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Found this Filipino restaurant while looking for Gold Souq in Abu Dhabi. A lot of walking in the very hot weather gave me a strong urge for Halo Halo, an ice cream/ice dish containing macapuno (sweet coconut strips), nata de coco (cubed coconut gels), beans, ice cream and other treats in a sweet cream milk. Besides that, I was also missing my rice and Filipino food.
The restaurant was busy on a weekend night and the host was constantly taking orders on the phone. It took a while to get seated and much longer to get my order. I wasn't the only one and felt bad for the young Filipino family that couldn't wait any longer (an hour) to be served. It took an hour or more to get served but the adobo manok (chicken adobo) with rice was good and good proportion. The Halo Halo was the best I've ever had. I wanted to get another but thankfully had the discipline not to.
Favorite Dish: Halo Halo, served in a large chilled glass, lots of goodies topped off with a delicious scoop of ice cream!
Written Jul 11, 2009
Address: North of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street, Al Markaziyah
Phone: 02 322352
I wanted to try to taste safe, local cuisine and happened upon Hatam Restaurant located on the third floor of Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. A quick peak at the menu showed that this restaurant was reasonably priced.
I was pleased to see mostly locals in the restaurant but felt a little bare having gone in with khaki shorts and sandals. Nobody said anything and I don't think anyone had a problem with it but I regretted that I didn't have long pants on. However, I didn't let this ruin my meal which was memorable.
Favorite Dish: The fresh, hot pita with hummous was fantastic. I had a stew dish that contained lamb and it was fantastic. Proportions were good and the service was outstanding.
Written Jul 11, 2009
Address: Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi
For a traditional English pub atmosphere and good food visit the Captain's Arms. There's fish and chips on the menu and a good pint can be had. Outdoor seating is also available.
Favorite Dish: Fish and chips/bangers and mash - reminds me of home!
Updated May 17, 2009
Address: In Le Meridien Hotel complex
Phone: (971)(2) 644 6666
Another decent Italian option in Abu Dhabi is Prego. The spacious restaurant serves sophisticated Italian food as well as delicious pizzas. It offers indoor seating and for clement weather, an outdoor terrace with beautiful beach views. Prego serves alcohol.
Updated Nov 1, 2008
Address: Beach Rotana Hotel
Do not miss a visit to Finz Restaurant on your tour of Abu Dhabi. Located in an A-shaped hut over the azure waters of Arabian Gulf, Finz is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
The ambience here is informal and relaxed, making it an ideal food joint for family dinners and special celebrations.
Guests staying at Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers can enjoy complimentary privileges at Finz, Abu Dhabi. The average price range in this restaurant is a little expensive, and thus might not appeal to the section of budget travelers. Nonetheless, it is a must-visit for all seafood lovers in Abu Dhabi.
Favorite Dish: At Finz, Abu Dhabi guests can select from a wide range of dishes. The fish served is fresh and delicious - Baked Hamour being the most popular dish here. There are special non-seafood items for those who are not too keen on having seafood.
Updated Sep 26, 2008
Address: Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers
Bice offers authentic Italian food served in a modern and stylish setting. The concept, well known in Miami, Tokyo, New York, Dubai and now in the Hilton Abu Dhabi. Live music from pianist every evening 7pm-9pm.
BiCE, Abu Dhabi is stylishly decorated, has beautiful interiors and a modern design. It is an ideal setup for both formal and informal lunches/dinners. Families are seen here in big numbers, especially during special occasions and festivals in Abu Dhabi.
BiCE Restaurant is adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf's azure waters. It is a truly paradisiacal experience to gorge on some exotic Italian fare while beguiling in the nature's beauty.
Restaurant is open on all days of the week between 12 noon and 11 pm. Food prices are in accordance with the average price range in luxury hotels of Abu Dhabi.
Favorite Dish: BiCE, Abu Dhabi offers tantalizing Italian fare that comprises basic meals, light refreshments, desserts, et al. The must-try dishes here are spaghettis, cheesecakes, et al. Pastas and pizzas are available in a wide variety in this restaurant. Non vegetarian specialties available and are simply mouthwatering and incomparable.
Guests can also choose from the beverages and desserts on offer.
Updated Apr 16, 2008
Address: Hilton Abu Dhabi
As the name implies, 49er's The Gold Rush, Abu Dhabi is themed around the Wild West and the evolution of Americas. Located on rooftop of Al Diar Dana hotel, this restaurant offers spectacular views of the bustling city and its skyscrapers.
Adorned with decked out wooden walls and floor, and covered with shabby fittings reminiscent of the Wild West era, it looks like the tree house of a Texan child.
Favorite Dish: 49er's The Gold Rush has a barbeque kitchen that serves the most exotic local food in Abu Dhabi. Steaks, grilled specialties, kebabs, seafood - everything available here. The buffet and a la carte menu is extensive, and reasonably priced comprising all sorts of international cuisines and regional fare.
Updated Apr 16, 2008
Address: Al Diar Dana Hotel
Phone: +9712 6458000
"This Germanic eatery has established
itself with its relaxed vibe, while an
outdoor terrace is busy in winter."
Enter and enjoy the relaxed setting with the rustic decoration and cosy atmosphere. Move on to the charming dining area, which also includes a terrace overlooking the sea. Friendly and attentive staff will steer you through the best cuisine Germany has to offer and cap it off with our fantastic desserts. A delightful experience for any palate you happen to have.
From 4:00 pm till1:00 am (Wed to Sat) and from 12:00 noon till 1:00 am ( Sun to Tue)
Updated Mar 13, 2008
Phone: 02 6443000
Chillis Tel: 6716300
49e'rs at Al Diar Hotel tel: 02 645 8000
Garden Restaurant at Crowne Plaza tel 02 616 6122
Al Birkeh Tel: 6440666, Al Mukhtar Tel :6713232, Al Mawal Tel: 6812773 etc..
Rosebuds at Beach Rotana Hotel Tel: 02 644 3000
The Wok at Crowne Plaze Hotel Tel: 02 616 6122
Bayshore Pavillon Tel :020 666 6888
Beachcombers Tel: 02 644 0300
Coconut Bay at Hilton Abu Dhabi Tel :02 681 1900
Bambu! at Abu Dhabi Marina Yacht Club (Tourist Club area) Tel:02 645 6373
Imperial Chinese Restaurant at Sands Hotel Tel :02 633 5335
Oasis Chinese Restaurant at Madinat Zayed (opp. Abu Dhabi Dental Clinic) Tel: 02 635 1545
Pandapanda at Istiklal St. Tel: 02 633 9300
Roro at Khalidia Palace Hotel Tel: 02 666 2470.
Le Beaujolais at Novotel Tel :02 633 3555
Le Bistrot at Le Meridien Tel :02 644 6666
Le Rabelais at Novotel Tel: 02 633 3555
Brauhaus at Beach Rotana Hotel Tel: 02 644 3000
Teplancha at InterContinental Hotel Tel: 02 666 6888
India Place Opp. ADNOC HQ, Salam St. Tel: 02 644 8777
Bukharah at Regency Hotel Tel : 02 676 5000
Maharaja at Le Meridien Hotel Tel: 02 644 6666
Garden Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hotel Tel :02 661 6122
La Terrazza at Hilton Abu Dhabi Tel: 02 681 1900
Rosebuds at Beach Rotana Hotel Tel : 02 644 3000
Sherlock's at Grand Continental Hotel Tel : 02 626 2200
Al Jabal Tel : 02 674 2020
Hemingway's at Hilton Abu Dhabi Tel: 02 6811900
Trader Vic's at Beach Rotana Hotel Tel: 02 644 3000
The Alamo Tel: 02 644 0300
Vasco's at Hilton Hotel Tel: 02 681 1900
Bacchanalia at Hilton Abu Dhabi Tel: 02 681 1900
Garden Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hotel Tel: 02 616 6122
Prego's at Beach Rotana Hotel Tel: 02 544 3000
Sevilo's at Millenium Hotel Tel: 02 626 2700
Il Paradiso at Sheraton Hotel Tel: 02 677 3333
Art Cauldron at Al Falah St. opp. Navy Gate tel:02 644 4309
Rodeo Grill at Beach Rotana Hotel Tel: 02 544 3000
The Royal Orchid at Salaam St. opp. ADNOC HQ Tel: 02 644 4400
Istanbul at Le Meridien Hotel tel:02 644 6666
Favorite Dish: FAST FOODResturants:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Arlequin at Corniche 3 Sails building Tel: 02 666 6856
Café Ceramique at Choitrams, 26th St. Tel: 02 666 4412
Café du Roi at Al Hana Centre, Khalidia Tel: 02 681 5096
Café Firenze at Al Nasr Street Tel: 02 666 0955
Delma Corner at Cultural Foundation Tel: 02 619 5313
Havana Internet Café at Breakwater & on Hamdan Street
La Brioche at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalifa Street (next to Al Noor Hospital)
Le Boulanger at Hamdan Street, near BHS Tel: 02 631 8115
Mosaic Café at Corniche Tower, next to Old Zadco building Tel: 02 681 7377
The One at Khalidia Street, near BMWTel: 02 681 6500
Ziara at Corniche.
Updated Mar 7, 2008
Amalfi, the town, is situated where you’d imagine the laces to be on Italy’s riding boot-shaped coastline. It’s surrounded by vast cliffs, watercolour scenery, and is registered as a World Heritage Site. It’s puzzling then, that Amalfi, one of the ground-floor restaurants at Le Royal Meridien, has ignored everything its namesake stands for and instead overlooks a swimming pool and is made up of rather bland straight lines.
The light does it no favours at lunchtime, with the white walls reflecting onto cutlery and balding men, yet in the evening it threatens to be romantic and, if you keep your expectations on the liberal side, it isn’t a bad place to dine.
The food has a lot of making up to do for its location, and seeing the likes of prawn cocktail and Parma ham and melon on the menu – the most common dishes imaginable from a 1980s dinner party – it seemed Amalfi’s food wasn’t going to reflect its authentic namesake a few thousand miles away in Europe.
Favorite Dish: The high prices are far from justified, though. The food needs an edge to make Amalfi live up to its name.
Updated Mar 4, 2008
Address: Le Royal Meridien
Phone: 02 6742020
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