll discover refined approaches to dim sum, roast duck, homemade noodle dishes, dumplings and wok-fired fare. Dai Pai Dong’s modern ambience is enhanced with impressive Chinese artwork and artifacts.

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BORD EAU

Bord Eau offers sophisticated, high-end French dining in Abu Dhabi’s Shangri-La Hotel. Classic French fare is modernized and transformed with unique ingredients for a signature approach. Highlights include decadent foie gras, lobster bisque and beef rib slow braised for 48 hours.

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VILLA TOSCANA

Authentic Italian cuisine comes to life at Villa Toscana in The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. Specialties are crafted with freshly harvested vegetables, truffles, meats and seafood to create simple, rustic fare that hails from the Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy.

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CHAMAS CHURRASCARI

Served straight from the skewer, sultry Brazilian flavors accompany unlimited barbecued meats cooked in the traditional churrascaria style. Chamas Churrascaria’s elegant ambience is energized by a live South American band that plays nightly. Samba dancers entertain guests every Wednesday evening.

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MEZLAI

Modern takes on traditional Emirati cuisine shine in Mezlai’s elegant, up-scale atmosphere where Bedouin tent-inspired design elements evoke a sense of retro Arabian romance. Cold and hot mezzes make use of fresh produce and healthy doses of zaatar, a lemony and savory spice mix. Mains encompass a variety of expected grilled meats and seafood options, including some unexpected fare like slow cooked camel chops.

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