Whether you are an Abu Dhabi resident looking for a new place to dine at or traveling to the UAE capital for the weekend, here are the five restaurants worth checking out.
Located at the Sheikh Fatima Park Al Bateen, this public-favorite Dubai-founded restaurant has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi. The Asian street food restaurant offers its guests expertly crafted Southeast Asian dishes, and will be open every day for lunch and dinner. Flaunting minimalist and sophisticated interiors with an extensive menu, Mamafri will leave you wanting more. Some of the restaurant highlights include the signature Indonesian mie goreng with wok-tossed noodles, mama’s special rice with chicken and vegetables, and the Mamafri wagyu sandos among other delectable dishes. For those with a sweet tooth, Mamafri also brings to you the tropical ‘coco cloud’ dessert, a passion project produced by Emirati cousins Rashed Belhoul and Saif Al Romaithi where each recipe is drawn from their travels across Europe, America, and Asia. Mamafri will now be open from 1pm to 12am on weekdays, and 1pm to 1am on weekends.
Lovemamafri.com, 02 666 3312
This pasticceria concept is now launching its debut branch in the capital city. Located at the Marina Mall, the restaurant is spread over 3800 square feet and can accommodate around a hundred guests. Inspired by the original Harry’s Bar in Venice, Cipriani Dolci features elegant interiors gracefully blended with marine hues. Diners can now indulge in a host of Cipriani classics, such as the baked tagliolini, seabass alla carlina, carpaccio alla cipriani, along with an extensive breakfast menu. The restaurant will also showcase various mouth-watering desserts like traditional Italian pastries, cakes, tarts, bomboloni, and cannoli among others.
@Ciprianidolci, 050 903 9722
Nestled in Al Maryah Island, the LPM restaurant offers its guests a delectable selection of food and drinks, while entertaining its guests with French-Mediterranean style music that permeates the interiors, enveloping the atmosphere with elegant and quirky beats. LPM also serves its guests a refined brunch experience with some of the menu highlights being grilled sirloin steak, grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine among other delicacies. Guests can end the brunch on a sweet note with their artistically crafted desserts such as the warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream, vanilla crème brulée or LPM’s signature cheesecake.
Lpmrestaurants.com, 02 692 9600
If you’re not ready to segue into fall yet, Coya has got that covered. Keeping the summer feels very much alive, the venue will be hosting a cheery and fun-filled live music night from September 1 around 9pm onwards and will run every Thursday night. Featuring the five-member Cuban band Cubache at the chic Pisco Bar, guests can dance to upbeat tones which is a creative fusion of Latin and Afro rhythms, influenced by Spanish, French and Afro Cuban cultures. The venue also offers its guests culinary delights such as the juicy wagyu beef baos, tiger prawns maki rolls and crispy king crab toasts among other dishes.
Coyarestaurant.com, 02 306 7000
Carefully tucked away in the beating heart of Louvre Abu Dhabi, this elite Parisian brasserie reflects the untamed spirit of France. Orchestrated by Michelin-starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire, this restaurant takes its guests on a unique culinary voyage that will be forever cherished. Transcending the very essence of French gastronomy, the menu offers an assortment of dishes that elevates the fine dining experience. The chef’s signature highlights include Fouquet’s beef tartare, sole meunière, and the burgundy snails with garlic among others.
Fouquetsabudhabi.com, 02 205 4200